A masterful synchronization of history and cutting-edge science shines new light on humanity's darkest diagnosis. In the wake of the Cancer Genome Atlas project's failure to provide a legible road map to a cure for cancer, science writer Travis Christofferson illuminates a promising blend of old and new perspectives on the disease.
Tripping Over the Truth follows the story of cancer's proposed metabolic origin from the vaunted halls of the German scientific golden age to modern laboratories around the world. The listener is taken on a journey through time and science that results in an unlikely connecting of the dots, with profound therapeutic implications. Transporting us on a rich narrative of humanity's struggle to understand the cellular events that conspire to form malignancy, it flows like a detective novel, full of twists and cover-ups, blind alleys and striking moments of discovery by men and women with uncommon vision, grit, and fortitude.
Ultimately we arrive at a conclusion that challenges everything we thought we knew about the disease, suggesting the reason for the failed war against cancer stems from a flawed paradigm that categorizes cancer as an exclusively genetic disease. For anyone affected by this terrifying disease and the physicians who struggle to treat it, Tripping Over the Truth provides a fresh and hopeful perspective. It explores the new and exciting nontoxic therapies born from the emerging metabolic theory of cancer - therapies that may one day prove to be a turning point in the struggle against our ancient enemy. We are shown how the metabolic theory redraws the battle map, directing researchers to approach cancer treatment from a different angle, framing it more like a gentle rehabilitation than like all-out combat.
©2014 Travis Christofferson (P)2016 Travis Christofferson
I have Smouldering Myeloma, bone marrow cancer. As the only conventional treatment is stem cell transplant and radical chemo with limited results, I started to read up on Anyang alternative and complimentary. Over the past year I have tried many and varied options but my levels and therefore cancer grow, have continued to creep up. Having heard about the Ketogenic diet I decided to give it a go, I also read about Oxygen Hyperbaric Therapy, most specifically used for MS patients. Having finished Tripping Over The Truth, I now realise that following these two protocols is EXACTLY what I should be doing! The book has also given me additional food for thought (on a restricted Ketosis diet, a few pages from a book may actually make a tasty treat for me these days!!) for looking into some other avenues. This is has been a marvellous boost not only to my knowledge of what to investigate further, but also to my focus and feelings of hope that I will turn my diagnosis around. I am so VERY glad I invested in this and have ordered a hard copy now so that I can use it as a reference, not only for myself, but also my oncology team.
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"Brilliant and ulluminating. But something important is missing."
Fascinating history of cancer research. However, an extremely valuable part of the book is missing - namely Appendix A. This appendix contains implementation details for the R-KD aka Restricted Keto Diet and info about 3-BP and its avaibility in Flagstaff AR.
"Documents a critical turning point"
In the history of medicine. Suggests now may be the time to end chemo / radiation in treatment of cancer.
THERE ARE ALTERNATIVES.
I am very grateful for this book.
"A must listen"
This book takes you on a fascinating journey through the history of cancer research, and looks at the possibility that the genetic origins theory for the cause of cancer may be wrong, and that cancer may fundamentally be a metabolic disease. If true, it offers hope that cancer can be cured far more cheaply and easily than the traditional methods of chemotherapy and radiation. Support for the funding of clinical trials needed, though payoff not likely to be great for the investors, could possibly save many, many lives. Reads like several House episodes together around this chief challenging health problem of our society today.
"Material is fascinating, Narrator challenging"
The material is fascinating. It seems as if cancer treatment and nutrition research have both run off the rails and into the weeds due to tenaciously (and unfortunately incorrect) US government "science" funding. Science in quotes because research money seems only to go to support approved conclusions.
The book is challenging to listen to, however, because the narrator does not seem to be able to pronounce all of the syllables in multi-syllabic words. He says "exackly". He pronounces some scientific terms so strangely it takes me a second to recognize them. His voice is very pleasant, but the pronunciation! I tried to listen a second time, but simply could not stand it.
"Great book, easy to listen"
Enjoyed the story and the narrator. Excellent work!
Wish there was an Appendix with cited papers. I looked up a few and some were easier to find than others from the mentioning in the audio.
Will listen to it again
"Travis is the Michael Lewis of cancer research"
Like Michael Lewis, TC takes a subject that would glaze the eyes of most doctors and turns it into a detective story. This gripped me from end to end.
"by all means change the narrator/narration"
not even half way through the book. that said, the content / historic details are captivating.
but the narrator or the way he was directed to deliver is destroying the experience to unpleasant. how could this happen? am contemplating to buy the book and read instead.
"Totally provocative! Brilliantly written."
The reality of cancer research is that if it doesn't promise riches it will probably never get done. And the American attitude of "you get what you pay for" doesn't help the push for cheaper healing either!
"The history of cancer and how we've treated it."
This is a great telling of the history of cancer and cancer treatment. It was a bit depressing hearing how little progress we've made up until recently but the ending bring great hope.
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