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Thoughts on the book 'Anticancer, A new way of life' by David Servan-Schreiber

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I have a brain tumor (diffuse astrocytoma/gliomatosis cerebri) and have (almost) finished reading the book "Anticancer, A new way of life." Getting this diagnosis and beginning treatment has been at times chaotic and confusing, sometimes surprisingly joyous, but definitely tumultuous. I found that this book touched on many of the things I thought about and experienced, but set them down in writing in much more orderly and coherent way than I had been able to do. It was a pleasure to read.

In addition the book prescribes an approach to taking care of yourself that involves diet, exercise, and cultivating a sense of peace and calm. None of it is really shocking, it is just presented clearly and looks to makes a lot of sense.

I am wondering if anyone else has read the book and what you thought of it. Has anyone followed the program prescribed and had success (or not) with it?


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I commented on another one of your posts earlier (re: hand tremor). I also have a diffuse astrocytoma.

I read "Anticancer: A New Way of Life" and thought it was fantastic. Actually, friends in the medical community recommended it to me originally. I always ate on the healthy side, but after reading this book (and another, "Crazy, Sexy, Cancer", which is marketed more towards young women) my boyfriend and I began eating many of the recommended foods in the book. I talked to my neuro-surgeon about my changed diet and he thought it was a great idea.

I can't say that I magically don't have cancer anymore, but I CAN say that eating a healthy diet full of fresh vegetables and fruit, and good sources of protein like fish and nuts makes me FEEL good. It sounds funny to say, but other than brain cancer I am very healthy.



P.S. Since you like reading and you also have brain cancer, you might be interested in the reading list I posted on my blog. Check it out at http://thelizarmy.blogspot.com/2009/08/reading-list.html

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Hi Steve,
I'm in the middle of the book, and I love it already. He talks about having this feeling of "surrender", and I too have had a moment of surrender. I am surrendered to the healing that is undeniable. I'm working on the diet. I think the name of my first book will be, "Sugar feeds Cancer, but Cupcakes are from Heaven". Having never cared for sugar I seemed to have developed a craving for the stuff.
BTW my diagnosis in gliomatosis cerebri or level III astrocytoma. My tumor is very diffuse, but I don't believe the things that I read on the internet about "not very good prognosis because it's hard to treat". I think the healing is a given. I opened in a moment to all the available healing in the universe (this plane and any other.)
All the Best,

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