Thank you Denise, your critique is extremely interesting and thorough.
18 months ago I was diagnosed with metastasised melanoma, and given a 50% chance of living 5 months. I went on a RAVE Vegan diet (having been a consumer of much meat and chocolate and sugars in many forms for most of my life) and I am still here, and the last tumour was found over 6 months ago.
My own research aligns quite closely with your conclusions, that sugars are the biggest problem, followed closely by acidifying foods (including most un-sprouted grains). And even after allowing for those factors, there does seem to remain a component that relates to animal protein. The most likely pathway seems to be the overloading of the immune system with protein fragments absorbed into the blood stream during digestion, acting to deplete the ability of the immune system to recognise and deal with cancer cells and tumours.
I have also proved to my own satisfaction, that there is a very strong negative link between vitamin C and tumour progression. 7 times in the last 3 years I have reduced vitamin C intake, and had tumours show up. 4 times I have had them surgically removed and identified, and each time they were spindle melanoma type. The other three times I got them to disappear simply by increasing vitamin C intake to at least 5g twice daily, and about 1 gram per hour in between during waking hours (actually taking up to 20g at a time sometimes, and up to about 70g a day, though it took a few weeks to build to that without the usual high dose side effects).
Not exactly double blind testing, and sufficient for my own sense of understanding. My details are on my blog site – http://www.tedhowardnz.wordpress.com/about for my medical records, and /cancer for what I have done diet wise.
Tomorrow I am going in for a full body CAT scan, I will post the results on my blog when I get them.
During the process, it has become very clear to me that the short and long term incentives to make profit override all incentives to deliver health and happiness to the population, in the current system. There is more money in sickness than there is in wellness.
It seems possible to develop other systems, with different incentive structures, but we don’t have them yet – http://www.solnx.org is one class of possible solutions to that problem.
As a biochemist by training, with 40 years of interest in genetics, I am fascinated by the amount of viral DNA that recent studies have shown to be in our genome, and the many roles that vitamin C seems to play in our immune and anti-viral responses.
I have come to strongly suspect that most cancers have a viral component to their progression, though I have little firm evidence for this, just a very strong intuition.
Thanks again, for a very clear critique, as free of preconceptions and agendas as any I have read.
I honour your integrity.