Genital Warts, HPV and Multiple Myeloma therapies

I am a long-term survivor of a blood cancer called multiple myeloma. I’ve known that myeloma is somehow related to the HPV virus but I’ve never really understood how.  Judging by this study I don’t think that conventional oncology really understands how MM and HPV are related either.

But that’s okay. I don’t really need to understand the science of HPV and MM to understand how curcumin, vitamin D3 and omega 3 fatty acids work to both keep me in complete remission as well as manage my genital warts.

Did I forget to mention that I also have genital warts? Sorry about that. The studies linked and excerpted below explain how these three powerful nutritional supplements manage my warts too.

Why I take curcumin

Why I take vitamin D3

Why I take omega 3 fatty acids

For more information about HPV, MM or genital warts,  scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply ASAP.

thanks,

David Emerson

Survivor, Creator, Director PeopleBeatingCancer

Curry: Curcumin offers potential therapy for cancers caused by HPV

“One of the herb’s key active ingredients — an antioxidant called curcumin — appears to have a quelling effect on the activity of human papillomavirus (HPV)…HPV is a virus that promotes the development of cervical and oral cancer. There is no cure, but curcumin may offer a means of future control…”

Vitamin B12 & Vitamin D for HPV

Vitamin D and HPV- A study published in a 2010 edition of “Nature Immunology” found that vitamin D is essential for activating killer T cells of the immune system so they can detect and eliminate invading pathogens, potentially preventing serious infections. Killer T cells, which are produced in the thymus gland, have the potential to eliminate viruses such as HPV. Further, there are anecdotal reports that vitamin D applied directly to warts suppresses their growth…”

Warts

Genital warts: found on the external genitalia, in the pubic area, and in the area between the thighs, but can appear inside the vagina and in the anal canal

Omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish oil, 1 to 2 capsules or 1 tbsp. of oil 1 to 2 times daily, to boost immunity. Cold-water fish, such as salmon or halibut, are good sources. Omega-3 fatty acids can have a blood-thinning effect, so speak with your doctor if you are taking blood-thinning medications, such as aspirin and Coumadin…”

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Avoiding knee surgery with anti-inflammatory supplements-



As a long-term cancer survivor I am drawn to the words “exercise” and “anti-inflammatory.” Anti-inflammatory nutritional supplementation has repeatedly shown evidence-based benefits.

Further, I can’t help but cite content on PBC that promotes a less is more approach to health. The Wall Street Journal article that is linked and excerpted below does both.

I cannot say anything about arthroscopic surgery for relieving pain because I have never had it. I exercise modestly (30 mins.) six times a week. Mounting studies cite the health benefits of both modest exercise and frequent exercise. According to the article below,  in addition to keeping me cancer free, modest, frequent exercise also keeps me off the operating room table.

I take two nutritional supplements that have been shown to reduce inflammation.

For more information on nutritional supplementation to help manage cancer or help manage your collateral damage, scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply ASAP.

thank you,

David Emerson

Cancer survivor, creator, director PeopleBeatingCancer

Knee Surgery May Not Be the Best Option for Older Patients

Exercise and anti-inflammatory medications may be more effective than arthroscopic surgery for relieving pain from degenerative knee conditions in older patients, according to a meta-analysis in The BMJ, formerly the British Medical Journal…

Arthroscopic meniscectomy (knee surgery) was associated with rare but potentially serious complications in older patients. Deep-vein thrombosis was the most commonly reported problem, followed by infection, pulmonary embolism and death…

Avocado, soybean oils may combat arthritis, studies say

“Nearly half of Americans in their lifetimes will suffer from knee osteoarthritis, a disease that causes pain and stiffness; hip osteoarthritis will affect about a quarter of the population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

Several studies found a French company’s avocado-soy-oil blend can help pain for a period of three to six months. But two long-term studies have found it no better for relieving pain than a placebo…

