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What code? There are no concrete recommendations here other than fasting and low carb.
Reviewed in the United States on November 13, 2020
First, you have to know that 75 % of this book is "history of cancer" going through, in painstaking detail, how we got to where we are in cancer research. If there was point to it, which I am not sure there is... the point is that the mutation theory of cancer is incorrect. One massive problem with this is that it is a thesis which is a day late and dollar short. There are tons of other books on this subject including Thomas N. Seyfried's book, which should get the credit. It is like a massive knowledge dump. Anything that the author is reminded of while talking about the subject he is on - he spews. Each chapter does not begin with a thesis statement but rather meanders until the thesis comes out near the end. This part of this book is boring and largely pointless for anyone coming into the book knowing that the mutation theory is wrong.
Then the way the book is structured does not seem to be for the audience reading it, but rather the audience would seem to be the "cancer industry". Forceful arguments about useless cost of treatments or wrong directions in research is pointless to the average person reading it. There is an entire chapter on the problems with "prevention" that really offers nothing new. Many of the insights can be found on google. Yes, a mammogram is meaningless in severe cancers and usually only prevents cancers that would not be dangerous anyway. Yes, yes, can find that on google.
The only insight(s) I thought had some merit was 1. he seems to be suggesting that cancer is perhaps an evolutionary response that we misunderstand and because we misunderstand it, we don't deal with it correctly. He suggests there may be a purpose to what happens with cancer... and that does seem to have merit to me because most cancer becomes immortal and is very hard to destroy. In addition it is in almost every living creature and 2. that the oft stated "shrinking of tumors" means nothing with regard to cancer. You can have a massive tumor but if it doesn't metastasize easily you will be fine. It is the ability to metastasize that is deadly. While I knew metastasis wasn't great, I thought that tumor size had some relation.
The recommendations made are not a surprise. Insulin and carbs cause greater cancer growth and reducing both will reduce danger of cancer. But if you have read any of Fung's prior books, you would know these things. In fact, Thomas N. Seyfried goes further and states that you need to eat less food AND less carbs -- and even then, you could still get cancer... but it could be less aggressive. Seyfried recommends both keto and oxygen therapy...and a number of other recommendations.
If you're looking for new information or concrete information that any person can do right now to assist, you will not find it here.