Health journey of a woman in Wisconsin garnered national attention after she beat c.a.n.c.e.r by simply eating organic fruits and vegetables.
In 2005, Kathy Mydlach-Bero’s world was turned upside down when she was diagnosed with two rare and late-stage c.a.n.c.e.r.s.
The first was inflammatory breast cancer. She was given 21 months to live.
“Eleven months after my first diagnosis, I was diagnosed with a high-grade tumor in my head and neck,” Bero told WISN-TV.
The then 41-year-old and mother of two immediately turned to surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation to fight the diseases.
But ᴄᴀɴᴄᴇʀ and chemotherapy were taking a toll.
“My kidneys were failing; my liver was failing,”
“My lungs were damaged. My heart was damaged. I told my oncologist that I’m done with that protocol because one way or another, I’m going to ᴅɪᴇ. And I don’t want to go that way.”
At that point, the 41-year-old decided to kick chemotherapy and take a more holistic approach suggested to her by a friend.
“My friend kept saying you have to learn about anti-angiogenic foods,” Bero said.
Anti-angiogenic foods stop the growth of ᴄᴀɴᴄᴇʀᴏᴜs blood vessels by basically halting the spread of the disease.
Some of this food includes organic vegetables such as purple potatoes, carrots, and leeks.
According to Bero, eating these foods is good medicine for your health.
“Leeks are at the top of the ᴄᴀɴᴄᴇʀ-ғɪɢʜᴛɪɴɢ list,” she said.
Garlic is especially potent against ᴄᴀɴᴄᴇʀᴏᴜs cells, according to Bero.
She adds that “When a recipe calls for two cloves, I’m probably going to put in six because garlic is a really strong ᴄᴀɴᴄᴇʀ fighter,”
It’s advice she is giving to her clients as an author, speaker, and a certified integrative health and ᴄᴀɴᴄᴇʀ coach.
“She’s teaching me food is the best form of medicine,” Phil Baugh, one of her clients said.
Baugh is a then 43-year-old father of three, who is fighting brain ᴄᴀɴᴄᴇʀ .
“It’s stopped growing now, so it’s wonderful,” Baugh said. “And a huge part of that is food.”
Successes like these caught the attention of Harvard University researchers and they then studied her case along with the cases of other ᴄᴀɴᴄᴇʀ survivors.
“Our investigators are studying people who have had highly unusual/exceptional responses to cancer treatments,” Ekaterina Pesheva, director of science communications and media relations at the Harvard Medical School, tells CBN News.
“They’re looking at our genetics and the genetics of the tumor,” Bero said. “What the outliers did; their attitude, environment, faith, social support. What they’re trying to do is create a database of all these different things and look for the commonalities between these people.”