Metabolic Approach to Cancer, The
Cancer rates have increased exponentially since the beginning of the 20th century — now affecting almost 50 percent of the American population. Yet conventional treatment continues to rely on chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation, despite research that has repeatedly shown 95 percent of cancer cases are directly related to diet and lifestyle.
The Metabolic Approach to Cancer is the first book to offer a comprehensive, nutrition-focused protocol to managing cancer. Naturopathic, integrative oncologist and cancer survivor Dr. Nasha Winters and nutrition therapist Jess Higgins Kelley identify the ten key elements of a person's terrain — including the microbiome, the immune system, and blood sugar balance — as they relate to the cancer process, and they prescribe a heavily researched, tested, and nontoxic metabolic therapeutic approach that encompasses the ketogenic diet, fasting, specific phytonutrients, herbal treatments, and more. The Optimal Terrain Ten Protocol is a clear plan that will empower both patients and physicians to slow cancer's endemic spread and live optimized lives.
Copyright 2017, hardcover, 400 pages.
Overall, this book was a worthwhile purchase for me. I bought it because I had read about the long-term remission from stage IV cancer of one of the authors in an interview with Acres, and I wondered just what diet she had followed. The book doesn’t specifically answer that question, but it describes the naturopathic treatment theory and diet that she now promotes. The diet the book recommends is an extreme keto diet that would be nearly impossible for most people to follow. The list of outlawed foods is huge and includes most of what average Americans consider a healthy diet, including all grains and legumes and nearly all fruit and dairy products. (It is interesting that Acres chose to feature this book, when it condemns most farm products, organic or not.) Many of the allowed foods on the diet would be difficult to find (e.g., wild green apples) and the recipes provided are, in my opinion, weird and unappealing. The quasi-religious aspect of naturopathy loses me, and some of the more extreme claims make me question the validity of the whole theory. There are several statements that are flat-out wrong, such as the claim that only humans and their pets get cancer. It is supposedly better to follow the diet and health practices of our pre-agricultural ancestors, but then the authors recommend supplements (tailored to your individual needs as determined by a whole lot of genetic and blood tests, very few of which are going to be covered by insurance) and warm coffee enemas, among other things. This is natural and what our ancestors did? The useful part of the book is the list of foods with various anti-cancer and/or health-promoting properties. There are also good suggestions for avoiding carcinogens in the environment and for making some fairly simple lifestyle changes to improve health by reducing stress. Most of this part would be approved by the Western medical establishment that the authors disdain. Absolutely everybody will tell you to eat more fiber.
This message should spread far and wide