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Plant Based Diet An Actual Cure For Cancer?

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A Cure For Cancer? Eating A Plant-Based Diet

For those of you who have been following me for awhile you know that I believe very strongly in eating a plant based diet.

Plant based diets provide the following health benefits:

  • decrease risk of heart disease
  • decrease risk of diabetes
  • lower cholesterol levels
  • lower blood pressure levels
  • lower risk of certain cancers
  • help to decrease weight or maintain a healthy weight

All good things, but I bet you really didn’t get too excited about any of those did you? You probably thought, “Yeah, Susan, I’ve heard it all a million times before. I know I need to eat more vegetables.”

I know, because that’s exactly how I feel when I read about plant based diets.

But I do have something you haven’t heard before, something that was recently reported in The Huffington Post (link to article).

A Plant Based Diet is an actual CURE FOR CANCER

And I know that will blow your mind because I know you have known someone, or know someone now, who has cancer.

I have a 7 year old friend, Hannah, who is battling leukemia right now. And in the past few weeks of her journey, I have heard dozens and dozens of other stories from people about who else has also battled this disease.

Everyone seems to know someone.

And to be honest, I know cancer is an issue out there, growing each day. But it has only been the last few years that I have been paying attention on how to prevent cancer.

You see, my mom battled lung cancer 5 years ago. So, naturally, I started being concerned for my own health and looking for ways to keep myself cancer free. But it wasn’t until Hannah got leukemia that I started looking for a cure for cancer.

What I am finding is amazing. We can control so much of our health through the nutrition choices we make.

Check out this interview that was included in the referenced article above between T. Colin Campbell, Author of The China Study and Professor at Cornell University, and Kathy Freston, the Author of this amazing article.

KF: What happens in the body when cancer develops? What is the actual process?

TCC: Cancer generally develops over a long period of time, divided into 3 stages, initiation, promotion and progression.

Initiation occurs when chemicals or other agents attack the genes of normal cells to produce genetically modified cells capable of eventually causing cancer. The body generally repairs most such damage but if the cell reproduces itself before it is repaired, its new (daughter) cell retains this genetic damage. This process may occur within minutes and, to some extent, is thought to be occurring most of the time in most of our tissues.

Promotion occurs when the initiated cells continue to replicate themselves and grow into cell masses that eventually will be diagnosed. This is a long growth phase occurring over months or years and is known to be reversible.

Progression occurs when the growing cancer masses invade neighboring tissues and/or break away from the tissue of origin (metastasis) and travel to distant tissues when they are capable of growing independently at which point they are considered to be malignant.

KF: Why do some people get cancer, and others don’t? What percentage is genetic, and what percentage has to do with diet?

TCC: Although the initiated cells are not considered to be reversible, the cells growing through the promotion stage are usually considered to be reversible, a very exciting concept. This is the stage that especially responds to nutritional factors. For example, the nutrients from animal based foods, especially the protein, promote the development of the cancer whereas the nutrients from plant-based foods, especially the antioxidants, reverse the promotion stage. This is a very promising observation because cancer proceeds forward or backward as a function of the balance of promoting and anti-promoting factors found in the diet, thus consuming anti-promoting plant-based foods tend to keep the cancer from going forward, perhaps even reversing the promotion. The difference between individuals is almost entirely related to their diet and lifestyle practices.

Although all cancer and other diseases begin with genes, this is not the reason whether or not the disease actually appears. If people do the right thing during the promotion stage, perhaps even during the progression stage, cancer will not appear and if it does, might even be resolved. Most estimates suggest that not more than 2-3 percent of cancers are due entirely to genes; almost all the rest is due to diet and lifestyle factors. Consuming plant based foods offers the best hope of avoiding cancer, perhaps even reversing cancer once it is diagnosed. Believing that cancer is attributed to genes is a fatalistic idea but believing that cancer can be controlled by nutrition is a far more hopeful idea.

KF: You said that initially something attacks the genes, chemicals or other agents; like what?

TCC: Cancer, like every other biological event–good or bad–begins with genes. In the case of cancer, gene(s) that give rise to cancer either may be present when we are born or, during our lifetimes, normal genes may be converted into cancer genes by certain highly reactive chemicals (i.e., carcinogens).

