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Cannabidiol—Breakthrough in Cancer Treatment

In Uncategorized on March 30, 2015 at 12:19 pm

Many who are seeking a less toxic path for their cancer or other health problems turn to Cannabis. Scientists have reported that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other cannabinoids such as Cannabidiol (CBD) slow growth and/or cause death in certain types of cancer cells growing in laboratory dishes. Some animal studies also suggest certain cannabinoids may slow growth and reduce spread of some forms of cancer. However, few states have fully legalized cannabis and while some have made it legal for medicinal purposes, there are many restrictions and limitations.

That said, the FDA considers hemp products that have legally-unsubstantial levels of THC (non-THC hemp based cannabinoids), including CBD, to be “food based” and therefore sale-able.  Cannabidiol (CBD), a natural constituent of the hemp plant derived from commercial hemp stalk and seed, is one of at least 85 active cannabinoids identified in cannabis. CBD is considered by some to have a wider scope of medical applications than THC, and people are finding it to be the answer in their search for legal cannabis.  While the debate of THC vs CBD is beyond the scope of this post, I am always looking to the power of nature to fix what ails us, so when Dose of Nature offered me a sample of their Redstrap CBD in exchange for a review, I thought, why not?

One of my clients, Joe, had been seriously considering moving to Georgia or Colorado in order to procure cannabis for his cancer (Georgia being preferred with its warmer climate), so I asked him to be my test-case and passed the sample along to him.  Joe has stage 3 colon cancer, and is treating it holistically. Joe also has an even bigger issue—advanced sarcoidosis.  Sarcoidosis is the growth of tiny collections of inflammatory cells in different parts of the body, most commonly the lungs, lymph nodes, eyes and skin, and has serious and life-threatening consequences.  In Joe’s case, they seem to congregate around his lungs, heart and kidneys.  While there is not a tremendous amount of research on Cannabidiol and Sarcoidosis, given that sarcoid is an autoimmune condition, in theory, CBD–with its anti-inflammatory and immune-modulating capabilities, should be effective for his sarcoidosis. While boosting the immune system is essential for his cancer, modulating that immune system is equally important given his autoimmune issue.

From Joe:

He reports that he started taking Redstrap CBD on March 8th. By day five, he started to feel a bit groggier at night and thus slept 3 hours, which is monumental for him. The next night he slept for 6 hours, and since then mostly four hours per night. He reports that overall, he does not feel much different, just that he sleeps better.  He still does not have much of an appetite, but his attitude has improved, even feels somewhat jovial! On March 20th he reported that his ACE/sarcoid marker was under 40, which is considered to be within normal range, and that his CEA had dropped from 1.3 to 1.1. He also reports that for the first time in 7 years, his WBC/WBC/LYMPH levels are rising.

At this point Joe is considered in remission for both the cancer and the sarcoid. Doctors are still concerned about inflammation, but are more watching than waiting.  Joe will continue with the Red Strap (as part of his protocol) and redo his marker tests on March 31st.  He will report in when he gets the results, so stay tuned for the update.

Update on Joe:

On 4/20 Joe reports that his sarcoid is not improving, but believes that given more time on the CBD, this may change.  He also reports that he has some extremely fast-growing (non-cancerous) polyps.  On the more positive side, his sleep continues to improve with a steady 5 hours a night. He is also in a far superior mood, more so even upon the last report.  His appetite is slowly coming back and his weight stable.  He has less pain, but no improvement in energy.  His blood pressure is fantastic, something that has been problematic for many years.  He reports that his quality of life is “off the charts” better than two months ago.

There you go.  Just remember that CBD is only one part of Joe’s protocol and that results are not the same for everyone.  However, Joe wishes to share that he would recommend this CBD to everyone, sick or not!

 CBD– the Cure for Cancer?

