To Anyone Questioning If Diet Changes Can Cure Cancer. Hear My Story.


When I was a teenager, I would take trips with my mother to Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico, who went there for asthma treatments at a wellness spa. I was convinced that I wouldn’t actually benefit from the experience, but it’s actually when my fascination with health and wellness began. The twists and turns of life (including combating cancer) have taken me full circle, and now nutrition and helping others lead a healthy and happy life have become my career and I couldn’t be more grateful for it.


After graduating from college, I worked long, hard hours fueled by caffeine. I was determined to become a “successful” businesswoman. Nothing would stop me.

Then I felt a lump. When my doctor told me I had Hodgkins Lymphoma, I couldn’t believe it. I was only 32 — I wasn’t supposed to get cancer. I had gotten married and was going to start a family. I thought I was healthy and headed toward an exciting time in my life.

The doctor recommended chemotherapy and radiation, but after a few treatments I felt like the “solution” was worse than the problem. The treatments were harsh and my intuition was telling me that my body needed something else. I thought back to the lessons I learned from my mom on her health and wellness trips, and a light bulb went off. I realized that, in addition to medical treatment, my body needed nourishment and love. I felt strongly about this realization, so after a lot of research and consideration, I shortened my radiation regimen and pursued an alternative path.

I left my job, began managing my stress and doing yoga, and learned that good food wasn’t always healthy food. I began juicing and eating a more plant-based diet — within a few months I truly felt great and went into remission.

Happily married to my husband Marc, my dreams of growing a family together came true and we had two beautiful daughters. Then, cancer entered my life again. But not for me. This time it was Marc’s health that began to fail, nine years after I had gone into remission. Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma sounded terrifying, and it was.

Marc’s doctors convinced him to begin immediate chemotherapy and radiation. He spent time in and out of hospitals as his immune system weakened. After an 18-month battle, it wasn’t cancer that took his life — it was infection. The treatment that was supposed to cure him contributed to his untimely death at 45. I can’t even begin to describe the devastation I felt. My partner was gone, my daughters’ father was no longer in their lives. How could this have happened? How were we supposed to go on and feel happy without him?

Day by day we began healing as a family, learning to live this new normal. While our grieving took time, our loss also provided clarity and started me on a path I know was meant for me. I went back to school at the American University of Complementary Medicine in Los Angeles and became a Certified Holistic Nutritionist. Years later, here I am, working with people from every walk of life to help them cleanse their bodies and their lives.


My run-ins with cancer showed me the importance of what I had learned as a teenager on the trips with my mother. The old saying that “you are what you eat” couldn’t be more true. Food was the root of many of the problems I saw in life, and it could be the solution too.

I believe that no matter your story, you can cleanse your body and, through nutrition, lead a happier and healthier life. Many people think that cleansing means starving yourself or drinking juices all day. That’s not true. I’ve designed a number of cleanses that include healthy juices and food.


We are a product of the things we eat and the way we treat ourselves. I’m happy to be able to say that I am cancer-free and feel great. That’s why I’m on a mission to help others be open to other approaches when it comes to healing. I want everyone to experience the joy I’ve found in good health.

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35 thoughts on “To Anyone Questioning If Diet Changes Can Cure Cancer. Hear My Story.

  1. Charles C. Gauci

    I have been told that I have lymphoma. My preferred way of healing, is Nutritional Medicine. Can anyone help me, please?

  2. Michael Navarro

    I have a loved one who is recently battling the same ailment. A once, but to me is still, a very beautiful women. Has given up faster than the disease has given her a self complex issue. Doctors have been very rude to her anr her family based on a povish lifestyle. We need help and direction to give someone I love their health, beauty , and esteem again. Thank you and God Bless.

  3. Raul

    Have been battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for almost three years. Did traditional chemotherapy and recently had high dose chemo followed by ASCT. Had my six month PET showing possible infection/HL in lung and some FDG uptake in a lymph node in mediastinum. Doctors said I’m still considered to be in remission but are monitoring the two spots. Next PET in three months. What type of nutrition do you recommend?

  4. Elissa

    Hi Julie! I believed I was healed after my treatment, because your belief system is the most powerful tool to healing. Have you heard of the book Radical Remission by Kelly Turner PhD? She talks about people who had stage 4 cancer and they healed without Western medication. Mostly it was through knowing that their body had the capability of healing if they managed their stress, truly loved themselves, let go of past traumas, made sure they got good sleep to restore, ate a mostly plant-based diet, exercised and supporting their nutrient deficiencies. Believe in yourself and you will be able to overcome anything!