Consider ‘cancer genes’ as seeds that grow into tumor masses only if they are ‘fed’. The ‘feeding’ comes from wrongful nutrition. It’s like growing a lawn. We plant seeds but they don’t grow into grass (or weeds) unless they are provided water, sunlight and nutrients. So it is with cancer. In reality, we are planting seeds all of our lifetime although some may be present at birth, not only for cancer but also for other events as well. But this mostly does not matter unless we ‘nourish’ their growth.

The chemicals that create these cancer genes are called ‘carcinogens’. Most carcinogens of years past have been those that attack normal genes to give cancer genes. These are initiating carcinogens, or initiators. But more recently, carcinogens also may be those that promote cancer growth. They are promoting carcinogens, or promoters.

Our work showed that casein is the most relevant cancer promoter ever discovered.

Aside from chemicals initiating or promoting cancer, other agents such as cosmic rays (energetic particles) from the sun or from the outer reaches of space may impact our genes to cause them to change (i.e., mutate) so that they could give rise to cancer ‘seeds’. The most important point to consider is that we cannot do much about preventing initiation but we can do a lot about preventing promotion. The initiating idea is fatalistic and outside of our control but the promotion idea is hopeful because we can change our exposure to promoting agents and reverse the cancer process, thus is within our control.

KF: What exactly is so bad about animal protein?

TCC: I don’t choose the word “exactly” because it suggests something very specific. Rather, casein causes a broad spectrum of adverse effects.

Among other fundamental effects, it makes the body more acidic, alters the mix of hormones and modifies important enzyme activities, each of which can cause a broad array of more specific effects. One of these effects is its ability to promote cancer growth (by operating on key enzyme systems, by increasing hormone growth factors and by modifying the tissue acidity). Another is its ability to increase blood cholesterol (by modifying enzyme activities) and to enhance atherogenesis, which is the early stage of cardiovascular disease.

And finally, although these are casein-specific effects, it should be noted that other animal-based proteins are likely to have the same effect as casein.

KF: Ok, so I am clear that it’s wise to avoid casein, which is intrinsic in dairy (milk and cheese), but how is other animal protein, such as chicken, steak, or pork, implicated in the cause and growth of cancer?

TCC: I would first say that casein is not just “intrinsic” but IS THE MAIN PROTEIN OF COW MILK, REPRESENTING ABOUT 87% OF THE MILK PROTEIN.

The biochemical systems which underlie the adverse effects of casein are also common to other animal-based proteins. Also, the amino acid composition of casein, which is the characteristic primarily responsible for its property, is similar to most other animal-based proteins. They all have what we call high ‘biological value’, in comparison, for example, with plant-based proteins, which is why animal protein promotes cancer growth and plant protein doesn’t.

KF: Isn’t anything in moderation ok, as long as we don’t overdo it?

TCC: I rather like the expression told by my friend, Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., MD, the Cleveland Clinic surgeon who reversed heart disease and who says, “Moderation kills!” I prefer to go the whole way, not because we have fool-proof evidence showing that 100% is better than, say, 95% for every single person for every single condition but that it is easier to avoid straying off on an excursion that too often becomes a slippery slope back to our old ways. Moreover, going the whole way allows us to adapt to new unrealized tastes and to rid ourselves of some old addictions. And finally, moderation often means very different things for different people.

KF: Are you saying that if one changes their diet from animal based protein to plant-based protein that the disease process of cancer can be halted and reversed?

TCC: Yes, this is what our experimental research shows. I also have become aware of many anecdotal claims by people who have said that their switch to a plant-based diet stopped even reversed (cured?) their disease. One study on melanoma has been published in the peer-reviewed literature that shows convincing evidence that cancer progression is substantially halted with this diet.

KF: How long does it take to see changes?

TCC: It is not clear because carefully designed research in humans has not been done. However, we demonstrated and published findings showing that experimental progression of disease is at least suspended, even reversed, when tumors are clearly present.

KF: Consider a person who has been eating poorly his whole life; is there still hope that a dietary change can make a big difference? Or is everything already in motion?

TCC: Yes, a variety of evidence shows that cancers and non-cancers alike can be stopped even after consuming a poor diet earlier in life. This effect is equivalent to treatment, a very exciting concept.

