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All of us have cancer cells in our bodies. But not all of us will develop cancer. This international bestseller examines what we can do every day to lower our chances of ever developing the illness, and also explains what to do to increase the chances of recovery from it. Dr David Servan-Schreiber was first confronted with cancer when he was working as a medical resident in Pittsburgh. Already a recognized pioneer in neuroscience, by his own admission David had all the arrogant and immortal confidence of a thirty-year-old over-achiever. Then he discovered he had cancer of the brain. And his life changed. Servan-Schreiber went on to research alternative medicine and became the founding director of the Centre of Integrative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre. This book is the fruit of his experience in the field of cancer both as a doctor and as a patient. He alternates chapters that tell his personal story and cases he has come across, with chapters that focus on the disease and its mechanisms from a purely scientific and medical angle. He looks in particular at the relation between a body and its cancer, at the immune system, the new blood vessels necessary for cancer growth, and the roles played by environmental toxins, nutrition, emotions, and physical activity in containing cancer.
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After undergoing chemotherapy and surgery for brain cancer, Servan-Schreiber, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, asked his oncologist if any lifestyle changes would prevent a relapse; the answer was no. Certain this was wrong, Servan-Schreiber spent months researching a mass of scientific data on natural defenses against cancer. After a lucid introduction to cancer and its causes, he points out studies indicating that a poor diet, unhealthy habits (like smoking), some hormones, and environmental toxins increase risk. But as his advice grows more specific, evidence dwindles that these steps work. Eating organic foods, avoiding red meat and processed food, and eliminating household chemicals seem reasonable, but readers curious about how much turmeric or garlic to consume and how much it lowers their cancer risk will find no answers. Servan-Schreiber also advocates a positive, life-affirming attitude, illustrating with anecdotes of patients whose cancers disappeared when they attained inner peace. Servan-Schreiber underscores that his advice should be an adjunct to, not a replacement for, conventional treatments like surgery and chemotherapy, in this spirited mixture of good medical information, helpful suggestions and alternative medicine. (Sept. 22) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Over 15 years ago, Servan-Schreiber, a founding member of Doctors Without Borders and a professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, was diagnosed with brain cancer. Here he uses his own research and experiences to explain how one can beat back the disease. Already a best seller in France, Germany, and Canada. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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