experienced nausea the first week after chemo and only in the morning;
therefore, first thing when you get up, get something in your tummy!
Recommendations are: Applesauce, toast, granola bar, Chex mix, etc...anything!
is coming out:
offered to cut my hair really short so that it would not be so traumatic when it
started falling out. I did not cut mine, and it WAS traumatic!! When it
started coming out (by the third week after first chemo - depending on which
chemo you have), it came out in CLUMPS!! The shorter you can stand it, the
better it will be for you...and, your drains!
What about wigs?
I have actually fallen in love with my wigs! Easiest
to work with are the synthetic ones. They are pre-styled so be sure you do
not leave the shop if you don't like how it looks because it will NOT change!
But that's the beauty! No more styling! Just throw it on and go!
Also, be sure you
chose a wig with different colors in it (i.e., highlighting). If it's a
solid color, it will look fake.
American Cancer Society
ACS has great
deals on wigs and some lovely hats! You can phone them for a catalog at
It's soooo simple. You can
either buy a towel (which makes it even easier because all the sides are done)
or in my case, I purchased some fleece (red with stars - patriotic!).
Sew three sides of your square or rectangle together
Make 2 inch tracks (tubes) towards the open end
Fill each tube about 3/4 full with rice
Sew the open end!!
If you are using it for legs,
you want the tubes to be lengthwise so they will hug your legs.
sure you "nuke" the mat every now and then to avoid little rice beetles!
Juicing an option?
Never thought I'd be a juicer, but I LOVE it! My recipe
for two 8 oz containers of carrot juice is: 3 large carrots, one large Fuji apple, and one stalk of celery.
If you store the second 8 oz in a Mason jar, it will stay good for the next day.
Don't recommend you drink more than one glass a day unless you want your skin
to take on an "orangish" hue!! J
use a "Little Champion" juicer. Check out the following
website for great information concerning juicers/mixers:
The Cantin Ketogenic Diet - READ FIRST!!
Strategies for Cancer Patients by Russell L. Blaylock, M.D.
Beating Cancer with Nutrition
by Patrick Quillin
Cancer Battle Plan Sourcebook by Dave Frähm
Green Leaves of Barley by Dr. Mary Ruth Swope
Slash Your Risk of
By Julian Whitaker, M.D.
A HEALTHY DIET
A healthy diet strengthens the immune system, slows
tumor growth, protects against further metastasis, and
reduces side effects of radiation and chemotherapy:
In 1997, 150 scientists reviewing 4,500 research
studies concluded that dietary excesses and
deficiencies are clearly related to a number of
cancers, including carcinomas of the breast,
prostate, colon, rectum, mouth, larynx, esophagus,
stomach, pancreas, thyroid, kidney, bladder, lung,
ovary, cervix, and endometrium.
Researchers at the University of Victoria, B.C.,
examined 200 cancer patients with documented
spontaneous regression - an inexplicable cure or
tumor reduction. Of those, 87 percent had made major
changes in their diets - most had switched to a
Dr. Linus Pauling studied the effects of diet and
nutritional supplements on patients with advanced
cancer. He followed 129 patients - 98 treated with a
healthy balanced diet and high doses of nutrients,
and 31 who received no special diet or supplements.
Those eating a healthy diet and taking nutritional
supplements lived an average of 4 months to 10 years
longer than the control group.
What You Eat Is Linked to Your Risk of Cancer
Regardless of the therapeutic approach - conventional
or alternative - a nutritional program to improve
overall health and strengthen the immune system is
beneficial for all cancer patients. Cancer
cells siphon off nutrients for their own use, leaving
the body in a weakened state. In addition,
conventional treatment modalities ravish the body,
particularly the immune system. The result is loss of
nutrient reserves and, in many cases, malnutrition.
Most doctors don't counsel cancer patients about
nutrition. I'm not touting diet and nutrients as a
cancer cure, but research shows that foods and
supplements that prevent cancer boost a cancer
patient's immune system and energy levels and give the
body a fighting chance to heal itself. In addition,
they enhance the effectiveness of conventional
therapies and reduce their negative side effects. The
nutritional approaches in this report are beneficial
for all types and stages of cancer.
