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Natural Compounds in Cancer Therapy: Promising Nontoxic Antitumor Agents From Plants & Other Natural Sources-Dr. Boik

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The good news is it now available from amazon for 84ish instead of $400. Could be free still at the url in the email at the bottom. I was able to order one from the libray system.

This is a review, in case some of you might be interested in really delving into cancer's origins, progressions and how nutrients can work synergistically to effect cancer's progression.

A review from an amazon reader

Natural Compounds in Cancer Therapy: Promising Nontoxic Antitumor Agents From Plants & Other Natural Sources
Most important book ever written on this subject, by FAR, May 21, 2001
By
Douglas Reding (Dallas, TX) -

This review is from: Natural Compounds in Cancer Therapy: Promising Nontoxic Antitumor Agents From Plants & Other Natural Sources (Paperback)
This book is one of the best books I have ever read, on any subject. In my opinion, this book is an absolute MUST for all cancer patients and their advocates. Every doctor should read this book, as well as every cancer research scientist.
I first began researching natural substances and their effect on cancer about four years ago, when my then 22-year-old brother was first diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor. What I quickly learned was that the vast majority of people disseminating information on the subject were complete phonies, out to charge cancer patients outrageous prices for supplements that were unlikely to do them any good. Of the small percentage who actually seemed genuine, very few of these seemed to have an extensive knowledge of the subject, and fewer still were aware (or even concerned) of the science behind their recommendations. Of those who did seem to know the subject well, John Boik clearly stood out. It would not be an understatement to say that John Boik knows 1000X more about this subject than anyone else on the planet. Unlike most who have written on this subject, Boik does not take an “us against them” attitude regarding alternative vs. conventional medicine. Some of the most exciting research presented in his book actually comes from combining natural compounds with conventional chemotherapy. And, John Boik does NOT sell supplements or treatments of any kind. This alone scored him many points in my book.
Boik really takes it to the next level with this new book. Where his first book discussed several hundred compounds, this new book narrows the focus down to the 38 compounds he believes to have the most potential for benefit in cancer treatment. Nearly all of these 38 compounds are available commercially, and many are quite inexpensive. No claims are made whatsoever; Boik clearly states that much more research is needed throughout the book. However, in this reviewer’s mind, any cancer patient wanting to try alternative treatment in combination with conventional would be very wise to use a combination of natural compounds from this book. The science behind doing so is far, far greater than any alternative treatment out there.
Boik’s general premise throughout the book is that cancer should be attacked from every possible angle. According to Boik, there are seven procancer events that should be targeted. These seven events are: induction of genetic instability, abnormal expression of genes, abnormal signal transduction, abnormal cell-to-cell communication, induction of angiogenesis, invasion and metastasis, and immune evasion. Each of these presents a potential target for treatment. Boik’s theory states that all seven should be targeted. This is usually not done with conventional therapies. Conventional treatment generally targets only one of these events. It may be possible to effectively target all seven events with a combination of natural compounds.
This book is divided into three parts. Parts one and two examine cancer at the cellular level, and cancer at the level of the organism, respectively. After reading parts one and two, the reader will come away with a far greater understanding of what cancer is, how it comes to be, how solid tumors are formed, etc. This gives the patient and their advocates a far better understanding of what exactly this illness is they are dealing with. For medical professionals and scientists, this will likely be easy material, but well worth reading. For the layperson, parts one and two will be more challenging. I would guess that the more science one has had in school, the greater their understanding and enjoyment of parts one and two. However, even readers such as myself who have had no science beyond basic high school courses will get a lot out of these two sections, and come away with a much greater understanding of cancer. I simply skimmed areas that were “over my head” and digested areas that were clear to me. I came away having learned a lot from these two sections.
Part three is the most enjoyable, exciting part of the book in my opinion. This is the section that discusses in detail the 38 compounds most likely to have a positive effect on cancer. Part three opens with my favorite chapter in the book. This chapter discusses the exciting possibilities of synergistic interactions between natural compounds, and designing combinations of natural compounds. It also discusses how tentative doses are arrived at. The remaining chapters discuss each of the 38 most promising compounds in depth. Supporting research is presented for each and referenced at the end of each chapter. If any negative studies exist for a particular compound, these are presented as well. This book is incredibly well referenced, so anyone wanting to read abstracts or the actual studies will be able to, as most can be found on MEDLINE. The final chapter of the book discusses natural compounds and their effect on chemotherapy and radiotherapy. This is a very important subject.

Many of the compounds could cause chemotherapy and / or radiation to be more effective, and some have solid evidence supporting their use. Others have the possibility of protecting cancer from the effects of chemotherapy and radiation. These are both discussed in detail in the final chapter. The vast appendices contain supplemental information for various chapters, chemical structure diagrams for the 38 and other compounds, and information regarding dose calculations and predictive models, topics most intended for medical professionals and scientists.
This book is the BIBLE on the subject of how natural substances effect cancer. I strongly recommend this book to all cancer patients considering any form of alternative treatment and to their advocates as well. I predict that combinations of compounds discussed in this book will prove to be so useful, that even the medical establishment will embrace their use and these combinations will no longer be looked at as “alternative” treatments.
I cannot stress the importance of this book enough. If you, a friend or loved one has cancer, you should not be without this book.

Note: while I haven't checked in on him lately, he had an informative website last time I checked. It was this book that allowed me to make a picture out of the puzzle that one is faced with when first diagnosed.

Love, hope, success, health and joy to us all!

Claudia

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