Natural Cures For Gist
Patients with early stage GIST often do not have any symptoms and the condition may be found as a result of tests for other medical conditions.
Most GISTs are diagnosed in later stages of the disease. The symptoms of advanced GIST can include any of the following symptoms
- Pain or discomfort in the tummy (abdomen)
- A feeling of fullness
- Being sick
- Blood in stools or vomit
- Feeling very tired
- A low red blood cell count (anaemia)
Most common in people between the ages of 50 and 70, the cause of the illness is unknown, but if you have the genetic condition neurofibromatosis (NF) your chance of developing a GIST increases.
It is not known what exactly causes most gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs), but in recent years, scientists have made great progress in learning how certain changes in DNA can cause normal cells to become cancerous.
DNA is the chemical in each of our cells that makes up our genes – the instructions for how our cells function. As our parents are the source of our DNA, we usually look a lot like them, but
DNA affects more than just how we look.
Some genes control when cells grow and divide into new cells. For instance, certain genes that help cells grow and divide are calledoncogenes, and others that slow down cell division or cause cells to die at the right time are called tumor suppressor genes.
Cancers can be caused by DNA changes that turn on oncogenes or turn off tumor suppressor genes.
A few families have gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) caused by a DNA mutation passed down from parent to child, but most DNA mutations related to GISTs are not inherited – such changes occur for no real reason, and are called sporadic or acquired.
The cancer cells of most patients with GIST have a change in an oncogene called c-kit. The c-kit gene is found in all cells of the body. This directs the cell to make a protein called KIT, which causes the cell to grow and divide.
In most cases, the c-kit gene is inactive – it is only active if there is a need for more interstitial cells of Cajal (ICCs). In most GISTs thec-kit gene is mutated and is always active, which goes some way to explain why the cancer forms.
The cells are always growing and dividing; some families that have many members with GISTs, and health practitioners have found inherited mutations of the c-kitgene.
The gene changes that lead to most GISTs are now understood, but it’s still not evident what might cause these changes. There are no known lifestyle-related or environmental causes of GIST; some might have causes that haven’t been found yet, but many of these changes may just be random events that sometimes happen inside cells that unfortunately may lead to cancer.
People suffering from stomach cancer will find that extra protein and calories may improve their symptoms, and drinking extra milk and eating more eggs and cheese are good ways to get this protein.
For added calories, try gravies and sauces on your food, although always check with your health practitioner to determine what nutritional diet suits you, or seek out a registered dietitian, especially if you are losing weight.
Stomach cancer patients also need extra iron, calcium and vitamin D from their diets. Sardines, cabbage, broccoli, milk, eggs, cheese and bread provide calcium. Vitamin D is found in margarine, butter, oily fish and eggs. The iron in red meat is more easily absorbed by the body than the iron found in fish, soy, egg yolk, leafy green vegetables and dried fruit.
Choosing whole grains such as whole wheat bread and whole grain pastas and rice is advised because of their high fiber content, fiber can actually make stomach cancer patients feel uncomfortably full. Beans and lentils as well as leafy greens and cabbage can have the same effect, and as a result it may be necessary to avoid eating too much of these foods at one time.
Instead, the patient should every hour or so to avoid upsetting the stomach, and combine one high-fiber food with other foods easy on the stomach, such as soft, bland foods, for a relatively low-fiber meal.
Stomach cancer patients often experience nausea, which is why eating bland foods such as crackers or dry toast can help avoid this problem.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef.
www.grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok?affld=104400 The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
Because of the evidence for an inverse association between gastric cancer and dietary intake of fruits and vegetables, especially those rich in antioxidants, there has been interest in dietary supplementation with antioxidants.
Dietary indices of micronutrient intake have been calculated and indicate possible protective effects of beta carotene, vitamin A, vitamin E, selenium, vitamin C or foods that contain these compounds. A chemoprevention trial in China reported a statistically significant reduction in the gastric cancer mortality rate after supplementation with beta carotene, vitamin E, and selenium. The population studied, however, may have been nutritionally deficient, raising questions of generalizability to other populations such as that of the United States. In addition, the experimental design did not permit assessment of the relative effects of beta carotene, vitamin E, and selenium.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here kevintrudeaudailylifesessentials.com/
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually dis-ease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here (link) or go towww.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
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Further Information (links and books)
Andrea Butje | Aromahead [email protected] – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt [email protected] – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA [email protected] – meditation, stress
Judith Hoad [email protected] – herbalist.
Kath May [email protected] – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges [email protected] – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika [email protected] – aromatherapy.
Rakesh [email protected] – Ayurvedic Practitioner.