The Potions Behind the Motions: Healing Elyn

In Alternatives Cancer Treatment, Breast Cancer, Cancer, cancer stem cells and recurrence on October 22, 2015 at 9:50 am

Last week I posted my story of healing from stage 3 breast cancer, Healing Cancer Naturally: Elyn’s Potions and Motions.  In that post I spoke about the healing of my mind–healing the emotional traumas that were making me sick. In this post I get into the nutritional aspect of my healing. Maybe my story helps you with your own journey.

The Potions Behind the Motions

ej pink twoWhile my cancer surely seemed to be an emotionally driven one, I still needed a protocol that would target cancer cells and help prevent the spread of this cancer. I still need to up the ante nutritionally. Working with my oncologist, Dr Mitch Gaynor, and my alternative doctor, Dr Michael Schachter, I devised a protocol of weekly Intravenous Vitamin C treatments in addition to tweaking my targeted supplements. I also worked with Dr George Wong, and diligently drank his teas daily.

While I was already a healthy eater, I ramped it up by juicing as well as eating sprouts in huge quantities (especially broccoli, watercress, kale and basil), and by consuming fresh herbs every day. Herbs such sage, rosemary, thyme, basil and oregano contain potent anti-cancer compounds and support the production of progesterone (needed to offset estrogen) and ultimately activate the P53 gene, known to cause cell reproduction to cease and cancer cells to die (apoptosis). Unopposed estrogen turns on the BCL2 gene, which is actually what causes cancer cells to grow rapidly and not die. (Vitamin C also boosts the production of progesterone, supporting the P53 gene and thus blocking BCL2).

I also started using Frankincense (Boswellia). At first I was taking this in supplement form, and then in June, began using Sacred Frankincense essential oil in my armpit and on the soles of my feet. What we know about frankincense is that that it boosts the immune system and kills cancer cells—quite effectively. (Research shows that frankincense is extremely effective for brain, breast, colon, pancreatic, ovarian, stomach and likely many other cancers.)

I also targeted cancer stem cells (CSCs). Although I declined chemo and radiation, I know that cancer stem cells are still to be dealt with. Trapped emotions can also stimulate cancer stem cells to regroup, which is yet another reason emotional stress is undoubtedly the  major cause of cancer and it recurrence, and is why I paid heed to addressing them. Cancer stem cells are the only cancer cells that can metastasize (chemo and radiation are not effective on CSCs and actually make them more powerful).  While I was already doing much to target these cells, I added modified citrus pectin, red raspberry seed powder, and ate even more broccoli sprouts–and again, dealt with those trapped emotions of mine (see part I).

I had no intention of taking of taking an aromatase inhibitor or tamoxifen—there are far better ways to manage estrogen than the use of toxic drugs. Tamoxifen is considered by many to be an anti-estrogen as it binds to estrogen receptor sites on cancer cells thus blocking estrogen from entering, interfering with cell growth and eventually leading to cell death. Soy and flaxseed are also anti-estrogens and can do the very same thing, sans the damage of a toxic drug (and they contain other compounds that have been shown to reduce the growth and spread of cancer cells). Rosemary (extract or from the garden) blocks estrogen production and inactivates excess estrogen by stimulating liver enzymes to better metabolize estrogen.Vitamin D also enters cancer cells and triggers that very same cell death process—and researchers believe vitamin D may be just as powerful as the anti-estrogen drug.

I continued to eat scoops and scoops of freshly ground flaxseed (even more than before) and ate a lot of soy (tofu is fine, but fermented soy such as tempeh is far better). I consumed large amounts of rosemary (and other herbs) several times a day. I upped my intake of vitamin D3, which may in fact have been a big part of my healing as my October lab test came in at 95! And of course, I worked hard to raise my progesterone level as it is vital to balancing estrogen.

While I don’t often advocate avoiding entire food groups, I did give up one thing–gluten.  Dr Schachter strongly encouraged me to give up gluten.  At first I was reluctant, but after more suspicious nodes were found in January, I went cold turkey. Later I was to hear from one of my healers that my body cannot handle gluten. Not all people experience uncomfortable reactions to gluten, but the inflammation within is silently doing its damage.

I juiced like crazy until June, when my herb garden blossomed. I replaced my smoothies and juices with seed crusted ‘pizzas’ loaded with sprouts and copious amounts of fresh herbs. Sometimes we get ‘Food Fatigue’ and we need to change things up so we don’t get bored and quit eating or quit eating healthy.

