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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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,


  4. 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

  5. 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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