ha wrote: LMM wrote: ha wrote:
Dr Ruth Heidrich overcame breast cancer by going low fat, high carb vegan and went on to win more triathlons than ANYONE else on the planet. http://www.ruthheidrich.com
As far as I can tell from the site you link to, Ruth Heidrich overcame breast cancer by having a double mastectomy.
Having surgery doesnt cure cancer. Changing ones diet and lifestyle does.
If you can't provide evidence for that claim - and you can't - making it is dangerous as just might lead someone with a deadly, life-threatening disease to think they need not seek treatment but can treat it themselves.
In fact while there is no guaranteed cure for any type of cancer, many cancers are effectively treated and even cured by surgery and other cancer treatments.
Ruth Heidrich doesn't say in any part of the site you link to what stage or grade her breast cancer was; as far as I can see she doesn't mention spread to lymph nodes. Early breast cancer is often effectively treated with surgery alone. But breast cancer can never be considered 'cured', as it can return at any time, even years after diagnosis and treatment; Heidrich is in fact in remission.
It's very unfortunate if she's joining the ranks of the likes of Suzanne Sommers - people whose cancer was treated by conventional methods who then go on to claim that they 'cured' it themselves by diet or some other 'alternative' (read 'unproven') method.
There is very little evidence to link diet to any type of cancer except colorectal cancers.
Veganism doesn't prevent cancer, nor does exercise; it really concerns me that people gullible enough to believe such claims might overlook cancer symptoms because they think it can't happen to them. It concerns me even more that people with a diagnosis of cancer might refuse treatment, thinking they can cure it themselves with raw foods and the like.
I didn’t change my diet at all after my diagnosis with advanced, aggressive breast cancer. I had a pretty healthy vegan diet before diagnosis, and a pretty healthy vegan diet after diagnosis. Like Heidrich, I’m in remission and have been for almost six years. Like her, I can’t consider myself cured. Unlike her, apparently, I give credit for my (as far as I know) cancer-free state to the evidence-based treatment I received