The Whole-Food Guide for Breast Cancer Survivors
"I can't say that the cancer walk is easy, but I know that if someone like me can change, then anyone can change."
Marilyn - Quote from her Afterword, Pages 161 - 163
Plaudits for Other Amazon Members' Quotes in Book
D'Ann - Last Word, Avoidable Exposures, Excerpt: "Change is rarely easy or simple, but
good changes can save our lives!" Page 55
Carole - Last Word, Nutrient Sufficiencies and Efficiencies, Excerpt, "Once I started recognizing
myself for the unique biochemical being that I am, I could pick and choose the
nutrients that made the most sense for me," Page 79
Karla - Last Word, The Keys to Lowering Your Toxic Burden, Excerpt, "I'd just not given that
much thought to cleaning my 'insides'. My breast cancer changed all that," Page 144
Congratulations, Helayne, on writing this wonderful new book on foods as medicine for breast cancer survivors!
By providing background information on healthful foods and ways to decrease our toxic exposures, Helayne's book is compelling reading for every breast cancer patient to help prevent a recurrence.
Illuminating healing strategies with tons of delicious information (including, literally, recipes - some of them from Helayne, herself), plus tips on vitamins, foods, and toxin-reduction, that are all sprinkled with delightful breast cancer survivor testimonials, embody Helayne's theme that every breast cancer patient can take healing steps with medicinal foods. Indeed, no matter what a breast cancer survivor has done in the past, after a breast cancer diagnosis, "Anyone can change".
Of all of the chapters on such things as avoiding toxic exposures, nourishing immunity, inflammation, glucose and insulin control, hormone balance, and how to lower our toxic burden, my interest was in the nutrient sufficiencies and efficiencies section.
In the Nutrient Sufficiencies and Efficiencies chapter, Helayne vividly introduces the breast cancer patient to nutrition, "Literally thousands of studies have uncovered a clear and distinct relationship between vital nutrients and cancer risk. One influential study (Ramesha et al. 1990) provides a powerful example."
. Indeed, in this cool old Ramesha et al. study, Helayne explains how the rats given the DMBA carcinogen were then supplemented differentially with selenium, magnesium, vitamin C, and vitamin A. When no nutrients were given, the rats got breast cancer. When ONE of the supplements was given, 46.4% to 57.1% of the rats developed tumors, depending on the nutrient. When TWO of the supplements were given together, the tumor incidence decreased in the rats to 25.9% to 34.6%, depending again on the combination of supplements. When THREE nutrients were given together, there was an additional tumor reduction to 16% to 23.1% And then, when all FOUR nutrients were given, "the tumor incidence dropped to 12%."
To me, this one study exquisitely exemplifies Helayne's philosophy on incorporating nutritional strategies to help prevent breast cancer and a recurrence.
Indeed, every breast cancer patient, upon diagnosis, should be given this study.
Further, in this Nutrients' chapter, Helayne comprehensively, rather deftly with references, summarizes the complexity of such nutrients as iodine, vitamin D, and selenium.
Let's hope that this section on nutrients, alone, will pique the interest of all breast cancer patients to further peruse articles, studies, and books and come and share them with us in the Amazon Group (amazon-alternatives.org)
I enthusiastically recommend Helayne's book.