Book Review

Book Review

Nature’s Cancer-Fighting Foods
by Verne Varona

Originally published in 2001, this book was based on personal study, client feedback and clinical experience doing nutritional counseling for a medical group that Varona co-founded in Los Angeles. In 2014, he completed a one-year total revamp and update of this book; every chapter was revised, several tossed out and four new ones added. Varona also added a 40-page chapter on the key factors that cancer survivors shared, based again on continued counseling experience, hundreds of interviews with cancer survivors and continous personal study.

This book addresses the specific needs of those with a diagnosis of cancer, but also explores the key factors that science and experience have shown to influence the path of prevention and recovery.  Nutrition educator Verne Varona developed a breakthrough lifestyle program for immunity building and cancer prevention and recovery. This book provides detailed diet and lifestyle modifications to reinforce the body’s immunity and reduce cell damage to a minimum.

“The only difference between a healthy person who never gets a cancer diagnosis and a sick person who does…is that the former has a healthy body and strong immune system, while the latter does not…the goal for any cancer prevention or treatment program is to avoid those things known to cause cancer, and to create the healthiest possible body with an optimally functioning inane system.” – Dr. David Brownstein

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This book was a life-saver for me, in more ways than one. My breast cancer diagnosis in 2003 brought with it a tectonic shift in my reality, and I was fortunate to be the beneficiary of Verne’s knowledge, thanks to this book.  It was about that time that we started working together, and I couldn’t drink up his brilliant wisdom fast enough.  I recommend this book to anyone struggling with a cancer diagnosis, and anyone trying to avoid it.

Macrobiotics for Dummies
by Verne Varona

Based on four decades of study, this book evolved from Varona’s personal experience, as well as feedback from his many clients. The word Macrobiotic is a compound word adapted from Greek that means large (macro) and life (bios). As a dynamic philosophy of living, it defines itself as being a comprehensive way of life, offering invigorating principles that guide and educate with practical tools to strengthen body, mind and spirit. It is a broad work that offers a flexible, multi-cultural health program that also embraces mind and spirit health. The ultimate goal of a macrobiotic path is to create freedom; from fear, from sickness and from living lives of indifference. To be “macrobiotic” is simply to have a personal goal of living a large and meaningful life.”

In this book you will learn how to apply principles of macrobiotics into your daily life, and discover the foods and nutrients that influence good health and heal common disease.  Varona explains how to set up a macro-friendly kitchen, how to shop smart and how to introduce new foods to the family diet on a regular basis.  Published in 2009, this book was a welcome addition to my library, as it balanced out everything I was learning about eating plant-strong, building up my immunity, and living a more balanced life. 

Would you like to see more about macrobiotics? How to prepare? How to convert your kitchen? Recipes? Let me know in the comments below!

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2 thoughts on “Book Review”

  • I wish I’d known about this book 4 years ago when my Mum was diagnosed with breast cancer.
    This comprehensive review on creating a mindset to compliment medication is invaluable information to cancer sufferers and their loved ones. My Mum survived and is in remission. She got through by strength of character but this information would have been an invaluable asset to her in her times out doubt and uncertainty. Thanks, Amy.

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