Post Radiation Therapy
Radiation therapy uses high-energy radiation to kill cancer cells by damaging their DNA. However, the treatment can damage normal cells as well as cancer cells, so the treatment must be carefully planned to minimize side effects. Radiation used for cancer treatment may come from a machine outside the body, or it may come from radioactive material placed in the body near tumor cells or injected into the bloodstream. A patient may receive radiation therapy before, during, or after surgery, depending on the type of cancer being treated; some patients receive radiation therapy alone, and some receive radiation therapy in combination with chemotherapy.
Radiation therapy can cause both early (acute) and late (chronic) side effects, which can occur months or even years after treatment ends. These side effects may include:
- Skin irritation
- Damage to the salivary glands or hair loss (when neck area is treated)
- Urinary problems (when lower abdomen is treated)
- Damage to the bowels, causing diarrhea and bleeding
- Memory loss.
- Infertility (inability to have a child).
Abscess can result from allergic infections, boils, nutritional deficiencies, poor diet, and/or poor immune response. If abscesses are chronic or recurrent, this may be a sign of food, environmental, or chemical allergies. Abscesses may be caused or worsened by decreased immune functioning. In most cases, an abscess should start to clear up in several days. A failure to clear up or bouts of reoccurrences may indicate serious problems with immune functioning and overall health and require professional care. Assess your lifestyle to reduce areas of stress or other problems that may be contributing to a decrease in general health and immune functioning. Also ensure that you get plenty of rest. If your abscess is recurrent, this may indicate an imbalance in your body and the need for a bowel cleanse and rejuvenation program.
Following radiation therapy, eat a balanced, organic diet, introducing calcium and magnesium supplements, as well as vitamin C – please see the diet and supplements sections of this document for more information.
The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here.
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
- Eliminate Candida: Click here to find out how
- Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
- Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.colloidsforlife.com Silver has long been recognised as a powerful natural antibiotic. Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water. It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.
- Go on a fast to clear your system of toxic waste www.wecarespa.com
- Try an Enerhealth Botanicals cleanse. Click here to discover more
- We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body. Read more about colonics by clicking here. Find a practitioner here.
- Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water.
Following radiation therapy, often your diet will have diminished, but a reasonable caloric intake is still required and is important for your body to heal.
Low-fiber foods – Nausea can be one side-effect of radiation treatment, so consuming low-fiber foods is a good option, as they’re better for digestion. Try white rice, noodles, mashed or baked potatoes, skinless chicken or turkey, or fish. Avoid whole-grain beads, beans, nuts, seeds, popcorn, cereal and raw veg.
High potassium foods – Nausea and diarrhea can both occur following radiation treatments; try potassium-rich foods like bananas, oranges and potatoes, along with drinks which are high in potassium (including peach and apricot nectars).
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 The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
Dr. Donald Abrams, chief of Hematology and Oncology at San Francisco General Hospital and director of Integrative Oncology Research at the University of California San Francisco’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, works with people living with and beyond cancer on a regular basis. Dr Donald Abrams believes in creating an environment in the body that is least conducive to cancer in the hopes of preventing cancer return, stating that nutrients are much better obtained from whole foods rather than vitamin and mineral supplements.
In addition to a healthy diet, Dr Donald Abrams recommends vitamin D, a calcium and magnesium supplement and vitamin C – a powerful antioxidant that may also help combat stress.
- 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.
- 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 disease. 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 or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitionershere.
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Ayurvedic preparations can act as an adjuvant or a co-therapy along with chemotherapy or radiotherapy. It is also helpful in post-surgery care; Ayurvedic medicines help to minimise the side effects of these therapies.
In a piece on http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com, Ayurvedic consultant at Apollo Hospitals, Dr B Ranganath says, “Ayurveda is used primarily for rejuvenation after radiation where healthy tissue is also damaged with the diseased tissue. It speeds up the healing process. Common items like turmeric, and gooseberries can arrest cancerous tendencies in the body. Please speak to a local Ayurvedic practitioner for tailored treatment options.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here.
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
As found on acupuncture.com, Chinese herbal medicine treats the use of most chemotherapeutic agents and radiation as “heat toxins” that damage the yin and qi. In Chinese cancer hospitals, the use of chemotherapy and radiation are often combined with the use of herbal medicine to protect the body/mind from damage as much as possible. Dosages of chemotherapeutic drugs also tends to be lower than in western countries. In my opinion, it makes clinical sense to use the least toxic dose possible of anti- cancer drugs, radiation or surgery given concurrently with herbal prescriptions to protect the body and zheng qi/correct qi from damage. This may help relieve discomfort and suffering to the patient, and also minimize the suppression of immune function. This is a realistic expectation, considering the more lengthy goal of using Chinese herbs, diet, qigong and acumoxatherapy more extensively in cancer therapy in the west. Presently, a practitioner of Chinese medicine may be asked to do the job of a “mop-up crew”, cleaning up the side-effects of excessive drug treatment. In filling this demand, however, we can do much good. At the same time, this effort should not compromise us in seeing the shortcomings of this type of therapy.