Is CBD the sole cure for cancer? Certainly not. But Cannabidiol has been at the forefront of the news lately in its application to treat pediatric epilepsy, autism, cancer, pain, PTSD, brain injuries, anxiety, and various neurological conditions.[i]  CBD is non-psychotropic, anti-inflammatory, helps alleviate insomnia, reduces the autonomic response to stress, and has the highest anti-cancer potency of all cannabinoids that have been tested. CBD has anti-proliferative effects against multiple cancer types; it also reduces neovascularization, cancer cell migration, adhesion, invasion and metastasization. [ii] However, like surgery, chemo and radiation, CBD may remove the presenting symptom of cancer—the tumor, but it will not resolve all of the reasons for your cancer.  (But unlike chemo and radiation, CBD is has low toxicity and is highly tolerable.) To be clear, CBD does address many of the reasons for cancer—inflammation, insomnia, stress, etc. But to cure cancer, you have to address all the root causes as well as the stem cells; cancer is a multifaceted dis-ease with many triggers. Chief among these causes, in addition to environmental toxins, are poor diet, nutritional deficiencies, subpar immunity, and chronic, unresolved stress, among others. And, no matter what treatment path you take, it does not end when someone declares you ‘cancer free’—you must maintain health to reduce the risk of recurrence or further cancer.  Nevertheless, as many with cancer would likely agree—removing the symptom while you are addressing the cause feels darn good. And because CBD does address many of the causes of cancer, it is most definitely worth consideration.

DON2So what is my opinion of Dose of Nature CBD? I like the ingredients, the science and technology; from all that I have read and researched, Dose of Nature seems to have an excellent product. For more information on CBD and Dose of Nature, please view this video.

This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or diagnose any diseases or conditions. These recommendations do not represent medical advice, and I encourage you to discuss this information with your integrative oncologist or naturopathic doctor.   It is always advisable to discuss the use of supplements with a naturopath, integrative or functional medical doctor before use, as often supplements may interact positively or negatively with other drugs. You are advised to check product information (including packaging inserts) for changes and new information regarding dosage, precautions, and contraindications before administering any drug, herb, supplement, compound, therapy, treatment and or preventative measure discussed herein. NOTHING CONTAINED ANYWHERE HEREIN IS OFFERED AS OR CONSTITUTES MEDICAL ADVICE.

For more information on CBD (Cannabidiol) and Health Conditions  http://www.doseofnature.com/library/

Resources:

http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/medical-marijuana-shows-promise-against-autoimmune-diseases

http://www.evenbetterhealth.com/symptoms_of_sarcoidosis.php

http://www.projectcbd.org/news/cbd-misconceptions/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2748879/

http://phys.org/news/2010-12-marijuana-suppresses-immune-functions.html

Elyn

~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~
Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer strategist, speaker, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Elyn empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs. She is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and well-being. Elyn has been featured on CNN Money, Talk About Health, and Breast Cancer Answers and has written for the Pink Paper, Breast Cancer Wellness, Integrative Oncology Essentials, Surviving Beautifully, Body Local and more, and writes the Options for Life column for the Natural Healing-Natural Wellness Magazine. Elyn hosts the Survive and Live Well Radio Show on the Cancer Support Network. She is on the Medical Advisory Board for Beat Cancer.Org and is on the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project. Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys. http://elynjacobs.com/about/

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[i] http://www.doseofnature.com/

[ii] http://www.johnhicksmd.com/cannabidiol

Top Seven Hashimoto Food Myths

In Uncategorized on March 5, 2015 at 5:27 pm

Ask anyone who has researched the anti-cancer diet and you will hear, “eat crucifers”. However, many people with Hashimoto’s or other thyroid issues are warned to avoid these and other foods.  Dr. Izabella Wentz, PharmD, FASCP, aka Your Thyroid Pharmacist, has some expert information to dispel some common myths on dietary restrictions.  If you have not yet read her amazing book, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause, you may want to pick up a copy.

Here is what Dr Wentz has to say:

Myth 1:  Goitrogens need to be avoided in Hashimoto’s, so I can’t eat broccoli. 

Truth: Those poor cruciferous vegetables! Delicious and healthy vegetables like cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, kale and cauliflower have gotten a bad rap due to some old nomenclature and outdated patterns in thyroid disease. Goitrogen is a word that was coined in the 1950’s to describe a substance that causes the formation of a goiter, also known as an enlarged thyroid gland. It’s a very deceiving word, and can mean a variety of different things for different substances, ranging from suppressing the release of thyroid hormone to changing the way thyroid hormone gets produced in the body to suppressing the absorption of iodine.

In relation to cruciferous vegetables, they have been identified as “goitrogenic” because they have the potential to block iodine absorption.

This was a concern in the 1950’s, as then, the primary reason for hypothyroidism was due to iodine deficiency, and any further changes in iodine levels were potentially problematic. However, since public efforts have been made to add iodine to the salt supplies of most industrialized countries, Hashimoto’s has become the primary reason for hypothyroidism, responsible for 90-97% of cases of hypothyroidism in the United States. Iodine deficiency is not wide spread in people with Hashimoto’s, and thus eating cruciferous vegetables (unless a person is otherwise sensitive to them) is perfectly healthy for people with Hashimoto’s and should not impact thyroid function. In the case that a person does have hypothyroidism due to iodine deficiency, he/she can still enjoy crucifers as long as they are cooked or fermented. Cooking/fermenting will break down the iodine blocking content.

