Alternative Cancer Treatments Described
The author hits her stride with three interviews: one with a Polish-born biochemist practicing in Texas, one with an oncologist in New York City, and one with an oncologist in Nevada. Dr. Burzynski?s approach involves replenishing a particular peptide normally produced in the liver. Dr. Gonzalez?s approach involves heavy supplementation with pancreatic enzymes. Dr. Forsythe?s approach involves blood tests sent to Europe followed by a combination of conventional treatments with natural supplements. It seems these men are looked at very warily by their medical colleagues; but the testimonies collected here from patients are most impressive. Would these people have recovered anyway? Maybe; but quite a few say they were told by doctors they had stage IV cancer before they sought out the alternative practitioners.
Ten other practitioners of one sort or another, several being medical doctors, are also interviewed. Probably because the author or the editors wanted to avoid redundancy, it seems each has his or her pet theory, beyond a healthy diet. So, what about diet? Eliminating sugar is a leitmotif. Other recommendations that pop up, often more than once, are for cruciferous vegetables, berries, turmeric and the Budwig diet (one third of a cup of cottage cheese with 3 tablespoons of flaxseed oil twice daily).
Do I recommend this book? Well, there are certainly some interesting ideas in it. Maybe one or another of those ideas will lead to better health for cancer victims. This book did leave me with the feeling that, if I or anyone close to me needed cancer care, I would be tempted to look to Germany for it.
[This is exerpted from a review I wrote for Cambridge Naturals, Cambridge, MA.]