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Recommendations to assist Cancer treatment...

Most people these days know someone who has some form of cancer. The word itself is often frightening, let alone the condition. Below are recommendations that may help in the treatment of this debilitating condition.

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Dietary changes...

One of the first things that is vitally important is to eliminate any commercially prepared foods from the diet. This includes any junk food, sugar, tinned food, preservatives, meat, dehydrated or sprayed food. Nothing but the best will do!

Ideally you should only be consuming organic or spray & pesticide-free foods.

Ideally, 60 to 70% of the food you are eating should be raw & only 30 to 40% of it cooked. Apart from the vitamins & minerals you get from these, which will help with the cleansing & healing that is needed, they will assist in helping to "push" the food through the bowel.

Raw fruit and vegetables

A diet high in raw fruit & vegies feeds the body, unlike the usual diet, which often starves it of needed & valuable nutrients.

Because of the severity of your health complaint, your body will be putting all its energy into dealing with this, so you need to be providing it with all the nutrients it needs to do this job as effectively & easily as it can.

Raw fruit & vegies contain excellent amounts of valuable nutrients, including enzymes and phyto-nutrients and so they are some of the best foods to base your diet on.


If you need to have sugar to sweeten food, please use Manuka honey. This has fantastic antibiotic properties & contains many vitamins & minerals. Molasses is another good alternative, supplying much needed iron and trace minerals. You can purchase Stevia, a totally natural sugar substitute that is 200 - 300 times sweeter than sugar. Ideally you should be eating small, regular meals to reduce insulin levels.


If you are going to eat meat (very small quantities of high quality meat should be OK), ensure you choose organic meat, or even better, only consume fish as a primary protein source. West Lynn Organic Meats, 440 Richmond Road Grey Lynn, would be a good place to get this from as would Seaview Meats Milford.


Avoid yeast-containing products if possible, as these contain a polysaccharide, which activates growth.

Fresh juices

Freshly made juices are excellent. You would need a juice extractor to make these. 100mls of beetroot juice (cooked or raw) should be taken every day. Wheatgrass and various peelings of citrus contain limonene, which may inhibit cancer growth.

Ask for a chart listing the medicinal benefits of specific vegetables...

I have a chart that lists the medicinal benefits of specific vegetables. If you would like one, just ask. These can be mixed with fruit juice to make them more palatable. You could drink these at any time & as frequently as you want. Be aware that juice should be consumed as soon as possible after extraction, to ensure you get the full vitamin, mineral & medicinal value from this. Dilute if needed.


It is important to ensure that you have a high water intake. Most people do not drink enough water & unknowingly they are chronically dehydrating their body. This causes all body tissues & fluids to become thicker & more viscous. The mucous lining in the colon fails to provide the necessary lubrication for the effective movement of faeces, when people do not drink enough water. The kidneys can't function properly without enough water. When they don't work to capacity, some of their load is dumped onto the liver. One of the liver's primary functions is to neutralise & eliminate toxins. But if the liver has to do some of the kidney's work, it can't operate at full throttle.

How much water is enough?

On average, a person should drink 8 glasses of water every day. However, anyone who is overweight needs one additional glass of water for every 15 kg of extra weight. The amount you drink should also be increased if you exercise briskly or if the weather is hot & dry.

It is important to remember though, that if you eat a food toxic to the body, like junk food, you will place nutritional stress on the body. If you hurt yourself you will have physical stress or if you get angry you will have emotional stress. All of these things can create shock at a cell level & you will need extra water to replace the water loss from the blood stream.

I like to suggest that one of the first things you do in the morning is have a drink of water with a squeeze of lemon juice in it. This acts as a liver flush. As well as this, the water will go straight to the bowels & will help with the first elimination of the day.


Ideally you should avoid caffeine, found in products such as tea, coffee, some herb teas & all chocolate products. I do have an organically grown tea & naturally tannin & caffeine-free. The brand of this is Madura. They have many different varieties of tea including Premium, which is their regular tea, English Breakfast, Earl Grey, as well as a delicious tannin-free Green tea (a lot milder than regular Green tea).

Green tea

Green tea is an excellent tea to drink. Its medicinal properties have long been known.

