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Anticancer Living: Transform Your Life and Health with the Mix of Six

Cohen, Lorenzo & . Viking. May 2018. 432p. notes. index. ISBN 9780735220416. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780735220423. HEALTH
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Heavily based on David Servan-Schreiber's Anticancer: A New Way of Life, this book focuses on lifestyle changes for reducing the likelihood of getting cancer or helping a patient to survive beyond diagnosis. The recommendations are generally solid and harmless but are presented with so many testimonials that the work reads like an infomercial. The personal experiences presented are intended to be inspiring but also present a biased picture of selected individuals who beat the odds. The advice is familiar: exercise, reduce stress, have a network of people who will be supportive, and avoid processed foods. Some of the more specific prescriptions have copious citations that offer little support for the claims made. For example, Cohen recommends eating turmeric despite knowing it would be difficult to eat enough to have any benefit, as is made clear in the cited studies. Cohen received his PhD in medical psychology, works at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas, is an author on a review of energy healing, and was a paid consultant for Applied Biophoton, Inc. The National Cancer Institute has booklets dealing with issues covered by this title that are more succinct and free.
VERDICT Recommended for people who want basic health advice mixed with some questionable content.

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