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ANSWERS FROM CARLOS:
I am so glad I have found your site. For about a year
and a half I have not able to put one foot in front of
the other and I am a very active person normally. In the
early fall I started having headaches and nausea every
day and noticed my vision and concentration was
declining. I was about to make an appointment to see if
I could find out what the problem was.
Unfortunately I was diagnosed with breast cancer about
that time which of course took priority. I am one of the
lucky ones and my cancer was caught very early and I
believe it was rated a Stage 1. I chose to have both
breasts removed and it ended up that cancer was the
other side as well but did not show up in the mammogram.
The lymph nodes were biopsied on the one side before the
actual mastectomy but of course not on the other. It had
not spread to lymph nodes on that side but the other
side was not checked. I am not required to have chemo
but given Tamoxifen to put me in a post menopausal state
to block estrogen for five years.
My headaches, nausea and fatigue had gotten much worse.
Anytime I mentioned that I had the problem before I knew
about the cancer it fell on deaf ears and they kept
saying it was just from the surgery and constipation
from it. I was honestly giving up hope and started a
little searching the internet to find out about
Tamoxifen and see if I could possibly do anything to put
quality back in my life. I ended up finding out all
about the liver and the need for detoxification.
I have always had trouble with constipation all my life
and it was not unusual to go three weeks without a bowel
movement and to tell you the truth I thought that was
normal. I have never gone more than once a week my
entire life that I can remember and I am 52. The doctors
don’t believe me and I honestly can’t blame them. So
needless to say is it any wonder I have cancer. I
changed my eating habits two weeks ago and only eat
organic foods focusing on eating tons of raw fruit and
vegetables and drinking water. My cancer is estrogen fed
so the oncologist says I have no choice other than to
take the Tamoxifen which makes the constipation so much
worse no matter how healthy I eat. Is there any remedy
that would help to keep the estrogen fed cancer from
returning other than Tamoxifen as well as ideas on how
to get the liver going again? I am worried I have
damaged it beyond repair all these years. I am sorry
this is so long and my guess about the liver could be
wrong but I have to hope something will help me.
Anything at all you might suggest would be a blessing
because if I am lucky enough to make it to work I have
to take a shower the night before and still have a hard
time. On weekends I don’t even attempt to get out and
don’t have the energy to even do chores that are really
piling up. I have missed worked without pay so I did not
have the money to try this and that but would spend my
last dime on something you thought might help.
My motto has aways been: "Good health is not the absence
of illness, but the presence of balance and harmony".
You're a survivor of a devastating illness, and I will
do my utmost to help if I can.
Please be aware that our suggestions here at the site
because of space and time are generalized, and due to
your particular presenting problems I would encourage
you to allow us do an individualized evaluation, which
would determine the correct treatment plan, but more on
that later. Let's try and get you well.
It is extremely important to begin with a fresh canvas.
I suggest a 48 hour fast. Drinking only infusions of
Dandelion root tea. Your local herbal store should have
it. Boil the root, cover for 15 minutes. Sweeten honey
with a bit of honey.
If you can find the extract so much the better, just add
25 drops to an infusion of Green tea and drink 4-5xs day
during your fast. You need also to drink plenty of fresh
water during this time. If hunger overtakes you you may
eat Yogurt or crackers. Please continue to take your
medicine during your fast.
My next suggestion is to begin dealing with your
constipation wisely, and I could suggest several
remedies such as: Cascara Sagrada, Senna or Globe
Artichoke, but better and by far healthier is fresh
carrot juice. I would sincerely encourage you to buy a
juicer, they are cheap enough about $30, and 1 hour
before bedtime, juice 6 carrots and 1 stick of celery
(to off-set any acidity). Before juicing the carrots cut
the top and tip, scrape the carrots under cold water (we
don't want hot carrot juice) scrape just enough to get
the waxy film and any dirt off. You will see results in
the morning. You may do this during your fast and
Following your fast it is extremely important that you
eliminate from your diet: Heavy red meats, pork, white
sugar, all dairy and all fried foods. Avoid foods with
preservatives and processed foods. Moderate your intake
of coffee and alcohol.
Enhance your diet with fresh fish (salmon, mackerel),
honey, brown rice, nuts and grains, fresh garlic and
onion (these two will help fight off illnesses). Eat
lentils, and garbanzos often (these last two contain a
lot of fiber), and plenty of fresh raw or steamed
vegetables and fresh fruits.
Continue drinking the Dandelion infusions 2xs daily for
14 days and the carrot juice as needed. The suggestions
above will begin helping your liver as soon as you
As to the other end of your question regarding your
cancer. Drink Green tea 2xs day. Add to all your broths,
soups and stews a large Astragalus root. extract and
discard when the dish is done. In the alternative add 25
drops of the extract of Astragalus to your meal 2xs day.
Astragalus is tasteless and odorless.
Astragalus is by far the very best herb to supplement
the auto immune system. You may want to consult with
your physician on the energy issue about taking 1
sublingual vitamin B-12 daily. There are also several
Traditional Chinese Medicines Lisa, and a few other
exotic remedies that would more than likely be of help,
but we would need to do an evaluation for you to
determine the appropriateness, frequency and dosage. I
sincerely recommend one, if you are interested you may
email me directly at:
I’m a 53 year old otherwise healthy male except that I
was just diagnosed with prostate cancer 2 weeks ago.
