Keeping inflammation down is one of the key goals of cancer patients. The amount of inflammation is directly related to survival rates and times.
It is critical that your doctor order a blood test called hsCRP (highly sensitive C-Reactive Protein) periodically. You want to do everything possible to bring it down to ≤ 1.0mg.
According to Dr. Alschuler, (a breast cancer survivor, a naturopathic physician with board certification in naturopathic oncology and co-author of The Definitive Guide to Cancer) chronic inflammation can cause or worsen disease, including cancer. In the vicious cycle of prolonged inflammation, cancer cells stimulate wound healing cells to secrete chemicals that are normally only present for fleeting moments of time. Over time, these chemicals create a chronically inflamed environment which, in turn, stimulates further growth of cancerous tumors –via epigenetic influences.
Probiotics can break a cycle of inflammation. Avoid alcohol and smoking — they are inflammatory.
Select hormone-free meat/dairy products. Avoid certain plastics. Plastic numbers 2, 4 and 5 are the safest, but #1, in which most bottled water comes, should only be used once.
- Spices (esp. curry, ginger, garlic, parsley)
- Wild, cold-water fish
- Grass-fed (pastured) meat, dairy, eggs
- Green tea (6-7 cups a day, or Green Tea extract)
- Leafy green vegetables (esp. spinach)
- Hot peppers
- Olive oil
- Berries (blueberries, cherries, raspberries)
- Apples & apple cider
There are also a host of supplements that play an important role in the reduction of inflammation:
NOTE: Do consult with a nutritionist to make sure you avoid interactions or contraindications with treatment or meds.
~ Be Well! ♥