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1.0 out of 5 stars Nutritional Epigenetics?, 18 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: Curing Cancer with Carrots (Kindle Edition)
If you find yourself diagnosed with cancer, you need effective treatment when it can cure you or allow you to enjoy a good quality of life for longer than you might otherwise expect.

I was diagnosed with breast cancer almost ten years ago. the cancer was removed surgically. I then had chemotherapy and radiotherapy before being prescribed Arimidex for five years. Arimidex is an enzyme inhibitor which prevents the formation of oestrogen from a precursor naturally present in the body. My hospital treatments lasted little more than six months. Chemotherapy was the only form I would describe as tough; but I am glad I underwent it because i have enjoyed very good health since.

I had my treatment under the NHS, so my oncologist had no financial motivation for prescribing the drugs I was given. I found all the health professionals I encountered to be kind, conscientious, caring and concerned about my wellbeing, and resent the insinuation in this book that doctors are ignorant and self-interested.

I eat carrots regularly as part of a balanced diet, but will not be juicing five pounds of them per day. The fact that Ann Cameron has been drinking carrot juice for the past year-and-a-half and is free from symptoms of cancer is not evidence that she has been cured. Testimonials from a handful of other people detailing benefits which they attribute to carrot juice are not evidence of its effectiveness.

As a food carrots are useful, but ingested in abnormally large amounts they may be harmful. Side effects have been reported from falcarinol and luteolin, two anti-cancer compounds found in carrot juice. Falcarinol in high doses is neurotoxic. Luteolin can cause nausea, vomiting and gastric hypersecretion. It has also been reported to have adverse effects in vitro on endometrial cancer cells.

This book may sound scientific because it contains words like 'angiogenesis,' 'apoptosis' and 'necrosis'; but it also contains statements which would be given zero marks in a school biology exam. One such is, 'the immune system senses the wound as a hole in our body that has to be filled in.'
One of the researchers whose work is cited in connection with immunology and cancer has had to write a letter of retraction to the Journal of Immunology.

I know from personal experience how vulnerable people with cancer can feel. It gives me no pleasure writing this review and I hope Ann will not suffer a recurrence; but this is a dangerous book in so far as it may deter people from seeking effective treatment.
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Initial post: 12 Oct 2014 22:52:21 BDT
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Zella says:
The author does state that not all doctors are aware of research studies around this topic which is true. The method worked for the author and if she feels its cured then for her it is. Bear in mind that the medical community still does not know alot about how the body works. I am sure the author did not write her book to pass a biology exam. One should always follow one's own wisdom and do the research but must pay attention to what your doctor tells you about your diagnosis. Conventional medicine has made great progress and continues to find novel therapies.
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