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Dr. Gaynor's Cancer Prevention Program
Hardcover: 316 pages

Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.

Release Date: January 1999

List Price: $24.00

"Diet is probably the biggest single influence on cancer." So says Mitchell Gaynor, M.D., who believes that everyone—whatever their genetic makeup—can help prevent the development of this disease, in part by watching their diet.

According to Dr. Gaynor, director of medical oncology at the Strang Cancer Prevention Center in New York City, antioxidants (part of a large family of protective plant-based substances called phytonutrients) play a key role in cancer prevention. And so do a number of other phytonutrients, he suggests. In addition to antioxidants, the book touts the safeguarding potential of isoflavones in soy, sulforaphane in broccoli, fiber in grains and beans, and allylsufides in garlic.

The straightforward introductory chapters on how cancer develops and how the body fights it off make it clear why antioxidants and other phytonutrients are vital in protecting against this disease. And while Gaynor prefers that people increase their phytonutrient intake through food first, he doesn't shy away from supplements and gives specific dosage recommendations.

Date Published: 03/20/2001
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