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Good quality advice from a leading nutritionist
on 26 February 2007
Whilst not the latest `nutrition for cancer' book on the block, Say No to Cancer is still an excellent starting point for anyone wishing either to tackle cancer head on with every resource at their disposal, or who simply wants to do all they can to avoid this most fearsome `lifestyle' disease of our era.
Patrick Holford is one of our foremost crusaders for nutritional revolution. His starting point is a certainty of the enormous part that poor nutrition plays in the explosion of cancer over the 20th century and his faith in the preventive and restorative powers of high quality nutrition. Furthermore, he is convinced that it is simply no longer sufficient to avoid junk food and to eat well, since it is now virtually impossible to obtain food with high nutritional value that is free from toxins. Add to this the increasing levels of carcinogens we are constantly exposed to every day from plastics, exhaust fumes, cleaning products etc, as well as radiation, and you reach his rationale for eating the best and then supplementing with essential selected vitamins and minerals. By the time you finish this book you will be in no doubt that we now live in a war zone - to stay healthy in our hostile environment, we need to fight back.
Holford describes in layman's terms, current understanding of the ways in which cancer is caused, and goes on to look at the major `dos and don'ts' of eating, in relation to this. He then tackles the lifestyle choices that can limit your exposure to carcinogens - this will be an eye-opener to anyone still under the illusion that governments are keeping us safe from harmful chemicals. Holford goes to lengths to dispel the media scare story `myths' cooked up around certain supplements and cancer, before devoting attention to the benefits that careful supplementation with well targetted nutrients can bring, and importantly to clarifying the synergistic manner in which they operate.
Included is a short chapter entitled `Herbs and Natural Cancer Remedies that can provide a useful, but necessarily lightweight starting point for looking into other alternative methods of tackling cancer. Example recipes and menus are followed by summaries of supplement regimes and lifestyle changes. The book ends with excellent sections detailing specific nutritional support for orthodox treatments - damage limitation, immune system recovery, minimisation of side effects and enhancement of treatment action - as well as for each of the main cancer types.
Say No to Cancer is well-researched and referenced. Many chapters end with a helpful bullet-point summary and useful tables are included showing, for example, which nutrients are specifically know to be useful for each cancer type. An easy read and excellent value for money.