T1a, early stage, no tumor but cancer cells found in 1
of 12 samples taken from a prostate biopsy containing
30% cancer cells in that one sample, Gleason score 3+3
or 6. I had no symptoms just a PSA ranging from 1.95 to
3.35 over 12 years and currently 2.5 but my Dad had
prostate cancer at 65, had radiation and is alive and
well at 76 today. So with Dad having the cancer and my
PSA at 2.5 the urologist has insisted for the last two
years that I get a rectal ultrasound with needle biopsy
of the prostate so I finally did. Although upon rectal
digital exam the prostate was fine and when the
ultrasound biopsy was being performed the prostate
looked fine and healthy and I was told not to worry you
seem to be fine, my results still came back to their
surprise that I had prostate cancer. Logically I would
think that only 1 sample of 12 and only 30% contained
would be insignificant and the fact that my PSA has been
around 2.5 for the last 12 years, maybe I have had it
for a while and it doesn’t seem to be growing, however
the urologist says cancer is cancer and the prostate
needs to come out and I shouldn’t wait more than 3
months to get it done!
Prior to diagnosis I ate a good diet of fruits and
vegetables, mostly organic, although not much exercise,
I am average and not overweight at 180 lbs., 6 ft. and I
sit in an office most of the day. However I have had a
sugar addiction and can’t stay away from sweets, cakes,
pies, chocolate, etc… Now with the prognosis I have
decided and have already started cold turkey to be the
best I can by completely eliminating all sugars, except
a few natural fruits like apples, pineapple, oranges,
blueberries and a few strawberries. I am juicing organic
raw vegetables from the local farmers market twice a
day, I have cut out all red meat, fried foods and junk
food eat outs. I am exercising 30 minutes a day, using
our far infrared sauna daily, getting a series of
colonics to detoxify and now going to an acupuncturist.
I am also taking many supplements and vitamins of course
after tons of research only what is good for me. My
question is this: the Chinese acupuncturist I am going
to is giving me herbals pills (tiny round black pills)
to take about 10 to 15 of them twice a day and doesn’t
seem to want to tell me what is in them as I have asked
twice now. I am a cautious person and like to research
everything and the side effect associated with
everything I take. The fact that I am cleansing my body
and taking lots of things I don’t want any negative
interaction or something that may make the cancer grow
faster. Can you tell me what I should be taking in the
form of herbs?
Also many thanks for being quite clear on your medical
An acupuncturist that will not give you the name of a
formula is no acupuncturist at all! Ask again and tell
him that you will not take them until you know what they
are, and if he won't tell you, you need to seek someone
Now then, having said that, I would suggest as I often
do in these and other cases that you eliminate all red
meats, pork, white sugar, all dairy and all fried foods.
all of these stagnate the system and will not allow it
to work properly. Moderate your caffeine intake.
I suggest a 48 hour detox, drinking only infusions of
Dandelion root. Sweeten only with a bit of honey. If
hunger overtakes you eat cracks (unsalted) or yogurt.
Start enhancing your diet with plenty of fresh fish,
salmon and mackerel are great for Omega-3 content, eatr
plenty of fresh garlic and onion (these will help your
immune), brown rice, plenty of grains and nuts. For
snacks eat pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds (good for
the prostrate). Continue to eat plenty of fresh fruits
and raw or steamed locally grown vegetables. Include
watermelon, mushrooms, spinach and tomatoes. these last
contain lycopene which has been shown to protect against
The spice turmeric has been shown to slow down cancer as
have the compounds in pomegranate juice, I suggest you
use both. If you must use salt in your foods use only
Kosher salt, it contains only 12% sodium versus 25% for
regular salt. Drink plenty of fresh water daily.
Include 50mg Zinc daily in your diet. It nourishes the
prostrate gland and it is vital for the immune system.
You do need some form of exercise, low-level regimen,
like Tai chi, Yoga or walking.
To an infusion of Green tea, add 15 drops extract of Saw
Palmetto and 10 drops extract of Stinging Nettle.
Sweeten only with a bit of honey and drink 3xs day.
These will help improve glandular function.
My doctors have me getting mammograms every 6 months to
"watch" my right breast as they say I'm a strong
candidate for getting DCIS. What can I do now to help
prevent this? Would Essiac help? My breasts have
always shown calcification as well.
The jury is still out on Essiac; what we do suggest is a
change in diet and lifestyle below. Our
suggestion is for you to begin supplementing the immune
by adding: To all your broths, soups and stews: a large
piece of Astragalus, a handful of Chinese angelica, a
small piece of white Chinese ginseng root and Black seed
oil extract or tincture. Extracts work better and
faster. (Black seed is related to the common Fennel and
is a great supplement for the immune system, but it
should be incorporated with other immune system
To restore hormonal balance we suggest that you take
Evening Primrose or Fish oil capsules because they
contain essential fatty acids which are essential to
you. Add to that 1,000mg Vit. C 3xs day.
To replenish decreased estrogen and progesterone levels
I suggest 30 drops of tincture of Agnus castus, in a
decoction of Chinese angelica and Peony root in equal
parts, each morning. Sweeten only with honey.
