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This may sound a little crazy but I just had to tell y'all! We were having a stomach virus going around our house so I decided to take a ginger capsule. It really work so I took them for a few days. The funny thing is since I started taking them my bones don't ache as much. My wrists and ankles don't feel like they are going to snap in half and my muscles don't tighten up anymore. Wow, I feel so much better that I even spent six hours yesterday refinishing a cradle my grandfather made for my son that we are passing down for his daughter that is on the way.

I did a little research and found this out about ginger:

Medicinal Uses and Indications:
Today, health care professionals commonly recommend to help prevent or treat nausea and vomiting associated with motion sickness, pregnancy, and cancer chemotherapy. It is also used as a digestive aid for mild stomach upset, as support in inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, and may even be used in heart disease or cancer.



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I knew about Ginger and nausea. There is a maternity shop that sells ginger snacks for Moms to be for morning sickness. I did eat Ginger snaps when I felt a little nauseaous during chemo....but I never knew about all of the other good things Ginger does.... I am going to try it. I think the Ginger capsules would have a lot more ginger than a cookie (and probably less calories...HA).

Thanks for sharing!

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Thanks Marge - great info. When doing some research on antioxidant-rich foods, I recently learned - to my amazement - that spices have some of the highest levels. Like cinnamon, cloves, parsley, oregano. I bought a huge container of cinnamon and have it handy to sprinkle on just about anything. With foods like ginger and other spices, we can increase the cancer-fighting ability of our bodies.

Keep fighting on ladies, Mary Ann

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Is that ever interesting! Thanks for the info!


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I also found info from a Doc doing research on cancers in general that cumin helps prevent as well as treat cancer and is a great companion during chemo. He suggests 2 capsules three times a day. Great tasting in recipes also!

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Here's more research on cumin and cancer, specifically radiation treatment.
I am happy you found the specific guidelines, cause we are just doing the best we can with the little information we currently can find. I did just send a letter to the board of this site asking for help in the nutrition end of the cancer fight. Here's hoping they'all put some information on the general site for everyone. : ~ )

Cumin capsules can burn on an empty stomach. But it's wonderful in my macaroni carrot salad.

foods protect radiation treatmentThese are the words I typed into google to get this article on foods that help to deal with radiation.Eating curry may protect skin from radiation burns
Related topics: "ResearchCancer researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center have found that curcumin, a substance in curry long believed to have health benefits, seems to protect skin during radiation therapy. Doctors say that while further study is needed, cancer patients could consider eating foods with curry during their radiation treatment.Curcumin, the substance that gives turmeric its yellow colour, is a natural anti-inflammatory compound and scientists have already shown that it can suppress tumour blood vessel growth. This process, called anti-angiogenesis, can strangle tumours. Researchers at the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center have now discovered through a study of mice that curcumin may protect skin from the burns and blisters that often occur during radiation treatment."This is significant because skin damage is a real problem for patients undergoing radiation to treat their tumours. If a non-toxic, natural substance can help prevent this damage and enhance the effectiveness of our radiation, that's a winning situation," said Dr Paul Okunieff, chief of radiation oncology at the Wilmot Cancer Center.Scientists presented results of the pilot study at the 44th annual meeting of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology in New Orleans this week.The team of researchers, led by Dr Ivan Ding, assistant professor of radiation oncology, studied the impact of various doses of curcumin on skin protection in mice given radiation therapy. The difference in skin damage was dramatic, according to the researchers. "There were far fewer blisters or burns on the mice who had been given curcumin," Ding said.In the study, 200 mice were given three different doses of curcumin for five to seven days. On the fifth day, mice were given a single dose of radiation and scientists waited 20 days to assess skin damage. The mice who received curcumin had minimal skin damage caused by radiation. Scientists also found the substance suppresses development of new cells in the area of tumour, thus furthering the effectiveness of radiation.While doctors are not ready to say that curcumin is the answer to preventing skin damage, researchers believe the results demonstrate the need for more extensive study.The team plans further scrutiny of curcumin and combinations with other anti-inflammatory compounds to determine what could be the best way to prevent skin damage, Ding said."Nearly all cancer patients who get radiation treatment experience some form of skin damage - from mild sunburn all the way to blisters - that is painful for many," Okunieff said. "If we can find a simple way to help prevent that, it would make treatment a bit easier."

I had no idea about the possible burn problem. Sad to learn about it.
As always, love and hope to us all,


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