If the vegetarian diet is thought to prevent cancer, then why did Linda McCartney die of breast cancer?I was stumped - this was a very good question. There are many studies and personal anecdotes (like Crazy Sexy Cancer) that conclude that adopting a vegetarian or vegan diet can prevent and cure cancer.
On Linda McCartney:
- Orion Watcher Health contributes her death to the amount of processed food she ate (she did, after all, have a line of frozen meals). "The number one problem with our diet is not really the use of animal products but rather the use of processed, technologically created 'food' products" [but] "even the perfect diet does not absolutely guarantee any of us a long and prosperous life."
- What Doctors Don't Tell You states that "although the presumption is that the lower fat intake of vegetarians accounts for low levels of breast cancer, a pooled analysis of studies of fat intake and the risk of breast cancer showed no association".
- Other explanations are that she didn't give up meat early enough, that cancer is simply hereditary, or perhaps because she wasn't a vegan and ate dairy & eggs.
This research is another example of why I drastically lowered my intake of gluten, soy, oil, and refined sugar. Though I have them in small amounts on occasion, they account for only 5% or less of my diet right now.