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  • HellieC
    HellieC Member Posts: 524
    Jules13 said:

    Apricot Kernals
    I have been doing research for my Mom's cancer and ran across this today and felt compelled to share it. www.chrisbeatcancer.com. I though the post on apricot kernels was especially interesting. There are lots of good links and information in both the post and in the comments as well. http://chrisbeatcancer.com/b17-laetrile-alternative-cancer-treatment-suppressed-50-years/

    Best wishes and prayers of recovery and hope to you all.

    Jules

    I take B17
    Hi Jules
    I take B17 in supplement form every day (I tried the kernels but I just couldn't handle the taste at all). I researched it quite a bit and then discovered that a friend's husband, who has melanoma, was using them too. I started taking them a month after my chemo stopped (Jan 2011)gradually building up the dose. I remained on the high dose (6 x 500mg per day) for 3 months, then reduced to 4 x 500mg per day for the rest of the year. I am now taking 3 x 500mg per day. I don't believe in miracle cures for cancer. My thinking is that this supplement may help to stop cancer re-establishing itself after conventional teatments have removed all/most of the tumour burden. Time will tell - but having had two recurrences, I feel that, for me, it was a chance worth taking.
    Kindest wishes
    Helen
  • carolenk
    carolenk Member Posts: 907
    RoseyR said:

    SEVERAL THOUGHTS ON THESE RECENT POSTS

    Am back to work full time, so able to visit the boards less often.

    But am fascinated by some of these posts.

    Re fatty liver, Claudia, I know only that artichokes are supposed to be the vegetable par excellence for the liver, helping to thin bile and nourishing the organ. Even Ralph Moss's web site has an entire article about it.

    Re whether to take, or not take, supplements, I am of two minds.

    Yes, food is the BEST source of most nutrients because they occur there with phytochemicals that are synergistic. And some supplements are far purer than others; Standard Process Labs, for example, reputedly produces supplements that are not mere extracts, but substances that occur in their "whole" form. (I am impressed by the theories of Dr. Bruce West on this subject; in his newsletter "Health Alert" he claims that his mother wound up in a wheelchair from radiation to her pelvic region for uterine cancer; that this cancer soon spread to her lungs; but that she is still alive nine years later on the Mediterranean diet, Standard Process Lab supplements (including peptides that boost the performance of the thymus gland, crucial to the entire immune system).

    However, not only is much of our food supply degraded from depleted soil and other problems--so that unless we are really careful to eat primarily fresh organic foods, we are getting little sustenance-but the very digestive systems we have may well have been compromised by too much chemo and radiation, notorious for destroying the delicate tissues of the digestive tract so that, even a year or two after treatment, we do not ABSORB many nutrients.

    The latter fact is one argument, for me, that supports the use of supplements.

    Another is the fact--as reported by one of MD Anderson's key researchers, Aggarwal, that taxol is so toxic that it in itself creates an inflammatory state that causes micrometastases that show up, a few years later, and are diagnosed as evidence that our tumor has spread--rather than that taxol has HELPED it to spread. Curcumin is so suppressive of inflammation that he and other researchers recommend it be taken throughout chemotherapy to prevent this dynamic from occuring. And as Dr Jeanne Drisko (Kansas U) observes, patients who start chemo with high levels of antioxidants do better than those who are already low in antioxidants: which is why Dr. Russell Blaylock long advised HIS cancer patients to DELAY chemo and radiation for a few weeks to boster their immune systems with Vitamin E succinate, fish oil, and other supplements.

    On the subject of melatonin, Claudia and all: I have a lot of research on it that would be happy to forward. I pursued the research upon finding a few clinical studies reporting that women with UTERINE cancer, of all cancers, are at diagnosis, notoriously low in melatonin. Reading up on the subject, and with the endorsement of my integrative doctor, I took 20 mgs a night during radiation and my last three rounds of chemo. Although I rarely had had trouble sleeping, neither did I feel 'drugged" by melatonin, whose use was first sanctioned for cancer patients by the Italian researcher Lissoni (sp?) a few decades ago. (Ladies, I also hate to report that my very use of this computer at the moment may well be lowering my melatonin levels; exposure to artificial light after dark--particularly, from computer screens, fluorescent light, and so on--diminished melatonin production, as does stress, which is why meditation has recently been found to boost melatonin levels.
    Nurses who work the night shift, you may already know, suffer far higher rates of breast cancer than the female population at large--because exposure to sustained light at the very time our pineal gland should be secreting melatonin wreaks hormonal havoc. (Perhaps I'm too much the romantic, but it all makes sense: we were not MEANT to use sunscreen, which prevents Vitamin D absorption, just as we were MEANT to be asleep soon after dark--not staring into computer screens and watchig televison late into the night. (She said, while sitting in a WIFI cafe--hardly an ideal environment for a cancer patient. I saved forty dollars a month by getting rid of WIFI in my apartment because WIFI where we SLEEP is particularly hazardous. A good source on this subject is the recent book Zapped! by Ann Louise Gittleman.)

