Health, Illness, Diet, and Consciousness
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 intend to have a long and cancer-free life.
This page is about some amazing discoveries about health and wellness, intended to be of assistance to others.
- 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, having read a book called "The China Study".
Myra, many, many thanks for that email. It definitely CHANGED my life, and most likely SAVED IT!
Had it not been for Myra's 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 have an Engineering background and I like 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 cancer!
He provides convincing evidence that our "Western Diet" causes, and/or feeds cancer.
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 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 clarify the reason for the clear scan, I immediately quit all conventional oncology treatment, against medical advice.
After the next scan, in August 2019, the reason for the clear cancer scans became 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 clear scans are 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 worked.
However, shortly after starting on the WFPB lifestyle, the sore on my chest started to shrink and it's now hardly visible at all!
I've had no new medical issues in 2019, apart from being diagnosed with Epilepsy in June 2019.
The doctors are very clear that the Epilepsy was caused by the 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 as originatig after I switched to a 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.
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 offer vegan options. Even the N4 Motorway Services at Enfield offers
"vegan sausage rolls", which are quite nice, and they also have a salad bar, with several vegan options.
I must emphasise that, while the WFPB lifestyle worked for me, I make no assertion that it will work for everyone.
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 that most people ask when they first hear 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.
Prof. Campbell's view is that cow's milk is intended to give a spurt of growth to a young calf and it was never intended for humans - we're the only
species that will drink the milk of another species!
There are many good alternatives to cow's milk, for example we use Almond "Milk" (unsweetened, unroasted) and we don't detect any difference in taste.
In spite of what you might hear in the media, I've had no cow's milk since last year and my blood tests results show that I'm perfectly healthy and not
suffering from any "vitamin deficiency" - all I take is a small B12 vitamin and some calcium.
The material I studied consists of:
- The Documentary Film PlantPure Nation on YouTube.
- The Documentary Film Forks Over Knives on Netflix (Netflix account required).
- The book "The China Study" 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.
I prefer to get information direct from the source,
but if you want to take a shortcut, have a look at PlantPure Nation on YouTube and/or Forks Over Knives on Netflix
These documentaries include interviews with Colin Campbell and cover a lot of the information contained in his books.
- 2. Consciousness and Health:
More recently, I got an email from Frances, who I also know through set dancing, which contained a link to a "webinar" being given by "Dr. Ruediger Dahlke".
I watched the webinar and then bought books on the topic, including
"The Healing Power of Illness", by Ruediger Dahlke and Thorwald Dethlefsen and "The Challenge of Fate" by Thorwald Dethlefsen.
These books were a complete eye-opener for me, in the same way as when I first read "The China Study" by Colin Campbell.
So now, both my eyes are wide open!
While Colin Campbell's books are about the health consequences of the food we eat, these books are about about "consciousness", which is something I
hadn't ever paid too much attention to, until now.
Getting a basic grasp of the concepts in these books meant finding a completely new way of thinking and a new way of looking at the world we live in.
Some of these consciousness topics veer more towards religious/spiritual beliefs than towards science.
I've never given much thought to religious/spiritual matters, so this required a complete rethink on my part. Even apart from treligious/spiritual side of things,
some of the concepts in these books require a different way of looking at the world, for example, they say:
The word illness is singular in the same way that the word health is singular. The plurals of these words, illnesses and healths, don't make sense.
All illness is at the level of consciousness, it is not useful to look at illness from the point of view of physical symptoms.
There is no such thing as chance, everything happens for a reason.
....and many more equally challenging concepts!
These concepts were initially alien to me, but, having read "The Healing Power of Illness" and "The Challenge of Fate",
I'm slowly getting the hang of this way of thinking.
So, as I now see it:
The email from Myra led me to understand and "fix" the physical symptoms of illness.
The email from Frances is helping me to understand the concept of consciousness and will hopefully lead me to identifying (and solving) the root cause.
Between the two, I should be home and dry!
I met both Myra and Frances at the morning class in The Glenside.
Starting that morning class is in The Glenside has turned out to be the best thing I ever did!