My first interview of 2015 is with the incomparable Ruth Heidrich, PhD.
She’s the winner of more than 900 trophies, 6 Ironman Triathlons, 8 Senior Olympics Gold Medals, and 67 marathons including Boston, New York, Moscow and The Great Wall of China.
She is a World Fitness Record holder at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas, and was named “One of the Ten Fittest Women in North America”.
She’s author of six books, and was featured in the documentary Forks Over Knives.
ALL of these accomplishments occurred AFTER she healed her stage 4 breast cancer in 1982 with a low-fat vegan diet (no chemo no radiation).
Oh and she’s 85.
And she’s outlived her oncologist by 35 years (Updated in 2021).
Incredible lady = Incredible interview.
Prepare to be inspired!
One thing I forgot to ask her in the interview was about supplementation.
B-12 is the only thing she took, then and now.
- How she met the “quack” doctor that saved her life with nutrition [10:12]
- Her daily diet then and now [16:10]
- When and why she became a raw vegan [17:45]
- How long it took before she noticed results from her diet change [20:25]
- Her first Iron Man triathalon [21:50]
- The inspiration for her first and subsequent books [27:00]
- Her raw oatmeal recipe [33:45]
- What her doctor thought about her intensive training regime [38:32]
- What doctors ought to be telling their patients [40:45]
- The environmental impact of increased animal consumption [41:29]
- What cancer cells need besides sugar [43:29]
- The reason why the medical industry doesn’t take nutrition seriously [44:15]
- The dietary cause of sexual dysfunction in men and women [51:00]
- Early warning signs and problems caused by cardiovascular disease [45:42]
- Why her oncologist didn’t tell other patients about her story [47:58]
- Normalcy bias and why people won’t make preventative changes to their diet [49:57]
Selected Links from the Interview
- A Race for Life
- Senior Fitness
- Lifelong Running
- Forks Over Knives
- Vegan Summerfest
- The Starch Solution
- The China Study
- Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition
- The Empty Medicine Cabinet: The Hidden Danger of Drugs and the Healing Powers of Food
- Becoming Vegetarian
- Becoming Vegan
- Becoming Raw
- Dr. John McDougall
- Dr. Ken Carroll
- Dr. Michael Klaper
- Dr. Neal Barnard
- Dr. Michael Greger
- Dr. T. Colin Campbell
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