    Getting back to nutrition: I agree with Joann that we need to watch the interactions of supplements; it's true that some, such as ginger, garlic, curcumin, fish oil can have anti-clotting effects. However that effect is only dangerous if our platelets are really low (below 60), or we're about to undergo surgery, or we've already had "bleeding episodes" showing fragile platelets. One of you who is taking intravenous Vitamin C wondered why you are bruising so much: it could be the OTHER supplements you're taking, such as those I just mentioned.

    None of this is to pretend I know much about the entire elusive and underresearched field of cancer and nutrition. There will, my doctor shakes his head sadly, NEVER be adequate research in this field because the financial rewards are so few: no company will get rich on the discovery that Vitamin E succinate does enhance chemo or that fish oil does enhance our resistance to certain cancers. If he's right (and I hope he's not), we have to do the best we can to ferret out what we can.

    As I noted in an earlier post, I'm now very interested in the theory that some cancers, perhaps even many, are manifestations of a fungus. Grape-seed extract is a powerful anti-fungal; so are garlic and rosemary. Do we know of others? Can we compile a list?

    Best,
    Rosey

    Good info, Rosey. Just want
    Good info, Rosey. Just want to add a caveat about melatonin: it lowers cortisol. When someone has strong adrenal glands, the drop in morning cortisol is not noticeable. When someone has borderline or exhausted adrenals, they notice the drop in the morning cortisol. That's where the drugged feeling comes from.

    Nobody should be taking vitamin E without selenium--in food, these two are found together. Selenium is considered to be the anti-cancer & anti-oxident mineral. Taking vitamin E without selenium will deplete selenium.

    Each vitamin has a companion mineral. Vitamin C (as derived from food) contains a small amount of copper. When you take ascorbic acid, you lower copper levels because food-sourced vitamin C is a lot more than ascorbic acid--it has bioflavinoids, copper & more. Taking large amounts of ascorbic acid binds with copper & pulls it out of the body.

    I understand copper promotes angiogenesis (the creation of new blood vessels which may feed cancer) yet you don't want to be so low on copper that you get an aneurysm. Maybe I'm bruising from being low in copper--I don't take ginger or garlic.
  • Jules13
    Jules13 Member Posts: 17
    HellieC said:

    I take B17
    Hi Jules
    I take B17 in supplement form every day (I tried the kernels but I just couldn't handle the taste at all). I researched it quite a bit and then discovered that a friend's husband, who has melanoma, was using them too. I started taking them a month after my chemo stopped (Jan 2011)gradually building up the dose. I remained on the high dose (6 x 500mg per day) for 3 months, then reduced to 4 x 500mg per day for the rest of the year. I am now taking 3 x 500mg per day. I don't believe in miracle cures for cancer. My thinking is that this supplement may help to stop cancer re-establishing itself after conventional teatments have removed all/most of the tumour burden. Time will tell - but having had two recurrences, I feel that, for me, it was a chance worth taking.
    Kindest wishes
    Helen

    Thanks Helen, I am going to
    Thanks Helen, I am going to look into the supplement form too. Thank you for telling me how many you take too. I feel different things may work for different people, so looking into all options to try to help my Mom. Best wishes in your recovery.
    Jules
  • california_artist
    california_artist Member Posts: 816

    Hello Jill,
    I have been

    Hello Jill,
    I have been following the Cancer Survivors Network for over a year now, but I confess only silently. I feel I am ready to 'join in' as even though no one here knows me I feel this close relationship to all these wonderful people that have so much to share.
    I have a question on the diet and am not sure to ask it here or to start it new.... I was advised by my oncologist and doctors that uterine papillary serous carcinoma likes estrogen and to avoid foods high in plant estrogen and phyto estrogen. (ie flax, sweet potatoe, soy) and to limit foods containing estrogens. I have researched and have found very limited info. Can anyone share any info they may have? Thanks so much!
    Tami

    Tami
    Unlike the normal uterine cancer, which is ER/PR+, and is responsive the estrogens, it is my understanding that because UPSC is mostly ER/PR-, it is not so responsive to estrogen.

    Taxol works much better on the ER + cancers.