Chinese medicine, the optimum functioning of spleen/stomach qi is considered critical to life. According to the classics, when spleen/stomach qi is damaged or in decline, a patient’s life and health are in danger. Chemotherapy drugs often will damage the lining of the stomach and intestines, leading to symptoms of nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and a burning sensation. The toxins produced by cancer cells will often weaken the spleen/stomach qi as well. Chinese adjunctive cancer therapy includes supporting the spleen/stomach qi and its function of digestion and assimilation. Formulas such as shen ling bai zhu tang/ Ginseng, Poria and Atractylodes Decoction and liu jun zi tang/Six Gentlemen Decoction are ideal for this purpose, containing herbs to strengthen the spleen/stomach such as Ren Shen/Ginseng and Bai Zhu/Atractylodes, as well as herbs to clear phlegm and damp such as Ban Xia/Pinellia and Chen Pi/Citrus Peel. These formulas could be either supplemented or replaced by Yin tonics in cases of extreme heat and/or dryness of the Stomach, which would be aggravated by this formula if used alone. However, many types of cancer show accumulation of phlegm and damp, and Six Gentlemen Decoction will be efficacious in these cases.
Supplementing the yin is also very important for many patients receiving conventional cancer treatment. the fire and toxin created by both radiation and most chemotherapeutic drugs, wastes the yin, leading to dry mouth, thirst, mouth sores, constipation and scanty, dark urination. The pulse may be rapid and thready, the tongue red, dry and cracked. The shen may also be disturbed by the heat buildup in the chest. Aggressive treatment over time can often disturb the kidney and heart/shao yin aspect, leading to insomnia, restlessness, disorientation, sterility, lower back pain, and palpitation. Formulas such as liu wei di huang wan/Rehmannia Six Flavor Pill, tian wang bu xin dan/Celestial Emperor’s Heart Supplementing Pill, and zhi bai di huang wan/Anemerrhena, Phellodendron and Rehmannia Six Flavor Pill are very useful in these cases. When there are signs of lung and stomach yin vacuity, including stomach pain and burning, dry mouth, dry cough, dry skin, a peeled red tongue with scanty yellow coat, and a thin, thready, rapid pulse, sha shen mai dong yin/Glehnia and Ophiopogonis Cool Decoction is a choice formula. Finally, yi guan jian/Linking Decoction is very useful for liver and kidney yin vacuity with liver qi depression, a common pattern encountered with cancer patients.
It is important to support the zheng qi/correct qi to defend the body against the various forms of cancer, which can only thrive in a disordered body and mind. The weakening of zheng qi/correct qi by stress, environmental toxins, dietary and lifestyle indiscretions can take its toll, allowing cancer to proliferate, and even pass on a constitutional predisposition to the disease. The medicinal mushrooms are all very effective for strengthening and repairing body/mind intelligence and immune function. Both xiang gu/lentinus (shitake) and ling zhi/ganorderma (reishi) mushrooms have been shown to have strong anti-tumor effects in recent studies, and are powerful strengthening agents to the zheng qi . In the Shen Nung P’en Tsao/Divine Husbandman’s Materia Medica, ling zhi is considered to be a “superior” herb, with strong supplementing properties to all of the yin viscera. In recent Chinese studies, it was also shown to be valuable in reducing the damaging effects to blood and yin from chemotherapy. Cordyceps/dong chong xia cao is another medicinal fungi from the Chinese pharmacoepia used to aid in recovery from a severe illness, and especially strengthens immune function.
Huang qi/astragalus is one of Chinese medicine’s supreme qi supplementers, and has been shown to be the most effective herb to restore damaged immune systems. It is presently used routinely in oncology departments of Chinese hospitals. In a joint study between a Texas pharmaceutical company and a hospital in Beijing, it was found that astragalus was most effective when combined with nu zhen zi/ligustrum, another yin supplementing herb for the liver and kidney, which has been shown in modern studies to have a strong immune strengthening effect. Astragalus is a major component with ren shen/ginseng (also shown to have anti-tumor and immune- enhancement effects) in bu zhong yi qi tang/Supplement the Middle and Augment the Qi Decoction, a major yang and qi supplementing formula.
