The main premise of this plan is that my body’s immune system is weak and the natural enzymes that would normally fight cancer in my body are in short supply, otherwise engaged or non-existent, so it seems obvious to try and boost my immune system and clean my body of toxins. What I need to do is give my digestive system a break and stop it working overtime trying to process the food I put in it, I also need to try and stop filling my body with toxins for the same reason – to give my body a break.
A theme that comes up regularly in almost everything I’ve read is that dairy and cancer seem to go hand in hand; countries with low dairy diets have a much lower incidence of various types of cancer. I’ve been almost convinced about the link between dairy produce and cancer (though possibly not the type I have) so dairy products are out!
Also, apparently cancer likes sugar! so no to any pure sugar and keep sugar content to an absolute minimum. As I understand it cancer actually feeds off the glucose that our bodies naturally produce, if you don’t give your body something to make glucose from it will use up your body (muscles etc) to produce glucose – literally eating you, so trying to cut all forms of sugar out of your diet may do more harm than good. Naturally occurring sugars are fine and these are contained in fresh fruit and vegetables. The advice is to keep the consumption of citrus fruits to no more than 10% of the fruit in your diet, apples and pears are good and pineapple is evidently really good.
Dr Phillip E Binzel says:
The diet that I use on my patients can be summarized as follows: “If it is animal or if it comes from animal, you can not have it. (As one patient said, “If it moves, I can’t eat it.”) If it is not animal or does not come from animal, you can have it, but you can not cook it.” I take away from my patients all meat, all poultry, all fish, all eggs, cheese, cottage cheese and milk.
So that’s pretty much what I’m doing, although bringing it up to date a bit I’m also trying to eat completely organic food where possible. I’ve also cut out caffeine, alcohol and any form of processed food. I’m a teetotal vegan – which will surprise some people I know – pass the mung beans!
For de-toxing the green vegetables are best (Gwyneth Paltrow swears by green juice apparently and she’s pretty fit) and carrots are said to be high in nutrients. Standard salad ingredients like lettuce, cucumber and tomato (not too much as it is a citrus fruit) make up the basis of salads then I add some fruit such as mango, papaya (eat the seeds too!) and avocado and/or beans and/or grain and/or nuts.
It’s difficult to consume the sheer volume of raw fruit and vegetables so I’ve invested in a trendy juicer. I usually juice 70% vegetables (carrots, beetroot, broccoli stalks, celery, spinach, cucumber etc) to 30% fruit (apples, pears and pineapple) and find adding some mint or citrus fruit or ginger gives it a bit of bite.
Protein, calories and a bit of bulk come from nuts; dried fruit (not too much); pulses like kidney beans, chick peas and butter beans together with grains like quinoa; I’m also eating seeds like sunflower seeds which are high in nitrilosides – something that apparently actively fights cancer but has disappeared from our diets (more of this in supplements).
I started this about 4 weeks ago as I feared the worst and have eased on to the diet. It is pretty much a full time job getting enough fruit and vegetables to make 2 meals a day and loads of natural juice. Waitrose and their online partner Ocado are very good for organic fruit and veg, organic nuts, weird grains that I’ve never heard of before and dairy substitutes. Bread is OK but only wholemeal, no white bread, I make my own bread so this isn’t an issue and there are plenty of natural substitutes for butter which are usually made with olive oil.
However, organic produce is still an afterthought for many supermarkets and so things are packaged in small quantities so buying large amounts is not cheap (did I mention I’m a Yorkshireman?) so I’ve recently signed up with Abel & Cole who deliver weekly.
The plan I’ve based all this on is described by Binzel as a 3 phase plan but it is actually 4:
- Phase 1 – Getting it all together and starting off (2 weeks if you are a meat eating, curry loving, beer drinker like me)
- Phase 2 – (for those with cancer) The main austere, de-tox part of the regime so in the case of diet this means raw vegan pretty much. (I’m giving it about 3 to 4 months)
- Phase 3 – (until given the all clear) a more relaxed part of the regime so in terms of diet allowing some chicken, oily fish and some red meat and cooked food but red meat and cooked food should not make up more than 10 percent of diet. (I might allow myself the odd glass of wine at this stage but no 2 bottles and dive in the pool sessions.)
- Phase 4 – “until aged 130” as Binzel says – this is the preventative part so can be used by people who don’t have cancer, the diet is pretty much as Phase 3. (Maybe a beer now and again as well? …. Please? ….Pretty please?)
As I said, I’ve been on this diet for about 3 to four weeks now so I consider that I’ve started phase 2 and will keep on it until the end of August 2015. I’m sure you don’t want me to discuss my bodily functions in detail so trust me, the toxins are coming out of my body big time! (see what I did there?)