Anticancer, A New Way of Life, New Edition

Anticancer, A New Way of Life, New Edition

by David Servan-Schreiber MD, PhD


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The revolutionary New York Times bestseller about powerful lifestyle changes that can fight and prevent cancer—an integrative approach based on the latest research

An international phenomenon, Anticancer has been a long-running bestseller in the U.S. since Viking first published it in fall 2008. Now, this updated edition draws on the most recent clinical studies and offers more tips on how people living with cancer can fight it and how healthy people can prevent it. The new edition of Anticancer includes:

• More benefits of anticancer foods, including new alternatives to sugar and cautions about some that are now on the market

• New information about how vitamin D strengthens the immune system

• Warnings about common food contaminants that have recently been proven to contribute to cancer progression

• A new chapter on mind-body approaches to stress reduction, with recent studies that show how our reactions to stress can interfere with natural defenses and how friendships can support healing in ways never before understood

• A groundbreaking study showing that lifestyle modification, as originally proposed in Anticancer, reduces mortality for breast cancer by an astounding 68 percent after completion of treatment

• New supporting evidence for the entire Anticancer program

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780670021642
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/31/2009
Pages: 274
Sales rank: 75,176
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD, was a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and cofounder of the Center for Integrative Medicine. He codirected an NIH laboratory for the study of cognitive neuroscience and published more than ninety articles in scientific journals. His pioneering book Anticancer: A New Way of Life became an international bestseller and was translated into more than forty languages. He is also the author of The Instinct to Heal and Not the Last Goodbye. Following a yearlong battle with a relapse of brain cancer, Servan-Schreiber died in July 2011.

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Foods That Act Like Medications

From ANTICANCER: A New Way of Life by David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD

Foods That Act Like Medications

If certain foods in our diet can act as fertilizers for tumors, others, to the contrary, harborprecious anticancer molecules. As recent discoveries show, these go far beyond the usual vitamins,minerals, and antioxidants.

In nature, when confronted with aggression, vegetables can neither fight nor flee. To survive,they must be armed with powerful molecules capable of defending them against bacteria,insects, and bad weather. These molecules are phytochemical compounds with antimicrobial,antifungal, and insecticide properties that act on the biological mechanisms of potentialaggressors. They also have antioxidant properties that protect the plant’s cells from dampnessand the sun’s rays (by preventing cellular “rust” from forming when the cell’s fragile mechanismsare exposed to the corrosive effects of oxygen).

Plums, Peaches, and Nectarines: It’s Time for Stone Fruit

Berries have recently found some competition: peaches, plums, nectarines, etc. (collectivelyknown as stone fruit), whose anticancer virtues were previously unknown. According to agroup of researchers in Texas who reviewed more than a hundred species, these fruits—particularlyplums—are at least as rich in anticancer elements as small berries. In this time ofeconomic recession, it’s good to know that a single plum contains as many antioxidants as ahandful of berries and costs far less. In laboratory tests, stone fruits have also demonstratedtheir efficacy against breast cancer cells and cholesterol.


The intestines ordinarily contain “friendly” bacteria, which help digestion and facilitate regularbowel movements. They also play an important stabilizing role for the immune system.Among the most common of these bacteria are Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillusbifidus.

It has been demonstrated that these probiotics inhibit the growth of colon cancer cells.Their effect on the facilitation of bowel movements also lowers the risk of colon cancer by reducingthe time the intestines are exposed to carcinogenic substances in food. Probiotics thusalso play a role in detoxification. In addition, according to a 2006 Korean study, probiotics improvethe performance of the immune system, as well as increasing the number of NK cells.Organic yogurts and kefir are good sources of probiotics. Soy yogurts are usually enrichedwith probiotics. These precious bacteria are also found in sauerkraut and kimchi.Finally, certain foods are prebiotics, which means they contain polymers of fructose, whichstimulate the growth of probiotic bacteria. Examples are garlic, onions, tomatoes, asparagus,bananas, and wheat.

