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220 of 223 people found the following review helpful
on July 17, 2004
I bought this book because a friend of ours has prostate cancer and I wanted to be more informed. There are a lot of titles on the "shelf" in this area - nutrition and cancer, vitamins, supplements, megadoses, minerals, what to eat and what not to eat. Some of them have extraordinary claims for cures. There are a lot of philosophies on diet, which doesn't help a cancer patient when they need sound information rather than opinions and beliefs about food. Perhaps there would be less of this confusion if conventional medical treatment started to use nutrition as a part of mainstream cancer treatment.
I must say that I am really pleased with this book. As I get into it, the content gets better and better - a sign of a well informed and thorough piece of work. Dr Blaylock is very realistic about his purpose and doesn't make extraordinary claims. Instead he systematically reveals & explains the current research about vitamins and supplements, always in the context of cancer. He has a prevailing view that "fresh is best" and qualifies this. It seems to me he also has a hopeful tone, which is sometimes missing from practitioners.
I have always been interested in the findings and ideas of Dr Linus Pauling (eg see ISBN 094015921 and ISBN 0380702894) and also Dr Abram Hoffer (eg see ISBN 1550820788). Pauling has been decried by some (though the results of these two doctors' work speak for themselves). For me, this book represents in part a confirmation of their ideas, although the book is less prescriptive than the above and has a broader perspective on diet.
One of the central themes in this book is the immune system, and how to strengthen it. Blaylock is careful to indicate where certain foods or supplements actually encourage rather than inhibit cancer growth. He is also good at providing ammunition for the patient to be able to face some of the resistance that arises from physicians who are dubious about the role and value of nutrition in treatment.
I gave this book four stars not five, for a couple of reasons. If there had been a summary or tables or suggested outline programme to help the patient construct their own nutrition regime, this would have hit the bell! As it stands, I will dig through the chapters and index to glean a summary of points to put into an action plan. I was also hoping to find a website with some level of currency and discussion about the book - patients asking questions, an updated resource list, general advice, a blog perhaps, or supplemental material. In a word, 'support'. (See [...]
Overall, a very good book: readable, thorough, very comprehensive, practical and a good reference - recommended.
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167 of 170 people found the following review helpful
Dr. Blaylock has gathered all the information you need to understand the importance of combining natural substances with your cancer treatment. He describes all chemotherapy drugs in great detail.

I was lucky enough to discover this book just as I was leaving home to travel to Fort Worth, Texas. I was going there to help a young man convince his ex-wife that nine different chemo drugs were not going to cure their 7-year old son of his leukemia without supplementation with natural substances. While my wife drove, I read Dr. Blaylock's book. It was as if he were speaking directly to me and the ex-wife. He explained, for example, that none of the drugs being used on Jeffrey had ever been tested together for harmful synergies. None of them had ever been tested on children.

When I gave Dr. Blaylock's book to the ex-wife at the courthouse in Fort Worth, I said a prayer that she would read it. She did. She withdrew her case against her ex-husband and they worked out a natural regimen for Jeffrey. It worked. Within a few weeks, Jeffrey was back to normal after being near death. I atrribute his survival to the information in this book.

Bill Henderson

Author, "Cure Your Cancer"

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96 of 98 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2006
this book is astonishing in it's clarity and logical (and fairly current c 2003) presentation of many, many practical and simple things to do nutritionally and supplementally to support the cancer patient to help their body fight the cancer. All the author's claims seem to have solid references provided. I have done health research for a few years and this book stands out as probably the best (true and useable) I've ever seen. I'm particularly keen on this subject as my dear mother recently was diagnosed with breast cancer. I'd recommend this book to anyone. It is true,

"eat your broccoli", but also many practical recommendations are made on supplements to take some of them new to me, and info is provided where to get them also. This book is a one-of-a-kind, must read for anyone concerned with overcoming (or avoiding) cancer. Buy the book for your loved one or yourself, as soon as possible. The word I have for this book is astonishing. I marked mine up a lot to underline key things. There's so much there.