The supplements, sold under a variety of brand names, go by the unwieldy name of avocado-soybean unsaponifiables, or ASU. In the laboratory, ASU have shown anti-inflammatory activity and also appear to help build joint cartilage and slow its destruction over time, says Jason Theodosakis…”

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Early stage IDC (Invasive Ductal carcinoma)- treatments, questions and answers-

David,
 Thank you so much for discussing this with us.
 I don’t know what I would do in this situation  and everything we have heard is this is very treatable … currently Jessica is going down the recommended path.
Jess is 42 years Old
 This is what we have been told of current condition:
·         IDC (Invasive Ductal carcinoma) in RT breast
·         small – can get actual size if needed
·         Receptors – ER positive 95%, PgR positive 95%, HER2 neg
·         No family history – waiting on results of genetic testing
 We have been presented with the standard protocols for treatment with a couple options.
·         Lumpectomy with radiation (our current path)
·         or Mastectomy no radiation
·         Check Lymph nodes during procedure
·         Hormone treatment to reduce estrogen and progesterone (done either way)
Some basic questions to start
·         If they can remove complete tumor with lumpectomy and margins are clear, why is radiation needed.
·         What questions should I asked about radiation long term effects, do they know?
·         Do you have any statistics on long term Lump vs Mast?
·         The hormone treatment, which will put her in early menopause, again if everything is removed why is this needed.
I have asked these questions with no real answers from doctors, we have met with both the surgeon and plastic surgeon but not the oncologist.
If I think of other information to provide I will send it or if you need more info let me know.
 
Thanks again.
 
Pete
Hi Pete-
 
I will try to address each of your questions below. There aren’t concise answers to some of your questions…but you have focused on the most important issues in my opinion. 
 
Whatever you do please read and understand the lifestyle/nutritional BC therapies linked below. All are evidence-based, pretty easy to do and not too expensive. I can outline specific brands, doses, etc as I do most myself.
 
Let me know if you need any clarification on any of the info below. Hang in there. David
 
 
Knowing that once you read all the content below your mind will be jumbled. Therefore I will stick my neck out and recommend a “one step at a time” approach. You and Jess will best address each issue with the information that each step will give you- for instance…
 
Early stage BC treatment options, stage 1 or 2, will be much different based on lymph node involvement. Metastasis or no may influence your thinking. Therefore you must wait to get this info. Also, if you have  Genomic Health aka Oncotype Dx test the BC tumor, you will have more info to work with.  
 
For the record, PeopleBeatingCancer tries to walk the fine line between conventional and non-conventional oncology. For instance, surgery, a conventional therapy, can greatly reduce a cancer occurrence. The next step, say radiation, must be closely studied to weigh the risks and benefits for the individual. 
 
1) Jess is 42 years Old right off the bat Jess is ahead of the game. 42 is young compared to whatever averages you may hear or read. Younger people at diagnosis do better all the way around.
 
2) Diagnosis- IDC, rt breast, “small – can get actual size if needed, ( I will assume diagnosis of stage 1) “Receptors – ER positive 95%, PgR positive 95%, HER2 neg”
 
All of these basics translate into your risk/benefit analysis. People take greater risks if their diagnosis is later stage. In general, non-toxic therapies do kill cancer… however these foods and lifestyle therapies do take much longer to kill cancer than toxic therapies. 
 
3) “Lumpectomy with radiation (our current path)” Your discussion of lumpectomy vs. mastectomy comes down you your personal feelings, quality of life and then studies to determine the odds of relapse. 
 
4) “or Mastectomy no radiation 
 
5) ” Check Lymph nodes during procedure” lymph node removal will also entail possible side effects- while I believe this procedure is an important diagnostic tool, please talk to your surgeon to understand what LN removal may mean for you. 
 
while this study may be difficult to understand it highlights the importance of lymph node dissection- please read it-
 
 
6)  Hormone treatment to reduce estrogen and progesterone (done either way)” Arimidex and Tamoxifen have their own risk/benefit scenarios and their own side effects. 
 
