7 Women Who Healed Breast Cancer by Eating Plants

Breast Cancer claims the lives of approximately 42,260 people in the United States each year. This year another 268,600 women and 2,670 men will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States. Most of these will be prescribed the typical and dangerous treatments of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, but a more natural and safer path to healing exists. Despite decades of science linking diet to breast cancer risk and mortality, and data showing that mastectomies do not improve a woman’s chance of survival, the nutrition cure is not offered to many women. This article shares the story of seven courageous women who said no to conventional treatments and healed breast cancer naturally by switching to a low-fat diet of whole plant foods.

The seven women below have publicly shared their stories of healing to help other women find a natural path to wellness.

1. Janette Murray-Wakelin

Janette Murray-Wakelin was given just six months to live when she was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. She would not accept this diagnosis. With determination she cured?️ herself in that six-month period with a raw food and juice diet, yoga, and family love. You can find her story at the

2. Monique Norton

Monique Norton was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 51 and reversed the cancer naturally with nutrition. Monique researched the diet cure and immediately switched to a diet of raw fruits and vegetables. In just three weeks of being on her new diet she went into the doctor declaring she was cancer free. However the doctor insisted she was just emotional and should still have surgery. She says she was unable to advocate for herself and trusted the doctor and so went ahead with surgery. Later however, another doctor she saw admitted to her that she had in fact nearly eliminated all of the cancer in the three week period before the surgery. Despite the other doctor’s insisting she undergo the knife, when she did they found only traces of the former lump. She shared her story with Chris Wark of Chris Beat Cancer where she writes,

“Cancer is not ‘you’. It just happens to live in you. matter of fact, it’s a squatter, a parasite. that is terribly important because as such, ‘you’ never feed it. there is no connection between your healthy cells and these mutant cells, and like the tramps in London street, they eat from the garbage cans in your body.”

Monique shares her healing wisdom. a recipe for beating cancer, and many tips for those fighting cancer here.

3. Kelly Binkowski

Kelly Binkowski was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2012 and was immediately prescribed surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Soon after her diagnosis she found Forks Over Knives and reached out to Dr. McDougall. After her initial surgery she said no to chemotherapy and radiation and became Dr. McDougall’s patient. She attended his 10-day live-in program and reports that after the 10 days she lost 4.2 pounds and her cholesterol dropped 23 points. She continued the low-fat vegan diet of whole plants with the support of her husband and her health continued improving. She writes,

“Now, after 18 months of eating the McDougall way and walking 30 minutes daily, I am cancer free, and my cholesterol has dropped another 27 points, to 130. My weight dropped from 150 to 120. I feel stronger, healthier, and more energetic. As a kindergarten teacher, having a high energy level is very necessary. I now get down on the floor and jump right up with no trouble!”

4. Jessica Bowen

Jessica Bowen was just 29 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. When she asked her doctor if she should change her diet she was told that there was no research linking diet to breast cancer and that if she wanted a donut, she should eat one. The message from her doctor was clear: diet doesn’t matter so eat whatever you want. Her doctors put her on a regime of chemotherapy and radiation and the results were devastating to Jessica’s health. She writes:

“As soon as they began the IV drip, I could feel the chemo going into my body. I would instantly feel more tired. I gained about 50 pounds, had major fatigue, painful fluid retention, intense body aches (so much so that it hurt to be touched), muscle tenderness, extremely painful constipation, hot flashes, night sweats, joint pain, nausea, acid reflux, mental fog, no energy, and I pretty much felt miserable all of the time.”

When the chemotherapy didn’t kill the cancer after four months, they prescribed more chemotherapy and radiation. That’s when Jessica found Forks Over Knives and heard from other breast cancer survivors that they healed with nutrition. She began communicating with Dr. McDougall and attended his 10-day live in program where she completely reset her diet to a low-fat whole plant foods diet. Her health continued to improve from there, she lost 92 pounds, became more active, and her blood work and scans all showed she was cancer free. Sharing her story with Dr. McDougall she writes,

“I am healthier than I’ve ever been in my life! I’ve completed two 5k runs so far this year, with another 5k obstacle course set for the end of September. Now, I exercise because I love the feeling of my body getting stronger and healthier, especially since I know what it’s like to not be able to, and to feel weak and sick. I feel as if I’ve received a new lease on life and I plan to live it to the fullest!!”

