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Keane, a nutritionist, cancer survivor, and coauthor of the best-selling Juicing for Life (Avery, 1992), and Chase, a natural-health writer and nutrition educator, describe the body's physical components and how nutrition affects physical function. They then present types of cancers and detail how the cancers insinuate themselves into body structures. The authors' proposed nutritional therapy is designed to deny cancer the food elements it requires for growth while strengthening the body against the disease and the rigors of its treatments. Recommendations are made for nutritional supplements, food preparation, and managing the side effects of treatment. Specific diets for overweight and underweight individuals and those on chemotherapy and radiation therapy are also incorporated. Although the book is complex in subject, the authors present excellent analogies and information. Their clearly written book goes beyond Eileen Behan's Cooking Well for the Unwell and Rachel Keim and Ginny Smith's What To Eat Now: The Cancer Lifeline Cookbook (both in LJ 5/1/96) in nutritional information but doesn't include the recipes and specific diets contained in those titles. An excellent complement to either work.?Janet M. Schneider, James A. Haley Veterans Hosp., Tampa, Fla.
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Improved dietary habits can support cancer treatment programs; yet too few cancer guides provide much information on just what kind of diet should be followed. Enter this title, written by two licensed nutritionists and focusing on foods which reduce toxicity from chemotherapy and increase the body's recovery process. From supplement "dos and don'ts" to insights on natural foods, this covers many topics. -- Midwest Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 2 edition (October 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071473963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071473965
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I purchased this book for my sister in January of 2000, two days after she was diagnosed with Stage 4 small-cell lung cancer. She began chemotherapy treatments the next week, and simultaneously begin eating exclusively through the plan in this book. Throughout the course of her treatments which have just ended this past month (May 2000) she never once got even the least bit nauseated and her energy level allowed her to remain active, missing only three days of work the entire course of treatment. Her blood levels remained consistently "at the high end of normal", she was never hospitalized nor required blood transfusions. She never lost her appetite,in fact, she eats what seems to be continually, and she lost approximately 20-lbs, which was due to better eating habits following the plan in this book. She ever once wavered from the plan in this book, everything was done to precision. Her last oncology visit, a week ago today, showed the cancer in two places had disappeared. The tumor in her lung had shrunk from 8 centimeters to 3. She begins radiation next week, which her oncologist says "we are going to shrink the remnants of the tumor into nothing but scar tissue". Her doctors and staff are amazed at the way she has accepted the chemo & how she has totally turned this around, which she attributes to her strong faith in God, strong family support and this book that provided the tool of nutrition. She has never looked more radiant and healthy in all her "50-something" years. What began as a very dismal prognosis, now has her doctors constantly quizzing her about how she has stayed in such marvelous condition. Full remission is on the horizon, and we owe alot of it to this book. It was a God-send, and I highly recommend it.
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Having had the opportunity to hear Daniella Chase talk about the value of soy proteins and phytochemicals, as well as a variety of other topics, I can emphasize that the book doesn't approach the subject from a touchy feely or "eat what you want" approach. Instead, using the best and recent studies showing cancer-fighting and general-health benefits of specific categories and subcategories of food (like soy and cruciferous vegetables, to name toon), the authors provide a solid basis on which a cancer patient (like myself) can make good nutritional choices while going through a period that can feature nausea, lack of appetitite, and general inactivity.

If I were a better patient, I'd eat exclusively from the items in this book, prepared according to their companion recipe book.

The book is not quite incidentally a great introduction to how the body works, how it processes food, and how cancer derives nutrition in order to grow. The short story: no fried foods, no alcohol, no processed sugar, no simple carbos; limited meat. Do eat legumes, phytochemical-containing vegetables and fruits, soy, fish, and lots of protein.

This book has helped me considerably in keeping myself healthy during chemotherapy without sacrificing nutrition.
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This book has been very useful as I go through chemo. Although I have had some nausea, with the help of this book, I have energy, and am able to keep exercising, and keep teaching even in the midst of chemo.
This is not a fluffy book. The first sections are the best guide in micro and macro-nutruients for the layperson that I have read. (I should explain that I have a teaching license for biology, physics, and chemistry.) The recommended diets made my doctors perk up and smile, and nod and strongly agree.
The one caveat is that the supplementation information has not been updated to include some of the most recent research - other than that this book is the first resource I recommend.
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If you're lost and trying to learn about which foods a cancer patient needs to eat....This is the book for you. I had to figure out what I was going to feed someone with cancer who did not want to eat. I knew that whatever he was going to eat would be a part of his treatment plan. So each morsel should be the best one that I could choose. This book explains everything you'll need to know on the subject. It will give you insight as to what's going on from the prospective of the cancer patient as well. A wonderful reference...Thank you!
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Despite its 1996 copyright this is a great resource! After reading several books on nutrition and cancer this is the one I continue to use for ongoing reference. It is not an easy read but explains thoroughly the physiology and chemistry of food components and nutrients. This is a very useful guide and far more helpful than any other resource I've read, including "Beating Cancer with Nutrition" by guru P. Quilin.
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I'm very surprised to see the wide range of reviews for this book as it was exactly what I've been looking for. Thankfully, I received it as a gift from one of the nurses on my oncology team at the research hospital where I am a patient for chemotherapy, etc.

Be forewarned, there is such a variety of books out there and everyone is going to be handing you cookbooks and advice. The problem I encountered was that little of the content in these was clinically proven and I was disappointed that there wasn't more coming out of the American Cancer Society or the American Dietary Association that was as helpful and relevant as this book.

As such, when I started reading the introductory chapter that discuss cancer at the cellular level -- where cancer begins -- and then gets into how cancer progresses from a cell into a tumor that then disrupts an organ's entire system, followed by Chapter 3, "Cancer: When Good Cells Go Bad" and Chapter 4 "The Body Strikes Back," this was just the context I was looking for to understand what the context and role of food is in cancer. So, for me, the first half of the book was very helpful. However, I can understand how others -- maybe not wanting that detailed of a background -- might be a bit perplexed at the approach. However, they should just skip the first half and begin with Chapter 5 "Carbohydrates and Cancer.
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