If you and Jess opt for a lumpectomy please consider doing the oncotype dx test for early BC- the test results should help you both decide on other therapies or not-
 
 
Sentinel lymph node
 
Axillary lymph nodes
 
 Let me know any questions you may have or what info you may get. 
David Emerson
 

Thanks David …
I’ll review everything you have below.
I’ll be in touch as more questions come up.
Some good news today, Jessica’s genetic testing came back for the BRCA 1&2 and it was normal
 
Just a couple notes:
We have the Lumpectomy scheduled for June 22nd
I have asked that if we decided on Mastectomy would it push that date back, they have said no, they will still get her in.
We have yet to meet  with oncologist, should be in next week or so.
Jess worked for the clinic and has friends and family that work there, so far they have taking really good care of her.
 
Thanks again,
Pete
David,
 
Hope you had a nice 4th of July weekend … we are back to the reality of Jessica’s  situation and have some more decisions to make.
 
The Lumpectomy went well, but there was one bit of negative news.
We met with the surgeon last week and it was confirmed that the 3 sentinel lymph nodes checked were all clear.
The tumor was completely removed (tumor was larger than expected, largest dimension was 2.2cm)
Margins were clear.
Jessica is cancer free at this point.
 
The imagining had shown the tumor to be under 2cm, with the size over 2cm they gave her a diagnosis of Stage 2
They had only talked about radiation after surgery but with the Stage 2 diagnosis they have suggested Chemo.
 
We meet with both the Medical and Radiation Oncologists tomorrow.
The surgeon said they will most likely recommend the Oncotype test you mentioned.
 
The idea of Chemo scares us both.
I am working on my questions but I guess the biggest question is why do we need drastic measures if Jen is cancer free.
Would my thinking be wrong to suggest we look at the tumor as 1.999 cm in length and just look at the radiation option?
Do you feel a person that has developed Cancer has a weakened immune system? This seems obvious to me but it sounds like there is debate on this.
 
Your information has been very helpful , would you have a basic set of questions to ask the oncologist?
I feel we are getting pushed down this path and would like some time and opportunity to weigh all sides and be taken seriously with some of the alternative options.
 
Thank you again for your help,
Pete and Jessica
Hi Pete-
The weekend was fine thanks.
I read lots of good news- I will elaborate and address your questions-
1) “it was confirmed that the 3 sentinel lymph nodes checked were all clear. Pete, this diagnostic finding is important because no lymph node involvement increases your chances/decreases the risk of relapse. All your therapy considerations come down to reducing Jen’s risk of relapse. 
 
2) “The tumor was completely removed…Margins were clear. Again, this is important because clear margins do not require further surgery. Studies are vague about this but I believe a lumpectomy means few if any side effects that mastectomy brings. 
 
3) “They had only talked about radiation after surgery but with the Stage 2 diagnosis they have suggested Chemo I apologize for sounding incredulous and or philosophical here but I am reading that experienced, world class oncologists changed their treatment/therapy recommendations based on Jessica’s tumor being 2.2 cm not 1.9 cm that they thought???  Therefore your onc. is advocating toxic therapies with collateral damage because of .3 cm larger tumor but not “no lymph node involvement” nor “complete tumor removal?” 
 
4) “The surgeon said they will most likely recommend the Oncotype test you mentioned. Several things- Oncotype DX will report more diagnostic info that may help you think more clearly about none, rad or rad + chemo. The excerpt below is taken from the Oncotype DX website. I an not an onc. of course but I believe that Jen is well-suited for this test. I believe your onc. must order the test in order to get your health insurance to pay for it. You should confirm this. 