Researchers at New Jersey Medical School are looking into the inhibitory effects of black & green tea against tumour cells. Previous research has shown that chemicals in tea, called polyphenols, block the action of some mutagens & can inhibit chemical-induced cancers.

The latest research, reported in Cancer Letters, shows that extracts of tea strongly inhibit the ability of tumour cells to synthesise DNA. DNA is an acid found in all living cells that caries the organism's hereditary information.

While research to date & much of the publicity has focused on green tea, this research showed that black tea was similar in its action to green tea. The tea extract inhibited DNA synthesis by leukemia cells & hepatoma or liver tumour cells.

Because of the excellent effects on cancer cells with green tea, you may be interested in taking a Green Tea extract supplement, which I have available. As well as this, I would encourage you to drink Green tea.

Blood purifiers and liver tonics

It is believed that it is vitally important that all people who have a serious health complaint should take a blood purifier & liver tonic. We stock many, such as:

Red Clover Combination
566 General Tonic
Super Thisilyn
Pau d'Arco

You would need to get specific instructions for each of these as to the dosage.

The importance of antioxidants in cancer...

As well as this, you need to take an antioxidant. There are many different formulations on the market. We stock many, such as:

Enzogenol ACE
Greenridge Multivital
Alpha Lipoic Acid
Grapeseed Extract
Green Tea extract
Complete Antioxidant
Resveratrol 250mg
Advanced Antioxidant

What are anti oxidants?

So what are antioxidants? Antioxidants are a group of vitamins, minerals & enzymes that help protect our body from the formation of free radicals. Free radicals are atoms or groups of atoms that can cause damage to our cells, impairing our immune system & leading to infections & various degenerative diseases, such as cancer.

There are 3 known free radicals & these may be formed by exposure to radiation & toxic chemicals, overexposure to the sun's rays, or through the action of various metabolic processes, such as the use of stored fat molecules for energy.

The way in which free radicals are normally kept in check is by the action of free radical scavengers that occur naturally in the body. These scavengers neutralise the free radicals. Certain enzymes serve this vital function & our body makes these as a matter of course.

In addition, the work of these scavenger enzymes can be supplemented by a diet rich in antioxidants, such as vitamins A,E & C, the minerals zinc, selenium & other nutrients. These antioxidants are also scavengers, gobbling up the free radical particles. If the diet is inadequate or lacking the appropriate antioxidants, or if the system is overwhelmed by free radicals, a disease condition can develop.

Much evidence suggests that the most important defence against these toxic chemicals (free radicals that initiate and contribute towards cancer) are the antioxidants and subsequent nutrient cofactors.

Generally it is recommended that a programme of nutrient supplementation with specific amounts of the singular vitamins A, C & E etc are taken into the body to help with cancer & other degenerative diseases.

There are many antioxidant formulas available, of varying prices. As well as this, individual antioxidant vitamins & minerals can be taken separately.

Common anti-Cancer nutrient agents...

Vitamin A

Reduces lung cancers due to inhalation of benzo-alpha-pyrene (common cigarette ingredient), enhances immune competence and modulates cell-to- cell interaction by controlling the synthesis of cell membrane 'beacons'.


Quench singlet oxygen radicals and substantially reduce the incidence of lung, liver and skin cancers. Lycopene is effective against prostate, breast and stomach cancers.

Vitamin C

Reduces abnormal rates of cell division in breast cancer and lung tissue. Potent antioxidant and stimulates the immune system to modify the rate of tumour growth and regression.

Vitamin E

This nutrient is the first line of defence for all fat-soluble substances in our body. Decreases the inflammatory cascades, immunostimulant, protects cell membranes from plant toxins and peroxides. Vitamin E levels are extremely low in smokers and heart patients.

Co Enzyme Q10

Reduces tumour growth, stimulates the immune system and improves cellular energetics. Appears to be effective against breast cancer.


Significantly inhibits the induction of skin, liver, colon and mammary tumours. Cofactor for antioxidant enzymes found in the body. Antioxidant against lipid hydroperoxides.


Plant-based antioxidants with strong anti-inflammatory actions. Reduces exposure to aflatoxin and other mutagens.

