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What Was Angelina Thinking? What About a Vegan Diet?
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What Was Angelina Thinking? What About a Vegan Diet?

As I am sure everyone knows by now, a little while back, Angelina Jolie made the shocking announcement to the world that she has had a  preventative double mastectomy, to avoid getting breast cancer. It seems she has genetically a very high chance of contracting this disease (around 87%) since tragically her mother, aunt, and her maternal grandmother all died of this type of cancer. It was no doubt a brave decision to make, but why go public with it? I'll be charitable and assume she thought it might help other women going through similar issues (rather than cynically suspecting it may be publicity-seeking behavior!)

Was it really necessary for her to have both her breasts removed though? Naturally Ms. Jolie wants to avoid getting cancer, but it seems so drastic and needless, when I believe that she could have opted to change her diet instead. If she just went vegan, she would dramatically reduce her chance of getting this killer disease! All of the research I have found on the subject strongly suggests that a vegan diet is one of the best preventative actions in the cancer battle (See my former blog Can A Vegan Diet Cure Cancer?)

Apparently, animal proteins in milk, dairy and eggs are some of the fertilisers, as it were, that help cancer cells in the body to develop. This is particularly true regarding the link between dairy products and breast cancer. Vegans have significantly lower rates of cancers than omnivores, and there have been cases of people who have already contracted cancer, curing it by adopting a vegan diet, and taking herbal supplements. It has been scientifically proven that cancer cells can only survive in an acidic environment. Meat, dairy products, and eggs are all highly acid-forming.

In support of this theory, I suggest everyone watches the video below. It was made a by a 60-year-old American woman, who, like Angelina Jolie, has a family history of breast cancerr. Her mother, aunt and both her sisters all contracted the terrible disease. But rather than having mastectomies, she went vegan about 30 years ago, and has stayed cancer-free ever since. Coincidence? Does she just not carry the gene? If she does, then her current plant-based diet has made it far less likely that the gene will be activated (she looks about 20 years younger than her age as well, as you will see from the video).

Angelina's surgery seems perverse to me, because she used to be a vegan at one time. Presumably this was for ethical reasons, as she is clearly motivated to a large degree by compassion. She has adopted three of her children from Third World countries, and she promotes humanitarian causes. The actress is famous for her work with refugees as a former Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. She eventually went back to an omnivorous diet, saying that veganism was making her ill. In fact it “nearly killed her”. Wasn't that it her twenties, when she was taking lots of drugs and not eating properly anyway? Maybe it was those factors that nearly killed her! I am sure we have heard that from a few former vegans, haven't we? I assume that they are not eating vegan in a healthy, truly plant-based way, if it is making them ill. Their diets are probably unbalanced, despite being vegan.

It's even more perverse of Angelina not to change her diet, since her husband-to-be (Brad Pitt) is a vegan. There's no opposition on the home front, quite the reverse! Apparently he wants to raise their children as vegans, and she objects to that,which is something they argue about. It would be great if Brad could convert Angelina back to the plantarian diet at some point, not just for her health, but for ethical reasons too. She has done a lot of good work in the world, so she clearly has a strong desire for social justice. So the next logical step would be to go vegan (since it helps people, as well as animals).