Supplement with a good multi-vitamin, multi-mineral
daily containing all 22 amino acids. Zinc is also a very
important mineral to maintain in your system take 50mg
tablet once daily.
I suggest and urge to consider first, eliminating from
your diet: Pork, white sugar, salt, red meats, eggs,
pasta, sodas, all dairy (except yogurt), caffeine,
cigarrettes, alcohol, fried and greasy foods, and all
foods containing additives or preservatives.
We sincerely recommend a diet that includes plenty of
fresh garlic and onions, citrus fruits, black currants,
tomatoes, broccoli, cabagge and potatoes, wheat germ,
nuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, seafood, brazil nuts,
lemons, grapefruit, cherries, red pepper and bananas.
Also enhance your diet with: Oily fish, sardines,
mackerel, shrimp, turkey, steamed green leafy
vegetables, fresh fruits, carrots, corn, apples, yogurt
and in particular eat plenty of oats.
Snack on black licorice sticks and/or pumpkin seeds. Eat
more fish containing high amounts of omega-3s, these
are: tuna, anchovies, cod, trout, mackerel, salmon,
pollock sardines, and also, clams, scallops, crab,
shrimp and mussels.
During the day, I recommend that you mix 20 drops of
tincture of Helonia with 30 drops of tincture of Black
cohosh in an infusion of Skullcap, you may add 20 drops
of tincture of St. John's Wort to this. Drink 2-3xs day.
Sweeten all the above with honey, not white sugar. You
may also combine with any of these a pinch of Dandelion
You may also find comfort in massaging essential oil of
Fennel or essential oil of German chamomile into the
abdomen to ward and fight off other symptoms of hormonal
You may add 15 drops of essential oil of Lavender to
your baths to relieve stress and depression. A low-level
exercise regimen will also be of help.
My son recently discovered a lump in his testicle and
subsequently had an orchiectomy then had to undergo
chemo . After the chemo he got the all clear but was
then told there "might" be some cancer invasion to the
lymph nodes in his abdomen and he was told to undergo a
procedure called an RPLND. Since this is a very
invasive surgery he has opted to take a wait and see
approach. He goes monthly for blood work to test tumor
markers and about every 10 weeks for ct scans of the
abdomen although they want him to do this more
frequently. He is currently eating a lot of kale, brown
rice etc. He is staying away from soy products as I
believe this cancer could have been a result of his
being a vegan since the age of about 14-22 and consuming
a lot of probably gmo soy. He is now 23 and drinking
essiac tea during the day to help his immune system. My
question is do you think the essiac would be helpful in
The jury even after all these years is still out on
Depending on the individual it may or may not be
appropriate. To really find out you may want us to do an
individualized evaluation from which we can prepare a
treatment plan just for him. So without any more info, I
would just be guess-timating. Suffice to say, that many
people have found some form of comfort in using Essaic.
Remember they said "might be". Continue with the testing
and blood work.
I would recommend that you son drink Green tea 3-4xs day
and add to these 25 drops of extract of Astragalus to
supplement the immune system. Sweeten only with a bit of
honey. Also drink plenty of fresh water daily.
I suggest he avoids white sugar, all dairy, pork,
alcohol, and eat red meats and eggs in moderation. Avoid
chip, colas and sodas. Drink coffee in moderation. He
should enhance his diet with plenty of fresh salmon and
mackerel, fresh garlic and onions, honey, brown organic
rice, yogurt, fresh local raw or steamed vegetables and
plenty of fresh fruits. Besides the Green tea, drink
Dandelion or Chamomile teas.
ANSWERS FROM LORYHL
My uncle is not feeling well from a few months ago. He
was admitted in hospital his weight is losing. The test
report after complete medical checkup is given below.
Doctor said that he has pancreatic cancer and there was
a tumor in his pancreas that was removed by surgery.
Please kindly inform us if he has the above disease and
what should he use in food and what prevention is there
for him. Secondly I searched for it over the internet
so I found that Thymoquinone extracted from Nigella
sativa seed oil is the best for this cancer but we
cannot have this herbal. We just have black seeds of
that. Can we extract it at home. If we can, then how
should we do? And how many times daily a patient will
take a dose of it?
There are very many things for you to do to help him. In
your country, they make a preparation of the pomegranite,
skin, seeds, and fruit, dried with other herbs, and they
take it, it is very good for cancer and the liver is
always involved. The black sesame seeds has the
reputation of being good for cancer. Use, 1-4 tspns
daily, or crush the seeds, and use 1/8 cup daily. You
would have to find a company, that could cold press it
for you, I know there are companies that do this in your
area of the world. We strongly suggest putting castor
oil packs on the abdomen, and doing fresh juices,
especially vegetable juices, and our herbs we suggest
for the healing and cleaning process, as in the
I was wondering if you have any recommendations of
herbal support for post chemo depression and the “chemo
brain.” I had a friend who fell into a deep depression
after chemo for breast cancer. She was also at the end
of menopause. I’ve heard this is a dangerous
combination but I don’t understand why. Being unable to
carry out tasks as she used to, created a lot of anxiety
on top of this. Are you aware of any herbs that can
help the blood flow through the brain in the usually
pattern that may help prevent “chemo brain?”
