Suzanne Somers’ Knockout, etc.

In Knockout: Interviews with Doctors Who Cure Cancer – and How to Prevent Getting It in the First Place, Suzanne Somers interviews doctors who are successfully using the most innovative cancer treatments—treatments that build up the body rather than tear it down. Somers herself has stared cancer in the face, and a decade later she has conquered her fear and has emerged confident with the path she’s chosen. Now she shares her personal choices and outlines an array of options from doctors across the country.

In addition to talking about alternative treatments (without chemotherapy, without radiations, and sometimes without surgery), integrative protocols (combining types of treatments to build up the immune system), and methods for managing cancer, Somers’ book also provides nutrition, lifestyle, and dietary supplementation options to help protect you from getting the disease in the first place.

Another hot, newly-updated book on a similar topic is Michio Kushi’s The Cancer Prevention Diet: The Macrobiotic Approach to Preventing and Relieving Cancer. Kushi, author, lecturer and popular voice of the international macrobiotic community, has joined once again with co-writer Jack to update and revise this comprehensive, cancer-prevention guidebook, first published 25 years ago. The authors note that when the first edition was published, a cold war existed between holistic and mainstream therapies; today, they assert, mainstream medicine has recognized the beneficial effects of the macrobiotic diet as it relates to cancer, while admitting its own failings in keeping the disease in check.

Kushi writes that cancer prevention and treatment should begin in the kitchen, encompassing diet (with an emphasis on whole grains and vegetables) as well as environment, outlook and lifestyle. This remarkable resource also includes 17 up-to-date individual chapters on specific cancers, such as thyroid cancer, spiraling since the last edition.

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About Steven Deineh

Steven is a librarian at San Diego County Library headquarters. He mostly enjoys reading young adult fiction (some of his favorites include Feed by M.T. Anderson, Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan, The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling), science fiction/fantasy (Ender's Game & series by Orson Scott Card, The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke), and fiction (anything by Sarah Waters, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon, Bel Canto by Ann Patchett). When not reading, you can find him sleeping, drinking coffee, and wanderlusting all over San Diego County and the world.