There is one goitrogen that I do always recommend avoiding with Hashimoto’s, and that’s soy. You can read more about the breakdown of the science behind goitrogens HERE. 

Myth 2: I do not need to get off gluten, tests said that I was not sensitive

Gluten is a substance found in wheat, barley and rye. Gluten is a staple of the Standard Western Diet, in America, Europe and Australia, and it is found in breads, cakes and pastries and most processed foods. People with Hashimoto’s are more likely to have Celiac disease compared to others, and getting off gluten helped some people dually diagnosed with Celiac and Hashimoto’s shed their Hashimoto’s diagnosis (antibodies went into remission, and thyroid function returned to normal). However, it’s not just Celiac disease.  My personal and clinical experience has shown that non-Celiac gluten sensitivity is one of the biggest triggers in Hashimoto’s.

Lab testing can be very helpful, especially if you get the right kind of testing, (I’ll be writing about my favorite food sensitivity lab test, soon) but unfortunately testing technology is not perfect. More often than not, false negatives can be seen for common reactive foods like gluten, dairy and soy. The best test for figuring out if you are sensitive to gluten is doing an elimination diet, when you avoid gluten for 2-3 weeks, then try it again to see if you react to it.

In surveying my clients, 90% of them felt better on a gluten-free diet. Only 10% were diagnosed with celiac disease. Going gluten free can help alleviate many symptoms associated with Hashimoto’s, such as fatigue, hair loss, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, pain, acid reflux, weight gain and many others, as well as can reduce the autoimmune attack on the thyroid gland.

Going gluten free is one of the first things I recommend with Hashimoto’s. When you signed up for my email list, you got access to my Gluten Free Quick Start Guide and favorite recipes.

Myth 3: Almonds are a health food. I should eat them every day

In an effort to eat a healthier, nutrient dense diet, many people turn to almonds as a substitute to eating grains. This is because almonds are very tasty and quite versatile, they can be made into Paleo breads, used as a substitute for bread crumbs and can be eaten as snacks.

Unfortunately many people can be sensitive to almonds, and in fact, after gluten, dairy and soy, almonds are one of the top reactive foods for people with Hashimoto’s. I often see people develop new food sensitivities because they have not healed their guts (see Myth #7). You run a greater risk of becoming sensitive to almonds if you eat them over and over again, day after day. If you don’t react to them now, rotate them with other foods, eating them every 3-4 days.

Myth 4: The best source of Selenium is from eating Brazil nuts

Selenium deficiency has often been cited as a trigger for Hashimoto’s. Selenium is a required nutrient for proper thyroid function, and has been shown to reduce the autoimmune attack on the thyroid gland. However, this effect is dose responsive, and thus selenium is considered to be a narrow therapeutic index supplement. Studies have been done on the specific dose of Selenium needed to reduce thyroid antibodies. Doses below 200 mcg were not helpful for reducing thyroid antibodies, and doses >900 mcg per day were found to be toxic. Selenium content in Brazil nuts can vary ten-fold, depending on where the Brazil nuts were grown. This means that a Brazil nut can contain anywhere from 55 mcg to 550 mcg of Selenium. Unless your Brazil nuts were tested for Selenium content, you may be unknowingly overdosing or under-dosing yourself.   Also, many people with Hashimoto’s may be sensitive to nuts! Selenium methionine in supplement form, at a dose of 200 mcg has been clinically tested to show a 50% reduction in thyroid antibodies, over the course of three months. Some clinicians may recommend a dose as high as 400 mcg per day. I’ve had great results with Pure Encapsulations brand Selenium.

Myth 5: Raw dairy is fine for Hashimoto’s, it’s only the pasteurized dairy that’s problematic

Proponents of this myth rely on the information that pasteurization process changes the protein structure of dairy proteins, making them more reactive. However, if you’ve already been sensitized to the dairy proteins casein or whey from drinking conventional milk, consuming raw dairy, organic dairy, lactose free milk, or goat’s milk may still be a problem. Perhaps if you drank raw dairy your whole life, you may have not developed a sensitivity, but in general cow’s milk is difficult to digest for most adults with Hashimoto’s.  Goat’s milk is highly cross reactive as well for those with cow milk sensitivity. Camel milk, however, may be well tolerated by people with Hashimoto’s as the proteins are different enough not to cross react. Symptoms like nasal congestion, constipation, acid reflux, joint pain and thyroid antibodies can improve by going dairy free. Dairy was a huge trigger for me, now 60% of my clients report felt better on a dairy free diet as well!

