A woman who was given just five years to live with an aggressive cancer claims she has beaten the disease – by eating pineapples.
Candice-Marie Fox, 31, found out she had thyroid cancer and reluctantly went under the knife to remove more than 20 lumps three years ago.
But when the disease spread and doctors said she had a maximum of five years to live, Candice rejected life-lengthening chemotherapy which she claims had ‘killed’ friends.
She gave her life an overhaul to try and banish the disease, eating up to three pineapples a day – as well as dozens of grapefruits, lemons, apples, kiwis and bananas.
The fruits are high in a cancer-zapping proteins – called bromelain – which some scientists claim ‘eat away’ at tumours.
The former model also ditched other ‘toxins’ in her life – including alcohol, meat and even her husband – and within just six months she says that her grade four cancer was almost gone.
Medics have now confirmed the marketing worker is completely free of tumours and she now runs a website encouraging others to take control of their health.
Candice, from Houghton Regis, Hertfordshire, said: ‘I changed my whole outlook on life.
Candice reluctantly went under the knife to remove more than 20 lumps
‘Instead of living for parties and weekends and working and doing the same stuff I did day in, day out, I changed my whole view.
‘I decided to live for me and love life for what it is. It sounds so away with the fairies, but it is the only way to live – and it worked.
‘I got rid of everything toxic in my life and became so grateful for life.
‘I had got rid of the massive tumours by arresting and starving them with the pure science of food.
‘Like pineapple, kiwi and papaya – I found out that the bromelain eats away at a particular protein layer of the cancer.
‘There is a protein in animal products that feed the cancers and when I was eating big hefty meals my body couldn’t heal because all of my energy was going into digesting the meal.
‘If I was eating one bit of fruit at a time, which eats away at the layer of the cancer, I was killing it and within six months my cancer was gone.
‘There are now no tumours left in me. I’m so grateful for the cancer now in hindsight because it turned me into the person that I was meant to be.’
Candice found a lump above her left collarbone in 2011 and an ultrasound revealed around 20 papillary thyroid carcinomas.
Doctors said if the parcel courier didn’t have the lumps removed she would lose her voice and possibly die within a year, so she endured a four-and-a-half hour operation.
Candice now runs a website encouraging others to take control of their health.
She also had radioactive treatment to ‘mop up’ any cancer that was left and two months later doctors performed a scan to check.
But she was horrified when it revealed the cancer had spread to her liver and the back of her neck – with pre-cancerous cells also in her lung – and she had a maximum of five years to live.
Doctors told her to come back in six months for chemotherapy to reduce the incurable cancer but Candice refused.
She had lost both her best friend Jamie Brownsmead, 31, and cousin Frankie Gerathy, 13, to cancer in 2009, and blames body-weakening chemo for their demise.
British Candice, who was living in Karratha, Western Australia, at the time, recalled: ‘I was a blubbering mess.
‘I thought, ‘what have I done to get myself in this situation?’ That was the darkest point I have ever been when I was in hospital.
Candice pictured with her friend’s children making one of the fruit smoothies which she claims has cured her cancer