Part 4 on Cancer: An Arsenal of Nutrient-based Support
by Sue Hughes, MSEd, HHP, CNC
So we’ve been through a bit about what that feared word “cancer” actually means (See Part 1). Then we explored the significance of the mind and our beliefs on the healing powers of the body (Part 2) followed by some information on the role of the “gut” and how important it is to get the digestive system in tip top shape so it is sure to break down and absorb all of the vitamins and minerals desperately needed by your cells to repair and regenerate (Part 3). So now it’s time to talk about specific nutritional compounds that have been shown to positively affect the process of healing from cancer.
Just a few final details before we delve right in to the good stuff . . .
Something very important worth mentioning that must be addressed simultaneous to everything else that’s been covered in this series: don’t forget to clean up your diet and your personal environment!
No worries, I’m not talking about clutter or dust (*sigh of relief*). I’m suggesting that you rid your house of chemical cleaners and replace those with health-supporting essential-oil-based cleaners and air fresheners. Choose organic foods as much as possible and limit (or eliminate, ideally) foods with an ingredient list. “If it doesn’t grow, don’t eat it” is an extremely logical quote by motivational author Louise Hay and advice that all of us would be wise to follow. Drink plenty of purified water and get plenty of sleep. If you struggle with where to begin and what exactly to buy to replace all of your conventional, chemical-laden products, check out the following links: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ and http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners for guidance. Actually, if you have a few free minutes, I highly recommend that you explore the entire Environmental Working Group website for a boatload of other helpful information on all of the good and bad products out there. Trust me though. No matter where your healing journey is beginning, in a state of good health or a state of disease, it’s of mega-importance to lessen the “toxic” burden that your body has to bear so that all energy can be directed toward the most important thing ever – healing.
It’s never too late!
As discussed earlier, I hold the belief that we can put the cancer fire out even after it has begun to burn fiercely. Not only have many nutrients and nutritionally-based compounds proven to help extinguish the smaller, chronic fires like inflammation and oxidative stress, but quite a few of them also support normal cell growth and communication, apoptosis, and limit angiogenesis – all of the processes that basically define “cancer” – and all of which can be effective even after the disease has “taken hold.” Remember, nutrients and herbals are amazing because they work on two fronts: providing cells with the tools needed to thrive (building the body up) and targeting the unhealthy cells for destruction. You just can’t beat that combination. Hopefully my enthusiasm will prove contagious after you read a bit about each one of the supplements I am presenting.
Talk to your doctor prior to making any additions or changes to your supplement regimen.
Although the nutrients for cancer patients that I present can be very supportive to healing when used in conjunction with conventional therapies such as radiation and chemotherapy (you may notice that many of the compounds I list actually have been studied in conjunction with these conventional therapies and, not only have they been deemed safe and effective but they often enhance the effectiveness of conventional treatment.) Still, I must emphasize that this supportive action is very drug-specific meaning that, with certain chemo drugs, the activity promoted by the supplement will work against the action of the drug, making the chemo less effective. For more information on this, please check out this incredibly informative segment by Life Extension Foundation titled “Should Antioxidants Be Taken at the Same Time as Chemotherapy?” (scroll down to the middle of the page that comes up to find it).
Based on the complexity of cancer therapies I can’t emphasize enough the significance of working closely with your doctor prior to making additions or changes to your cancer treatment protocol. I am always happy to work with clients and their physicians to come up with the most effective regimen that complements conventional therapy. Contact me if you would like my help with this.
So let’s get to it. Let’s talk about a few very impressive, heavily researched natural compounds that target this thing called cancer, either through killing the bad cells or supporting immunity and regeneration of healthy cells.
As you read this, be sure to keep in mind that studies are ongoing when it comes to the potential contribution of nutritionally-based compounds to the treatment of cancer. I am sharing only a few of the items that show incredible promise at this point in time. I urge you to continue with your own research into these and other natural options that support healing and boost the immune system.
Okay, so here we go. The following are my top picks for cancer support (in no particular order of preference). Click on each one for a comprehensive description of its anti-cancer activity and other important information:
- Fermented Wheat Germ Extract (Avemar)
- Modified Citrus Pectin
- Vitamin C
- Inositol hexaphosphate (IP6)
- Vitamin D
Contact me if you have questions or if you would like to schedule a session to receive more personalized help with your health!
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