Mike Anderson is a writer, filmmaker and medical researcher whose work focuses on the relationship between diet and disease. He’s the author of the books The RAVE Diet & Lifestyle and Healing Cancer From Inside Out, plus the creator of the award-winning films, Eating and Healing Cancer From Inside Out.
This interview comes to us from The Plant-Based Dietitian, Julieanna Hever.
JH: You’ve helped many people drastically improve their health with your book, The RAVE Diet. What is the crux of your eating plan?
MA: It’s an easy-to-read summary of the work of several doctors who’ve reversed diseases using diet. RAVE is an acronym: No Refined foods, No Animal foods, No Vegetable oils, No Exceptions and Exercise. Together, they form the foundation for restoring the body to its natural state – and eliminating the causes of our major diseases!
JH: How did you become interested in nutrition research?
MA: I stumbled upon the fact that cardiovascular disease can be completely reversed by making basic changes in diet. After spending two years researching the topic, I produced the film Eating to inform people of this extraordinarily simple method of treatment. Twelve years later, I’m still at it – and hopefully making a difference.
JH: Your book, Healing Cancer From Inside Out, argues against current therapies for cancer (chemotherapy, radiation and surgery) and supports nutrition as the most successful option. How can we encourage cancer patients to take this approach
MA: Arguing against conventional treatments is difficult, but I don’t know a single person who likes to be subjected to current treatments. If you can show them that an alternative – like making big changes in their diet and lifestyle – has better success rates than conventional treatments, why shouldn’t they consider it?
JH: How do you tell people they’re completely misinformed by the food and drug industries?
MA: Again, this is a difficult argument because the public is inundated with advertising. You’ll see a round of TV ads from the food industry, followed by a round from the drug industry – to treat the symptoms of the diseases caused by the food industry ads!
Few professionals in our medical industry know how to treat diseases with diet. I try to show that diet works much better than drugs, and obviously has no toxic side effects.