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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Thriving After Cancer the authors of The Definitive Guide to Cancer comes The Definitive Guide to Thriving After Cancer. Inside Dr. Lise Alschuler and Karolyn Gazella discuss how five of the body's most important pathways influence genetic expression and determine the state of our health, and how we can support each pathway to reduce the risk of cancer recurrence and achieve optimal health.

They explain how diet, exercise, supplements, stress, sleep, laughter, love, joy, hope, relaxation, hormone balance, and blood sugar metabolism influence the risk of developing cancer and dying from cancer through their effects on inflammation, genetic expression, and immunity.

Read about how yoga can reduce side effects from cancer treatment on page 55. Learn why soy is associated with a decreased risk of cancer recurrence and a decreased risk of dying from cancer, even in women with ER+ cancer, on page 79. Read about the most important antioxidants for cancer prevention on page 122 and which ones can minimize radiation-induced damage from X-rays, CT scans, mammograms, and MRIs on page 155. Learn why anxiety can help us heal on page 140 and why even healthy people get cancer on page 174.

While the information in The Definitive Guide to Thriving After Cancer is rooted in scientific studies, the strategies are easy to understand, the recommendations are easy to follow, and the writing style is inspirational. My favorite passage comes from page 133:

"Embarking upon a lifestyle that supports health and vitality becomes more than a list of things to try to do better. All of a sudden, these diet changes, exercise programs, and dietary supplements become guideposts lighting the way toward complete immersion in the richness of living. It is this profound sense of being alive that we hope to inspire."

Whether you have cancer, have had cancer, or want to prevent cancer, this book will help you thrive.

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