Many of the chemotherapy anti-cancer agents were discovered in the plant world. Today, massive searches and clinical trials are sponsored in the rain forests and wilderness regions around the world for new cancer cures. At the present time, clinical trials and research are being sponsored by pharmaceutical companies on Chinese herbs that have anti-cancer properties. Vincristine and vinblastine, taken from madadasgar periwinkle, were discovered by the Lilly drug company during clinical trials done on so-called “folk treatments” used in different cultures for cancer treatment. However, it may be that the vast herbal pharmacopia may be best utilized in the traditional method of polypharmacy, where many ingredients are combined to reduce and eliminate side effects while balancing all the systems of the body.
To conclude, Chinese herbal medicine is the therapy of choice in treating the side-effects of Western oncological treatments, and is proven in its effectiveness. However, we should not ignore the tremendous potential of Chinese medicine in the tre
Essential oils are known to help boost the immune system – perfect following radiation therapy when the body needs help healing.
Six essential oils that have the most effect on various types of cancer, for example, are sandalwood, Balsam Fir, Tsuga, Orange, Thyme and Hyssop. These oils can be taken orally in a gel capsule by combining around seven drops of the oil with a carrier oil; consult your local aromatherapist for more information.
For emotional healing – maintain positivity and health – suggested essential oil blends include peppermint, lavender, bergamot, rose or orange.
Use 4 drops of essential oil per 25ml of carrier oil.
To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here.
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Cadmium sulphuricum is one of the better known homeopathic remedies for chemotherapy and radiation side-effects because its ‘symptom picture’ covers extreme exhaustion, icy coldness, nausea and vomiting, anorexia, loss of hair, and weight loss – all common side-effects of patients receiving chemo or radiotherapy. All these symptoms can be treated by the one remedy rather than resorting to different remedies for different symptoms.
Due to the complex nature of health and the seriousness of the sickness you may experience as a result of radiation therapy, the best treatment may come from an experienced and knowledgeable homeopath. He or she will base your treatment on a variety of your personal symptoms and traits. It is targeted for you specifically.
According to livestrong.com, several natural herbs may be helpful for radiation patients, although further research evidence using contemporary scientific testing methods may be required to determine these herbs’ true effectiveness for this health purpose.
Phyllis A. Balch, a certified nutritional consultant, nutrition researcher and author of “Prescription for Nutritional Healing, says ” garlic, kelp and grape seed extract are among the most effective herbs for people undergoing radiation therapy.
These herbs may stimulate and protect your immune system, possess powerful antioxidant action and protect your body from the negative health effects of radiation.Garlic may be one of the most important natural herbs for people undergoing radiation therapy. Garlic, reports naturopathic physician and herbal medicine expert Sharol Tilgner, author of “Herbal Medicine From the Heart of the Earth,” is known for its ability to support your immune system function and is considered an immunomodulator, or a substance that enhances your body’s natural defense systems. Maintaining a healthy immune system is important to overcoming both the negative health effects of radiation therapy and cancer itself
Yoga – The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.
Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.
Qigong – Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body. See article section for more information about the art of qigong.
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healing www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters
Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf
Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/squeaky_clean.php
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
Healing the body meditation www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFh-Km4AXeE&feature=related
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Further Information (links and books)
Natural herbs for radiation patients www.livestrong.com/article/462569-natural-herbs-for-radiation-patients
Essential oil blend suggestions post radiation therapy ashleyturner.org/yoga/essential-oils-for-chemotherapy-radiation-and-emotional-healing
Acupuncture and radiation therapy http://www.acupuncture.com/herbs/chemothera.htm
Chinese herbs and radiation therapy http://npconeheart.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/using-chinese-herbs-to-manage-side.html
What is good to eat after radiation? http://www.livestrong.com/article/498695-what-is-good-to-eat-after-radiation/
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
Whole food supplement, Pure Synergy
www.thesynergycompany.com (800) 723-0277
E3 Live, Green Superfoods
Omega-3s, Cod Liver oil
www.drrons.com (877) 472-8701
St. John’s Wort
Sunlight Therapy, Solar Healing
EMF Chaos Elimination, Q-Link
www.toolsforwellness.com (800) 456-9887
Living Freedom, Emotional Release Work
www.totalintegrationinstitute.com (520) 615-9811
Callahan Technique, Thought Field Therapy
www.tftrx.com (760) 564-1008
Dianetics, Dianetics Technology
www.dianetics.com (800) 367-8788
Neuro Emotional Technique
www.netmindbody.com (800) 888-4638
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Andrea Butje | Aromahead firstname.lastname@example.org – aromatherapy
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David Spector-NSR/USA firstname.lastname@example.org – meditation, stress
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