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How to Prevent and Treat Cancer with Natural Medicine Hardcover – September 30, 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 415 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover; 1St Edition edition (September 30, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573222224
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573222228
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #346,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This encyclopedic compendium of "natural" medicinal strategies offers encouragement and much sound advice to cancer patients and those seeking to ward off the disease. The authors, doctors of naturopathy, advocate complementing, not replacing, standard therapies with alternative therapies to prevent cancer, slow its progress and cope with the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. Their emphasis is on nutrition and diet, including vitamin and mineral supplements rich in antioxidants and heavy doses of herbal teas and fish oil, but they also cover acupuncture, hydrotherapy and massage. Their sober approach cites numerous medical studies, including those with conflicting results, to back up their claims, and warns readers when natural medicines are contraindicated or might interfere with standard medications. The sometimes bewildering amount of information is clearly summarized in bullet-pointed regimens tailored to specific kinds of cancer and treatment protocols, and accompanied with sample menus and recipes to make a low-fat, low-sodium, hot-dog-free (studies link the consumption of cured meats to childhood cancers such as leukemia) diet more palatable. While the scientific jury is still out on the efficacy of some of the authors' recommendations, their basic program-stop smoking and drinking, exercise, eat lots of whole grains, fruits and vegetables-is uncontroversial.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

More than 35 books on alternative or complementary treatments for cancer have been published in the last ten years, not including those on specific cancers, but this title stands out. Besides being exceptionally well written and researched, it is also very reader-friendly. Authored by four naturopathic physicians and endorsed by the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, the book begins with a discussion of how to prevent cancer with natural medicine and diet. A somewhat complicated cancer-risk self-assessment survey appears here. The second section covers responding to a cancer diagnosis and key questions to ask. A chapter on cancer-fighting natural products explores what the authors call "the super eight" and includes dosages of these compounds for specific cancers. The mind-body connection is also explored at length. The third section, which is the most useful in the book, addresses the use of natural medicines to help combat the side effects of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. The extensive appendixes include daily plans for preventing and beating cancer and recipes. Recommended for consumer health collections not already possessing a recent work on the topic. Valeria Long, Grand Valley State Univ. Lib. at the Van Andel Inst., Grand Rapids, MI
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Dr. Joseph E. Pizzorno, Jr., ND
President, SaluGenecists, Inc.
Editor, Integrative Medicine: A Clinician's Journal
President Emeritus, Bastyr University
Chair, Board of Directors, Institute for Functional Medicine
POB 25801
Seattle, WA 98165-1301
Phone: (206)368-5403
mail2@drpizzorno.com

Dr. Joseph E. Pizzorno, Jr., appointed by President Clinton in December 2000 to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy and by President Bush' administration to the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee in November 2002, is one of the world's leading authorities on science-based natural medicine. A physician, educator, researcher and expert spokesperson, Dr. Pizzorno is founding president of Bastyr University. He is Editor-in-Chief of Integrative Medicine: A Clinicians Journal, a member of the scientific review board of the Gateway for Cancer research and Vice-chair of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Functional Medicine. Licensed as a naturopathic physician in Washington State since 1975, he has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors for his academic, professional and public affairs leadership. Dr. Pizzorno is the co-author of the internationally acclaimed Textbook of Natural Medicine, the best-selling Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine (1,000,000 copies in six languages), and six other books.

Additional information about Dr. Pizzorno can be found at www.drpizzorno.com.