Studies have demonstrated a two-fold reduction in
cancer risk in those who ate the most fruits and
vegetables. Yet, only nine percent of Americans eat
the recommended five daily servings. What is it about
vegetables and fruits that makes them such powerful
cancer fighters? Low blood levels of antioxidants are
associated with an increase in death rates from many
types of cancer. Studies have shown that antioxidants
from dietary sources, particularly plant foods, confer
additional protection against free radicals and
cancer. Among the most important antioxidants are
vitamins C, E, A, beta-carotene, and the mineral
Cruciferous vegetables - broccoli, cabbage, Brussels
sprouts, cauliflower, kale, bok choy, turnips, mustard
greens, and rutabagas - are especially rich in phytonutrients. Research at Johns Hopkins University
School of Medicine found that the phytonutrient
sulforaphane in broccoli blocks the formation of
breast tumors in rats. Indole-3-carbinol (I3C)
inhibits the growth of estrogen-responsive cells
associated with breast cancer tumors. And
phytonutrients in cruciferous vegetables have also
demonstrated cancer protection in laboratory-induced
cancers of the lung, larynx, esophagus, liver, and
Carotenoids are phytonutrients that give plants color
and provide powerful protection from free radical
damage caused by constant exposure to the sun. The
most abundant carotenoids in humans are beta-carotene,
lutein, and lycopene. Increased intakes of carotenoid-rich
foods are associated with decreased rates of cancers
of the ovary, mouth and pharynx, lung, digestive
tract, endometrium, and breast. Increase your intake
of fruits and vegetables, especially leafy green and
orange/yellow vegetables such as squash and sweet
potatoes. Tomatoes are rich in the carotenoid lycopene
- ten servings of tomato products weekly has been
shown to cut the risk of prostate cancer almost in
half. Your multivitamin should contain at least
15,000 IU of beta-carotene, preferably as mixed
High intake of saturated animal fats has been
shown to be a clear risk factor for cancers of the
lung, colon, rectum, breast, prostate, and
non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Eating too much of the wrong
fat accelerates tumor growth. On the other hand, some
fats enhance immune system function and protect
against cancer. Omega-3 fatty acids, for example, have
been shown to suppress tumor growth, and women with
breast cancer have demonstrated low tissue levels of
omega-3 fatty acids.
Keep your fat intake low - around 20 percent of total
calories. Stay away from saturated animal fats and
processed vegetable oils. Use olive oil for cooking.
The best sources of omega-3 fatty acids are cold-water
fish and flaxseed.
High-fat diets are often deficient in fiber. Insoluble
fiber is found in grains and the skins of fruits and
vegetables; soluble fiber is primarily in fruit pectin
and beans. Both are important in preventing cancer of
the colon, rectum, pancreas, and breast. Fiber
performs several important functions:
1. Certain bacteria in the intestinal tract
reactivate estrogen. Fiber causes this estrogen to
be excreted, rather than recycled.
2. Fiber limits exposure to toxins and carcinogens
in the stool by speeding substances through the
3. Fiber draws water into the stool which helps
dilute harmful substances.
You need at least 30 grams of fiber per day.
Best sources are vegetables (especially beans), whole
grains, fruits, and flaxseed. Other components in
flaxseed, lignans, are believed to protect against
cancer, particularly breast cancer. Flaxseed oil is
extremely fragile. Exposure to light and air rapidly
destroys its beneficial effects. Get a minimum
daily serving of one to two tablespoons of flax oil,
cup freshly ground flaxseed or take two 1,000 mg fish
oil capsules daily.
If you are taking Forward
Plus Daily Regimen, you're covered. Flaxseed is
sold in health food stores. Phillips Products and
Services sells the Golden Flax Program, which includes
three two-pound bags of flaxseed, a grinder, and a
recipe guide (800-705-5559).
Fresh juices are especially helpful for cancer
patients. They're easy to get down, and are an
excellent way to get concentrated amounts of vitamins,
minerals, phytonutrients, and enzymes. Juicing or
blending smoothies (which contain whole fruit and are
thick and creamy) ensures fresh, nutritious drinks.
For pulpless juice, you can use a manual juicer; for
smoothies you need a high-powered blender or juicer.
To juice at home, I recommend the Miracle Juicer with
the Miracle Blender available from Phillips Products
and Services (800-705-5559).
