Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

My mom has cancer...have nutrition suggestions for recovery?

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • My mom has cancer...have nutrition suggestions for recovery?

    My mom just got diagnosed with a form of skin cancer that supposedly responds very well to chemo radiation, so that's the route she decided to go. I'm going to stay with her during the last 3 weeks of her treatment, which is when it will probably be the worst. Honestly, as a recovering alcoholic and smoker, I'm a little surprised that she didn't develop something worse.

    So, I'm wondering if anyone has suggestions or resources they can point me toward to figure out the best way to rebuild her immune system afterward, as well as some recipe ideas for things that will be easy for her to consume when she's got a burning throat (I'm thinking cold/liquids) and nauseous, and generally feeling crappy. Her diet overall is pretty decent, and she's very open-minded when it comes to trying new foods/things in general.

  • #2
    I'm very sorry to hear that. I've heard that an alkaline diet is cancer fighting, so lots of fruits and vegetables. Maybe fresh juices and green smoothies?

    Wishing you both the best.
    My Primal Blueprint Journal

    Comment


    • #3
      I'm very sorry to hear about your mom, but it sounds like the prognosis is pretty good.

      As far as rebuilding her immune system, I would definitely recommend bone broths made from really good quality bones. Bone broth is pretty much a panacea. It is easy to get down/digest, it will help rebuild her skin, bones, and hair, and it is extremely nutritious.

      Comment


      • #4
        Robb Wolf talks about brain cancer in Episode 118 of the Paleo Solution podcast:
        http://robbwolf.com/wp//wp-content/u...transcript.pdf

        He recommends a ketogenic diet. I think some of the concepts would also apply for skin cancers. Best wishes to your mom during her treatment.

        Comment


        • #5
          I dont have anything to add but wanted to say I was sorry to hear this.
          65lbs gone and counting!!

          Fat 2 Fit - One Woman's Journey

          Comment


          • #6
            The book Anticancer by Dr. David Servain-Schreiber has a lot of good info in it pertaining to foods to eat. An easy and quick read, and you can ignore the parts that don't jive with Primal.

            Also, consider a mushroom supplent that contains reishi, shiitake, and maitake (and turkey tail mushroom - Trametes versicolor, if possible). There's nascent research showing that these mushrooms have cancer-fighting potential. Can be ordered inexpensively from places like Swanson vitamins.

            Good luck and God bless.

            Comment


            • #7
              Thanks for the responses, I plan to do a ton of research and I'll defintely get a copy of Anticancer to start with.

              I definitely have plans to bring an armload of meatstock bones from the farmers market so I can make some killer bone broths, but I'm worried she won't want anything hot for a little while.

              Any suggestions are really appreciated!

              Comment


              • #8
                She could try it cold...It's kinda like meat jello...although now that I'm typing it out, it doesn't sound particularly appetizing, especially if you're nauseated from chemo.

                On the anti-cancer diet front, I think you should be careful about the advice you take, because every type of cancer is different and will respond to diet differently. Ketogenic diets can definitely be great for fighting cancer, but just make sure to do a little research into the type of cancer and it's relationship with insulin, etc.

                Comment


                • #9
                  Butter & coconut oil, go to the store and buy immediately. Have her work up to 3 tablespoons of CO a day and at least half a stick of butter a day. This thread has some other good guidelines:
                  Ray Peat Eating Guidelines : Semi Low-Carb Plans Forum : Active Low-Carber Forums

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    She's lucky to have you, hugs to you both.

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by BestBetter View Post
                      My mom just got diagnosed with a form of skin cancer that supposedly responds very well to chemo radiation, so that's the route she decided to go. I'm going to stay with her during the last 3 weeks of her treatment, which is when it will probably be the worst. Honestly, as a recovering alcoholic and smoker, I'm a little surprised that she didn't develop something worse.

                      So, I'm wondering if anyone has suggestions or resources they can point me toward to figure out the best way to rebuild her immune system afterward, as well as some recipe ideas for things that will be easy for her to consume when she's got a burning throat (I'm thinking cold/liquids) and nauseous, and generally feeling crappy. Her diet overall is pretty decent, and she's very open-minded when it comes to trying new foods/things in general.
                      Make sure she is eating and drinking foods that will make her more alkiline. Apple cidar vinegar, lemon, baking soda (pinch in her water), potassium, magnesium, calcium, fruits and veggies are all things to help make her more alkiline. Coconut water is very alkiline with tons of magnesium and potassium. She also should be taking some form of iodine. Putting iodine on the actual skin lesion will help it clear up as well. Read a book called "Cancer is a Fungus." It's very interesting. Primal nutrition is a very good place to start. Lots of sea food, green veggies, berries, etc....I would go a little lighter on the red meats since they have an acidic effect on the body but as long as she is eating tons of alkiline foods it should be ok once in a while.
                      F/37yr/5' 5"
                      SW: 154 March 2011
                      CW: 140 July to Oct 2011
                      PB: 145 gained 5lbs in first 4 months March to July 2012
                      With a combo of PB and IF-ing 5 days a week (1 x 1200 calorie meal per day) I have lost 15 lbs PB/IF = 130 lbs July 2012 to current
                      GW: 120
                      Ultimate Goals ar to be: Happy/ Fit/ Energetic/ Feel great/ Balanced/ cure my thyroid and adrenals

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Apparently kefir is meant to be great for cancer, and I read in a few different places that it could even help shrink them. I don't know how true it is, but I'm sure it'd be well worth a try. It's also great for overall health. I would also think that cutting out sigar would help as I think cancer feeds on sugar.

                        I hope she makes a fast recovery.

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by BestBetter View Post
                          My mom just got diagnosed with a form of skin cancer that supposedly responds very well to chemo radiation, so that's the route she decided to go. I'm going to stay with her during the last 3 weeks of her treatment, which is when it will probably be the worst. Honestly, as a recovering alcoholic and smoker, I'm a little surprised that she didn't develop something worse.

                          So, I'm wondering if anyone has suggestions or resources they can point me toward to figure out the best way to rebuild her immune system afterward, as well as some recipe ideas for things that will be easy for her to consume when she's got a burning throat (I'm thinking cold/liquids) and nauseous, and generally feeling crappy. Her diet overall is pretty decent, and she's very open-minded when it comes to trying new foods/things in general.
                          Sorry to read that.

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            Cancer is not a fungus

                            My goodness the level of medical mis-information out there is astounding. As a cancer survivor myself, my heart goes out to your mom.

                            I second the bone broth and bone marrow ideas but more than anything, I want to impress upon you that there is a miracle cure for cancer but you won't find it on any website. What you will find there is snake oil for sale. The miracle is at your mom's oncologist's office. Real doctors curing real cancers all the time.

                            I wish both of you well.

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Sorry to hear about that. Well, just like everybody else, she needs to change her view toward food and eating. Eating is an opportunity to nourish your body. It's purpose is not to satisfy your taste buds. You can do that too, but it should never be at the expense of nutrients. That's the real issue with grains. They are relatively calorie rich and nutrient poor. She is going to need all the nutrients she can get to allow her body to defend itself from the cancer and the chemo. Good luck.

                              Comment

                              Working...
                              X