I thought it might be useful to look at the diet debate from a different perspective. 16 years ago my partner was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He had major surgery & has since been well although not entirely cancer free. He responded to this health crisis by going on a course at what was then the Bristol Cancer Centre , now the Penny Brohn Centre. At that time the centre was somewhat fanatical about diet & advocated what was essentially a vegan diet, especially for hormone related cancers like prostate and breast cancer. Since I have a family history of breast cancer, we both made radical changes our diet to one which was essentially plant-based. It is worth noting the diet recommendations were accompanied by large vitamin supplements, not only to boost the immune system but also because it is difficult to get all the nutrients needed in solely plant-based diet. We both now have osteoporosis which I sometimes wonder is related to having cut out dairy etc. Penny Brohn Centre have since relaxed their approach & now recommend a balanced diet on the same lines as BHF including a little meat, fish & chicken to get enough protein. What we have carried forward from this experience is avoiding processed foods, eating mainly organic and very little first class protein, mainly fish & occasional meat if I know the name of the cow! We still use 2 superb vegan-type recipe books Healing Foods & More Healing Foods by Jane Sen who was head chef at the Bristol Cancer Centre.
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