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Cancer Deception

In Alternative Cancer Therapies, Alternatives Cancer Treatment, Anticancer foods, foods for colon cancer, foods for breast cancer, Breast Cancer, Cancer, cancer stem cells and recurrence, chemo and cancer stem cells, Healing Cancer Naturally, High Dose Vitamin C, targeting cancer stem cells on June 12, 2017 at 7:09 pm

By Elyn Jacobs and Dr. Michael Schachter

This article was originally written for and posted on  BeatCancer.org.

“Alternative treatment protocols have the potential to be competitive if not superior to conventional treatments. They should be considered as primary, not merely supplementary options for treatment.”  — Dr. Michael B. Schachter

If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any.”    —Elyn Jacobs, Cancer Coach

cancer deception

This past June, Dr. Michael Schachter presented at the 2016 International Conference: The Latest Developments in Integrative Cancer Therapies, held in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia. (He has been lecturing on this topic for years, throughout the United States and elsewhere.)

A major thesis of his presentation was that alternative treatment protocols have the potential to be competitive if not superior to conventional treatments. They should be considered as primary– not merely supplementary options for treatment.

Losing the Cancer War

Dr. Schachter stated we are losing the “war on cancer” as declared by President Nixon in the early 1970’s, with little improvement in the death rate and higher incidence of many cancers. The reason for this is that the cancer effort was really misfocused from the start. One problem is that there has been an emphasis on trying to cure cancer rather than on preventing it. Another problem is that treatment emphasized patent-able toxic drugs and radiation without paying sufficient attention to relatively non-toxic natural approaches like low dose Naltrexone,  IV Vitamin C, Salvestrols and others. Clearly, preventive strategies have worked for reducing the incidence and mortality of heart disease and stroke, but the medical establishment has put up severe resistance to the idea that we can best manage cancer by preventing it.

In fact, Dr. Schachter was quick to point out that despite the billions of dollars spent, there has been virtually no change in the death rates from cancer from 1950 to date. This is in stark contrast to the approximately 70% reduction in deaths from other conditions such as heart disease and stroke.

The Five-Year Survival Yardstick

Certainly, the five-year survival rate for cancer has increased, but that number is misleading—it provides no clue as to how many survivors are free of their disease. Included in this number are hundreds of thousands of people who will battle cancer to the five-year mark and beyond, only to have endured one toxic protocol after another. [Editor’s note: and frequently poor quality of life. Surviving is not the same as thriving!]

Furthermore, because diagnostic tests are finding more cancers at an early stage, more patients are being treated at an early stage. This translates to more patients making this five-year mark. However, this is at a stiff cost—for example, in the case of breast cancer, earlier benchmarking means more harmful testing and many unnecessary biopsies when something suspicious comes up on a mammogram. But a significant number of these early stage patients will be re-diagnosed as “late stage” six to ten years from their first diagnosis. And a patient who dies after a grueling six-year battle with cancer is nevertheless placed in the “survived” category because she has survived more than five years from the time of diagnosis. So you see, not only is the current standard of care not working, but the methodology of collecting statistics is flawed.

And although more patients are living longer today, only a small portion of that longevity has come from advances in conventional cancer treatment. Despite the endless procession of “wonder drugs,” the deadliest of cancers are still as deadly now as they were at the start of “the war.” 

Limits of Drug Therapy

What the failure of the “war on cancer” implies is that pretty much every agent in the fight against cancer—those myriad compounds that have set the research community abuzz and which have generated billions of dollars in profits — have had only a modest effect on long-term patient outcomes.

The latest progress in anti-cancer drugs seems to be with targeted therapies. This approach uses patented medications to inhibit or block biochemical pathways that play a role in cancer growth and spread. Most generics of these medications end in “mab” (monoclonal antibodies) or “nib” (small molecules). Examples are: Herceptin = Trastuzumab and Avastin = Bevacizumab (monoclonal antibodies) and Gleevec = Imatinib and Tarceva = Erlotinib (small molecules). The problem is that because there are many pathways within a cancer, these drugs have only limited effectiveness, and they also have undesirable side effects. Furthermore, since these pathways are used for normal cell functions as well, strong inhibition of a cancer pathway may cause severe complications in healthy cells. Moreover, many of these cancer pathways can be blocked with natural substances with much fewer side effects.