  5. Julie

    Hello, I have Lymphoma and I was wondering how you knew you went into remission? I am on watch and wait, I juice and eat plant based, I get blood tests every 3 months, my last one showed that my LDH had dropped. But I want to know what the indication is that it has gone if I only have blood tests.

  6. Pam Hall

    Need nutrition and dietary guidance for large B cell lymphoma… had a good physical mid August with good blood work except slightly low Vit d and mildly elevated A1C. 2 weeks later found swollen inguinal node…which I thought arose from injuring myself with a table corner. My doc sent for CT which showed 4 swollen nodes and uterus mass… although it was about the size of a fibroid I knew about from 9 years ago. Went to gyn oncol who said he did not think cancer and prob reactive node. Had mri and showed 2 nodes and same uterus issue so, different mri diagnosis of possible leimosarcoma…. Had biopsy on node and shows Large B cell but possible gray zone…Pet scan tomorrow and surgery to remove node on Friday… since I found the node I got off of all processed sugar. EXCEPT the one day gyn said he felt sure it was not cancer and ate some choc candy and a ice cream treat…. Then took a week to find a juicer… have been winging it with increased vi D, ‘cell food additive’,no processed food, only min grain free bread. Green tea, jucing organics of carrots, celery, apples… some salads and vegs and tumeric…Would love dietary recommendatios….yesterday I juiced a big salad with blueberries….had to stop my Tumeric with black pepper for surgery Thursday. Sorry if this is TMI… fully trusting Christ… but trying to eat the food God gave and be somewhat proactive…

  7. Bella

    Hi Joann, I have non-Hodgkins lymphoma, and I wanted to tell you about this incredible website that has helped me so very much – It’s run by a retired dean who has had non-Hodgkins lymphoma for 30 years. It has literally saved my life and made me feel so empowered.

  8. joann

    Would you suggest having any chemo & radiation? I was just diagnosed & already eat a plant based diet organic, probably 75%
    Thank you

  9. April swanner

    Hi Elissa. Both of my parents were taken by cancer and now Ive met someone very special who is 90% sure he has non-hodgkins lymphoma…but doctors are still running tests..ect. He told me he has to get on a diet and exercise regimen so I thought this would be a great way for me to get involved and show that I care

  10. April swanner

    Hi Elissa. Both of my parents were taken by cancer and now Ive met someone very special who is 90% sure he has non-hodgkins lymphoma…but doctors are still running tests..ect. He told me he has to het on a diet and exercise regimen so I thought this would be a great way for me to get involved and show that I care

  11. Anonymous

    HI Stephanie,
    I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. I would suggest that you juice fresh organic greens and keep it simple like celery, cucumber, lemon, ginger, parsley, romaine to help get nutrients at a cellular level and flush some of the toxins from the body. Also, I love homemade bone broth or a high quality store bought one. You can have her add Ultima Repllinisher Hydrating Powder to her water (electrolytes loaded with minerals) to keep her fullly hydrated.
    Sending lots of love!

  12. Stephanie

    My mom has Mantle cell lymphoma. How does she get any detox process to prevent her from having breathing problems because of enlarged lymph nodes in her lung/heart area as well as other places. She is eating right. Anything that starts her to detox, causes asthma, type symptoms.

  13. George Randal

    Hi Elissa. I’m in Las Vegas but looking for a holistic nutritionist that can help me boost immunity and fight cancer. I was recently diagnosed with chromophobe renal cell carcinoma. It’s very small and no spreading. I have an appointment with MD Anderson April 8. However I want to really put nutrients and vistanjns in me that will help in this fight. If u can assist I would appreciate it. Thanks very much. George

  14. Colleen

    Hi. I’m located in Philadelphia! In 2016 I had a tumor on kidney and had partial nephrectomy surgically cured! 4 weeks after my surgery my father passed of lymphoma! I get scanned regularly and they notices enlarged lymphnodes on aorta got a pet scan showed low grade lymphoma in arm pits and hips. I have had hip pain last 3 months although yoga has relieved that pain on tues 2/27 I get my biopsy results

  15. Harve

    A plant based diet is a must with cancer but if you’re planning this lifestyle be sure to eat as organically as possible. If you eat anything GMO that has been engineered to withstand Roundup and its active ingredient called glyphosate all of those kinds of veggies will harm you further. You may have seen the news items lately about the lawsuit against Monsanto for non-hodgkins lyphoma (NHL). The plaintiff that is suing Monsanto had used Roundup for many years. There are about 4,000 more people with NHL waiting to see the outcome of this lawsuit. Roundup and glyphosate are known carcinogens and are found in about 85% of our foods. You would do well to Google, “Roundup and glyphosate in our food”. Try to avoid Monsanto statements as they have apparently known that Roundup causes cancer since 1983 according to several attorneys that have gotten access to their “secret” documents.
    Eat as organically as possible and use detoxification methods to remove toxins in your body. See a naturopathic oncologist for help with treating your cancer correctly.

