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Each issue the VIP birds will endeavor to soar to the highest literary peak to peck out the most unique, informative, and accomplished book that contributes to vegetarian enlightenment. In this issue we review a significant book by Professor J. Robert Hatherill who reveals the foods that can help to combat cancer.


By J. Robert Hatherill

Renaissance Books, 1998


In an era when so many people are talking about radiation and chemotherapy treatments for cancer, it is refreshing to encounter J. Robert Hatherill who writes about "chemoprevention," the idea that substances in natural foods can be powerful weapons against cancer.

In Eat to Beat Cancer, Hatherill advocates a "chemoprevention" lifestyle using "chemopreventive" devices to inhibit, block, and suppress cancer. The "chemopreventive" devices are essentially the foods one eats.

Hatherill reveals a mass of scientific evidence to show that certain compounds in food provide protection against cancer and heart disease. These plant compounds can be obtained by eating foods in his Super Eight Food Groups:

    1. Onion Group - onion, garlic, asparagus
    2. Cruciferous Group - broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower
    3. Nuts and Seeds - pumpkin seed, sesame seeds, walnuts
    4. Grass Group - corn, oats, rice, wheat
    5. Legume Group - soybeans (tofu), green and wax beans, peas
    6. Fruit - citrus fruits, berries
    7. Solanace Group - tomatoes, potatoes
    8. Umbelliferous Group - carrots, celery

The author stresses a diet that includes all of these food groups. Omitting any one group eliminates a shield against disease. By eating all of the Super Eight Food Groups, a person lessens his or her dependence on health care for rescue after becoming ill. Following this healthy lifestyle, anyone can improve the quality of his or her existence and live longer in good health.

Eat to Beat Cancer Hatherill details thousands of chemicals that pollute the environment to cause chronic diseases. The only way to combat these pollutants is a "chemopreventive" program involving eating the "right" foods and limiting animal and dairy products.

Hatherill's cancer-busting plan begins with a diet combining all Eight Super Food Groups, decreasing the intake of meat, seafood, chicken, and dairy products, and avoiding processed foods that are high in fat and calories and low in cancer-busting power. He recommends a three-step process to take people from a high-fat, animal protein regimen to a low-fat disease prevention diet.

Starter Diet Plan begins with cutting fat by reducing consumption of dairy, meat, poultry, and fish.

Advanced Diet Plan increases cancer suppressing foods and substitutes soy protein for dairy.

Optimum Diet Plan includes the highest consumption of the Super Eight Food Group and the lowest of dairy, meat, poultry, and fish.

In each of these diet plans he offers sample menus and says people should eat a rainbow of colors of fruits and vegetables if they cannot remember the food groups.

Anyone living in a non-polluted world and eating the Super Eight Food Group would not need vitamins or supplements. Since a pollution-free environment does not exist, he says, "When in doubt, take vitamin supplements. He makes a strong case for the health benefits of Vitamin A, Beta Carotene, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Folic Acid, and Vitamin B12.

Included in the book are diet plans for defeating various types of cancer: breast, cervical, ovarian, and uterine in women as well as prostate and testicular in men. Also presented are diets for cancers common to both men and women such as lung, liver, skin, and others.

Hatherill devotes an entire chapter to recipes and menus to assist the reader in incorporating the Super Eight Food Group into a healthy eating lifestyle. The appendix offers scientific support for the book, a section on nutritional quackery, ways to avoid pesticides in house and garden, lead in calcium supplements, ways to eliminate aluminum exposure, sources of foods and pesticide alternatives, internet resources, and an extensive bibliography and glossary.

As people careen down the fat-laden, fast-food highway, health professionals need to mount a big STOP sign. Eat to Beat Cancer by J. Robert Hatherill provides the scientific rationale for that STOP sign. Hatherill, who received his doctorate in environmental toxicology and is a professor of environmental studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, has the credentials and the research to support the ideas presented in this book.

Using charts, graphs, and other visual aids and presented in a highly readable manner, this book clearly outlines a "chemopreventive" program all people can follow to increase the quality and length of their lives. It is essentially a handbook which should be in the home libraries of all health-conscious households.

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