Thyroid Cancer Healed with a Raw Vegan Diet (Dr Ruby Lathon)

“I’ve always had a firm belief that the body can heal itself and in January 2007 I was given the opportunity to put that belief to the test. When I received the shocking news that I had thyroid cancer, I resolved to find an alternative to surgery and began a quest to heal my body naturally. I discovered how to use food as medicine and embarked on a spiritual journey of self awareness, inner healing, and a deepened faith in God. Fourteen months later, the once cancerous tumor was benign and months after that, the tumor completely dissolved! I am living proof that the body can heal itself when given what it needs.” Dr Ruby Lathon

Dr Ruby Lathon heals from thyroid cancer with a raw vegan diet

Dr Ruby Lathon



It was January of 2007, when Dr Ruby Lathon was diagnosed with thyroid cancer that she says left her in complete shock.

The standard treatment for thyroid cancer includes the removal of the thyroid and then taking hormone medications. After thoroughly researching her options, she decided to give herself one year to follow a more holistic path to recovery and if that didn’t work she would consider doing the treatments that her doctor was recommending.  “I just decided to try an alternative, holistic approach rather than go through surgery and then be on medications for the rest of my life.” To accomplish this goal she knew that she had to completely change her diet and her lifestyle habits.  

The diet and lifestyle changes that Ruby made:

  • She eliminated all of the processed foods from her diet.   They are nutritionally dead foods and have no place in a cancer healing diet.  She says, “I started learning how to make healthy food taste good.” Working with raw foods and green leafy veggies she created beautiful and delicious meals to nourish her body.
  • She eliminated meat and dairy products because they are acidic to the body.
  • She began juicing fresh vegetables and fruits. “It’s like the best thing ever because it gives me so much energy.”
  • She ate lots of fruits and vegetables in their raw, natural form.
  • She began meditating to calm her mind.
  • She began to exercise.  This moves the lymphatic system and oxygenates the blood.

She said that she did whatever it took to optimize her immune system and her efforts paid off in March of 2008 when she was pronounced cancer free.


Ruby Lathon shares details of her journey through cancer



Acidic vs alkaline foods–  Acidic foods such as grains, meats, dairy, coffee, alcohol, soda, sugars, fast food and processed foods all add hydrogen molecules to the body, making it more acidic; and alkaline foods such as most vegetables and fruits will remove hydrogen molecules from the body, making it more alkaline.

When we eat diets that are primarily composed of acid-forming foods, the body must continually take steps to neutralize the excess acid by drawing minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium from your bones, teeth, and organs to keep itself within a healthy range. So when we eat, we either provide the body with the abundance of nutrients that it needs to maintain optimal health or we are left in a state of continually drawing upon our mineral reserves until this delicate system can no longer sustain health.  You can read more about pH and how to test it with this link. 

Juicing–  by increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables to at least 10-15 servings per day,  you will be providing your body with an abundance of nutrients that can help to supercharge your immune system so that you can begin to fight off sickness.  Furthermore, it takes a lot of energy to digest meals, juicing allows you to increase your overall servings of the most nutrient dense foods without overtaxing the digestive system.  When you drink fresh juice you will immediately feel hydrated and energized, and since it requires very little by way of digestion, the vitamins and minerals are utilized almost instantly by the body. Read more about juicing with this link.

A Cancer Healing Diet Program- “Mutated cells need the right neighborhood to grow.  The way to prevent re- growth could be to just change the neighborhood.” Dr Susan Love,  founder of the Susan Love Research Foundation.  Another way to phrase this would be to  “change the soil” or “change the terrain” so that the seeds of cancer may not take root and grow. One of the most effective ways to change your internal environment is to make adjustments to your diet and your lifestyle.   Read more about a hypothetical diet program

Meditation-  The goal with meditation is to enter a calming place in which there is nothingness, no worries, no negative emotions, no illness.  It is a technique which trains the mind to find peace and to recognize the “higher self” which usually lies dormant within most people.  Sometimes the source of our greatest discomforts comes from the way we have over-reacted to any given circumstance or stress.  Mediation allows you to free yourself from your human traits and frailties, allowing you to find calm instead of a storm.  Read more about meditation

Your Lymphatic System- is composed of your tonsils, thymus, bone marrow, spleen, lymphatic fluid, vessels, and lymph nodes.  This often overlooked system is your body’s sanitation department that cleans up all of the debris which is created by the other systems of the body.  Your skin is your largest detox organ, with the liver and spleen working just about as hard.  The kidneys work to filter your blood, while your liver and spleen cleanse your blood and lymph fluids of excess hormones, neurotransmitters, dead and damaged cells, bacteria, and toxins and process them for elimination.  This system continually bathes the cells in fluid as it cleans away debris and filters it through the appropriate receptacles for removal through the various systems including respiratory, sweat, urine, and stool.  If your lymph system stopped working for any reason you would die of toxicity in a matter of hours.  Read more about exercises for the lymphatic system

Dr. Ruby Lathon is now a holistic health and wellness expert and an advocate for plant-based nutrition. She continues to inspire others with her powerful story of recovery from thyroid cancer using alternative treatment that was focused on a whole foods, plant-based diet. She now motivates others to take charge of their health and provides tools for living healthy, disease free, and above our daily routines to experience the peace and joy of life’s journey.

Additional Resources

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