First published on 6 Aug 2009. Updated on 10 Sep 2010.
Jay Hequet, a Singapore-based mother of two, does not subscribe to instant fixes, one-day detoxes, or the practice of colonic irrigation – but she does believe strongly in the power of healthy eating. And she is living proof of what it can achieve – Hequet claims to have beaten cervical cancer by radically changing her diet, focusing on whole organic foods and cutting out sugar completely.
‘About seven years ago I gave birth to my second child; just four months later the doctor told me that I had cervical cancer. He told me it was in a very advanced stage and that I had one month to live. I was in Thailand at the time, and I was already practising natural medicine for myself…but I was still eating all sorts of rubbish.
‘I contacted a homeopathic friend who confirmed the cancer was advanced. I decided that the fight was mine, and chose to change my diet radically. I cut out heavily processed foods, and although I couldn’t always get organic produce, I bought it when I could. I ate meat and fish, but prepared everything at home and it was always fresh. During this time I also decided to study holistic nutrition.’
Today, with a masters in holistic medicine from the Clayton College of Natural Health in the United States under her belt, and just one year until she graduates with a PhD, Hequet says she helps her patients discover the tools and strategies they need to change their lifestyle for the long term. ‘I help people learn new habits – quick fixes are out. Good health for the long term is what’s sexy.’
• Jay Hequet, holistic nutritionist and café manager, Fou de Fafa, 6327 9418
• Clayton College of Natural Health website
This story first appeared as 'A cure for cancer’ (TOS Apr 2009)