5. Anneliese Moore

Anneliese Moore said no to a mastectomy and cured her breast cancer with a low fat vegan diet. Diagnosed at age 67, she went on to live another 30 years. You can read her full story here on Healing With Plants.

6. Sarada

Sarada was just 25 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, colon cancer, and cervical cancer. She was also told by her doctors that she had diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, and leaky gut syndrome. She underwent surgery for the cervical cancer, but it came back. Sarada says she was ready to give up and die, but then she discovered how to heal cancer naturally with nutrition. She changed her diet by giving up processed foods and began eating a clean diet of fresh raw plants. After two years on her new diet, she went back to the same hospital where her blood tests revealed she was cancer free. She says her doctors were amazed and said that her blood looked like that of an athlete. In her interview with Matt Monarch, Sarada says that she has never felt healthier, she healed intestinal parasites, her weight leveled off at a healthy level, and she feels and looks younger at age forty than she did in early 20s. You can hear her tell her story in the video below.

7. Ruth Heidrich

Ruth Heidrich is one inspirational breast cancer survivor who healed with a low fat vegan diet. Ruth became a patient of Dr. McDougall soon after discovering she had breast cancer at age 47. She was immediately convinced by the science Dr. McDougall shared with her and she made a commitment to switching her diet from one that included meat, fish, and dairy, to a diet of 100% whole plant foods. She successfully healed her cancer with nutrition and without the use of chemotherapy and radiation. She reports that she loved her new diet and it also had added benefits of curing her constipation, increasing her bone density with age, and curing her arthritis. She was able to stop the arthritis medicine which her doctors had told her that she would have to take for the rest of her life. She says,

“I added biking and swimming to my daily runs and since my diagnosis in 1982, have completed the Ironman 6 times, run 67 marathons, have won over 800 racing trophies, have been declared ‘One of the Ten Fittest Women in North America’ in 1999, and have a Fitness Age of 32 although chronologically am 67!”

Ruth went on to earn a PhD in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, has written five books on the subject of nutrition and exercise, and her story continues to inspire others to find the nutrition cure for breast cancer.

These seven women are helping spread the good news about how to cure breast cancer naturally with nutrition. If you or someone you know has healed breast cancer with nutrition, consider sharing your story here. Together, these stories are helping ensure a brighter healthier future where fewer women suffer unnecessary surgery and dangerous drugs and instead are able to live a full and healthy life cancer-free.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 116 people will die today from breast cancer in the United States. Many people have regained their health and healed from breast cancer simply by eating more plants and at Healing With Plants we are spreading the good news! Follow Healing With Plants on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook for more healing whole foods plant-based recipes and inspiring stories that testify for the amazing healing power of plants.

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2. Bowen, Jessica, "Jessica Bowen: My Winning Battle with Breast Cancer." Dr. McDougall's Health and Medical Center.
3. Chris Beat Cancer, Monique Norton healed her breast cancer in 1992!
4. Healing With Plants, Anneliese Moore Avoided a Mastectomy, Healed Breast Cancer With Diet.
5. Heidrich, Ruth. "Ruth Heidrich: Defeats Cancer and Osteoporosis, Breast Cancer." Dr. McDougall's Health and Medical Center.
6. Heidrich, Ruth, "DR. RUTH: A LIVING LEGEND."
7. Monarch, Matt, "Sarada Healed From Cancer with Raw Food!" YouTube.
8. Raw Vegan Path, Janette’s Story.

Reya Steele Andrews

Reya (Steele) Andrews is a holistic health writer, educator, and publisher at Healing With Plants. Reya is a certified Holistic Nutritionist (AFPA), is certified in Plant-based Nutrition, and teaches nutrition science and healthy food preparation. Find her book, The Frugivore Diet, on Amazon.

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