Travis left the comment on the first blog post, but it is just too wonderful to not have its own page. I LOVED what he wrote and agree 100%. I also learned a few things, like I have heard of Resveratrol, but didn’t know how important that supplement was and am going to start adding that to the supplements I take everyday. It is great to have such knowledge in my own family. If you need a really wonderful chiropractor that you can trust, Travis has an office in Toole, Utah. https://www.facebook.com/tvspinec
I am Denise’s and Angie’s brother Travis. I am a practicing chiropractor. While I do not treat cancer, I do (like Denise) read about natural cures for the body daily. Here is some of the stuff I have come across over the last 5 years regarding cancer. Everything here is scientifically based and has been thoroughly tested (no old-wives tales).
1. Vitamin D – By far, this is the best natural agent we have in the US to fight cancer. People with cancer are typically low in Vitamin D. Vitamin D activates Calcitriol in the body. Calcitriol protects against cancer. People with a low vitamin D level are less able to make calcitriol (activated vitamin D) in an amount sufficient to exert the controls over cell proliferation that are needed to reduce cancer.
Optimized vitamin D levels will work synergistically with virtually every other cancer treatment. There are over 830 peer reviewed scientific studies showing its effectiveness in the treatment of cancer.
We do not get Vitamin D from food. Our only sources are the sun and supplements. Some experts have estimated that adequate sun exposure requires 80% of your skin exposed to mid day sun levels for 20 minutes daily! Who does that? I don’t. So, supplementation is key. Regarding cancer patients, it should be criminal malpractice to not optimize vitamin D levels when treating someone with cancer. Your levels of vitamin D should be increased to 80-90 ng/ml. Only a blood test can accurately measure your levels. Blood tests done by LabCorp have been shown to be the most reliable for testing Vitamin D in the United States. The currently accepted normal range of vitamin D is 32 – 100 ng/ml with 40 – 60 ng/ml being optimal and 80-10 recommended for cancer patients. For the average person, 2,000 – 5,000 IU of supplemental vitamin D3 will only push levels to 40 ng. It may take 10,000 – 50,000 IU daily to quickly elevate your levels to the optimal range.
2. Resveratrol – A review of dietary agents that sensitize tumors (meaning that they make the tumors more susceptible to medical treatments like chemotherapy drugs) found that resveratrol greatly aided the body due to its multi-targeting properties. Specifically, lung carcinoma has been shown to favorably respond to resveratrol. The resveratrol helps the body correctly identify the cancer cells and helps aid in the recovery from chemo and radiation therapies.
Resveratrol supplement should be taken daily. The supplements must be made from a whole food complex that includes muscadine grape skin and seeds, which contain the highest levels of resveratrol.
3. Broccoli Sprouts – Shown to help the body fight cancer. Mature broccoli is good, but the sprouts contain higher levels of glucoraphanin (a precursor to sulforaphane) and can be grown at home.
4. Vitamin E – Shown to reverse lung cancer. This supplement MUST be an all natural form. (The synthetic form of Vitamin E may actually cause cancer). Women should take 400 IUs daily. (much higher than the current recommendation of 22 IU daily)
5. Curcumin – You need a high concentration of curcumin for therapeutic benefits. According to Dr. William LaValley, (high renown cancer physician) typical anticancer doses are up to 3 grams of good bioavailable curcumin extract, 3 – 4 times/day. One work-around is to use the curcumin powder and make a microemulsion of it by combining a tablespoon of the powder and mixing it into 1-2 egg yolks and a teaspoon or two of melted coconut oil. Then use a high speed hand blender to emulsify the powder.
Another strategy that can help increase absorption is to put one tablespoon of the curcumin powder into a quart of boiling water. It must be boiling when you add the powder as it will not work as well if you put it in room temperature water and heat the water and curcumin. After boiling it for ten minutes you will have created a 12 percent solution that you can drink once it has cooled down. It will have a woody taste. The curcumin will gradually fall out of solution however. In about six hours it will be a 6 percent solution, so it’s best to drink the water within four hours.
6. Limit Simple Carbs – Make certain that you limit your intake of processed foods and sugars as much as possible. Cancers feed off sugars. Most artificial sweeteners are know to cause cancer and suppress the immune system and should be avoided. Stevia is a relative inexpensive and fairly safe alternative.
7. Omega-3 Fatty Acids – Get appropriate amounts of animal-based omega-3 fatty acids. Krill oil is the best over the counter option. Organic and grass fed beef, chicken, pork have much higher omega-3′s than their mast produced grain fed counterparts. Wild game is an excellent option. The most effective option is to take 1,000 – 3,000 mg of a supplement daily.
8. Exercise – Get appropriate exercise. It is vital to know that too much creates excessive oxidation and therefore encourages cancer growth. The best exercise for overall health seems to be high intensity interval training up to 20 minutes per day 3 days per week.
9. Eliminate Stress, Anxiety, Depression – Neurological short-circuiting that can activate cancer genes. The CDC states that 85 percent of disease is caused by emotions. This is likely due to their suppressive effect on the immune system. This step should not be skipped. Energy psychology seems to be one of the best approaches to controlling these symptoms. A particularly effective tool is the Emotional Freedom Technique.
10. Eat Lots of Vegetables – Only 25 percent of people eat enough vegetables. People should eat as many vegetables as they comfortably can and ideally, they should be fresh, raw, and organic.
11. Get enough high-quality sleep.
12. Avoid Toxins – Reduce your exposure to environmental toxins like pesticides, household chemical cleaners, synthetic air fresheners and air pollution.
13. Avoid Fried and Charbroiled Foods – Boil, poach or steam your foods, rather than frying or charbroiling them. Fried carbohydrates are thought to be a major cause of cancers and chronic diseases.