Buy organic foods whenever possible. According to a
National Research Council report, there are more than
200 known carcinogens in food! Some chemicals are
added to food to retard spoilage and enhance flavor
and appearance. Artificial sweeteners (saccharin and
aspartame), coloring agents, and nitrates used in hot
dogs and cured meats have been found to cause cancer
in animals. Carcinogens can be generated during food
preparation. For example, when fat in meat is heated,
a very powerful carcinogen is produced. Smoking or
charcoal-broiling meat creates nitrosamines that
contribute to stomach cancer.
A healthy diet is the first step toward cancer
prevention, but it's impossible to get enough
nutrients through food alone - even if you eat a
healthy diet. Supplementation guarantees a steady
supply of cancer-fighting nutrients. Cancer patients
often need to supplement in amounts considerably above
the government's ludicrously low recommended daily
allowances (RDAs). Begin by taking a broad-spectrum
multi-nutrient such as my Forward Plus or one
of the high-potency multivitamin/mineral supplements
available in health food stores. Potency will vary
widely, so you may have to add certain nutrients to
A study conducted in China by the National Institute
of Cancer followed over 30,000 people on various
combinations of nutritional supplements for five
years. The group taking beta-carotene, vitamin E, and
selenium had a 13 percent reduction in cancer
mortality and a 21 percent drop in incidence of
stomach cancer. The chart on page 8 gives recommended
amounts of essential nutrients for cancer patients.
I've chosen a few to discuss here.
Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid)
Cancer begins when the DNA of a cell is damaged or
mutated, often by a free radical. But only when normal
repair mechanisms break down are abnormal cells able
to replicate into full-blown cancer. Vitamin C works
on two fronts to fight cancer. It protects cellular
DNA from free radical damage, and it enhances the
immune response that mops up these abnormal cells.
Linus Pauling, Ph.D., found cancer patients had
subnormal levels of vitamin C. In a study at the
University of California, Los Angeles, researchers
followed more than 11,000 adults for an average of 10
years. They found that the men with the highest intake
of vitamin C had a 22 percent reduced risk of death
from cancer, compared to those with the lowest vitamin
C intake. For women, the risk was decreased by 12
percent. I recommend taking at least 1,500 mg of
vitamin C daily for prevention. High doses may
cause gastrointestinal upset; build up gradually. If
you have cancer, I recommend 2,500 to 10,000 mg of
vitamin C every day. High doses may cause
gastrointestinal upset, so build up gradually. Cut
back on your dosage if you experience stomach upset or
Vitamin E (Alpha tocopheryl)
Several large epidemiologic studies showed that high
blood levels of vitamin E offer protection against
cancer. A Finnish study of cancer patients noted that
those with low blood levels of vitamin E and selenium
had a higher risk of death than patients with high
levels of these antioxidants. And a 1998 study
published in the Journal of the National Cancer
Institute found that men taking supplemental
vitamin E for five to eight years had 32 percent fewer
cases of prostate cancer and 41 percent fewer deaths
form prostate cancer than men not taking vitamin E.
Other studies have produced similar findings regarding
cancers of the lung, skin, and cervix. I recommend
800 IU per day.
Vitamin A and Beta-Carotene
Vitamin A is a fat-soluble antioxidant that enhances
the immune system. Beta-carotene is sometimes called
pro-vitamin A because when the body needs it, it's
converted to vitamin A. Many studies have demonstrated
definite links between low blood levels or low intake
of vitamin A/beta-carotene and increased risk of
cancer. Vitamin A in the form of retinol (Accutane) is
used as a cancer treatment in conventional oncology.
It is particularly effective in preventing recurrences
of cancers of the mouth, larynx, pharynx, head, and
neck. Both vitamin A and beta-carotene are useful in
leukoplakia, a precancerous mouth condition.
Beta-carotene supplements have been shown to lower
risk of prostate cancer by 36 percent. British
researchers gave 25 healthy, non-smoking men 15 mg of
beta-carotene daily. Within one month the factors in
their white blood cells that enable the immune system
to distinguish cancer cells from normal cells rose
significantly. Their production of tumor necrosis
factor, which helps kill cancerous or damaged cells,
Vitamin A can be toxic in large doses. I don't
recommend over 10,000 IU unless you are under the care
of a physician. However, take as much beta-carotene as
you want. I recommend a minimum of 15,000 IU daily
of beta-carotene, which can be safely doubled or
tripled. Its only side effect is that it may turn your
skin yellowish orange.
