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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