A neuroscientist, not a chef, and not a dietary extremist, but Servan-Schreiber adopted and classified a basic approach to mindful eating that helped him survive his own brain cancer for nearly 20 years. Marvelous job quoting reputable studies from all over the world. Simple food decisions: mostly colorful vegetables and legumes, plus unsaturated fats (olive, but also highly unpopular canola), herbs and spices. Went so far as to compare how specific vegetables inhibit cancer cell growth depending on the cancer; garlic is the top choice whether lung, prostate, breast or brain, but other veggies such as eggplant are all over the map. OK with whole grains including wheat, brown rice, barley and millet, but thought meat and eggs optional. Allowed himself two or three desserts a week; no limit on fruits.
Jeannine is a long-term survivor who works as a consultant, coach, writer and speaker. She takes a holistic approach connecting body, mind, spirit, social and environmental and believes that food strongly impacts all these health needs. Recognizes that we experience plenty of “contradictory advice.” Jeannine does not go deep into diet beyond citing a few lists of good foods, and does not address cooking at all (i.e., no recipes). Her main eating advice: “(M)ainstream medical training provides very little education if any about the relationship between foods and health and certainly foods and cancer. Most likely, you need to seek information about diet and cancer from other sources.”
Included here because one of the highlighted subjects had brain cancer. Turner expanded her dissertation by interviewing over 100 cancer survivors and researched almost 1,000 to identify nine key factors for helping heal cancer, worth listing right here: 1) radically changing diet; 2) taking control of one’s health; 3) following your intuition; 4) using herbs and supplements; 5) releasing suppressed emotion; 6) increasing positive emotion; 7) embracing social support; 8) deepening a spiritual connection; and 9) having strong reasons for living. In the diet chapter, she recommends a veggie and fruit diet, with whole grains over refined, and limited meat. She critiques medical journals for not mentioning patients’ own thoughts about their successful diets, nor the input of alternative healers. A few of her interviewees credit anti-cancer diets for their health, but literally hate them for eliminating the tastes of foods they once loved.