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Foods That Fight Cancer: Preventing Cancer through Diet [Paperback]

Richard Béliveau , Denis Gingras , Pierre Bruneau
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Book Description

May 23 2006
The stunning bestseller from Quebec, coming in English in May. Over 138,000 French-language copies sold!

Within this book is the perfect recipe for success: An author who is one of the world’s foremost experts in the groundbreaking area of how food chemistry can fight cancer. A highly accessible and practical text. A beautifully designed package accompanied by full-colour illustrations.

According to the Canadian Cancer Society, an estimated 149,000 new cases of cancer occurred in Canada in 2005. While this statistic is alarming, current research is showing convincingly that elements in particular foods may significantly reduce the risk of cancer in healthy individuals and slow its progress in those already suffering from the disease. We can help ourselves and our families through healthy eating. But the information coming through the popular media is confusing and often hard to understand. Just what should we be eating and in what combinations? Do all cancer-fighting foods work the same way? Do they all fight all kinds of cancers?

In Foods That Fight Cancer, leading biochemist Richard Béliveau teams up with Denis Gingras to describe the science of food and which properties of particular foods are the active cancer-fighting elements. They deftly explain how different foods work to protect the body against different cancers and show which foods will be most effective. By understanding the science behind these therapeutic benefits, we come to realize not only why it is so critical to add these foods to our diet, but how easily it can be done.

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Richard Béliveau is a leading authority in the field of cancer research. He holds the Chair in the Prevention and Treatment of Cancer at the Université du Québec à Montréal, where he is a professor in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department. Dr. Béliveau is the director of the Molecular Medicine Laboratory of UQAMHôpital Sainte-Justine (Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau).

Frequently called on to talk about his research, he is a regular commentator on local and national radio and television programs.

Denis Gingras is a researcher in the Molecular Medicine Laboratory of UQAM-Hôpital Sainte-Justine (Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau) and the Université du Québec à Montréal.

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Cancer prevention facts to add to your diet

-Approximately one third of all cancers are directly related to diet.

-A diet containing three or four weekly servings of broccoli, nothing too excessive, was shown to be sufficient to protect individuals from colon polyps.

-Cruciferous vegetables (brussel sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale) should be lightly cooked and thoroughly chewed when eaten in order to fully benefit from their anti-cancer potential. Chewing releases the active molecules.

-Freshly crushed garlic is by far the best source of anti-cancer compounds and should be preferred over supplements.

-The key to benefiting from the anti-cancer effects of soy lies in consuming about 50 grams per day of the whole food, such as raw (edamame) or dry roasted soybeans. Supplements containing isoflavones are not an acceptable alternative to the whole food and should be avoided.

-Colon cancer appears to be one of the cancers on which curcumin may have the greatest positive impact. The daily addition of a teaspoon of turmeric to soups, salad dressings, or pasta dishes is a simple way of providing curcumin intake sufficient to prevent the development if cancer.

-Green Tea contains large amounts of catechins, compounds that boast many anti-cancer properties. To maximize the preventative effects afforded by tea, select Japanese green teas, allow for an eight-to-ten minute brewing period and always drink freshly brewed tea, and avoiding Thermoses.

-Eating cranberries should be preferred over drinking cranberry juice.

-The best way to increase omega-3 levels in diet is to eat fatty fish (wild salmon, sardines, and mackerel) once or twice a week or add one tablespoon of freshly-milled flax seeds to your breakfast cereal.

-Eating two tomato sauce-based meals per week may lower your risk of developing prostate cancer by up to 25%.

-Citrus fruits are essential foods in cancer prevention: for their capacity to act directly on cancerous cells as well as their potential for enhancing the anti-cancer effects of other phytochemical compounds present in diet.

-The resveratrol present in red wine possesses powerful anti-cancer activity which may be responsible for the beneficial effects of wine on the prevention of certain cancers. Grape juice and cranberry juice contains resveratrol but at levels ten times less than red wine.

-The daily consumption of 40 grams of dark chocolate (chocolate containing 70% cocoa mass) may have definite health benefits and should replace or reduce that of sugar- and fat-filled candies with no phytochemical content.

-Many herbs and spices used as seasonings, in particular ginger contain large quantities of molecules that act as anti-inflammatory compounds, which also reduce the risks of developing certain chronic diseases.

