Vegans live longer and have a lower environmental impact! Furthermore, the vegan diet is protective against cancer, implicated in the cure of cancer and is used in many alternative cures. There is a huge body of research concerning the anti-cancer and the general health-giving properties of phytochemicals (active stuff in plants). For example, the group of flavonoids called anthocyanins (found in purple corn and blueberries) which are highly ‘anti-radical’ and have a strong ‘antioxidant capacity’. That is, they are protective against cancer.
So assuming that the vegan diet is protective against cancer there should be examples of this protection. Of course, the same would be true for cancer cures. Well here’s someone who fits that bill. Taken from Exclusive Excerpt from “Lifelong Running: Overcome the 11 Myths About Running and Live a Healthier Life” by Ruth E. Heidrich, Ph.D. | Our Hen House here’s a little bit about Ruth Heidrich whose vegan diet protects her against cancer after saving her in the first place.
Author Ruth Heidrich received her Ph.D. in Health Management in 1993…She is a certified fitness trainer and holds three world records for fitness for her age group at the renowned Cooper Clinic in Dallas, Texas. She still actively competes in marathons and triathlons, having won more than 900 trophies and medals since her diagnosis of breast cancer in 1982 at the age of 47. With Terry Shintani, M.D., she co-hosts the radio show “Nutrition & You” on KWAI-AM in Hawaii. She is the founding member and past president of the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii and past president of the Mid-Pacific Road Runners Club. She has won eight gold medals in the Senior Olympics in Hawaii, Arizona, and Nevada.
Dr. McDougall figured out that diet had a lot to do with the degeneration of… health and set out to prove it, starting with the clinical research study on breast cancer.
(Dr. McDougall) looked over my lab tests, he frowned and said, “You know, with a cholesterol reading of 236, you’re at as high a risk of dying of a heart attack as the breast cancer.” I was doubly stunned! First the breast cancer, and now Dr. McDougall was saying I could die of a heart attack? He hastened to reassure me that by changing my diet I would beat both of these: “If you want to save your life, change your diet!”
Change your diet to save your life! Surgery won’t help…
Despite my having had surgery in which the surgeon attempted to cut out all the cancer, there were no clear margins. The cancer had already spread throughout the breast. There were also signs that it was in my bones, liver, and one lung as well. So I was desperately afraid it was too late. Dr. McDougall assured me that that was not the case. He said that if I enrolled in his study, I couldn’t have any chemotherapy or radiation because he needed to show that it was the diet alone – not chemo or radiation – that reversed the cancer and saved my life. This meant that the diet would be the only variable, and therefore strong evidence that this cancer was diet-related. This was really good news to me, not only because I would have done anything to save my life, but because I’d be able to avoid chemo and radiation.
Vegan diet cures cancer? Really?
The diet I was to follow consisted of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. I already loved brown rice and oatmeal, so that part was easy. I took Dr. McDougall’s cooking class and learned how to make a wide variety of delicious foods, all based on whole plant foods, and to skip all oils, even olive oil. The basic idea was to take ethnic dishes and keep them healthy. For example, chili con carne without the meat, spaghetti without the meatballs, and stir-frys with lots of different veggies sautéed in water or veggie broth. The options are almost endless, all very healthy, but, most importantly, delicious!
Cut out the rubbish – clean eating please
The simplest and most basic eating plan I adopted, however, was to eat just whole, unrefined, unprocessed plant foods, especially many different varieties of fruit and veggies. As I like to say, “Just wash ’em and eat ’em!” There was an almost infinite variety of dishes that could be made following these simple guidelines, and thus my new diet was launched.
So Ruth Heidrich avoided all chemo and radiation, recovered from the surgery and went on to many great running achievements. All through the power of plants. She had an emphasis on certain plants though. Green, full of nutrients and so anti-cancer properties.
One relatively unique aspect of my diet was an emphasis on leafy greens, which I even included in my breakfast. While studying nutrition, I learned which foods had the highest vitamin, mineral, and antioxidant levels, and were therefore the healthiest. Leafy greens are right at the top, so it made a lot of sense to me to get them into my body as early in the day as possible – and not in the form of a small dinner salad as so many people do.
It’s a simple approach. Cut out the rubbish and fill up on the good guys. It could, literally, save your life. Of course, greens can be juiced so you get a good burst of good guys in one quick go. I like juicing
Ruth Heidrich saved from cancer by super healthy vegan diet
But not only the cancer was quashed by her new vegan uber-healthy diet
By the way, remember the heart attack that Dr. McDougall mentioned I was at risk of dying from because of my high cholesterol reading of 236? After fewer than three weeks on my new diet, my cholesterol had dropped down to 160 and the next test reading a few months later showed it was 129. It continues to run at that very healthy level, along with healthy readings in all other tests.
Did you get that. Markers of imminent heart attack (cholesterol) reduced from 236 to 160 in three weeks! That’s impressive, very impressive. Better than drugs, dontcha think?
Lifelong Running: Overcome the 11 Myths About Running and Live a Healthier Life is only available in Kindle form in the UK at the moment. I expect other version will follow in due course.