Mothers and grandmothers, marathon runners, professionals and medical professionals—these three women are representative of many of the women facing breast cancer in America today. Most choose to go through alternating rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, losing their hair and their vigor. These three opted for a holistic, nutrition-based intervention at Hippocrates Health Institute (HHI) in Florida and all survived breast cancer. Here are their inspiring stories.
[When I heard I had cancer] I was extremely frightened and thought I was going to die. I was also afraid of going through chemotherapy and multiple surgeries. I was lucky because my mom and my friends gave me tons of support. However, a few family members did question [my treatment] and thought I was insane. I just let them say what they felt and told them that I was sure this was the best thing for me. Two conventional oncologists told me I would certainly die if I went the holistic route, and they seemed to be certain.
Thanks to HHI, I now know how to eat. I know what foods are healing and what foods to avoid. I now grow sprouts and eat fresh veggies and am conscious of what I put in my mouth. I am also more conscious of exercise. One thing Hippocrates stresses is the body/mind connection and that a positive, healthy mind is essential.
[On Hippocrates] You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. I work in a hospital as a nursing assistant and there are many, many irreversible side effects from chemotherapy that can ruin the quality of your life even when the cancer is gone.
When I was first diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer, I had mixed feelings. Part of me was not surprised, due to the fact that I felt horrible. Another part was shocked because I always tried to eat right (staying away from fried foods, corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, and so on) and maintain an exercise regimen.
As an adult I was interested in losing weight and began exercising, weightlifting, and dieting. When I became pregnant, my appetite was voracious. I looked into a book about herbs and started taking alfalfa, dandelion, and kelp as well as drinking red raspberry tea every day along with my doctor-recommended vitamins. That started my interest and belief in natural medicine.
[After Hippocrates] my attitude, diet, and exercise habits have all changed. By following the Hippocrates living foods program, I detoxed my body, cut out sugar, and replaced it with sprouts, wheatgrass, and other living foods. My diet now consists of wheatgrass juice twice a day; green juice made of sprouts, spinach, celery, and cucumber; and small sprouted grains, green leafy veggies, zucchini, yellow squash, cabbage, and cauliflower. I sprout and dehydrate some of my food and I make almond milk. I weight lift, walk, run, and do zumba.
My advice to all people is that preventative measures work best!
To hear the doctors tell me that I had cancer was devastating and overwhelming. I was terrified of dying before my children had a chance to grow up, but I knew I had to change my mindset. It took a while to wrap my head around the diagnosis, but I knew I had to turn it around and be strong, be a fighter.
[I decided on a nontraditional protocol because] I read a book called The China Study that I found fascinating. It changed my direction, my life, and my focus. It gave me a new outlook after all the more traditional prescribed treatments failed me.
I was curious about juicing and all the nutritional aspects of it so I went to a juicing class at my local Whole Foods. The woman teaching the class shared her story and how she is now cancer-free thanks to nontraditional treatments and the HHI lifestyle. I went home and was ecstatic about what I learned.
[My advice is] Give up all sugar (alcohol, processed foods/drinks, and even fruit). Doctors won’t tell you this but sugar (any kind) feeds all cancers! Then educate yourself. Knowledge is power. So many people put their lives in the hands of their doctors and want a pill or a surgery to make everything better. We need to do the hard work and take control of our own bodies and our health.