source: Daily Mail
Heather Mills McCartney claims a vegetarian diet may help cure cancer.
The former model has joined husband Sir Paul in extolling the virtues of a meat-free lifestyle. She became a vegetarian after losing a leg in a motorcycle accident 12 years ago.
The wound became infected and she was in danger of undergoing further amputation, she said, until she cut meat and fish from her diet.
In an article for London's Evening Standard, Mills McCartney wrote: "As I watched more and more of my leg disappear, I decided to discharge myself from hospital.
"A girlfriend of mine had breast cancer. Although not scientifically proven, she believed she went into remission after following a vegetarian programme at America's Hippocrates centre in West Palm Beach, Florida.
"In desperation, I went to the States. The moment I arrived they took me off all my medication... Just 10 days of a strict vegetarian diet, wheatgrass juice and placing garlic poultices on my wound (Owwww!) and I was healed - as were scores of people around me, from addicts to cancer sufferers and non-insulin dependent diabetics."
She added: "I managed to stay meat and fish-free for years. When I briefly went back to eating it, it coincided with my contracting cancer of the uterus. I vowed from then on that vegetarianism was the healthy lifestyle for me."
And Mills McCartney declared: "I find it astonishing that people keep fuelling their bodies with junk as if they were immortal. Maybe nearly dying four times, as I did after an accident with a police motorbike in 1993, has made me really appreciate life."
Since meeting former Beatle Sir Paul she is now a vegetarian for ethical reasons too, she said. Mills McCartney wrote the article after a recent study which claimed parents who put their children on a vegan diet could be harming their development.
Sir Paul was so incensed that he rang a radio station to rubbish the report. Like the musician's late wife, Linda, Mills McCartney serves up only vegetarian food at home.