“You may be a candidate for the Oncotype DX breast cancer test if you are medically eligible for chemotherapy and:

  • You have been diagnosed with stage I,II or IIIa invasive breast cancer.
  • Your breast cancer is estrogen-receptor positive (ER+) 
  • Human Epidermal growth factor Receptor-negative (HER2-)”
5) I am working on my questions but I guess the biggest question is why do we need drastic measures if Jess is cancer free?”
Would my thinking be wrong to suggest we look at the tumor as 1.999 cm in length and just look at the radiation option?”  I think #3 indicates that I agree with your thinking about this. In an effort to support your onc.’s way of thinking, he/she is going based on studies that say that radiation reduces the risk of relapse by x and that chemo reduces the risk of relapse by Y… 

Yes, there are many problems with this thinking but that’s another discussion.

6) “Do you feel a person that has developed Cancer has a weakened immune system?  Not necessarily. There is pretty good science/studies that point to environmental causes of many cancers. You, me and Jess can all breath in Cleveland air and for whatever reason Jess develops a tiny tumor in her breast. You and I may be developing tiny tumors in our prostates at the same time but they might not surface until we are in our 80s. 
 
But this brings me back to non-conventional, evidence-based lifestyle therapies that Jen should consider regardless. Both local radiation and systemic chemo are designed to reduce Jens risk of relapse. The 14 evidence-based therapies are designed to do the same. People take the 14 therapies lightly because, lets face it, vitamin D3 supplementation doesnt carry the weight that chemo does. But the studies are many as to the efficacy of vitamin d3 supplementation. 
 
 
7) “would you have a basic set of questions to ask the oncologist? Pete, at this point you have or are currently asking all the right questions. I understand it is difficult to think about radiation, chemo or nothing going forward but you are almost there. 
 
For the record, if you choose one therapy-ies and Jess does relapse, it isn’t the end of the world. I relapsed 3 times before I achieved a lasting complete remission. Yes, you do not want to go through this again, ever, I’m simply trying to address all possible outcomes. 
 
If you and Jess ever want to have a cup of coffee and talk all this over I am happy to do so. Email communication is open to misunderstanding. It is up to you. 
 
You and Jess are doing well. Keep this In mind always… 
 
hang in there. 
 
David Emerson
 
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Concussions, stem cells and radiation scarring therapy

As a long-term cancer survivor who studies non-conventional healing therapies I have a unique perspective about what works and what doesn’t work for healing all types of health problems. The main reason why I have a unique perspective about the efficacy of therapies is my skepticism about what conventional medicine calls evidence-based therapies.

I mean, what could concussions, stem cells and radiation damage all have in common? Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT).

The only other evidence-based therapy discussed in the article linked and excerpted below is what the journalist calls “ a cheap nutritional supplement, N-acetylcysteine.” Though the article questions the evidence-based nature of NAC’s ability to heal concussions, the study’s are good enough for me.

I’ve tried HBOT and I supplement with N-acetylcysteine. While I would be the first person to go on record as saying that I am not 100%, I will say that HBOT helped my radiation-induced nerve damage and NAC helped my chemotherapy induced brain damage (aka chemobrain).

Effective Concussion Treatment Remains Frustratingly Elusive, Despite a Booming Industry

“One patient, Rashada Parks, said that she had struggled with neck pain, mood swings and concentration problems ever since she fell and hit her head more than three years ago…. But after 40 hourlong treatments, or dives, in a hyperbaric chamber, her symptoms have subsided

While the vast majority quickly recover with rest, a small percentage of patients experience lingering effects a year or longer afterward. Along with memory issues, symptoms can include headaches, dizziness and vision and balance problems…

While agreement exists on the symptoms that define a concussion at the time when one occurs, a similar definition did not — and still does not — exist to describe what happens after a concussion, including how the injury’s symptoms change over time…

Dr. Harch, the New Orleans-area physician, is a true believer in the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen. In his book, “The Oxygen Revolution,” he claims the treatment not only helps treat post-concussion syndrome, but also autism and Alzheimer’s disease

A concussion expert with the Mayo Clinic, Dr. David W. Dodick, said he believed a cheap nutritional supplement, N-acetylcysteine, could help treat concussion symptoms, and he hoped to study it…

 

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N-acetylcysteine health benefits



I’m supplement with and recommend Doctor’s Best Best NAC Detox Regulators for several reasons.