New research has shed light on a metabolic process
that may be the root cause of a number of diseases,
including cancer. When your system metabolizes
protein, one result is the formation of small amounts
of a toxic byproduct called homocysteine. Under normal
circumstances it is rendered harmless by methylation,
a process which detoxifies homocysteine by converting
it to harmless amino acids. Methylation requires
vitamin B12 (cobalamin) and folic acid; and when these
nutrients are in short supply, homocysteine builds up.
It is now believed that excess homocysteine damages
DNA, which initiates cancer, and depresses the immune
system. Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) also reduces
homocysteine levels and has been noted to protect
against cervical cancer. In addition, Vitamin B3
(niacin) has anticancer activity. I recommend 75 mg
of vitamin B6, 100 mg of niacin, 150 mcg of vitamin
B12, and 800 mcg of folic acid daily.
Clinical studies dating back to the 1970s show that
individuals with the highest blood levels of vitamin D
had an 80 percent decreased incidence of colon cancer,
compared to those with the lowest levels. Other
studies have shown that dietary vitamin D reduces
colon cancer rates by 50 percent. Vitamin D is
produced in the skin when you are exposed to sunlight.
Make sure you spend at least half an hour outside in
bright sunlight every day (when the sun cooperates).
The richest dietary sources of vitamin D are fortified
milk, fish, and egg yolks. Since an anticancer diet
calls for little milk and egg yolks, you should
supplement with 600 IU of vitamin D per day. This
is especially important in the winter. Note:
Doses over 2,000 IU may be toxic.
Selenium is a powerful cancer fighter. In the
Journal of the American Medical Association
researcher Larry Clark, Ph.D., presented convincing
evidence that supplemental selenium could reduce
cancer death rates by as much as 50 percent!
From 1983 through 1991, 1,312 patients who had had
either squamous cell or basal cell carcinomas of the
skin removed were given a placebo or 200 mcg of high
selenium yeast daily. Blood selenium levels initially
averaged 114 ng/ml, and remained at this level in the
placebo group. Those taking selenium experienced a 67
percent increase in blood selenium to a level of 190,
which remained more or less constant throughout the
test. Interestingly, skin cancers, which the study was
initially designed to evaluate, showed little response
to selenium, but the selenium group had a 63 percent
reduction in the incidence of prostate cancer, a 58
percent reduction in colon or rectal cancer, and a 45
percent reduction in lung cancer.
The results of this study are remarkable. Even if the
reduction in death rate was only half as good, nearly
100,000 lives a year would be saved just from taking
an inexpensive, completely safe (at 200 mcg a day)
Selenium protects against cancer on three levels:
1. Its antioxidant properties generate glutathione,
which mops up hydrogen peroxide, a potent free
radical produced in your body by normal metabolic
2. It facilitates quick repair of free radical
damage to the DNA molecule. Our current
understanding of cancer is that a damaged DNA
molecule replicates, carrying with it a "spark" that
ignites the growth of tumors. If adequate selenium
is present, the DNA molecule is repaired - and
normal cellular function ensues.
3. It initiates apoptosis, or cell death, in
cancerous and precancerous cells. Cancer cells
divide rapidly and die early. Selenium appears to
cause them to die before they replicate,
short-circuiting malignancy and tumor growth.
Selenium is found in some, but not all,
multivitamin/ mineral products. Forward Plus
contains 200 mcg, so if you're taking it, you're
covered. If not, you should supplement with 200 mcg
of selenium a day. The type used in the studies
discussed above is a high selenium yeast. Selenium
can be found in health food stores. I recommend
Solgar Selenium and Twinlabs Selenomax or selenium
from Willner Chemists (800-633-1106).
Other minerals support overall good health and may
offer protection against cancer primarily by enhancing
the immune system: Zinc is particularly
important for many aspects of immunity. Calcium
may prevent the recurrence of colonic polyps that
sometimes lead to colon cancer. Copper and
manganese are required for the production and
proper function of superoxide dismutase, a powerful
antioxidant enzyme. Molybdenum deficiencies
have been positively correlated to cancer of the
esophagus, and areas in this country where molybdenum
is deficient in the drinking water have a 30 percent
increased incidence of that type of cancer. (See box
below for a complete listing of minerals and dosages I
recommend for cancer prevention.)
