When secondary cancer tumours were detected in Laura’s bones and she was told she had as little as two years to live, older sister Alison Taafe put an incredible amount of effort into researching alternative treatments. After exhausting all traditional medicines available in Australia, Alison discovered the Hoxsey Treatment at the Bio Medical Centre in Tijuana, Mexico.
Immediately she started making arrangements to take Laura to the clinic, and this is where the Eat for a Cure charity idea was born. Alison established the charity and began hosting dinners and lunches to raise the necessary funds for the 2011 trip. As Alison explains in the book:
“Even though the treatment at the time only cost around US$4000 and the flights around $1500, it was still going to ‘cost money’. I decided I could raise the money needed for our first visit by hosting an Eat for a Cure dinner in March 2011 at the fabulous Kitchenware Plus store in Loganholme, Queensland – thanks to my friend Ian Dunkley, one of the owners of the business, who kindly allowed us to host the dinner there. We sold out very quickly for that dinner and it was a roaring success. I was encouraged to do it again, and finished up doing two more lunches, an afternoon tea and two more dinners. Laura’s friend Melinda, arranged a quiz night for our campaign, too. All in all we raised enough money for the trip in September 2011 and for the April 2012 trip. “
A large part of the treatment was a very strict diet, and – as Laura’s older sister and personal chef – it was Alison’s job to interpret the long list of food ‘don’ts’ and fashion it into a delicious and nutrient rich diet. The diet Laura was given was a long list of banned foods, which made it difficult to find foods that Laura would be able to eat. Alison took it upon herself to make a list of foods that Laura could eat. The job was massive.
While it was Laura’s cancer diagnosis that triggered Alison’s journey of discovery into the medicinal effects of food, what Alison learnt was that certain foods could not only help with cancer, but other common health complaints as well.
Eat for your Life is the result of three years’ research and writing, and features more than 200 recipes aimed at fighting cancer, heart disease, diabetes and which boost immunity. It includes nutritional information and tips and hints to eat for health. It also has chapters on eating prescriptively to fight other chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood cholesterol.
The book is Alison’s way of sharing that newfound knowledge with others.
She wants everyone who has chronic health issues to know how healthy eating can help change their condition – and maybe even their life. The book includes nutritional information and tips and hints to eat for health. It also has chapters on eating prescriptively to fight other chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood cholesterol.
All proceeds from the book go directly to the charity, which runs seminars and cooking classes for cancer patients, and provides advice and support for people seeking further information about the clinic in Mexico that Laura attended.