I Have Cancer: What Should I Do?: Your Orthomolecular Guide for Cancer Management Paperback – Dec 1 2009
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About the Author
Professor at the School of Public Health, University of Puerto Rico. Author of more than 100 scientific publications and award winner for his research work on cancer and nutrition.
Creator of the first course in integrative medicine at the University of Puerto Rico's School of Pharmacy.
Andrew W. Saul, M.S., Ph.D., is editor-in-chief of the Orthomolecular Medicine NewsService and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine. Has published more than 180 peer-reviewed articles and has written or coauthored 12 books.
Top Customer Reviews
With modern cancer treatment still using decades old therapies like chemo & radiation--and still mostly failing--people may wonder what else they can do. This book gives some good ideas.
Not exhaustive, but extremely useful and well researched.
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The book starts by establishing the authors' background and expertise. All have had personal experience with cancer, so they are personally motivated; all are experts in Orthomolecular Medicine; and all recommend working cooperatively with doctors to enhance the patient's treatment. They explain that it is important for the patient to find a health-care provider who can listen and help -- and for the cancer patient, this means someone who is knowledgeable about therapeutic nutrition as well as hopeful. Orthomolecular medicine works by providing nutrients like vitamins and minerals that the body recognizes and needs, in sufficiently high quantities to allow the body to overcome disease. In addition to proper nutrition, the book describes a comprehensive and integrative program of treatment, personally motivated, that will be most effective in inducing health. Patience is what a patient needs -- some may find the book's advice difficult to follow, but the important thing is to seriously consider the different therapies and learn for yourself. Don't self-diagnose, but along with your medical professional, own your own case. If you are aware of your body and the treatment, you are going to be much more effective in an informed team.
Some doctors have advised that nutritional supplements should not be taken along with chemotherapy. The book explains that this is incorrect. Many doctors, aware that cancer drugs are toxic, simply haven't read up on the benefits of optimizing the nutritional state. Bad nutrition does not fight cancer. Nutrients given at high enough doses can optimize the body's biochemistry to allow it to react to stress which helps during treatment. Proper nutrition can reduce the secondary effects of the oncology treatment, strengthen the patient's immune system to prevent disease and reinforce the patient's health and recovery, and with appropriate macro and micro quantities of nutrients, treat the disease directly.
In fact, high doses of vitamin C and other nutrients can specifically target cancer cells. This may seem unbelievable at first. We have all heard of the healing aspects of vitamin C (ascorbate) -- it is non-toxic and unlike drugs isn't harmful when we take large quantities. It is a vitamin for us because our bodies require it for health but can't make it, so we must get it from the food we eat. But how much is enough, especially if we are fighting cancer? Most animal species except primates and guinea pigs make vitamin C in an amount equivalent to our bodies making 5,000-10,000 mg/day -- and they make more when they are sick or stressed. Vitamin C is concentrated into cells by transporters, special proteins on the surface of all cells that selectively take up biochemicals needed by the cell. It is a powerful anti-oxidant that helps the body to prevent oxidative stress that comes from disease. Every cell needs anti-oxidants, especially vitamin C, to prevent harmful free radicals that damage enzymes and can cause mutations in DNA. Additionally, the authors explain, vitamin C is selectively toxic to cancer cells.
The book goes into an adequate amount of depth on the attributes of cancer, what it is, how it starts, and what allows it to progress. Even if you don't have a good understanding of biology and molecules, you will likely be able to follow the reasoning. Cancers start by mutations that unregulate genes controlling the division and metabolism of the cell. Many cancers don't use oxygen like normal cells, but utilize anaerobic metabolism, which means they need more blood sugar (glucose) than normal cells do, because they don't use it as efficiently. The growth of cancer cells is thought to be regulated and targeted by vitamin C because they take up large amounts of vitamin C along with their huge need for glucose. The vitamin C is thought to act in the cancer cell paradoxically as a pro-oxidant, generating hydrogen peroxide which stops the cell from dividing. Thus vitamin C can specifically target cancer cells, and along with its function to enhance the immune system, regress tumors. The effect is robust and has been shown many times in the clinical treatment of cancer patients. The amounts of vitamin C needed for this effect are large, and may require intravenous application of buffered ascorbate to achieve the high blood levels necessary, along with high doses of vitamin C taken orally. A study done by the Mayo Clinic didn't find any effect of ascorbate on cancer -- but the book explains that the lack of the anti-cancer effect was likely because the Mayo study didn't use enough vitamin C, discontinued therapy too soon, and doses were oral only, not intravenous. Vitamin C at high doses is known to be a very effective treatment for many types of cancer -- and it is non-toxic.