  16. Shirley Rufus

    I was diagnosed with lymphoma T cell cancer stage 4. Went through all the chemos , got infection. Went into remission for two months. And now it’s back. Please advise- very scared

  17. Paul W. Downing

    I was diagnosed with stage 2b Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in January. I was extremely sick. I lost 45 lbs, went from working out almost every day, to barely getting out of bed. I had a biopsy of the lymph node and chose to do chemo. Chemo alone will not make your body right. It kills good and bad cells. It attacks your muscles and weakens your immune system. I personally would never do radiation. I also thought that I lived a healthy life before, making sure to avoid harmful food additives and getting regular exercise. I looked very healthy. But, being a healthy person has layers. It is emotional, spiritual, and physical. There are a few people that say that cancer is the best thing that happens to them. I am in that elusive club. Refocus your life. Find faith. Accept all the help and prayers that are offered to you. I wanted to live more than anything else. I have two young sons and couldn’t stand the thought of leaving them without a father. I realized that my life before was toxic. The cycle of work yourself to exhaustion, take in large amounts of caffeine to get through the day, and constantly pressing towards a goal are toxic. Life is too short for that. What’s truly important is family, relationships, and faith. Reorganize your life and take hold of the cancer first. The next thing is to take a multi-layered nutritional approach. I consulted an oncology nutritionist who held a good balance between conventional medicine and holistic treatments. She put me on a good nutritional plan and supplements. I also did a number of things on my own. I strongly recommend the Budwig protocol. I strongly recommend a trampoline. I wholeheartedly recommend being exclusively Vegan other than safely sourced wild caught fish. Organic fruits and vegetables are the ONLY way to go. Learn to love raw fruits and vegetables, especially: kale, broccoli, carrots, blueberries, ginger, tumeric, and all of the other good plants that God has provided to heal our body. I am a football coach. I treated each day like a big game. I have never wavered, I’m never too busy, I always put the right foods in my body. I listen to worship music every day. I pray. I cry out to my God with thankfulness that I have just 1 more day to live. Guess what? I was in COMPLETE REMISSION at my 2 month scan with zero sign of disease!!!! It can be done. How bad do you want to live? I love life. I love my two boys, my wife, my dog, my friends, and my extended family too much to waver in my approach. Take heart! There is a way forward filled with health and happiness.

  18. Mark Drutz

    I’ve been ‘healthy’ vegan for 7 years, and was just diagnosed with lymphoma. So I’m not so sure about the curative powers of a plant based diet.

  19. Ankita

    My mother has been diagnosed with stage 4 non Hodgkin’s lymphosarcoma.
    She starts her chemotherapy tmorrow.
    Please advice

  20. Kenneth Gomez


    This is not medical advice. ( I have to say this as I am not a doctor)

    I have a lump on my aubmental node, hard. Probably lymphoma (I am not sick so this swelling isn’t natural).

    My diet was poor. I thought I was healthy because in between eating burgers and fries I would eat kale and some tomatoes now and then.

    I was stressed just as the original poster above.

    My body was dying.

    Let me get to the point.

    The lump under my throat started out larger than my thumb. Now, 2-3 months later, it has shrunk. It is now the size of my pinky. I estimate that in about another couple of months it will be reduced completely.

    I became a vegan. No animal food. No dairy. No soda. Nothing but fruits, vegetable, whole grains, antioxidants rich foods.

    I alternate juicing and smoothies daily. For example I will juice Monday, smoothie Tuesday, juice Wednesday, smoothie Thursday. I am not perfect, some days i will skip if I don’t have the time. But this way my body has all the antioxidants in crazy amounts it needs to fight and reduce the tumor.

    My smoothies have, dates (several), 1lb of berries (an absolute must), cranberries (a cup) other fruits (like guava, apples, oranges, whatever I can find I throw in extra) but the pound of berries is a must.

    People don’t realize this but the anti-oxidants in foods like berries actually travel in your blood stream and fight infections! This is not a lie!

