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How Jessica Beat Breast Cancer Holistically

Jessica Richards was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2007. Her doctors told her she needed chemo, mastectomy, breast reconstruction, six weeks of radiotherapy and five years of hormone blockers, but she decided she wanted to beat breast cancer holistically.

Nine years later she is completely well. She no longer has breast cancer and she did no medical treatment!

Jessica and I connected on facebook a few years ago and finally met in person when I spoke in London this summer. I pulled her aside and we shot an interview, in which she tells the remarkable story of how she beat breast cancer.

Jessica is a beautiful, tough, wise and inspirational woman. Enjoy!

Jessica is a contributing author to The Cancer Revolution.

Connect with Jessica and get a copy of her book The Topic of Cancer at

Three great UK alternative cancer resources Jessica recommends:
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  • Patsy

    Kinda wish I had this type of feedback before I got panicked into making decisions that I wouldn’t have. I had thyroid cancer 25 years ago. That gland was removed and I’ve been on a fake hormone since and been a life long patient. Then fast forward 25 yrs to me getting breast cancer. No one could tell me if the 2 were linked. I had both breasts removed in the hope that I wouldn’t ever get it again. Now they are saying that that wont help. Also I sliced and diced my body to make a new set BUT that just scarred up and traumatized the other body parts that were ok and “calm”. The cancer was in the left side. I had chemo damage to my salivary glands so I’m sitting on 3 teeth that need work, bone spurs, 1/3 of my hair grew back but lost volume. Cancer has made me broke though I have insurance. I’m doing everything I can to get off this medical train as they have no answers to why I got either cancer, the drugs cause so much side effects that I take more drugs. I should have a bumper sticker that says my money goes to cancer treatment. Can you imagine going to a car shop and asking what’s wrong with my car and he says “hey you need a brake job”. That’ll be $600. BUT my brakes are fixed that just what he checked into. So I go into the oncologist and she says we don’t know what caused the cancer that will be $600 at the door. Nothing is fixed but hey I’m out $600. The US medical system is broke in the same way the educational system is or the justice system. The internet has too many ideas on what causes cancer from the gmo’s , chem trails, pollution, fungus, metabolic syndrome etc. There are over 250K people killed each year in the US on bad medical mistakes BUT the press doesn’t cover it cause they are reporting terrorism or cops killing unarmed people. Yes those are news worthy but the medical establishment is killing higher numbers and the other 2 combined. Sorry for all this commentary…

    • toby rissin

      I am a “cancer survivor” and went through the surgery,chemo,radiation, and started the pills.Under pressure of the Drs. I went in too fast. When I got to the pills and they were having bad effects (like a blood clot in my leg),I finally got the courage to ask if they were needed. The answer was “they think it might help”. I stopped them and other medicines that I was taking because of side effects.After all the tests I had, I was never given a reason why I had cancer. I now have advanced arthritis and don’t know what to do.I went to a hip surgeon and his answer was one of the most ridiculous things I have heard.I am also afraid of replacement because of the recalls and law suites. I am at the point of, was this all worth it? I am 68 and look worse than my mother did at 98.I don’t believe the Drs. and all the pills that are advertised don’t seem to do anything.

    • heather

      Yes , I can really get your message and you are solo right . They don’t want to think about what they are doing to people while they are getting a six figure salary . There is a radiation oncologist who also tries to change things but is angry that his lower damage radiation protocol for breast treatment is ignored by oncologists. He has extensive information and also food, acupuncture, supplements and online appointments. Dr Lawenda in CA., also another compassionate Dr – Dr Eliaz has a regular meditation, healing retreat for less than $200 in CA. He also meditates and does traditional Chinese and Ayuvadic medicine. He has an extensive website. There is also Practical Keto diet site. She is Irish and just published another book thats become a best seller … she is getting a lot of backlash from the cancer industry.

    • John

      Do not be sorry for your well experienced observations! Thank you for them!

