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Useful recipes but the breast cancer section is infuriating.
on 12 July 1999
After reading the first five pages I selected in this book I ripped out the chapter about breast cancer and I drew large Xs through the other narrative pages. As a breast cancer survivor (5 years after quadrectomy and radiation - Dartmouth/Mary Hitchcock Medical Center) I feel qualified to comment that McDougall's words are negative, discouraging, and, in my opinion, inaccurate and possibly dangerous. I am very grateful I didn't read them while I was searching for the correct treatment for me; I would have been devastated by his attitude. I did share his words with the radiation oncologist with whom I still consult and she too was concerned about his blase' attitude toward breast self examination and mammograms. "No mammograms after age 70"???????? Statistically we are more and more vulnerable to this disease as we age. My life was saved by a routine mammogram and I'd had one just a year before. I am appalled by this M.D.'s treatment of the subject and I wonder why the American Cancer Society, major breast cancer centers, and knowledgeable breast cancer physicians haven't publicized his errors and/or tackled his publisher or Dr. McD. Why did I draw large Xs through the other narrative pages? Well, if the information in the other sections are as misleading and inaccurate as those relating to breast cancer then I won't read them and I don't want anyone else to do so either.