KF: This is sounding like it’s a cure for cancer; is that the case?

TCC: Yes. The problem in this area of medicine is that traditional doctors are so focused on the use of targeted therapies (chemo, surgery, radiation) that they refuse to even acknowledge the use of therapies like nutrition and are loathe to even want to do proper research in this area. So, in spite of the considerable evidence–theoretical and practical–to support a beneficial nutritional effect, every effort will be made to discredit it. It’s a self-serving motive.

KF: What else do you recommend one does to avoid, stop, or reverse cancer?

TCC: A good diet, when coupled with other health promoting activities like exercise, adequate fresh air and sunlight, good water and sleep, will be more beneficial. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

**end interview.

I thought this was an amazing interview. I hope you have learned all about how cancer actually originates and how a plant based diet can actually be a cure for cancer.

Will Doctors Ever Prescribe A Plant Based Diet As a Cancer Treatment?


Not as a first or only course of treatment.

Depending on the cancer, the medical community actually has a treatment blueprint mapped out. Hannah gets her treatments according to the number of days since she was diagnosed. They know exactly what treatments she will receive and when weeks in advance.

I really want diet and nutrition to become a much bigger part of treatment for these diseases, but I think we will have a hard time finding the doctor who goes against the treatment blueprint and prescribes a plant based diet.

Perhaps if medical schools started including nutrition as a course that med students have to take that would be a good start.

Questions for YOU!

  • Do you know anyone now or have you known anyone with cancer?
  • What was their course of treatment?
  • What do you think of the info given in the interview?
  • Do you think it is enough to switch you over to a more plant based diet?
  • Would you ever recommend a plant based diet as a treatment for cancer vs the drugs doctors prescribe?

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1 Ali Mujtaba January 25, 2011 at 2:36 pm

My uncle died from lung cancer, but he was also a heavy smoker. I think a plant based diet can help a lot but I’m not sure is really the “cure”.
Anyways, I wish all of you perfect health !

2 susan January 27, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Hey Ali! I am really sorry to hear about your uncle. My mom also had lung cancer, but it was caught early enough to save her. I am open to a plant based diet being both a cure and prevention for some types of cancer. Trouble is, I don’t have the means to research it myself so I have to rely on research that others do! Good health to you too, Ali! Thanks for leaving a comment!

3 Ali Mujtaba January 30, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Good thing you caught it early and everything is fine now, I’m glad for you. Hope you find the time to research about the plant based diet, its better when you do the research yourself.

4 Latief January 20, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Wow, this is GREAT ! Thanks for sharing, Susan!

5 susan January 27, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Thanks Latief!

6 Steve@Internet Lifestyle January 20, 2011 at 9:20 am


I am certainly trying to make those small changes to more “plant eatin’” but to be honest I do not think I could ever go 100%. Not even 95%. I struggle with trying to include something healthy with every meal, and mixing in the occasional 100% vegetarian dish. I guess I am too much of a caveman. I know I need to get down the hill…but this would be like jumping off the cliff. I am far closer to the Paleo diet. that is something I could (and have in the past) really hang with.

7 susan January 27, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Hey Steve, no need to be perfect, just always try to be better. Meat, when hunted for in the wild, is not all that bad. Grass fed meat is great too. It’s the over consuming of processed and factory farmed meat that gets us in trouble. Other then that, try to eat a fruit and a vege with every meal and you are good to go. :-) Thanks for sharing your experience with us!

8 Anne Sales January 20, 2011 at 9:01 am

I am a great believer in plant-based diet for a healthier lifestyle in general and here’s why:
1. Our teeth are not designed to chew on meat like the carnivorous animals. Ours are more like the Herbivorous like the cows and the buffalo etc and they chew their food.
2. Our intestine is longer than that of the tiger’s and the lion’s which means when we eat meat it stays longer in the intestines unlike the two mentioned carnivores.

9 susan January 27, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Hey Anne, interesting points! There is still a lot of debate about whether we were designed to be carnivores or not. I’m not sure I am on board with either school of thought. There is a lot of evidence that a plant based diet is good for health and there is a lot of evidence that the paleo diet is too. Both are convincing. Time will tell (I Hope). In the meantime. I eat lots of plants, some organic, grass fed meat and do the best I can.