Here is a recap of some of the things I did to beat cancer (understand that this was in ADDITION to what I was already doing, or in some cases, I just upped the dose from what I was doing–and I take far more supplements than could be listed here).

  • Salvestrols and many other cancer-targeting, immune-boosting supplements such as black cumin seed, graviola, cat’s claw, and medicinal mushrooms
  • Magnesium and vitamin E to boost progesterone and balance hormones
  • IVC and Liposomal C for its cancer killing pro-oxidant and progesterone building efforts
  • Rain Soul, a blend of organic seed oils; anti-inflammatory, immune booster, powerful antioxidant, loaded with essential fatty acids (you can order this via their website)
  • Red raspberry seed powder, black raspberry powder, modified citrus pectin and other supplements that target cancer stem cells: For more natural compounds that target CSC’s, read: Cancer Stem Cells—Could They Be the Key to Metastasis?
  • Daily juicing (leafy greens, carrots, fennel, celery and herbs)
  • Chinese Herbal Medicine (tea) with Dr George Wong
  • Copious amounts of sprouts and microgreens: broccoli, watercress, kale, basil, arugula and added fresh herbs to every meal
  • Plenty of D3!! Vitamin D decreases the expression of cancer causing genes and offers many other amazing anti-cancer actions, including the boosting of progesterone levels
  • Changed my water source, reducing exposure to BPA and tap water toxins (I now use mostly Mountain Valley Spring Water, but if you can install an in-home filter, all the better)
  • Boosted estrogen metabolism with DIM, milk thistle (and other supplements that support the liver, whose job it is to metabolize estrogen—for more information, please visit my Shop page.
  • Boosted progesterone production to offset estrogen (this is huge, and you can do it with food, supplements and stress reduction!)
  • Iodine therapy (and its co-partner Celtic sea salt)
  • Frankincense
  • Consumed large amounts of flaxseed and pumpkin seeds, which lower aromatase and offer multiple benefits

Do I regret my decision for surgery? Absolutely—perhaps I doubted my ability to heal, or perhaps I was just too busy with family issues to think I could manage that healing. It’s been an interesting journey, an educational experience and one that has made me a better and happier person. Nothing happens by chance; perhaps it was all meant to be.

I figured if cancer could happen to me again with all that I had been doing, I must indeed have missed something and that there was more to do. I encourage you to look deeply within for the root cause of your cancer as I did.

I credit my healing to all of the changes I made. I will never know what, out of all what I did, made the difference, but I truly believe that if I had not healed the mind, I would not have healed the body and would surely see more cancer—that my ‘recovery’ would be yet another Bandaid.

But I also believe that aside from my emotional healing, my high vitamin D3 consumption, my addition of frankincense and my huge consumption of flaxseed and progesterone boosting, anti-cancer herbs put me right over the edge of healing.

I don’t have my head in the clouds—I know I must continue to nourish mind, body and soul and again, always, always have a plan B.

Remember, something works for everyone, but everything does not work for everyone….I share with you my story to give you confidence that there are many ways to heal from cancer.


~~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, is a Contributing Editor for The Truth About Cancer, and has written for the Pink Paper, Breast Cancer Wellness, Integrative Oncology Essentials, Surviving Beautifully, Body Local and more; she authored the Options for Life column for the Natural Healing-Natural Wellness Magazine. Elyn was creator and host of the Survive and Live Well Radio Show on the Cancer Support Network. She is on the Medical Advisory Board for BeatCancer.Org and is on the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project. Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two boys. https://elynjacobs.com/about/

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  1. Elyn, thanks for this. I have become somewhat dietarily lax.., 5 years plus 8 months past diagnosis and surgery/mastectomy, but your reasons for each food or supplement really help. I wish there were more sharing of personal protocols. i find them encouraging, my smoothie and juicing are way down. I sometimes make a double massive kale, fresh ground flax, berries, goji berries, almond milk, protein pdr, ginger, and whatever else[ avo? , alm butter? cukes?] , and freeze one half. so I get 2 days worth, then I do nothing for a week. sometimes I put berries and ground flax on oatmeal, or ground flax on alm butter on my toast. My veggie loading is way down, too I used to boast the number and quantity I ate in a day. There are several supplements you mentioned that I will look into. I do take dim and e, and a bunch of others. and we do tempeh, and I use soy milk. Do you do an online one on one session? I really need a kick in the butt;-)

    • i just searched your site and saw what is offered;-) hope to be back in touch to you.

