Eating Organic: Food as Medicine for Cancer (VIDEO)

strawberries

Hippocrates said, "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." 

Episode 6 of the CafeMom Studio's mini-documentary webseries, It's Cancer, Baby, explores the notion of food as medicine.

 

When I was first diagnosed with cancer, I began what I suspect will be a lifelong journey of becoming healthier, and being more mindful about what I put into my body. There is evidence that an organic, plant-based diet, free of meat, dairy, processed foods, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, sugar, caffeine and alcohol, may actually reverse such conditions as heart disease, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, and cancer, among many others. 

While for some the jury is out as to whether or not such a diet can actually cure disease, I don't know anyone who would take the position that such a diet could be harmful to one's health.

I decided to cover all of my bases and address my cancer with a two-pronged approach: Follow the recommendations of my oncologist and undergo surgery and aggressive chemotherapy in hopes of eradicating all signs of the disease, while at the same time attempting to make my body an unfriendly host for cancer. I wasn't taking any chances.

And even though it appears that the treatment has removed all evidence of disease in my body, I know that I am at high risk for recurrence. I have nothing to lose - and everything to gain - by choosing to live a healthier lifestyle, and also by making healthy choices on behalf of my daughter.

Being mindful about what goes into our bodies, and the chemicals and materials we allow on us and around us, is something we can all do to prevent all sorts of illness and disease. Again, what do we have to lose?

For me, a lifestyle change is something I need to do a little bit at a time rather than all at once if I want it to stick. And while I'm not there yet, I already feel better, look better and sleep better as a result of the changes I have made.

This new way of eating and living may be more labor-intensive, at least until I get the hang of it; but as the old hair color commercial used to say, I'm worth it.

And so are you.

 

If you'd like to watch more of Joanna Montgomery's journey, subscribe to the CafeMom Studios YouTube Channel and you won't miss a thing.

 

Image via Dara Carson

it's cancer baby, cafemom studios, cancer, eating healthy

4 Comments

To add a comment, please log in with

Use Your CafeMom Profile

Join CafeMom or Log in to your CafeMom account. CafeMom members can keep track of their comments.

Join CafeMom or Log in to your CafeMom account. CafeMom members can keep track of their comments.

Comment As a Guest

Guest comments are moderated and will not appear immediately.

banan... banana-bear

Gerson diet cures cancer. I would trust my life to that.

nonmember avatar Leah

My family had four bouts of cancer in 7 years, starting with my (then) three year old. I adopted a whole foods, Plant based diet and haven't looked back. The kids now ASK FOR Brussels Sprouts and broccoli ... from a child who would not eat anything green for an entire year, that's pretty amazing! I even started my own company (www.cancehealthandwellness.com) and gained a plant-based diet educator certification. It's been an amazing journey and I'm so happy we did it. My blood work is beautiful and my weight in dropping, almost effortlessly and I have more energy.

nonmember avatar Joamargei

I have a friend who did the Gerson therapy over 15 years ago, and she was completely cancer free. A few years ago, we were working together in a very successful & busy business where we rarely took breaks (and our meals were embarassingly unhealthy). It took 3 years of working in that environment, neglecting everything she had known about eating organic, meat/dairy/preservative free for the cancer to catch up with her again. She went back to the Gerson Institute in Mexico, restarted her therapy & again with no outside medical therapies beat her cancer once again. Had I not met this woman and experienced first hand the testimony of the therapy, I probably would have been the biggest skeptic. **Note: this therapy does admit that just like pharmaceutical therapy to treat cancer, it does not have a 100% success rate.**

Marie Matt

Eating organic food can help to stay away from cancer and medical marijuana helps to cancer patients in fighting against the side effects of cancer treatment. check out the new research here medical marijuana is medicine for cancer.

http://bigbudsmag.com/news/article/new-research-proves-cannabinoids-fight-cancer-september-2012

1-4 of 4 comments