Beastie Boy Adam (MCA) Yauch emailed his fans on Wednesday with a hopeful update on his battle with salivary gland cancer. Yauch just returned from India, where he visited with Tibetan doctors and even attended a three-day teaching given by the Dalai Lama:
i'm feeling healthy, strong and hopeful that i've beaten this thing, but of course time will tell. i'm taking tibetan medicine and at the recommendation of the tibetan doctors i've been eating a vegan/organic diet, which surprisingly enough was harder to do in india than it is now that i'm back home. here i can just shop for the right food and cook... a lot easier than depending on restaurants.
when i was in india i visited an ani gompa (a nunnery) called jamyang choling. they did a puja (religious ceremony) for me to help me get well. one nun said to me "we do prayers and then you are better." so i've got that going for me, which is nice.
The Beastie Boys canceled their tour and delayed their album release this summer to allow for Yauch's recovery. Yauch had surgery and radiation in August. He wrote in his email that he hopes the new record will drop sometime in the first half of next year.