Virginia MacDonald

Virginia MacDonald

On August 1, 2014 I found out I had an aggressive form of breast cancer. Against the advice of my doctors, I opted for a natural healing even though they tried to scare me into a mastectomy and chemo. I didn’t do this without first doing my due diligence. I researched on line, read a multitude of books, and asked a lot of questions of those around me that inevitably lead me to one of my resources: UCAAN. I requested information on any place that was fighting cancer by natural means. I was given the name and number of Mark Simon of Natural Oncology Research Institute or NORI here in California.

On the NORI protocol I had to change from an omnivore to a vegan literally overnight. My family and I would eat vegetarian at least once a week in the past but going completely vegan? Not only do you have to eat as a vegan, you are limited on what you can eat even at that. Finding recipes that were tasty and ones I could really look forward to wasn’t easy.

This website was born out of the need to find appetizing meals with the limited amount of foods available on the NORI protocol. I have done an extensive search of the web as well as recipes I find here and there. Most do not fit into the protocol, so I have also rewritten the recipes to become protocol friendly. You can be assured of staying in the restrictions as you fight your cancer. All recipes have been prepared and tasted by my family and myself before placing them here. You can also find information concerning weight loss as well as hair and skin issues you may experience while on the protocol.

Since this is a new site you should come back often. Things should be changing pretty fast as I continue to build this site for you. I have lots of ideas to share and I hope you will enjoy what you find here and feel free to offer suggestions on how I can serve you better. Examples of some of the things I have planned for the site are:
• Lots of recipes with low methionine amounts
• Reviews of restaurant’s that offer vegan and if they can accommodate the NORI protocol
• Special menu’s for the Holiday’s
• How to deal with going to parties and not feel left out
• Shopping lists
• Staples you should keep at all times
• Where to get organic/naturally grown veggies
• Q & A section

Keep in mind that this is a work in progress.  I will try to post at least once a week.  Once you are a member, if you need a special recipe and you can’t find it here just send me an email telling me what you are looking for and I will get back to you.  You will be helping me as much as I am helping you.  You can be sure it will show up somewhere on the site for everyone else to enjoy.


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  • Hi Virginia, I spoke to Mark a little over a week ago and joined your FB group. Would love to hear how the Nori protocol has worked for you. I have BC as well. Also would like to get your low Meth list but could not find it.
    Thank you for what you are doing and your time.
    With Gratitude,

    • Hi Sondra, Still getting use to the way this site works and didn’t see your question till today, sorry for the delay. The low methionine list can be found in two places. The one on this site is based off of the one at http://www.methionineproject.com/ which is more extensive. I just went through it to find .005 or less foods to make it easier to shop for your low weeks and still get to eat a lot. At the top far right you should find my short list of really low methionine foods.

      • A new updated version of the methionine list is now available under RECIPES. Please do not rely on the METHIONINE PROJECT listing since we found out it is not fully accurate. We have added a lot more information we thought would be helpful like calories, Calcium, Protein and how it is prepared and the changes that happen. Hope this helps everyone.

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    • I’m sorry you are having problems with so many replies. I do not have the power on my end to change this. According to WordPress you do this yourself. I located information concerning this issue on a support page. You can go to this page and read how to change your status on my blog. https://en.support.wordpress.com/following/.
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  • Hi Virginia
    I live in the uk and don’t know where to get the selenium tablets or vitamin k3 can you help me with any information as to where I can get these from, also do you feel the diet is working with regards to shrinking your tumours?

    Kindest regards

    • I don’t know where you are in your treatment plan Thomas but if you are still interested in where to get selenium tablets or vitamin k3 you can contact Mark Simon at Address:
      Nutritional Oncology Research Institute USA
      Westlake Village, CA, USA
      As far as my tumors, not enough. However, I have a type of cancer I found out that doesn’t respond to diet protocols very well at least not by themselves. I tried for almost 2 years with only moderate results. I have seen others with greater results, however, their cancer was different then mine. I did learn a lot, even being called the poster child of this protocol when I was on it I was so dedicated to it. I then saw my numbers climbing and my weight dropping way too much. I had to find another way. I still use a lot of what I learned on NORI to support my current protocol and to help others find their path. You need to do your research and see what is best for your type of cancer. Nothing out there is perfect cure for everyone.

  • Are you still manning this sight? I just bought a membership, but I’m kind of regretting it since it looks like no ones posted in months….are you out there?

    • Hello Jennifer. At the time you posted I was terribly sick and not sure I would make it. I am doing much better now and as of yesterday I am back. I will be writing about what happened very soon. More recipes will also be posted. I am doing this all by myself now. I did have some people who started to help me but they have since had their own problems to deal with. So please be patient with me.

  • Would really like to become a member but am having trouble with the sight. How can I do this. Would also like to follow your FB group.
    Thanks – Beverly

  • Hi Virginia,

    I was sorry to hear of your difficulties and I can only assume that the Nori protocol was not having an affect on your tumours. I have done a considerable amount of research on the various diets and I must admit they all do rather conflict one another. I was diagnosed with Prostate cancer two years ago and like yourself decided against surgery or radiotherapy. I started to implement the Budwig diet and at the time with favourable results with my PSA reducing. Subsequently my PSA has continued to rise. I researched many other protocols and came across the Nori protocal via the “Chrisbeatcancer.com” website. Most of the diets all have there own methodology but the common theme seems to be one of fruit and vegetables and the elimination of dairy and processed foods. I dont know whether you have researched or tried introducing Cannabis. There are a number of growing studies which seem to indicate its prowess in combating all types of cancers. I have recently introduced it as part of my diet and will keep you posted on its success. You mention you are getting back to some sort of health. May I ask what you have changed to try and bring your cancer under control. My PSA levels have somewhat stablised but I have yet to see any significant reduction which I did when I first started on this journey. It would lovely to get an update as to where you are and whether you have persued with the Nori protocol.



    • Hello Simon,
      Yes, you are right that the NORI protocol was not working for me. I found out I had a type of cancer that would not respond to food type protocols, at least not by themselves. I won’t go into detail here of what happened since I am in the process of writing about it. Needless to say, I had to take drastic measures to save my life. Not action I wanted to take and fought hard not to do. In the end, I had no choice.

      I would love to hear what you are doing to fight your cancer. Nothing out there will work for everyone and the more information we can get out there of what does will be of great benefit to others fighting this battle.

      In health,

  • Hi Virginia,I am posting again as I did not put this in the correct spot. I have a level 2 membership which I do not wish to renew. Please advise. Thank you,Martha Frisby, San Jose,CA.

    • Hi Martha,
      Sorry to see you you leave. As to how to cancel, at the top of the site you will see Membership, click on that and a list of options will be shown. Now click on Membership Cancel, click here and follow the instructions. It is as simple as that.

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