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Beating Cancer with Natural Medicine (My Doctor Says Series)

by Michael Lam

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The major premise is on page 114: "Gathering the right nutrients together at the right time in the right ratio is the key to turn the body into an optimized cancer-fighting machine." Assuming that the right nutrients can never be available in sufficient quantities in the diet, this book calls for supplements in megadoses. But can anyone judge which nutrients are needed when and in which ratios? How much do the experts know? The author admits on page 133 that "our knowledge of antioxidants in a cancer setting is still in its infancy stages." So proceed with caution, if at all. Supplements are very concentrated and, especially in megadoses, can create dangerous imbalances. Are they even "natural"? Can a sick body absorb supplements in pill form? Is cancer a deficiency disease, as this book suggests, or a disease of excess? It seems to me that cancer is an oxygen deficiency at the cellular level, caused by excess (toxemia), rather than a nutrient deficiency. A clean-up mode is called for; detox, not supplementation. If the system is clogged, will additional intake help?

This book recommends integrating "natural" therapies (supplements) with conventional treatments, which seems implausible because the former depend upon the immune system and the latter too often cripple it.

I cannot agree with the author's advice to drink lots of water, even if you can get clean water. In the absence of thirst, water drinking is not beneficial. Water drinking beyond the body’s needs dilutes stomach acids needed for digestion. Better to get your water needs from juicy fruits and raw foods. I do agree with his statement that "the failure to accept cancer as a systemic disease is one of the greatest failures in modern medicine."

The last chapter left me feeling outraged that so many relatively non-toxic therapies are either illegal or unavailable here in the USA, for no good reason. Is cancer a medical problem or a political problem? To his credit, Dr. Lam takes on the industries that produce carcinogens, especially the pesticide and nuclear power industries. He also warns against water fluoridation and unnecessary mammograms. ( )
  pjsullivan | Nov 26, 2014 |
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