8 Books and Two Classes to Help You Conquer Cancer

Editor’s Note: While these alternative therapies can be an excellent supplement to conventional treatments for cancer, we do encourage you to confer with your doctor about how to integrate these books and classes into your treatment plan.

Two days before Christmas in 1971, President Richard Nixon declared a war on cancer. Since then, the US has spent $100 billion on research. Today over $100 billion is spent on cancer medications each year.

Although 90 to 95 percent of cancer diagnoses are preventable, one in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetimes. Paradoxically, a study published in the journal Nature found that genes only play a 10-30 percent role in whether or not you get cancer.

Up to 90 percent of cancer cases are caused by external factors such as poor lifestyle choices and environmental toxins. As Nobel-prize winner Elizabeth Blackburn tells us in The Telomere Effect, “Genes load the gun but the environment pulls the trigger.”

You might have a genetic predisposition for something, but that’s not to say you’ll get it. We need to understand that our lifestyle habits matter. A lot. Obviously, not everything is within our control, but if we focus on fixing the things we can, we up our chances of staying healthy.

The Diagnosis that Led to Class on Cancer

When Brian Johnson’s older brother was diagnosed with cancer, he immediately began wrapping his head around how to best help him. Philosopher extraordinaire and the mastermind behind the wellness platform Optimize, Brian is inspiration on steroids.

He created these free classes so that he could help and support not only his brother, but everyone dealing with cancer. Even if you’re not struggling with cancer, it’s worth watching them. They contain a ton of useful information on the science of nutrition, movement, mindset and much more.

Conquering Cancer 101

Some of the big ideas Brian explores in Conquering Cancer 101 include understanding the fact that our habits are more influential than our genes, the importance of an empowered mindset and the role that lifestyle and environment play in fighting and preventing cancer.

In Conquering Cancer 102, Brian shares all the wisdom he picked up following the first class. The overarching theme is one of rethinking cancer and includes big ideas from a number of notable books on the subject. You can watch it for free on Optimize.

8 Books to Help You Conquer Cancer

Brian geeks out on wisdom and philosophy, and one of his favorite things to do is read books, which he then distills into his trademark Philosopher Notes.

In keeping with his goal to help everyone who is dealing with cancer (not just his brother), Brian has made the notes for all the cancer-related books free as well. All of these books offer useful and varied perspectives to help you take back control of your health.

  1. Anticancer: A New Way of Life by David Servan-Schreiber
  2. Tripping over the Truth: How the Metabolic Theory of Cancer Is Overturning One of Medicine’s Most Entrenched Paradigms by Travis Christofferson
  3. The Metabolic Approach to Cancer: Integrating Deep Nutrition, the Ketogenic Diet, and Nontoxic Bio-Individualized Therapies by Dr. Nasha Winters, Jess Higgins Kelley, MNT
  4. Keto for Cancer: Ketogenic Metabolic Therapy as a Targeted Nutritional Strategy by Miriam Kalamian
  5. Outside the Box Cancer Therapies: Alternative Therapies That Treat and Prevent Cancer by Dr. Mark Stengler, N.M.D., Dr. Paul Anderson, N.M.D.
  6. Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds by Kelly A. Turner
  7. Cancer as a Metabolic Disease: The Origin, Management, and Prevention of Cancer by Thomas N. Seyfried
  8. The Truth in Small Doses: Why We’re Losing the War on Cancer—and How to Win It by Clifton Leaf

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37 comments

Marie W
Marie W2 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Cindy S
Cindy Smith8 months ago

if there was a god there would be no cancer

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Cindy S
Cindy Smith8 months ago

thanks

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Olivia M
Past Member 8 months ago

thank you

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Winn A
Winn A8 months ago

Thanks

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Winn A
Winn A8 months ago

noted

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Cathy B
Cathy B8 months ago

@Andrea B
You have an interesting and unusual perception of what constitutes a cancerous cell.

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Cathy B
Cathy B8 months ago

Thank you.

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Lisa M
Lisa M8 months ago

Thanks.

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Lisa M
Lisa M8 months ago

Thanks.

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