Here are some of the suggestions, that you can do, after
the chemo, and to help recover.
Below are some of the herbs and why they are so
beneficial. I also suggest you go to a Chinese
herbalist, and acupuncturist ( ask around at the local
health store, and find one who has the best results).
Also purchase from us, or from your local health store,
Floradix, this is all herbal and fruit for building the
blood, very important for women, especially after chemo,
this alone will help the brain functions. We also have
a blend, called Giver to My Liver, that is wonderful,
and contains, many of the herbs listed below, and has
proven clinically to help the liver, in a short time.
Bilberry fruit, for me has been one of the very best for
brain function for me, I notice a difference in a couple
of days, it is great for eyes too, is anti oxidant, and
anti aging, and helps free radical damage from the
Astragalus membranaceous is
also known as Huang Qi in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Recent research has highlighted the ability of this herb
to improve the functioning of the immune system and
protect against disease. Studies also suggest that
Astragalus helps prevent the spread of malignant cancer
cells to surrounding healthy tissue. Research conducted
by the University of Texas found that an extract of
Astragalus helped to restore immune functioning in
cancer patients with compromised immune systems . This
is particularly important after chemotherapy and
radiation treatment. Astragalus also helps to lower
blood sugar levels, accelerate wound healing, relieve
fatigue and lower blood pressure.
Silybum marianus (Milk Thistle):
This herb has been used since ancient times for treating
a wide variety of ailments, but particularly as a liver
tonic. Milk Thistle is widely prescribed for preventing
and treating liver disorders as well as protecting the
liver from damage caused by alcohol, viruses and
prescription drugs. Milk Thistle is a potent antioxidant
and laboratory studies indicate it may have useful
Taraxacum officinale (Dandelion)
contains bitter principles which have a beneficial
effect on the liver and digestive system. Dandelion is a
rich source of vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin
A, D, C, various B Vitamins, iron, lecithin, silicon,
potassium, magnesium, zinc and manganese. It enhances
liver and gall bladder functioning and promotes
efficient clearance of harmful toxins from the body.
Dandelion is also considered a very effective general
tonic and is known to detox and help the body recover
after serious trauma or illness.
My mother is fighting what once started as adrenal
cancer and is now in
her liver, (one kidney and adrenal gland removed through
surgery, March 2007). She has since tried to different
chemos, the last one was sutan,
last summer not sure what it was and has had radiation
seeds inserted in the liver tumors which I believed were
successful. Each of the chemos were not successful.
Currently she suffers from such edema for a
variety of reasons. I believe the edema condition has
added about 20 extra pounds of weight on her. She says
it is so uncomfortable, it hurts and she can no longer
fit in her old clothes.
With little background on my mother, is there any
possibility you could recommend some type of natural
herb that would relieve her edema. Also I if you have
ever had any success with treating cancers with herbs we
would be interested in these too.
My mom and dad live in Florida and I am
doing research for them. My mom was just 70 on 4/7. She
and Dad have been married for 52 years. My mother
normally a very young vibrant 70 is fighting a good
fight. Thank you for your time and any help you could
ANSWER: Thank you for inquiry.
How is your Mom?
Please read the download (cleansing/gall bladder
flush) on suggestions for cleanse and detox,
this is important for your Mom to do and
know about. In her case she could use a lot
of steamed veggies to start with, and some
raw foods, as her system allows.
Taking our formula, Tumour Time,
and doing the cleanse with Life Force Fiber
Food is essential.
Taking , 100 mg pure COQ10, with 1000, mg
Ester C, 8-10 times daily is also strongly
helpful in her condition. Proven to reduce
growth and size of tumours, and cancer
Aloe Vera juice, is a killer
tape for cancer cells, she should drink 1/3
c at least 3 times daily, she can sip it.
Soak her legs in pails of Epsom salts two
times per day, hot water, finish with cold.
Vigorous professional massage therapy,
acupuncture, are very important. Using
the Fomula , called Water Out, or Kidney
Care will also help the edema. Please
let me know if I can be of further help. All
the very best to you and your Mom.
QUESTION: My cousin has pancreatic cancer. We
still do not know the stage of his cancer, however, I
would like to know which herbs could be useful to help
ANSWER: Thank you for the inquiry,
please look at the extras as supporting a person
with this conditions will take, a full regimen.
Focusing on the Physical, Mental, Spiritual state.
Detoxing on all levels is necessary, ridding the
body of unnecessary baggage and toxin, as well as
the mind, and lifestyle.
Using fresh green beans, both raw and steamed, plus
using fresh raw ginger to season, as well as a food,
and beverage with maple syrup and lemon, or just
with honey and ginger to taste, is an important food
for the pancreas. Ginger, green beans and zucchini,
are exceptional for normalization of pancreatic
function. Easy on the sweets ( sugar makes cancer
We suggest using 100 mg, of PURE COQ10, with 1000mg
each time of Ester C, 10-12 times daily, this is
proven to scientifically halt the advancement of
tumour growth, and abnormal cellular production.
Start out at lower doses, then as his tummy can
Use lots of steamed and raw veggies, fresh fish. Raw
and lightly steamed vegie and fruit juices
Use laughter as much as possible, and have a good
time, feelings of love and care, are extremely
important if wanting some form of recovery, or
peaceful passing , if this is where, they are to go.
