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  • #16
    Thanks, Marielle, but we are hoping she doesn't have to go through chemo. I told her that I would just say "No!" Her one remaining breast won't have any cancer. Why do chemo? She agrees but tends to follow whatever the docs say religiously. We'll see. As for carbs, including fruit, I am urging her to follow Paleobird's advice to drastically reduce the carbs, which she is doing.

    I convinced her that turmeric would be great, but since it is a blood thinner, she will hold off until after the surgery.

    Another good thing - I am eating lower carb too. I wasn't doing too badly but need to go lower to finally get rid of remaining abdominal fat.
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    • #17
      I chose NO chemo after my breast cancer diagnosis. Some of the best things that she can do to boost her immune system along with a paleo/keto diet are:

      Vit. D3 = get her level tested, pt's with active cancer are recommended to have there level around 70-80.
      Melatonin = even my oncologist said this was a winner and that studies say it's helpful for breast cancer pt's.
      IP6 = supplement to boost her NK (natural killer) cells in her body - read up on it, there are some good studies on it.

      The tumeric is a great addition since cancer cells are 'sticky' cells anyway.

      Hope this helps and I wish her well.
      Some people just need a sympathetic pat... On the head... With a hammer.

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      • #18
        Thanks, Aurora. I will pass that along.
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        • #19
          YOu know, your best thing is to support her, hear her out, etc, and don't criticize what she *is* doing. Remind her that she can take good care of herself and make good decisions. Advise only as far as she asks for it.

          My friend's secretary had breast cancer. She was on a hard core SAD diet. In addition to paying for her treatments (since he was her employer -- and he covered anything above what her insurance wouldn't, plus paid leave), he offered to send her to the various specialists that he knows of an believed in (traditional chinese medicine, nutritionists, etc), and so on.

          Instead, she switched from coke to diet coke, and did the full allopathic run without any major dietary or lifestyle changes. Thankfully, she's alive, albeit terribly unhealthy and often sick, becuase her immune system hasn't really recovered from the chemo. But, she's been cancer free for 4 years now, so that's something.

          Your friend is going through a lot of tough decisions. Best you can do is be positive for/with her.

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          • #20
            Thanks, Zoebird. Yes, I do know that and it has always been my approach.
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            • #21
              My best friend had Hodgkin Lymphoma 6 years ago, went through chemo and it was nasty. She was diagnosed with BC in Jan. Was told it was early stages and after further investigations it was in both breast. Double Mastectomy and reconstruction and now had 4 sessions of Chemo. I hope to God I never have to see anyone else go through Chemo. It is the most depressing treatment that anyone can face. I am doing my best to get her more primal than she was before but it is not easy!!

              Good luck with your friend and just do the best you can.

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              • #22
                I wish you were my housemate!
                I have a metastasis of a rare apocrine cancer. at 45 it appeared on my scalp and at 52 it had spread to three lymph nodes behind my ear.
                all have been excised and I am halfway through chemo and radiation. I am incredibly ill, coded three times this week alone and feel like hell.
                I started eating primal this sping, right around when I turned 53.
                I want to feel better, don't want to die.
                I know I have to eat properly for the rest of my life--hell I gained over 70 freaking lbs in the 90s on the american heart ass diet!
                I am ready to move somewhere food is whole and readily available for the rest of my life.
                btw, I am being treated at the dana farber cancer institute in boston. I made an apt with the alt and complimentary medicine folks and met with a doctor who told me to eat from the food pyramid and make sure I got enough grains.
                I thanked him and left, shaking in anger. and believe it or not, EVERYWHERE I turn around in this hospital there are big bowls of candy on every desk. the staff eats it all day long and very many are hugely overweight. the chairs in every room are oversized.
                it's scary as hell, let me tell you.
                I want out.

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                • #23
                  Sorry Suse. I wish you had my doc. She is quite receptive to alternative treatments. She's a osteopath and before that was a chiro.
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