Survivor Stories

The Island Where People Forget To Die:
Curing Cancer With The Simple Life

Andrea Frazzetta/LUZphoto for The New York Times

Diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in 1976, Stamaitis Moraitis left the U.S. and moved back to Ikaria, a mediterranean island, to be close to his family and enjoy his last 9 months on earth.

He got lots of rest, planted a garden and vineyard, got lots of fresh air and sunshine, ate fresh local food, slept late, took naps, ate and drank with friends at night, and started going to church.

He radically changed his diet and lifestyle.

He slowed down, simplified his life and guess what happened…his body healed!

30 years later he’s 96, still alive and cancer-free.
No surgery, no drugs, no chemo. Not even any alternative therapies.

It just so happens that the island of Ikaria is classified as a “Blue Zone”.

Blue Zones are areas around the world with the longest living people. Ikarians live on average 8-10 years longer than Americans. Here’s what they do:

They eat fresh local food that they produce themselves.

They get exercise working in their gardens and walking up and down the hilly terrain.

They eat lots of olive oil, vegetables, potatoes, wild greens, and six times more beans per day than Americans, like garbanzo beans, black-eyed peas and lentils.

They eat fresh caught fish about twice a week and other meats about five times a month.

They don’t eat cows or drink cows milk.

They drink lots of herbal teas like wild marjoram, sage, mint, rosemary, artemisia, and dandelion.

They consume very little refined sugar. 75% less than Americans.

They spend a lot of time socializing and sharing meals with each other.

And get this. They drink on average 2-3 cups of coffee and 2-4 glasses of wine per day. Wowzers!

Here’s a link to the full New York Times article by Dan Buettner

If you’re interested in finding out what the longest living people groups have in common, check out Dan’s fantastic book:

The Blue Zones: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest

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  • Timaree J Cheney

    They don’t have stress and GMO’s! I think it’s the GMO’s foods we ear plus the pollution and stress more than what type of food we eat. My great grandparents and grandparents’ generations lived to the 90’s but my parent’s generation fell apart after WWII and died between their 30’s and 60’s except for a few of them but none reached close to 90. What was different? Modern farming with pesticides and herbicides, modern transportation with all the fumes and the stress of a no-show life. They don’t have this on that island.

  • Silvia

    This story is truly amazing! I live in London for 12 years now, but after my thyroid biopsy came back “suspicious” we have decided to move back to our home country Slovakia. As much I love London, it’s sooo hectic and stressful. We have 3 children who look forward to be close to their grandparents and family. To be able to run free in the fields, have a dog, swim in a lake….it’s like heaven to them :) After I found this website I’ve radically changed my diet, so I am now officially 6days FullyRaw :) next week I am going to hospital to tell my doctor to: “wait and you will see” haha as they told me to have the surgery asap. My husband really supports me, he’s bought me a new juicer (one of those you recommend Chris). Just want to say that…this is really paradox, but after they’ve told me I may have cancer (and “should” feel like my life is going to end) I feel like my whole new life is just starting, and I was dead until now. I feel like reawakened from a bad dream. I had my fears and doubts, specially one day I was feeling very fearful (is it going to work, maybe the doctors are right..what to do God? What to do??) and I have opened my laptop and first thing I saw was (in big capital letters) PROVE THEM WRONG! DO IT
    God is with us all x

    • Candle lady

      Wow! Silvia I enjoyed your testimony. So inspiring. I have been juicing most every day for over a year because of hormone problems but fell great. I believe that we can prevent diseases by our diets and lifestyle. Love to communicate with you if your on facebook. You can go to my post