Part 8: Mortality

This one is a tough one.

I started the week meeting my neurosurgeon who showed a good result from my MRI on the weekend, it’s too hard to zoom in to see if there is anything still in there (apart from my brain) but it was positive. I mentioned to him that I had been told it was a different type of tumour than first thought, he corrected the name that I had been given and I now know it is an Oligodendroglioma – try saying that with a mouth full of marbles.

Hot tip – don’t go on google when you have cancer. I looked up this new tumour name and sent what I thought was a good article to Simon and my mum. I apparently had not scrolled down enough on the page though, it showed the average life span of someone with my type of tumour. Turns out it is 10 years. 10 years is a long time if you are locked up in prison or are watching grass grow. Its’s not so long if you plan on having a family and want to see them grow up and attend their wedding. This was a down day.

Luckily the next day I had my usual meet up with my Oncologist after my radiation. I asked him if there would still be cancer cells left even if they got rid of the whole tumour. He assured me that they are treating to ‘cure’ and there should not be anything left at the end, but these things do have a habit of growing back which is why we keep a close eye on it with MRI’s and checkups 3 times a year moving forward. This made me feel a lot better.

The sucky part bout this whole thing is that even after treatment you still have this thing hanging over your head, it never just goes away. It does mean though that we can live for a purpose and make the most of every day. Also, I am not average.

Simon and I have done a lot of research, even before this uninvited guest was brought to our attention about cancer and eating to live a long life. This is how we eventually got to the vegan/plant-based path. Not only for our health but for the environment and the wellbeing of animals. In fact, the day of my seizures, Simon purchased the “How not to die” book by Dr. Michael Greger. Weird huh?

Here are some fun facts about animal consumption:

Eggs

‘Despite the powerful egg industry’s best efforts to put a “healthy” spin on egg consumption, eggs contain high levels of cholesterol and may contain carcinogenic retrovirusesheterocyclic aminestoxic pollutants (such as arsenicperfluorochemicals like PCBphthalatesflame retardant chemicalsdioxins), and Salmonella (see here and here). Consuming just one egg per day may significantly shorten our lifespans, increase the levels of the cancer-promoting growth hormone IGF-1, and increase our risk of heart diseasekidney stonesstroketype 2 diabetesgestational diabetes, and some types of cancer (such as pancreaticbreast, and prostate).’

Protein

‘As pointed out by the Chair of Harvard’s Nutrition department, plant protein is preferable to animal protein because food is a package deal. Plant protein has been associated with lower rates of heart disease and lower cholesterol.

Plant protein tends to be relatively low in methionine, an amino acid associated with premature aging and cancer. It also tends to also be relatively lower in the amino acid leucine, which may accelerate aging via the enzyme TOR. Diets high in animal protein tend to be acid forming, while diets centered around plant protein tend to be alkalizing.’

Dairy

What’s in a glass of milk?
  • 135 million pus cells (if that’s not enough to put you off..)
  • Blood
  • Feces
  • Pain killers, antibiotics & growth hormones
  • Bacteria & pathogens
  • Acidic protein which leaches minerals and calcium from the bones
  • Toxic milk protein ‘casein’ which contributes to cancer, kidney disease, arthritis, MS, Chron’s, Irritable bowel and asthma.

Dairy products are not only high in saturated fat, but they are low in a number of beneficial dietary components such antioxidants (see also herehere, and here); ergothioneine, an amino acid that may help protect our cells; and fiber, a nutrient that 97% of Americans are deficient in. Along with saturated fat, dairy products also contain cholesteroltrans fats (see also here), endotoxinsNeu5Gccholine, all of which may raise the risk of inflammationheart diseasediabetes, and cancer.

The hormones (see also here and here) in dairy products may not only promote acne (see also herehere and here), but also contribute to risk of premature puberty, multiple pregnancies (which are riskier to both mother and children), breast cancer, prostate cancerother hormone-dependent cancers (see also here), declining sperm countsexcess estrogen, and heart disease.

Fish

Given up red meat because you think that white meat is healthier? ‘Many individuals consider fish a superior source of protein to animal products or poultry. But like meat, fish is low in antioxidants and phytonutrients and contains cholesterol. It is also high in methionine, an amino acid that appears to aid in cancer tumour growth, and may contribute to longevity-related oxidation in the body.’

If you would like to watch some interesting documentaries and find out more, here are some great ones to start with:

On Netflix
Forks over Knives
Cowspiracy

On Youtube
This video is amazing and includes a lot of data that is all research backed from a lot of studies and targets chronic disease.

But don’t take my word for it, you should do your own research.

Dr Greger also runs a website called Nutrition Facts where most of the above information was borrowed from.
Simon Hall
Simon Hall

Big time Vegan, loving all living creatures and trying to live a life you can be proud of.

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