October 27 – Strategy 27 – Anti-Cancer, A New Way of Life
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I sought out any and all books published by survivors who had successfully overcome their cancers. One of my favorites and perhaps the most useful with regards to diet and lifestyle strategies
was Anti-Cancer, A New Way of Life by David Servan-Schreiber, a dedicated scientist and doctor. When David was diagnosed with brain cancer, his life was completely changed. His book chronicles his 20-year battle with brain cancer and why the traditional Western diet creates the conditions for this disease. As a result, he developed a science-based anticancer diet. Many people with cancer have adopted David’s book as their bible for survival. So have I.
Here is an excerpt from David’s book describing his research process:
"I spent months researching the healing powers of food before I fully grasped my own natural cancer-fighting potential. I met with a variety of researchers, scoured medical databases, and combed scientific publications. I traveled all over the world and consulted experts from nearly every continent."
"The first thing I learned is that we all carry cancer cells in us, even if only a few. But we also have natural defenses that usually prevent these cells from becoming an aggressive disease. These defenses include our immune system; the bodily functions that control inflammation; and foods that reduce the growth of blood vessels needed by tumors."
I highly recommend that anyone diagnosed with cancer purchase David’s book.
I keep it close at hand and reference it continually.
I have already spoken of many of David’s strategies in previous blogs, but here is a good summary:
Inflammation aggravators (which can lead to cancer):
Traditional Western diet
white bread and pasta
Red meat, raised industrially
Oils rich in omega-6 fatty acids
(corn, sunflower, safflower, soy)
Dairy products from industrially raised livestock (especially full fat)
Eggs from industrial farming hens fed corn and soy beans
Unmanaged stress, anger and depression
Less than 20 minutes of physical activity per day
Cigarette smoke, atmospheric pollution, domestic pollutants
Inflammation reducers (help prevent cancer):
Mediterranean, Indian and Asian cuisine
Wholewheat bread and pasta
Organic meat from animals fed on grass or with
flaxmeal, eaten at most three times a week
Dairy products mainly from animals fed on
Eggs of hens raised in a natural environment
or fed flaxmeal
Laughter, lightheartedness, serenity
A 50-minute walk three times a week or 30
minutes six times a week
Unfortunately, although keeping his cancer at bay for 20 years, which was unimaginable for his type of cancer, Dr. Servan-Schreiber, passed away on July 24, 2011.
For more information: http://www.anticancerbook.com/
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To see all the tips for prevention, or purchase my book, A Teacher’s Journey…What Breast Cancer Taught Me, go to www.sisters4prevention.com.