Book Review: The Whole-Food Guide for Breast Cancer Survivors

By Edward Bauman, M.Ed., Ph.D. & Helayne Waldman, M.S., Ed.D., New Harbinger Publications, 2012.

wfgcoverThis book includes loads of dietary advice. Some of it is useful and relatively easy to follow, like the suggestion to eat at least eight (8) servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Some is more challenging, like the instructions to grow your own garden, and drink only filtered tap water. The authors acknowledge that they are setting a high standard for healthy eating, and they offer encouragement for adopting these guidelines step-by-step, but the book can have an all-or-nothing feel.

The text itself is very easy to follow. Chapter headings are descriptive and clear, and each chapter is broken down into logical chunks. The chapter on “traditional” (i.e., known) risk factors is separated into genetic, lifestyle, hormonal, and environmental ones. Each chapter starts with a goal (e.g., “Learn about emerging risk factors for breast cancer”), and ends with a quote from a breast cancer survivor about how she has incorporated the advice in the chapter.

The Whole-Food Guide ends with menu-planning and pantry-stocking tips, recipes, and lists of books and websites for further reading and updates. The book includes a bibliography and index.