Health Benefits of a Whole Food Plant Based Lifestyle, especially in relation to Cancer
The intent of this page to give an update on my health status to attendees at my set dancing classes. If this page is of interest or benefit to anyone else, then that's an added bonus.
What this page is about - the short version:
The YouTube video PlantPure Nation, created and directed by Nelson Campbell, gives a good summary of the reasons I switched a Whole Food Plant-Based lifestyle at the start of 2019, and the health benefits to be gained from such a switch.
Nelson Campbell is the son of Prof. Colin Campbell, who wrote The China Study and brother of LeeAnne Campbell, who wrote The China Study Cookbook.
How diet/food affects cancer aand other "Western Diseses:
I had Breast Cancer in 2003 (about 1% of Breast Cancer is in men).
I remained cancer-free until 2018, when it returned as Stage IV cancer, having spread to my lungs and bones,
bringing with it two strokes and Deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
My understanding of Stage 4 cancer is that that it has spread throughout the body and can't be "cured".
However, while it can't be cured, it can certainly be controlled and, with the help of the new knowledge that I've now acquired,
I belive that I'll be dancing in The Armada in Spanish Point for many more years to come.
- 1. You are what you eat!
In late 2018, I received an email from Myra, who I know through set dancing, to say that a relative of hers had got clear cancer scans simply by
changing his food intake after reading a book called "The China Study".
Myra, many, many thanks for that email. It definitely CHANGED my life, and most likely also SAVED IT!
Had it not been for that email, I could be dead by now, like so many others with Stage 4 Cancer!
I immediately bought the book "The China Study", by Prof. Colin Campbell, of Cornell University USA and read all 400 pages of it, from cover to cover.
I love the methodical way in which he lays out complex information in an easy to understand way.
I was fascinated by the contents of The China Study and absolutely amazed at Colin Campbell's discoveries.
Prof. Colin Campbell devoted most his life to intensive research into what causes cancer and he discovered that the food we eat has a significant impact on
He provides convincing evidence that our "Western Diet" causes, and/or feeds cancer and other "Western Diseases".
In regions of the world where the food intake is mainly "Whole Food Plant Based (WFPB)", the rates of cancer are significantly lower than in The West.
I was sceptical at first, but I reckoned I had nothing to lose by giving it a try!
On January 1st 2019, I completely changed to a Whole Food Plant Based (WFPB) lifestyle and I've had absolutely amazing results!
- After just three months of a WFPB lifestyle, a scan on 5th April showed that there was no longer any cancer visible in my body.
Up to this point, I was also on conventional Oncology Treatment, so there was a niggling doubt that maybe, just maybe, this result was due
to conventional treatment.
So as to identify what caused of the clear scan, I quit all conventional oncology treatment, against medical advice.
After the another scan in August 2019, the answer was loud and clear!
There was still no cancer visible, even though I'd been off all oncology treatment for the previous three months.
There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the scans are clear because of my Whole Food Plant Based (WFPB) lifestyle
I prefer to say "WFPB lifestyle", rather than "WFPB diet" - diet generally refers to a temporary change of eating habits, whereas I'll never go back,
the results are just too good - since starting on a Whole Food Plant Based (WFPB) lifestyle on 1st January 2019:
I've had two clear cancer scans and I'm expecting that the next scan, in November 2019, will also be clear.
- My cholesterol level has gone down significantly.
I've lost over 5kg in weight (I have more weight to lose, but this is a great step in the right direction).
- My skin has improved, for example, I've had a sore on my chest, which wouldn't heal, since I had radiation treatment in 2003
- it often bled and was a nuisance.
Over the years, my GP prescribed a variety of treatments to clear the sore, but none of them ever had any effect on it.
However, shortly after starting on the WFPB lifestyle, the sore on my chest started to shrink and now it's hardly visible at all!
I've had no new medical issues since switching to the WFPB lifestyle. I was diagnosed with Epilepsy in June 2019, but the doctors were very clear that the
Epilepsy was caused by two previous strokes, which they could see on the brain scan.
These strokes happened long before I started the WFPB lifestyle, so I don't see the Epilepsy originating while on the WFPB lifestyle.
I'm in great form, physically and mentally, and teaching three set dancing classes a week, at which I dance for at least two hours at each class. I also walk to and from class on Wednesday mornings (three hours round trip).
If there was a pill that could do all this, the media would be all over it, yet I've never once heard Colin Campbell's name being mentioned in the Irish media.
My new lifestyle could be described as "Vegan Plus". It's basically vegan but, in addition, I don't take sugar, or cook with oil,
whereas vegans are ok with both of these.
When I eat out, I ask for vegan food and, while vegan is not always listed on the menu, most Chefs will prepare a vegan meal, if asked.
Right now is a great time to be vegan, more and more restaurants now have vegan options. Even the Motorway Services (at Enfield on the N4 and Barack Obama Plaza on the N7) now offer
now have decent vegan food.
I must emphasise that, while the WFPB lifestyle worked for me, I make no assertion that it will work for others.
However, I would highly recommend giving it a try, even if you have no illness at all! I don't miss any of what I used to eat.
My attitude was that it couldn't do any harm. As it turned out, not only did it give me clear cancer scans, but it also had all of the other
benefits listed above.
The first question most people ask when they first hear about this is:
"If it's so good, why haven't I heard of it before and why aren't the media shouting about it?"
Sadly, the obscene reason seems to be that too many people would lose out financially, if this was generally known!
The media relies heavily on advertisers, who want to preserve the status quo, rather than educate citizens about the benefits of a Whole Food Plant Based
After Prof, Campbell made his discovery, he spent years trying to get the
medical, pharmaceutical, political, media, food producer, and cancer support organisations to accept the results of his detailed and conclusive
evidence about the effect of diet on cancer.
But, instead of welcoming him with open arms, they made a concerted effort to shun him, and they continue to do so today.
So, Prof. Campbell decided to bypass them all and go directly to citizens all over the world, through various documentaries and books.
I prefer to get information directly from the source, but if you are interested in this sublect but don't have the time to read detailed books,
then have a look at PlantPure Nation on YouTube and/or Forks Over Knives on Netflix
These documentaries include interviews with Prof. Campbell and cover a lot of the information contained in his books.
The material I studied consists of:
by T. Colin Campbell, PhD and Thomas M. Campbell II, MD.
- The book "Recipes for Happiness" by brothers David and Stephen Flynn, of The Happy Pear originally in Greystones, Ireland, but now also in other locations.
- The book "The China Study Cookbook" by LeeAnne Campbell, PhD, daughter of Colin Campbell.
- The book "Whole" by T. Colin Campbell PhD, with Howard Jacobson, PhD.