on 26 February 2007
Anyone wanting to avoid or take on their cancer by way of diet and supplementation would be hard pressed to find a better manual than this. Compiled by four doctors, it is easy to read without being simplistic, evidence-based and authoritative.
The book is sensibly divided into three sections - Prevention, Treatment and Coping with Side Effects of Orthodox Treatments, and gives sensible advice on precautions and interactions.
A self-assessment questionnaire enables the reader to gauge how at risk they are, and simultaneously informs them of the risk factors they are exposing themselves to, and of the mechanisms of cancer. The fundamentals of a sound cancer-preventive diet are laid out, with recommendations for additional supplementation to counter unavoidable risks and to make up for some of the shortcomings of `modern' agriculture.
Most usefully, specific advice for prevention of particular cancers that may be a known risk for the reader is included. Many practitioners would not now support the advice given re sunlight exposure, which is founded in the era of sun avoidance - it is now considered too important a source of vital Vitamin D to be avoided, particularly in cloud-bound Britain. Sensible precautions against burning or over-exposure, however, are vital. Also, it would have been good to hear their take on cooking methods, particularly the use of microwaves as well as the potential of thermography as an alternative to X-ray mammography as means of screening for breast cancer.
For the cancer patient, there is an overview of conventional treatment options and strategic advice on dealing with family, friends and specialists. The mind/body connection and the importance of exercise are highlighted for their key role in any cancer strategy. Basic dietary recommendations for all cancer patients are followed by `The Super Eight' - eight natural products that the authors have found to score highest in a range of criteria from clinical effectiveness through to safety.
An excellent and comprehensive section outlines strategies, in detail, for coping with most of the side and after-effects of orthodox treatment; and a mine of useful information is contained in the appendices, which includes menus and meal plans, supplement plans, daily routines etc. Finally and importantly, there is an open letter to physicians from the four authors, provided as a support to patients wishing to broaden the scope of their treatment, but also to pursue the `best practice' of openness with their physician, who sadly may not be as supportive of these approaches as one might hope!
This is an American book, but there is very little content that does not apply equally well in the UK. Thoroughly recommended.
on 24 August 2015
Ordered a new one as gave old copy away to someone. At the time quite ground-breaking and well researched book. Choc-full of sound, well thought out pointers and advice. Sometimes the details of how cells work and the body can be heavy going, but overall this is one book that could also be titled 'How the things you eat (and chose NOT to eat, and the way you think and live can really help your body function waaaaaaaaaaay better than it does now'. Vital book to inspire thinking carefully about what we put into our bodies.