Anti-Cancer, A New Way of Life

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 a 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
  • Olive oil
  • Dairy products mainly from animals fed on grass
  • 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
  • Clean environment
2018-01-23T15:29:27+00:00 January 8th, 2018|Living Beyond|

About the Author:

Judy Fitzgerald holds a BS in Chemistry from Providence College. She also serves as a Consumer Advocate for the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Grant Program and is a Ford Warrior in Pink.