    • ISA41:10

      I too am a Cancer survivor (bladder and kidney). One year ago I changed my diet to an all Whole food diet and cut out all sugar and starches. Cancer feeds off sugar. All people who have cancer or had it in the past MUST stop eating sugar (which includes starches and alcohol). I stopped eating all processed foods, all red meats and have limited my animal protein to poultry and fish. Most of the food I eat is organic. Cancer can be beaten. And it starts with our diets. Up your vitamin D intake to at least 10,000 IUs (I take 15,000 a day).

      Foods heal. Drugs kill!

  • Christine Colbert

    Thank you for your work, Chris. And thanks for your candid story, Jessica!

  • Ann Equality Fonfa

    Absolute terrific story and strong woman. I understand perfectly that asking questions makes you STOP and THINK. I had a lumpectomy but couldn’t allow any other conventional treatment. I was rushed into it, and sadly didn’t think first. Even more sadly 18 lymph nodes (ALL negative) were removed and I developed lymphedema. But years of self-care keeps me well. This started in Jan 1993. I founded nonprofit Annie Appleseed Project providing information to help others make those MUCH more informed decisions. There is SO MUCH in the natural world that serves us well. Thanks Chris, thanks Jessica for all you do.

    • Emilie

      Is there anywhere you recommend where I could read about solutions to the lymphedema problem? My mother, who is still very sick but trying to heal herself with holistic methods, is suffering from horrible pain because of this. I know that they are massages that can help the lymph, but the doctors think it might help the cancer to move forward, and that we should wait for her to recover from cancer before taking care of the lymphedema. The problem is that the pain is making her very tired, and I think it’s difficult to heal under those curcomstances…(she doesn’t sleep at night, we even tried morphin, even though we are trying to stay away from drugs, but she turned out to be allergic…)Did you find a solution for your arm? Thank you very much for your time!

  • Dermot O’ Dowda

    Another great one Chris ……..Many Thanks ! Best Wishes, Dermot (Cork,Ireland)
    Any chance of you coming to Ireland next time you are in Europe?

  • lidia

    Thank you Chris for sharing her story.I am also a BC survivor

  • Phil

    What an inspiring woman!

  • Chanoler Raymond

    My wife battle with Breast cancer started 2 years ago, after so many Chemo, Radiation and other natural therapy treatment that i took just to cure my Breast cancer, it all did not work for my condition. I have been treating this disease for the past 2 years, but today i am here telling the world about my final victory over Breast cancer with the help of cannabis oil medication. This is a breakthrough in my family with so much Joy in our life today, i do really appreciate all the help and contribution from every member of my family for all they did for me. And if you have any kind of cancer diseases, there is no need to waste money on Chemo or Radiation, go get cannabis oil from Rick Simpson cancer research centre( ),this is a medication that totally kill cancer cells.

  • angela bello

    My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and she was at the point of death, with cancer of the Breast in it final stage is now back alive and she is so healthy now. Thanks to Rick simpson cannabis oil that we bought at:, the Hemp oil was successfully used in curing my mother breast cancer within 3 months as stated in phoenix tear.
    Once again i want to thank Rick Simpson for his wonderful Hemp Oil we are now happy family with my mother back alive, strong and healthy.
    You can contact for your own medication at:

  • angela bello

    My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and she was at the point of death, with cancer of the Breast in it final stage is now back alive and she is so healthy now. Thanks to Rick simpson cannabis oil that we bought at:, the Hemp oil was successfully used in curing my mother breast cancer within 3 months as stated in phoenix tear
    Once again i want to thank Rick Simpson for his wonderful Hemp Oil we are now happy family with my mother back alive, strong and health.
    You can contact for your own medication at:

  • Gabriella Armondo

    Wow such courage and determination. Women rock!! And so do you Chris. I was really moved by Carla’s story and many others you’ve posted as well. I was diagnosed with Ovarion Cancer in Nov last year. (The primary was actually in the Fallopian tube matastisized to the appendix and omentum.) I had surgery and chemo as I was rushed into it but also surrendered knowing I could take myself on naturally after that. I have been following you, Chris and Ty Bollinger and etc and caring for myself with Organics, juices and supplements plus exercise. But… always wondering if I’m doing enough. There seems to be so much that I could do if I had the finances ( working on that) I have found meditation and visualization, breathing aliveness through my body all works too. Thank you for your inspiration and generous sharing to help the thousands of people going through this challenging illness. Gabriella Armondo -Australia