Essential Vitamins and Minerals That Fight
Vitamin C* 1,500 mg
Vitamin A 5,000 IU
Beta-Carotene** 15,000 IU
Vitamin E 800 IU
Vitamin B6 75 mg
Vitamin B3 (niacin) 100 mg
Vitamin B12 150 mcg
Folic Acid 800 mcg
Vitamin D 600 IU
Calcium 1,000 mg
Magnesium 500 mg
Potassium 99 mg
Iodine 150 mcg
Zinc 30 mg
Copper 2 mg
Manganese 10 mg
Chromium 200 mcg
Selenium 200 mcg
Molybdenum 125 mcg
Silica 25 mg
Higher doses of vitamin C (up to 10,000 mg) may be
taken, if tolerated.
**Beta-carotene dosage can be safely doubled or
I've been using herbs with patients for more than 25
years, and I've seen some remarkable results during
that time. I've listed some of the herbs that have
proven to be effective anticancer agents in the box
below, but I'd like to briefly touch on one that's
probably in your kitchen right now. Perhaps the most
versatile and widely used herb in the world, garlic (Allium
sativum) is also one of the oldest, most popular
botanical medicines. It's mentioned in ancient
Chinese, Sanskrit and Egyptian medical texts.
According to Egyptian papyruses, it was used in more
than 800 potions to cure 22 different ailments, and
was even entombed with King Tut to protect him in the
Garlic contains a variety of amino acids, vitamins,
and minerals, but its most active ingredients are
sulfur compounds. One of these, allicin (diallyl
thiosulfinate), causes garlic's odor. Several
compounds have inhibitory effects on the growth of
certain cancer cells. In one study of 41,837 women,
aged 55 to 69, those who did not eat garlic had a 68
percent higher risk of all cancers than those who ate
it at least twice a week. Garlic compounds are easily
destroyed by cooking and processing, which is why I
recommend garlic supplements - 600 mg daily. Many
commercial garlic supplements have merit. Check for
high allicin-producing potential. Garlicin, Kwai and
the garlic extract Kyolic are brands I recommend.
Herbs That Protect Against Cancer
These botanicals are all available in health food
stores. For the best quality, look for products
with standardized extracts. Use as directed.
Green tea (Camellia sinensis)
Polyphenols and flavonoids, particularly catechin,
inhibit the formation of nitrosamines and other
carcinogens. Its best protective effects are on
cancers of the GI tract, lung and breast.
Garlic (Allium sativum)
Allicin and other sulfur compounds enhance the
immune system, inhibit the formation of tumors,
and block carcinogens.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
A very powerful anticancer herb, its active
ingredient, curcumin, is effective against the
initiation, promotion, and progression of cancer.
Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis)
This and other berberine-containing plants have
antibiotic and immune-stimulating properties;
berberine actually kills cancer cells.
Echinacea (Purple coneflower)
Broad, well-studied immunostimulating effects make
echinacea useful in cancer prevention.
Pau d'Arco (Tabebuia avellanedae)
Also known as LaPacho, its active ingredient
lapachol has direct anti-tumor actions.
* * *
There are many options for cancer treatment and no
guarantees. The therapies in this report have merit,
but no single therapy is right for everyone. Educate
yourself. Know what conventional medicine has to
offer. Surgical removal of a tumor can be appropriate
and necessary, and in some types of cancer,
radiation therapy and chemotherapy are effective.
If you know your options, you can combine conventional
treatments and natural therapies to come up with the
program that's best for you. No one should pressure
you to choose a specific therapy. The final choice
lies with the patient, and it's a profoundly personal
decision. The best choice is to follow preventive
measures that may allow you to avoid cancer
Julian Whitaker, M.D. has extensive experience in the
area of preventive medicine and natural healing. All
recommendations in this report have met stringent
criteria for safety and effectiveness; however, they
have not been reviewed by the Food and Drug
Administration. The recommendations in this report are
not intended to replace the advice of your physician,
and you are encouraged to seek advice from competent
medical professionals for your personal health needs.