    Claudia

    Took a quick trip to your About Me page and did notice that you have mixed histology of adeno and upsc, so your doc was most likely referring to the adeno part of your cancer.
  • NatalieCat
    NatalieCat Member Posts: 5
    Jules13 said:

    Thanks Helen, I am going to
    Thanks Helen, I am going to look into the supplement form too. Thank you for telling me how many you take too. I feel different things may work for different people, so looking into all options to try to help my Mom. Best wishes in your recovery.
    Jules

    Hoping to see more food studies - ginger and turmeric
    First, I want to express my gratitude to everyone for sharing all this nutritional information. I just joined this site and am looking for all the information I can to improve my well being and prevent recurrance of ovarian cancer as well as all cancers. I've read a lotis out ginger and turmeric and have started adding ground ginger to my diet via teas, cereals and simply adding to water with lemon. Most of the research I have found seems outdated or at least two years ago. Has anyone found any more recent studies?
  • california_artist
    california_artist Member Posts: 816
    As someone who researched and

    As someone who researched and followed the info I found on the benefits of foods, exercise, deep breathing, etc. I have found that whether the info is newly discovered or tried and true, as someone who will be a five year survivor next month, do all that you are able to do regardless of the age of the research.

     

    Hugs and great love to you all,

     

    Claudia

     

    To all my old buds, I did finally make it to California and am living in "Hippie Heaven" in Ukiah. This people are mostly peace, love and sharing hippie souls. I haven't been this happy since I foolishly left California nine years ago. Just packed stuff in an SUV Christmas Eve and was here by New Year's Eve. Blessings on you all. Love you Jill, and Karen.

  • california_artist
    california_artist Member Posts: 816
    As someone who researched and

    As someone who researched and followed the info I found on the benefits of foods, exercise, deep breathing, etc. I have found that whether the info is newly discovered or tried and true, as someone who will be a five year survivor next month, do all that you are able to do regardless of the age of the research.

     

    Hugs and great love to you all,

     

    Claudia

     

    To all my old buds, I did finally make it to California and am living in "Hippie Heaven" in Ukiah. This people are mostly peace, love and sharing hippie souls. I haven't been this happy since I foolishly left California nine years ago. Just packed stuff in an SUV Christmas Eve and was here by New Year's Eve. Blessings on you all. Love you Jill, and Karen.

  • soromer
    soromer Member Posts: 130

    As someone who researched and

    As someone who researched and followed the info I found on the benefits of foods, exercise, deep breathing, etc. I have found that whether the info is newly discovered or tried and true, as someone who will be a five year survivor next month, do all that you are able to do regardless of the age of the research.

     

    Hugs and great love to you all,

     

    Claudia

     

    To all my old buds, I did finally make it to California and am living in "Hippie Heaven" in Ukiah. This people are mostly peace, love and sharing hippie souls. I haven't been this happy since I foolishly left California nine years ago. Just packed stuff in an SUV Christmas Eve and was here by New Year's Eve. Blessings on you all. Love you Jill, and Karen.

    Claudia! Great to see you posting here!

    I think I sent you a message a while ago but don't recall.

    Congratulations on your move! I'm so glad it worked out for you. Great job on your part.

    I think I'll be in N. CA this June--Pleasant Hill area as well as San Jose. I'll let you know.

    Excellent to hear that you're doing well generally. I'm doing all right myself--remission for the past six months, and planning to keep it going~!

    Peace, blessings, love and hugs,

    soromer/Kate

     

  • HellieC
    HellieC Member Posts: 524

    As someone who researched and

    As someone who researched and followed the info I found on the benefits of foods, exercise, deep breathing, etc. I have found that whether the info is newly discovered or tried and true, as someone who will be a five year survivor next month, do all that you are able to do regardless of the age of the research.

     

    Hugs and great love to you all,

     

    Claudia

     

    To all my old buds, I did finally make it to California and am living in "Hippie Heaven" in Ukiah. This people are mostly peace, love and sharing hippie souls. I haven't been this happy since I foolishly left California nine years ago. Just packed stuff in an SUV Christmas Eve and was here by New Year's Eve. Blessings on you all. Love you Jill, and Karen.

    Missed you, Claudia

    So pleased to see you touching base with the boards again.  Missed your interesting, informative posts - but absolutely delighted that you have rediscovered what you need.  Maybe with your new found happiness we'll get to see some more of your beautiful paintings?

    Kindest wishes
    Helen

  • california_artist
    california_artist Member Posts: 816
    Kate

    Will send you my email and phone contacts via private message.