10 Kees T January 19, 2011 at 1:49 am

Casein base in protein shakes bad for you?…The China Study is an excellent book for learning about cancer and heart disease (I’m glad they didn’t call it a “diet” book)….I heard Dr. Esselstyne give his talk on his patients and the explain the guidelines for eating to make one “heart attack proof” . I gave Dr. Esselstein a ride to his hotel; besides being a noted physician he was an Olympic rower medalist in the 1960′s. …check out the FourHourbody by Tim Ferriss on the Slow-Carb way of eating…

11 susan January 27, 2011 at 5:20 pm

I have read the China Study. Interesting book. My only concern is that they did not discriminate between the meat. My guess is that the majority of the meat eaten was processed and factory farmed meat. If they did a study on people who only ate grass fed animals and wild animals they hunted for I wonder if they would see a difference?

12 Sheila Atwood January 18, 2011 at 5:49 pm


Loved this interview! I have been moving toward a plant based diet. We were raised on mostly vegetables when we were kids so it is not that big of a change. My husband has been just the opposite and he raises his own organic meat and free range chickens. But I have felt that it is not enough.

I will have to let you know how it goes.

13 susan January 27, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Hey Sheila, Thanks for sharing your experiences. The idea is improvement not perfection. Having more veggies and less meat on your plate is a great goal! And meat really isn’t all that bad if it is wild, organic and grass fed!

14 Kelly-Fitness Overhaul January 18, 2011 at 11:54 am

Great post and interview. My dad died at age 50, which is a big reason I am so passionate about health and staying in shape. The hard part though is that there is so much conflicting ideas out there. It seems that you can find an “expert” that has documented studies that prove something only to find another one that says the exact opposite.

It seems that if you want to eat red meat with a clear conscious, just wait long enough and someone will have a study that proves that it is safe. Oops, too late, there already is one. It’s called a Paleo diet!

Pretty frustrating! It would be easier if we just didn’t care, huh?


15 susan January 18, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Hey Kelly – thank you so much for your thoughts and sharing your personal story about your Dad. I am really sorry you lost him at such a young age. Have you looked down through the comments and read that almost everyone knows at least one person who has or had cancer? I knew it was an epidemic but when it hits this close to home…..

I agree with you 100% about the conflicting stories. Since you are in the fitness industry, you know this first hand, since so many theories that we have known as conventional for so many years are all being busted right now.

And the paleo example you give is spot on. The promote meat and reject grains. Yet, the plant based folks reject meat and have proof whole grains reduce the risk of the big 3 diseases.

Personally, I think they are probably both right to some extent. Somewhere in the middle of a plant based diet and a paleo diet is the perfect combo of organic grass fed meat and organic veggies that is optimal for health. Somewhere…..:-)

16 Evelyn January 18, 2011 at 11:22 am

Hi Susan,

This is a very interesting interview. I appreciate you doing this post. People need to know that there are other alternatives out here.

Answers to your questions:

#1. Do you know anyone now or have you known anyone with cancer?

Yes! My grandmother, aunt, and father. All who died. I also know a young man who’s in his early 20s who is diagnosed with leukemia. He’s finished his treatments and is doing well. The strange thing about him is as he’s gone through the treatments, he’s laid off eating so much meat. No one told him this, it is something that he has started doing.

#2. What was their course of treatment?
Grandmother and aunt had chemotherapy…I guess the protocol for treating cancer.
My father on the other hand, had no treatment, because the doctors said there was nothing they could do for him. Cancer was so far advance. No treatment, just sent to hospice to die. Sidenote: I never recall my father ever eating to many veggies..just a meat and potato man.
Young man with leukemia had chemo treatment for about 1 and half years. They say he’s doing fine now..I pray is stays in good health.

#3. What do you think of the info given in the interview?
I think this information was very helpful and beneficial. People should know that they have choices and that they don’t have to follow the doctors orders for treating cancer. I was especially intrigued by what Dr. Campbell said about genes, 2-3% (cancer)…that’s a very low percentage. It goes to show that our diet and nutrition plays huge role in disease.

#4. Do you think it is enough to switch you over to a more plant based diet?
Yes! If I was diagnosed with cancer, I think this interview would definitely convince me to switch my diet in a heartbeat. What would I have to lose?