Along with information about cancer and how it can be targeted by vitamin C, there is a generous section about good nutrition and its helpful effects on preventing and reversing cancer. The body recognizes cancer cells and actively works to defeat them with its immune system, but it needs help. We must provide the materials that can enhance the body's immune system and reduce contaminants and stress that can cause free radicals and initiation of cancer. The biological terrain of the body is important but delicate, and can be damaged by eating the wrong foods or smoking. We are encouraged to eat a healthy diet of pure water, whole grains, lots of fresh vegetables and fruits, enhance our intake of omega-3 fatty acids, and avoid an excess of high-calorie foods and animal foods such as red meat and dairy products. This diet is known to prevent cancer, for example, in Japan, where cancer rates are low and life expectancy is long. We all differ in our biochemistry because of genetic differences and our different daily lives, and so, as Dr Roger J. Williams pointed out, an average diet is likely to cause deficiency in some nutrients. Thus we can help the body fight off disease by supplementing our food with an adequate intake of macro minerals such as magnesium and potassium, and micro minerals and vitamins. Vitamin D has recently been shown to prevent many types of cancer, and vitamin E and vitamin C are important in preventing heart disease and cancer. The book includes a complete program of excellent nutrition, applicable to all of us, with or without cancer.
Do I understand and believe every word? No, I found several ideas to be on the fringe of strict science, such as energy therapy; the role of magnetic fields in the body; how eating lots of protein depletes pancreatic enzymes; and why food containing active enzymes helps with cancer. But then, if you want to check the statements and theories, the authors provide references throughout. There is a short section of patient success stories -- people (including physicians) who have received Orthomolecular treatment and survived, with or without standard cancer therapy.
Overall, I think the book is excellent. It is chock full of helpful information, much of which will be new to many readers. The book is very well-written and easy to read, and it has an extremely positive tone -- most likely because Orthomolecular therapy works -- and not only for cancer!
For my wife it was stated that the case "only" vas in Stage 1, more correct it ought to have been called Stage ½. But the Thailand doctors in the 2 hospitals we visited wanted to remove the whole actual breast even though an retired American doctor (only 56 years old), and I, looking at the roentgen "pictures" and report, both said that it was enough only removing the Cancer block which had a diameter of ½ Inc. But Tuesday in this week, 10 days after the research, the Thailand doctor removed the complete breast on left side, and the hospital are keeping hear for 8 days. In the Hospitals in Denmark, where I come from, and in USA, in equal cases the patients are normally only kept for 1 to 2 days. After the operation it has shown up that the two Thailand doctors we talked with, until now, always have removed the whole actual Breast!
After Friday last week having talked with the Thailand's operating Doctor (who only is 35 years old) I received this book, and I immediately started reading it. And it's an extremely good book, so I could not stoop reading until I had finished. And after having read it I can see that I, and the retired American doctor, are correct in our statements, that there was enough time for looking on other possibility for solving the problem, or in any case only removing the Tumour, and not the whole actual Breast, as it was not yet in Stage 3 or 4. Opposite to this the Thailand doctors said that she had to be operated immediately because they by needle had been taking small parts out for research, and therefore the Cancer could start moving to other parts of the body. Thinking like this was the standard thinking until 50 years ago, but now a day there is only talked about this possibility in special cases. But we have to live with the culture in the country in which we live - and my wife is a Thailand woman - and as the insurance company don't allow going to doctors thinking in other ways.
It's a good and important book which can be understood by persons for whom it's the first book concerning Cancer or Orthomolecular medicine. And in the book there are god information and many details, for example it's mentioned that in USA the Estrogen statistical is found guilty for around half of the cases of Breast Cancer. I talked about this to my wife, years ago. But it's nearly always so that people trust their doctors, and besides the doctors normally don't like that their patient knows too much, and maybe even start getting "ideas". And in the book there for example also is at god explanation of why it for grown up persons normally don't fit to drink milk - cow milk = mother milk - as most bodies, when no longer being a child can't absorb some of the contents in the milk.
