Having found out I had breast cancer three weeks ago I turned to Amazon to find some books to help me get through it. It is a well know fact that cancer is an opportunist parasite that attacks when you are at your weakest. It is thought that mutant cancer cells attempt to grow in most of us at some point but if you have a good strong immune system performing the way it should, your body kills them before they get a chance to make a home for themselves. Unfortunately, we all have times when our immune system is low and for me I believe it was down to a recent stressful time during which I had my third child. I knew that the best weapons I could have to compliment the medical treatments and give the best possibility of getting through this and winning was to strengthen my immune system so I bought this book along with a couple of others.
First of all the book gives a great indepth description of what cancer is, how is grows, spreads and how it can be treated. Although indepth, it is not too medically intensive that your average cancer sufferer is going to be left with their head spinning, it is written in a very readable way for any layman to understand.
Secondly, it goes into great detail about how various vitamins and minerals (both in foods and in supplements) work in our immune system and how they can help you in your cancer battle.
Lastly, it has an overview of explanations of how chemotherapy etc will affect your health, side effects and what to expect and how your diet can be adjusted to counteract or minimise these effects and stay strong.
I have already started taking liquorice root, ginseng, garlic and cumin to help work as natural angiogenesis inhibiters, vitamin D and Sea Kelp for my glands and hormone balance and function and brewers yeast for a good supply of B vitamins. In addition to this, I have adjusted my diet to exclude all purified sugars and simple carbs and tried not to include too many processed foods. There are diet examples at the back of the book on lower carb diet, low GI diet and a better protein diet. Chemo will destroy some of your muscle tissue in its attempt to destroy the cancer cells so you need to ensure that you get a healthy source of protein but in the right balance. I don't know whether it is psychosematic or what but I do feel a bit better already and I have been feeling exhausted for months.
This book has it all, the other books I bought are Coping with Chemotherapy (new edition)
and Healthy Eating During Chemotherapy
. I would also highly recommend these books. The former for excellent information and advice on the drugs used for chemotherapy and their side effects etc in great detail and the latter for actual recipes you can use during your chemotherapy. The recipes seem reasonably tasty and will be a godsend when you are lacking in energy to get out of bed never mind think about what you want to eat.
This is a very practical and informative book which should provide you with diet information that should be followed after your cancer is clear to keep your immune system in tip top condition and you give you the best possible chance of fighting cancer and staying clear of cancer.