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Interview With Woman Who Cured Breast Cancer Naturally

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heidrichAre natural cancer cures out there? What about a natural breast cancer cure? All it takes is one breast cancer survivor to convince me that yes, there’s a natural cure for breast cancer. Ruth Heidrich was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1982 at age 47. Today at age 73, she competes in triathlons. She never had any chemotherapy or radiation for her metastatic breast cancer.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer for women, killing about 40,000 American women yearly, despite all the rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. Medical treatment for breast cancer is hit or miss. Ruth found the breast lump in a breast self-exam. A doctor ordered an excisional biopsy which confirmed breast cancer.

Was the breast cancer metastasized?
Yes, bone scans showed to bones (pelvis and both femurs) and x-ray to left lung.

What was your prognosis?
It was serious and impossible to tell if I had three months, three years, or more. The oncologist recommended chemo and radiation and tamoxifen.

Describe your eating habits prior to diagnosis.
The Standard American Diet (SAD), although I had pretty much cut out red meat and increased my chicken and fish intake, and also drank lots of powdered skim milk. What I’d done was substitute chicken and fish for red meat, thinking that this was a healthier diet. Actually, it is NOT any healthier at all! Animal is animal — regardless of the source.

Why did you reject conventional medical treatment?
Shortly after my diagnosis, I saw a notice in the newspaper of a clinical research study being conducted to test the validity of a low-fat vegan diet versus the standard chemo/radiation to reverse the cancer. After talking to the head researcher, John McDougall, MD, and he showed me the dismal results with conventional medical treatment, I decided to enroll.

What did this study consist of?
Agreeing to change my diet to low-fat vegan — no animal foods whatsoever and no added oils. (Ruth began this diet two weeks after the biopsy.)

Did you tell your diagnosing physician what you were doing?
Yes, and he just kind of shook his head in disgust.

After you began the diet, how much time passed before you went back to the diagnosing physician to see if the cancer was still there?
It was only a matter of weeks. The first bone scan with all the “hot spots” was about two weeks after the diagnosis. One month later, they had receded significantly, and by three months, they were gone completely. The chest X-rays still, to this day, show the encapsulated tumor in my left lung, not having grown for 25 years.

How did the diagnosing physician determine that the cancer in the breast was gone?
After my biopsy showed no clear margins (meaning they hadn’t gotten it all), I had more surgery (the first surgery was the excisional biopsy), a modified radical mastectomy. Remember, it’s not the cancer in the breast that kills — it’s the cancer cells that spread to vital organs, most commonly, bones, lungs, liver, and the brain. All subsequent tests continue to show no cancer.

What did the doctors say about the bone cancer disappearing?
The oncologist and other specialists said nothing.

In your layperson’s opinion, why didn’t the cancer doctors get really excited about this and spread the word?
Our MDs all go through standard training where they are taught that diet has nothing to do with cancer, and the drug companies are standing by ready to supply chemo. Any doctor who “dares” to do anything different violates the “community standard of practice.” So even if an MD thinks it might work, he/she takes a great risk in going against standard medical practice.

Another factor that is a bit harder to prove, but that Dr. McDougall will back up, is that MDs don’t make any money treating cancer this way. Our health industry would collapse if people all went vegan.

Do you have anything to gain financially by making any of this up?
I have nothing to gain financially — in fact, I’ve invested much of my time, energy, and gas to visit cancer patients — all to no avail.

Have you ever thought about presenting your medical records to the right medical authorities?
If even MDs such as John McDougall, Neal Barnard, Michael Klaper, etc., and one of the most respected nutritional scientists in the world, T. Colin Campbell, can’t convince them, I really don’t have a chance. I’ve tried even the American Cancer Society and the Susan G. Komen Foundation and got nowhere.

Special note: The term “vegan” is ambiguous, in that a vegan can still end up eating a lot of sugary sodas and other sugary foods that don’t contain animal products, like candy, plus foods full of additives, colorings and preservatives. The vegan anti-cancer diet consists of whole foods in their natural form, free of sugar (which is cancer’s only fuel source!) and additives.

Ruth is the winner of more than 900 trophies from six Ironman Triathlons, dozens of Half Ironmans and sprint triathlons, 67 marathons, hundreds of road races, and eight golds from the State and National Senior Olympics. For skeptics who might think Ruth has falsely claimed a natural cancer cure to market her three books…then consider this: With all of her astounding athletic achievements, why would she need to fabricate a natural cancer cure?

Even a top athlete can get cancer – cancer triggered by a very SAD DIET.

Visit Ruth E. Heidrich at RuthHeidrich.com
Author of “A Race For Life,” “CHEF” & “Senior Fitness”

Source:  Associated Content

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  1. […] Breast cancer is the most common cancer for women, killing about 40,000 American women yearly, despite all the rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. Medical treatment for breast cancer is hit or miss. Ruth found the breast lump in a breast self-exam. A doctor ordered an excisional biopsy which confirmed breast cancer. More.. […]


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