Friday, March 25, 2011

What's New On the Bookshelf?

I reported on Suzanne Somers’s Knockout three weeks ago. Now on to David Servan-Schreiber’s Anticancer: A New Way of Life. David was a young psychiatrist in Pittsburgh when colleagues, testing a MRI machine, happened to discover a brain tumor. The Frenchman has it removed and begins a thorough study of cancer that culminates in this book. Servan-Schreiber makes it clear that cancer lies dormant in all of us, that lifestyle choices matter, and that disease can be triggered by environmental factors. Here’s what he recommends: changing our diets, heavy with sugar and bleached flours, to nutrient-rich, cancer-fighting foods. He bases this recommendation on new research on certain mushrooms, stone fruits like plums, olive oil, berries and more, all organic, of course. He demonstrates how Vitamin D3 can slow the development of existing cancer cells. He raves over the benefits of green tea and foods containing Omega 3. Meditation is also an important part of treatment, as is attention to the immune system and support from friends. What interested me the most was Servan-Schreiber’s assertion that toxic chemicals are making us sick, which Somers also believes. He advises readers to avoid polycarbonate plastics and inorganic-phosphate food preservatives but also suggests limiting cell phone usage. And, he fingers pesticides as a possible cause of his own cancer: “Between 1963 and 1970, from age two to age nine, I played in a cornfield, sprayed with atrazine, surrounding our country house in Normandy.”