The cancer industry wants you to believe that its drugs are useful, and oncologists are joyful when a patient’s tumor shrinks on drug treatment. The problem is that shrinking tumors has little to do with improving the long-term survival of patients. It is not the initial tumor that kills people but rather the metastasis of the cancer cells. Aggressive cells break off from the primary tumor site and travel to the bones, brain, liver, lungs, or to some other vital area of the body. Even if an entire tumor is removed, and even if the nearby lymph nodes are negative for cancer, microscopic cells often recolonize elsewhere and are not found until later. According to Dr. Schachter, metastasis is what kills. [Editor’s note: Most cancer patients do not die from their disease at all, but rather from malnutrition, toxemia, and/or infections.]

Unfortunately, cancer treatments such as chemo and radiation not target the very cells responsible for metastases — the cancer stem cells – and in fact may encourage them to grow faster. This is one of the main reasons that conventional treatments like radiation and chemotherapy produce such poor results in the treatment of stage IV metastases (cancers that have spread to distant organs). A promising approach to this problem — though generally ignored by conventional oncologists — is the use of relatively non-toxic, anti-inflammatory herbs and nutrients. Substances that target cancer stem cells like black cumin, curcumin, broccoli extracts, vitamin D, and many others can play an important role. For more on this topic, please read Cancer Stem Cells and Progression of Disease: What You Need to Know Now.

Furthermore, we now know that conventional treatments sharply raise the risk for heart problems, stroke, and secondary cancers. Children are particularly at risk. Pediatric survivors have a six-fold greater risk of getting a second cancer, and adults face significant risk for complications as well.

No great insight is required to see that that our cancer-strategy is flawed. The ultimate problem lies in the cancer culture itself.

Challenging Traditional Views of Cancer

Surprisingly, decades ago some scientists viewed the cancer mechanism differently from the vast majority of cancer theorists. In recent years, the theory of cancer as outlined by Otto Warburg in the 1920’s has become more widely accepted. According to a written statement by Dr. Warburg,

“But nobody today can say that one does not know what cancer and its prime cause [are]. On the contrary, there is no disease whose prime cause is better known, so that today ignorance is no longer an excuse that one cannot do more about prevention. That prevention of cancer will come there is no doubt, for man wishes to survive. But how long prevention will be avoided depends on how long the prophets of agnosticism will succeed in inhibiting the application of scientific knowledge in the cancer field. In the meantime, millions of men must die of cancer unnecessarily.” [i]

— Dr. Otto Warburg, Medical Nobel Prize winner, Lindau, Germany, 1966

In 1986, John Bailar, a National Cancer Institute (NCI) statistician, also had the nerve to question the progress in the war on cancer, although he was severely ridiculed and shunned for doing so. In his 1986 paper “Progress Against Cancer?” Bailar argued that cancer research focuses too much on treatment and not enough on prevention, which would be far more effective. Then in 1997 in his paper “Cancer Undefeated” he concluded that “the effect of new treatments for cancer on mortality has been largely disappointing.”[ii]

In 1996, Michael Sporn, in an article printed in The Lancet, declared the war on cancer a failure. [iii] He predicted that the NCI would not achieve its stated target of a 50% reduction in cancer deaths by the year 2000. Sadly, he was right. Sporn believed that cancer could be chemically stopped, slowed, or reversed in its earliest pre-invasive stages. He even coined the widely-used term chemoprevention to distinguish cancer intervention from treatment. His was a truly radical idea in the cancer community.

Sporn’s goal was to dislodge the theory that cancer is something that just happens suddenly, that it is even a disease state. He did not subscribe to the idea that one either has cancer or not. Oncologists treat cancer, but logically, cancer is not an event of any kind. It does not suddenly happen upon diagnosis. It comes from years of dis-ease—it is a process. It begins when normal differentiation of a cell fails, when proper communication halts, and when the environment encourages cancer development. Long before cancer is detected, cancer is brewing—through a process known as carcinogenesis. It is nonsense to believe that the process has not been under way for many years.