According to ConsumerLabs.com NAC reduces symptoms and severity of the flu, may decrease the frequency and severity of chronic bronchitis and COPD, may lower homocysteine levels and may reduce the severity of certain mental health disorders.

Doctor’s Best Best NAC Detox Regulators is approved by ConsumerLab.com for quality and dose (you must be a member to access the report). Why do I supplement with Doctor’s Best Best NAC Detox Regulators”

  • N-acetylcysteine is well-studied, well-researched for its many health benefits-
  • Doctor’s Best Best NAC Detox Regulators is approved by ConsumerLabs.com–
  • Cost-effective at .09 cents cost per 600 mg (CL found Doctor’s Best Best NAC Detox Regulators to be the lowest cost of those NAC supplements tested)
  • Doctor’s Best Best NAC Detox Regulators is available through Amazon Prime
  • 5% of your Amazon purchase will be donated to PeopleBeatingCancer to support cancer patients with research and education

I take Doctor’s Best Best NAC Detox Regulators because  it provids the best combination of value, purity, and availability.

Thank you

David Emerson

Long-term cancer survivor, creator, director PeopleBeatingCancer

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Healing Chemobrain

Cancer survivor Earl Shellner’s account of the side effect called chemobrain, linked and excerpted below is a horrifying yet accurate portrayal of a common side effect many cancer patients experience- chemobrain.

Think “Am I loosing my mind?!?!”

I know because I am also a cancer survivor who has lived with “cerebral dysfunction” (the medical name) since I underwent conventional cancer therapies from ’95-’97.

Collateral damage from toxic chemo or radiation therapies are nothing new. Everyone knows of the common short term side-effects of chemo such as hair loss, fatigue, nausea.  Less is known about long-term or late-stage side effects like chem0brain.  If you loose you hair but you are confidant that it will grow back, this side-effect is less of a challenge. As Earl shares in his account of chemobrain, there are a host of challenges that come with a long-term side effect like chemobrain.

The challenge comes from

  • no warning from your oncologist
  • no acknowledgement of the existence of this side effect from conventional oncology
  • no therapy to heal this side effect from conventional oncology

The wonderful thing that Earl talks about below is a therapy or rehabilitation for chemobrain sufferers. I would like to add my own evidence-based therapies to this list. Though I still exhibit a few chemobrain symptoms such as missp3lled words in my blog posts, my brain works a lot better today than it did in 2000. In addition to moderate regular exercise, add the nutritional supplements below. All are links to pages with complete explanations as to the health benefits of each supplement.

My Road Back From Chemobrain

“It was finally time to celebrate. I had just received an honorary certificate for completing a long course of chemotherapy. This was the last big hurdle in my cancer treatment. I had already been through surgery and radiation to treat an aggressive form of colorectal carcinoma…

She (my mother) told me I’d been telling the same stories over and over again. I’d tell a story and then 15 minutes later I’d tell it again. I would also use words incorrectly in a sentence and not even realize it…

She (the nurse) told me I had what’s known as cancer-related cognitive impairment or “chemobrain.” Estimates vary but studies suggest a significant number of cancer patients who’ve undergone chemo may experience some degree of cognitive impairment. Until recently, however, many doctors tended to dismiss the memory loss off as a given side effect of treatment. Their advice was for patients to wait it out and hope the problems diminished over time. It was then that the nurse said she believed the hospital I was receiving treatments at had started a fairly new program to help with the effects of chemo brain and pointed me in the direction of Cancer Rehabilitation Center…

He (the patient navigator) says chemo brain exists but it is under-recognized and under-treated

Apparently, I am a perfect example of chemo brain. When I arrived at AAMC’s Cancer Rehab Center, I tested far below average for memory and word recall. I began a vigorous course of treatment using a combination of exercises, strategies and tricks to teach the brain new ways to access information

After twelve sessions, I was thrilled with my progress. I jumped from the 13th percentile in cognitive function to the 79th percentile. Other patients have seen similar results after going through the program…”

For more information about healing your chemobrain, scroll down the page, post a question or a comment and I will reply ASAP.