Read more about my acid reflux/dairy story HERE and why you should avoid dairy HERE.

Myth 6: Low carb eating is bad for people with thyroid issues 

Some people report feeling tired after starting a protein/fat heavy diet like the Paleo diet, but this is not always due to needing carbohydrates. In fact, some people with autoimmune disease and Hashimoto’s feel amazing on a ketogenic diet (a low carb diet where the body breaks down fats for fuel, instead of relying on carbohydrates). If you’re feeling tired on a diet that is mostly comprised of fats and proteins, this could be due to low stomach acid, which leads to improper protein digestion. Most people with Hashimoto’s have been found to have low stomach acid/no stomach acid, and this impairs our ability to digest protein foods. Improper protein digestion may make us tired because digestion takes a lot of energy, and people who are low in stomach acid may find themselves naturally gravitating towards carbohydrates for energy, as carbohydrates do not need as much digestive juice as proteins for proper digestion.

Increased intake of proteins coupled with a lack of carbohydrates may results in feeling more tired as a result of protein being a bigger burden, as well as we may have a harder time getting nutrients for energy from our foods. Try starting your day with a  green smoothie (to help along digestion, lowering the burden), increasing your veggie intake and taking the protein digestive enzyme Betaine with Pepsin, before you determine if low carb is a good choice for you or not. Many people have found that taking this supplement helped with fatigue. A guide on how to use Betaine with Pepsin can be found in my Digestion and Depletion book chapter. To view it for free, click HERE.

Read more about overcoming thyroid fatigue HERE.

Myth 7: Diet can heal everything: If I just take out more foods, I will be healed

While some people have had great success though changing their diets, even going into complete remission from Hashimoto’s, this is not always the case. Don’t get me wrong, eating a nutrient dense diet that is free of reactive foods can do wonders, and is one of the first things I recommend, but if you’ve been on a clean diet for 3 months and not seeing results or getting stuck, you likely have an unwanted guest living inside of you and causing inflammation within your gut.

This gut infection can stand in the way of you healing. Gut infections lead to intestinal permeability, one of the main triggers of Hashimoto’s.

Most infections require targeted treatments such as herbs, antibiotics, antifungals or antiprotozoal agents in order to be eradicated. Otherwise, the person can be sensitive to whatever foods he/or she is eating.

If you’re someone that’s plateaued in your healing, be sure to get tested for gut infections ASAP, so you don’t run the risk of losing more foods. The tests I recommend include the Bacterial Overgrowth Breath Test-Genova KIT for SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), GI Effects Gastrointestinal Function Comprehensive Profile (One day collection)-METAMETRIX KIT for bacterial/fungal infections and the GI Pathogen Screen with H. pylori Antigen-BioHealth KIT for parasitic infections/H Pylori. You can view all of the tests I recommend HERE , and I cover them in greater detail in my book, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause.

Read more about non-diet related root causes HERE.

The preceding information is from Dr. Izabella Wentz, PharmD, FASCP

If you are looking for more information on putting Hashimoto’s into remission, please consider purchasing a copy of Dr Wentz’s patient guide, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause to help you figure out your underlying triggers.

She also has a website with additional resources for you, including her blog and a list of recommended clinicians.

If you are interested in working with  Dr. Izabella Wentz personally, please sign up here.
Lastly, you can connect with her though her community on Facebook .

I hope you have found this information helpful. Thank you Dr Wentz for sharing this information and for all that you do.

Elyn

~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~
Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer strategist, speaker, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Elyn empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs. She is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and well-being. Elyn has been featured on CNN Money, Talk About Health, and Breast Cancer Answers and has written for the Pink Paper, Breast Cancer Wellness, Integrative Oncology Essentials, Surviving Beautifully, Body Local and more, and writes the Options for Life column for the Natural Healing-Natural Wellness Magazine. Elyn hosts the Survive and Live Well Radio Show on the Cancer Support Network. She is on the Medical Advisory Board for Beat Cancer.Org and is on the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project. Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys. http://elynjacobs.com/about/

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Is it Safe to Take Antioxidants and Other Natural Agents During Chemo and Radiation?

