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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Barrow mum wages war on cancer with a new healthy approach to life

SINCE being diagnosed with breast cancer, Barrow mum Andrea Parker Edwards has helped raised £9,558 after she and her friends gave up booze for January. She spoke to chief reporter SUZANNE MURPHY about how she has waged war on the disease by radically changing her diet

ANDREA Parker Edwards is no shrinking violet and after being diagnosed with breast cancer she has taken the fight against the disease head on.

The 44-year-old has radically overhauled her diet and says she feels fantastic.

Mrs Parker Edwards of Park Avenue, explains: “Eat five fruit and vegetables a day, cut down on processed foods, cut down on alcohol. This is the stuff we hear all of the time but do we listen? No.

“I didn’t either until after being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.

“I was a healthy 43-year-old going to the gym and exercising regularly. I liked a drink and eating rubbish but mostly ate quite healthily. Or so I thought.

“After my diagnosis in May, a friend who was also going through cancer treatment bought me Jane Plant’s book Your Life in Your Hands.

“Professor Jane Plant talks of how she cut out dairy from her diet after being given a terminal diagnosis after her breast cancer had returned for the fifth time and a tumour had appeared on her neck.

“She was already vegan but was having just two organic yogurts a day. After cutting these out of her diet the tumour that was on her neck disappeared within weeks.

“I was very sceptical about the whole thing at first, but after reading her story and of many others who had beaten cancer by following a vegan diet and changing their lifestyles I realised there must be some truth in this and knew that changes had to be made to my own in order to try and beat this.”

Mrs Parker Edwards, who has two daughters aged eight and 10, started chemotherapy in June last year but it wasn’t giving the result that she and her family had been praying for.

She added: “But on the last session, on closer inspection I was told the cells were beginning to die. This was a couple of weeks after starting my new healthy lifestyle. Coincidence? I believe not.”

She emphasised that sufferers should continue with traditional medical treatment, but believes diet has a big part to play.

She said: “I went on to read The Anti Cancer Diet by Dr David Servan-Schreiber and then The Rainbow Diet by Chris Woolams which tell you which fruit and vegetables have the best cancer fighting properties, but also about milk containing a growth hormone and that sugar feeds cancer cells, about hormone-mimicking chemicals that are in tap water, cleaning products and toiletries.

“Since starting my new healthy lifestyle and juicing, which is a great way to get all of your fruit and vegetables down in one go, I have had much more positive results.

“I filter my water and have changed my cleaning products to the eco range. I also use organic vegetables and organic toiletries when possible and I no longer have to use deodorant which contain parabens as I no longer smell when I perspire. I was told this was due to reducing the toxins in my body.

“I go to the Furness Cancer Support Group on Hartington Street in Barrow every Wednesday for a cuppa and chat with others who have been affected by cancer.

“Having cancer is the scariest thing you can ever imagine and it’s really important that you do not feel alone and can share your experience.

“I went public on Facebook with my story as soon as I was diagnosed to raise cancer awareness and to raise money for Cancer Research.”

  • Pastures New health food shop in Scott Street, Barrow will be holding an event to help people get more out of their food at 10.30am on February 23. Contact the shop to book.

 

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