Thank you

David Emerson

Cancer survivor, creator, director PeopleBeatingCancer

 

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CoQ10 health benefits



I’m writing a CoQ10 health supplement product review for several reasons.

foto of coq10  - Chemical structure of a Coenzyme Q10  - JPG

According to ConsumerLabs.com optimal blood levels of CoQ10  may improve heart function through improved ejection fraction, reverse statins side effects, may prevent migraine headaches and pre-eclampsia. CoQ10 supplementation may be useful in treating diseases including muscular dystrophy, AIDS, and hypertension.

Doctor’s Best High Absorption Coq10 w/ BioPerine is approved by ConsumerLab.com for quality and absorption (you must be a member to access the report).

Why do I supplement with Doctor’s Best High Absorption Coq10 w/ BioPerine?

  • CoQ10 is evidence-based, well-researched therapy for its many health benefits-
  • Doctor’s Best High Absorption Coq10 w/ BioPerine is approved by ConsumerLabs.com–
  • Cost-effective at .15 per 100mg  (lowest cost of ConsumerLab’s evaluation of CoQ10 with bioavailability enhancer)-
  • Doctor’s Best High Absorption Coq10 w/ BioPerine  available through Amazon Prime
  • 5% of your Amazon purchase will be donated to PeopleBeatingCancer to support cancer patients with research and education-

I take Doctor’s Best High Absorption Coq10 w/ BioPerine because it provides the best combination of value, purity, and availability.

Thank you

David Emerson

Long-term cancer survivor, creator, director PeopleBeatingCancer

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Vitamin D3 health benefits



I’m writing about the health benefits of vitamin D3 several reasons.

  • I firmly believe that supplementing with vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) help me stay in complete remission from multiple myeloma, an incurable bone cancer-
  • Vitamin D3  is a well-researched nutritional supplement 
  •  Vitamin D3 aids in my side-effect management including nerve-damage, chemobrain, chemo-induced heart damage and others-

A collage of vitamin D including fish oil, salmon, and sunlight.

According to ConsumerLabs.com optimal blood levels of vitamin D3  may prevent cancer, enhance bone health, reduce the risk of Parkinson’srheumatoid arthritis, heart attacks, diabetes, hypertension,  reduce symptoms of fibromyalgia, reduce the risk uterine fibroids,  Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, depression,  and other conditions.

  LEF Vitamin D3  is approved by ConsumerLab.com for freshness and purity (you must be a member to access the report). Why do I supplement with LEF Vitamin D3?

  • Vitamin D3 is well-studied, well-researched for its many health benefits-
  • LEF Vitamin D3 is approved by ConsumerLabs.com Quality Certification Program
  • Cost-effective at .01 cents cost per 400 IU (.01 cents to .06 cost per 400 IU in ConsumeLab.com evaluation range)
  • LEF Vitamin D3 is available through Amazon Prime
  • 5% of your Amazon purchase will be donated to PeopleBeatingCancer to support cancer patients with research and education-

I take  LEF Vitamin D3 because I it provids the best combination of value, purity, and availability.

Thank you

David Emerson

Long-term cancer survivor, creator, director PeopleBeatingCancer

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids health benefits



I’m writing about omega-3 fatty acids health benefits for several reasons.