In Uncategorized on January 28, 2015 at 7:16 pm
Support for Before, During and Post Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy, Part I

 

Is it safe to take antioxidants and other natural compounds during chemotherapy and radiation? While most oncologists would vehemently say no, actually many nutraceuticals synergistically interact to enhance treatment and diminish the side effects of these treatments. Although radiotherapy and chemo kill cancer cells, they lack specificity; they are unable to distinguish between cancer cells and normal cells. Therefore, these treatments cause significant damage to the body’s healthy tissue- much of which is permanent and can be life-threatening. However, the selective use of nutraceuticals–antioxidants and natural agents found in certain foods and supplements–can enhance the effectiveness of chemotherapy and radiation while minimizing damage to normal cells. Nutraceuticals also help to detoxify the body both during and post treatment (Part II), and target the cancer stem cells that not only survive most conventional treatments, but are responsible for recurrent and progressive disease.[i]

I frequently find myself answering the question, “what should I take before, during and post treatment”?   

Chemotherapy and radiation produce free radicals that can damage cellular DNA.  By damaging DNA, tumor cells die, a process known as apoptosis.  Antioxidants protect healthy cells from damage caused by chemotherapy and radiotherapy and the lingering free radicals they create. Cancer cells are not able to correct DNA damage as efficiently as normal cells, which is why chemo and radiation are able to kill cancer cells. I find it interesting that there is still so much controversy on this subject.  Brilliant researchers such as Dr Keith Block MD, Dr Mitch Gaynor MD, and Dr Brian Lawenda MD have been studying and reporting on this subject for years.  Even Big Pharma jumped on the wagon by creating an antioxidant drug by the name of Amifostine, which was touted as the ‘first selective-target and broad spectrum radioprotector”[ii]. I guess it is okay for Big Pharma to cash in but not our farmers. But I digress.

Yes, antioxidants and other natural agents are to be embraced. Blueberries, for example, are strong antioxidants, and pterostilbene, a stilbenoid chemically related to resveratrol and found in blueberries and grapes, helps suppress and repair damage from radiation therapy.  Common herbs such as mint, rosemary and basil help prevent damage from radiation and have many anticancer benefits such as reducing inflammation and killing cancer cells. Ashwagandha reduces oxidative stress load and may help maintain a higher level of energy during treatment.  Cats claw may help with cell damage caused by chemotherapy and radiation treatment by repairing DNA, and can also help prevent loss of white blood cells and immune cell damage caused by many chemotherapy drugs (a common side effect known as leukopenia). Patients taking cat’s claw in conjunction with chemotherapy and radiation also tend to have fewer side effects like hair loss, weight loss, nausea and secondary infections. Plus, cat’s claw can help prevent cells from mutating, and halt the spread of cancer.[iii] Numerous studies have found flaxseed to be protective during and post radiation and has other anticancer benefits.[iv] Quercitin, a bioflavonoid found in apples, red wine and onions, also enhances the radio-sensitivity of tumor cells. The list is endless.

rosemary

One of the other problems with radiation and chemo is the destruction of the immune system. The immune system, which plays a critical part in keeping a patient cancer free following therapy, can become severely damaged, increasing risk for recurrence or new cancers. Both chlorella and spirulina seem to counteract these effects and rebuild the immune system. Astragalus enhances the immune system during radiation and makes T-cells and natural killer cells work better. Medicinal mushrooms offer considerable support both to the immune system and as part of an overall anti-cancer strategy, and are widely used in Japan and China for immune support for those undergoing chemo and radiation.

Certain supplements also have the ability to sensitize cancer cells to the effects of the treatment thus helping the therapy to work better. Green tea, vitamin C, omega 3’s and curcumin, for example, can help boost the effects of radiation and chemotherapy.[v]

Now, about those stem cells…

Cancer cells that are rapidly dividing are most prone to the toxic effects of drugs. Unfortunately, cancers propagate through the growth of (non-proliferating) cancer stem cells, which are the tumor’s more defended cells that weather the assault of chemotherapy and radiation and not only live to fight another day, but lead to metastasis.  While there are no known cancer drugs that target stem cells, Metformin, a diabetes drug, as well as many substances in their natural form can target these cells. [vi]  Adding some high-powered foods and supplements that support treatment and target stem cells should be part of all conventional treatment plans. (For recommendations, please read Cancer Stem Cells—Could They be the Key to Metastasis?)

