AntiCancer, by David Servan-Schreiber, M.D., Ph.D

I was given this book by Nancy Vonk almost as soon as I was diagnosed. A doctor who is diagnosed with a brain tumour, relies heavily on the prevailing science to “cure” him. A second brain tumour is all the enccouragement he needs to lok for alternative solutions to the cancer dilema.

The journey takes him primarily in the direction of diet and the harmonisation of the body. According to the good doctor, we all have cancer cells in our bodies. The difference between most people and the 25% in whom cancer cells find a willing environment, are variables that help cancer cells grow and multiply. One of these is inflamation of tissues. This is facilitated by diet as well as stress for instance.

A diet is prescribed, as is a change in lifestyle. Eating good foods as opposed to bad ones. Amongst the bad lot are:

  • white sugar
  • white flour
  • Non-organic red meat and eggs
  • Chicken skin
  • Skins of non-organic fruits
  • Oils: Sunflower, Soy, Corn
  • Non-organic fruits and vegetables
  • Fried foods
  • Hydrogenated oils
  • Potatoes
  • White rice (though not Basmati, thank God!)
  • Sweetened drinks, which includes all commercial drinks
  • Alcohol, except for one glass of wine per day taken with a meal

Amongst the good lot:

  • Green tea
  • Dark chocolate with over 70% cocoa
  • Agave nectar (instead of sugar)
  • Lentils, peas, beans, sweet potatoes, yams
  • Oatmeal, muesli, All.Bran, Special K
  • Natural fruits, specially blueberries, raspberries, cherries

The book provides a long list of various foods that are good and what makes them good.

The book delves quite a bit in changing your mind set. Becoming more serene, getting rid of anger, resolving past issues and so on. A lot of meditation, yoga and anything that brings the mind state closer to the body state.

All in al, an excellent read. I would go so far as to say, a must read.

One Response to “AntiCancer, by David Servan-Schreiber, M.D., Ph.D”

  1. I would love to read that book. I've missed you. Btw, I have my own blog, now.

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