  • I firmly believe that omega-3 supplementation helps me stay in complete remission from multiple myeloma, an incurable blood cancer-
  • Omega 3’s are evidence-based, well-researched nutritional supplements 
  • Omega 3 fatty acids aid in my side-effect management including nerve-damage, chemobrain, chemo-induced heart damage and others-

Not only have omega 3’s shown the ability to kill cancer cells, they have shown the ability to both enhance certain traditional chemotherapy’s efficacy as well as reduce chemo toxicities.

Omega 3’s as nutritional supplementation may treat cancer, reduce the risk of heart attacks, reduce blood pressure, reduce homocystine levels, reduce the risk of blood clots,  treat ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, depression, anxiety, stress, Alzheimers-like brain disease, age-related cognitive decline and other conditions.

LEF Super Omega-3 is approved by ConsumerLab.com for freshness and purity (you must be a member to access the report). Why do I supplement with LEF Super Omega-3?

  • Omega 3 fatty acids are well-studied, well-researched for its many health benefits-
  • LEF Super Omega 3 is cost-effective at .04 cents per 100mg of EHA/DHA (.01 cents to .21 cents for 100 mg of DHA/E ConsumeLab.com evaluation range)
  •  LEF Super Omega 3 is available through Amazon Prime-
  • 5% of your Amazon purchase will be donated to PeopleBeatingCancer to support cancer patients with research and education-

I take  LEF Super Omega 3 because I believe that is the most effective form of omega 3 fatty acids supplement available.

Thank you,

David Emerson

long-term cancer survivor, creator, director PeopleBeatingCancer

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Dietary Supplements During Cancer Treatment?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions in cancer care today. The answer is not “a gray area” as the U.S. News and World Report article linked and excerpted below states. The answer to whether or not to supplement with any given nutriceutical before, during or after conventional chemotherapy or radiation depends on evidence-based research. After all,  conventional oncology cites science or evidence-based research as the foundation of cancer care today.

For instance, take the nutritional supplement Curcumin. Search Pubmed for breast cancer and curcumin and you will have 360 studies listed in front of you.

Of the 6 (six) common supplements listed in the U.S. News article and excerpted below, I have or currently supplement with five of these. I do so only based on the research studies that I have read. My goal is to both remain cancer free as well as heal the collateral damage caused by the toxic therapies I underwent from ’94-’97.

PeopleBeatingCancer is full of blog posts citing how and why cancer patients should or shouldn’t supplement with all six supplements listed below as well as resveritrol, green tea extract, intravenous vitamin C, and others. Cancer patients email me daily asking about nutritional supplements that may kill their cancer, help their chemotherapy or heal their side effects.

My point is that cancer patients and survivors feel the need to do more than what conventional oncology provides them to manage their cancer.

To ask a question or comment about your own cancer situation, scroll down the page, write a post and I will reply ASAP.

Thank you,

David Emerson

Cancer survivor, Creator, Director PeopleBeatingCancer

Dietary Supplements During Cancer Treatment: Yes or No?

“Is it a good idea to take dietary supplements while going through active cancer treatment? It’s a gray area. Some doctors say patients should hold off, at least while undergoing chemotherapy. But some practitioners in complementary or integrative medicine support the use of certain dietary supplements – such as vitamin D, mushroom extracts, green tea and curcumin – in certain cases, saying they may have cancer-fighting properties and reduce treatment side effects

Estimates vary, but studies suggest up to 87 percent of women treated for breast cancer take dietary supplements. In general, the bottom line is that many cancer patients use supplements – doctor-recommended or not…

Common Supplements:

  • Curcumin– 
  • Glutamine- 
  • Maitake mushrooms- 
  • Fish oil (omega 3 fatty acids)- 
  • Probiotics-
  • Milk thistle- 

Vitamin D is a special case. “All cancer patients should have their vitamin D levels tested,” Dixon says, and if levels are low, they should work with their doctor or dietitian on a supplementation plan to return them to a normal range during treatment. Evidence suggests people with vitamin D deficiency don’t do as well in terms of cancer survival and symptoms…”

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