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Honoring A Hero In Our Times ~ A Trend Breaker ~ A physician who talked about living a healthy life in order to create a healthy body, mind and spirit where cancer cannot grow and take over.

Trailer for our current production of "A Matter Of Life" - a documentary film about the life and work of Dr. David Servan-Schreiber.

Dr. David Servan-Schreiber, two-time brain cancer survivor, distinguished scientist and best-selling author (Anticancer), has teamed up with the world renowned MD Anderson Cancer Center, to initiate a ground-breaking research project aimed at enhancing standard cancer care around the world. The project's goal is to improve & boost cancer care....forever.

The initiative, led by Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D., professor of behavioral science and general oncology at MD Anderson, will  examine the effects of an innovative, standardized integrative oncology program based on the model outlined in the book Anticancer, by Dr. Servan-Schreiber.

M. D. Anderson Cancer Center & Anticancer are currently seeking philanthropic funding to advance the goals of the Integrative Medicine Program, and to specifically support the development and testing of a novel, comprehensive integrative oncology intervention.The study will dramatically move the integrative medicine field forward through several ground breaking strategies where previous research has fallen short. The Servan-Schreiber/Cohen Anticancer Fund will support a 5-year research project with the following measurable aims:

- Develop a comprehensive, novel, standardized, web-based, integrative oncology intervention program based on the model outlined in Anticancer. The program will include special diets, physical activity, stress management, social support, control of environmental contaminants, and some supportive natural supplements that many people with cancer are already taking (e.g., vitamin D3, fish oil, and turmeric).

- Develop reliable techniques to assess a persons natural defenses against cancer through simple objective measures (e.g., blood tests of inflammation, vitamin D levels, stress hormones, omega-6/omega-3 fatty acid ratio, antioxidant capacity, and immune system activity) and determine how these measures are related to clinical outcomes and other existing biological markers.

- Pilot test the integrative oncology intervention to evaluate to what degree it is possible to improve a persons natural defenses and clinical outcomes as measured by the above tests through the biological assessment of the tumor micro-environment, and conventional psychological and quality of life measures.

- Evaluate to what degree this comprehensive integrative oncology intervention reduces the progression of disease.

When David Servan-Schreiber, a dedicated scientist and doctor, was diagnosed with brain cancer, his life changed. Confronting what medicine knows about the illness and the little-known workings of his body's natural cancer ­fighting capacities, and marshaling his own will to live, Servan-Schreiber found himself on a fifteen-­year journey from disease and relapse into scientific exploration and, finally, to health.

Combining memoir, concise explanation of what makes cancer cells thrive and what inhibits them, and drawing on both conventional and alternative ways to slow and prevent cancer, Anticancer is revolutionary. It is a moving story of a doctor's inner and outer search for balance; radical in its discussion of the environment, lifestyle, and trauma; and compelling and cautionary in its proposal that cancer cells lie dormant in all of us and that we all must care for the "terrain" in which they exist.

Advocating a sea change in the way we understand and confront cancer, Anticancer is a radical synthesis of science and personal experience, an inspiring personal journey, and certainly a guide to "a new way of life." Anticancer tells us:
◊ Why the traditional Western diet creates the conditions for disease and how to develop a science-based anticancer diet
How and why sugar and stress feed cancer and ways to achieve life balance and good nutrition to combat it
◊ Why the effects of helplessness and unhealed wounds affect our ability to restore health
◊ How to reap the benefits of exercise, yoga, and meditation
◊ How to minimize environmental toxins
◊ How to find the right blend of traditional and alternative health care Bookmark and Share

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In a new study, researchers at the Moores Cancer Center and Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, UC San Diego used a complex computer prediction model to determine that intake of vitamin D3 and calcium would prevent 58,000 new cases of breast cancer and 49,000 new cases of colorectal cancer annually in the US and Canada. The researchers model also predicted that 75% of deaths from these cancers could be prevented with adequate intake of vitamin D3 and calcium. Dr. Cedric Garland, UCSD School of Medicine, lead researcher on the study discusses the implications of this finding and the proposed actions. Series: Vitamin D Deficiency - Treatment and Diagnosis [Health and Medicine] [Show ID: 16454]

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