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72 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The author provides very detailed protocols for treating cancer
with natural substances. For instance, he recommends 100 mg. of polyerga for treating colon, breast and certain carcinomas.
Citrus pectin is cited for metastasis of breast, lung and melanomas. Protective fibers may be emulated by utilizing
Ip6 and Inositol. At least 6 factors are cited for a successful
diet protocol for cancer; namely, fruits/veggies, detox
formulas, minimizing pesticide exposure, omega 3 -fish oils,reduction of junk food intake and low salts. Various compounds
are helpful in dealing with cancer; namely curcomin at 200-400 mg and proteolytic enzymes. Maitake mushrooms may be used
for colon, lung, stomach, liver/bladder and brain cancers.
These are just a few of the cited protocols. There are many more.
This book provides a wealth of information directed to the
alternative medicinal protocols which supplant or complement
the conventional approaches. Some of the dietary protocols may be useful in post-chemotherapy nutrition plans. The Burzynski Clinic of Houston, Texas is cited as an important
alternative medicine resource for cancer patients.
This book is a worthy addition to any personal library.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Amalfi Coast Girl on April 9, 2006
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After having two close family members diagnosed with cancer I became very concerned about the nutritional and environmental links to the disease. When someone you love has kidney cancer and the doctors tell you that they don't know why it happened you have a tendency to panic. I set out to learn everything that I could about cancer and possible causes and/or techniques for prevention.

Being a hospital administrator with just under two decades I have tended to look at complementary medicine with a jaundiced eye. In my case traditional allopathic medicine didn't seem to have the answer, so I decided to look into all the available alternatives.

The book advocates a number of "natural supplements" that I have not introduced into our family. As someone that tries not to take medications due to their toxicity I choose to forgo these products. My particular medication phobia comes from having a good friend that is a pharmacist. If you don't have this particular phobia there is a lot of information about supplementation contained in the book.

The book does contain dietary suggestions that make a lot of sense. The general dietary guidelines are as follows: (increase your consumption of fish, whole grains, legumes, cabbage, vegetables, nuts, and fruits and; decrease your consumption of meats, dairy, total fat, saturated fats, refined sugar, total calories and alcohol.) It is difficult to argue with this advice. It just makes good sense for all of us.

There is an entire chapter in the book dedicated to making your body a hostile environment for the development of cancer. The principles that they outline would be healthy additions to most American's lifestyle.
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Michael Lyon on December 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover
As a physician striving to keep pace with the rapidly growing science behind natural medicine, I have always found Dr. Murray's writing to be highly trustworthy, practical and just really great reading. This book is an excellent resource for anyone struggling with cancer. I am recommending it to all of my cancer patients and I have begun to incorporate many of the books recommendations into my practice. Thanks Dr. Murray for a fantastic book!
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A. Christian on December 31, 2006
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This is a great book for anyone looking for a better healthy way to kill and fight off cancer. Plus this book actually gives you a complete cure for Cancer. If you have cancer or know someone who has it, they will treasure it as they beat cancer holistically rather than using chemo. I bought this book on the advice of my Nauropathic Doctor when I was diagnosed by an oncologist with having Stage 4 Terminal Cancer and had over 200 cancerous tumors in my body. I elected to go the alternative route and thank the Lord less than 7 months from the day I was diagnosed terminal Stage 4, I was and still am completely Cancer -Free.

Stop buying into the mumbo jumbo from the MD and the FDA which state only chemo and drugs kill cancer, there is a cure and this book tells all. Believe it, I did!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lauren D. Patterson on March 12, 2007
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I am currently in chemotherapy for breast cancer. This book is very informative about cancer prevention diets and post cancer prevention diets. PLEASE note there are some foods that are recommended to prevent cancer but that one should AVOID while under going chemotherapy (which this books will help you to identify). So, as long as you read carefully for your current status this is a wonderful book.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Charlyn Bernal on May 7, 2007
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I highly recommend this book if you are interested in preventing or supplementing your cancer treatment with natural medicine. It will save you lots of time in research. I also own and love Michael Murray's Encyclopedia of Healing Foods, another really great, well researched book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Karen Galasso on June 8, 2007
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I found this book to be very informative. As a Pharmacist, I do believe that certain medications are beneficial. However, I also believe in nutritious foods and exercise to be the foundation of a healthy body. This book is an educational tool, but not difficult to read. Enlightening!!
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