Ruth Heidrich Defeats Cancer
all my 47 years, I thought I was extremely healthy! After all, at
that time (1982), I'd been a daily runner for 14 years, had run
3 marathons, and ate what I considered a very healthy diet -- lots
of chicken, fish, and low-fat dairy.
I'd been heavily involved in my career as a military logistician.
In fact, as a management-level female in a male-dominated world,
I was being groomed for a top-level position in the Pentagon. Little
did I know there was an insidious cancer growing in my right breast.
When it grew to the size of a golf ball, I was rushed into surgery.
Even then, I was sure it couldn't be cancer because I felt so healthy.
A frozen section was done immediately; I was then told it was invasive
cancer, and later, that it had spread, not only throughout the whole
breast but also involved my bones and one lung.
While recovering from the surgery I saw a newspaper item asking
for volunteers for a breast cancer/diet research study. I ran to
the phone, was told to get my medical records, and got in to see
Dr. McDougall right away. After being shown the results of the breast
cancer/diet research thus far, I was convinced that Dr. McDougall
was on the right track and left his office a low-fat vegan. I also
decided against chemotherapy and radiation, electing to use the
vegan diet as my sole weapon against the cancer.
I found the dietary changes very easy to implement. I already loved
brown rice, whole wheat bread and oatmeal. I just had to add veggies
to replace the chicken, fish, and dairy. My body responded immediately.
The next morning I discovered I'd been constipated all my life but
didn't know it!
It was at this time that I saw the Ironman Triathlon on TV and
immediately said, "I've GOT to do that!" Then it hit me,
I was now a cancer patient. When I realized I still felt healthy,
I thought this would be an excellent way to show people that you
could do one of the toughest races in the world, the Ironman Triathlon,
on a vegan diet. 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! I'd
also been working on a Ph.D. in Psychology and soon realized that
I was far more interested in diet and exercise, and so I changed
my field of study and completed my Ph.D. in Nutrition and Exercise
Because I was concerned about a strong family history of osteoporosis,
I tracked my bone density and found that from the age of 47 to my
last test at 64, my bone density INCREASED significantly with each
test. I was obviously getting enough calcium on this diet! I was
also very pleasantly surprised to discover that my arthritis disappeared,
that I could stop taking Naprosyn. This was the drug that had been
prescribed for my arthritis which I'd been told I would have to
take for the rest of my life! My joints today not only are not arthritic,
but are very supportive of my running. Running obviously doesn't
wear out your joints since I've now been a daily runner for 34 years.
And, this diet obviously provides all the nutrients I need since
I've been extremely healthy for 20 years now.
My future plans are to keep on running (and winning) races. My
book, A Race For Life, (Lantern Books, NY,NY, 2000), covers the
theory of how the diet and exercise program works, how to put it
into practice, and details how I went from a cancer patient to a
world-class triathlete, winning trophies in Japan, New Zealand,
Thailand, Canada, Russia plus all over the U.S. With this diet and
exercise program, I feel that anyone, at any age, can avoid most
of the diseases afflicting us, heart disease, cancer, diabetes,
arthritis, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, obesity, and even
impotence! And, speaking of age, this program comes as close as
possible to reversing the aging process!
Ruth Heidrich demonstrates the miraculous healing properties of
the body with the right diet, exercise program, and supportive
environment. I know many of you believe that you are incurably
ill. After over 25 years of practice, I can say without hesitation
I have never seen anyone fail to improve their health when they
changed from the typical American diet to the McDougall diet.
The principles are too basic to be unsuccessful. It would equivalent
to seeing a smoker's health not improve after giving up 2
packages of cigarettes a day, or an alcoholic failing to become
healthy after drying out.
Ruth achieved three dramatic benefits from
a healthy diet and exercise program that are rarely talked about:
"cure" of her cancer, cure of her arthritis and reversal
of her bone loss. The McDougall Program for Women book discusses
in great detail the benefits of a healthy diet and exercise program
for women with breast cancer. Essentially, the rich American diet
is the most important controllable cause of breast cancer according
to many experts. If you believe this, then it makes no sense to
"throw gasoline on a fire." In other words, once you
get a dietary-caused cancer one of your fundamental treatments
must be a change to a healthy diet. I published the first study
on the dietary treatment of breast cancer in a medical journal
in the early 1980s (the results of the study Ruth mentioned above).
I was considered radical back then. Over the past 20 years there
have been many similar research papers published in the world's
best medical journals that come to the same conclusion: women
who get breast cancer and eat healthier live longer (you will
find most of these papers cited in The McDougall Program for Women).
Most people consider bone lost to be irreplaceable.
Bone is a living tissue and given the right stimulus, like exercise,
it will try to build itself stronger. The one thing that prevents
this for most people is the highly acidic American diet (meat,
poultry, fish, shellfish, eggs, and hard cheeses are very acidic).
The acids we eat in our foods must be neutralized the bones
are the primary buffering system of the body. They dissolve in
order to neutralize the acid and the bones are then washed out
into the kidney system (making kidney stones along the way). After
years of such treatment they become so frail they break with the
slightest provocation, like a friendly hug. A complete discussion
of diet and osteoporosis is in The McDougall Program for Women.
Let Ruth Heidrich be an inspiration for
those of you who have little hope and so much to live for. The
greatest medical miracle ever experienced is the human body properly
supported by the right foods and surrounding environment. Don't
delay; you will never have the opportunity to live today over
You can find information on the cure of
arthritis on my web site under "Diet: Only Hope for Arthritis."
The McDougall Program for Women book will
provide information on the most important and controversial medical
issues facing women today. The McDougall Quick and Easy Cookbook
may be the best recipe book investment you have ever made. If
you need the motivation to get going, then don't hesitate
to get the 6-video tape series, "Dr. McDougall's Total
Health Solution for the 21st Century." This is $5000 worth
of education the very lectures Mary and John McDougall
gave at their 12 Day live-in hospital-based program. See www.drmcdougall.com
for ordering information.