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How to Starve Cancer: Without Starving Yourself Paperback – September 26, 2018
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A monumental accomplishment. A strategy for surviving advanced cancer regardless of the tissue involved. Jane has done a great service to mankind!
Professor Thomas Seyfried, leading ocology researcher, author of Cancer As a Metabolic Disease--Thomas Seyfried, Author
- Item Weight : 1.4 pounds
- Paperback : 404 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0951951734
- ISBN-13 : 978-0951951736
- Dimensions : 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Agenor Publishing (September 26, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The despair, the anger, the hope, the plan, the future; it's all in this book. Every cancer patient, care-giver, a loved one should read this. Not only will it help you with a plan, it helps your soul. You will be able to relate with her stories. After reading it, I said to my husband, if Jane (as if I know her) can beat her cancer with 12 weeks to live, we should be able to beat yours.
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I was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in October 16. I was pretty much told there was a bit of palliative relief available but that I could expect to die within 2 years - if I was lucky. Lucky?! No cancer in my family and never thinking it would happen to me, I had nowhere to turn and on the heels of a damning prognosis I started searching for success stories, anything to help, scouring the internet for people who've turned this around. Truly petrified.
I came across Jane and her Facebook page a few months later and threw my out pouring of grief and confusion onto the page and I had so many helpful and genuinely positive responses that I actually finally felt maybe I wasn't doomed just yet. With the help and guidance of the page I managed to regain some control of my situation. Being able to pick the brains of real people is so helpful. Jane herself often comments and offers advice and is very much 'hands on' on the page too which is testament to how much she wants to help people.
I remember seeing her mention that there might be a book... of course we were all then desperate to read it!
It arrived on my kindle shortly after midnight on release day . I had waited up for it and I started it straight away.
Jane gives a true and honest account of what must've been a horrific time for her. You get drawn into Jane's story and you can't help but admire and be in awe of her tenacity and her absolute belief that she could beat her cancer. It's personal enough to feel her pain and certainly as a cancer sufferer to feel empathy for the despair of chemo side effects and having no hair etc but also its educational and I've already started reading it again with a pen and paper.
The second half of the book is the 'science' bit. This I had to read slowly to take it all in. Jane captures that perfect point between scientific and full of explanations but also straightforward and easy to follow.
I've already spotted areas in my own situation where I'm not doing things right and now I can understand those areas in a much more accessible way than just randomly googling and hoping to stumble across the answer.
I have drawn up my own 'spot of bother' chart, written a list of supplements to explore and started researching to find an integrative Dr to help me with dosing etc for optimal response.
It is not just a book, it's a cancer bible must have for anyone who isn't prepared to sit back and die just because a Dr has told them so. Many Drs could do with reading this book..
Next step for Jane - hopefully a clinic!
I was diagnosed with Stage 3c ('at least', as my Oncologist poetically put it!...), Ovarian/Peritoneal Cancer in July 2016; and I had my 1st Chemo'; whilst in hospital being 'drained' of malignant ascites the day before my birthday!!! after the unspeakable mind-numbing disbelief I was quickly 'swallowed up' in the Cancer virtual 'reality' world with rounds of Clinic and hospital appointments. I was given 6 IV treatments of 3 weekly Carboplatin/Paclitaxel, Chemotherapy
. At the end of my 4 months Chemotherapy I 'enjoyed' (I was on a 'high', having 'escaped' all the evil 'doings' that those drugs could have dumped on my compromised system) a brief respite before I had a complete Hysterectomy in January 2017, with an appendectomy thrown in for free! I recovered quickly and without
complications/serious side effects. Consequently I felt 'reborn' when 'It' was ALL OVER and I could just get on with my life; after all I (naively!) reasoned had I not kicked Breast Cancer's (stage 2B oestrogen receptive with 6 FEC Chemotherapy treatments followed by 4 weeks of Radiotherapy a subsequent Mastectomy?) ass in 2004 without a backward glance? Silly silly me!
The only thing I may say here is that grief,poor sleep patterns, CHOCOLATE, low thyroid and general dissatisfaction with one's life did NO
favours for yours truly.....enter my next and brand 'new' Cancer 12 years on!
My carefree 'Cancer-free' existence screeched to an unexpected and ungracious halt: at the beginning of this year, I had my recurrence 'It' re-visited me (actually the malevolent 'goblIns'/ aka stem-cells had NEVER left me had they?) and I was once more in the 'Ovarian-world' and starting the familiar rounds of Chemotherapy. I am still having Chemotherapy 8+ months on although I now have weekly 'taxol' having sustained 2 allergic reactions to Carboplatin.
Enough of moi and enter the INDOMITABLE J McLELLAND and her, to quote Professor Thomas Seyfried, 'monumental accomplishment'....
If I had NOT stumbled across such a book-although I would call it a silent but dynamic 'friend' constantly cheering you on - I KNOW that my Palliative Cancer would have the last word sooner rather than later, because my particular treatment options are rather sparse on the ground....
