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The Eden Prescription: The war on cancer is not what you think... Paperback – October 15, 2010
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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What if there was a sophisticated cocktail of nutritional supplements and Chinese herbs, that could cure most, if not all cancers? A cocktail that had no significant side effects, was inexpensive, and dramatically outperformed every pharmaceutical drug on the market? Would the pharmaceutical industry applaud this cure, stop selling cancer drugs, and move on to other things? Or would they use their billions, their lobbyists, their profit-above-all-else mentality to discredit the cure, destroy the recipe, and otherwise lie, cheat, steal, and murder their way back to the front and center of the war on cancer? This not-so-impossible scenario is the core premise of The Eden Prescription, a whirling dervish of a novel that keeps the reader turning the pages with impeccable dialogue, relentless action, believable characters, up-to-date science, great conspiracy theories, and lots of really old money and priceless antiques. Dr. Elliot Lindell, the novel's protagonist, is a brilliant, ultra-wealthy, renegade scientist on the edge of inventing a world-changing cancer cure and computer model. The three-dimensional model simulates cancer cells dying under the influence of his quintessential mixture of Israeli pomegranate extract, rare Thai ginger, vitamin D, Chinese herbs, and several other supplements. Annika Guthrie, his trusted protegee, is an attractive young graduate student who, as a teenage science prodigy, helped her cancer stricken father extend his life by several years using natural modalities. Though both abhor the industry, they ironically work for competing pharmaceutical companies that have no genuine interest in natural cures. There are several craven antagonists who belong to an exceedingly rich and powerful top secret organization with a dystopian plan to take over the world. They will stop at nothing to get Lindell's recipe and computer model before they get into the hands of suffering cancer patients, and destroy one of the most profitable rackets in history. The good guys are only slightly less unconscionable, but want to keep Lindell and Annika alive for their own exploitative purposes. Both sides have an endless supply of ex special-forces mercenaries with a stellar collection of high-tech guns, bulletproof Range Rovers, speedboats, helicopters, and an aerosol can that sprays an undetectable heart-stopping mist. This is an exceptional piece of fiction. Anyone who knows someone with cancer, or has an interest in natural cures is going to thoroughly enjoy this book, as are fans of conspiracies, mysteries, thrillers, science, computers, and even lovers of romance.
Patty Sutherland -- ForeWord Clarion Review, November 3, 2010: Five Stars (out of Five)
Sinister forces stop at nothing to squelch a medical breakthrough in this adrenalized thriller. You'd think everyone would rejoice over a cure for cancer, but if it's a cheap and un-patentable cure, shadowy interests that profit from cancer treatments may find it more of a threat than a boon. That's what Annika Guthrie and Elliott Lindell, researchers for competing pharmaceutical companies working on concurrent trials for rival chemotherapy drugs, didn't count on. As alternative medicine enthusiasts, the pair have teamed up to secretly give their patients a cocktail of natural supplements and plant extracts formulated by Elliott's brilliant computer model of cancer cells. Annika's joy over the resulting miraculous remissions turns to dismay when said patients start dying off in suspicious accidents. But that's par for the course in a medical-industrial complex where every slovenly lab tech is a spy and paramilitary squads are a cost of doing business. Soon everyone is after Elliott's model, including Russian assassin Sydney (née Stalina) and a sinister outfit known as The Trust that is led by a never-seen man named Smoke whose cigarette-hoarsened voice on speaker-phone tirades suggests a looming need for the cure. Assisted by Annika and her long-suffering husband Peter, Elliott pinballs around the world on a complex and not quite coherent plan to save his life's work (and his life). The author includes a bibliography on natural cancer treatments, but Elliott's all-important cancer model is mainly a MacGuffin that propels a frenetic plot that makes no more sense than is strictly necessary. (One character hits on a strategy so sane and obvious--publicize the formula and sell it out of a Tijuana clinic--that you just know it will end badly.) Fortunately, Evers is a skillful writer who expertly choreographs a sprawling cast of colorful characters. He balances nifty oncology procedural with suspenseful intrigue and taut action scenes that teeter between agonizing stand-offs and jolting shocks. The result is an engrossing, well-paced thriller that will keep your heart rate up. An entertaining debut that's just what the doctor ordered. -- Kirkus Starred Review, November 8, 2010
About the Author
Ethan Evers has a PhD in Applied Science and received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. Working for over ten years in Product Development in a Fortune Global 500 company, he is the inventor of technologies covered by over thirty patents granted internationally. Ethan became intrigued by natural medicine when a family member used it to hold her cancer at bay for years before finally succumbing to the terrible disease. After years of researching the subject, he became appalled at how the cancer industry and a very complicit mass media appear to be underreporting-if not ignoring-an ever increasing mass of bona-fide science which supports alternative and natural medicine, even when that science is published in peer-reviewed medical journals. Ethan has worked and lived in the United States, Japan, and Canada, and currently lives in Europe with his family. The Eden Prescription is his first book.
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This is not the kind of mystery that I ordinarily choose; however, I found this an interesting medical thriller that held my attention through the end. I did find that I skipped quite a few paragraphs in almost every chapter. There are numerous flashbacks and characters; therefore, a little backtracking is sometimes necessary to remember which character is which. There are many bad guys in this adventurous story of treachery, violence and.....a cure for cancer that does not include bottled chemicals.....but does use herbs and plants.
This is pharmaceutical/botanical mafia with lots of full blown violence and murder. In fact, if one is squeamish about such things then don't read the book!
The story takes you to places all over the globe, with violence at every corner. It keeps you guessing to the near end if the heroes and heroines will survive. Some do....some don't. Will their quest for finding a natural cure for cancer succeed?
In the same eye opening medical field, try Vaccine Nation, from David Lender.