BOOK REVIEW – Alternative and Integrative Oncology: The reference guide to evidence-based cancer therapies. (continued)

BOOK REVIEW – Alternative and Integrative Oncology: The reference guide to evidence-based cancer therapies. (continued)

It would have been helpful, however, if the author had rated the various references that were quoted in the order of this hierarchy. This would save time for a busy practitioner trying to hone in on higher levels of evidence versus lower quality research.

I would have enjoyed a description of what Naturopathy is, and how naturopathic philosophy underpins the use of these potential lifesaving remedies and treatment approaches. I did not understand why nagalase testing was featured so early on in the book, when its use has not been found to offer a valid alternative to histopathological analysis in diagnosing cancer. A section on the cancer personality and the mind/body connection was an important inclusion. The section on apoptosis and cancer signalling pathways was informative for such a large subject. Basic important information. Carcinogenic food sources was another useful section, with diet implicated in our many daily toxic exposures.

The treatment section has more than 300 descriptions listed from A to Z. According to the author, it took five years to research the content of this book. Some additional sections included: Glossary of relevant terms; cancer types; cancer cell line reference index; human cancer cell types and pro-apoptotic agents; botanical plant sources and cytotoxic constituents; and complementary homoeopathic remedies.

I would have found it useful and timesaving if important sections of the evidence being quoted were highlighted. What the book does not answer is how any of the treatments can be combined, or which are possibly harmful if used in combination. Often, cancer patients are using multiple remedies and multiple approaches. More specifics on which of these treatments are able to be offered with conventional cancer therapies would also be helpful. This reference is a valuable initial reference in my library. I hope the author is contemplating an online version that can be regularly updated, as more research becomes available. I liked that the author states he has had no influence from special interest groups or corporate remuneration in the writing of this reference guide.

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