This week's blog post is written by one of our incredible Yes to Life beneficiaries, Linda a.k.a. The Vinyl Vegan. She tells us her personal journey with cancer and how her health inspired her path to a vegan lifestyle.
I decided to push back against that fear. Because innately I am a very honest person and i want to be as transparent and as honest as possible with you all because that is the real me. The more honest I am, the more of my true self I allow myself to be.
So here is my story and why nutrition and wellness has become the passion it has become for me today. It’s a long one incorporating 2 parts….so sit back, grab a cup of tea, and get ready for a long read about what brought me to this place!
Part 1: Manifesting my desire
Part 2: My path to a vegan lifestyle
In terms of meat eating and cancer: There have been several studies showing the link between eating meat and cancer including this Japanese study where the morbidity rates were noted to be 8.5 times higher in women of high socioeconomic strata eating meat daily compared with women of low socioeconomic strata who do not eat meat daily.
And most of us are aware of this very publicized study by the World Health Organization
In terms of eggs there’s that this too: And then also there are studies on the link between ovarian , prostate, breast cancer and dairy as well that are further documented.
And in terms of IBS: Dairy is a common allergen for IBS sufferers and so in sum that was was a no-brainer for me!
The China Study also contains a wealth of epidemiological evidence for the association of dairy foods with many types of cancer.
In the critically acclaimed Beat Cancer, Professors Djamgoz and Plant discuss the substantial evidence from a wide range of studies that show that too much animal protein is at worst dangerous. This has to do with the fact that evidence from studies in the USA and Asia show that consuming animal products increases oestrogen which is a Category 1 carcinogen.
Harvard University’s School of Public Health issued a statement that Dairy is not part of a Health Diet back in 2012. And this study goes even further to say that milk may even have deleterious effects even.
In terms of IGF-1, which is the growth factor found in dairy products strongly linked to cancer. in Beat Cancer Djamgoz and Plant discuss the problem in full. They note that some experts suggest that ‘IGF-1 is to cancer what cholesterol is to heart disease’
Now…after being vegan for over two years now, I can tell you this, last I checked my cancer markers have DROPPED (Keep in mind this was after I stopped all treatment!) And while I haven’t lost any weight, I do feel fairly healthy even though my immunity does tend to suffer and thus that’s why I’ve gotten the flu and a few colds this year. And also I’m still sorting out my gut issues with my friend and nutritional therapist Joan. There are more than likely related to my calcium levels (from having my parathyroids removed) and also due to my hypothroidism issues, amongst other issues, I do feel good for the most part. And I feel GREAT knowing that I’m not only helping my health but also helping reduce suffering of my fellow sentient beings, helping to reduce my carbon footprint and doing my best to help the planet!
But I’m ALWAYS dilligent. With cancer you always have to be. But veganism makes it so much easier to stick to a whole plant based minimally processed foods such as these: AVOCADOS, TURMERIC PORRIDGE and TOFU, BERRY & MATCHA SMOOTHIE BOWLS, COLOURFUL SALADS AND BUDDHA BOWLS………….Check out my instagram for more healthy food porn here:
In any event, in 2018 I plan to keep blogging more timely, promised!
FUTURE TOPICS I’D LIKE TO DISCUSS ARE:
*The Ketogenic Diet
*Cancer charities that have supported me along my journey:
@Together Against Cancer
@Yes To Life
*More of my Detoxification Protocols
*Turmeric and other Superfoods and their role in my healing journey
*Supplements that I have taken through my cancer journey
*Emotional toxicity and its role in disease
and my FAVOURITE topic
*FOOD AS MEDICINE
And perhaps I shall host another workshop and start doing a Youtube channel. I have lots of plans for 2018 and like I touched on in my previous blog post. I’m going to dream big…And why not? …..you only have ONE LIFE so best make it a good one!
Thanks so much for making it to the end!