#5. Would you ever recommend a plant based diet as a treatment for cancer vs the drugs doctors prescribe?
Yes! The problem I have, is that most people still believe in the traditional treatment of cancer and they would probably ignore the information that I had to share. But at least I can say that I gave them the information. People have choices and sometimes, they are afraid to go against the norm, but in some cases, it is best to go a different route.

Susan, this is good stuff. I’m so glad you shared this!

Take care,


17 susan January 18, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Hey Evelyn! You get the award for most thoroughly answered questions! Thank you so much! I am so sorry to hear about all the losses you had from cancer. I am glad your young friend is doing well. Hannah, my 7 year old friend with leukemia, is going through similar treatments but unfortunately needs a bone marrow transplant.

I think one of the most exciting things I have read in a long time is that we do have the power to influence our genes and that they are not set in stone. This not only comes in handy when it comes to diseases but also with weight loss and muscle building. No longer can people blame their weights solely on genetics.

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such an awesome comment!

18 Rick Kaselj January 18, 2011 at 9:37 am


Very interesting stuff.

In many cases we are the cause of our injuries.

Thanks for the great info.

Rick Kaselj of http://ExercisesForInjuries.com


19 susan January 18, 2011 at 9:48 am

Ain’t it the truth!

20 Project Swole January 18, 2011 at 2:08 am

Another great post Susan! I agree that fruits and vegetables are an important part of the diet. It is probably true that the hormones in meat contribute somewhat to the growing rate of cancer in Americans. It is also probably true that the same can be said about pesticides used in growing crops. Everything is carcinogenic these days. I prefer to stick with chicken and fish rather than red meat, but I’m sure a vegetarian diet is probably even healthier… I just can’t give up my protein… or rather, I don’t want to.

21 susan January 18, 2011 at 9:23 am

Hey Steve, I agree that most everything is tainted these days. We probably aren’t safe from much, are we? I definitely recommend grass fed meats and organic fruits and veggies whenever possible. But then again, there are always issues with the environment……what a buzzkill.

It’s funny how everyone automatically assumes that a “plant based diet” = veganism or vegetarianism. It really doesn’t have to. It means you focus each meal around fruits and vegetables but you can have meat as well. It just shouldn’t be the focus of each meal all day long. That leaves plenty of room for all you guys to get your meat fix! :-)

Thanks for the great comment!

22 Tristan January 17, 2011 at 11:29 pm

Susan… I liked this post :)

Both grandparents on one side had cancer, and I’ve had 4 or 5 aunts and uncles that have/had some form of cancer. I don’t know what their treatment was; I know a few of them had to have chemo, but don’t know any details beyond that.

I am probably one of the worst eaters out there. Today I’ve had half of a pepperoni pizza, a small bowl of ice cream, an apple and banana (went to the store today… yay!), and a Red Bull.


I’m young and in good shape, but I can’t help but wonder what I’d be like if I ate better. I know I’d feel a ton better and wouldn’t be as tired. My problem is that I just hate spending the time preparing food. It’s so much easier and faster to just run down the street to Little Caesar’s. My time is really important to me! It’s hard for me to be motivated about my health enough when I know I’m in better shape than 98% of the people I see every day.

Moral of the story: You should blog about (or post me in the direction of) some cheap, fast, healthy recipes.

23 susan January 18, 2011 at 9:18 am

Hey Tristan! I am so sorry to hear about all the people in your family who have had cancer :-(

And regarding your diet, well, at least you take those awesome gummy bear vitamins everyday! HA! Being a blogger and creating material all day long can be very emotionally draining. You also don’t seem to sleep normal hours and I think that can have an effect as well, even if you get 9 hours of sleep every night. I bet if you made a few dietary changes you would be able to have a noticeably increased level of energy.

I have a challenge for you. Continue eating whatever you normally do. Subtract nothing. But your task is to add 2 servings of veggies and 2 fruits into your daily diet. It is easier to add the good things in then to take the bad things out. I think once you start to feel the positive effects of eating more plant based food you may be motivated to continue to make good changes.

