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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DK ADULT (April 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756628679
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756628673
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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". . . a fascinating and comprehensive new book." -- Martha Stewart Living Magazine, September 2007

About the Author

Richard Beliveau is a leading authority in the field of cancer research, among other things he is the director of the Molecular Medicine Laboratory, Haematology-Oncology Division, in the Charles-Bruneau Cancer Centre at Sainte-Justine Hospital, Montreal. Denis Gingras is an oncology researcher in the same hospital. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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I am a Cancer patient and recommend this book for EVERYONE.
Jeffrey Recor
The book is beautiful, and makes it easy to want to make healthier choices.
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Well written, easy to read, and packed with great information.
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115 of 119 people found the following review helpful By K. Ulrich on December 22, 2008
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I wish I had read this book many years ago, as I am now a cancer survivor. However, since I intend to do my best to prevent a recurrence, it is still extremely valuable. What one reads in this book can also be read from the reports of the major cancer conferences in the country, such as the recent San Antonio Breast Cancer Conference in December.

This book begins with one of the best explanations of cancer and how it develops in our bodies that I have ever read. (And I have read a lot!) As it continues, it then relates to how food is at least equal to, if not better, than resorting to medications. How many times have we heard to eat five servings of vegetables and fruits each day? Which of them or both is meant by that admonition? This book makes it clear which and how many, and most importantly, why. Beautifully illustrated, well written for the lay person, a valuable tool in the fight not only against cancer, but for good health!

Just a follow up note: I also purchased Recipes for Foods to Fight Cancer, a recipe book produced by the same authors with celebrity chefs producing recipes using the recommended foods. (After all, how many of us know how to fix seaweed?) However, while it is attractive and interesting, I would have preferred more simple, every day recipes, rather than gourmet recipes. Stick with Foods to Fight Cancer and you'll have all the information you need.
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143 of 152 people found the following review helpful By JBG on February 12, 2010
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Foods to Fight Cancer provides important information, but I advise you not to buy it. Far better, and definitely worth you money, is Anticancer--A New Way of Life.

FtFC is evidently a well-meaning but unsophisticated effort by laboratory researchers to write a book for popular consumption.

A book of fewer than 200 pages, FtFC has nearly 30 full-page color illustrations presenting virtually no useful information. For example, page 168 shows an attractive Asian child eating an orange, with a small caption recommending whole foods as superior to supplements. Almost ten more such pages include only a little information. For example, page 155 presents an "artistic" photo of a glass of wine along with four superimposed sentences.

Much space in the central eleven chapters recommending specific foods is taken up with historical and literary irrelevancies. For example, the discussion of green tea includes, among other things, a brief discussion of the Boston Tea Party, and a longer account of supposed historical reasons why Americans presently prefer black tea to green tea. At the other extreme, a fair amount of technical information is presented that is of no obvious use. For example, page 112 uses most of a page to present the chemical names and structural formulas for the principal polyphenols in green tea.

End-of-chapter summaries are a good idea, but in FtFC they are constrained by a Procrustean hexagon background so that all summaries are of about the same dimension no matter how much information might usefully have been included in a particular summary.

With irrelevancies removed and some careful editing, my guess is that the useful content of FtFC could be presented in a pamphlet of less than thirty pages.
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Elaina E. Jackson on April 18, 2009
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My husband is fighting pancreatic cancer, and we are looking to do everything possible to make him healthy. I purchased several books on anti-cancer foods, but this one was the one based mostly on research, fact and data. The others seemed more anecdotal and less based on solid information.

Although it is published in 2007, it still has great information. It is missing some newer information (i.e., Triphala & Capscaisin), but overall, it is the BEST resource out there that I have found (and I have been looking).

The authors explain the biology and chemistry behind their recommendations in an understandable and useful way. EXCELLENT BOOK. You should buy it even if you are healthy, as it will show you how to prevent cancer as well.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Scott Rae on July 22, 2009
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One other reviewer thought he/she had listed all the anti-cancer foods mentioned in the book. It turns out that there were many more foods mentioned.

I like this book because it:
1. tells how phytochemicals work to stop cancer. For example, by inducing apoptosis or preventing angiogenesis.
2. it lists specific foods
3. it tells what phytochemicals are in what foods

The third is important because it allows the reader to create a search string that contains the phytochemical's name, the word "cancer", and the initials "NIH". Doing a Google search using the string "kaempferol cancer NIH" will find several scholarly articles such as:
"Kaempferol induces apoptosis in ovarian cancer cells through activating p53 in the intrinsic pathways".
BTW, kaempferol is found in capers. You find this out by looking at Table 22. The searches will also reveal that there are a couple of spelling typos in the table. Fortunately, Google is more than willing to give you a correct spelling. A Wikipedia search for kaempferol will also find more foods that contain kaempferol.

As a footnote, we also have the book "Anti-cancer A New Way of Life" which is recommended by other reviewers and commenters. It is the book that mentioned Richard Beliveau. I like it also, but if I could afford only one, I would choose Beliveau's book for its greater scientific usefulness.
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