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Anticancer: A New Way of Life Paperback – 6 Jan 2011
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My belief is that diet has played an important part in my survival (Bruce, Prostate cancer survivor, Sussex (amazon.co.uk))
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About the Author
David Servan-Schreiber, M.D., Ph.D, is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and cofounder of the Centre for Integrative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre. His first book The Instinct to Heal was an international bestseller and France's bestselling non-fiction book of the year in 2004, selling over 600,000 copies in the trade edition alone.
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David Servan-Schreiber explains that "the median is not the message" - that life needn't be short after cancer is diagnosed and the odds can be greatly improved by altering the "terrain" ... the context in which cancer exists. For example, do the right things (e.g., eat green tea and turmeric, take exercise) and avoid the wrong things (e.g., stress, red meat, trans-fats, sugar, white flour, pesticides) so the growth and spread of tumours is discouraged or stopped. The book discusses a broad range of diet and other e.g., attitudinal ideas; at times it's a smorgasbord of possibilities. Amongst interesting arguments, the author says: the balance of omega-3 fatty acids to omega-6 fatty acids has changed post-WW2 (we now get too much omega-6 e.g., because cows are less grass-fed) which increases the incidence of cancer; and there are synergistic gains from using beneficial foods (e.g., in one study tomatoes and broccoli, in another green tea and mushrooms) in combination.
I bought Anticancer partly because I wanted to know if it said anything about acid-alkaline balance (which is about atomic structure, oxygenation, oxidation, pH) and ORP (oxygen reduction potential) given there is research arguing cancers like sugar but not alkali. Servan-Schreiber doesn't mention acidity/alkalinity and ORP though he talks about detox. In summary, I think it's wise to drink alkaline water because - amongst its effects - there is increasing evidence it discourages cancer; it's an easy way of (tweaking the body's acid balance helping it to detoxify and) augmenting whatever other changes are made to the terrain.