food as medicineClean Food for Cancer (Struik) is by Tamaryn Sutherns, a South African journalist and writer “with a special interest in food and natural healing”, according to her biographical information.  She appears to subscribe to the words of ancient Greek physician Hippocrates that still ring true down the millennia: “Let food be your medicine, and medicine be your food.”

The back cover says Sutherns wrote the book for cancer patients and their families, to give them “the opportunity to look at some ideas and theories on nutrition and diet so they can make up their own minds about what works for them”.

In an introduction, she says there is an “undeniable link between nutrition and cancer”. She makes some good points, including that there is no one-size-fits-all way of eating for someone facing dread disease. And she covers the vital concept of “clean” eating, hence the book’s title.

She explains it as “eating in a way that lowers exposure to toxins” and raises the amount of “good food” entering the body. She gives the nod to organic, and emphasises fresh fruit and veg, seeds, nuts and legumes. She includes “clean meat” and what she calls “the more extreme approaches of vegetarianism and veganism”. (Vegetarians and vegans would probably call a carnivorous diet ” extreme”.) She covers the benefits of “eating raw”.

She gives an overview of the many different kinds of cancers, along with poignant personal stories and case histories of cancer patients — some who made it and others who didn’t.