We catch up with George Farah about his recovery from cancer and his struggles with opioid addiction.
It was sad news when the bodybuilding world learned legendary trainer George Farah had cancer. But after a many year struggle, the bodybuilding world also rejoiced when it was announced that Farah is cancer free. Generation Iron sat down with George Farah to catch up about his cancer recovery – and the reveal that he was struggling with opioid addiction due to his prescribed painkillers post-surgery.
George Farah is more than a guru or a legendary bodybuilding coach. He is a man who continues to learn and grow about the evolving science behind health, nutrition, and fitness. It’s a curiosity and commitment to health that takes him beyond just training talented bodybuilders – but also helps them maintain a healthy lifestyle while also dominating on the competition stage.
So when George Farah was diagnosed with cancer, it’s not surprising that he did more than follow doctors orders. He also researched and pulled on his vast knowledge of health to ensure his battle with cancer would end in success. But what this also revealed were, in his opinion, the vast issues that exist in cancer recovery – especially when it comes to prescribing pain medication to patients.
In our GI Exclusive interview, George Farah describes how he became addicted to pain killers not because of purposeful abuse but due to the prescriptions and instructions he was given by the doctors. Due to a surgery related to his cancer treatment – he was in constant pain (and further complications such as infections lengthened the recovery process). To deal with the pain he was prescribed strong pain killers. Opioids that he needed to stay prescribed to for so long he developed a dependency which in turn lead to some startling side effects such as memory loss.
Ultimately, George Farah was able to ween himself off the pain killers slowly and once he was completely off – he realized that he had no lasting pain. Yet all of this time he was still being prescribed pain killers for his treatment. Farah doesn’t blame the doctors for this. They, after all, were only trying their best to help him. Farah blames the big pharma companies that knowingly release potentially dangerous pain killers into the world for monetary gain.
George believes in the United States we live in a society that is actually harming our ability to get better. Yes, advances in science and medicine have extended our life considerably. But corporate greed has also led to know issues in that extended life such as drug addiction and decreased quality of life.
Watch the entire GI Exclusive interview clip above to hear George Farah explain in his own words his cancer recovery, opioid addiction, and distrust of big pharma companies that put him in this situation to begin with.