Our bodies have the ability to heal itself from any sickness including cancer. I believe God in His wisdom and goodness created us like that. Our duty is to supply the body with correct care and nutrition.
Getting healed from cancer using only natural ways, involves massive action on many fronts: body, mind, soul and spirit. It is not one single factor that causes cancer and it will not be a single factor that will heal it either.
One of the major contributors to healing cancer naturally is food.
The body is made up of what we eat. Our choices matter. The input determines the output.
Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, stated “Let Food be Your Medicine and Medicine be your Food.”
After being diagnosed with cancer I went on a vegan diet. A vegan diet consists of pure plant based food with no animal products. I wanted to ensure that all foods that I ate would be easy to digest to enhance my immune system and prevent further tumour growth.
I would recommend a Vegan diet for at least 6 – 12 months. I ate a vegan diet for almost 2 years.
So why did I eliminate all animal products from my anti-cancer diet – including beef, lamb, pork, chicken, fish, eggs and dairy ?
IGF-1 levels in animal products
The main reason for eliminating animal products initially is that all animal products contain IGF-1 which stands for “insulin-like growth factor 1” This compound in all animal products has been found to stimulate tumour growth especially in breast and prostate cancer.
A study by Molecular Cancer ” The role of the insulin-like growth factor-1 system in breast cancer” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4335664/ concluded
- IGF-1 creates an environment conducive to breast cancer and resists anti-cancer drugs .
- IGF-1 was shown to increase invasiveness of breast cancer .
A review of 17 studies found that IGF-1 is positively associated with breast cancer risk, taking levels of IGF binding protein 3 into account, due to its effects on estrogen-sensitive tumors. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20472501
Does IGF-1 Cause Cancer? The short answer to this is “no”—IGF-1 doesn’t cause cancer, though it may allow cancerous cells that already exist to grow faster. If you get diagnosed with breast cancer or prostate cancer, it may be appropriate to take steps towards lowering IGF-1 levels. www.saragottfriedmd.com/does-meat-cause-cancer-revisiting-the-meat-igf-1-and-can…
I consider it very appropriate to lower my IGF-1 levels and to do everything I could to overcome the cancer and live, to assist my son in growing up.
Methionine is 1 of 8 essential amino acids in the human diet. Animal products are high in methionine, which it has been proven, is required by human tumors to grow.
Many human cancer cell lines and primary tumors have absolute requirements for methionine, an essential amino acid. In contrast, normal cells are relatively resistant to exogenous methionine restriction.
(PUBMED article Cancer Treat Rev. 2003 Methionine dependency and cancer teatment) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14585259
Methionine restriction—best achieved through a plant-based diet—may prove to have a major impact on patients with cancer because, unlike normal tissues, many human tumors require the amino acid methionine to grow. (Starving Cancer with Methionine Restriction Michael Greger M.D. FACLM September 18th, 2013 Volume 14) https://nutritionfacts.org/video/starving-cancer-with-methionine-restriction/
There is direct evidence that methionine restriction leads to selective death of cancer cells versus normal cells. (Lamb R, Harrison H, Smith DL, et al. Targeting tumor-initiating cells: eliminating anabolic cancer stem cells with inhibitors of protein synthesis or by mimicking caloric restriction. Oncotarget. 2015;6(7):4585-4601.) www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4467101/
Methionine containing foods include beef, lamb, cheese, turkey, pork, fish, shellfish, soy, eggs, dairy, nuts and beans. The bioavailability of methionine is greater in animal foods and dairy, than in beans and nuts.
Below is a list of the animal foods that are highest in methionine as per the web site: www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/high-methionine-foods.php
Food Transit time (the total time it takes to travel from the mouth to bowel movement)
The longer the transit time the more it affects our immune system negatively, and the more it affects the healing process. Animal products can slow the transit time.
According to a study published in the “British Journal of Nutrition” in 1981 the average transit time for the vegetarian group was nearly 24 hours faster than for non-vegetarians. The researchers attributed the difference in transit times between vegetarians and meat-eaters to the amount of fiber in the diet. Vegetarians consume more fiber than meat-eaters, likely because plant-based foods make up a greater part of the vegetarian diet. Animal protein also contain more fat (a complex molecule) requiring longer periods to digest than carbohydrates. http://www.livestrong.com/article/441273-how-long-does-it-take-a-meat-diet-to-digest-compared-to-a-vegetarian-one
A bowel transit time of more than two days increases the risk weakening the overall immune system. A long transit time means toxins and wastes are re-circulating back to the blood stream, thus resulting in fatigue, headaches, acne, allergies, muscle pain, joint pains, gas, bloating and other consequences. Dr. Wjatscheslaw Wlassoff — 2015-07-13 http://www.steadyhealth.com/articles/from-mouth-to-bowel-movement-what-your-food-transit-time-says-about-your-health?
A study done by the National Food Institute of the Technical University of Denmark found : “The longer food takes to pass through the colon , the more harmful bacteria degradation products are produced. When the transit time is shorter, we find a higher amount of the substances that are produced to renew the colon’s inner surface which could lead to a healthier intestinal wall ” explained by Tine Rask Licht. You can help the transit time by eating a diet high in fibre and limit the intake of meat and drink more water. http://www.nutritioninsight.com/news/Transit-time-of-Food-is-Key-to-Digestive-Health
Cancer is an indication that the immune system is less than optimal . It is now established that up to 70% of the immune system is affected by the gut and its health. A healthy intestinal wall would have great benefits for the immune system which will result in healing the body.
My Diet at Present:
Please note that I am not promoting the long term omission of animal products in the diet.
I do include some in my present diet because it is an excellent source of protein with all the amino acids, easily absorbed iron, vitamin D, and B vitamins (niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, and B6), vitamin E, zinc and magnesium.
However, I still eat at large a 80% plant based diet.
It is important when you eat meat that you ensure that you eat the highest quality animal products that you can find. I always ensure that red meat is “organic grass fed ” or at least “free range grass fed”.
Some of the animals are raised on factory farms. They are toxic from routine antibiotics and liberal use of growth hormones, as well as all the pollutants in the water and fodder they are fed.
My red meat and chicken portions would be only the size of half of my palm. I prefer boiling meat to make soups and stews and use a lot of bone broth because of its benefits for overall gut health.
Raw organic milk is used to make kefir (fermented milk) because of its high probiotic content which enhance the gut health.
My next blog post will continue with more information on anti- cancer diet.