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Can A Vegan Diet Cure Cancer?

More and more over the last few years I have been finding out about the health benefits of a vegan diet, and they are really quite astonishing, not least being the claim that this diet can both prevent and cure cancer.

Not only do vegans generally suffer much lower rates off this disease than omnivores in any case, but I have heard numerous stories of people who have recovered from supposedly “incurable” cancer by going vegan! Take, for example, this one I read only recently: this 78-year-old British man, Allen Taylor, had a diagnosis of incurable colon cancer and was given a few months to live. He looked up natural cures on the internet, and as a result of that gave up meat and dairy products, and instead replaced them with up to 10 portions of raw fruit and vegetables each day. He also took certain herbal supplements. After a few months of this diet he was told he was cancer-free by the doctors.

Cancer is a subject that touches me closely, as my aunt is currently suffering from it. She was first diagnosed around 6 years ago, with tumours in various parts of her body. She underwent a course of treatment, including surgery and chemotherapy, which seemed to work for a while, but now the tumours have come back in her brain. She is currently having another course of chemotherapy. She is 52 years old, 6 years older than me, so she was first diagnosed with it at around my age. Her sister, my Mum, insists Charlotte has a very healthy diet although she is not vegan. She also insists it is only the chemo that has kept Charlotte alive this long, whereas I have very big doubts about that. If chemo is so good, why didn't it completely zap the cancer the first time? Why has it come back?

I believe, from what I have read, that it has been scientifically proven that cancer cells can only survive and grow in an acidic environment. This is why all forms of cancers are much more common amongst omnivores, as meat and dairy products are highly acid-forming. That seems to be the theory behind why people have cured themselves of cancer by adopting a vegan diet – the tumours are starved of their acidic nourishment, and so they die. I don't think that is the whole story though, as regards a plant-based diet: I think that also meat, dairy and eggs generally contain so many hormones, chemicals, etc., that these are also poisoning the body and contributing to cancers.

This plant-based diet theory as both a prevention and cure for this illness has been backed up by none other than the famous Dr Colin T Campbell, the renowned author of The China Study. He asserts that everyone has cancer cells that will pop up in our bodies at some time in our lives. However one of the factors that feed these cells and aid their growth are animal proteins, among other things. One reason for this being that it creates the optimum acidic environment for the cancer to thrive, as I have mentioned above.

I wish my aunt would try going vegan, preferably raw-vegan and organic, and seeing what happens, but obviously it is for her to decide what to do for the best.  If I got cancer (God forbid, and with any luck I won't, since I am already vegan!) I would not take chemotherapy, and I would probably not have the other forms of conventional treatment either. It seems that these types of orthodox medicine often just make a bad situation worse - they make have some initial success in shrinking the tumours, but actually cause more harm in the long run. It must be such a horrible situation to be in, to get a cancer diagnosis, i.e. a potential death sentence, so you can't blame people for clutching at straws and taking any medication they are offered, anything that has any chance of saving their lives. But with what I know now, I would be going for natural, alternative, holistic cancer treatments, I am sure.

