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Anticancer: A New Way of Life
Anticancer: A New Way of Life
by David Servan-Schreiber
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.49

113 of 117 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I bought a copy for my oncologist, 26 Jan. 2011
This is one of the best books I have read in a long time, even though the title sounds a little tedious.

Firstly, Dr Servan-Schreiber is a research psychiatrist, so is in the medical profession himself; by chance, he discovered he had a brain tumour. He took the traditional route of surgery followed by radiotherapy/chemotherapy and recovered. Later on, he relapsed and devoted his time to finding out why. Bear in mind, he has access to published research that most complementary and alternative therapists don't.

Essentially, autopsies done on Asians show that they have just as many micro tumours as Westerners do. But they just don't develop into cancer. There are three main things which affect our chances of cancer gaining a hold: diet, exercise and stress.

Dr Servan-Schreiber stresses we should take the best that medicine has to offer us and -at the same time - take responsibility for how we live our lives. Certain foods are shown to have amazing effects, especially green tea and turmeric. Organic is best, but even if it is not available, if we eat the right foods, exercise moderately and learn to manage stress properly, this is enough to manage the "terrain" so the seeds of cancer cannot take root.

I have had treatment for a large brain tumour in the last 6 months, and this book reassures me that I can continue living without a relapse. Dr Servan-Schreiber has now done so for many years, so it can be done.

I found this book to be so inspiring and informative (and not anti-conventional treatment, as so many of these books are), that I bought a copy for my oncologist. I might well buy another one for my local doctors' surgery as well. It's a message that needs spreading.
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Eat Fat Get Thin: Eat As Much As You Like And Still Lose Weight!
Eat Fat Get Thin: Eat As Much As You Like And Still Lose Weight!
by Barry Groves
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I like Barry Groves' scientific backup, 18 July 2009
Actually, I haven't read this book yet, so it's a bit of a cheat to review it. But I HAVE read Trick and Treat (a book I strongly recommend - I've just bought 3 copies for friends), which so clearly puts the diet nonsense on its head and answers so many instinctual but unproven ideas I had. And a friend has recommended this book to me, so I'm about to get it.

I am horrified at the thought of the generational timebomb of a generation of parents packing sandwiches in their children's lunchboxes and covering them (the kids, not the suncream) in carcinogenic suncream, and I'm duly grateful that I've avoided both of these for my kids on gut feeling.

I love the idea that this is so simple, and just want a few ideas for how to live the low carb way...


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