The Cancer Code: A Revolutionary New Understanding of a Medical Mystery

Written by:
Dr. Jason Fung
Narrated by:
Brian Nishii

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
November 2020
10 hours 48 minutes
Author of the international bestsellers The Diabetes Code and The Obesity Code Dr. Jason Fung returns with an eye-opening biography of cancer in which he offers a radical new paradigm for understanding cancer—and issues a call to action for reducing risk moving forward.

Our understanding of cancer is slowly undergoing a revolution, allowing for the development of more effective treatments. For the first time ever, the death rate from cancer is showing a steady decline . . . but the “War on Cancer” has hardly been won.

In The Cancer Code, Dr. Jason Fung offers a revolutionary new understanding of this invasive, often fatal disease—what it is, how it manifests, and why it is so challenging to treat. In this rousing narrative, Dr. Fung identifies the medical community’s many missteps in cancer research—in particular, its focus on genetics, or what he terms the “seed” of cancer, at the expense of examining the “soil,” or the conditions under which cancer flourishes. Dr. Fung—whose groundbreaking work in the treatment of obesity and diabetes has won him international acclaim—suggests that the primary disease pathway of cancer is caused by the dysregulation of insulin. In fact, obesity and type 2 diabetes significantly increase an individual’s risk of cancer.

In this accessible listen, Dr. Fung provides a new paradigm for dealing with cancer, with recommendations for what we can do to create a hostile soil for this dangerous seed. One such strategy is intermittent fasting, which reduces blood glucose, lowering insulin levels. Another, eliminating intake of insulin-stimulating foods, such as sugar and refined carbohydrates.

For hundreds of years, cancer has been portrayed as a foreign invader we’ve been powerless to stop. By reshaping our view of cancer as an internal uprising of our own healthy cells, we can begin to take back control. The seed of cancer may exist in all of us, but the power to change the soil is in our hands.
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Phil G.

Dr. Fung's 2018 statement (Medium, "Beyond the Somatic Mutation Theory of Cancer") that "By 2009, it was clear that the somatic mutation theory (SMT) — that cancer was simply a random collection of genetic mutations — was leading exactly nowhere" is laughable, both in over-simplifying the SMT as a "random collection" of mutations rather than mutations in specific pathways, and in claiming could lead nowhere. It's irresponsible for Dr. Fung to claim that approach cancer as a genetic approach is overrated when we've *never been allowed* by the FDA to try the sensible genetic approach: to genotype an individual patient's tumor and devise a personalized gene therapy for that unique cancer. It's also irresponsible for Dr. Fung to blame the high price of drugs on pharmaceutical companies, instead of on the absurd price and irrational requirements for FDA approval, and on the Americans who call for such an iron-hand approach to "protect" them from having to make their own decisions. Re. the atavistic theory vs. the somatic selection theory, a large fraction of cancers include mutations disabling checkpoints of the eukaryotic cell cycle. This means they aren't carrying out a program from pre-eukaryotic ancestors; they're carrying out the cell cycle program from eukaryotic ancestors.

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Nikolaas H.

Must read book + very well read by the narrator.

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very informative and interesting

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Exceptional coverage of the subject!!

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Great book and great nartation as well!!

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