Some of you are already familiar with my story about how I helped my mother overcome cancer through a lifestyle change of mainly eating a mostly raw, and low fat vegan diet, so the news of this study doesn’t come as a total surprise to me, or to many of my colleagues in the natural health field.
And for those of you that may still be confused, a vegan diet is a plant-based diet.
This recent investigation focused on blood taken from those eating a vegan diet compared to those eating the Standard American Diet (S.A.D). The study showed that blood from those who ate a vegan diet for a year, was 8 times more effective at stopping cancer cell growth when compared to blood taken from people who follow the S.A.D.
Stress management groups, yoga, and some other techniques were utilized to show how lifestyle affects cancer, as well, with diet being the main factor.
Subsequent studies show that women with breast cancer showed a dramatic strengthening of their cancer defences and increased the blood’s ability to kill cancer cells after eating a plant-based diet for only two weeks.
Traditionally, research into vegetarianism focused mainly on potential nutritional deficiencies, but in recent years, the pendulum has swung the other way, and studies are confirming the health benefits of meat-free eating. Harvard Medical School (source)
Further research done by the American Dietetic Association concludes that eating appropriately planned vegetarian diets – including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the form of prevention and treatment of certain diseases. These diseases include heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and more. (source)
Should you eat a plant-based diet?
It’s important to understand that by eliminating animal products from your diet, you help reduce the overall fat you consume. And we know how adverse consuming too much fat can be to your health.
It’s also important to point out that there is no essential nutrient in meat or dairy – and even grains or legumes for that matter – which is not also available in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds; and in a form that is easier to digest.
In my personal experience of coaching people eating a plant-based diet over many years has taught me that there are two main factors why it is difficult for people to quit eating meat and other animal products.
– One factor is stimulation
People often think that eating meat makes them strong while in reality eating meat is highly stimulating.
The supposed strength however you receive from the meat is due entirely to the stimulating effects upon the system of the various poisons and toxic substances included in meat.
Stimulation and nutrition invariably exist in inverse ratio – the more you are stimulated, the less nutrition you receive, and vice versa.
Have you ever noticed why people enjoy eating red meat with wine, for example, and not with water? That is because both meat and alcohol (drunk in small quantities) act as stimulants.
– The other factor is social
One of my readers recently commented, “I don’t want to lose friends – so I end up eating meat.”
My response is that I don’t think you will lose any real friends by not eating meat because real friends will stand by you, regardless of your food choices.
The ethical stand on veganism is a different thing from the nutritional aspect of eating a plant based diet and the two viewpoints should not be confused. One is a moral and political argument and the other one is biological.
I hope this article brought you some new insights into the benefit of eating a plant-based diet.
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Is fish oil part of a vegan diet? These study participants were given fish oil, along with other supplements.
Fish Oil is NOT part of a vegan diet, you can receive the same high-quality Omega-3’s in LARGER quantities per unit, from ground up flax seeds.
1. A vegan diet is not a plant based diet. Oreos and coke are vegan but are not plant based. There are plenty of “vegan junk” foods that are not part of a plant based diet.
2. It is not the American Dietetic Association anymore. They changed the name a few years ago to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. I am an RD and this is the professional association for Registered Dietitians.
Who did the study, there is no reference to this direct study and how many people were tested to back up what you are claiming
Conclusions: Intensive lifestyle changes may affect the progression of early, low-grade prostate
cancer in men. Further studies and longer-term follow-up are warranted
That’s the conclusion of the paper. And it’s plant-based. There’s a difference between a plant-based and vegan diet. That’s the conclusion. I have nothing against being vegan or any forms of diet for that matter. But being a doctor, I suggest that since you’re an advocate of a particular type of diet, it’s better to study the source, sample size (only 92 men with prostate cancer) and the actual conclusion.
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