THIS is the power of Jane's gift and offering of both herself and ALL the scientific, Oncological, data and scrupulously, meticulously backed up information that she brings to bear on all who take the opportunity to avail themselves of nothing less than a dazzling vista that demonstrates the palpable, exciting hope and ultimately Cancer-free progression that her 'OFF LABEL DRUGS COMBO'; in conjuction with the low GI diet and careful 'relevant' supplementation can/does achieve!!! For the first time the previously hard to assimilate intricacies and the living realities that are 'multi-pathways', are mercilessly sliced open with the cool precision of any consummate surgeon and revealed to us non medical persons! Blimey! We can now truly be pro active with our treatments and beyond because we now 'have the power'!!!! If we so choose of course.
Since I started the Off Label Drugs Protocol at The Care Oncology Clinic, I have noticed 'changes' to my condition; without going into all the highly personal and 'delicate' details, I was having serious 'problems' in my pelvic region and in a relatively short period of time those symptoms have improved considerably! At first I thought it was just a 'coincidence' and that it was soley the 'taxol' that I was having but I am now convinced that the real improvement has been facilitated - aided and abetted by the 'taxol' - by the 3 off label drugs that I take: METFORMIN, DOXYCYCLINE, ATORVASTIN and 'VERMOX', alongside Jane's 'favourite' Berberine plus a few more others!
Finally I urge all you who have any reason whatsoever at all to want to read such a 10 STAR BOOK, then please DO if only for one reason; nothing short than A LIFE; of light and hope exists for those of us who have felt 'reigned in grief' and powerless with our prognosis and the inevitable that surely awaited; more Chemotherapy until the body just 'gave up the ghost'....Jane explains ALL this and so much more in a captivating and compassionate narrative
If 'Fortune favours the brave' , it unequivocably DID with THIS author !!!!
There's so much more in the book than that obviously. Including the huge motivational force that Jane transmits. To take responsibility - to get beyond the fear, anxiety, apathy, resignation, reliance on the standard of care alone, etc. It’s clear you and your team can beat this most threatening foe given the right knowledge and tools and confidence! Jane has provided the map to what is otherwise an unknown territory.
72% of the book is a biography of her journey - and whilst it is nice to learn of others' journeys so you can compare and share, I found this a little hard going and much of it unnecessary. I bought the book because of the title 'How to starve Cancer' and for it to be only a quarter of the actual content was very disappointing. It really should be re-titled 'My journey with Cancer and how i starved it' but I guess then, someone looking for practical help would not buy it, thereby reducing sales!
Like the author, 8 years ago, I spent months looking into my Cancer, various non-traditional treatment alternatives and new research, I would bombard my oncologist with questions about new research etc upon every meeting (to which, I might add, he was very accommodating). But while it is good to relate various possibilities to actual experiences etc this book is a bit much. Once it did get into the nitty gritty of actually starving cancer and the how-tos, for anyone currently faced with trying to defeat this monster, they would be faced with a difficult task to take the information and put it into effect. Basically, if you are currently fighting Cancer and what to take charge and be a foot soldier yourself and get into the battle rather than watch from the sidelines as doctors prescribe all their traditional treatments (all of which, without exception, are toxic to you as well as the Cancer) read other books before you read this one! I have read numerous books over the years, often gleaning some insight or practical advice from them but with this one, the first time I read it I found it confusing and overwhelming. It took a second read for it to be of any use to me (and this is coming from someone who has read many books, many research papers and several medical textbooks which are usually not easily available to the public).
The author made, what I see as, quite a flippant remark in: "Unlike others who wait until cancer returns before acting, I was proactive." I found this to be extremely harsh. A majority of cancer sufferers struggle with the diagnosis, then struggle with the reality of it all and their first point of call is traditional medicine which they then put their full trust in. After all, the 'cure' figures are good aren't they? After 5 years they get the all clear and believe their struggle is over and try to get on with life. Very few actually realise, that there is no real cure, certainly not one that is achieved after a one off treatment plan. For most the cancer will return and yes, while I agree with the author, that it is prudent to continue some sort of action plan yourself, for the majority this is not the case but only because they trust in the health system. I found the comment ill thought out and self-righteous. The minority who pursue a continued regimen against cancer, they usually end up writing books about it!! That should say a lot.
All of the curative suggestions in the book are through drugs in one form or another. This in itself can only lead to further problems. Long term use of prescription drugs, we know, leads to additional problems other than those symptoms the drugs are intended to treat. It would have been nice to know that some natural therapies had been followed. Something that is less harmful to the body and has potential long term possibilities to incorporate into your lifestyle.
In short, I would have to say. This is clearly the route the author took to attack and defend but personally I see little difference long term, between this and traditional toxic treatments. There are many more books that should be read before you embark upon any advice given in this book.
Time is a rare commodity for some of us and reading hundreds of studies and learning a completely new jargon while on chemo or other stuff is unachievable and frustrating.
So yes, this is an awesome read, factual, tried and tested and found to be working and backed by real doctors. Show me another place/person where you can find this.