And in the book concerning Cancer Research there are writings about RECNAC II (CANCER written backward) which I newer before had heard about. And now I have ordered a book about it. And there also are a good chapter concerning different Cancer cases and how these were solved. And besides this there is a good chapter with histories concerning some of the pioneers. And a good chapter concerning the role, and importance, of Vitamins and Enzymes connected to the Cancer Therapy.
Even though the doctor now has done his (I believe) "unnecessary, most expensive and wrong operation", on my wife, I after having finished reading the book I in Amazon went looking after other books concerning Orthomolecular and RECNAC. This because wanting to learn more about Orthomolecular and Cancer, as I think that the Orthomolecular medicine will be the winner in the future. And concerning Cancer, for if it should happen again, then to have more proofs to show to the doctors, even though they don't like that. But there aren't much books concerning Orthomolecular, besides those the 3 I now own. But today I discovered that the book I just have finished, in April month of this year, has come out in a new up to date printing, and now are having 264 sides, compared to the one I bought which are printed in 2009 and have 156 side, beside XII in the start. So I have to order one copy of this.
The book finish by writing the same as I again and again start thinking when reading a book writing about the importance concerning getting enough of the right vitamins and minerals, that up in the heaven Linus Pauling must be smiling now that he are getting more and more proofs concerning what he talked about. 41 years ago I read the first book written by LP.
The authors do not discourage readers from seeking advice from their physicians in their battle with cancer. On the contrary, they ask that the readers learn what ALL of their options are, so that when they ask themselves, "What should I do?", they are in the position of being able to make intelligent and informed decisions as they take charge of their health.
This is an important little book!
Riordan, MD, one of the very first physicians to give high-dose intravenous
vitamin C to effectively fight cancer. The authors are remarkably cheerful
for wounded healers. Each has experienced loss due to cancer; one of the
authors lost his wife. You might say, well, if they are so smart, then how
did THAT happen? But the authors are not preachy nor do they come across as
know-it-alls. They recommend conventional cancer therapy along with natural
adjunctive therapy. It is not a one-or-the-other ultimatum. Better nutrition
means better quality of life, and almost always improved length of life.
After all, when is the last time that poor nutrition cured anything? There
is truly good news in this book. Vitamins taken along with chemo results in
undiminished drug effect plus fewer side effects. Intravenous vitamin C is
selectively toxic to cancer cells, and does not interfere with chemo. If you
have been told differently, this is the book for you. The authors back up
their statements with a large number of peer-reviewed scientific studies.
You do not have to "believe" in vitamins or nutrition or alternative
medicine. The proof is here, and it is good news for cancer patients and
their families. This book is not the sure cure. But it is a big step towards
ultimate cure of this dreaded disease that affects so many. Here is
information you really need to read.
This must-have book explains how cancer develops and grows, what feeds it, what suffocates it and what nutritional plan and vitamin supplements to take during and after. It talks about how to maintain optimal body strength during chemo and after.
Unfortunately, the best cancer defense is in the food we eat. All the traditionally tasty stuff...such as Steak, Chicken Parmesan, Turkey and Gravy, Cheesecake, Milk, Butter, etc. are major contributors to promoting an acidic environment in our bodies, which cancer thrives in. Eating lots of vegetables and fruits, maintaining vitamin & mineral levels, correcting hormone imbalance and staying away from processed foods and excessive animal protein promotes the opposite environment...Snuffing out cancer and a whole host of other diseases.
Learn about the other cancer cures that you won't hear about from conventional oncologists. There are many natural methods and protocols used by doctors to cure cancer that do not involve chemotherapy and radiation. Chemo kills all cells not just cancer cells. Other therapy's are more effective at killing only cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone.
If you've been diagnosed with cancer or have a friend or family member with cancer, here are some other things to look into:
books to check out.
1.) Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients
2.) Knockout - This book has interviews with a bunch of doctors who are curing cancer, with remarkable success, without chemo or other harmful drugs.
3. The Gerson Therapy
4.) Cancer: Step Outside the Box
Netflix has these wonderful documentaries;
Forks Over Knifes
A Beautiful Truth
The Gerson Miracle
Dying to Have Known