While antioxidant nutrients are highly invaluable, the role of oxygenation is also important. Oxygen is required for all immune defence mechanisms and it is not surprising to find that improvement of oxygen status in patients results in remission of certain cancers.

A combination of immunostimulants that increase oxygen is considered essential to patients undergoing chemotherapy, irradiation and surgery, all of which impair oxygenation of the tissues. 

Shark & bovine cartilage have anti cancer properties...

Recent research has highlighted the use of Shark Cartilage & Bovine Cartilage in the treatment of cancer.

Industrial Research Limited in Lower Hutt, Wellington state that in collaboration with the Wellington School of Medicine, they have been working towards demonstrating the biological activity of shark cartilage as a potential anti-cancer agent for the last 2-3 years. This has finally resulted in the publication of a scientific paper with results that show, by consuming shark cartilage, an inhibition of angiogenesis occurs.

This is the first convincing demonstration of the oral activity of shark cartilage to be published in the Quality Scientific Press. The journal in which it appears, Microvascular Research, is one of the leading scientific publications in the area of blood vessel growth & development.

The recommended daily dosage of shark cartilage is 1 gram per day, per kg of body weight. This can be split up into as many servings a day as you need to ingest this powder. The makers recommend that this powder is mixed with something very strong tasting, such as tinned boysenberries, to make it more palatable, as it is very foul smelling & tasting.

A recent study in Cuba found that when 1 gram per 1kg of body weight is taken in the body for 20 weeks, it provided almost 100% success on solid tumours. In another study, a lady who took shark cartilage at this dosage for 2 months was tested & her tumour showed no growth, a dead tumour & her white blood cell count had returned to normal.

You can also purchase Bovine Cartilage in a liquid form, which is far easier and a less expensive way to have this.

Learn to relax...

Another very important factor in treating cancer is on the emotional level. Learning to relax & not hold your feelings in is very important. Make sure you take time out for yourself, go for walks, get plenty of fresh air, discuss problems with the people involved, get a relaxation tape & listen to this. If you need someone to talk to, there are many excellent people available who are trained to help.

Yoga is an excellent form of relaxation that also involves stretching.

Immune support recommended for all cancer sufferers...


This is a product I like to recommend to all people affected with cancer. This formula contains the 3 herbs Astragalus, Reishi & Privet. It comes in both tablets and also liquid.


Astragalus is referred to as a bone marrow reserve herb & a deep defence builder in conditions of profound immune deficiencies. A weakened immune system results in persistent colds & flu, exhaustion, food allergies or depression, which leaves the body vulnerable to infection. Astragalus increases production of white blood cells & strengthens the body's immune response & vital force. It has an energy boosting action.

Formulas incorporating Astragalus are used in China, in conjunction with radiotherapy & chemotherapy in cancer patients. Chinese investigators have shown that these formulas strengthen the individual's immunity to fight the disease, as well as prevent bone marrow depressions & gastro-intestinal side effects associated with conventional therapy.

Reishi mushrooms

These have been shown to demonstrate anti-tumour & immunotoxic effects. They increase both DNA & RNA synthesis in the bone marrow & enhance natural killer cell activity. The Japanese government has officially listed Reishi as an adjunct herb for cancer.


Privet has been used by the Chinese to nourish the liver & kidney, but as well as this, research has shown that it has the effect of increasing white blood cell count in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.

This formula has been traditionally used for the following health complaints:
As a liver tonic in hepatitis
Chronic fatigue
Repetitive colds & flu
Debilitated immune function
Debilitation from chemotherapy
Ross River fever
Glandular fever
Post-infection recovery
Gastric discomfort
Bronchial cough
As a diuretic
Nervous debility

Herbs and Cancer...

Specific herbs can target specific body areas & these can help greatly in the recovery of cancer. It is important to seek professional advice, from a qualified herbalist, to determine the best ones for you.

These recommendations are very general, but should help to get you well on the road to recovery. Remember there IS hope and you can do a lot to help yourself. Even the CEO of the USA Cancer Society now states that "diet, lifestyle & exercise are all important factors in not only preventing cancer but also in the treatment of it".

Some information collected from H. Osiecki, The Physicians's Handbook of Clinical Nutrition.

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The Naturopathic Team
Ideal Health

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