Why are vegans getting cancer?

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written by Nina Shantel, blog: RealDietHelp.com, published June 27, 2023

As a vegan, I find it alarming to hear that more & more vegans are getting cancer. Why is that? A vegan diet is shown to reduce all causes of mortality. So why are vegans getting cancer?

Vegans don’t eat animals or drink animal milk, but that doesn’t mean they don’t drink alcohol, smoke, eat candy, use fake sweeteners, or drink soda.

Did those vegans consume oil, a lot of processed food, and consume too much fat and salt? It’s not just saturated animal fats that promote disease.

Were they eating vegetables? There are vegans that don’t eat their veggies.

Were these vegans that got cancer overweight? There are fat vegans. Excess bodyfat increases estrogen and excess estrogen increases cancer risk.

Were they eating a lot of rice that’s contaminated with arsenic?

Where they anorexic or bulimic?

Was their diet too limited so they weren’t getting enough fiber and nutrients? Without proper nutrition, the body doesn’t have the building blocks to repair itself.

Did they take a lot of antibiotics which damage the gut flora?

Were they consuming vegan protein powders? Any food that’s isolated has the potential to cause havoc. Dr. McDougall calls protein powders “toxic.”

Did they swim often in heavily chlorinated pools?

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Chlorine causes numerous health problems. A saltwater pool is safer to swim in.
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Were these vegans taking recreational or prescription drugs?

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All drugs have negative side effects that impact health.
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Did their hairsprays and cosmetics contain substances banned in the EU? Ingredients allowed in the US are not safe. What is applied to our skin gets absorbed into our bodies.

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What’s in your cosmetics? Photo by Polina Tankilevitch on Pexels.com

Did those vegans eat GMO’s? GMO foods contain 3-5x more pesticides, many of these known to cause cancer.

How many x-rays, CAT scans or mammograms did those vegans get before the cancer diagnoses? Radiation causes cancer. The more exposure one has, the greater the risk.

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Only get x-rays when absolutely necessary.
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Did those vegans talk for extended periods of time on their cell phone? Cell phones emit damaging microwaves.

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Cells phones should never be pressed against your skin. Put your cell on speaker phone.
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Did these vegans put air fresheners in their home or car, or spray cologne or perfume on their body? Those products contain numerous chemicals, some of which are carcinogenic.

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Fragrances contain harmful chemicals. Photo by Valeria Boltneva on Pexels.com

Did these vegans take vitamins and supplements? Vitamins and supplements are not without risks and are considered over-the-counter drugs. Vitamin D can be made from irradiated sheep’s wool, petrol chemicals, rat poison, and acetone (nail polish remover). Vitamin A is correlated with cancer, so is Vitamin E, folic acid, copper, and iron.

Were these vegans deficient in iodine? Certain breast cancers may be triggered by a lack of iodine. Vegans can get iodine from iodized salt and sea vegetables. Iodine is antimicrobial and kills cancer cells.

How many viruses have they contracted?

Were they not drinking enough water? Our bodies cannot repair or flush out toxins without adequate water. Dr. Brooke Goldner recommends drinking a minimum of 96 ounces of water a day.

Were they drinking dirty water? There are harmful contaminants in tap water. Make sure to filter drinking water.

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Filter your drinking water. Photo by Lisa Fotios on Pexels.com

Did these vegans have high amounts of metals in their systems, like mercury or aluminum? Were they using antiperspirant or cooking their food on aluminum pots and pans and wrapping or cooking food in aluminum foil?

Did they work in an environment with dangerous substances?

Did these vegans who got cancer have toxic mold in their workplace or home?

Were these vegans overly stressed? Fear, worry, and anger are emotions that fill our bodies with toxic chemicals. Chronic stress causes us to get sick and stay sick.

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Chronic stress is inflammatory. Photo by Nathan Cowley on Pexels.com

Where these vegans sleeping enough? Sleep is when the body does the majority of healing.

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Everyone needs at least 7 hours of sleep a night.
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Were these vegans practicing good oral hygiene? Bacteria and infections in our mouths affects our mouth microbiome and the gut microbiome. 

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Floss your teeth daily, at a minimum. Photo by Sora Shimazaki on Pexels.com

Did they have fillings with mercury or plastic (PCB’s)?

Where these vegans using toothpaste with fluoride, which is a toxic industrial waste product? Fluoride has been shown to increase cancer risk.  On Crest’s cinnamon toothpaste, it reads, “Warning…If more than used for brushing is accidentally swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.” Fluoridated toothpaste is poison and should not be swallowed!

How long were those vegans that got cancer, vegan? Was it 6 months, 6 years?

What did they eat and drink before they became vegan?

What we eat and don’t eat, plays a major role in illness, but there are many factors at play when it comes to disease. We live in a contaminated world.

A low-fat, oil-free, alcohol-free, drug-free, balanced, whole-food, plant-based non-GMO vegan diet, combined with exercise, stress reduction, lots of love, and a few good friends, will reduce cancer risk exponentially, and is worth the extra effort. Going vegan benefits animals, the environment, our mood, and overall health.

To learn how to protect your health, check out The High-Five Diet and the list of the best plant-based books below:


“Alzheimers Disease Is Caused by Chronic Aluminum Poisoning.” Dr. McDougall, 11 Oct. 2022, https://www.drmcdougall.com/newsletters/alzheimers-disease-is-caused-by-chronic-aluminum-poisoning/

Curatola, Gerald P., and Diane Reverand. The Mouth-Body Connection: The 28-Day Program to Create a Healthy Mouth, Reduce Inflammation and Prevent Disease throughout the Body. Hachette Nashville, 2017.

“Breast Defense: How To Minimize Cancer Risk – Kristi Funk, MD, FACS” https://youtu.be/b4tIPbm6w00

Fuhrman, M.D. “Super Immunity. The Essential Nutrition Guide for Boosting Your Body’s Defenses to Live Longer, Stronger, and Disease Free.” 2011. Harper Collins. New York.

Michael Greger M.D. FACLM • January 13, 2022 Last updated: December 7. “Can Alcohol Cause Cancer?” NutritionFacts.org, 13 Jan. 2022, https://nutritionfacts.org/2022/01/13/can-alcohol-cause-cancer/.

Peter, Dr. Shayna E. “The Miseducation of Gluten: Gluten-Free Diet Myths Busted!!” Holistic Dermatology Chicago, Dermatologist, Naturopathic Doctor Shayna Peter, Holistic Dermatology Chicago, Dermatologist, Naturopathic Doctor Shayna Peter, 6 Oct. 2022, https://www.wellaheadchicago.com/blog/2019/10/8/cn6dwyjbqt3k4fexss7iehzm5bz315

Rappaport, Jay. “Changes in Dietary Iodine Explains Increasing Incidence of Breast Cancer with Distant Involvement in Young Women.” Journal of Cancer, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 13 Jan. 2017, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5327366/#:~:text=The%20importance%20of%20iodine%20in,nuclear%20antigen%20(PCNA)%20expression

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