07 January 2011

‘Beastie Boy’ attempting to beat cancer with vegan diet, Chinese medicine

Update 1/8 9:00 a.m.
From MCA, posted on BeastieBoys.com:
While I’m grateful for all the positive energy people are sending my way, reports of my being totally cancer free are exaggerated.

I’m continuing treatment, staying optimistic and hoping to be cancer free in the near future.

Adam Yauch, better known to Beastie Boys fans as MCA, reportedly won his battle with cancer by utilizing nothing more than a vegan diet and Chinese herbs given to him by Tibetan doctors.

Fellow Beastie Boy Mike D expressed his gratification to Allhiphop.com by explaining that Yauch’s recovery was a “good thing.”

Yauch was diagnosed with a tumor in a parotid gland in 2009. The revelation prompted the band to postpone production of its newest album “Hot Sauce Committee Part 1” and cancel tour dates.

Apparently the 46-year-old performer is doing well enough to consider a return to touring sometime later this year—if past is any indicator it’s a show that shouldn’t be missed by Beastie Boys fans.

TDIV wishes MCA the best during his recovery.

Eric Fortney | @elfortney | email
Eric is the co-founder and executive editor of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to his work at TDIV, Eric is a father of three, runner, and lover of the outdoors.

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  1. YES! I hope he stays vegan, it is so sad that Western doctors try so hard to find a cure for cancer when the cause of it can easily be avoided, STOP EATING MEAT and so many damn animal products! How many cases of vegans or vegetarians getting cancer are there? If you really look into the numbers it would be less than 1% and those that do most likely are smokers or have some other great imbalance in their lifestyle. What a shame so many people live in blind ignorance and have to suffer from these awful ailments of Western civilization. I'm happy for Adam that he was blessed enough to adopt a vegan diet and use TCM to heal himself, if only others would realize the negativity and toxic nature of meat which causes so many horrible diseases.