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Review: The Cancer Solution – Jack C. Westman

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
The Cancer Solution
Paperback: 310 pages
Publisher: ArchwayPublishing (January 15, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1480813087
ISBN-13: 978-9781480813083
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Books such as this are difficult for me to review. Like most of us, I’ve lost people I love to cancer. So going into this, it was a hard book for me to read. But I’m glad I did, for the information within it, could be very beneficial to those going through cancer, or who have loved ones battling cancer.

The book covers many different aspects of the cancer journey. The first chapter covers all the conventional cancer treatments. There is a chapter covering the health care system, an area that can be a huge problem for cancer patients, particularly those who may not have adequate health insurance. It then covers a look into cancer, what it is, how it occurs, and the research methods going on. Following that are a few chapters on immunotherapy and nutritional therapy.

The author then wraps up the novel with chapters on where things currently stand, and what the future holds. I think this could be a valuable guide and help to those dealing with his dreadful disease. For that I recommend it, but with the hope that you never have need of it.

About the Author

Dr Jack WestmanDr. Westman holds an M.D. and an M.S. from the University of Michigan. He is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He has published extensively on individual differences in children, learning disabilities, child abuse and neglect, child advocacy, family therapy, children’s and parents’ rights and public policy. He has been Editor of Child Psychiatry and Human Development, President of the American Association of Psychiatric Services and President of the Multidisciplinary Academy of Clinical Education. He currently is President of Wisconsin Cares, Inc.

*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Rebecca Brown at for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review. You can discuss it here or join my facebook page and discuss it there.

Review: When Cancer Hits – Britta Aragon

Thursday, November 10th, 2011
 Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Cinco Vidas Press (September 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0982917503
ISBN-13: 978-0982917503
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I think everyone at some point has lost a loved one to cancer. I lost my mom over 10 years ago. She never had to undergo chemotherapy though. If she had, I would have wished I had this book. In When Cancer Hits, Britta Aragon, herself a cancer survivor gives a ton of information on how to help people cope with chemotherapy.

I never knew prior to reading this, that just simple products such as lotions, over the counter shampoos, etc. should for the most part be avoided. Many contain chemicals and carcinogens, and can actually do more damage. She talks about her father’s skin would blister after using some store bought care products.

I also had never thought about all the poisons we pump into ourselves on a daily basis through our shaving cream, makeup, toothpaste, etc. Just about every product we can buy is full of poisons. She recommended though some products such as organic products. She covers the wide range of things made to make a person undergoing chemotherapy feel good about themselves. The book covers makeup, hair products, skin products, wigs, spa’s. Anything that can be done to help the person feel better about their appearance is included in this book.

If you are undergoing chemo, or know someone who is, I would definitely recommend this book. It would also be a good gift guide. Even for those not undergoing chemo though, I think it would be valuable, in the information it contains on how to cut down your toxic levels.

Definitely pick it up, you never know when it might come in handy.

About the Author

Britta Aragon, natural beauty expert, author and entrepreneur, discovered her passion for promoting safe self-care through her experience as a caregiver during her father’s eight-year battle with cancer. A survivor herself of Hodgkin’s Disease at the age of 16, she sought solutions for the difficult side effects her father suffered on his hair, skin and nails, but was disheartened by the lack of straightforward information or effective products. Even when she tried products specifically touted for “sensitive skin,” they were often laden with potentially harmful chemicals that actually irritated her father’s fragile skin. For the first time, she became acutely aware of how devastating the side effects from drugs and medical treatments could be. Inspired and determined to help others, she founded Cinco Vidas in 2008, and dedicated her work to her father’s legacy.

A lifestyle brand of products and services, Cinco Vidas provides expert resources and safe solutions to those experiencing side effects from chemotherapy, radiation or medication, or who experience skin conditions like eczema, sensitivity and chronic dryness. With the goal of fostering prevention and encouraging change, Cinco Vidas also works to increase awareness of potential carcinogens in food, personal care products, and the environment.

As a result of years spent working as a makeup artist and skincare expert, Britta lectures on Safe Self-Care for Compromised Skin in the New York area. Her blog, Cinco Vidas, is a popular resource and community support center for those dealing with medical treatment side effects and difficult skin conditions. She is also the author of

WHEN CANCER HITS, a hand-holding guide for the newly diagnosed, and the creator of CV Skin Labs, a safe, non-toxic range of products to soothe and repair damaged skin without harmful chemicals. Visit her website at

*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Rebecca at Cadence Group for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review. You can discuss it here or join my facebook page and discuss it there.