Increasingly, the medical profession is recognizing the important role which good nutrition can play in a number of serious medical conditions — including cancer. This recognition, in part, is due to anecdotal evidence of people who have successfully helped treat their cancerous condition with a proper diet.
One example of this is the case of Chris Wark, who at the age of 26 was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer. While he did undergo surgery to help treat this, he opted out of chemotherapy and instead decided to treat his condition with diet. He remains cancer free to this day.
Chris Wark’s diet can best be described as “raw vegan”, and emphasizes a large variety of uncooked fruits and vegetables. It is important to note that the salad below has no meats, cheeses, eggs or commercially prepared salad dressing. It is also important to note that Wark does not eat raw fruits and raw veggies together, though he does include them both in his diet throughout the day. He maintains that 6 to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables is perfect to help the body heal itself from cancer. He is a strong proponent of foods like the salad whose recipe is given below and which is full of dietary fiber and antioxidants that can help the body to combat this disease.
The Recipe for Cancer-Fighting Salad
- Dark leafy green vegetables
- Broccoli or broccoli sprouts
- Leeks, sliced
- Artichokes, chopped
- Zucchini, cut into medallions
- Mushrooms, chopped
- Onions, diced
- Purple cabbage, shredded
- Cauliflower, chopped
- Avocado, chunked
- Peppers (yellow, green or red), cut into thin strips
- Squash, cut into thin medalllions
- Sprouted sunflower seeds, almonds, mung beans, garbanzo beans and lentils
Toss these vegetables together to make the salad. This can be topped with a fermented food like sauerkraut, onions or pepper. Fermented foods are rich in probiotics can help to nourish and replenish the natural bacteria which live in the gut and which play an important role in immunity and general health. Dress the salad with a homemade vinaigrette consisting of olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and chopped fresh oregano, garlic, turmeric and cayenne pepper.
Additional Dietary Information
Chris Wark also recommends that, in addition to salads like the one listed above, a person using diet to fight off cancer should also consume foods which contain quercetin. Quercetin is a powerful flavonoid, a plant-based compound which in several scientific studies has been shown to have anti-carcinogenic properties. It protects DNA from mutations which can foster tumor growth and also has strong anti-inflammatory properties that can also help prevent cancer development. The best sources for this flavonoid include red- or purple-colored fruits and vegetables like apples, red onions, tomatoes, raspberries and cranberries, as well as citrus fruits and leafy green vegetables.
In conclusion, for those who are trying to treat cancer naturally, dietary changes like the ones discussed above are certainly options worth considering, with or without more conventional treatment. The combination of surgery and a raw vegan diet has kept Chris Wark healthy. The salad recipe he recommends is certainly a healthy one and would be great for anyone whether they are a cancer patient or not due to the high amount of fiber and other nutrients to improve the body’s overall health.