A good friend sent me this one, and I had to share it with you. Besides, in my case, it's true! (TMI, right?)
In a more serious vein, my mind has been on food a lot lately, especially as regards what I eat and how it affects my body. Those of you who've followed my blog for any length of time at all are aware that several of my close friends have been treated for breast cancer in the last year or two, and my own awareness of the very real dangers has naturally been heightened by their experience.
One of them, the wonderful lady I wrote about here, recently put me on to a wonderful book by David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD. (The same degree my youngest son is currently striving for, by the way.) Its title is Anti Cancer: A New Way of Life, and it happens to be one heck of a good read. Since this type of fare is generally not my cup of tea, the fact that I am thoroughly enjoying Dr. Servan-Schreiber's words is a testament to his writing abilities. The man is clearly both left and right-brained, because he manages to deliver a fair amount of clinical and statistical information in the most unthreatening (and unboring!) way imaginable, surrounding it with personal experience and humor in a way that is downright compelling. Besides that, he makes me think...and hope...and believe that I can be healthier! (And not just in the sense of being free from cancer, by the way.) Thanks to Dr. S-S, I am actually seeing food in a new way. Voluntarily. And yes, folks, it IS a miracle.
As a little teaser (this dude should hire me as a publicist), I will say that the doctor went from being a hotshot MD-PhD––publishing papers in the prestigious Pyschological Review and getting grants almost at will to do research at the University of Pittsburgh––to being a cancer patient himself. Brain cancer, I might add. Discovered by a couple of his peers when their research subject didn't show up for a promised MRI and he offered himself up as a replacement human guinea pig. Bingo. An asymptomatic tumor. Quite a shock to the system.
This intelligent and complex man tells his personal story as a cancer patient, his psychological story as a man, his professional story as a scientist, and every one of our stories as human beings who eat foods every day that are harmful to our systems and fail to eat foods every day that are helpful, even life-saving. The book is a knockout. It really is.
So I just wanted to recommend it for your reading pleasure. Go ahead....try it. You will NOT be sorry.
But you might be changed forever.
PS. Don't forget to watch Nie on Oprah today. (Yes, I am even rescinding my personal Oprah ban in order to watch Stephanie's segment.) Now, that's devotion!