One of those was misdiagnosed multiple times; he had urinary symptoms similar to kidney stones, and his physicians did not decide that the problem was very advanced renal cancer until just months before the tumors took his life. At my suggestion he made an attempt to adopt a plant-based diet but did not have the all-important support of his significant other. In the meantime, his case was complicated by two or three botched major abdominal surgeries on the tumors that just drained the life energy from him. He passed away about 4 or 5 months after diagnosis.
The second was diagnosed with a very rare, very aggressive, and essentially untreatable malignancy of the parietal pleura. This cancer is linked to asbestos exposure and symptoms often do not present until the cancer has progressed to stage III or IV. These patients have an average life expectancy at diagnosis of only 18 months. This person I knew had a stage IV case when diagnosed. I suggested a vegan diet, but he chose to follow a diet containing fish and other animal products. Although he did get chemotherapy, he lasted only about 6 months.
The third was a prominent promoter of a meat-based paleo diet. She was diagnosed with the cancer about three and a half years ago. Since then, she attempted to treat her cancer with both conventional chemotherapy and with alternative therapies. Despite my suggestion to eliminate animal protein, she chose to implement a high fat, meat-based ketogenic diet. The original cancer metastasized to the brain and very sadly to me, she passed away early this year at a relatively young age – younger than me.
The fourth is still alive. She has a recurrence of a previously treated cancer of a female organ. At my suggestion, about 2 years ago, she adopted a vegan diet, although not as well-balanced as I would prefer. During this time, she has also gotten conventional chemotherapy. She is now on her second course of chemotherapy. She is still working full time, and to the amazement of her oncology team, she has very little side effects from the very harsh drugs she is taking. In addition, so far, it seems that the combination is working. Her tumor markers are significantly improved at last check. She is not out of the woods by any means, but she is so far seeming to do better than the other three.
Now, these are just anecdotes. I don't mean to draw any conclusions from these three very different cases. However, the difference between the third and fourth cases strikes me as very, very interesting.
I recommended vegan eating to these people because, as Dr. Rosa Aspalter, M.D. discusses on the Food and Cancer Project Blog and Website, we have good scientific reason to believe that consumption of animal protein promotes cancer partly because of its very high methionine content.
My friend Gordon Saxe, M.D., Ph.D., studies dietary treatment of cancer at U.C. San Diego where he is a professor of medicine. He has published several papers in major journals providing some evidence that a whole foods plant-based diet can slow or reverse cancer growth. The videos below provides a peak at his research.
As shown in the video below, the leader of the Food and Cancer Project, Dr. Rosa Aspalter, M.D. is a cancer patient herself. After adopting a vegan diet her tumor markers went below detection level and CT scan found that every tumor metastasis grew smaller or disappeared. Now she wants to study this approach scientifically.
As Dr. Aspalter explains, except for the vegan diet, other dietary approaches to cancer have little to no scientific support or, as in the case of the ketogenic diet, have significant hazards based on their nutritional composition. We have a need for well-designed scientific study of the effect of a vegan diet on cancer treatment.
Consequently The Food and Cancer Project is performing a study to determine the effect of a 100% plant based diet on cancer treatment and progression. The Food and Cancer Project is seeking cancer patients to participate in a proof of hypothesis (Proof of Principle) study.
Participants who have cancer can choose to eat either an omnivorous diet, a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet, or a vegan diet. They will fill out some questionnaires during their participation.
The purpose of this study is to find out if there is reasonable basis (proof of hypothesis) to pursue further clinical trials. At present, this study is self-funded by Dr. Aspalter herself.
Please pass this information to anyone you know who could benefit or participate.