I frequently find myself answering the question, “what should I take before, during and post treatment? “ Below is a partial list of well-researched natural compounds that offer support when taken before, during and/or post treatment.  However, while nutrients and supplements can help prevent or repair some of the damage of chemo and radiation, choosing which supplements is something you definitely need to pursue under the guidance of a well-informed physician or other health care professional. Supplements, like drugs, may have adverse effects when taken together, so again, working with an integrative professional who knows which are appropriate, which work best together, and which work with your current medications is very important.  For example, while curcumin can enhance the efficacy of radiotherapy and most chemotherapies, it does interfere with some chemos. There is also some research suggesting that vitamin E in high doses could possibly interfere with radiation’s effectiveness.  Biotin may interfere with the absorption of some chemo drugs. That said, here are some suggestions to consider.  For more information and brand recommendations, please click here.

Natures Medicine Cabinet
  • Ashwagandha (stop 2 weeks prior to surgery)
  • Astragalus
  • Berries, especially blueberries (and supplement pterostilbene; pterostilbene should not be taken with Salvestrols)
  • Carotenes (food, not supplemental)
  • Cats Claw (do not take for two weeks prior to or post-surgery)
  • Chlorella
  • Curcumin (boosts the efficacy of most chemo-therapies but does inhibit some)
  • Delphinidin (maquai berries)
  • Flaxseed
  • Green Vegetables
  • Kelp or other Iodine rich foods
  • Medicinal Mushrooms
  • Milk Thistle
  • Mistletoe (Iscador)
  • Herbs such as mint, basil, rosemary and thyme
  • Omega 3’s
  • Probiotics (chemo and radiation are devastating to the inner bacterial environment)
  • Quercitin
  • Red cabbage and other crucifers
  • Resveratrol (do not take with Salvestrols)
  • Schisandra (do not take with Tamoxifen)
  • Selenium
  • Vitamins C, D, A and E
  • Whey protein 

This information is for educational purposes only, and does not represent medical advice. This information is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or diagnose any diseases or conditions. I encourage you to discuss this information with your integrative oncologist or naturopathic doctor. Supplements are intended to supplement a healthy diet–they are not a replacement, and may contain additional ingredients. It is always advisable to discuss the use of supplements as well as nutritional support with a naturopathic, integrative or functional medical doctor before use, as often supplements may interact positively or negatively with other drugs.

Resources and more information:

http://elynjacobs.com/shop/ (Information and brand recommendations)

http://lifeovercancerblog.typepad.com/life-over-cancer-blog/2013/10/resveratrol-and-radiation-.html

http://lifeovercancerblog.typepad.com/life-over-cancer-blog/2011/07/using-supplements-during-radiation-treatments-is-there-a-problem.html

http://www.integrativeoncology-essentials.com/2013/03/hey-doc-can-i-take-antioxidants-during-chemo-and-radiation/

High Doses of Antioxidants Including Vitamin C Do Not Decrease the Efficacy of Chemotherapy 

Antioxidants May Aid Chemotherapy Patients

Do Nutrients Interfere with Chemo or Radiation Therapy? 

Elyn

~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~
Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer strategist, speaker, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Elyn empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs. She is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and well-being. Elyn has been featured on CNN Money, Talk About Health, and Breast Cancer Answers and has written for the Pink Paper, Breast Cancer Wellness, Integrative Oncology Essentials, Surviving Beautifully, Body Local and more, and writes the Options for Life column for the Natural Healing-Natural Wellness Magazine. Elyn hosts the Survive and Live Well Radio Show on the Cancer Support Network. She is on the Medical Advisory Board for Beat Cancer.Org and is on the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project. Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys. http://elynjacobs.com/about/

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 [i] http://elynjacobs.com/2015/01/09/cancer-stem-cells-could-they-be-the-key-to-metastasis/

[ii] http://theoncologist.alphamedpress.org/content/12/6/738.long

[iii] http://www.rain-tree.com/catclaw.htm#.VMZXFCvF98E

[iv] http://elynjacobs.com/2014/06/23/demystifying-flaxseed-and-estrogen/

[v] http://lifeovercancerblog.typepad.com/life-over-cancer-blog/2011/07/using-supplements-during-radiation-treatments-is-there-a-problem.html

[vi] http://elynjacobs.com/2015/01/09/cancer-stem-cells-could-they-be-the-key-to-metastasis/

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