By V. Anderson
I have been living for the last couple of years with one of the rarest but most difficult types of cancer. Called pleural mesothelioma, this cancer grows in the tissue lining the lungs and is the result of having worked unprotected around asbestos form much of my career. Mesothelioma is aggressive cancer that is difficult to treat, and while I have been undergoing traditional treatments like chemotherapy, I have also embraced some alternatives for wellness.
A Few Words on Proper Practice
To get the health benefits of a vegan or vegetarian diet it is important to eat a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and beans. Without meat as a protein, maintaining proper balance in a diet is essential. Quality is important in effectively implementing a vegan or vegetarian diet, and many choose to consume local or organic produce as well as eschew processed food.
Benefits of Plant-Based Eating
- Plant-based diets support the immune system. The immune system plays an important role in fighting cancer, attacking cancer cells and limiting the growth of tumors. Research has found that a plant-based diet can actually make the immune system much stronger and function better overall. In fact, one study found that the immune cells of people who ate vegan diets could actually kill cancer cells in the lab.
- Animal fats negatively impact cancer survival rates. According to other studies, animal fats in the diet negatively impact survival rates for all cancers. The more vegan the diet, the longer patients lived with cancer.
- Vegan and vegetarian diets improve overall wellness. A diet that has more vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts, and whole foods, in general, are better for overall health than diets rich in meat and animal products. General wellness is important for cancer patients because the healthier they are the better they can tolerate and respond to difficult treatments like chemotherapy.
From both my research online and my personal experience, I can attest that a healthier diet makes a difference. It is not always an easy adjustment going from eating meat to a plant-based diet. Many start with vegetarianism before moving fully to a vegan diet. But, as you start to feel better you begin to realize you don’t want to go back to eating that way. I am enjoying the benefits of a plant-based diet, and I feel better than I have in months.
More Plant-Based Info for Cancer Patients
My name is Virgil Anderson and I am just one of many victims of workplace asbestos exposure.
Like others, I worked with and around this dangerous substance, never being told of the risks to my health. Working in demolition and with cars, over a career, I was exposed to and inhaled microscopic asbestos fibers which would eventually cause me to become very sick.
After a diagnosis of mesothelioma, my health has deteriorated, but treatments do provide some help. With a positive attitude, I continue to fight my disease, to live life as best I can, and to share my story in the hopes of helping even just one other person avoid asbestos and this terrible cancer.