Green Tea

Rich in polyphenols, including catechins (and particularly epigallocatechin gallate-3, orEGCG), which reduce the growth of the new vessels needed for tumor growth and metastases.It is also a powerful antioxidant and detoxifier (activating enzymes in the liver that eliminatetoxins from the body), and it facilitates the death of cancer cells by apoptosis. In the laboratory,it enhances the effects of radiotherapy on cancer cells.

Turmeric and Curry

Turmeric (the yellow powder that is one of the components of yellow curry) is the most powerfulnatural antiinflammatory identified today. It also helps stimulate apoptosis in cancercells and inhibit angiogenesis. In the laboratory, it enhances the effectiveness of chemotherapyand reduces tumor growth.

Take note: To be assimilated by the body, turmeric must be mixed with black pepper(not simply with peppers). Ideally, it must also be dissolved in oil (olive, canola, or linseed oil,preferably). In store-bought curry mixes, turmeric represents only 20 percent of the total. Soit’s better to obtain turmeric powder directly.

Recommendations for use: Mix ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder with ½ tablespoon ofolive oil and a generous pinch of black pepper. Add to vegetables, soups, and salad dressings.A few drops of agave nectar can remove the slightly bitter taste.


Ginger root also acts as a powerful antiinflammatory and an antioxidant (more effectivethan vitamin E, for example) and has protective effects. It acts against certain cancer cells.Moreover, it helps reduce the creation of new blood vessels. A ginger infusion tea also helpsalleviate nausea from chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

Recommendations for use: Add grated ginger to a vegetable mix while it is cooking in awok or frying pan. Or marinate fruits in lime juice and grated ginger (a touch of agave nectarmay be added for those who prefer more sweetness). Make an infusion by cutting a smallpiece of ginger (about an inch) into slices and steeping in boiling water for ten to fifteenminutes. Can be drunk hot or cold.

Cruciform Vegetables

Cabbages (brussels sprouts, bok choy, Chinese cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.) containsulforaphane and indole-3-carbinols (I3Cs), which are powerful anticancer molecules. Sulforaphaneand I3Cs are capable of detoxifying certain carcinogenic substances. They preventprecancerous cells from developing into malignant tumors. They also promote the suicideof cancer cells and block angiogenesis. In 2009, at the Cancer Research Center of the Universityof Pittsburgh, biologist Dr. Shivendra Singh and his team studied the impact of sulforaphane—an antioxidant contained in cruciform vegetables—on prostate cancer in mice.

They made two radical new discoveries. First, consumption of sulforaphane three times aweek considerably increases the action of NK cells against tumors (by more than 50 percent).Second, tumor-carrying rats that consumed sulforaphane were shown to have half as muchrisk of developing metastases as those that did not.

Take note: Avoid boiling cabbage and broccoli. Boiling risks destroying sulforaphaneand I3Cs.

Recommendations for use: Cover and steam briefly or stir-fry rapidly in a wok with alittle olive oil.


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Table of Contents

Foreword 7 Introduction 13 Chapter 1 One Story 21 Chapter 2 Escaping Statistics 33 Chapter 3 Danger and Opportunity 45 Chapter 4 Cancer's Weaknesses 63 Chapter 5 Breaking the News 111 Chapter 6 The Anticancer Environment 118 Chapter 7 Lessons of a Relapse 186 Chapter 8 The Anticancer Foods 195 Chapter 9 The Anticancer Mind 267 Chapter 10 Defusing Fear 348 Chapter 11 The Anticancer Body 370 Chapter 12 Learning to Change 396 Chapter 13 Conclusion 408 Ten Precautions for Cell Phone Use 421 Acknowledgments 425 Notes 435

