Anticancer A New Way of Life

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Anticancer A New Way of Life by David Servan-Schreiber MD PhD

#CancerBookClub Date: Sunday, December 18, 2016 


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    Anti-Cancer Club / September 6, 2016 at 1:34 pm /Reply

    I am looking forward to this book. It’s one of my all time favorites! Chime in on the conversation as you start reading. Looking forward to a great discussion!

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    Paula Smithard / September 12, 2016 at 11:46 am /Reply

    Also looking forward to it

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    Anti-Cancer Club / September 12, 2016 at 12:58 pm /Reply

    This book is, in many ways, my bible for healthy anticancer living. It’s well researched (the footnotes alone are worth a read!); it’s a compelling personal story; and it offers a sense of control.

    Cancer takes away our sense of control over life. Anti-Cancer shows the path to regaining control through our daily choices. David Servan-Schreiber makes a compelling case for taking charge.

    About the same time this book was originally published, Dean Ornish, MD at UCSF also published a very compelling study on life style choices and cancer outcomes (in men with prostate cancer). He lays out the case for nutrition, exercise, stress management and social connection impacting the up and down regulation of over 500 genetic variables!

    I think Anticancer A New Way of Life offers compelling evidence for ALL OF US, whether we have cancer or not, to re-evaluate our choices and our lives, to consciously craft a healthier path for living.

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    Anti-Cancer Club / September 30, 2016 at 2:09 pm /Reply

    From the book:

    “It was a few years after my first operation, and everything seemed to be back to normal…I lunched almost daily on chili con carne, a plain bagel, and a can of Coke–an assortment that in retrospect strikes me as an explosive combination of white flour and sugar, together with animal fats loaded with omega-6s, hormones and environmental toxins. Like most people who have had a first alert with cancer…I chose to treat my illness like a bout of pneumonia or a broken bone.”

    Do you think many people feel this way? For me, being given a diagnosis that was “incurable” I was immediately motivated to address my terrain. Does it take a relapse to get people’s attention? What impact has a diagnosis had on you?

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    Stephie Zimmerman / September 30, 2016 at 6:33 pm /Reply

    In my opinion, diagnoses of a chronic nature lead to one of two resultant attitudes: victim/immobilization or agent/able to act. One is either immobilized, thus a victim or one has the agency to act in his/her own best interest (take charge, ownership, responsibility).

    Perceived threats to our lives (wake up calls) create a limited window of opportunity (personal opinion) to accomplish real change in the areas of our lives; however, it is the few who will ‘do the knowledge’, then act upon it. Sadly, it is the even fewer healthcare providers who are equipped and/or committed to educating individuals on these topics.

    “You can remove the tumor, but unless you change the conditions that nurtured its creation in the first place it can simply start again somewhere else in the body.” ~Avinoam Lerner, ‘The New Cancer Paradigm’

  6. Stephie
    Stephie / November 26, 2016 at 2:20 pm /Reply

    “In Chinese the notion of ‘crisis’ is written as a combination of the two characters: ‘danger ‘ and ‘opportunity’.Cancer is so threatening that its effect is blinding; it is harder for us to grasp its creative potential.”

    How appropriate as cancer is most certainly inherently dangerous, yet it also presents the affected individuals with the opportunity to take action in the face of said danger. I choose to believe that we are not at the mercy of cancer rather we are uniquely positioned to influence so many aspects of it.

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    Anti-Cancer Club / November 27, 2016 at 9:34 am /Reply

    We don’t control much in life, but we do control how we choose to react. We can choose to have the glass be “half full”; we can make healthy choices; we can choose to go within to find what is true for us. Beyond the blinding fear of cancer there can be a rich appreciation of life. As Robin once noted, cancer isn’t the gift; life is the gift. Sometimes it takes cancer for us to see it.

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    Robin / November 28, 2016 at 8:05 am /Reply

    Re-reading this book for the first time since diagnosis, I find myself reacting and resonating strongly to the material. His last book “Not the last Goodbye” was so moving, and I reflect on his seminal “Anticancer” differently knowing how his life unfolded afterward. In this book he is open about much but discreet about much – in “Not the Last Goodbye” he shares all this thoughts, including confusion and doubt. I have so, so much respect for this man. He gave us all guidance, and not just about lifestyle, but about opening our hearts to the universe.

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    Anti-Cancer Club / December 2, 2016 at 6:17 pm /Reply
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    Anti-Cancer Club / December 6, 2016 at 3:29 pm /Reply

    I think one of the most powerful lessons of this book is that it really is up to the individual patient to take charge of their health. Doctors’ medical knowledge is usually isolated to their narrow specialty. They simply have no knowledge of the patient experience; the emotional rollercoaster; anticancer nutrition; the importance of exercise; the reality of side effects, etc, etc, etc.

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