Time for Change

Thankfully, our understanding of the nature of cancer and cancer treatment are in the process of undergoing major changes — though for economic and social reasons, there is tremendous resistance to these changes. Resistance comes from pharmaceutical companies, organized medicine, insurance companies, institutes of medical education, and the media. But if the path to cancer is something we can understand, why not treat it that way? It would be prudent to address the smoke before the fire burns down the house—to heal the patient at the very first signs of disease.

What if we could look at risk factors and markers, use diet instead of drugs, and use targeted supplements to prevent the development and progression of cancer? What if we were to heal the person with the cancer instead of just targeting the cancer? Surely, we would then stand a greater chance of winning the war. What if treatment for cancer patients started with a focus on lifestyle and nutritional changes? Considering that in many cases poor nutritional and lifestyle choices have contributed to the development of cancer, it would seem prudent to address such issues. Rather than just focusing on toxic conventional treatments, we could use various nutrients, herbs, and other non-toxic supplements in a synergistic way to improve the results with conventional treatment or, in some cases, instead of conventional treatment.

For sure, it is time to question the cancer strategy. It’s time for change.

For More Information

To view slides and notes from Dr. Schachter’s recent lectures, visit this link: http://www.schachtercenter.com/lecture_pdfs.htm

You may also want to view these two papers by Dr. Schachter:
“Integrative Oncology for Clinicians and Cancer Patients,” accessible at http://schachtercenter.com/IntegrativeOncologyISIMJournal.pdf  

”Integrating Nutrition and Selected Controversial Nutritional Supplements into a Cancer Treatment Program,” accessible at http://schachtercenter.com/ CSJARTICLE0001.PDF

Read more on Low Dose Naltrexone HERE.

Read more on why we are losing the War Against Cancer

Read more about High Dose Vitamin C HERE.

 

Dr. Michael B. Schachter is a magna cum laude graduate of Columbia College and Columbia P&S Medical School in NYC. He is also a Board-Certified Psychiatrist and a Certified Nutrition Specialist. Dr. Schachter has been involved with nutritional and integrative health care for over40 years. A leader in alternative cancer therapies, EDTA chelation and orthomolecular psychiatry, he is a past president of the American College of Advancement in Medicine (ACAM). He has authored numerous articles and was a major contributor to Burton Goldberg’s 1997 classic Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide to Cancer. In 2010, Dr. Schachter received the Humanitarian Award from the Cancer Control Society in California. He is the director of the Schachter Center for Complementary Medicine in Suffern, NY.

Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor and holistic cancer strategist who helps people make better, healthier, non-toxic choices. She specializes in understanding the role of estrogen in breast cancer and emphasizes the critical nature of addressing the root cause of cancer rather than its presenting symptoms. Elyn is a Contributing Editor for The Truth About Cancer and was creator and host of the Survive and Live Well Radio Show on the Cancer Support Network. Certified as a holistic cancer educator through BeatCancer.org, she serves on its Medical Advisory Board as well as on the Advisory Board for the Radical Remission Project. Elyn was formerly Executive Director of the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation.

References:

[1] http://www.healthyfoodhouse.com/12-quotes-from-medical-doctors-that-the-cancer-treatment-industry-doesnt-want-you-to-read/ ; Dr Otto Warburg’s Cancer Research Papers

[2] http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM199705293362206#t=article

[3] http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM199705293362206#t=article; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8637346

 

Elyn

~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~

Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor and holistic cancer strategist who helps people make better, healthier, non-toxic choices. She emphasizes the critical nature of addressing the root cause of cancer and not just its presenting symptoms (such as the tumor). Elyn specializes in understanding the role of estrogen in breast cancer and debunks the myths associated. She is a Contributing Editor for The Truth About Cancer and was creator and host of the Survive and Live Well Radio Show on the Cancer Support Network. Elyn is on the Medical Advisory Board for BeatCancer.Org and is on the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project. Elyn was the Executive Director of the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Contact Elyn via her website, www.elynjacobs.com. Elyn offers consults via Skype, phone or in person.