  • letsbeatcancer!

    hi chris
    it would be good if u interviewed john rose ! :)

  • Ricksimpson Oil

    Life bounce back
    I want to specially thank Rick Simpson for saving my friend’s life with his healing oil. some years back my friend Rose was diagonized with a deadly disease cancer of the lungs, we try all medication all to no avail, we also try to do the oil our selves but we were doing more harm than worse, we became frustrated.

    One day, I saw a post on facebook on how the cannabis oil had cured a cancer patient, I quickly emailed the mail: from that very moment we to give it a trier, instantly we got a reply from him asking us what the exact cancer problem my friend Rose has, we explained every details of it to him and he told us, that his oil will heal my friend cancer problem only if we can order for it as soon as possible which we did.

    He calculated the dosage for us to buy the dosage he calculated was 60grams of the medication oil which we ordered plus 30grams maintenance free and also with a body lotion and soap. He told us that if we order it online now by the next 48hours the medication will get to our door step through the delivery services, we decided to give it a try and hold on to his words, behold when we did, in exactly 48hours of ordering the medication, the medication came to our door step through the delivery agent and deliver it to us.

  • matt catastrophe

    Why doesn’t this interview involve a detailed part on what she took, when she took it, what diet? What foods? What supplements? Why? Do I have to pay for this information ?

  • Heather

    I recently talked with a beautiful young woman in Indonesia. She had 3 tumours that doubled in 6 months. She had become very skinny – 35 kg. She was about to have surgery and cancelled that day and flew back to her village in Flores. She saw a traditional herbalist. His prescription was , crush red shallots with same amount sugar and use as poltice at night. 3 -4 drops of euphorbia juice in water x3 times a day – less if you feel sick. Danced for an hour a day to her favourite music. In 2 months her tumours had decreased – 15 years latter she is healthy and happy studying accountancy and working. She met other woman whose cancer was open wound and they also healed. The euphorbia is Euphorbia Tirucalli L, many euphorbia are medicinal but make you sick in high doses. There is also a lot of research on Allium family – garlic and onions – they have strong antibiotic and anti cancer uses.

  • Judy K Conway

    My name is Judy Conway. I was diagnosed with breast cancer and went through the chemotherapy, mastectomy, and radiotherapy, and am going through the 5 year plan of hormone blockers. I went to my primary care physician and asked for a CA125. The test came back the the number 74. I don’t plan to go back to the cancer center. I had that test when I had my last visit with my OB/GYM several years ago and had the results of 38. I am looking for a plan to abolish the cancer. I know that the next doctor will tell me to go back to the cancer center in Gilbert. I know that the next pcp will tell me to go back to the cancer center. I am 67 and want to live long enough to see grandchildren. Both of my children are not married and have no children themselves. I have to do something more than what I am doing now. I have no one to follow me with the results. My pcp has already left this area to another office. Her partners don’t use the health plan that I have. I don’t know which way to go to find an honest doctor.

  • John

    Hello, I am helping someone find alternatives to tamoxifen. Any comments are welcome.

  • Andy Hauter

    Curious, how does the tumor fall out of the skin after the black sauve treatment?

  • Lynn Frazier

    Any tips for Triple Negative Breast Cancer.

  • Shari Snyder

    Chris have you ever talked to anybody that has has AML Leukemia and had a bone marrow transplant and went through chemo and stopped it and went the natural route. I’m done watching my mother suffer, I just want to take her home now and start doing an all raw diet 100% of the time. The Doctor told me not to be juicing her because it will harm her and interfere with her medications they are giving her. I’m like there’s no way good nutriton could hurt, they feed her junk in there that I won’t even feed my kids!! What should I do?? I feel helpless!

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