Hot springs, local grown produce, healthy and
Use our formula, Tumor Time, 1 tspn, 3 times daily.
ALso drink Essiac tea, as suggested on box.
Use castor oil packs, on feet and on abdomen, nitely,
5 days a week
Gall Bladder Flush #1
Olive oil, 20 ounces
Prune or grape juice (If you absolutely abhor either
of these, then use unfiltered apple juice. Even
pineapple juice is fine.)
Several fresh lemons, about 10 depending on their
size. You will want to have enough lemon juice on
hand as it helps you to manage the oil.
Herbal tea (Life
Force Invigorating teas are best suited for this.)
A good herbal laxative or an enema bag.
The very best way to flush the gallbladder is
to do a proper 7 day fruit fast first and then
proceed with two days of a juice fast during which
you take the oil. Therefore you would proceed as
Days 1 to 7:
Fruit of any kind, mainly raw but some cooked
should be fine such as apple sauce, as much you want
to eat. Keep to one kind of fruit each day. Some
fruit juice and herbal teas. Also eat nuts,
preferably soaked overnight. They are easier to
digest in a semi-sprouted state. Continue to take
the Life Force Fiber Food as recommended. It will
both cleanse your body and allay your hunger pangs.
If you find you simply can not stand the hunger, a
little yoghurt is fine once in a while. However the
Fiber Food should be adequate.
Days 8 and 9: Suggested time schedule
Beginning at 9:00 AM
Take 1 ounce of olive oil mixed with
prune, grape or other juice and some lemon juice.
Try using the blender.
Repeat the procedure every hour until
you have, over the day, consumed 8 to 10 ounces of
olive oil. Go to bed fairly early.
Repeat the regime the second day only
finishing with a laxative before bed if necessary
Days 10 to 14:
Go back to your fruit fast, continuing
with Fiber Food.
Days 15 to 20:
Ease back into regular foods with lots
of salads and vegetables.
Note: People that cannot tolerate olive oil can use
Safflower oil but it doesn’t cleanse as well as
Follow cleansing diet
ANSWERS FROM KAREN
QUESTION: I recently heard of "sheeps sorrow" as
a treatment used to fight cancer. Can you give me any
info on this herb, where it grows, what it looks like,
any suppliers, or documentation of it's benefits?
ANSWER: I think what you mean is Sheep's Sorrel and it
is an ingredient in Essiac often used as nutritional
support for cancer. Are you looking for something
specific? Have you been diagnosed, or do you have
symptoms that concern you?
I have cancer in the family. I was told it is a good
idea to top up on antioxidants. What are the best
antioxidants to take?
ANSWER: Lots of herbs have antioxidant
properties. But first you need to ensure you are eating
a healthy diet. It won't do much good to put quality
herbs in a system that is subject to junk food all day.
Stay away from all processed foods, white flour, white
sugar, artificial sweeteners and impure water. Include
lots of green leafy vegetables in your diet every day.
Bilberry, Gingko Biloba, green tea and rooibos are all
excellent antioxidants. Also Blueberries are full of
them, but make sure they are organic. Take a good
supplement every day. I like ACES from Carlton labs. It
is vitamins A, C, E and selenium. Also Zinc is very
good for you.
ANSWERS FROM DAVID
CANCER WHILE PREGNANT
QUESTION: My sister is three months pregnant
and just found out she has cervical
cancer. Her doctor told her that she's in the second
stage of the cancer,
but can't do anything until the baby is born. I did a
research project on
burdock root a couple of years ago, so I was planning on
making her a
tincture, maybe with red clover blossoms and reishi.
My boss recently told me about mgn-3, but didn't know
about taking it while
pregnant. Do you know anything about this?
Any suggestions of herbs and supplements that she can
take would be greatly
ANSWER: If she were not pregnant I would
try a poultice of Yarrow, Echinacea, Wild Indigo,
Goldenseal, Chickweed, Plantain and Calendula. The
herbs would be made into a paste then applied to a
old diaphragm and inserted against the cervix each night
for 5-7 days (remove in the morning) clean and then
apply fresh herb paste the next night for the week or
so; then off for several nights, then again for a week
then off then on and so on for a month of time total.
This has proven very effective in the past for
this condition, I would be concerned at this junction in
her pregnancy to try this method. Consult with her
Doctor after her first trimester and see if he/she would
consider this method. Burdock and Red Clover
blossoms help increase the body's ability to eliminate
things, my concern would be the body trying to flush the
good (the baby) and the bad (the cancer). The
medicinal mushroom reishi is a immune balancer bringing
the body's natural defenses back to normal. It
might be a good choice for her it is considered a food
based medicine. But, the body sees the developing
baby as a foreign object to the mother's body, the
mother's immune system is kept in check so the baby is
not attacked during pregnancy turning her immune system
up could also effect the baby. Blood test would
need to be done to check her immune system levels and
response to the therapy. There is not an easy
answer, I am sorry. I will think of her in my
prayers. I would be glad to help anyway I can.
QUESTION: I have recently completed 3 months of chemotherapy
after a malignancy and subsequent modified radical mastectomy.