     

    Kisses

  • Tethys41
    Tethys41 Member Posts: 1,373 **

    As someone who researched and

    As someone who researched and followed the info I found on the benefits of foods, exercise, deep breathing, etc. I have found that whether the info is newly discovered or tried and true, as someone who will be a five year survivor next month, do all that you are able to do regardless of the age of the research.

     

    Hugs and great love to you all,

     

    Claudia

     

    To all my old buds, I did finally make it to California and am living in "Hippie Heaven" in Ukiah. This people are mostly peace, love and sharing hippie souls. I haven't been this happy since I foolishly left California nine years ago. Just packed stuff in an SUV Christmas Eve and was here by New Year's Eve. Blessings on you all. Love you Jill, and Karen.

    California_Artist
    Congratulations on your new location! So glad to hear you are in your happy place now!
  • jazzy1
    jazzy1 Member Posts: 1,379

    Kate

    Will send you my email and phone contacts via private message.

     

    Kisses

    Claudia

    Hey there Claudia,  Great to see your posting and happy to hear you've found a new spot to call HOME.  Life is fun and can be quite venturous...and if anyone can do it, you surely can my dear friend.

     

    Congrats to 5 years NED!!!!!  Why don't you come back and enlighten many of the newbies on the site on your journey and how you have attained NED for this many years?  Surely many would love to read lots of goodies from you, as you sure were there for me during my journey.  Still do re-read many of your older posts and have shared with many others.

    Best to you always,

    Jan   {#emotions_dlg.kiss}

  • norma2
    norma2 Member Posts: 479

    As someone who researched and

    As someone who researched and followed the info I found on the benefits of foods, exercise, deep breathing, etc. I have found that whether the info is newly discovered or tried and true, as someone who will be a five year survivor next month, do all that you are able to do regardless of the age of the research.

     

    Hugs and great love to you all,

     

    Claudia

     

    To all my old buds, I did finally make it to California and am living in "Hippie Heaven" in Ukiah. This people are mostly peace, love and sharing hippie souls. I haven't been this happy since I foolishly left California nine years ago. Just packed stuff in an SUV Christmas Eve and was here by New Year's Eve. Blessings on you all. Love you Jill, and Karen.

    Hey there Claudia

    So very glad to see you here!!! 

  • LesterJ
    LesterJ Member Posts: 2
    My five cents on the topic

    Since my wife and I had some history of complementing our coping with uterine cancer with a diet, I'd like to share some info on the subject too. Hopefully it will be of some help for you.

     

    Curcumin against uterine cancer

    Natural uterine cancer cures include the use of antitumor agent of turmeric called curcumin, that inhibits (suppresses) uterine cancer cells. Turmeric has proven that its effect is equal to the effect of new anticancer drugs, including tumor necrosis factor inhibitors: Remicade, Humira and Enbrel; anti-vascular endothelial growth factor used in treatment of ovarian cancer (Avastin); blocking agent of human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2), used in breast cancer patients (Herceptin).

     

    Pumpkin and watermelon will help you on the way to recovery from uterine cancer

    It has been established that plants containing cucurbitacin exert antitumor actions on human uterine cancer cells. It is the Cucurbitaceae (gourd) family. The most popular edible plants of this family are pumpkin, watermelon, melon, cucumber. Pumpkin’s carotene is also often used as part of natural cures for uterine cancer and is a great natural remedy that inhibits uterine cancer. It is recommended to use these products on a daily basis.

    Be extra careful with non-food cucurbitacin-containing plants, because generally they are extremely poisonous. In connection with that you should be very cautious while using them and strictly adhere to recommended single and daily dosage. Poisoning symptoms: nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, presence of blood in the urine. Symptoms in severe cases: cramps, symptoms of injury of the central nervous system. Emergency measures: stomach lavage, drink ample water, preferably milk.

     

    Cabbage as natural and safe method for fighting uterine cancer

    Antitumor effect of Cruciferous vegetables is connected with the presence of specific sulfur compounds in them – isothiocyanates and glucosinolates. The effect of indole-3-carbinol, extracted from the cabbage, has been widely studied. Many experiments revealed that active substances of Cruciferous vegetables induce malignant uterine cancer cells apoptosis, block hormone receptors. change the activity of steroidogenic enzymes, promote transformation of sex hormones into inactive metabolites. The dietary therapy of uterine cancer should include edible Cruciferous vegetables and, of course, various types of cabbage – cauliflower and Brussels sprout. Cruciferous vegetable can even be used as part of stage 4 uterine cancer treatment.

     

    The info teken from the site: http://paseka.us/cancer-types/uterine-cancer/