    My mega juice, consists of a giant carrot, half of a beet (not the greens just the beet), several celery stalks, an apple, radishes, ginger root, and if I can find it turmeric root. I make enough of this juice to make about 4 to 6 cups of juice and drink all of it.

    I realize that this is extreme. But her body has been put through so much hell over the years with stress and a very poor diet that it caused cancer.

    So you must be extreme in reversing it, when it’s reversed then you can let off the smoothies and juices everyday.

    But a vegan lifestyle is essential.

    These links will prove invaluable to you: (you will love dr. Gregor, watch every single video!!!) (other people have beat cancers as well, not just lymphoma!)

    And lastly watch this YouTube channel, this man personally beat lymphoma as well,

    He did it through diet and juicing. Do exactly as he does and hopefully you will as well!!

    Peace love. And no meat!! (Or dairy… or animal products.. lol)

    If I was a help, please spread the message.

    And I encourage you to remember the size of the lumps, as they will magically decrease in size 😉

  21. Ima

    My daughter was diagnosed with non Hodgkin lymphoma. She has a 6 year old boy and 10 month old girl. She simply must live. She has not been told to start chemo, but symptoms increasing. Three days ago we started making healthy soups and buying lots of vegetables. We will finally be able to order organic vegetables next week. We are Americans living in Israel. We feel so lost. My daughter is nursing and gets so hungry she’s shaking. We don’t know which fruits and vegetables have too much sugar… we don’t know if we can put lentils in soup or potatoes. Every where we search on internet for help, we need to pay money. My daughter promises to freely help others with what she learns when she is cancer free. I’m joining her in this new way of eating. Please tell me where to turn just to know which foods are safe for her. Can she eat vegetables baked with the juice from organic chicken. Should she stop all poultry too? We have heard that salmon is dangerous to eat because of compromised waters. The world is killing us. Please just point us in a direction.

  22. Elissa Goodman

    Dear Anonymous, I worked together with my Oncologist for a plan that felt right for me it wasn’t just a food cure in my case. I declined chemo, but I did go through a shortened version of radiation. I suggest an integrative approach, because everyone is different and our bodies respond differently. Choose the team that you connect with and who has the experience, love, and knowledge to provide you with the best guidance. I did a vegan diet with heavy doses of green juice, I also went into therapy and energy healing along with yoga, but these were complementary to my treatment.

  23. Elissa Goodman

    Hi Nams,

    I am so happy to hear that your scan came back negative. As for improving your eating habits, you are doing an amazing job!

    The best way for you to avoid pesticides and chemical cocktails on your produce is to buy organic. Below are a few things to consider when buying organic produce over non-organic.

    Organic foods provide higher concentrations of health-boosting antioxidants. According to findings, organic produce can provide anywhere from 18-69 percent more antioxidants.
    Organic foods help to protect your immune system. Non-organic farmers give their animals antibiotics which we then consume. This overload of antibiotics is weakening our immune systems. In contrast, organic farmers use more natural techniques to manage their livestock.
    Organic soil offers a larger diversity of microorganisms which are responsible for a plant’s nutrient uptake. Based on the chemicals that are used within conventional farming, healthy soil is stripped of its nutritional quality and in turn the produce you consume is also depleted of nutrients.

    For the most part, organic foods are healthier due to what’s not in them. When it comes to the toxic cocktails we’re exposed to on a daily basis, we simply do not know enough about the long-term effects. When deciding which foods to purchase organic, here a helpful guide is The Environmental Working Group: EWG’s 2017 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce this is my guideline for purchasing organic and it should be yours too.

    If there is anything else I can help with please do not hesitate to reach out.

    Much love,


  24. Nams

    Hi Elissa, Inspiring ! I have been diagnosed with NLPHL recently. It was just one growth and PET scan after the surgery was negative. So my doctor said “watch and wait” at this moment.So No Chemo or radiation down at this moment.

    Like you, I am also trying to better my eating habits. Completely got rid id dairy products, alcohol, sugar… I use little salt, increased the intake of fruits and vegetables. But my main worry is all these vegetables are sprayed with pesticides and this can harm ??

    Please advise me if you have any tips that can help me to come out this danger.

    Thank You

  25. Anonymous

    My husband was diagnosed in April. We declined chemo. Stared a vegan diet and certain supplements. Well actually not vegan cos he does the cottage cheese and flax oil everyday. He had an episode of chest pain and sweat last night. Why??? He’s changed his diet completely. What was your diet to heal? Please help!!!!


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