Tumor shrinking on vegan diet

4 11 2009

Just got the results from my bi-monthly MRI, the brain tumor seems to continue to shrink.  I was so excited after hearing the good news I couldn’t hold it all in. My doctor didn’t know exactly how to explain it, so I handed her the research study on men with prostate cancer who followed a vegan diet for a year and all had improved their cancer situations. After we talked a bit she said that I had “peaked her interest” so I recommend she read “The China Study”. (Interestingly, the author of “The China Study” did lab experiments with mice, the same mouse model used for most cancer treatments, which showed a diet of less than 10% of total calories from animal protein/fat reverses cancer at every stage, from prevention to progression.) One good MRI result could be a fluke, but two good MRI results makes a trend — a very positive, healthy trend. Yet the only things I’ve done to influence this positive trend is follow a 95% vegan diet (with green smoothies every other day) for the last two months.

I must be going through some kind of survivor’s guilt or something because I get seriously frustrated when I’m in grocery stores and hear “get tested early for cancer” or “diabetics can have everything in the store”; when I hear of recently diagnosed cancer patients confused over nutritional advice; when someone tells me I have to “get the word out”. The way I found out was through other cancer survivors who claimed that a vegan diet cured their cancer. Then I found the research and scientists who are out there “getting the word out” — I listened, I changed my diet, and I’m getting better. The big question is, why don’t doctors simply say “follow a vegan diet and you can improve your chances of surviving cancer at any level of the disease”?  Perhaps it may be the same reason why many people don’t know that it has been scientifically proven that a vegan diet reverses cures heart disease.  You can’t patent a vegan diet and sell it in a pill for thousands of dollars.

I guess it comes down to this:  it is up to all of us to “get the word out”.  If you are a cancer survivor: follow a vegan diet, drink green smoothies, and read “The China Study”.  If you know someone who has been newly diagnosed with cancer: let them know that cancer doesn’t like a 100% vegan diet with green smoothies and ask them to read “The China Study”.  Yes, I’ve over simplified the message, but if doctor’s aren’t doing it, then it is up to you and me to get the word out.


Feedback 1 of 2:

Here is a coworker’s response to my good news – I completely appreciate his honesty:

… on hearing your initial good news – and perusing pretty much your entire blog – I shared your story with a few friends (no names of course.)  Their reactions were identical: politely stated but nonetheless complete dismissal of the notion that diet was in any way related to your recovery.  “Well, it’s funny how coincidences can lead to false conclusions”…”if that’s what he chooses to believe and it keeps him thinking positively I guess there’s no harm”…in a couple instances I responded by reiterating my belief that the correlation was at least within the realm of the possibility – this was met with more forceful dismissal, denial, even derision (“you’re not saying that you actually think that…”)…

I’m sure you have had enough similar encounters to fill a book…still, I wanted you to know that I experienced a brief glimpse into this and it blew me away.  It reminded me of behavior religious fundamentalists might exhibit: blind commitment to a belief system, all evidence to the contrary be damned.  Is this part of Western society’s core belief system? Blind faith in modern medicine at the expense of any alternative?

Feedback 2 of 2:

I found out this weekend(11/7) about an airplane mechanic that has been dealing with esophageal cancer who went on a vegan diet after a common friend told him about my story.  It turns out his cancer is going away and his doctors can’t explain it.  I freaked out (quietly) feeling both excitement for his improving health and astonishment at the short time it has taken him to start seeing results.  I’ll dig a little bit to see if I can get the whole story for this blog; however, I feel the need to point out the disclaimer at the bottom of this blog.  I’m not a doctor.  Each person’s healing situation is unique so make sure you’ve partnered with a doctor who will listen to you and is fighting for your health.  A vegan diet can be followed with most, if not all, traditional treatments for cancer — please talk to your doctor.  Give yourself the best fighting chance possible!