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  1. No Name
    I do believe this one to be true. I knew a Grandma who was from America and lived here on the islands. At the age of 88 she found out she had brest cancer. She took her normal vacation to the US and there she found all natural herbs and different foods for her to eat to cure cancer. Within 6 months she went back for a test and they could no longer find she had brest cancer. Very nice information. Thank you for sharing. Vote #2
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    1. LEONARD
      Hello I’m Leonald Huck, I want to say a very special thanks to Dr.Aknimo for helping me get cured from Cancer disease, I was almost in a state of death last month that i could not even do anything on my own without the help of someone. On a very faithful evening i was trying to check the internet for the recent news in the society when i came across a man giving his testimonies of what Dr. Aknimo has done for him and his household, so i quickly collected his mail and decided to give it a trial. I contacted him and told him of my dying state and my predicament and he sent me some medicines through DHL and instructed me on how to take them, which i did, and behold after two weeks i noticed some slight change in my body and i went to the hospital and discovered that i was cured completely now today am a living testimony. Then i said to myself that i am still going to share my own testimony so that for those who have lost all hope, kindly contact him today through his email he can help you, draknimosolutiontemple@gmail.com Or you call him on his mobile number +2349080606667. He’s waiting to help you. Warmest Regards.
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  2. kristo
    kristo
    voted! I remember you posted that sour sop anti cancer article a few days ago on fb, so I thought an article like this would be coming! have you tried sour sop yet? it is a totally unique flavour. I have a giant one in my fridge right now, in fact... breakfast?
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    1. Veganara
      Veganara
      Thanks Naya and Kristo. To be honest Kristo, I had never even heard of sour sop before I saw that article on FB! But it intrigued me so I shared it. Someone then commented that you can get sour sop over here, in London (probably not round where I live though), so maybe I will try it. Especially if, as you say, it has a totally unique flavour. Maybe the next thing I will post will be a soursop recipe!
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      1. kristo
        kristo
        It's most common as a juice or slush in Vietnamese / Thai grocery stores. At least in Canada that's where to find it, which doesn't help you at all :p
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  3. Whitney Metz
    Whitney Metz
    This was great Maggie! Voted. I agree 100%. From what I have seen of the effects of chemotherapy, there is no way I would ever do it. I truly believe that if we all just took care of ourselves (by being vegan) and the planet, we wouldn't have to worry about cancer anymore. I hope your aunt gets better.
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    1. Veganara
      Veganara
      Thanks Whitney. Yes, I think you are right. I have heard it described that cancer is a result of a disconnect with nature. My Mum, who is a former nurse, estimates that my aunt probably doesn't have more than a couple of years left. If that is the case, she really doesn't have much to lose by trying a vegan diet and alternative medicine, does she? Chemotherapy basically posions the body; it poisons the tumours, but also the healthy tissue. So how can that be right? As I have found it, chemo can shrink the tumours initially, but they usually end up growing again after a while. Whereas once people have received the all-clear after trying a vegan diet and herbal treatments, they usually stay cancer-free after that! Significant, huh?
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      1. Whitney Metz
        Whitney Metz
        I don't know she wouldn't at least try a vegan diet. You're right, at this point she has nothing to lose (though in all honesty, no on ever has anything to lose by adopting a vegan diet).
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        1. Veganara
          Veganara
          Absolutely Whitney! No one ever has anything to lose by going vegan, but usually just a lot to gain. Like my Mum, my aunt was a nurse too, and retired from work when she got ill. Because of their former professions, I think that they both put too much faith in conventional medicine. My aunt would probably not stop having chemo for that reason, as, like my Mum, I am sure she is convinced it is all that is keeping her alive. In actual fact it is probably just delaying the inevitable a bit, or even bringing it closer. I have heard that actually there are a lot of natural cures for cancer, herbs, etc, but the medical establishment and particularly the pharmaceutical industries don't want people to know about them, because they can't make any money out of them! Such a depressing thought....I think all we can do is keep publicising these alternative cures as much as we can.
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          1. Whitney Metz
            Whitney Metz
            I know what you mean. I think most people just assume that the medical establishment has the people's best interest at heart when, in fact, it is a business like any other business. They treat every illness in the way that makes the most money for them, not in the way that is most effective for the patient.
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            1. Veganara
              Veganara
              All too true Whitney. I suppose that is the whole trouble with any kind of corporatism, it is all about profit margins.:-(
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  4. ericaflament
    My opinion only - it's easy to say you would not opt to have chemotherapy when you are not presented with the medical facts. I was on a plant based diet for a little over a year and found out I had breast cancer at 41. I am currently undergoing treatments to ensure this type of tumor does not return someplace else in my body. I have 2 children and a husband that need me in the long run, would I have tried to not do chemo if someone could almost guarnatee me (remember there are no guarantees in life) that it would not return sure. But the medical facts show that I could be worse off long term should this present itself later in life and I would not be strong or healthy enough to handle my treatments. Do I think my diet and lifestyle helped my circumstance absolutely! My tumor was very small (detected very early) but had other factors that it could come back later. We chose this course of meds in hope to beat the odds. I also still juice, lean as much as I can to a plant based diet (however with my blood type am not getting enough protein with only plants so have gone back to "clean" meats chicken, fish, range free eggs). You do what you can to extend your life and unfortunately until they say for sure that the plant based diet can make the cancer go away there aren't a lot of options. In addition I follow a nutritionist's orders and see a physical therapist once a week to help with my lymph system to help detox. Do I wish this didn't exist and didn't HAVE to folow medical advice totally but sometimes it's up to yourself to make those tough decisions.
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    1. Veganara
      Veganara
