April 27, 2009 at 4:03 am #28404violarobMember
Dear Maureen: Good to hear you are being proactive to help your mother-in-law feel better. There are so many supplements, herbs, vitamins and foods out there which can be of benefit to feel stronger and help the various therapies work better! My personal favorite is “Beating Cancer through Nutrition” by Patrick Quillan.
Wishing you all the best!
Violarob in TexasApril 27, 2009 at 2:14 am #28403daniellemargParticipant
It’s lovely to see your post but sorry that your mother in law is ill.
We are also looking at alternative therapies for my husband’s treatment. I never realized before his illness the huge role that nutrition and diet play in fighting cancer.
Green tea (the good stuff) is about 1/100th the cost and has proven by countless clinical studies to be beneficial to cancer patients/survivors. I am drinking it myself also:)
DanielleApril 26, 2009 at 10:34 pm #28402moeim2Participant
thank you for the welcome Lainy.
My research on Essiac indicates that it is better to buy the premixed ground herbs and brew it yourself, vs. buying premade from Health Stores. It’s very easy to do. I ordered each individual herb via internet and mixed and brewed it myself. Next time I’m going to buy the herbs already premixed. Much easier and still inexpensive. Costs about 10.00 per gallon vs. 13.00 to 20.00 for 10 oz. bottle. Ideal dosage is 18 ozs. per day.
Doesn’t taste too bad. nor too good, but apparently you can add Stevia to it which I’ll probably do, since my husband and I are going to start taking it as a preventative. He’s got Diabetes and it’s supposed to be good for that as well.
We take each day as it comes like everyone does. My husband is having a very tough time with this since his dad died 2 years ago and now this.
I’m really glad there is a site dedicated to this disease. I’m still trying to navigate around here which will take some time, but well worth it:)
maureenApril 26, 2009 at 8:33 pm #28401lainyParticipant
Hi Maureen and welcome to the best little club in the world that no one wishes to have to join. On the Essiac Tea, a friend of ours with Lymphoma has been going to a Natural Pathic doctor for 2 years now and she highly recommends the Essiac Tea. I believe it can be found in almost any natural foods store, like Whole Foods or here in Phoenix at Sprouts. Sorry to hear about your mother-in-law and you have come to the right place to ask or share. Please keep us posted.April 26, 2009 at 7:41 pm #28400marionsModerator
Hello Maureen and welcome. DonApril 26, 2009 at 7:28 pm #2254moeim2Participant
My name is Maureen. My mother-in-law was diagnosed one month ago with bile duct cancer. Surgery is not an option. It has spread to lymphs, stomach cavity, vena cava and liver. Like all of you, this took us totally by surprise and we are devastated.
They put exterior drains to drain the bile from her liver because the blockage would not allow a stent to be inserted in the duct. Now they have rerouted the bile to flow into her stomach and we hope the drains will no longer be necessary, but if not, then back come the bags.
She has started chemo this week. It is a palliative measure only. She is very weak and needed large doses of Oxycontin and Dilaudid to control the pain.
When she was diagnosed I immediately started researching complimentary natural remedies to keep her comfortable perhaps improve her prognosis. I found a book called “Cancer, step outside the box” by Ty Bollinger. The website is http://www.cancertruth.net and I highly recommend anyone dealing with this disease or any other cancer to read it.
We are trying two of the remedies listed which you can google. One is Essiac Tea and the other is Goji Juice. We started her with these two remedies 10 days ago and we are seeing an improvement in her comfort. She has reduced her pain medication, and can stay alert and awake up to six hours where before she slept every two hours or so.
Be careful where you buy the Goji Juice. Some companies charge 30.00 per 32 oz bottle which is ridiculous. I found a source that is about 18.00 a bottle. It needs to be 100% pure Goji not mixed with other juices.
You can make the Essiac Tea yourself and it is very inexpensive. Many sites sell it pre-made but the price is ridiculous as well. If anyone wants further information on these remedies google them or email me or if anyone is interested, I will post them here but only if requested and it is allowed.
I hope you will check into these two remedies, since they are easy to use and don’t interfere with traditional treatment. While she was draining into the bags, we noticed a large increase in the bile draining into the bags, including solids which were surprising. After researching Essiac further, one of the benefits was listed as increasing bile drainage and removing toxic solids from the body and that seems to be true.
I look forward to the support of everyone on this site and am interested in hearing about your experiences, successes and failures of this disease.
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