Oh, and it really has nothing to do with how “fit” you are. You probably are in better shape then most people, yet because of your diet you are just as susceptible to diabetes, heart disease, and cancer as all the people you compared yourself to.

Are you up for the challenge?

I have a ton of recipes on the blog and will continue to add more JUST FOR YOU! Thanks so much for sharing your experiences, Tristan!

24 Tristan January 18, 2011 at 11:30 am

Sure, I’m up for the challenge. I’ll go to Costco today to pick up some snow peas, spinach, and pineapple :)

25 susan January 18, 2011 at 11:58 am


26 Lean Muscle Matt January 17, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Another interesting post Susan! :)

I lost my grandfather last year (2010) to prostate cancer, so I’m always interested in the new studies available. Cancer is an absolutely horrible disease…and though I don’t use the word hate often, I HATE cancer. One of the worst parts of the disease is that the commonly used treatments are just about as bad as the disease. I hope one day we can move well beyond chemotherapy and radiation treatments. This disease is undeniably a case where an once of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

I’m in the middle of reading a couple of Dr. Campbell’s books, and I find his perspectives on nutrition interesting. Since beginning my fitness push back in September, I’ve tried and been quite successful including vegetables like spinach and broccoli in my diet rather than foods like french fries. That being said I LOVE a good steak, so I don’t see meat being absent from my diet anytime soon. I’m definitely keeping my eyes and ears open for more information!

My father follows Dr. Campbell’s diet recommendations in most respects. He can often be seen eating a smorgasbord of vegetables out of a salad bowl that’s as big as a punchbowl (NOT an exaggeration). He still eats meat too, but he definitely eats his veggies. :)


27 susan January 18, 2011 at 9:07 am

What up, Lean Muscle? I am sorry you lost your grandfather to cancer. I agree, the treatments for cancer are often so brutal.

I think people often misunderstand the term “plant based diet”. Everyone jumps right to giving up animal protein completely. I never said people should go vegan or even vegetarian. I just mean that, like Lori who commented on this post, we should be having 75% of our plates covered with fruits and veggies and the other 25% for meat (and unprocessed grains as needed). If people were to do even that I think we would see a big drop in cancer rates.

You should be proud of your dad – you will probably get to have him around for a long time!

Thanks so much for the great comment, Matt!

28 Lori (Finding Radiance) January 17, 2011 at 5:47 pm

My grandfather died of prostate cancer and my grandmother had lung/stomach cancer (smoker). My grandfather had chemo, but the cancer had spread and I think he just did want to live without my grandmother anymore. My grandmother was really caught to late to do anything other than palliative care.

I am not interested in going on a plant-based diet. I don’t see any problem with meat, although I don’t think it should be a major component of your plate, but more of a condiment. I usually eat 3 oz of meat when I eat meat.

We buy local meat. I am more interested in that the animals lived on a happy farm and were treated humanely than not eating meat at all.

29 susan January 18, 2011 at 9:02 am

Hi Lori, I am really sorry to hear about your grandparents. But I want to point out a little contradiction you made in your comment. You said you aren’t interested in a plant based diet, yet you say that meat is more of a condiment and you try to portion control to 3 oz per serving.

My point is, you already are on a plant based diet. I see your posts and the pics of what you eat. I see that 75% of your plate is covered with fruit and veggies and I can barely see the meat there. I think you do a great job! Especially if you are eating local meat, which is always in better shape then factory farmed stuff we get in the stores.

Lori, thanks for sharing your experiences with us!

30 Samantha Dermot January 17, 2011 at 5:27 pm

I totally agree. There would be no doctor who will actually recommend of plant based treatment to patients since we currently have a more advanced technology. But since its more cheaper, some patients just rely on these natural methods to cure their illness.

31 susan January 17, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Right, but it isn’t so much an issue of money but rather an issue of health. Those chemo drugs are exactly that – drugs! And I have seen first hand what they can do to your body. I think that more doctors should suggest nutrition therapy as a supplement to the current drug therapies. There is absolutely no risk whatsoever, and it can only enhance the patient’s results.

Samantha, thanks for sharing your thoughts on the plant based diet for curing cancer!

Do you personally know anyone who has had cancer?

