In this article Mike Anderson talks about cancer, nutrition and global warming. Mike Anderson is a medical researcher, author of The Rave Diet, and filmmaker/producer of Eating and Healing Cancer from the Inside Out.
Kevin: So Mike. If all this stuff doesn’t work, what will?
Mike: Meal. I put some studies in the film…the Office of Technology Assessment funded the Gerson Therapy. It defeats conventional treatments. This was at different stages of melanoma. It simply fails conventional treatments. They don’t like these studies. They don’t want to finance them. It’s very hard.
Macrobiotics went before the NIH, National Institutes of Health, and they were trying to get funding because they presented six fatal cases, cancer cases where the cancers were completely reversed. They’ve all been biopsied and they’ve all been confirmed and everything. Well, wouldn’t you think people should be interested? That they should fund more studies? No, they can no longer get money for financing.
They know that allopathic medicine doesn’t do that, their history is to end every approach to nutrition because they are so threatened by it. That was actually around the turn of the century, 2001 or so. It’s on the Sushi Institute’s website. Anyway, they’re totally threatened because it works. It’s more effective. Instead of destroying the body, one tries to build it up.
I specifically included macrobiotics because they have a long history, a 100-year history. In fact, the founder of Macrobiotics cured the cancer. But they have a long history of reversing cancer. So I’m looking at macrobiotics and this is almost 100% cooked. Then I look at raw, and that’s 100% raw, uncooked. And I think the bottom line here is that the commonality is that they’re all plant-based, 100% plant-based. They are all organic. Organic is very, very important because organic foods contain many more micronutrients, the antioxidant families. These are the ones that will fight cancer effectively. It’s a whole food organic diet and that’s it. Whether it’s raw or cooked is partly a personal preference, in terms of casing and stuff.
Kevin: They knew this movie was going to make some waves. So one, how did you prepare for this? Second, what kind of feedback did you get from people who weren’t happy?
Mike: I didn’t really prepare for it very much. I tried to make it as believable as possible and to close the loop of all arguments. To make it as tight as possible. I tell you a story. I don’t know if Brian Clement wants me to tell you this or not, he was interviewed in the film but he and his wife watched it for seven hours, seven hours looking for a gap. They were mainly looking for an angle that conventional doctors could use to attack me and they couldn’t find it. So my approach was to make it as narrow as possible and as believable as possible. As a result, I haven’t received much negative feedback other than people not wanting to talk to me.
I was with KPFK, which is a nonprofit local broadcaster here in LA. I was there and they were very receptive and so was the audience. I mean, people are hungry for this new thing. But getting that out is very, very difficult.
People will say, ‘Oh my God. You should be on big news shows” and stuff like that. And I say, “Well, have you looked at the sponsors of these news shows? You’ll never have me there.” You know, you have meat and dairy and drugs and I preach against all of that. So it’s difficult to get it out there, but word of mouth is extraordinarily strong; it’s pushing this whole thing. And thanks to shows like yours and others, more and more people are getting on the bandwagon.
I was at the Raw Spirit Festival in Sedona this weekend and I had a lady and her husband come over to see me. They flew out of Tampa. And that’s because they saw “Healing Cancer” a month ago. Her father started with colon cancer, it spread to his liver, now it’s in his lungs. He’s had a round of chemo; he couldn’t take it anymore. So they were looking for something. They put him on a diet and within a month all of his cancer markers had dropped dramatically. They were just excited about the whole thing. They wanted to get kicked out and just thank me for it.
The strange thing is that most people think that cancer is that dreaded disease that kills people. Well, you know, cardiovascular disease kills more than twice as many people as cancer, which is a pretty scary disease. But people think cancer is scarier, but it’s not. It can be controlled through food. People have this idea that cancer is a dangerous disease, you need strong medicine. They need something that will make people’s hair fall out and throw up all day for days and just get sick. This is strong medicine. You need the exact opposite. You need something that builds the body. Folks, when they stop this toxic diet they’re on and get on a good diet, they’re going to see wondrous things happen. Not only in cancer, but the whole body is healed.
