Learn about Olivia Newton-John’s vegan diet and herbal treatments

Fat Star Dame Olivia Newton-John sadly passed away this week after a thirty-year battle with cancer.

The acclaimed actor was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993 – but went into remission after treatments including a mastectomy and chemotherapy. She also tried alternative treatments such as meditation and acupuncture.

However, by 2017, Olivia’s cancer had come back and developed to stage four, meaning it had spread to other parts of her body.

Was Olivia Newton-John vegan?

Last year, the star opened up about the diet and her growing interest in alternative medicine.

In an interview with Closer Weekly, she said, “There are a lot of herbs that I take. And for the past 10 years, I have used cannabis. My husband makes me tinctures which are helping me tremendously with pain, inflammation, sleep and anxiety.

“I also ate vegan because my daughter was visiting me and she is vegan. I feel very good.”

As a result of her plant-based diet, she was inspired to start the NYO Foundation Fund to support research into herbal medicines to provide cancer patients with more treatment options.

The aim of the independent charity is to sponsor “global research in plant medicine for cancer” to harness the power of plants for the treatment of cancer.

Increase in cancer cases

Earlier this year, the European Parliament backed a resolution to tackle rising cancer cases.

Projects for theStrengthening Europe in the fight against cancer” include promoting healthy plant-based diets and reducing overconsumption of meat and ultra-processed foods.

Dr Joanna Swabe of Humane Society International said: “There is growing scientific evidence that the consumption of meat and dairy products can have a detrimental impact on human health.

“The World Health Organization warns that processed meats are carcinogenicthat red meat probably increases your risk of bowel cancer and that eating the equivalent of less than two slices of bacon a day increases your risk of colorectal cancer by 18%.

Find more information on surviving and preventing cancer with a plant-based diet.

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