I went strict vegan (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, mussels etc) over 5 years ago, after being sent home to die with aggressive metastasised melanoma (in lymph and liver after 3 operations). The evidence suggested I needed to get calories from animal products under 10%, and when I did the numbers I was over 80%, so the easiest way for me was to say none!
I have been healthier than at any other time in my life (since getting rid of the tumours – that the medical system said were untreatable).
As a biochemist by training over 40 years ago, it seems to me that there are a lot of half truths and untruths out there in the cause of getting people to spend money, rather than a real focus on health and wellness.
Most people are chronically short of vitamin C. A 70Kg goat makes about 10g per day of vit C under normal conditions, and upwards of 100g per day under stress. Recommended daily allowances (RDAs) are enough to prevent the chronic deficiency disease of scurvy, but not sufficient to allow the immune system to function at peak efficiency when required. A varied, plant based diet (over 90% of calories from plants) and most of those from raw food, is far healthier that most modern diets, provided the water supplies are clean, and one is not risking serious viral or bacterial infection from eating contaminated raw food (such risks vary hugely from place to place). If travelling eat cooked food and boiled water, and take at least 4g per day of vit C. I take about 18g per day, in 2 x 9g doses (pure L-Ascorbic Acid), and have done for almost 5 years.
I was dealing with the results of 55 years of a largely meat diet, and an immediate diagnosis of “nothing known to medical science that can extend the probability of your death” which was given as “could be dead in 6 weeks, a 50% change of making 5 months and a 2% chance of seeing 2 years”.
After doing a lot of reading, and with the background of my training as a biochemist, and looking as objectively as possible at the evidence available, I stopped eating animal products, and went raw vegan with high dose vit c. It took 3 months for the tumours to go. They came back after just a few days of reduction in vit C. The last time I reduced vit c, I got a tumour (excised and examined – same melanoma type). That was almost 5 year ago. Since then I have not missed a day, two doses, at least 5g per dose – most often about 9g per dose.
I remain largely vegan (though sometimes when eating out I am certain I have eaten things that while the seller claimed they were vegan, actually contained animal products, particularly dairy products in sauces – though the quantities were small).
No more tumours.
Sure, any broad dietary theme can be deficient in specifics. And being as varied as possible within a theme reduces the risks of deficiency. And being as knowledgeable as possible about the probabilities associated with different specific needs in different contexts of the needs of ones own body specifically and of groups more generally is useful.
And in the context of someone who is facing immediate risk from cancer, I strongly advise removal of all animal products, adopting a varied and as raw a diet as possible (however foul it tastes), and supplementing with high dose vit c, and minimal doses of other vitamins and minerals (vit C is the only vitamin that is usually safe in mega-doses, and one needs to stay hydrated – always take it with water).