A New Way of Life

David Servan-Schreiber

280 pages September 2007 Original publisher: Original Publisher: Editions Robert LaffontPersonal Development

After a 20 year battle with cancer, David Servan-Schreiber passed away on July 24, 2011. He will be greatly missed.

“A book without pathos. Serene and arresting. Dense and upsetting. Each word rings true, each memory lingers, each detail of his life, now in limbo, brings us closer to the human condition. This book is a gift. He doesn’t say what he knows, he shares what he feels. [David Servan-Schreiber] is made of steel; he has guts, humility, and lots of love.”  – Elle

“Enormously compelling evidence and arguments for participating in our own health by supporting our deep natural capacity for healing.  Everybody should read this book and enact its simple but potentially life-saving recommendations. David Servan-Schreiber speaks with a powerful voice from both personal experience with cancer at a young age, and from his life’s calling as a physician and neuroscientist.” -Jon Kabat-Zinn, Professor of Medicine emeritus, author of “Coming to Our Senses” and “Arriving at Your Own Door”

Over 1,800,000 copies sold worldwide. A number 1 bestseller in France, and an immediate New York Times bestseller.

All of us have cancer cells in our bodies. But not all of us will develop cancer. This book examines what we can do everyday to lower our chances of ever developing the illness.

Dr David Servan-Schreiber was first confronted with cancer when he was working as a medical resident in Pittsburgh. Already a recognized pioneer in neuroscience, by his own admission David had all the arrogant and immortal confidence of a thirty-year old overachiever. Then he discovered he had cancer of the brain. And his life changed. Servan-Schreiber went on to research alternative medicine and founded and directed a Center of Integrative Medicine at the highly conservative University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

This book is the fruit of his experience in the field of cancer both as a doctor and as a patient. He alternates chapters that tell his personal story and cases he has come across, with chapters that focus on the disease and its mechanisms from a purely scientific and medical angle. He looks in particular at the relation between a body and its cancer, at the immune system, the new blood vessels necessary for cancer growth, and the roles played by environmental toxins, nutrition, emotions and physical activity in containing cancer.

Servan-Schreiber does not dismiss conventional medicine, nor is he anti-pharmaceutical: most importantly, he empowers the reader with the understanding and the tools to tackle cancer alongside conventional treatments, or, better yet, to help avoid cancer altogether.