    • Hi Susan, I am glad my post inspired you–it is so easy to become complacent, which in some ways is good as it means the mind is at peace and doesn’t feel threatened by C, but at the same time, yes, it is so easy to get off track. Yes, I do one-on-one via phone or Skype. All the best, Elyn (ps, and yes, yes, to that avocado, love them in smoothies 🙂 )

  2. Sorry I was so slow in replying…’see’ you soon.

    • So sorry to hear all this Mary. You do make some hormones out of your adrenals but honestly bio-identical would be the best option. synthetic hormones are definitely not the answer. However, I would suggest you consider consuming flax seed daily, and eat plenty of fresh herbs such as sage and thyme. Consider magnesium and vitamin c…see my Shop page for more ideas on boosting hormones. Best, Elyn

  3. Hi Elyn,
    Have really enjoyed reading all of your blogs and great, useful healing info! This is so good, I wish doctors would be this proactive! Instead, they just want to give people pills for everything. I really feel that this is the downfall of our society; people are getting sick as a result of pharmaceutical drugs. It is just sickening, and of course the FDA is no better. They are in it with Big Pharma, but I wont get into that! 😦

    Anyway, I have a question if I may. I had a radical hysterectomy (NO UTERUS, NO CERVIX, NO FALLOPIAN TUBES, NO OVARIES) back in May 2012. I had been very sick (my periods had become so heavy for many years and that I became severely anemic), as well as just not feeling well most of the time. Well, when my OBGYN began performing surgery, she discovered that my ovaries were chocolate and everything was wrapped together in there. Ovaries were bad, I had endometriosis as well.

    My doc suggested that I take HRT as she said that this hysterectomy would put me into immediate menopause, however I never had any hot flashes (or any symptoms) for a long time. Last summer, i began noticing that I was getting hot more than usual. Anyway, my doc gave me samples of HRT and I put the cream on for a while, but then I started to read all about it online and its side effects.I quit using it. My question to you is…what do I need to be taking now for estrogen and progesterone replacement? I have asked about bio-identical hormones, but they are way too expensive. I know that you mentioned that we need estrogen, but what would you suggest I do to balance everything…naturally?


  4. Everyone needs both–certain estrogen turns on the BCL2 gene, which is actually what causes cancer cells to grow rapidly and not die. Progesterone upregulates the production of the P53 gene which causes cell reproduction to cease, and cells to die (apoptosis). The BCL2 gene, therefore, stimulates the growth of cancer cells and thus increases the risk of cancer. Progesterone counteracts the BCL2 gene by stimulating the production of the P53 gene, causing cancer cells to die. Progesterone also reduces breast cancer risk by inducing cell death in T47-D cancer cells (breast cancer cell line for invasive ductal carcinoma/metastasis with hormone receptors). However, I encourage you to work with an ND or specialist on the hormone issue.

  5. Hi Elyn, I’m so glad I came across your page. I was diagnosed with early stage er/pr positive Her2 negative breast cancer this year, and had a lumpectomy. I have comorbidities, so could only get through 4 radiation sessions before collapsing. My oncologist was very unsympathetic with me, and boomed “IT WILL RECURR!” My oncotype score was very low ( 7 ) so she said I have to take the Tamoxifen or I’ll need a mastectomy. I know I can’t take the Tamoxifen as it has the same side effects that I deal with from my comorbidities – but I don’t know if I could get through a mastectomy, so I’m left in limbo waiting and wondering if and when the cancer will come back. I was wondering if you don’t mind me asking – you say here that you were diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer when it recurred in 2014, but declined radio and chemo. Did you have surgery to remove your lymph nodes? Also, since sticking to your protocol, have your scans shown that you are cancer free now? I’d be really grateful for your answers and input as I’m waking up everyday with a very dark cloud over me. Thank you 🙂

    • Hi Grogia, your doctor should not be threatening you and for that matter, surgery and tamoxifen do not serve the same purpose, so her comment is baseless –perhaps stand your ground on whatever you choose. Cancer is a symptom, not so much a disease. No one was born with a tamoxifen deficiency and a MX will not prevent the cancer from coming back. You must get to the reason for the cancer– which again is not a tamoxifen deficiency or your breasts, or even ‘estrogen’, but that is a long story, one you can read about on my website. My story is also there. I am completely NED.

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