A major ally in my quest to heal cancer naturally was Clinical Nutritionist / Master Herbalist John Smothers at Integrative Wellness & Research Center in Memphis, TN.
He was the first person to tell me I was doing the right thing by rejecting chemo and radically changing my diet and lifestyle. Words cannot explain how exciting that was for me…
Along with a strict anti-cancer diet he recommended a lot of different supplements to support healing in my body.
As you can imagine, the question about supplements comes up a lot.
“What did you you take, what brands, how much, how often?”
I’ve been hesitant to get into those details because some of the supplements I took were specific to my body’s needs and may not be beneficial for every person with cancer.
So recently I sat down with John and asked him to put together an updated cancer supplement protocol that I could share with you.
These are the key herbal and medical food supplements that he recommends for all his clients with cancer (including me), along with specific dietary changes.
Remember, a radical change of diet and lifestyle is foundational to healing. Supplements are “supplemental”. The right supplements can provide additional support to the healing functions in the body, but if you are not willing to make necessary changes to your diet and lifestyle, supplements won’t do you much good. In other words, if you keep eating processed food, drinking beer, smoking cigarettes and not moving your body, you are not likely to see much benefit from supplements. Taking supplements without a radical change of diet and lifestyle is like fighting a house fire with a squirt gun…
Ok I think I’ve made my point.
The following is a “general protocol” in the sense that these supplements were selected to address issues common to all cancer patients: liver detoxification, candida/fungal overgrowth, parasites, suppressed immune function, and nutritional deficiencies. However, each individual may have specific needs that may not be addressed in this protocol and may benefit from addtitional supplementation. (I took a lot more than just these.)
Also a few of the brand names and formulations have changed since I took them in 2004.
Bottom line: If I walked into his office with cancer today, these are what we would start with.
Many of these are nutraceutical grade supplements only available through healthcare practitioners and a few sources online. I have to be careful about making any specific claims about these products, so I used the manufacturers product descriptions and added a little clarification where necessary.
Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. The statements below regarding product benefits are not approved by the FDA and not intended to prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. This is intended for educational purposes only.
PHASE I SUPPLEMENTS
Metagenics UltraClear RENEW (Liver Detox)
This is a protein shake designed to support Phase I and Phase II liver detoxification.
Science-based metabolic detoxification programs are often recommended as a first approach to help clean out the environmental “junk” that may be affecting your health—or causing you pain. Some evidence suggests that certain heavy metals, such as the mercury in dental amalgam, may increase pain and fatigue in those who are already chemically sensitive.
UltraClear RENEW is formulated to help relieve pain and stiffness, and also provides research-based nutrients to support important detoxification activities, such as heavy metal metabolism.
Formulated by Dr. Reg McDaniel, this is an updated version of a similar product which John and I think may have been one of the most beneficial supplements for boosting my immune system. New Eden is a micronutrient immune support formula from Aloe Leaf, Larch tree, Rice Bran, Cysteine, Soy Lecithin, IP-6, Dioscorea, Omega-3, Citric Acid, Glucosamine, Cherry, Calcium Alumino Silicate.
This mixture of micronutrients returns to the modern diet vital nutrients once found in the family garden and orchard in a more agrarian society. This is a modern application of ancient nutritional traditions and knowledge of nature.
Genes are coded instructions that control cellular syntheses using elements and nutrient molecules to assemble bioactive structure/function compounds that conduct the biochemistry of life. Molecular structure determines the function of bioactive compounds and this requires a supply of specific nutrients to be present in the diet to properly make such substances. Such normal functions include host defense, repair, recovery, structural restitution and homeostasis, i.e. balance and regulation between all cells that support health and improve quality of life.
Available at www.wellnessquest.org
Biotics Research A.D.P. (Parasite killer)
A patented formulation, proven effective. Utilizing miro-emulsification and delayed release technologies, A.D.P.® delivers standardized oil of oregano throughout the digestive tract where it functions to positively impact intestinal organisms.
When modern researchers attempt to unlock nature’s herbal secrets, they frequently turn to the spices and herbs that have been used for centuries to add zest to a wide range of foods. Long before the advent of refrigeration it was recognized that herbs and culinary spices could slow food spoilage – natural antimicrobial principles were obviously at work. Food scientists have become increasingly interested in essential oils and aromatic plants. Attempts are being made to identify the active components of essential oils from spices, among them – the oil of oregano. So far, analysis has revealed several phenolic compounds including Carvacrol, Thymol, Eugenol, 1,8 cineole, as well as Rosmarinic acid and other antioxidants. Of these compounds Carvacrol and Thymol are believed to have the greatest biological activity. A.D.P.® has been proven effective against yeast and parasites (Patent # 5,955,086). Further research looking at the mechanism of action is indicating that the active components of oil of oregano adversely affect the ability of various microbial organisms to reproduce.
Biotics Research FC-Cidal (Inhibits Yeast and Fungal Growth)
Supplies a proprietary blend of herbs and herbal extracts to support healthy GI function. Developed in conjunction with Dr. Gary Lasneski, FC-Cidal™ is an herbal combination designed to support the elimination of fungal or yeast dysbiosis. French Tarragon contains a complex mixture of almost 50 different compounds which is known to inhibit the growth of several pathogenic bacteria and yeasts. Indian Tinaspora is a bitter herb that has been found to be inhibitory to both parasites and yeast. Other herbal extracts, including Horsetail, Olive leaf, Thyme, Stinging Nettle, and Pau D’Arco have all been shown to inhibit fungal, yeast, or bacterial growth, in addition to balancing inflammatory mechanisms and supporting immune function. Successfully addressing fungal and yeast overgrowth can be challenging, and a three-pronged approach is often necessary: supplementation targeting dysbiosis, an anti-fungal diet, and probiotics to help recolonize the bowel with beneficial flora.
Metagenics Ultra Flora (Probiotics)
Broad spectrum probiotic formula for intestinal health and immune support with a proprietary blend of 30 Billion live organisms. Beneficial bacteria in the gut are an important part of the immune system. Anti-biotics and chemical food additives can destroy these good bacteria.
Integrative Therapeutics Recanostat 400 (Antioxidant-Glutathione)
Stabilized Reduced Glutathione (GSH) – guards your cells from harmful toxins and helps fight off free-radical damage to your cells. Glutathioine blocks free-radical damage to all types of tissues and supports the body’s normal process of DNA repair. Also promotes cellular detoxification.
The highest potency pancreatic enzyme complex available. Bio-Zyme® is formulated to deliver 10 times more digestive power than the minimum specified by the United States Pharmacopeia. Bio-Zyme®’s combination of pancreatic and plant-based enzymes are most similar to your body’s own natural enzymes.
Metagenics Ultra Poten-C
Buffered Vitamin C powder for immune support
Sceintifically shown to promote natural killer (NK) cell acitivity and white blood cell (WBC) function. Shown to have 18-25% higher uptake in WBCs than plain vitamin C (ascorbic acid). Contains Ascorbates from Calcium, Magnesium, Niacin, Sodium and Potassium
1/4 tsp = 1,088 mg of Vitamin C
PHASE II SUPPLEMENTS
(Typically added after 30-60 days on the supplements above)
Dr. John’s Lymph Extract and Dr. John’s LY-CA Master Extract.
These are herbal formulas.
You can order them directly from John Smothers at Integrative Wellness & Research Center.
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