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  1. kristo
    Its not a surprise that a plant based diet can cure you. many traditional medicines are just that. I still remember your anti cancer sour sop post and have been eating lots of it.
    1. Veganara
      Thanks Kristo. I still haven't tried sour sop, I must admit! I had never even heard of it, until I saw that article about it, and was intrigued so shared it on Facebook. Then someone commented, saying that you can get it over here in London, so I must try it sometime. Yes, as you say, there are actually plants that can cure or prevent cancer, but of course, the pharmaceutical industries don't want us to use those, as they can't make any money out of them!
  2. Blanca Verome
    Blanca Verome
    While I agree that changing your diet is a good way to help prevent cancer, I also think that watching someone you love die from cancer is a very big incentive to take drastic steps. My grandmother died of breast cancer after a horrific 5 year battle and my 24 year old sister also ended up with breast cancer (she is vegan and has been for many years). I've seriously considered the double mastectomy option, though I wanted to be sure I was done with children first. When it is between fighting for your life and doing everything you can (even surgery) to prevent it from happening in the first place, I would happily opt for prevention.
    1. Veganara
      I agree with you Blanca. Unfortunately even vegans get cancer sometimes, although the rates tend to be much lower than in omnivores. Obviously it is a personal choice, whether to go for a preventative mastectomy route. My aunt currently has cancer, has had it for a few years (she is not vegan) in various parts of her body. Another reason for being vegan though is that your body is likely to respond to other treatments like chemotherapy better, if you do get cancer - you will probably have a better survival rate. I was just trying to point out in my article above that if Angelina Jolie went back to being a vegan, it would not only help her health-wise, but it would make perfect sense in many other ways too.
  3. LiveHealthyNow
    I voted, great post!! I recently added something I'd appreciated if you'd take a look thank you
  4. pftsusan
    i just watched this whole thing So I voted; It's very good. Thank you. I'm surrounded by cancer and breast cancer too. I rather just eat right, exercise and write. Great blog.
    1. Veganara
      Thanks a lot LiveHealthyNow and pftsusan. TFV shared this on their FB page, which was nice, but I got a negative comment saying: " I am surprised you are so judgemental of her.....If she had a double mastectomy AND went vegan, would you fault her less then?" Frankly, yes I would! It's not that I am "judging" her for having the mastectomy, obviously that is a personal choice, to do what you think is best. I was just trying to point out that it would make sense for her to go vegan for several reasons (in my opinion!)
  5. TheCookieFairy
    Although I believe a vegan diet is the best option for most people, it's certainly not the be-all end-all. I think it's rather harsh to use words such as "perverse." It's her life, after all, and she felt this was the safest option for herself. As you say, you're assuming most of these things about her lifestyle, but you don't know her personally (I doubt anyone here does). The mother of a friend of mine ate mostly vegan while battling cancer but the disease was too aggressive in the end, despite her best efforts.
    1. Veganara
      It's true, I don't know her personally, TheCookieFairy. I am only going by what I have read about her in the media, and I don't know how accurate that is. But she has been very public about her mastectomies, which she didn't need to be (since, as you say, it is a personal decision) and also very public about a vegan diet "nearly killing her." In her position, as a role model, she knows that making public statements like that are very likely to influence others. What I meant was, she is actually being quite perverse in not going vegan, as it would make perfect sense, in other ways, as I have tried to point out.
      1. Veganara
        I'm sad that some readers thought I was criticising Ms Jolie for having preventative mastectomies, when she clearly thought that was the best decision she could make for her own health. Obviously not the kind of decision any woman makes lightly or on a whim, to have both breasts removed! I did actually say in the article I thought it was a brave choice to make, but I am not sure about the advisability of her telling the world about it. I also pointed out that she has done a lot of humanitarian work in the world,so she is clearly a compassionate kind of person, which gives the article some balance, and is relevant to the point I was making about going vegan. But sadly some people didn't seem to take much notice of that *sigh*.
  6. dianabart
    I don't know how i missed this one.. Great article i highly agree to eat our way to good health is the real preventative method.. I do not think invasive procedures for something that doesn't even exist yet is preventative any which way we look at it.. it is and was a fear based decision. Just voted and shared on my Facebook health ministry page @Faith, Food & Fitness..
    1. Veganara
      Thank you dianabart. That's what I think - it is a fear-based decision really. Actually pftsusan who has commented above has mentioned to me a couple of other good points about this: 1) anything that you have removed from your body,like an organ, actually takes a few years off your life (I didn't know that); 2) If the cancer is hereditary, having a mastectomy, for example, won't necessarily stop you gettjng it anyway - it could well just pop up in another part of your body! Cancer cells do have an unfortunate habit of doing that - metastasizing, I believe the term is.
  7. SKimball
    Good blog, thanks for sharing! Voted.
    1. Veganara
      Thank you SKimball, glad you like it.
  8. Sunshine
    In all honestly, I probably would have done the same. Regardless of being a vegetarian/vegan. Especially if my odds were that high. Sometimes a healthy lifestyle is just not enough.


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