Some love stories get tested early in the relationship. When Las Vegas bartender Rob Mooberry started feeling extremely unwell, his girlfriend Amanda Mutchler, who was working at the same place – the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino as a waitress, and he were together for less than six months. After months of going to numerous doctors who could not immediately find the cause, the worst news came – Rob was diagnosed with stage IV terminal colorectal (colon) cancer.
The couple stuck together and even got married two days before Rob started treatment. The journey was tough. Rob’s cancer spread to his colon, bladder, and lymph nodes.
Rob went through hell with surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. But it was the holistic changes that he implemented that he considers to be the tipping point that brought him back to health.
This year, Rob will be on his fourth year of being cancer-free, and besides being married to Amanda, the married couple now has twins.
Rob’s Cancer Journey from Mainstream to Holistic
Rob knew something was seriously wrong when he lost 60 pounds in a year. While most doctors could not find an answer, he went to a surgeon who was planning to perform an exploratory surgery to see what is going on.
“I could have never prepared myself for the nightmare that followed,” he said.
The surgery found a fist-sized tumor and diagnosed Rob with terminal cancer, which spread to other organs. He was told he only had a few weeks left to live.
Rob went through chemotherapy but according to The Way We Met, it did not stop his cancer.
At this time both he and Amanda decided it was time to drastically change their lifestyles. They both went vegan, started researching medicinal herbs, and even did coffee enemas for detoxification.
The couple researched going to an alternative cancer treatment center in Mexico, but not having enough money, they did what they could at home. Cutting out all meat and dairy, as well as sugar and acidic food, they were left with a raw vegan diet, high in nutrients and antioxidants that help the body fight disease.
Three weeks after their lifestyle shift, Rob’s cancer was 80% gone, and by December 2014 there was no signs of cancer in his body.
“Incredibly, we beat cancer,” the couple said.
Rob is not trying to advocate what he did for other people – every cancer story is different. Neither is he trying to suggest that everyone goes vegan. But for him, it worked.
“I’m not standing on my soap box saying everyone needs to go plant-based and vegan. But if you’re going to ask me what worked for me, I’ll tell you: this diet,” he said.
Rob and Amanda’s love story and their perseverance against a health tragedy inspired country music star Tim McGraw, who shared the story with his legions of fans on Facebook.
Can the Right Vegan Diet Prevent and Fight Cancer?
Rob’s story has many wondering whether a properly planned and executed vegan diet can indeed be this beneficial in a fight against cancer.
First of all, besides there being research suggesting, that yes, a plant-based diet does have cancer preventing and cancer killing properties, it is important to note that meat is carcinogenic according to the World Health Organization.
This statement is based on the WHO’s review of over 800 studies– meat is considered a Group 1 carcinogen.
Processed meats like ham, salami, bacon, hot dogs and sausages, especially of the conventional variety, are worst enemies to a cancer-free body, and conventionally raised red meat may be just as dangerous to large segments of the population.
It has been estimated that 21% of bowel cancer is caused by meat consumption, and 3% of all cancers, according to Cancer Research U.K. Meat also increases the risk of colorectal cancer, which Rob had.
Eating just 50 grams of processed meat a day increases the risk of developing this cancer by 18%, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).
In the UK alone, there would be 8,800 fewer cases of cancer every year if people stopped eating meat.
“We should be limiting red and processed meat to help reduce colon cancer risk, and possibly, the risk of other cancers,” said Colleen Doyle, MS, RD, of American Cancer Society.
As we see, removing meat from the diet can greatly reduce the risk of cancer developing and growing.
Of course, there are some societies where meat is consumed and people live well into their 100’s. But these places generally have plant-based diets and eat meat far less than we do in industrialized societies, with some grass fed raw dairy from grazing animals thrown in at times.
One of the longest-living societies in the world, comprised of Seventh-Day Adventist residents of Loma Linda, California, eat vegetarian diets and live into well into their 80s and above age 100 in many cases.
One thing’s for sure: there is much research behind a plant-based diet and the multitude of health benefits for preventing serious and life-threatening diseases like cancer.
A 2011 study in Cancer Management and Research reported that vegetarian and vegan diets protect against cancer.
Research has shown that these diets are responsible for an overall 10-12% of reduction of all cancers.
Besides avoiding meat as a cancer prevention technique, the vegan (even vegetarian) diet is packed with cancer prevention and fighting abilities. The study highlighted that a vegan diet helps prevent cancer because of numerous nutrients it provides: fiber, antioxidants, and phytochemicals in fruits and vegetables; as well as adding superfoods and beneficial herbs and spices.
The study concluded:
“Vegetarian and vegan diets increase beneficial plant foods and plant constituents, eliminate the intake of red and processed meat by definition, and aid in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight…The direct and indirect evidence taken together suggests that vegetarian diets are a useful strategy for cancer prevention.”
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