I’m wracking my brain. Do I start an anti-cancer diet or not? What would you do if you were in my shoes?
Let me break it down to you this way…
What is an anticancer diet: Many of you likely do not know that an anticancer diet is out there. (Lucky you!) An anticancer diet, based on a handful of books, tells you to cut out all items that cause inflammation in the body. Examples of things that cause inflammation in the body are sugar, sugar, sugar!, milk and animal products in general, coffee and black tea, over cooked foods (no more well done steak!), and alcohol. Another key component to the anticancer diet is to cut out acidic foods; eat an alkaline diet. This does not mean oranges and limes. Alkaline foods are vegetables! The ultimate anticancer diet is 80% raw veggies and 20% cooked foods…and all foods should be classified as vegetarian.
If you do this you may see a reduction in your cancer growth based on your diet.
Dr L’s point of view is this: Cancer growth is out of my control. He wants to assume all responsibility for what goes on cancer wise in my body. His philosophy…the drugs seem to be working now, don’t change a thing. (We will see what happens at the Feb 10th scan.)
I’m not sure if I believe this philosophy or not. I like that it takes all the responsibility of getting cancer out of my control but I don’t like that it takes all the control over what goes on in my body away from me. I know if I think hard enough at it I can give myself a headache in about 12 mins flat. But I will always have the opposite of that argument too… I know that if I think hard enough I can’t get rid of my cancer. (But what if a good diet would help? or buying an elephant? or wearing blue?)
My cancer therapist suggests that I Live, Live, Live. She is under the belief that if an anticancer diet worked your doctor would tell you and every other cancer patient about it. One’s life is short you have to act in a way that works for you.
I have not consulted my naturopath on the subject. The reason is this- everything my naturopath says to do gets vetoed by my doctor. I’ve sort of stopped seeing her for this very reason. But before when I was going more regularly she suggested that I eat a well balanced diet. (What does that mean anyway?)
Can you see now that I’m overwhelmed. Say I switch to this boring diet and die in 4 years. OK. But say I don’t switch to this boring diet and I die in 4 years. OK. ??? Time will only tell and I can’t do both to see which will work out better in the long run. No one can tell me how my body is going to react on the diet change. More importantly no one would ever know if the diet was the reason the cancer went away or started to grow again.
So what would you do…. Remember your life might depend on it….