Dr. Brad’s Reading List for Health and Life

19 04 2013

The following post is from my mother’s doctor in Seattle. He has cancer and has created a website to communicate to his patients what he’s doing to treat his cancer, etc. What a great reading list he has compiled about food, health, and cancer. I think there is something here for everybody who wants to find ways to lead a healthier life, but especially for people who are fighting cancer. I have created a list of the books with links at the end of the post to make it easier to check out the book or books you might be interested in or to order them if you are interested. I was especially pleased to see Forks Over Knives on his list – a little validation for what I have been discovering and that he also uses a Blendtec blender (can get at Costco for about $329). ūüôā He closes his post with some words of wisdom about how to lead a full, happy, healthy life. I wish Dr. Brad all the best! If you would like to learn more about Dr. Brad, here is the link to his Caring Bridge page:

Dr. Brad’s Post:

Written Apr 11, 2013 12:14pm

People have been curious about what health measures Krista and I have been taking in addition to chemotherapy and following doctor’s orders.  There have been many changes around here and sharing them is likely to be of help to others.  Had I started along this road earlier, I would probably be a healthier person today.  I have historically had a deep interest in cancer and cancer research.  In medical school I spent two summers working on the cancer research ward and clinic at Yale Medical Center.  My medical school advisor was a Pediatric Oncologist, and we spent a lot of time together on the hospital wards of children with cancer.  I actually came flirtingly close to becoming an oncologist but decided that practicing general medicine would bring a greater variety of experiences to my life.

Treating my cancer has been a multipronged approach.  I feel that dealing with such a disease is a matter of using all modalities at your disposal and being open to alternatives from multiple sources.  A recent and well written book, The Emperor of all Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjea, gives an overall history of cancer that is very helpful at putting cancer into perspective. The author points out time and time again that cancer treatment should be creative and flexible.

There have been dramatic changes in my life since my diagnosis, and the biggest changes are around food choices.   The book, The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-Term Health by T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell, is a real eye opener for starters.  Watching the documentary, Forks Over Knives, also presents a lot of nutritional information that is not yet common knowledge.   I have seen enough patients with gluten sensitivity and other issues associated with wheat that reading Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health written by William Davis makes for interesting, informative reading.  Another book, Pandora’s Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal, is startling and makes one look at food choices very carefully.

Our Blentec three-horsepower blender has become a standard feature in our kitchen.¬†¬†Eating a wide variety of bona fide organic vegetables and fruits – seeds, skin, and all ‚Äď is our primary goal.¬†¬†We eat them raw, lightly steamed, and blended, and the majority of our meals are vegetarian.¬†¬†We are fortunate to live in Seattle where it is possible to buy almost everything organic.¬†¬†There are three books written by Qigong master, Jeff Primack, that have helped us better understand the healing qualities of natural foods:¬†Conquering Any Disease: the Ultimate High-Phytochemical Food Healing System;¬†¬†Food-Healing, Cooking with Qi; and¬†Smoothie Formulas,¬†Specific Foods For Specific Diseases. (These are available at AbintraWellness@mac.com.) There is clearly some trial and error involved in finding healthy recipes that taste good enough to eat. Fortunately, we have found a number of immune boosting smoothies that I actually like!!¬†¬†Krista has been inspired by¬†Eat to Live¬†by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. and has found dozens of delicious vegetarian recipes at¬†www.drfuhrman.com/library/recipes.aspx.¬†¬†A family member dealing with breast cancer sent us a cookbook,¬†The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen¬†by Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson, which is full of tasty recipes.¬†¬†¬†Our copy came complete with tags on her favorite tried-and-true recipes. (God bless you, Carol!!)

Regrettably, we live in an age of countless chemical additives and fast food traps, BUT we can educate ourselves and make wiser choices about what we bring into the house and what we eat on a regular basis.  These changes can happen incrementally over time, but we can no longer ignore the link between disease and how we eat. I have given up caffeine and carbonated beverages, but I was relieved to see several good studies showing that the occasional glass of Pinot Noir has an excellent antioxidant effect. With that in mind, going for higher quality wine and less quantity seems to be the right balance.

Three other books I have found very interesting:

Perfect Health: The Complete Mind Body Guide by Deepak Chopra MD.  This book was recommended by the High Voodoo Priestess of New Orleans and I was unwilling to mess with her recommendations.

Anti cancer: A New Way of Life by David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD. This is a true story written by a thoughtful physician and scientist who has had cancer several times.  He has a lot to say and writes well.  He also agrees with the healthful effects of red wine so he is my kind of guy.

The Quantum Doctor: A Quantum Physicist Explains the Healing Power of Integral Medicine by Amit Goswami PHD.  I saw this adorable man speaking on Channel 9, and I think he is onto something.  He feels that with a conscious, integrative perspective there need be no conflict between using standard allopathic medicine and other modalities of alternative medicine.

If you do all of this: love and appreciate your family and friends, find meaning in life, exercise on a daily basis, get enough rest, follow doctor’s orders, and eat wisely, then general health is certainly fostered and cancer cells will hopefully remain in check or disappear altogether!

Be well!

Dr. Brad

Dr. Brad’s Reading List

The Emperor of all Maladies: A Biography of Cancer: http://www.amazon.com/The-Emperor-All-Maladies-Biography/dp/1439170916/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1366420821&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=The+Emperor+of+all+Maladies%3A+A+Biography+of+Cancer+by+Siddhartha+Mukherjea

The China Study:

Forks Over Knives:

Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health:

Pandora’s Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal:

Conquering Any Disease: the Ultimate High-Phytochemical Food Healing System:

Cooking with Qi:

Smoothie Formulas, Specific Foods For Specific Diseases:

Eat to Live:

The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen:

Perfect Health: The Complete Mind Body Guide:

Anti cancer: A New Way of Life:

The Quantum Doctor: A Quantum Physicist Explains the Healing Power of Integral Medicine:



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