Laraine Dave’s Story
I began drinking Kombucha in 1993 when a family friend gave us one of his baby cultures to make for ourselves and loved ones. Making it in our kitchen, I was initially put off by the unusual taste, but as my energy levels increased and my mood improved, the taste began to grow on me, and I found myself craving Kombucha and drinking it every day. Everyone seemed to notice my "healthy glow," so I began bringing Kombucha to coworkers and serving it to clients at the Beverly Hills department store where I worked. I loved to serve it out of champagne flutes, and it wasn't long until my family took to calling me the Kombucha Queen.
In 1995, I was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer, known for moving quickly to the lymph nodes and bones, and based on the size of the tumor (almost that of a golf ball) doctors could not even give me a year to live. I was tested again a week later, and to everyone's surprise, my cancerous cells had not metastasized. My physicians asked me if I was doing anything special. "Drinking Kombucha everyday" I replied, since it really was the only thing different that I had been consuming over the last several years. Up to this point I had been drinking it as kind of a beauty aid, but now decided that it was time to look into this "miracle drink." That is when I discovered numerous books and stories about Kombucha and a healing tradition that spanned centuries and cultures.
Due to the size of the tumor, I chose to undergo chemotherapy and radiation to remove the cancerous cells, and I credit Kombucha for keeping me strong before, during and after my cancer experience. It truly is one of nature's best kept secrets, and I made a commitment to spread the word of Kombucha to all those near, dear, far, and wide, in the hope that it could touch other people's lives like it touched mine. I am proud to say that to this day, I remain cancer-free, and Kombucha plays a major role in my life, keeping me healthy, happy and strong.