The pathology showed the tumor to be estrogene receptive and I
am beginning a five year therapy with tomoxifen. The chemo
has triggered hot flashes and night sweats. I need to know if
Black Cohosh is a form of natural estrogen or phytoestrogen (I can not
take either), or if it is a safe way for me to deal with there
very uncomfortable side effects.
This is a download from the Natural Pharmacist Website www.tnp.com
Black cohosh seldom produces any side effects other
than occasional mild gastrointestinal distress. Studies in rats have
found no significant toxicity when black cohosh was given at 90 times
the therapeutic dosage for a period of 6 months.10 Since 6 months in a
rat corresponds to decades in a human, this study appears to make a
strong statement about the long-term safety of black cohosh.
Unlike estrogen, black cohosh does not stimulate breast-cancer cells
growing in a test tube.11,12,13 However, black cohosh has not yet been
subjected to large-scale studies similar to those conducted for
estrogen. For this reason, safety for those with previous breast
cancer is not known. Also, because of potential hormonal activity,
black cohosh is not recommended for adolescents or pregnant or nursing
women. Black cohosh has been found to slightly lower blood
pressure and blood sugar in certain animals.14,15 For this reason,
it's possible that the herb could interact with drugs for high blood
pressure or diabetes, but
there are no reports of any such problems. Safety in young
children or those with severe liver or kidney disease is not
I have found there site to err on the side of caution, sometimes with
general cautions... what I like about there site is their material is
My concern for you would be the drug of choice, Tamoxifen use has been
linked to uterine cancer saving you from possible recurrence of breast
cancer (not totally guaranteed) and threatening you with another
cancer. Tamoxifen has also been linked to high trigyceride
levels. But only you and your doctor can chose the correct
course of action against your disease.
I would sugget immune modulating, potentiating, building herbs such as
astragalus, medicinal mushrooms, echinacea, etc. and adatptogens to
deal with stress such as ginseng, licorice etc. Another great
formula for cancer is called Fu Zheng, it boosts the immune system,
has adaptogens and combats the side effects of cancer and its
treatments, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
End of Answer
This is a download from the National Cancer Institute...
Their Date reviewed: 03/05/2001
Questions and Answers About Tamoxifen
What is tamoxifen?
Tamoxifen (Nolvadex®) is a medication in pill form that interferes
with the activity of estrogen (a hormone). Tamoxifen has been used for
more than 20 years to treat patients with advanced breast cancer. It
is used as adjuvant, or additional, therapy following primary
treatment for early stage breast cancer. In women at high risk of
developing breast cancer, tamoxifen reduces the chance of developing
the disease. Tamoxifen continues to be studied for the prevention of
breast cancer. It is also being studied in the treatment of several
other types of cancer. It is important to note that tamoxifen is also
used to treat men with breast cancer.
How does tamoxifen work on breast cancer?
Estrogen promotes the growth of breast cancer cells. Tamoxifen works
against the effects of estrogen on these cells. It is often called an
"anti-estrogen." As a treatment for breast cancer, the drug
slows or stops the growth of cancer cells that are present in the
body. As adjuvant therapy, tamoxifen helps prevent the original breast
cancer from returning and also helps prevent the development of new
cancers in the other breast.
Are there other beneficial effects of tamoxifen?
While tamoxifen acts against the effects of estrogen in breast tissue,
it acts like estrogen in other tissue. This means that women who take
tamoxifen may derive many of the beneficial effects of menopausal
estrogen replacement therapy, such as lower blood cholesterol and
slower bone loss (osteoporosis).
Can tamoxifen prevent breast cancer?
Research has shown that when tamoxifen is used as adjuvant therapy for
early stage breast cancer, it reduces the risk of recurrence of the
original cancer and also reduces the risk of developing new cancers in
the other breast. Based on these findings, the National Cancer
Institute (NCI) funded a large research study to determine the
usefulness of tamoxifen in preventing breast cancer in women who have
an increased risk of developing the disease. This study, known as the
Breast Cancer Prevention Trial (BCPT), was conducted by the National
Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP), a component of the
NCI’s Clinical Trials Cooperative Group Program. This study
found a 49 percent reduction in diagnoses of invasive breast cancer
among women who took tamoxifen. Women who took tamoxifen also had 50
percent fewer diagnoses of noninvasive breast tumors, such as ductal
or lobular carcinoma in situ. However, there are risks associated with
tamoxifen. Some are even life threatening. The decision to take
tamoxifen is an individual one: The woman and her doctor must
carefully consider the benefits and risks of therapy.
Women with an increased risk of developing breast cancer have the
option to consider taking tamoxifen to reduce their chance of
developing this disease. They may also consider participating in the
Study of Tamoxifen and Raloxifene (see question 5).
At this time, there is no evidence that tamoxifen is beneficial for
women who do not have an increased risk of developing breast cancer.
What is the Study of Tamoxifen and Raloxifene (STAR), and how can a
woman learn more about it?
The Study of Tamoxifen and Raloxifene (STAR) is a clinical trial (a
research study conducted with people) designed to see whether the
osteoporosis drug raloxifene (Evista®) is more or less effective than
tamoxifen in reducing the chance of developing breast cancer in women
who are at an increased risk of developing the disease Raloxifene may
have breast cancer risk reduction properties similar to those found in
tamoxifen. This study will also examine whether raloxifene has
benefits over tamoxifen, such as fewer side effects.
