Our understanding of cancer is slowly undergoing a revolution, allowing for the development of more effective treatments. For the first time ever, the death rate from cancer is showing a steady decline … but the ‘War on Cancer’ has hardly been won.
In The Cancer Code, Dr Jason Fung offers a revolutionary new understanding of this invasive, often fatal disease – what it is, how it manifests and why it is so challenging to treat. In this rousing narrative, Dr Fung identifies the medical community’s many missteps in cancer research – in particular, its focus on genetics, or what he terms the ‘seed’ of cancer, at the expense of examining the ‘soil,’ or the conditions under which cancer flourishes. Dr Fung – whose ground-breaking work in the treatment of obesity and diabetes has won him international acclaim – suggests that the primary disease pathway of cancer is caused by the dysregulation of insulin. In fact, obesity and type 2 diabetes significantly increase an individual’s risk of cancer.
In this accessible read, Dr Fung provides a new paradigm for dealing with cancer, with recommendations for what we can do to create a hostile soil for this dangerous seed. One such strategy is intermittent fasting, which reduces blood glucose, lowering insulin levels. Another, eliminating intake of insulin-stimulating foods, such as sugar and refined carbohydrates.
For hundreds of years, cancer has been portrayed as a foreign invader we’ve been powerless to stop. By reshaping our view of cancer as an internal uprising of our own healthy cells, we can begin to take back control. The seed of cancer may exist in all of us, but the power to change the soil is in our hands.
About the author
Dr Jason Fung is a doctor, author and researcher. His ground-breaking science-based books about diabetes and obesity, The Diabetes Code, The Obesity Code and The Complete Guide to Fasting have sold hundreds of thousands of copies and challenged the conventional wisdom that diabetics should be treated with insulin. Dr Fung is also the co-founder of the Intensive Dietary Management Program, North America’s leading clinic to help people lose weight and reverse Type 2 Diabetes naturally with fasting. His work on fasting has been cited by the Daily Mail, Telegraph, CNN, TIME, the Atlantic, Forbes and many other media outlets.
Having lost my mother to pancreatic cancer recently, I was fascinated by the concept of this book. Jason Fung has done an amazing job of telling the story of cancer; its origin, treatment and new understandings of how it comes to life and how new treatments are being developed based on these insights. Truly amazing.