It is critical to help lessen the toxic side effects of Chemo drugs by boosting your immune system prior to starting treatment when possible.
For some people it is the harsh side effects of these drugs that cause health issues or raise the risk of mortality, as opposed to cancer metastasis.
There is much you can do, and should consult a nutritional oncology practice for a tailored regimen. One of the foremost practices in the country is Nutritional Solutions based in Utah. Led by Jeanne Wallace, they offer phone consultations and will monitor your progress and make adjustments through periodic blood tests.
Suggested Guidelines Before, During and After Treatment
1. Schedule a massage the day BEFORE treatments, or the morning of. A relaxed body will assist the work of Chemo.
2. It is extremely helpful to do something enjoyable during the treatment, play cards or a game if someone accompanies you, read a funny novel or comics, or watch a comedy on your Phone, iPad or Laptop. So plan ahead for this.
3. I can’t say enough about positive thinking, no matter what ‘prognosis’ you are given. Please remember that you are not a statistic and absolutely no one can predict your outcome. The more confident you are about ‘healing’, the higher the chances that you will. Trust me on this one, it’s 100% true.
Below are key Supplements that can help fortify your body and lessen side effects:
Bromelain (derived from pineapples; anti-inflammatory, inhibits platelet aggregation for reduced risk of blood clotting (no blood thinning), enhances immune function, digests fibrin (a protein that tumors use to hide from immune attack). Make sure you are not allergic to pineapple before taking!
Take: 1 – 2 capsules a day, 30 minutes before meals or 90 minutes after.
Curcumin (anti-inflammatory and a host of wonderful protective qualities)
Take: Always with meals that contain some healthy fats (cold-water fish, olive oil, avocado, nuts/seeds, coconut oil, organic grass-fed butter). A sprinkle of black pepper enhances absorption.
Take: 2 to 3 – 500mg capsules a day.
INTERACTIONS: Not for use during Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) or CPT-11 (irinotecan) chemotherapy as the herb may interfere with the actions of these chemotherapy drugs.
Probiotic: Essential for replacing the healthy bacteria in your GI tract after taking antibiotics and chemotherapy drugs. Select a refrigerated product that offers at least 20 billion viable organisms (listed as c.f.u.) per gram. For optimum potency, the viability of the bacteria must be guaranteed through the expiration date printed on the bottle.
Whole Foods also carries refrigerated probiotics.
Zinc Glycinate or Sulfate: Boosts immune function; improves appetite; restores changes in taste and smell perception due to zinc deficiency after radiation or chemotherapy. Don’t take zinc on an empty stomach, it may make you feel queasy.
Zinc is necessary to help lower copper levels, copper helps cancer cells establish new blood network.
Cautions: Zinc can bind to coumadin and antibiotic medications, greatly reducing the absorption of the drug.
INTERACTIONS: Not for use in individuals taking Carboplatin or Cisplatin chemotherapy for cancer that has metastasized (spread) to the liver, adrenal gland, or kidney.
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Once Chemo treatment is complete consider a high-potency Vitamin C, Omega-3 Fish Oil (especially for breast cancer), Quercetin, Vitamin D3 (critical for Breast Cancer prevention), a blood sugar control supplement like Berberine, and organic Cordyceps and Reishi mushroom supplement.
Food – the Basics
- Aim for 7 servings of low sugar fruits, and vegetables a day.
- Eat a lot of.. Organic asparagus, broccoli, avocados, spinach, berries, beets, tomatoes (cooked), Kale, sweet potatoes (not white), pinto beans, garbanzo beans, watercress, freshly ground flax seeds (sprinkle on food), apple with red skin (one a day)., cauliflower, red cabbage, fresh carrots (not cooked) and Leeks.
- Steam or cook in a stew. Add a little olive oil at the end of cooking a dish, or coconut oil for LOW heat sautéing … and lots of herbs and spices!
- Liberally squeeze lemon juice in any and all drinks to help your liver stay happy.
- Consider Whey Protein powder in a berry smoothie only DURING treatment to help keep protein levels up and weight on. After treatment you want to AVOID all DAIRY.
- Pile on the Spices: Fresh Garlic halts many cancers! Put in salad dressings, and dips. Curry, cayenne, cinnamon, ginger, garlic, black pepper, oregano and turmeric.
- Salad Dressings: use lemon, olive oil, apple cider vinegar liberally. A little Vegenaise is fine.
- AVOID: Sugar, Processed foods, White rice and bread, Fried food, Artificial sweeteners, dairy, seed oils and canola oil, Farm-raised fish, and Non-organic meats and vegetables. If you can avoid Wheat and Gluten, it is preferable.
- Carbs: Bread, pasta, potatoes, rice: Carbs turn to glucose which feeds cancer, so only consume moderate amounts and choose bread that has grains visible and whose FIBER content is at least 3g per serving.
- Udi’s Flax Seed or Omega-3 or Flax bread is excellent.
To choose good carbs: mulitply the FIBER x 10, it should exceed Total Carbs.
Sweet potatoes are wonderful, and Trader Joe’s brand Wild and Brown Rice medley has enough fiber.
- Protein: It is important to keep your protein levels healthy during treatment. Protein from legumes is great, but better yet is to eat Cold water fish like Salmon, Cod or Halibut or sardines (canned is fine).Organic, free-range white meat chicken is also helpful, as is a moderate amount of grass-fed organic beef or bison. Animal protein from animals that are allowed to graze, and not force-fed grains or injected with antibiotics and hormones, is very different from the usual commercial meats. The Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids are more balanced in these meats, and you’ll get much-needed CLA, which helps increase lean muscle and reduce fat, from eating them as well.
NOTE: All studies linking bad effects of animal protein are based on grain fed, non-organic meats.
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~ Be Well. ♥