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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Anti-Cancer

Oxford University press has recently published The Cancer Prevention Manual: Simple Rules To Reduce the Risks by Fred Stephens, M.D.. The book contains, in part four, some rather cursory discussions of how to avoid specific forms of cancer. The recommendation to avoid fatty foods, however, goes contrary to the Atkins diet and to the wisdom to be found in the copiously footnoted Good Calories, Bad Calories. While it is always interesting to read books such as this to find out specific recommendations, this subject deserves much more comprehensive treatment, detailed footnotes citing sources, and more discussion of the epidemiological and clinical studies that undergird the recommendations. That being said, Dr. Stephens does a good job of putting the subject into clear English that even a grammar school child could comprehend.

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