(NaturalNews) When Michelle Prince, the wife of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Mayor Eddie Francis, was diagnosed with colorectal cancer, she was shocked (1). She was a health-conscious, high-spirited, 42-year-old woman who was poised to run the Detroit half-marathon. Such devastating health problems were not supposed to happen to her.
She had been experiencing some pain in her groin yet chalked it up to running injuries that she thought might be helped with over-the-counter pain pills. But when the pain became so unbearable that she not only had to back out of the Detroit marathon but was hardly able to sleep at night, curled in a fetal position in severe pain, she sought medical attention.
Flash forward to her colonoscopy results (yes, she was ordered one although she was only 42): a nearly 6-inch portion of her colon had to be removed due to the finding of a cancerous tumor.
The power of vegetables to help combat colon cancer
These days, she's doing well with her chemotherapy sessions, attributing healthy, locally grown organic foods to why she's been healing so well. "If there's one thing you could do, it's food and diet," Prince said. "[M]ove to a more plant-based diet, and try juicing. People can do so much, heal so much, through food (1)." She should know about the importance of eating in such a manner. After all, she owns Lifetime Wellness Center and is an alternative-health professional who advocates and enjoys exercise and making healthy foods choices.
She says that she chooses to eat a wide range of green vegetables and enjoys juice mixtures, all of which help her detox her body, which is especially important after her chemotherapy sessions.
Studies support the fact that vegetables play a role in fighting cancer, specifically colon cancer. Researchers have found there to be a link between consumption of foods like cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts and a reduction of colon cancer (2). According to a list of the world's healthiest foods on the George Mateljan Foundation website, Brussel's sprouts "provide special nutrient support for three body systems that are closely connected with cancer development as well as cancer prevention. These three systems are the body's detox system, its antioxidant system, and its inflammatory/anti-inflammatory system." (3)
Dark yellow vegetables and apples were also shown to fight cancer in other areas throughout the colon, demonstrating what many people already know: that eating a variety of vegetables and fruits is healthy and can play a role in combating illness and disease.
And Prince, who is faring very well for herself while also helping others deal with news of a cancer diagnosis, is testimony if ever there was.
About the author: Raw Michelle is a natural health blogger and researcher, sharing her passions with others, using the Internet as her medium. She discusses topics in a straight forward way in hopes to help people from all walks of life achieve optimal health and well-being. She has authored and published hundreds of articles on topics such as the raw food diet and green living in general.