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was 32 when diagnosed with breast cancer. I bought every book I could get my hands on but this was the only book I wish I had found. Most cancer related books are going to tell you what to expect during treatment. This is the ONLY book I have found that tells you what YOU can do for YOU from the minute you find out you have cancer. It teaches you that everything you put into your mouth has an effect on your health, and it lists in very simple terms what you can eat to prevent cancer. I will buy this book for every person I know who has had cancer and every person diagnosed with it in the future. THIS is the cancer bible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a cancer patient lots of books have come my way. Most were of little help. When I learned of this book I was so sceptical I borrowed it from the library. Before I was finished I went on line and bought it. This book is outstanding worth every penny. I constantly refer to it. Well written and easy to understand.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading Suzanne Somers book "KNOCKOUT," I got this book and it is very informative. I believe the right way to stop cancer is the to eat right, balance hormoens, get enough sleep and avoid toxins. I recommend it.
Book59 More than 1 year ago
There are many books on "fighting" cancar. Who to listen to? Well, Anti-Cancer got my attention because of the recommendation from M.D. Anderson president. It also got the attention of my oncologist. I provided a book for her as well. It is not completely an easy read as this writer is a physician and scholar. It seems written with a researcher's skew. However, it provides valuable information regarding things which patient's may do to prolong life adjunct with treatment. Research indicated it can make a difference. This book reminded me that I do have some control over my life - mind, emotions, lifestyle, diet and other choices. To me, this is more than half the battle. I have a good prognosis. But, changing my life choices can change my body's responses and thwart recurrence. This is good news.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a 10-year breast cancer survivor recently going through a diagnosis of my cancer returning.....the doctors think.....they do not know....they will keep testing....and I will keep waiting for the other shoe to fall, so to speak. I went right out and picked up this book which called my name right off the shelf-- I found it to be insightful, hopeful and answered some very specific questions as to yes, you can drink 3 cups of green tea to benefit! I am in the process of putting together a little Manual To Me....based on this book, things I can choose to do each day to benefit my body-- It is empowering to believe, and Anticancer provokes actions that I can take in that there are simple things one can do each day that make a difference!
1georgiegirl More than 1 year ago
Since my husbands diag. I have read a lot of information about cancer. I bought this book and as I was reading it I realized that not only is it easy to read and understand, it is by far one of the best sources of vital, current information regarding cancer research, treatment etc.. I have already had to buy a second book because I gave my first one to someone else diag. with cancer.
MAV-N More than 1 year ago
A very good friend of mine has brain tumors and breast cancer. After surviving one year of chemo, her blood test results are identical to a healthy person never having or needing chemo or radiation. In solidarity, Sara's entire family joined in the diet over a year ago, and everyone has experienced numerous positive changes. I ordered the book, but I have already lent it to another friend. One has to adapt to another way of eating, but it is a pleasant change for the better. It is educational because it teaches us what happens to our bodies according to food choices. Most people, especially those of us in poor health, are desparately searching for anyone or anything that can bring relief and bring help. I will definitely buy this book for my family and friends who are suffering from ill health.
RFTS More than 1 year ago
"Anticancer" by David Servan-Schreiber is an amazing book. I had just learned I had breast cancer so started researching online. Found a link to this book, read some of the pages and description of contents and decided it would be very helpful. The book became a sort of "bible" for me. It is so well written and researched. The author has all the credentials to write such a book, as well as refers to studies being done in the field of cancer all over the world. He is a doctor, researcher and survivor of cancer himself. You will find information on the best foods and worse foods to eat: if you have cancer or you want to try to prevent having it. Even without cancer you will find in it a resource for living a much healthier life. The book is detailed enough for professionals in medical and research fields, but also is written for the lay person to understand. It reads smoothly like a novel, but you can skip all around too. I recommend this book to fact I told my doctor, nurses, friends and family about it. Such a blessing that I found "Anticancer" out of the blue online. I can't say enough on how much it helped me feel more knowledgeable and confident as I entered the scary world of cancer.
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This book is an engaging, personal and scientific look at combatting cancer from all perspectives - mental, physical, nutritional, and environmental. Read it, take it to heart, and share it with family and friends. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain from Dr. Servan-Schreiber's recommendations.
jaxsd More than 1 year ago
An opportunity to be better educated on such an important topic. This book is written in a very comprehensive manner, which is easy to understand for those of us who are not in the medical field.
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Crafterpatty More than 1 year ago
I was diagnosed with a rare genetic cancer and my oncologist requested that I get this book and read it. I could not put this book down once I started reading it. There is so much information in it to help with life style change it was unbelievable. I have started reading it again and have also referred friends to purchase this book also even though they don't or haven't had cancer. I tell them that the information that is in this book is for everyone so that they learn how important diet and life style is to them and thier families health is now and in the future. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
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