      I agree Erica Flament. I did say in my article that I can understand people taking any help they can get when they have a cancer diagnosis, chemo or whatever. I said that I don't have cancer so I don't know what I would do, but I don't think I would have chemo (but, as you say, I am not currently in that situation of having a life-threatening disease). I also said I understand that my aunt is just doing what she thinks best. I don't understand really how you were not getting enough protein on a vegan diet - there is plenty in plants, if you eat the right type! But I am not trying to tell you what to do. As you say, no one can say for sure that a vegan diet and alternative treatments can cure cancer, but exactly the same applies to conventional medicine, eg chemo, radiotherapy, surgery, etc! Sadly, a lot of people have all those treatments and still die. So I don't think people have much to lose by going the vegan, alternative route. I hope you stay all-clear now.
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      1. ericaflament
        I am with you 100% that if people can do something to improve their diet situation why not. I will go back to plant based when I can not sure but the protein issue has to do with my blood type and not retaining enough protein. I lost 4 pounds in a week and wasn't good. I am not happy about reverting back but keep it limited. I hope you ain't comes through again without issue. It is alarming how many people are receiving a cancer diagnoses. I will do whatever it takes to try to be cancer free when this is over. Have a good one :)
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        1. Akanksha
          Akanksha
          look for a plant based protein supplement with high PDCAAS score. The highest is 1 and it ensures maximum digestibility
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          1. ericaflament
            Thank you, were should I look for this?
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  5. Inge Scott
    Inge Scott
    I am a Stage 4 rectal cancer survivor. I chose the conventional treatment because of the severity of my cancer, however, I became vegan during my treatment and remain so. My scans are always clear and believe my change of diet and lifestyle are the reason I am healthy. Before I was diagnosed I thought I was eating healthy and was mostly vegetarian but I ate too much processed foods, like soy and I did consume dairy, like yogurt and milk. I forgot to eat the veggies. I also believe GMOs in the corn and soy were a contributing factor. I completely agree that the key to good health is to stay as alkaline as possible, along with exercise, rest, a positive outlook, and coping with daily stress. Thank you for sharing your story!
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  6. Akanksha
    Akanksha
    Great post Maggie and a very important subject. I have known people who have cured cancer by making some lifestyle changes and holistic techniques.
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  7. sjeffries
    Here is a funny story. About 4 years ago at the age of 37 I went vegan and almost 100% organic to prevent cancer after my fathers cancer diagnosis. I began to study holistic nutrition and helped other people make healthy changes to their diets and lifestyles. I changed cleaning and cosmetic products to natural and eco friendly versions. I was convinced that western medicine was not the answer to true health. Well in December I was diagnosed with breast cancer and a very aggressive type. I never would have thought that I would have been on the slash and burn treatments that I am currently taking. With the aggressive diagnosis I wasn't fully satisfied that diet alone could cure what had already started in my healthy body or so I thought. I am using integrated therapies such as yoga, acupuncture, meditation and consulting a Chinese medicine practitioner whom has said I am reacting very well to the chemo because of my vegan diet. Yes chemo sucks and we can all say what we would do or not do when confronted with the reality of having to make the decisions to save our lives but I know that not one size fits all.
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    1. Veganara
      Veganara
      No maybe not, thank you for sharing that. But as I say, I know I am not in that situation (of having cancer) so I can't say for definite what' I would do if I got it. I think I would try the alternative route first. As you say, one size does not fit all, but as you also say, your vegan diet is really helping the your body respond to the chemo. So the diet is still of benefit, isn't it? I am aware this is a highly emotive subject, and the last thing I want to do is upset anyone who is currently fighting cancer. In that situation, I know anyone will take any help they can get in treating the disease, conventional or otherwise. The causes of cancer are diverse, and some are hereditary, which means presumably that however healthy you try to be, you still have a very strong chance of getting the disease. Even in that case, the healthier your diet and lifestyle is generally, the better chance you have of recovering from it, I am sure.
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      1. Inge Scott
        Inge Scott
        I completely agree. I have a blog rectalcancermyass.wordpress.com/ and I tell my readers about eating healthy during and after cancer treatment. It is my opinion that changing ones lifestyle that includes eating a plant based diet is the key to stay healthy...not just for cancer but all diseases. There is a book and video called The China Study that scientifically confirms what you are saying.
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  8. The Flaming Vegan Crew
    The Flaming Vegan Crew
    Fascinating! The power of going plant-based rears it's head again! Thanks!
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  9. CarlyBryan
    Well according to the researchers there is a practical hope regarding the cancer cure through vegan diet. Research suggests it can improve your chances of recovering or never getting cancer in life. But you can’t say it’s true in every condition. Cancer is a fatal disease, both vegan or non-vegan can face any type of cancer in their life. Cure and diagnosis of the disease has been improving rapidly through the new invention like present at http://www.ilexmedical.com/products.php?id=187 and effective treatment options. But cancer is a subject that creates fear among everyone; no doubt healthy diet plays an important part to avoid many diseases, but you can’t assure about anything in life. It’s important to take doctor’s opinion immediately if you are facing symptoms that might be of cancer.
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  10. Joel7761
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  12. LEONARD
    Hello I’m Leonald Huck, I want to say a very special thanks to Dr.Aknimo for helping me get cured from Cancer disease, I was almost in a state of death last month that i could not even do anything on my own without the help of someone. On a very faithful evening i was trying to check the internet for the recent news in the society when i came across a man giving his testimonies of what Dr. Aknimo has done for him and his household, so i quickly collected his mail and decided to give it a trial. I contacted him and told him of my dying state and my predicament and he sent me some medicines through DHL and instructed me on how to take them, which i did, and behold after two weeks i noticed some slight change in my body and i went to the hospital and discovered that i was cured completely now today am a living testimony. Then i said to myself that i am still going to share my own testimony so that for those who have lost all hope, kindly contact him today through his email he can help you, draknimosolutiontemple@gmail.com Or you call him on his mobile number +2349080606667. He’s waiting to help you. Warmest Regards.
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