-Instead of replacing butter with margarine, use olive oil as much as possible as a source of dietary fat; you will benefit from its healthful lipids knowing that it also possesses anti-cancer properties of its own.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Information July 26 2006
By Irene
I purchased this book thinking it was going to provide me with a general rundown of why certain foods are good vs. bad, generally encouraging me to take care of my body to prevent cancer, and maintain health. In fact, I am extremely fond of this book. Reading it is like holding a meeting with myself about how to be healthy, how to feel better, how to fuel and care for my body, not just what to feed it, but why. It is a very informative text loaded with practical information based on real scientific experimental findings, not just magazine-type information loaded with blanks and subjectivity. For anyone fighting cancer, fearing cancer, or simply looking to take care of themselves with what is available in the supermarket, please take the time to look at this book. It is easy to read, chunked up into chapters with recaps and easy to understand diagrams. It is a true bridge between the scientific community, and the behavioral options we have. Check out the Authors as well, as they are very credible sources for the information they are providing. My book is currently being passed around in my family like a big hug.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This book is a good summary of what cancer is, how conventional medical treatments work, and how nutrition can be used to block the development of tumours. The authors present their information in an attractive format with lots of nice graphics. It's very cool to read about the specific types of molecules in each food and how these molecules prevent and/or fight tumours.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book! Jan. 29 2007
This is an excellent book that describes in simple terms why each food selected is good to fight and prevent cancer. Although written with "cancer" in mind, the recommendations in this book would apply to anyone who wants to choose a diet for health.

The same authors have also written a recipe book, based on their findings, "Cuisiner avec les aliments contre le cancer". The recipes in this second book, prepared by the best Chefs of the Province of Quebec, are fantastic and easy to prepare. If you want healthy "Haute Cuisine" made simple, you won't find a better book. This book now only available in french, should be available in english very soon.

Both books would be a valuable addition to your library.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book has enhanced my life. Aug. 23 2006
By Peter
This book ,is bound to change and enhance the lives of so many.

In Foods That Fight Cancer; the authors tell us, the how and why of good eating habits. Presented in clear concise words, photos, and illustrations.

A meaningful work of science; that people can easily understand.

In time I would hope that this message will be spread far and wide.

Peter, Thornhill
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for all parents Jan. 27 2007
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As other reviewers have noted, this glossy, well illustrated book provides a good balance of scientific research and easy to understand explanations of the facts. Unlike other popular cancer books, the authors clearly separate facts from conjecture and are actively involved in legitimate research projects. As a physician I was amazed at how many misconceptions I had about cancer and diet, and have already made significant changes to my lifestyle as a result of this book. As a parent I was equally amazed at the role of diet in childhood as it relates to the development of adult cancer.

70% percent of cancers are potentially preventable. If all Canadians applied the information in this book to their own lives, imagine how many deaths would be prevented and how much money we would save our health care system.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Do you like to breathe filthy, polluted air? Your lungs and your brain immediately tell you to avoid it. Our relation to food is more complex, dealing with emotions. The impact of bad food on our system takes a longer path than air in our lungs. But it's time for us to take ownership of our diet.

Almost a third of all cancers are diet-induced.

Dr Béliveau explains in clear and simple terms how our food and certain molecules work to clean, protect and enhance our body. He sheds light on the complex chain of chemical processes that take place after our intake of food. The more you read, the more you feel in control and ultimately, everything makes perfect sense: after all, weren't we always told "what you eat is what you are"? Yes, the food we eat is transformed into flesh, blood and... life. We should take our responsibility towards our body more seriously.

And everybody rejoice: the food that helps us is also beautiful and delicious! To sum it up: eat tons of fresh fruits and vegetables every day. But there is much, much more to be discovered in this essential book.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting book ! June 5 2006
Don't be fooled by the title: this is definitively not the usual "eat your vegetables and be healthy" book. Of course, everybody know that good eating habits mean good health; however, this book goes much further by providing state-of-the art analysis of what's going on in research labs and on how these findings can be used on a day-to-day basis to reduce the risk of being hit by cancer. I read dozens of books on that subject and this one is definitively the best.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative and scientific Dec 24 2006
I enjoyed the real and scientific terminology used in the book. Lots of references to specific research that has been done (as opposed to just saying 'studies show..') Good pictures and charts, easy to understand and great insight on what a healthy cancer-preventing diet should contain. Great book to read and keep as a reference in your library!
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Seriously every one should have this book as everyone knows someone dying from cancer. People just eat for flavor instead of looking for foods that the body needs to function well... Read more
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This book was recommended by a doctor. It is well written, easy to understand for most people, and illustrated with beautiful photos.
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We already had this book in its original French version. It is our food bible at home. We sent for it in English to offer to some friends of ours. Read more
Published on Nov. 9 2011 by bbqueen
3.0 out of 5 stars Foods that fight cancer
Its an excellent resource, I love it! It gets only three stars because the binding fell apart easily, may have just been a bad batch. Regardless, I would buy it again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book
Nice, easy to follow, informative. Great resource for cancer patients and families that are in the path of changing diet.
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... it's falling apart... I love leafing through it and reading tidbits here and there, but I am extremely disappointed that it will soon be in pages all over the place. Read more
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