32 Bryan Thompson January 17, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Susan, my wife is a pre-nursing student, and she is now studying nutrition. There is so much information out there these days about the effects of eating the right things and its effects on the body. Obviously as a trainer you’re aware of this. But, we lost a friend to cancer recently. It has been very sad. But after her studies, my wife came to thinking that much of his condition could have been reversed – possibly entirely – with a change in his diet. He didn’t eat healthy very often. This really challenges me, and has inspired us to eat more salads.

33 susan January 17, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Hey Bryan, I am really sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. Everyone knows someone……so sad. So cool that your wife picked up on the connection between health and nutrition. But perhaps not with enough time to change anything for your friend?

The trick is this: our bodies want to be alkaline – the pH of our blood is about 7.3 (or thereabouts) and we are always healthy at this pH. But biochemically, all the processes in our body result in an acidic environment, where cancer cells thrive. It is theorized that cancer cells will not survive in an alkaline environment. So, we need to counteract out biological processes with alkaline foods and drinks to help keep the body as close to 7.3 as possible. Vegetables, especially green ones containing chlorophyll, are reported to be the best alkaline foods we should consume.

I am really happy to hear that they are now including nutrition into some of the medical programs. I hope more schools are starting to do that for doctors to be as well. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts!

34 Bryan Thompson January 21, 2011 at 10:45 am

Susan, thank you so much for your condolences. I appreciate it. I am curious about your theory and would love to do some more research on it. Thanks for sharing. :)

35 Greg January 17, 2011 at 12:28 pm

The subject of plant based vs animal based diets always engenders a lot of debate. Although I’ve moved more toward plant based dietary habits, I just can’t ever see myself forgoing animal proteins entirely. Generally speaking, diets with moderate animal protein encourage populations to grow taller and to carry more muscle mass. I’ve also watched my wife, who is hypoglycemic, struggle with her blood sugar when she has eschewed animal proteins.

36 susan January 17, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Hey Greg! You are so right! In fact, I could sit here and debate to myself between the benefits of a plant based diet vs a paleo diet. Both have really strong arguments.

I think a weakness of the argument is that it is based off the concept of the China Study findings, that meat consumption directly leads to all sorts of nasty health issues. And I would agree IF that meat is factory farmed from animals fed grain and injected with hormones and antibiotics. But what about those folks who eat only meat from animals that were grass fed, as nature intended? I don’t think the China Study differentiated between the two groups. Unfortunately, 90% of people are eating the crappy meat.

Greg, thanks so much for sharing your thoughts with us!

37 Todd January 17, 2011 at 12:08 pm

An intriguing interview. I won’t be giving up my dairy and meat any time soon though. I thought it interesting that he focused in on casein in his study, which is largely found in dairy, yet it is a large component in human milk as well. Being an omnivore is a tough deal, I suppose.

38 susan January 17, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Hey Todd, just for curiosity sake, even with this information, why won’t you give up (or cut down on) your animal protein? I’m not a vegan or anything I I’m just interested in people’s reasons.

Good point about the casein. I wonder if biologically there is not a need for it after the first few years of life? Interesting.

My personal opinion, which isn’t worth anything, is that the animal products are problematic because the animals are factory farmed. They are fed grain laced with ethanol, they eat other animals who have dies from illness, they get antibiotics and hormones. All that started just in the last 100 years. Before that, when cancer wasn’t as prevalent, meat and animals were either grass fed or hunted (and ate grass and other natural stuff).

The food industry is killing us.

39 Todd@PhitZone January 17, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Primarily because I’m stubborn like that. haha I also love meat. Now, I should clarify, I only eat meat probably once a day, at dinner. That’s typically chicken or fish. Saturday is reserved for either steak or burgers. Right now I don’t have a good source for grass fed beef in my area (although I’m always looking), but I do for bison.

I tend to agree with what you’re saying about the feed that is fed to most farm raised livestock. Unfortunately, our society has moved away from local, properly raised meat and produce for the mass-produced factory style farm goods.

For this reason, we try, whenever we can, to purchase these goods from local farmers. I love going to the farmer’s market. :)

40 susan January 17, 2011 at 2:51 pm

HAHA! That’s cool. It is a little pricey but if you can afford it you can get the good stuff from US Wellness Meats at http://www.grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok (not aff link). I highly recommend the butter, YUM!

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