Saturday, August 6, 2011

Guest Post: A Vegan Diet for Mesothelioma Patients

Hey All! I have a special guest post today that my friend Jackie wrote. She just started a blog as well! Check her out! ;)
I hope this post helps someone out there. A vegan diet can be so beneficial and healing, as you know from my experience.

How a Vegan Diet Can Be Beneficial to Mesothelioma Cancer Patients



If you suffer from cancer, specifically mesothelioma, I would highly recommend you change your eating habits and dedicate yourself to eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Treatment for mesothelioma patients differs depending on factors such as age, stage of disease at time of diagnosis, and location of the cancer. However, it has been concluded that one's current health status plays a large role in determining the treatment options for mesothelioma. Cancer patients who are healthier see higher rates of success in response to treatment, and a vegan diet is a fantastic way to boost your health and recovery. As usual, a mesothelioma treatment plan should always be under the eye of a careful oncologist. I would recommend exploring the benefits of combining a vegan diet with the traditional methods of surgery removal, chemotherapy, and radiation.

The typical vegan diet consists of eating foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, and soy products. Careful attention is necessary regarding the deviation from eating meat and animals. Nutritionally, the vegan diet works in favor of better health for many reasons. Firstly, there is a reduction in saturated fats-- largely linked to the development of cancers and poor cardiovascular health in medical literature. In addition, on a vegan diet, there is a difference in the type of carbohydrates absorbed into the bloodstream. Vegan sources of carbohydrates tend to have been healthier in the sense that they have more fiber and antioxidants. By focusing on natural, organic foods, essential vitamins and minerals once missing from your diet will be replenished.

Though the vegan diet is cited as a great way to prevent certain cancers, the connection between a vegan diet and cancer prevention/treatment has been firmly made. Several major studies have shown that cancer patients benefit dramatically from going vegan, often either stagnating or reversing the growth of the tumors. Though the exact mechanism by which the tumor growth rate is changed by diet is not fully understood, scientists have confirmed that the nutrients offered serve a large role in the holistic healing of the body, to help increase the mesothelioma life expectancy.

A vegan diet would also benefit you during treatment because of the extra physical fitness you will experience. One of the most popular uses of the vegan diet is to fight chronic fatigue and gain more energy. Several vegans, including NFL tight-end Tony Gonzalez, have confirmed this. Chemotherapy, one of the most recommended treatment methods can cause patients to be frequently tired and a vegan diet assists in combating fatigue. In addition, the hormone regulation of this diet will ensure that your mood is not worsened by your nutrition. Treatment of mesothelioma is typically very difficult emotionally on a patient, and eating healthy will also help fight depression and bad moods. Overall, eating a vegan diet can help to improve the overall health of cancer patients.

1 comment:

Artist Victoria O'Neill said...

love your blog. met you on raw food rehab