The STAR trial, which began in June 1999, is being conducted by the
NSABP. It will involve about 22,000 postmenopausal women who are at
least 35 years old and are at increased risk for developing breast
Women can learn more about the STAR trial in several ways. They can
call NCI’s Cancer Information Service at
(1–800–422–6237). The number for deaf
and hard of hearing callers with TTY equipment is
1–800–332–8615. Information is also
available on NSABP’s Web site at http://www.nsabp.pitt.edu
or NCI’s cancerTrials™ Web site at http://cancertrials.nci.nih.gov
on the Internet.
What are some of the more common side effects of taking tamoxifen?
In general, the side effects of tamoxifen are similar to some of the
symptoms of menopause. The most common side effects are hot flashes
and vaginal discharge. Some women experience irregular menstrual
periods, headaches, fatigue, nausea and/or vomiting, vaginal dryness
or itching, irritation of the skin around the vagina, and skin rash.
As is the case with menopause, not all women who take tamoxifen have
these symptoms. Men who take tamoxifen may experience headaches,
nausea and/or vomiting, skin rash, impotence, or a decrease in sexual
Does tamoxifen cause uterine cancer?
The BCPT found that women taking tamoxifen had more than twice the
chance of developing uterine cancer compared with women who took a
placebo (an inactive substance that looks the same as, and is
administered in the same way as, tamoxifen). The risk of uterine
cancer in women taking tamoxifen was in the same range as (or less
than) the risk in postmenopausal women taking single-agent estrogen
replacement therapy. Additional studies are under way to define more
clearly the role of other risk factors for uterine cancer, such as
prior hormone use, in women receiving tamoxifen.
Most of the uterine cancers that have occurred during studies of women
taking tamoxifen have been found in the early stages, and treatment
was usually effective. However, tamoxifen was life threatening for
some breast cancer patients who developed uterine cancer while taking
Abnormal vaginal bleeding and lower abdominal (pelvic) pain are two
symptoms of uterine cancer. Women who are taking tamoxifen should talk
with their doctor about having regular pelvic examinations, and should
also be checked promptly if they have any abnormal vaginal bleeding
between scheduled exams.
Does tamoxifen cause blood clots or stroke?
Data from large treatment studies suggest that there is a small
increase in the number of blood clots in women taking tamoxifen,
particularly in women who are receiving anticancer drugs
(chemotherapy) along with tamoxifen. The total number of women who
have experienced this side effect is small. The risk of having a blood
clot due to tamoxifen is similar to the risk of a blood clot when
taking estrogen replacement therapy.
Women in the BCPT who took tamoxifen also had an increased chance of
developing blood clots and an increased chance of stroke.
Does tamoxifen cause eye problems?
As women age, they are more likely to develop cataracts (a clouding of
the lens inside the eye). Women taking tamoxifen appear to be at
increased risk for developing cataracts. Other eye problems, such as
corneal scarring or retinal changes, have been reported in a few
Does tamoxifen cause other types of cancer?
Although tamoxifen can cause liver cancer in particular strains of
rats, it is not known to cause liver cancer in humans. It is clear,
however, that tamoxifen can sometimes cause other liver toxicities in
patients, which can be severe or life threatening. Doctors may order
blood tests from time to time to check liver function.
One study suggested a possible increase in cancers of the digestive
tract among women receiving tamoxifen for breast cancer. Other trials,
including the BCPT, have not shown an association between tamoxifen
and these cancers.
Studies such as the BCPT show no increase in cancers other than
uterine cancer. This potential risk is being evaluated.
Should women taking tamoxifen avoid pregnancy?
Yes. Tamoxifen may make premenopausal women more fertile, but doctors
advise women on tamoxifen to avoid pregnancy because animal studies
have suggested that the use of tamoxifen in pregnancy can cause fetal
harm. Women who have questions about fertility, birth control, or
pregnancy should discuss their concerns with their doctor.
Does tamoxifen cause a woman to begin menopause?
Tamoxifen does not cause a woman to begin menopause, although it can
cause some symptoms that are similar to those that may occur during
menopause. In most premenopausal women taking tamoxifen, the ovaries
continue to act normally and produce estrogen in the same or slightly
Do the benefits of tamoxifen in treating breast cancer outweigh its
The benefits of tamoxifen as a treatment for breast cancer are firmly
established and far outweigh the potential risks. Patients who are
concerned about the risks and benefits of tamoxifen or any other
medications are encouraged to discuss these concerns with their
How long should a patient take tamoxifen for the treatment of breast
Patients with advanced breast cancer may take tamoxifen for varying
lengths of time, depending on their response to this treatment and
other factors. When used as adjuvant therapy for early stage breast
cancer, tamoxifen is generally prescribed for 5 years. However, the
ideal length of treatment with tamoxifen is not known.
Two studies have confirmed the benefit of taking adjuvant tamoxifen
daily for 5 years. These studies compared 5 years of treatment with
tamoxifen with 10 years of treatment. When taken for 5 years, the drug
reduces the risk of recurrence of the original breast cancer and also
reduces the risk of developing a second primary cancer in the other
breast. Taking tamoxifen for longer than 5 years is not more effective
than 5 years of therapy.
