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In Cancer Free Recipe, we pick up where Walking Points left off to answer the question: Is a Whole Food Plant Based (WFPB) diet the answer to preventing cancer? Can a WFPB diet reverse the disease?  Why do we know so little about it?  

John Rose, the father of the filmmaker, Christina Rose, tested positive twice by Glenn’s dogs, and needed answers. The medical community he first consulted was cool to the notion that a WFPB diet is an approach worth following and urged a more conventional approach. He later consulted with two other medical practices where the doctor’s gave him a very different answer.  This is where we begin.  John is on the search to see if a WFPB diet is worth the hype he is hearing. 

John Rose, a 30-year career U.S. Army officer and Vietnam War Veteran, has seen his share of medical challenges. In 2007, he was faced with the biggest medical challenge in his life: he had a tumor on his pancreas. A surgical procedure known as a “Whipple” procedure removed the growth but as luck would have it, he ended up hospitalized 17 times over a 10-year period stemming from complications from the surgery. On top of that he was diagnosed with Barrett’s esophagus an early pre-cancerous conditions of the esophagus. Working with doctors from John Hopkins University, John becomes increasingly frustrated and somewhat helpless.   

Then he was detected positive for cancer by Glenn’s dogs, not once but twice; nothing was going in his favor. 

That was until a conversation with Glenn who alerted him to the value food choices may have on health.  This led to Glenn sharing what he knew about the WFPB diet, including the fact that a study suggested that freeze dried strawberry powder can possibly stop and reverse the precancerous Barrett’s disease. 

Consulting with Dr. Ron Weiss, a Primary Care Physician and Botanist, who owns and runs an organic farm in New Jersey, and Dr. James Loomis, of the Barnard Medical Center in Washington, D.C., both who strongly believe in the benefits of a WFPB diet, John had renewed hope.

Switching from the American diet that included meat, fish, chicken, and dairy products, John goes completely vegan eliminating all dairy and animal products and eliminating as much as possible, added salt, oil, and sugar from his diet. After a couple of years, we check back in with John and see if the WFPB diet has had any impact to discover that it has and in ways he never imagined.

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