For a long time I was a cancer survivor who was angry at conventional oncology. I was angry because oncologists prescribe toxic drugs that cause side-effects, work only some of the time and are expensive. I was angry because I thought that oncology was the only medical specialty that does this. I was angry because conventional oncology ignores the wide-ranging benefits of both curcumin and omega-3 fatty acids.
I was wrong. Many medical specialties do the same thing. Virtually every therapy for every malady comes with a long list of short, long-term and late stage side effects. If you doubt what I’m saying, simply listen carefully to the next T.V. commercial touting some drug. Listen carefully to the announcer explaining that death may even occur.
In defense of conventional medicine, there are times when only FDA-approved therapies will work.
But like many cancers in many stages, curcumin and Omega 3 fatty acids can yield a significant benefit to the patient with no side-effects at little financial cost. Evidence-based research has shown that many conventional chemotherapies work better with curcumin and Omega 3 fatty acids while these two natural therapies reduce the toxicities of certain chemos.
I take Life Extension Super Bio- Curcumin and Life Extension Super Omega 3 fatty acids every morning. Living with cancer is depressing for most cancer survivors. I’ve always wondered why I never get depressed.
I am both a long-term cancer survivor and cancer coach. For more information about non-toxic, non-conventional therapies for major depression, scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply ASAP.
“In this meta-analysis of several supplements, researchers found the strongest evidence for the use of omega-3 supplements as adjunctive treatment to antidepressants for patients with depression…
Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). Dr. Firth and colleagues found the strongest evidence for the use of PUFAs as adjunctive treatment for depression. Omega-3 supplements (mean: 1,422 mg/d eicosapentaenoic acid) significantly reduced depressive symptoms (P = 0.006), and as adjunctive therapy to antidepressants, had moderate effects on depressive symptoms (P = 0.009), as they did when used as adjunctive treatment to antidepressant therapy in patients with MDD (P = 0.01).
When they assessed different omega-3 formulations for the treatment of individuals with any clinical depression, Dr. Firth et al found that those supplements containing ≥ 50% docosahexaenoic acid had no benefits, while those with ? 50% eicosapentaenoic acid had fairly significant positive effects on depressive symptoms (P < 0.001). Furthermore, longer treatment ( ? 12 weeks) with omega-3s demonstrated greater effects on depressive symptoms than treatment lasting 12 weeks or less (P < 0.01 vs P < 0.001, respectively). And adjunctive treatment was more effective for depression compared with monotherapy (P < 0.001 vs P = 0.017)…”
“Curcumin, the principal curcuminoid derived from the spice turmeric, influences several biological mechanisms associated with major depression… We hypothesised that curcumin would be effective for the treatment of depressive symptoms in individuals with major depressive disorder…
In a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, 56 individuals with major depressive disorder were treated with curcumin (500 mg twice daily) or placebo for 8 weeks…
From weeks 4 to 8, curcumin was significantly more effective than placebo in improving several mood-related symptoms…Greater efficacy from curcumin treatment was identified in a subgroup of individuals with atypical depression…
Conclusion: Partial support is provided for the antidepressant effects of curcumin in people with major depressive disorder, evidenced by benefits occurring 4 to 8 weeks after treatment.”
“OBJECTIVES: To conduct an updated meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of omega-3 PUFA treatment of depressive disorders, taking into account the clinical differences among patients included in the studies…
METHODS: A search on MEDLINE, EMBASE, PsycInfo, and the Cochrane Database of RCTs using omega-3 PUFA on patients with depressivesymptoms published up to August 2013 was performed…
RESULTS: Meta-analysis of 11 and 8 trials conducted respectively on patients with a DSM-defined diagnosis of major depressive disorder (MDD) and patients with depressive symptomatology but no diagnosis of MDD demonstrated significant clinical benefit of omega-3 PUFA treatment compared to placebo…
CONCLUSIONS: The use of omega-3 PUFA is effective in patients with diagnosis of MDD and on depressive patients without diagnosis of MDD“
“”Our current study showed that omega-3 fatty acids have small to moderate effects on reducing anxiety symptoms,” Dr. Su and Dr. Matsuoka said. It’s not clear why only those with specific diagnoses saw a benefit, they added…”
I’m a long-term cancer survivor living with chemobrain, chemo-induced heart damage, radiation-induced nerve damage and a risk of treatment related secondary cancers. I believe that omega 3 fatty acid supplementation helps me maintain my health each and every day.
I take one capsule daily of Life Extension Super Omega 3 EPA/DHA with Sesame Lignans and Olive Fruit to insure all I get all of the health benefits below and I encourage you to do so as well.
Metabolic syndrome is a collection of conditions.
It is a major public health concern, since it increases your risk of developing many other diseases. These include heart disease and diabetes (51).
Inflammation is incredibly important. We need it to fight infections and repair damage in the body.
Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the Western world, and omega-3 fatty acids have long been claimed to reduce the risk of certain cancers.
Asthma is a chronic lung disease with symptoms like coughing, shortness of breath and wheezing.
Menstrual pain occurs in the lower abdomen and pelvis, and often radiates to the lower back and thighs.
Good sleep is one of the foundations of optimal health.
Omega-3s can also protect your skin from sun damage. EPA helps block the release of substances that eat away at the collagen in your skin after sun exposure (101).