2008-04-11 / Top Stories

Fighting Cancer By Changing Your Lifestyle

By Rachel Vasilets

Bob Melli Bob Melli Cancer is easily one of the most terrifying words in the English language. The mere utterance of the word can strike fear in the hearts of people who are diagnosed with it or those who have loved ones suffering from the disease.

Rockaway resident, Bob Melli knew that fear when he lost both his father and wife to cancer within a year of one another. Melli's experience with cancer and the grief that it gave him, compelled him to leave the mortgage brokerage firm which he owned, to devote all his time to researching cancer and publish a book on his finding.

The book, Cancer, Cures, Causes and Prevention, published by Nature Publishing, Inc., is meant to be an easy to read guide for people who have cancer in their lives or for those who want to learn more about the disease.

Melli writes that he wanted to publish an easily understood book about cancer written for the cancer patient and the primary caregiver.

His first goal was to find a method that would detect cancer early on. He found that method in the form of a blood test, the AMAS test, which he wrote can detect cancers before they grow into tumors and can be detected by more conventional tests. "That discovery was one of many, that at times left me in tears," he writes. "There had been a method of detecting Camille's [his wife] cancer early enough to halt it."

Melli organizes his book in a coherent way by first explaining what cancer is and how it develops. He then writes about the history of cancer, a topic of which many people might not know.

He begins with Hippocrates, "the father of Western medicine," who was the first to use the term "carcinoma," to refer to malignant tumors. Melli also lists the various doctors of the 19th and 20th centuries, who all made discoveries in the prevention and treatment of cancer. Melli writes that the medical community often rejected these discoveries at first.

This theme of conventional medicine, plagued with corruption and greed, rejecting discoveries that may help, is one that runs throughout his book. He argues that the drug companies and the FDA make millions of dollars controlling the medical industry in the United States and would lose money if such discoveries would eventually lead to a cure. He states, "Medical care is based on politics, not science." However, one could argue that if discoveries leading to a cure were made in other countries, there would be no way to stop the flow of information from bringing those findings to regular people. In the latter part of the book, Melli delves into alternative care to treat cancer. During his research he writes that he discovered doctors are not adequately trained in nutrition.

This revelation caused Melli to research nutrition himself and throughout the latter chapters, Melli stresses the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle by eating properly and exercising. He stresses eating organic foods and cutting back on meat and dairy.

Melli devotes a chapter to societies that have a significantly smaller number of cases of cancers and other diseases than people in the United States. This chapter is interesting and a lot could be learned from those people.

Not everything Melli writes should be followed directly, since he is not trained properly in this field and he acknowledges that fact in the introduction. However, this book is a good starting point for people who want to know more about cancer and prevention.

Melli raises some good questions in his book that should lead us to ask our own questions about our healthcare.

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