Agreed, all the essential ingredients of life. And did you know that red wine contains anti-viral qualities?Gedunker said:I don't consider rice, hops, barley malt supplemental but rather the staff of life:-D
Actually, herbs can hurt you as they can be very powerful drugs. But, having said that, when my sister was in chemo (the first time) she did a bunch of research and took a LOT of supplements and it is one of the reasons she did so well. Most doctors are idiots on that topic: if you are ill, they tell you it is all your fault for not eating right, not exercising enough, and not taking your vitamins. If you want to pro-actively do something to support your healing process, they pat you on the head and say "whatever makes you feel (emotionally) better, honey" and act like only they have any power to really heal you and anything you do is utterly irrellevent. (Jerks. That isn't even logical.)RandomPlanner... said:My dad just got diagnosed with cancer, so I'm doing some research on what he should be taking that will naturally help (along with the strong chemo and radiation). The problem is the doctors are frowning big time and have told us NO NO NO, which doesn't make sense to me. I am under the impression that herbs cannot hurt you - you can't have too much in your system (to kill you).
Follow the $$ said:NO NO NO. I have a friend who just went through chemo treatments. She was specifically told not to take supplements as the chemo is designed to destroy your immune system and the cancer cells in it. The last thing you want to do is fight the chemo and keep it from doing its work.
The oncologist is a moron. Some foods have very powerful effects on the body. Acting like you shouldn't use supplements (made from herbs and sometimes things found in ordinary foods) and then saying "no dietary restrictions" isn't even logically consistent. Many serious medical conditions are treated very effectively through diet -- like diabetes, hypoglycemia, high blood pressure, gout, etc. -- and if the diet is really good, it minimizes the drugs people need for those conditions. A doctor who acts like what you eat doesn't matter is one I would look upon with enormous suspicion.RandomPlanner... said:which is exactly what the doctors have told us. of course, my (herbolist) cousin has disagreed with that and is doing research for us now on the 'truth' of the subject.
Interestingly, our oncologist has said there are basically no food restrictions, so he can eat whatever he wants. In order to be safe, I might look at what vitamins are in specific foods... (you can imagine there's a bunch of conflicting information - even in my head).
My new keys to a longer and healthier life.
Anyone else change their supplement intake lately?
I have taken the fish oil for years...I started because of joint aches (early arthritis)and this stuff really works. But I want to warn you about the fish oil you buy...make sure you are buying the good stuff. READ the ingredients. Go for pure... I found a difference in the good stuff vs. the generic Kmart type brand.
:-cDoes that make me a fish oil snob?!?:-c
Doesn't eating fish (especially fatty fish like salmon and tuna) alleviate the need to take fish oil? If so, I should be fine. Do you not like fish?
This Penguin doesn't eat nearly enough fish. His primary meat source is That Other Flightless Bird, Chicken.
I'm trying to remember to take my multivitamin, green tea extract, and glucosamine/chondroitin (for the creaky old joints). I'm not so good with the remembering, though. I need that other thing. For the memory. What's it called...? :-c