Monday, June 14, 2021

New Cancer diagnosis

A quick go to list after a new diagnosis of cancer.   Educate yourself.  Discuss with your doctor.  Implement what you feel is right.   Above all support your body with hydration, rest, nutrition, detox, and regular bowel movements.  Nothing on this page should go against what your doctors are trying to achieve, instead it should complement and support your journey.  Think survive and thrive. 

If your child has been diagnosed with cancer, please read this post first: New diagnosis leukemia: how family and friends can help


Books to read: (amazon or abebooks.com)

               Metabolic Approach to Cancer - recommended to me by a Dr, I found it very interesting.  Helps you analyze your terrain and where improvements could be made.   A great book to start with.  Author Dr Nasha Winters has numerous youtube videos discussing.

                Keto for Cancer - we had genetic testing done (Nutritional Genome -see below), which determined keto was not an option for us, but many have recommended it for cancer.

                Chris Beat Cancer - good nutritional advice in this book for the entire family.   He beat cancer in his 20's and dedicates his time to educating others.  Easy to follow and implement.  Focuses on high antioxidant anti-inflammatory nutrition.

                Max Lucado's workbook Experiencing the Heart of Jesus.  This was sent by a sweet friend who knew what I needed before I did.  Find an outlet that nourishes your soul and focuses on the positive.

                 Naturpathic Oncology -  this book was recommended to me.  If you give supplements, you can check to see if they are helpful or harmful for the current treatment they are receiving AND always discuss with your doctor.  You can also look up recommended supplements for various cancer diagnoses.

 

Websites:

The Stern Method - a family whose son had cancer.   They cleaned up their entire home and lifestyle.  Tons of information about naturally supporting someone who has cancer.  They have a resource page that lists by brand what has worked for them.   He is preparing a course to walk anyone through a cancer diagnosis.  I really like this website and family.

Season Johnson - a mom whose son had ALL/leukemia and thrived through the 3 years of treatment using diet, lifestyle changes, and essential oils. Her website and FB are a wealth of information.   She is also a nutrition/health coach. If interested in essential oils, she shares what oils she used for her son's immune system, nausea, detox, and more.  They will also answer questions within hours if you ask. She also founded a website called KickcancER which also sends a free starter kit to families whose child has been diagnosed with cancer.  Here is her recipe for essential oil blends specifically related to cancer.

Zuzas Way Integrative Care - warrior mom also that is also a medical provider , she shares what she has learned.  Also has a FB page.   Promotes keto diet, nutrition, and supplements to support the body. 

Dr Nasha - author of Metabolic Approach to Cancer, shares good information to assess your terrain.  Also promotes keto type diet. Also on website www.ketokind.com to sell premade organic shake pouches.

The Truth About Cancer -  Most detailed information addressing everything cancer.  There is a book with the same name.

Chris Beat Cancer - website and book,  a lot of good nutritional advice from a cancer survivor with this anti-inflammatory diet.

Nutrition Facts - Dr Michael Gregor has nutrition information on numerous health topics, not specific to cancer, but founder of the "daily dozen" to health promote family wellness.   Use the search option to find topics related to you.

Wellness Mama - good advice about cleaning up diet and home as well as wholesome easy recipes from a regular mom like us.  Not specifically cancer centered.

Max Love Connect - a website, FB page, and app that connects you with like minded cancer parents/patients who want to live a healthier life.  You can ask questions or just read and learn.

Eat To Beat - MD website about healing with nutrition.   Lots of recipes.  Also has a book by same name with great information.

Believe Big - good website with information about various therapies and will help find an integrative practitioner if you desire.  Integrative practitioners can guide you through chemotherapy with various supplements and therapies to support the body.  They work with the conventional therapies/chemo and ensure you do not give something that would counteract the medications you are receiving.


THINGS YOU CAN DO:

*  Be prepared.   Stock up on food, juicing materials, supplements, etc... before your treatments start.  Think exhausted and what will help the most.  Find somewhere that delivers to you.  Thrive Market delivers nationwide.  We are fortunate to have Whole Foods close enough to delivery on days.  Establish and try it out before treatment begins.  Think detox, hydrate, regular bowel movements, nutrition, and rest as your top priorities.  Keep moving, even if it is a gentle walk as your energy allows.  I bought a small automatic pedal bike for my daughter.  I strapped her feet in and it passively moved her legs as if she were riding a bike just to keep her active.  She was willing, but Vincristine made her legs uncooperative and weak.

