Buddy Blank said...
Glad to help Billy. Here's an obit for Servan-Schreiber you might like...
Anticancer: Why didn't the blueberries work?
Good article! Can you believe he made it 19 years? I bet he always wished he could have stated his alternative treatments way earlier than he did, even way before his diagnoses and his traumatic treatments were started.
“Not the Last Goodbye,” has one awkward question for him: "So the raspberries and broccoli aren’t enough?”
Servan-Schreiber, the author of the bestselling book, “Anticancer: A New Way of Life,” suffered a relapse and died from brain cancer in July, 19 years after his original diagnosis. He was 51. “Anticancer,” part health guide and part memoir, stressed the use of nutrition, physical exercise,yoga, meditation and stress management to help prevent cancer or cope with it once diagnosed........................Servan-Schreiber grapples with the elephant in the room: “If David, himself, the living incarnation of this lifestyle, the one who thinks anticancer, eats anticancer, moves anticancer, breathes anticancer, lives anticancer – if even he succumbs to the disease, then what is left of ‘Anticancer’?”
The question forced some soul searching. Ultimately, he found that he didn’t follow his own advice. In at least one regard, “recently, I have not been the ideal embodiment of the anticancer lifestyle,” he wrote................Servan-Schreiber, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and co-founder of the school’s Center for Integrative Medicine, kept up an exhaustive work and travel schedule. Friends worried he did too much as he criss-crossed the globe, racing from conference to interview and from one project to another.
“I reassured them saying, ‘You’re right, I’m going to slow down,’” he wrote. “But I never did.”................Servan-Schreiber was one clinical case among many, and he said his book was based on scientific research, not his personal experience. There is no miracle cure for cancer, no surgery or chemotherapy that works every time. By the same token, no nutritional program, exercise routine or stress management system can prevent a relapse, he wrote in “Not the Last Goodbye.”
Still, the author and spokesman for “Anticancer” urged doctors to encourage patients to mobilize their natural defenses in the fight against cancer. “All too often patients hear, ‘Do whatever you want to in terms of complementary treatment. It won’t do any harm, but it may not do much good, either,’” he wrote.
“That statement is false, scientifically false,” he wrote. “And it’s everything I have fought against.”........
Wow, 19 years, only adding his alternative approach after the 1st or 2nd relapse. And given only 6 years at original diagnoses. Also, anything he added in hopes it might help was free of any devastating SEs. Not too shabby!
Thanks again, Buddy!