Mar 04, 2012 - 11:11 am
I just wanted to post that I have been looking into things to help protect my Mom while she is having radiation that starts next week and wanted to share with others.
There have been studies that show that taking probiotics before and during radiation helps to mitigate the side effects like diarrea during pelvic radiation. New Chapter brand was one that was recommended to me by my local health food store.
They also recommended to me that she take NAC and New Chapter Lifeshield Immunity so I got her both of those yesterday. Also to cook a lot with garlic as it has natural NAC (though he said he usually didn't recommend garlic pill supplements, prefers the food). NAC was also recommended by Sloan-Kettering as a good thing to take during both radiation and chemo as it alleviates some of the toxicity. Here is a link. http://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/herb/n-acetylcysteine
The person I spoke to also said good things about spirulina, kelp, holy basil, brewer's yeast, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. I still need to look into these for my Mom as she is also taking Lovenox so will probably try to find food sources high these things to start.
Essiac tea was also highly recommended but I don't think she can do that while on Lovenox (I know not while on Coumadin) and I'm bummed about that one as I've read wonderful things.
Anyway, just wanted to pass that along. Sorry if it's repetitive or has already been discussed.
Best to everyone,