Friday, May 21, 2021

Flying Against the Odds by Jean-Jacques Trochon - Book Tour + Giveaway


Join us for this tour from May 17 to June 4, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  FLYING AGAINST THE ODDS: One Man's Journey to New Ways of Healing by Jean-Jacques Trochon with Heather Whitehall-Trochon
CategoryAdult Non-Fiction (18+),  249 pages
Genre:  Memoir
PublisherIkhaya Publishing
Release date:   November 2020
Format available for review:  print (Internationally), ebook (mobi, epub)
Tour dates: May 17 to June 4, 2021
Content Rating:  G. Memoir for General Audience.


Book Description:


JJ had a devastating problem. At age fifty-one, he was diagnosed with stage four cancer and given three years to live. Rather than accept that outcome, JJ did what he always does: he set out to find a solution. Desiring to look beyond traditional treatments and their often harmful side effects, he put his unconventionally wired mind to work. JJ was relentless as he investigated alternative therapies and pursued global trailblazers in cancer research. Moving from the role of patient to patient-researcher, he became a trailblazer in his own right, being sought after for his latest findings. Ultimately, JJ brought together the most innovative international minds at the Rethinking Cancer 2017 conference in Paris. Together, they found common ground, and they continue to create integrative, synergistic approaches to treatment. Today, almost a decade after his diagnosis, JJ has defied the odds and is cancer-free. Recently retired from his career as a commercial airline captain on the Airbus A380, he now devotes himself to sharing his ongoing research with scientists and patients. JJ’s story illustrates how looking at things differently often enables us to see them in a whole new light.

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Author Interview

In your book, you recommend fasting as one of your ‘pillars of good health’. What has been your longest fast to date?

I recently undertook a 26-day water fast in the lead up to a scan. I would not recommend that anyone fasts without supervision. I am very experienced at fasting, but it is important to follow certain protocols, which are outlined Chapter 12, Life in the Fast Lane. Not every cancer patient is a suitable fasting candidate, since it depends upon their weight and general level of fitness. Nevertheless, I do recommend a 48-hour fast before and after chemotherapy sessions, since the results have proven to be beneficial in lessening the debilitating side effects and potentially supporting the drug’s impact on the tumor.


You wrote your Flying Against the Odds with your wife. Explain how the process worked. 

We worked together as a team. Heather has a natural talent as a writer, so I was happy to let her bring my story to life on the page. She has also been at my side for much of my cancer journey and was able to experience first-hand the many highs and lows that it entailed. On a practical level, Heather interviewed me and took a great many notes, as well as drawing upon her own memory of specific situations.


3)      What is one surprising fact that few people know about you? 

I love modern opera! Il Divo, the multi-national male quartet, are one of my favourite groups. I have often toyed with the idea of taking singing lessons. I love shows such as the X Factor because they provide an opportunity to those who would otherwise have gone unnoticed. I guess I have always had a soft spot for the underdog, since I too experienced difficulties in my early years at school. For reasons mentioned in my wife’s introduction to the book, I have often been an outsider, the proverbial square peg in a round hole!


4)      You initiated a conference entitled ‘Rethinking Cancer 2017’. What do you see as being the main achievements of this conference?

Rethinking Cancer 2017 was ground-breaking in the sense that Europe’s leading cancer centre provided a platform for alternative therapies, such as fasting and the metabolic approach. The doctors and scientists taking part were experts in their specific areas. The conference paved the way for these approaches to begin to be used in conjunction with traditional treatments. We have a long way to go, but we’ve made a good start. I was working on a follow-up conference when the pandemic hit. I am not sure what form a future conference will take, but there is a great deal of important research that needs to be shared for benefit of all, doctors and patients alike.


5)      What message would you like readers to take away from your memoir?

I would like readers to understand that our diet has a fundamental impact on our health. Our bodies are being poisoned by industrial fast food and pesticides. In Chapter 12, Life in The Fast Lane, I explain how obesity is on the rise, as are the diseases associated with it. We have to make healthy food choices if we want to enjoy good health. Of course, there are other factors that contribute to cancers, but we can certainly take preventative steps to ensure that we have a well-functioning immune system in the first place.


Meet the Authors: 

Jean-Jacques Trochon (or JJ as he is more commonly known) spent thirty-two years as a commercial airline pilot for Air France. A French national, he enjoyed an early childhood in Tahiti before finishing his schooling in France and the USA. In 2003, JJ was diagnosed with aggressive kidney cancer and subsequently underwent the removal of his left kidney. In 2012 and 2014, he underwent further surgeries following the discovery of multiple metastases in both lungs. Despite being given a slim chance of survival, JJ again returned to work in 2016. He captained the world's largest commercial aircraft, the Airbus A380, until his retirement in spring 2020. Today, Jean-Jacques devotes his spare time to helping other cancer sufferers and spreading the word about his revolutionary approach to the disease. He was the initiator of Rethinking Cancer 2017, a groundbreaking conference held in Paris on September 21, 2017, at Institut Gustave Roussy, the leading cancer center in Europe.

Heather Whitehall-Trochon is a lover of languages and translator of French and German into English. A British national, she completed studies in fashion journalism at the London College of Fashion before moving to Munich, Germany, where she worked in public relations for fashion and film. After relocating to Vienna, Austria, she had a brief stint as an editor at the Associated Press, prior to becoming a freelance translator and seasoned backpacker. Heather met JJ in Paris in 2007, marrying him the following year. The couple, together with their cat, Zulu, have now settled in Biarritz, France.

Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook ~ Instagram ~ Goodread
Tour Schedule:
May 17 – Olio By Marilyn – book review / giveaway
May 17 – Olio By Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview
May 18 – Kam's Place – book review
May 19 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
May 20 – Lisa's Reading – book spotlight
May 20 - Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
May 21 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 24 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
May 25 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
May 25 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 26 - Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 26 - The Culture Hunter - book review / guest post / giveaway
May 27 – jayme_reads – book review
May 28 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book spotlight
May 31 – Books for Books – book spotlight
June 1 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway
June 1 - @twilight_reader  - book review
June 2 – Lamon Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 2 - Book Reviews by Shreya Vijay - book review / author interview
June 3 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
June 3 - Over Coffee Conversations - book review / giveaway
June 4 – Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight

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FLYING AGAINST THE ODDS: One Man's Journey to New Ways of Healing Book Tour Giveaway



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