Healthy Living

  • Knowledge is power!

    Dozens of studies show that cancer survivors and caregivers do better when they learn about their disease. Using a tablet to learn about cancer is a great way to gain the knowledge to do better- download books, apps, PeopleBeatingCancer.org, the PBC newsletter, your emails, lots of information and education to live a better, longer life.

  • "Anti-cancer, excellent value, few if any side effects.  This fast, easy, effective, cheap therapy sure beats the hell out of chemo, radiation or surgery in my opinion! Don't take my word for it, read the studies linked below."

     
    David Emerson
     
  • "I supplement with Now brand of milk thistle for the same reasons as I've stated in using curcumin and green tea extract- anti-cancer, health benefits beyond cancer, good value and the easiest therapy I have ever experienced. The added benefit with milk thistle is that my liver is supposed to be healthier after milk thistle supplementation.  Don't take my word for it, read the studies linked below."

     
    David Emerson
     
  • "Green Tea extract is another example of an anti-oxidant supplement that studies indicate has a host of anti-cancer action. While drinking green tea imparts the same benefits as ingesting  a green tea capsule, you would have to drink many cups of tea in order to get the same benefit as a 400 mg capsule."

     
    David Emerson
     
  • "I supplement with curcumin daily because this antioxidant has been widely studied to have numerous anti-cancer properties, multiple myeloma in particular. After reading dozens of studies about the health benefits of this anti-oxidant I firmly believe that Curcumin would be a wonder drug if someone could patent it. Don't take my word for it, read the studies linked below.

     
    David Emerson
     
     
    I take Dr.'s Best with bioperene because curcumin is reportedly more "bioavailable" with 5 mgs. of bioperine (pepper) and I think this brand offers the best value for the price.
     
     
  • Omega 3 supplementation has been documented to have anti cancer ability in general and have specific anti-lung, breast, pancreatic cancer action.

    1)Omega-3 Kills Cancer Cells-

    2)The cure for lung cancer may be in fish oil

    3) Study Finds Promising Link Between Fish Oil, Breast Cancer

    4)Prevention and treatment of pancreatic cancer by curcumin in combination with omega-3 fatty acids.

    I take lemon or orange flavored fish oil to eliminate nasty burbs.  Many people prefer capsules.  Consumer Labs also rates Nordic Naturals strawberry flavored capsules highly- this is what I give to my 12 year old son.

  • Vitamin D supplementation has been shown to prevent bone fractures, increase balance, and help prevent many cancers. Vitamin D3 supplementation is one of the most cost effective ways to reduce your risk of cancer or reduce your risk of cancer relapse imaginable.

    http://peoplebeatingcancer.org/blog-entry/cancer-survivors-need-strong-bones-and-vitamin-d-supplementation-makes-bones-strong

    I supplement with 1000 IU daily with Now brand.  However I don't believe there is much difference between different brands of vitamin D3. 

    For extensive information on vitamin D3 including recommended dose, blood serum levels, brand info etc. please go

    https://www.consumerlab.com/reviews/Vitamin_D_Supplements/Vitamin_D/?utm_source=exacttarget&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter&email=daviddecemerson@me.com&firstname=#types

  • "Wobenzym is a broad spectrum blend of enzymes that have shown to increase the efficacy of chemotherapy. I take the directed dose daily before meals.

    "The enteric-coated enzyme preparation (Wobenzym) contained 100 mg of papain, 40 mg of trypsin, and 40 mg of chymotrypsin per tablet...The proportion of patients achieving complete remission, partial remission, or stable disease was significantly higher in the enzyme group than in the control group."

    To learn more, click here:

    http://peoplebeatingcancer.org/article/papayas-papain-and-multiple-myeloma-potential-adjunct-therapy-requires-further-evaluation

  • Cataracts are a common side effect of high dose steroid therapy.  Dexamethasone and prednisone are steroids. I developed cataracts in both eyes approximately two years after my peripheral blood stem cell transplant. While the cataract surgery went well I have new found respect for maintaining healthy vision. I supplement with fish oil, zeaxanthin, lutein and blueberry extract to keep my eyes healthy now and into the future.

  • I supplement with blueberry extract for eye health. After cataract surgery to combat the side effects of high dose steroid therapy, I have begun to focus more on maintaining my vision.

  • Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski (Dr. B), Antineoplastons (ANP) and The Burzynski Research Institute (BRI) has got to be the most controversial doctor, therapy and clinic, respectively, of any cancer therapy I have come across in my cancer survivorship dating back to my original diagnosis in '94.  I am not a medical doctor, scientist or FDA official so I can't speak to ANP and BRI negatives.  I am a cancer survivor who underwent 3 years of aggressive conventional therapies, was told that nothing more could be done for me, given six months to live, then underwent ANP therapy over 17 months.  I became cancer free where I remain today.  The book is largely anecdotal but the "revised edition" contains clinical data that may be helpful to cancer survivors interested in learning more about ANP.  If you want to ask me about my ANP experience, send me an email at http://peoplebeatingcancer.org/contact

  • If you have been diagnosed with cancer-particularly breast or prostate cancer-you need to read this book before you undergo any therapy.  Written by a credible source, Gilbert Welch is a medical doctor and a professor at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.  I found the book to be well-written, easy-to-read and key to my own understanding of the world of conventional oncology. I truly believe that this book has helped me maintain my 17 plus years of survivorship.

  • I read "Life Over Cancer" while I was authoring my first online cancer community "Beating-Myeloma.org."  LOC opened my eyes to the fact that 1) "the person diagnosed with cancer can take specific measures to reverse the course of the disease and keep it from returning" and 2) "that people with cancer can realize optimal health a better quality of life and lifelong remissions."  LOC became the reason I then broadened Beating-Myeloma.org to PeopleBeatingCancer.org.  Thank you Dr. Block.

  •  The first 3 years of my cancer experience was  aggressive conventional oncology with toxicity, side effects and relapses followed by 2 years of a controversial alternative cancer therapy that put me into complete remission. This period of "you have cancer" to cancer-free status left my head spinning.  If Antineoplaston therapy put me in complete remission, Dr. Balch and his book "The Super Anti-oxidants" has kept me there.  Regardless of where you are in your cancer journey- newly diagnosed, active therapy, post therapy, long term survivor- you need read this book to learn about nutrition, supplementation and the "integration of the whole."

  • When you are diagnosed with cancer you need lots of information... fast.  QC speaks to many of the key issues that need to be understood when considering conventional chemotherapy.  Dr. Moss has been researching and writing about cancer for more than 30 years and I have relied on his words for more than 10 years.  If you want to learn about conventional chemotherapy, read Questioning Chemotherapy.

  • As a cancer survivor myself, I thoroughly enjoyed Three Months: A caregiving journey from heartbreak to healing. I believe the role of the primary cancer caregiver is the unsung hero in cancer management today. Dietrich Stroeh's ability to author a book about such an emotional experience and infuse it with helpful caregiver advice makes this book a must-read for all cancer caregivers. 

  • While this is called the breast cancer planner, believe me when I say that it is much more than a planner for more than breast cancer. As a disorganized person going through a dizzying array of appointments, consultations, phone conversations and web searches, I needed help staying organized and the breast cancer planner organized me. Thank you fellow cancer survivor Julie Grimm!