Surviving Cancer provides sound research and actionable steps that anyone can follow in order to live a longer and healthier life. Whether you’re interested in preventing cancer or stopping its spread once it has been diagnosed, John M. Poothullil’s book Surviving Cancer will be an invaluable resource.

Most people are baffled by cancer. They know it’s pervasive and a leading cause of death, yet no one can seem to agree on what causes it or how to cure it. For those who are at high risk of cancer due to genetics or environmental exposure, or for those who have already been diagnosed with the disease, this can be extremely disheartening.

Physician John M. Poothullil, who has studied cancer and diabetes for over twenty years and who fought his own battle against lymphatic cancer, encourages his audience to understand cancer like an iceberg: we generally only acknowledge the visible parts while ignoring the enormous pieces that are not as easily seen.

In his accessible, highly researched, and convincing new book, Poothullil opines that cancer grows when it is fed enough glucose. This is why cancer is pervasive among those with type 2 diabetes, who have higher than average supplies of glucose circulating through their bodies.

Backed by plenty of biological research—some of which is presented in a easy-to- understand way, though at points the book’s language becomes too technical—the book forwards the notion that the spread of cancer can be halted if cells are starved of glucose. Those who are prone to cancer or who have already been diagnosed with localized cancer should eliminate grains—the main glucose-delivering culprits—from their diet, Poothullil says.

With dietary recommendations, thoughts on exercise and supplements, stress-related information, and more, the book is a complete guide for those who want to fight against cancer.

With feet in the worlds of both nature and medicine, the book does an excellent job of not being too dogmatic. It does not decry conventional methods of cancer treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation, yet it encourages patients to be proactive about their own health by watching what they eat and drink and how they live their lives.

The book’s format is easy to navigate. It includes a helpful prologue, short and digestible chapters, and an accessible summary that provides conclusions and key points for convenient reference once the book is completed.

A must-have for those at high risk of developing the disease, Surviving Cancer provides sound research and actionable steps that anyone can follow in order to live a longer and healthier life.

Angela WoltmanForeword Magazine

Surviving Cancer: A New Perspective on Why Cancer Happens & Your Key Strategies for a Healthy Life offers several new perspectives on cancer that don’t appear in other books, despite the volume of literature produced yearly about cancer survival. The audience most likely to gain from the book include those who have been diagnosed with localized cancers that have not yet spread and those with a family history of cancer who have not yet been diagnosed. It also contains many points about diabetes and its link to cancer and treatment approaches; so diabetics will find much food for thought, here.

The first of these new perspectives lies in a key to understanding the science and medicine of cancer itself, fostered by Dr. Poothullil’s original thinking that since the dawn of time, cells are driven to divide. This backdrop suggests that we cannot stop cancer cells from forming –they constantly occur, but the body usually eliminates them. The remainder of the introductory section on why cancer happens thus delves into the physical properties of cancer, from abnormal and dysfunctional cell development and influences on cancer’s chemistry within the bigger picture of gene mutations. Those processes influence cancer development, the internal and external characteristics of cancer cells, and the role chronic inflammation plays in cancer’s ability to metastasize.

Part 2 presents the meat of the title and comes after explaining that cancer’s birth and progression is substantially aided by the consumption of carbohydrates from grains, producing glucose that feeds cancer cells. A surprising insight is also that the insulin the body produces to convert glucose to energy aids in producing a cancer-enriching environment. As a result, the book recommends that the way to halt cancer growth is to ‘starve’ cancer cells, by not consuming grains (“…if you have cancer, your goal should be to reduce your intake of glucose-producing grains to as close to zero as possible.”),

This approach involves adopting a diet that may actually assist diabetic diets. Dr. Poothullil also places matters in perspective when he points out that stopping cancer is a priority over controlling diabetes. This means that diabetics should try to cut down on their insulin injections and use diet to reduce their blood sugar, given that insulin promotes cancer growth.

Diet adjustments, exercise, and managing stress are not typically seen as key components of cancer-busting routines; but keep in mind that Surviving Cancer is not just about beating cancer, but promoting a healthier lifestyle overall.

Pair a new theory about the biological basis of why cancer appears and spreads which maintains that the body is constantly producing cancer cells as part of its natural process with a focus on changing the milieu which makes for a welcoming environment for cancer and you have a very different kind of cancer survival book that focuses on prevention, understanding, and an overall better approach to living.

Readers willing to make lifestyle changes to prevent, limit, and curtail cancer’s appearance and spread will find Surviving Cancer offers not just hope, but a proactive approach that places patients in charge of many different options.

D. DonovanSenior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review