Thanks for oppty to post my review. John Shell, Virginia
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100 of 103 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2009
I have been in the Medical field (RN, ER & ICU)for about 40 years. I am SO TIRED of watching you people DIE! I don't care what disease you have..the best way of helping yourself is through YOUR DIET! It is scientific and it is documented! Most Doctors don't know...don't believe it..and won't tell you..after all...there is no profit in it! If you have a Doc that does...KEEP HIM/HER! About this book...take the word 'Cancer', out, and put any disease or condition in place of it...this is about cleaning yourself up so your body can heal itself. (Did you know most cancer patients die from 'malnutrition', NOT cancer!!! WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!SAVEYOURSELF! This book tells you how to do it. Please pass this info along, you might save someone you care about.
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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful
My 43 year old husband was recently diagnosed with terminal lung cancer as a result of his radiation treatment 10 years ago for his Hogkins lymphoma. He underwent 4 months of chemo and also was fortunate to consult with a oncology nutritionist who recommended various supplements, some used in Europe for cancer therapy and not classified there as "supplements". My husband has the rarest type of lung cancer and it is typically described as the least responsive to chemo. The supplements recommended by the nutritionist target tumor supression, and angiogenesis (the ability of a tumor to create it's own blood vessels and spread). I bought this book because I was wowed and awed by another book of his, "Nutrional secrets that will save your life", or something like that. That the author is a neurosurgeon got my attention as someone I could likely trust to adequately research what supplements are effective for cancer. The book is easy to read and explains the action of the cancer fighting supplements, and is appropriate for readers without a medical background. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in learning how to not only safely fight cancer (and without all the side effects of Western medicine) but also how to prevent cancer and increase their overall immune system.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2010
In January, 2009, my 84 year old mother was diagnosed with a localized, stage 1 lung cancer that was treated with targeted radiation. The tumor was not eradicated but it shrank from 5 cm to 2 cm and PET scans showed a low SUV (measure of cancer activity.)

In April, 2010, the PET scan showed that the primary tumor had not grown, but that there was a new small tumor, and the SUV measure (measures degree of cancer activity) was high. Her oncologist chose not to treat but to monitor.

This was the perfect opportunity to implement Dr. Blaylock's recommendations, along with those of Dr. David Servan-Schreiber (his book is entitled Anticancer)to see if the cancer could be stablized by supplements and nutrition alone. I'm happy to report that my mother's next PET scan four months later showed stabilization of tumor, no further growth, along with reduction of SUV measure from 10.2 to 7.3.

I whole heartedly believe in Dr. Blaylock's philosophy of cancer treatment, which is combining conventional and alternative treatments. During my mother's radiation treatment, I also implemented Dr. Blaylocks protocol, which was aimed at enhancing the effects of radiation while protecting other tissues.

Be forewarned, however, the Dr. Blaylock's book is not well organized. The chapters on protocols for specific treatment (i.e. what do do if receiving chemotherapy or radiation) are pretty straightforward but the rest of the book is not. It is impossible to follow his recommendations 100%, or else you would be taking so many supplements that you would have no room for food. It takes careful study and decision making on your part.

But I give the book five stars because I believe it is prolonging my mother's life and enhancing the quality of her life.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2007
I so far have taken one piece of advice from this book and it has improved my quality of life so much that I can't wait to try more.

I am undergoing some really rough chemo treatments. Round 1 chemo left me achy and pretty much in bed for most of a week. My doctor told me there was nothing they could do for the fatigue. I looked at Dr. Blaylock's book and he recommended a supplement called Propax with NT Factor. I started taking it (with my doctor's permission) a few days before round 2 Chemo and the improvement is remarkable.

Dr. Blaylock also gives a lot of advice for any number of chemo side effects as well as ways of fighting cancer with nutrition. My advice is to buy this book - it is well worth it's price.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2007
I wish I had read this book before I went through radiation and chemo. Even so, it has been a tremendous help to me in controlling my metastatic disease. It really gave me hope and a feeling of empowerment. It changed my life and very well may prove to have been a major turning point for the better in my health.

I have a fairly good science background so this book was a piece of cake for me to comprehend. However, many folks might find a few of the medical words a bit technical. If so, just move on. The big words are not essential to understanding the important points. You will get some very valuable information from this book.

Thank you Dr. Blaylock.
L. Cole, working on getting my MS in nutrition at age 52.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2009
I'm not a cancer survivor; and don't want to be! That's why I got this book. To minimize my risk of having cancer.
I'm a fan of Dr. Blaylock and have seen him talk on this and other subjects. He is not only well qualified but communicates on an understandable level without being condescending. The technical stuff is there complete with references if you want to search it out. He is not the typical pill-pusher we've all been to. He understands as well as any doctor or biochemist how the body functions and the intricate interactions that take place. He firmly believes that a person must take charge of their health and not just leave it up to others.
This book is not only well written, it is well organized with a good index and useful appendices. It is also not a three-ring circus act selling miracle tonics like you often see on TV. An excellent guide for better health and a longer life.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2008
THIS IS THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ. IT IS VERY EASY TO READ AND UNDERSTAND. HE GOES INTO DETAIL ABOUT VITAMINS AND SUPPLIMENTS AND THE CORRECT FORMS TO BUY. THAT WAY YOU DONT WASTE TIME TAKING VITAMINS THAT YOUR BODY ISNT ABSORBING. MY DAUGHTER HAS BRAIN CANCER AND I FOUND THIS BOOK TO BE EQUIVELANT TO A CANCER BIBLE. I THINK EVERYONE WHO HAS HAD CANCER OR WHO HAS CANCER NOW OR EVEN WANTS TO PREVENT THEMSELVES FROM GETTING THIS DEADLY DISEASE SHOULD GET THIS BOOK. IT WAS SO INTERESTING I READ THIS 300 PAGE BOOK IN LESS THAN 2 DAYS! MUST HAVE!!!!!!
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