Kevin: Let’s talk a little bit about the rave diet. There’s a lot of people on this call who don’t know what that is. So, let’s give you some information about that and…
Mike: OK. I wrote the book primarily because people asked me about something to accompany the “Eating” DVD. Because after watching the “Eating” DVD, they will say, “OK, I’m ready to change my diet, but what should I do?” Even though I list all the possible books at the end of the film and on the website even more, they wanted something from me. So I put it together primarily as a very short, it reads very easy to read, very short, if you will, guide on how to transition to this diet.
I’m also on a transitional diet because sometimes it’s hard to stick to the full rave diet. So I have an easier transition diet for them to get into. For example, one man found it too much for him because he had eaten processed foods his entire life and had horrible bloating from all the fiber. So I tell people, “Calm down. You can go slow,” you know, unless you have a horrible disease you’re battling. But what it stands for, rave is an acronym, it means no refined foods. The A is no animal food, the V, which gets me in constant trouble with most people, means no vegetable oils; the E means no exceptions and practice. There are a number of sub-rules in it. It’s not just that acronym alone. For example, eat at least half of your food uncooked. Also ingredient lists, there is a whole explanation of how to read ingredient lists and whatnot. But it’s very well done.
Kevin: no oil Let us talk about it.
Mike: OK. I got that in the first place, starting if you look at Ornish, Essylstyn, Furman, a lot of doctors that actually reversed heart disease and have studies that prove it; they all specifically exclude vegetable oils. There are clinical studies, it tears up the arteries. Essylstyn says it’s as good for the arteries as roast beef. When you look at nutrient scales, the key to eating well is getting the maximum amount of nutrients per calorie you can achieve. If you look at vegetable oils, they have the lowest nutritional value of any food on the planet. It’s all fat, very little nutritional value per calorie on it.
It’s a refined meal, too; The molecules in vegetable oils are unstable. They produce free radicals. It’s a promoter of some cancers, especially skin cancer, and so on and so forth. So I’m just saying that there are substitutes for it. If you are cooking and want to brown potatoes or something similar, use applesauce or apple juice or vegetable broth or something similar. You have to cook it slower, but it browns just as well. So that’s the schtook on vegetable oils. What I’m saying to people in the beginning is, “Hey, if you take this, you can reverse your heart disease.” I will not take action against all doctors who have successfully tested themselves to reverse heart disease. They all exclude the vegetable oils.
Kevin: Yeah I think it makes sense to follow the research of people you mentioned like Furman and Essylstyn and those guys instead of recreating the wheel on a theory.
Mike: Right right. I must follow; These guys are my heroes. I can’t challenge them and I want to, if someone comes out with a heart disease reversal study that specifically includes vegetable oils, I’ll take a second look, as will you. But so far that hasn’t happened.
Kevin: Who do you think you learned the most from?
Mike: Gosh, I don’t know. This is difficult. Everyone basically says the same thing in different ways and does their own thing. In the beginning there was John Robbins, the emotional aspect, especially the environment. He was huge. McDougall, he was huge too. All this strengthening he gave to health. Then of course Fuhrman and Ornish and a bunch of others, Esselston. I’d say probably McDougall and at the very beginning McDougall and John Robbins.
Kevin: Great. You mentioned global warming again, and I think we should probably talk about that because it was an extra part of the food film. What are some of the impacts of our diet on global warming and the environment?
Mike: It’s methane, that’s the main thing that’s been overlooked. I’m not an expert on this, but I summarized what the experts said. It’s hard for people to imagine, but there are hundreds of millions of cows and other livestock out there giving off methane, both through their mouths and their behinds. It enters the atmosphere and methane is a powerful heat scavenger, much more so than carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide will stay in the atmosphere much longer, but methane really traps heat. Studies have shown that methane has caused almost half of global warming to date. The main source of methane is the animals we raise and eventually eat. So the good thing about methane is that it only stays in the atmosphere for eight years. If people would limit their consumption of animal products, they could recycle very quickly. There could be a more immediate effect on global warming, on cooling. That’s not going to happen, but let’s say everyone in the world has reduced their meat consumption to 1/3 and reduced livestock accordingly. This could have a major impact on global warming, and pretty soon. Whereas carbon dioxide, which stays in the atmosphere for so long. It’s not going to have that immediate an impact on it, and we need an immediate impact because we’re right there, as they call the tipping point.
Thanks to Kevin Gianni