John McDougall, MD: Breast Cancer

In light of Angelina Jolie’s decision, this is interesting.

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8 Responses to John McDougall, MD: Breast Cancer

  1. Deborah says:

    First, I just want to say I’m definitely not criticizing Angelina Jolie’s decision. It’s not one anyone would take lightly. But at this point, I feel like I would try anything to avoid surgery. And if the proof is right there, that as Colin Campbell said, “We were able to turn the cancer gene on and off” with diet, I think it would be a no-brainer. I think. I’ve never been there, so I don’t know.

    • Hey Deborah! Thanks for your comment! I know it’s hard to predict when you’re not actually in the situation, but I don’t think I would choose the surgery. Like you, I’d try other options, follow a very healthy lifestyle and get tested regularly. If I ever actually got cancer, I might consider surgery, however. Celeste:)

  2. luvwhatuce says:

    Wow, thanks for posting this video. Interesting perspective. In your last post about Jolie’s decision, I know I had some pretty strong opinions. It touched the life of my good friend (& also a family member)…all within the past few years. If there is anything I can do food-related, of course I’d try it. May not work, but it’s at least worth a shot! 🙂 Especially after seeing how difficult a diagnosis & surgery can be (both physically & emotionally).


    • I absolutely understand your strong perspective on this topic. Having watched your friend struggle and choose the same thing as Jolie, you are emotionally connected to this issue. I honestly don’t know how I’d feel about this topic if I was emotionally invested like that. I also know that if I had a friend who made the choice to do what Jolie did, I’d support her 100 percent. This is not to say that I wouldn’t ask her to consider other options, but I wouldn’t push it and whatever decision she came to I’d be behind her. I appreciate that you took the time to watch this video and to comment. Your thoughts are always appreciated!! Celeste:)

      • luvwhatuce says:

        Thanks much! The vegan lifestyle is interesting to me, partially because of this history (friend & family member). I greatly appreciate reading your posts & learning little things I can do…to strive towards living a healthier life. 🙂

        Happy Friday-

      • I love your interest and comments! You know, I’ve only been vegan for just over a year. I went vegan because I took a healthy cooking class at Whole Foods Market. I thought the class was going to be about cooking lean meats and fish, but instead they showed statistic after statistic about how unhealthful processed foods, meat anddairy are. I wasn’t yet convinced, but I was curious so I started educating myself. The research was powerful and I knew I had to change in my diet. I’m so glad I did – I look and feel so much better than I did before. If you’re curious, you might want to read “The Engine 2 Diet” or watch the movie “Forks Over Knives”. If you do check these out, I’d love to hear your thoughts about them. Have a wonderful weekend!! Celeste:)


  3. VegCharlotte says:

    I’m going to try not to be too passionate here, and of course one thing I realize is that I have not lived Angelina Jolie’s life, I have not had to watch my mother die of breast cancer, and I do not have children like Angelina. However … I cannot understand why so many people would rather undergo drastic procedures than make a diet change! Or why they would not make a diet change IN ADDITION TO a drastic procedure! My stepmother had ovarian cancer that spread to her colon and she had to have most of her colon removed, plus go through some really horrible and intensive chemo! Yet she insisted on sticking to her “Atkins Diet” and eating fast food hamburgers daily as well as bacon at every opportunity. She died pretty quickly and there will always be a small, angry part of me that wonders how much longer we could have had her in our lives if she had just made some dietary changes! My dad has also had cancer multiple times but refuses to eat at local vegan restaurants with me or even try drinking almond or coconut milk instead of dairy.

    • I’m so sorry to hear about your mother-in-law – I can only imagine how painful it was for you to deal with that. And now your father is taking a similar stance – wow, that’s hard.

      Honestly I don’t understand why more people are not willing to change their diet either. I’m sure the reasons are individual to each person. I know some people don’t believe changing their diet will help them. This makes sense since the majority of people don’t eat healthfully, and many of them either beat the odds or don’t get ill for a long time. This might make it seem like diet doesn’t matter.

      Then there are people who believe that modern medicine will cure them so they don’t need to eat healthfully. My brother, for example, told me that he was going to eat whatever he wanted to eat and if he got high blood pressure or diabetes he’d just take a pill to control it. I personally don’t have that much faith in modern medicine, but I know people think like that.

      I suppose other people think it’s too hard to change. I can understand how people who are healthy might not want to put the effort into changing, but I don’t get this when your life is at stake. Still, I know some people are like this.

      Anyway, that’s why we’re blogging girl! We want more people to make positive changes in their lives so that they don’t get cancer in the first place. I really believe that what we’re doing is making a difference, so let’s keep it up!!

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