|Past Speaking Engagements
of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
29 - July 3, 2005
Zealand Managers Association
Hilton Hawaiian Village
August 14, 2004
Olympics Opening Ceremony
(Coronary Health Improvement Program)
September 14, 2003
Vancouver, BC, Canada
The Springfield Vegetarian
Caribbean Cruise - Keynote Speaker
February 15, 2004
of General Contractors of America
March 19, 2003
Hawaiian Village, Hawaii
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Dr. Ruth Heidrich
1415 Victoria St. #1106
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Edition of the Maui Weekly) Hawaii's own Senior
medalist, 67-year-old Ruth
Heidrich, survived cancer
can too. "This senior can kick your butt."
are the clues: Faster.
a diving mynah bird, stronger than the jaws of your neighbor's pitbull.
She runs an average of 70 races per year, has a Master's degree in
a PhD in Health Management, holds two world records in fitness, is the
author of two books, and is the co-host of a radio show. As if
wasn't enough, she is also an eight-time Senior Olympic gold medalist.
Who in the world are we talking about? None other than Hawaii's own
67-year-old, Ruth Heidrich. Leave no doubt in your mind: this
senior can kick your butt.
She actively participates in track events, road races, and triathlons,
and is a 20-year survivor of breast cancer. She attributes a
great deal of her success to her strict vegan diet. (For those of you
carnivores. vegan means no meat. no eggs, no milk...no animal
products or by-products ...and yes, fish is considered an animal).
"When I was 47 and working on my PhD, I was diagnosed with breast
cancer," said Heidrich in a recent interview with the Maui Weekly. "Of
course, I was devastated. I felt betrayed by my body. I mean, here I
was, the most physically fit person that I knew (I had been an active
runner for about 14 years) and I had cancer. It was unbelievable."
Heidrich underwent surgery to have the malignant lump removed.
Unfortunately, further testing showed that the cancer had already
spread. "The doctors found hotspots in her bones and also a lesion in
Heidrich decided to do what was at that time the unthinkable. Instead
of receiving even a single dose of chemo or radiation, she put her
faith and ultimately her life into the hands of Dr. John McDougall.
At that time, McDougall was researching the effects
vegan diet on breast cancer. He put Heidrich on a vegan diet and
monitored her. To make a long story short, Heidrich has never undergone
any type of conventional cancer treatment and has been cancer-free for
"My body actually encapsulated the lesion in my lung," she said.
"It's great what your body can do with the right type of nutrition."
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are no ifs, ands or buts about it. The decision to go vegan changed
Heidrich's life. She has authored the book and video, "A Race For Life'
and also wrote "The Race For Life Cookbook", a guide to cooking
delicious and healthy food for optimum health and nutrition.
Heidrich came to
Maui to talk about reversing the aging process and improving athletic
The free event was sponsored by the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii.
Heidrich explained that Americans tend to think they need a lot more
protein than they actually do. And according to her, too much protein,
primarily animal protein can lead to big trouble. "I've seen people die
from the 'all protein'-meat' diet," she said. "People are always
about their cholesterol. Well, cholesterol is in animal protein. Animal
protein can lead to and aggravate arthritis, osteoporosis and of
For those of you out there who have osteoporosis, you've probably been
told by your doctor to eat more protein, like fish, and participate in
some sort of exercise that will help to rebuild your bones.
Heidrich said that the recommendation to consume animal protein to help
rebuild bone is misinformation. "When you eat four ounces of fish," she
explained, "your body goes into an acidic state. Your body cannot
function or live in this state so it needs to balance out again."
You know how when you get indigestion, you take a Tums? It's a calcium
tablet. Calcium is an alkaline that counteracts the acid to make your
tummy feel better again. It works the same way with the Ph levels of
blood. "Your body will actually pull more calcium out of your bones to
buffer the protein that you ingested from the fish." she said, the last
thing that you need when dealing with osteoporosis is more calcium
pulled from your bones."
Heidrich is a living example that the right diet
all the difference. Whether you tend to be conservative and traditional
in your health views, or unconventional and liberal, it may be a good
idea to talk
to your physician about how you can benefit from a vegan diet. It's
life, ask questions and don't stop until you get an answer backed by
Heidrich encourages the people of Maui to be
eat to live.
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