* Consider learning to juice.   Make ahead and freeze or designate someone to help with this.   Here is my favorite recipe:  Season Johnson's green juice .  Chris Wark has a good post explaining how and why here.  If you can't juice or don't have the time or energy, then consider a low sugar juice like the Farmer's Juice which is keto friendly and packed with organic dense nutrition.  Your goal is to get as many nutrients in each day as you can. 

*  Smoothies - my family drinks one each day.   Container 1 has flax seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, and pumpkin seeds ground into a fine powder using a coffee grinder and all mixed together. Container 2 has chlorella, matcha, cranberry powder, acai, beet powder, and a mushroom mixture all ground together and in one container.  I buy theses plastic cups with lids and straws so they can be made ahead and placed in the freezer for a week at a time.  I put one tablespoon from each container into each cup then add an approximate 1/4 cup of each: avocado, raspberries, blueberries, dark cherries, and mango.  You can also add cilantro or broccoli sprouts to increase the nutrition.  Just add coconut water or almond milk in the morning and spin them up.   Easy to make ahead.  

 






* B complex supplement - most people need a good B-complex, but discuss with your doctor.  It needs to be stopped around chemotherapy days using methotrexate.   According to the book Naturpathic Oncology, several other chemotherapy drugs do not go well with B12, so be sure to check.

*  Check Vitamin D levels.  Low levels associated with many diseases, including cancer.   Find out now if you need to begin supplementing.   Optimal levels 60 or above.

* Nutritional genome - a genetic testing company that offers important and fascinating information.   This is how we found out a keto type diet was not right for us  Cost is $299, but worth it.  It provides: 

  • Personalized grocery list
  • Recommended blood work
  • Toxins / foods to avoid
  • Genetic strengths & weaknesses recap
  • 100 clinically relevant genes (151 SNPs) for a whole body approach to wellness
  • 8 targeted reports profiling Digestion, Energy, Hormones, Stress & Cognitive Performance, Inflammation & Longevity, DNA Repair, Detoxification, and Athletic Performance

 * Plan ahead for hospital stays.  For us, that meant a "go bag" packed with her favorite pillowcase, pajamas, books, toys, filtered water pitcher, EMF blocking blanket, blue blocker glasses so as not to interfere with natural melatonin build up each night, sound machine/Wholetones, flashlight for me so I don't wake her up when I stay up and I used as soon as the nurse walked in so she didn't turn on any lights, tape to cover machine lights or to hold curtains to cover hall windows, condensed food packets/healthy snacks like these that provide healthy fats/proteins:  Super Fat keto pouches , made ahead frozen juiced vegetables/fruit, fresh fruits and vegetables. 

*  Consider CBD oil - I wasn't a fan until my daughter was diagnosed with cancer and had so much pain.   Do your research and see if it is an option for you.   

* Haelen - a fermented drink.   Call Jordan and ask how it might help you.  It is not cheap, but we were told no probiotics while "counts" were low, but fermented items were ok. This product has an impressive history. Discount for military.

* Healios - a product to have at home before you need it.  It helps with oral mucositis (chemo mouth ulcers).  Developed by an oncologist.  If it is a child who has the cancer, they will give you the first bottle for shipping costs only.   Also buy chemo soft toothbrushes.  You can also rinse with baking soda and water.  Gastrazyme is made from raw cabbage and was recommended for us. 

* Bone broth - full of healing nutrients, especially for the gut.  Make your own or buy these packets to add to warm water and drink each day.  They also make a bone broth protein powder you could make a smoothie with.   I cook noodles in broth and add the powder to almost everything to make every bite count.

* Detox - epsom salt baths, infared sauna, BioMat, sweating, movement/rebounding, hydration

* A friend recommended Transfer Factor Plus to support the immune system.  My entire family takes transfer factors.    


Good articles:

Dr Jockers Top Cancer Stem Cell Killing Nutrients - a must read

Glutathione is extremely important and gets depleted quickly.  Read this to learn more.

Stimulating the lymphatic system is a must, read why and how here.  


These are just a few things to get you thinking and prepared.  Everything may not be right for you, but you need to know there are options. We don't do all of it, but we do the best we can and what is appropriate for us.  Once you go down the rabbit hole, you will find much more.   This was put together quickly to help a friend out.  I will edit and add to it at a later date. 


Disclaimer:  This is informational only and is not a substitute for medical advice.  Discuss with your doctor any interventions you are considering. 

 

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