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QUESTION: Thank you for this resource. Would you by
any chance know of any mouthwash-sort of preparation which could be
used by people undergoing chemotherapy, when they ahve mouth ulcers,
to relieve the intense discomfort? My mother had some such
preparation when she was on chemo and she felt it really helped her a
lot, and now she has several friends who are undergoing chemo, who
have the same problem, but she doesn't remember how or where she got
what she had. Thanks for any assistance or guidance you can
ANSWER: From a great book on cancer, Herbal Medicine
Healing and Cancer, by Donnie Yance. He suggests the
30 ml Aloe Leaf Concentrate
30 ml Glycerin
15 ml Licorice extract
15 ml Propolis extract
10 ml Collinsonia extract
10 ml Echinacea extract
5 ml Chamomile extract
5 ml Thuja extract
5-10 drops of Clove essential oil.
Suggested dose is 60 drops of above mixture to 1-2 tablespoons of warm
saltwater rinse, it can be used every couple of hours. All the
above extracts are alcohol based.
A product we carry in our practice is called Tooth and Gum tonic, it
is a great herbal rinse.
A thick tea of plantain, licorice, slippery elm and calendula would be
soothing and tasty, make a tea of calendula flowers, licorice root and
plantain leaves, strain herbs out, let cool then add 1/2 - 1 teaspoon
of powdered Slippery Elm (if you cannot find Slippery Elm use powdered
Marsmallow root) to each 8 ounces of liquid. Then let the
mixture sit until slightly thickened. Slosh around mouth for a
couple of minutes then swallow.
QUESTION: Where can I find information on Drachasha,Chavana or
Prash.I am being
treated for stomach cancer,and have been solicited to buy these as a
legal substitute for Cannabis. I cannot find any material on these
ANSWER: I am not sure by what you me "legal substitute for
Cannabis". In the
Cannabaceae family there are only two members that I am aware of:
Hops, Latin Named Humulus lupulus
Marijuana, Latin Named Cannabis sativa
"Drachasha" I cannot find any information on this one.
Please provide me
more information to go on. Do you have the spelling correct?
provide manufacturer's name or ingredients list, latin names would be
"Chavana or Prash" is probably Chyavan Prash or Chyvanaprash
formula that is made from mostly Amla fruit, Latin Named: Emblic
(50% or more) plus many other herbs 20 to 30 which is usually made in
of Sucanat sugar, Herbal ghee and Honey. It is
traditionally given in India
for chronic conditions not sure how it relates to your question on
The term "Ayurveda" comes from the Sanskrit words "ayur"
(life) and "veda"
(knowledge). Ayurveda's 5 to 6,000-year-old healing techniques are
the classification of people into one of three predominant body types
Doshas and is reported to be one of the earliest forms of herbal
If you are being solicited by someone to buy these product, it is well
you to question this person, get all the information you can on the
and manufacturers. If you can provide more on the
Drachasha I would be
interested in knowing what it is and then may be able to voice an
D'ARCO FOR CANCER
QUESTION: I am to begin chemo for colon cancer very soon. I intend to take natural remedies also. I have read about Pau D Arco, and it's wonderful action re cancers.
Is there something else that is as effective, but less costly to use for
We have found great success with a TCM herbal combination called Fu Zheng for fighting the adverse actions and side effects associated with Chemotherapy or Radiation Therapy. See the question on Breast Cancer for details behind this formula.
For Cancer use medicinal mushrooms, they help bring a weakened immune system back to normal to fight the cancer.
Medicinal Mushroom are used as an amphoteric to the immune system. Amphoteric herbs normalize function, so if it is overreacting they calm, if it is underreacting they stimulate. This classification is not found in western medicine only in the herbal realm.
The medicinal mushrooms in use today are Chaga, Maitake, Shitake and Reishi (Gano derma). Additionally a non mushroom the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) herb Astragalus is also amphoteric to the immune system.
Astragulus, Yellow Leader, TCM named: Huang Qi, Latin Name: Astragulus membrananceus - immune amphoteric
Chaga, Birch conch, Latin Name: Inonotus obliguus - immune amphoteric
Maitake, Hen of the Wood's, Latin Name: Grifola frondulosa or Lentinula elodes
Reishi mushrooms TCM named: Lang Chih \Ling Ja\, Latin Name: Ganoderma lucidum(Red-best- on oaks), G. sinensis(black), G applinatum(huge artist conch), G. Tsugae(grows on hemlock tree), G. oreganensis
Licorice root, TCM named: Gan Cao, Latin Named: Glycorrhiza uralensis has been traditionally used as an immune amphoteric herb.
Finally alterative herbs have been used to treat Cancer, they help the body eliminate wastes via all the pathways available. The Hoxy or Essiac Formulas are some classic anticancer alterative based formulas.
You may want to increase elimination using Alterative herbs: barberry, oregan grape, red clover, cleavers, poke, alder, etc.
One final idea, an herb which is good for the bowels is Slippery Elm and will coat the lining of the bowels to help sooth the tissue. It is also nutritive. As a second choice Marshmallow will do the same.