Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Food, Fat, Fun, Friends, and Cancer

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!


Unknown said...

Yes...I'm looking forward to seeing Nie today!
That book sounds awesome. I would have a hard time normally reading those kinds of books but it sounds very interesting.
Love your cartoon!

karen said...

Yes - I'm going to read it as this type of thing is my cup of tea. I really believe we can heal our bodies of many ailments through proper nutrition - I've had it work wonders for my rheumatoid arthritis. It doesn't happen overnight, but it can happen! Thanks for the suggestion! I missed Nie - I'm at work today. Does it ever repeat at another day/time?
By the way: Seattle was AWESOME!

jen said...

The cartoon was funny. I know I'll be feeling like that a lot more in, say 30 days, when my balloon deflates and sags to my knees!
I taped Nie today. Hope Oprah does her justice.

jen said...

And wish you could have come to the shower, too. It was something else! It took 90 minutes just to unpack it all this afternoon!
The shoes! The shoes!

Em said...

haha, way to make an exception sue;-) our local news did a good sized segment on them as well, right after the oprah show. definitely shed some tears watching, but i expected that. so glad to finally see her segment make it to oprah. it made me wonder how many other people wrote oprah besides me about stephanie. such amazing people.