Date: 8 February 2016
Author: Madlen Davies for MailOnline
- Natasha Grindley, 37, was diagnosed with stomach cancer in July 2014
- She was told she had 2 weeks to live and began chemotherapy immediately
- Alongside chemo she changed her lifestyle, swapping junk food for juices
- Is alive more than 18 months later and credits survival on her healthy diet
A mother-of-two told she had just two weeks to live claims swapping fatty foods for fresh juices is helping her to fight cancer.
Natasha Grindley, 37, from Liverpool, was given the devastating news she would not live out the month in July 2014, after doctors discovered she had stomach cancer.
She began a course of chemotherapy at Clatterbridge Private Clinic in the Wirral, Merseyside, immediately.
Alongside this treatment, the nursery teacher decided decided to make finding alternative therapies her ‘obsession’ and gave up eating fatty and sugary foods for a nutritious diet.
Within weeks her cancer had reduced in size, a change she credits to her lifestyle changes.
However, experts warn there is no evidence a healthy diet, exercise and alternative therapies will cure cancer alone- chemotherapy is needed too.
Mrs Grindley said: ‘I was utterly devastated when doctors told me I had two weeks to live.
‘It all happened quite quickly and they put a camera down and I could see that it was my stomach and had spread to my lymph nodes, my neck and all of my abdomen really.
‘It was a very, very dark time for a while and me and my husband started reading constantly to find alternative therapies.
‘They didn’t know that it was stomach cancer at the time and I don’t think that they could have told me because I would have been too heartbroken to hear it.’
The clean-eating change was triggered by a friendship with author Deliciously Ella, whom Mrs Grindley still asks for nutritional advice.
Since then, Mrs Grindley, married to bricklayer Ian, 33, and mother to Gabriella, six, and Liam, five, has launched her own Facebook page, Heal for Real, that has racked up almost 5,000 likes.
The page features her own health tips and recipes which she is hoping to collate into a book, as well as motivational quotes and pictures.
Her dedication has also seen her complete a diploma in nutrition as she continues to defy doctors’ predictions more than 18 months on from the initial heartbreaking news.
She said: ‘When I started changing my diet, I looked better than I had done for years, even though I was obviously very ill.
‘I was going through, and still am, undergoing chemotherapy treatment every three weeks but people were saying to me “you don’t look ill” and I put it down to the changes I made in my diet.
‘Reading about alternative therapies and finding new nutritious food became my obsession.
‘And, when I started cutting out the likes of meats and alcohol, things started picking up about six months later.
She continued: ‘I used the foods to power up my immune system and that helps me because my blood is then ready for chemo.
‘I noticed that every time I made a change to my diet, I saw a positive difference in how I felt.’
CAN A HEALTHY DIET, EXERCISE AND ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES CURE CANCER?
Consultant oncologist Professor Karol Sikora said there is no evidence a healthy diet, exercise and alternative therapies will cure cancer.
However, he added treatment is the patient’s own choice and doctors must respect that.
He told MailOnline: ‘The patient is always in the driving seat; their treatment is up to them.
‘There’s no evidence that diet alone will help without the chemotherapy.
‘With the chemotherapy, a healthy diet and exercise is beneficial.
‘But it’s not a cure, you need conventional treatment too.
‘Different people react to cancer in different ways and one has to respect that.
‘Oxygen therapy and homeopathy, these alternative therapies offer false hope.
‘There’s no evidence they work. A lot of people believe they work and that is the problem.
‘Alternative therapists will have great stories of people who have benefitted from their therapy, but they won’t give you the real statistics, because the facts show it doesn’t work.
‘I would recommend having conventional treatment, and then by all means, have alternative therapies as well if you really like, but don’t replace the former with the latter.’
My Conclusion: Eat healthy by having to eat pretty of organic fruit and vegetables; and avoiding junk food. To get pretty of nutrition and key elements for your body is key. Going with the alternative treatment can be the best thing for yourself when trying to beat cancer. With the Chemo and Radiation therapy which is a carcinogen and the Big Pharma will tell you the Chemo and Radiation therapy will help you get better cancer. Big Pharma is all for money; not about getting you healthy and well, because if you do get health and well; it’s a lost of customer to Big Pharma. Big Pharma never wants you to better and healthy because sickness is big business for Big Pharma so as Cancer. Plants has good benefits for people what nature have provide for us as people and the New World Order Elites don’t want us to know that.