Anti-Cancer: A New Way of Life Book Review

Dr. David Servan-Schreiber*, a physician and scientist, wrote Anti-Cancer: A New Way of Life to share his experiences with cancer, and what he learned as a result of his ordeal. He was at the top of a successful career as a psychiatrist and research scientist when he discovered by chance that he had a malignant brain tumor. After receiving his unwelcome diagnosis and undergoing the treatment for disease, he found that his physicians could not answer many of his questions regarding what he might do to increase his own ability to fight the cancer.

His thesis is simple: All of us have cancer cells in our bodies, but not all of us will develop cancer.

What are the factors that contribute to the formation of cancer, and what if anything can we do to prevent cancer or discourage it if we already have it?

Dr. Servan-Schreiber shared his journey, research, and what he learned about diet, environment, emotions, stress and lifestyle and how these factors can influence the body’s immune response.

He concluded that the causes of cancer are similar to the causes of other chronic diseases, including unhealthy diet high in sugar and fat, exposure to toxins and pollution, high stress lifestyle, lack of exercise, and the loneliness of modern life for many people. His focus is holistic, looking at the connections between the body, mind and spirit.

I realized that I needed to make significant changes in my life. I had been living at a distance from my family that made it difficult to see them often, so I moved to where they live.

Though Dr. Servan-Schreiber was not religious and didn’t address the role that faith may play in healing, overall this is a positive, encouraging book.

The anti-cancer diet is based on the Mediterranean diet. It is primarily plant-based, including 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables, and whole grains. It is low glycemic, and also high in omega-3 foods.

Dr. Servan-Schreiber strongly recommended foods that are high in anti-oxidants, but he did not discuss nutritional supplements as a way of getting enough anti-oxidants.

I found that trying to get enough anti-oxidants and omega-3 fatty acids through my diet alone was complicated. So I also take a comprehensive nutritional supplements which include mega antioxidants, chelated minerals, and omega 3 fatty acids.

Adopting the anti-cancer diet and lifestyle along with taking nutritional supplements daily has markedly improved my health, given me more energy and greater immunity to colds and flu.

*David Servan-Schreiber (April 21, 1961 РJuly 24, 2011)[1] was a French physician, neuroscientist and author. He was a clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.[2] He was also a lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine of Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1. (from Wikipedia)

Book Review Dilip Kumar (The Substance and the Shadow, An Autobiography)

Author Dilip Kumar

Publisher Hay House India

Pages 450

Price Rs 699/-

ISBN 9789381398869

It was midsummer and the weather was hot and humid in Mumbai and the incident dates back to the year 2004. Dilip Sahab was helping Saira Banu rearrange the books on the bookshelf in her bedroom when he happened to pick up a book written by an author who claimed to have known Dilip Kumar better than no one else did. “This is supposed to be my biography and it is full of distortions and misinformation” said Dilip Sahab to Saira. Pat came the reply from Saira “Why don’t you write the story of your life yourself?” This was something Saira always kept insisting Dilip Sahab to write down his own autobiography.

The perseverance kept by both Dilip Sahab and Saira Ji spread over a decade witnessed the thespian Dilip Kumar’s autobiography titled ‘The Substance and the Shadow’ that chronicles his life since birth. The title says as one walks in life their shadow grows larger than the actual image. Similarly, Yousuf Khan the substance became bigger as Dilip Kumar as his shadow.

The book has been published by Hay House India. The narration for putting Dilip Sahab’s erudite words on paper has been done meticulously by Udayatara Nayar who is known for her long association of almost half a century with Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu. While Udayatara was new in the world of Cinema Journalism she had written a long analytical article on Dilip Sahab in one of the issues of Screen. Dilip Sahab then spoke to the former editor of Screen S.S.Pillai: “Groom her, make her work hard and she will go places. She has the potential to become a biographer someday.” Little did she knew that destiny would make this happen for her in real life too and that she would be chosen for Dilip Sahab’s book.

Compulsive Reader

Reading the book I was impressed on learning that Dilip Sahab apart from being a prolific actor has also been a compulsive reader. Be it novels, plays or biographies his love of classic literature has been most prominent. As the book says, “When he reads, he is like a child engrossed in his favourite game unwilling to put it away until time and again Saira Ji pleads him to rest.” He is always engrossed be it writing a script or scene that waits to be picturized the next day morning. He has the habit to underline the sentences with pencil that aroused curiosity in him and jotted down notes in green ink in the margins in his elegant handwriting.

