Dirk Benedict cured himself of cancer.

By following a macrobiotic diet. Wait, what?

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Dirk Benedict cured himself of cancer.

#1  Postby Garm » Nov 13, 2012 7:36 pm

I was reading Dirk Benedict's (Battlestar Galactica, The A-Team) biography on IMDB.com, when I stumbled upon this:

While working on Georgia, Georgia (1972) in Sweden, he made the first contact with a macrobiotic diet and changed his eating habits drastically. He was 26 at that time. A few years later, doctors found that he had cancer of the prostate. He refused to accept the usual treatment and moved away to a secluded cottage. Dirk managed to cure himself from cancer by following the rules of his macrobiotic diet. When he got his part as "Starbuck" in "Battlestar Galactica" (1978), the doctors stated that he was in good health.
A prostate cancer survivor. In 1974, medical doctors recommended surgery, but he claimed to have cured his cancer through a macrobiotic diet recommended by Gloria Swanson, his co-star on Broadway in "Butterflies Are Free," and by exercise and fasting. Over a period of 3 years and under the guidance of Michio Kushi, according to his book Confessions Of A Kamikaze Cowboy, beat the cancer. He continues the diet to this day.

As it's purely anecdotal I don't believe for a second that the diet was the thing that cured him, but has anyone ever read any details as to what actually happened to him? Did he really have cancer?

On a more scientific note: is it possible for cancer to go away without treatment?
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Re: Dirk Benedict cured himself of cancer.

#2  Postby ED209 » Nov 13, 2012 8:29 pm

Pfft, I don't believe for a second.

Everyone knows that really B.A. Baracus cured him of cancer when they were locked in a barn together. By welding some corrugated sheets to an old tractor. Using a cutting torch for some inexplicable reason.
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Re: Dirk Benedict cured himself of cancer.

#3  Postby Calilasseia » Nov 13, 2012 8:45 pm

I'm not aware of any documented instances of prostate cancer just 'going away' through a change of diet. At least, I don't think you'll find any in The Lancet or The New England Journal of Medicine. Plus, 26 is an unusual age at which to be the recipient of a prostate cancer diagnosis. Usually, prostate cancer doesn't materialise until after the age of 50, and in many instances is asymptomatic and slow growing, only coming to attention when the patient is around 70 years of age (this is the median age for diagnosis). However, if it becomes aggressive and metastatises, it can become a serious killer. It's listed as the No.6 carcinoma cause of death in Europe, and the No.2 in the USA after lung cancer.

If Benedict had an unusual prostate carcinoma at 26, chances are it was one of the aggressive, early metastatising ones. if so, then it's pretty unlikely that a macobiotic diet would bring it to a halt.
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