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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 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.

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, 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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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.  Aloe has beta-carotene combined with lignins that remove radiation from the body. Taken during chemotherapy, graviola helps prevent side-effects such as hair loss, nausea, joint pain, general malaise, and energy loss. 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 (For recommended sources, please visit my Shop page)
  • Ashwagandha (stop 2 weeks prior to surgery)
  • Aloe
  • 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
  • Graviola
  • Holy Basil
  • Green Vegetables
  • Kelp or other Iodine rich foods
  • Magnesium*
  • 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 

*Those receiving chemotherapy are at high risk of magnesium deficiency as they often suffer from vomiting and diarrhea, which can deplete magnesium levels.  Plus, several chemo drugs, such as cisplatin, lower magnesium levels.  Given that magnesium is needed for vitamin D synthesis, and vitamin D is critical for the prevention and treatment of cancer, a magnesium deficiency can hinder or prevent healing.

**Selenium enhances the effectiveness of chemo and radiation therapies while reducing the toxicity to normal cells. For example, selenium helps reduce the risk of heart damage from Adriamycin and toxicity to the kidneys and bone marrow suppression induced by Cisplatin. And according to Patrick Quillin, the mineral also helps “enhance the effectiveness of chemo, radiation, and hyperthermia while minimizing damage to the patient’s normal cells; thus making therapy more of a ‘selective toxin”. Radiation increases the risk of lymphedema. Selenium may also reduce your risk of lymphedema, which has been linked to oxidative cell damage. 

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://thetruthaboutcancer.com/nutrients-interfere-chemo-radiation-therapy/

https://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. https://elynjacobs.com/about/

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

True Role of Integrative Medicine in Cancer Treatment: Free Live Forum

In Uncategorized on January 3, 2015 at 12:12 pm

A special event, sponsored by the Functional Forum,  is occurring this Monday evening (Jan 5 2014) at 8 PM Eastern Standard Time and it will be a streaming event that you can see online if you register for it. (This post has been updated–if you missed the Forum, see the link below).

When someone is diagnosed with cancer, most of the options people are giving are purely allopathic. Any solutions that are Functional, Preventative, or Holistic often get put on the back burner if they are even considered at all.

This Functional Forum will discuss the TRUE role of integrative medicine in cancer treatment, and how it is an essential part of the conversation if we are going to really make a dent in the cancer epidemic. You will hear Dr Michael Schachter, Dr Nicholas Gonzalez, Sayer Ji, Founder of http://www.GreenMedInfo.com, and Dr Joel Evans discuss the failure of conventional oncology and how you can beat the odds.                                                                       

Dr. Schachter will discuss his views on the prevention and treatment of cancer at the Schachter Center. He starts by questioning some of the strategies of conventional oncology, including radiation for breast cancer. He then attempts to answer the questions as to what causes cancer and why we have such an epidemic of it at the present time.

He cites the research of Otto Warburg as to the nature of cancer and the work of Brian Peskin as it relates to the epidemic. This discussion leads to recommendations made to patients at the Center.

Next he discusses how the enzyme CYP1B1 appears in cancer cells (and not normal cells) and how the natural substances called salvestrols may be used to help prevent cancer and manage cancer patients. These salvestrols react with the CYP1B1 enzyme to form metabolites that stimulate programmed cell death in cancer cells.

Other strategies used at the Schachter Center, such as the recommendations of fat soluble vitamins D, A and K2  and glycobiology will be discussed during the panel if time permits.

Free Live Webstream: Jan 5th @ 8pm EST; Click Here To Register; Can’t watch live? Register and we will send you the replay!

Updated 1/10/2015: If you missed this Webinar, here is the replay

James Maskell

CEO and Founder: Revive Primary Care

Host: Functional Forum and #EvoMed Summit

Hope to see you all there!

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 BeatCancer.Org and is on the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project. Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys. https://elynjacobs.com/about/

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