As Dr. R.C.Sharma reminiscences in this book Dilip Sahab reads voraciously on all subjects including medicine. He once also addressed a medical conference and all of them from the medical fraternity listened spellbound to his speech which was replete with information about the latest developments in the field. Nobody could tell that Dilip Kumar was an actor and that medicine was not his concentration.

Power of Dressing

Dilip Sahab’s communication is just not verbal it is also reflected in his power of dressing. He believes in the practice of discipline his clothes are lined up and kept colour wise: “White is white and off-white is off-white” something he is absolutely clear off. Dilip Sahab’s adores his beautiful collection of shoes, suits and ties too. Down the years Saira Ji admits to have learnt from him Dilip Sahab the finest way of maintaining these items. She has also mastered the art of going through various steps to achieve a good polish for the exquisite Dilip Kumar footwear wrapped in covers to keep off from moisture.

Commitment to Craft

Dilip Kumar son of a Pathan fruit merchant had a robust earthy upbringing from parents who always used to tell him that he should be faithful to his occupation whatever the chosen craft may be and sincerely earn his wages. His hard work and commitment to the craft was never lacking. Strong sense of integrity, commitment and compassion came naturally for this nonagenarian from the Pathan genes.

The newly released autobiography Dilip Kumar: The Substance and the Shadow by Hay House India gives the readers wealth of comprehensive information experienced by Dilip Sahab who began as a diffident novice in Hindi cinema in the early 1940s and later went on to attain the pinnacle of stardom within a short time with his spellbinding performances. A career spanning over six decades that was based on his innovative capability, determination and sheer hard work. To sum it up Dilip Kumar: Thespian, Connoisseur of Arts, Voracious Reader and Highly Gifted Multilingual Orator. I am positive readers would find reading this book enlightening.

Book Review of "Make ‘Em Laugh" by Laurence Maslon and Michael Kantor

Make ‘Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America. [Hardcover]

by Laurence Maslon and Michael Kantor

384 pages, $45.00

ISBN-10: 0446505315

Nonfiction

Review by Steven King, MBA, MEd

Who doesn’t love a good joke? Television programs and radio specials have proven one thing: people love to laugh. It has long been contended that laughter is the best medicine. Laughing, or at least finding the humor in not-so-obvious places, drives us all. As Mark Twain famously opined, “Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.”

Laurence Maslon and Michael Kantor have written a phenomenal book in Make ‘Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America, which is a companion to the PBS series by the same name. In their introduction, these two witty authors assert that they are on a quest to discover what has made America laugh for the past 100 years – and, more importantly – why. In about 365 pages, you’ll read why comedy has exploded in America in about five decades. It is refreshing to read a close dissection of comedy and the comedians who made us collectively laugh.

Masterfully divided, these two comedy surgeons have something for everyone (and every age, too), whether you define comedy as the zany antics of Lucille Ball; the parody of Billy Crystal; or the comic mastery of Robin Williams. Perhaps the most refreshing read, however, deals with their analysis of comedians from yesteryear: such as W.C. Fields and Charlie Chaplin.

During your meanderings through this book, you will unveil interesting facts:

* Charlie Chaplin’s salary with Mutual Film Corporation was $670,000 in 1916, making him the highest paid performer in human history.

* Jim Carrey, whose comic brilliance approaches gargantuan proportions, was originally part of a sitcom that tanked in 1984 called The Duck Factory.

* Carol Burnett broke into comedy by wooing President Eisenhower’s Secretary of State, John Foster Dulles, with a song professing her adoration of him.

The lore contained in this book will keep any trivia buff enthralled for a long time.

You won’t read this masterpiece in one sitting, it’s too big – table book big. Instead, you’ll read it in bite-size portions, maybe three to six pages at a time. In that way, you’ll get a very thorough look at comedy and the personalities behind it. Who knows? Maybe liberal readings of this book will prove the maxim that laughter truly is the best form of medicine.

It’s sprinkled with jokes, too. You won’t stop laughing…