Lifestyle Changes to Heal Cancer

15 07 2009

I’m done, here it is.  After 5 months of reading books, watching documentaries, and researching the internet, this is a synthesis of “lifestyle changes” that people believed helped them heal their cancer.

1. Follow a vegan (“plant-centered”) diet high in organic green leafy vegetables

  • get your full RDA of potassium, 4.7 grams[1], from a variety of fruits and vegetables
    • this will help to detoxify your liver and is the most important step to healing cancer
    • fruits and green leafy vegetables contain cancer killing phytonutrients so eat them raw, juice them, never over-cook them or microwave them
    • have a green smoothie a day or at least every other day
  • low to no added salt, you want to maximize potassium intake and salt prevents this
  • low to no added oil, except supplement daily with 1 tbs of Flax Seed Oil (high in Omega 3)
    • a high Omega 6 to 3 ratio creates inflammation and cancer feeds off inflammation; supplementing with Flax Seed Oil turns down the inflammation
    • avoid all fried foods which, by their nature, have a high Omega 6 to 3 ratio
    • green leafy vegetables will give you the natural, healthy ratio of Omega 6 to 3
  • IMPORTANT: avoid meat and milk dairy products, turn cancer off by keeping the total calories from meat and dairy in your diet at 5-10% or less; 20% or more fuels cancer [4]
  • avoid vitamins, use meal tracking to get your full RDA from food
    • make sure you’re getting plenty of Beta Carotene, Vitamin E, Selenium and Zinc
    • for example, one brazil nut will give you more then your RDA of Selenium
  • avoid unfermented soy like tofu and soy protein isolates, it will may fuel estrogen driven cancers
    1. “Choosing traditional and less processed forms of soy (such as tofu, miso, tempeh, edamame and even soy milk) over highly processed soy foods (such as soy cheeses, soy meats, and soy protein isolates) is likely to be a safer choice, as well.” [3]
    2. Avoid soy protein isolates in protein powders, power bars, fake food, etc
  • avoid artificial sweeteners, MSG, high fructose corn syrup and sugar
    • low GI natural sweeteners like Agave Nectar or Stevia are best
    • plant-center vegan diets are naturally low GI
    • if you are diabetic, keep your blood sugar in-check to reduce inflammation

2. Drink plenty of water to help detox your body; avoid caffeine and alcohol which will dehydrate you

  • men: 3.7L = 16 8oz cups = 1 gallon/day [1]
  • women 2.7L = 12 8oz cups/day [1]

3. Practice some form of stress reduction daily

  • affirmations, yoga, meditation, positive visualization, breathing exercises, whatever releases stress for you
  • this re-balances your stressed out endocrine system, important for reducing inflammation and allow your body’s natural healing mechanisms to kick-in

4. Aerobic exercise for 30min 6x a week

  • studies show exercise does help cancer patients kill cancer

5. Sunbathe to get your Vitamin D

  • Vitamin D, which acts more like a hormone than a vitamin, makes up the foundation of good health.  The best source of Vitamin D is from the sun on your skin but obviously you never want to over expose your skin to the point of that you burn.  Some people recommend 30min a day, but I don’t think there are any studies to suggest any recommendations.  A highly acidic diet,  a diet high in animal protein and processed foods, prevents your body from utilizing the active form of this hormone which has important anti-cancer properties.

My doctor’s can’t advise me on anything but surgery, radiation or chemo — that’s ok, doctors are just technicians.  A vegan diet to heal cancer would be so alien to any MD since they get little, if any, training in nutrition.  Meanwhile, big companies are conducting research on food for its anti-cancer properties in the attempt to patent mother nature.  The modern medical idea of “One Disease, One Cure” doesn’t work on chronic illnesses like cancer or heart disease.  Eventually, research on food will transform treatments for chronic illnesses like cancer.  Already, the medical establishment has conceded that heart disease can be cured through diet alone[2]. my belief is that cancer is next.

The “lifestyle changes” above are a good complement to traditional treatments.  I, myself, have progressively adopted these “lifestyle changes” while on chemo as I learned about them and my cancer has stopped growing.  After 6 months of chemo cycles, I’m now off chemo since my cancer has been stable for 6 months.  There’s two parts to this lifestyle change that I find the most difficult: a) eating 5g of potassium from leafy greens and b) drinking enough water.  These two are key to detoxing the liver, and after 6 months of chemo I’m sure my liver needs some healing attention.

Will my cancer go away or continue to be stable?  That’s the biggest question on my mind, I’ll let you know how it turns out in a few months.

Update 7/28 – In addition to heart disease[2], it seems diabetes type 2 can also be reversed by following a raw vegan diet:

Update 8/23 – Added emphasis to lowering eating meat and dairy to under 10% of total calories to turn cancer off[4], and clarified information about soy safety[3].

Update 9/15 – Latest MRI results are in: tumor is shrinking after following this diet for two months

Update 9/16 – There is one pre-requite to starting this diet, make sure your digestion is working properly.  If you have candidiasis, irritable bowel syndrome, or similar digestion problem, this must be solved first through proper food combining, eating “live” fermented foods like rejuvelac, etc. “The Body Ecology Diet” by Donna Gates and “The Living Foods Lifestyle” by Brenda Cobb are the best books to start with.

Update 1/25/2010 – “The Body Ecology Diet” by Donna Gates and “The Living Foods Lifestyle” by Brenda Cobb, the book Digestive Tune-Up by Dr. McDougall is an excellent reference for healing your digestion.

Update 4/22 – Added getting sun exposure for all your Vitamin D needs.  Happy Earth Day!









2 responses

16 09 2009
Cancer doesn’t like Green Smoothies either « Anti-cancer Living

[…] Click here for a detailed version of my anti-cancer vegan diet. […]

4 11 2009
Tumor shrinking on vegan diet « Anti-cancer Living

[…] my (plant-centered) anti-cancer vegan diet […]

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