January 23, 2017

The Truth about Immunotherapy

Clinical Trial Statistics

by Dr. Scott Saunders

I would like to share a few stories about cancer.  This is a very heartfelt topic to me for many reasons.  As a doctor, I have sat with many patients to tell them they have incurable cancer. “THE BIG C” they call it.  I have also treated many who were going through chemotherapy and radiation therapy.  I follow them through surgery. And I have to deal with all the repercussions because I’m their “primary care doctor.”  Oncologists, surgeons, and radiation oncologists treat, and then send the patients back to me.  This is hard work.  But it has hit me even closer to home.

Brain tumor Soon after the turn of the millennium, my best friend called me with a shock. He was diagnosed with cancer –  a brain tumor, lymphoma. I flew to his side that week, and we started researching the best ways to treat this. After finding some promising cancer treatments, I went with him to his oncology appointment at the brand-new Huntsman Cancer Institute. Mr. Huntsman had donated millions of dollars to build a state-of-the-art cancer center at the University of Utah medical school. This was supposed to be the best in the industry.

The oncologist was very nice. But when we asked for her opinion on the cancer treatments we had found, she had none. She was unaware of any of them. I asked her what she recommended. “MOPP therapy and radiation” she succinctly stated. I knew this didn’t work ten years before when I was in medical school… and it isn’t used today at all.

After five years of chemotherapy, radiation, remission, recurrence, and a bone marrow transplant, Eddy finally succumbed to the treatment. I still miss him. I have come to know, first hand, and on many different levels, what Dr. Allen Levin, MD meant when he said about cancer:

“The majority of the cancer patients in this country die because of chemotherapy, which does not cure breast, colon or lung cancer. This has been documented for over a decade and nevertheless doctors still utilize chemotherapy to fight these tumors.”[1]

Nothing has changed in the 25 years since then.  Physicians like me are told what to do. We don’t get to use our own judgment, especially in the case of cancer.  In fact, an oncologist who does not recommend the current fad in chemotherapy is ostracized.  For this reason, oncologists push very hard for their patients to get chemotherapy.  Over twenty years ago, Dr. Braverman explained the belief system of oncologists.

“Many oncologists recommend chemotherapy for almost any type of cancer, with a faith that is unshaken by the almost constant failures.”[2]

Nothing has changed since then. However, when it comes to treating themselves, the story is very different. A study from McGill University included a survey of lung cancer specialists. Of those, 64 of the 79 said they would not use a common chemotherapy, or several experimental cancer treatments, due to ineffectiveness and toxicity.[3]

Because of the research and knowledge available online, patients are starting to be as wise as oncologists and refusing chemotherapy.

Now there is a new fad: immune therapy.

Immunotherapy Statistics

In 2014 a press-release from the National Cancer Institute, a Federal Government Agency, made headlines:

“NIH study demonstrates that a new cancer immunotherapy method could be effective against a wide range of cancers.”[4]

But what did the study really show? The bottom-line is that the results are very similar to chemotherapy agents.

The current study that people are getting excited about is one that used two drugs for malignant melanoma. But first, the natural course of metastatic melanoma if left untreated looks like this:

Patients at stage M1c (unresectable metastatic melanoma) without treatment:[5]

  • The median overall survival: 5.1 months
  • 1 year survival: 22.3%

The study for these two immunotherapy drugs on 945 people with unresectable metastatic melanoma looked like this:[6]

  • Median progression-free survival was 11.5 months for patients taking both therapies.

At one year, the group looked like this:

  • 425 patients stopped taking the drugs because they had disease progression.
  • 194 patients stopped because the drugs were too toxic.
  • 285 patients died during the one year study (1-year survival: 69.8%).

Over half (55%) of the patients taking both drugs had serious adverse events.

About 1/3 (36%) of patients had to discontinue cancer treatment because of adverse events.

There were no drug related deaths reported for the combo cancer therapy group.

Bottom-line for the group selected for this study:

Median survival was more than twice as long as expected. Comparing overall survival to “progression-free” survival makes the immunotherapy look significantly better than doing nothing.

Those surviving at one year were significantly more than expected.

However, looking at the raw numbers we are left with the same issues as with other forms of chemotherapy.

  1. Toxicity – a lot of people dropped out.
  2. It’s not a cure, allowing maybe a few months of “survival” without considering quality of life.

The use of toxic treatments centers on statistics, which do not apply to any single individual. Instead of looking for the optimal treatment for each cancer patient, a percentage is given. The percentage number represents the odds of surviving the cancer, versus the odds of surviving the cancer treatment.

If you’re wondering what a doctor would do, then consider a friend of mine, Dr. Bob Young.

The Merciful End

Seven years ago, a local physical contacted me and asked me to help him in his office.   He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was using several natural treatments. But he needed help with his patients in the office.  I came in to help several days per week.

As he continued to decline, it seemed that he would be unable to return to his practice. So he asked if I would take over his patients, which I agreed to do.  When I went to his house to sign papers, we sat at the kitchen table. He turned and said to me, “Cancer has been the greatest gift for me.”  Of course, he had my full attention.

“These past two years since I have been diagnosed with cancer, I have been able to wrap-up my life. I have repaired a relationship with my daughter, I have taken care of my wife financially, I have finished all my business ventures, and now, finally, I’m signing the papers to take care of all the patients I have nurtured for over twenty years. I’m done.”

He died two weeks later.

The issue wasn’t about him. He wasn’t grasping at straws to try to gain a few more days of life, rather he was looking to those around him. He refused surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, yet he survived a lot longer than those who submit to these methods. He was using natural treatments to maintain his strength. He had dealt with death many times in his life, and knew the end comes for all. He felt fortunate that he didn’t die suddenly, but was able to tie up all the loose ends of his life before moving on. He was ready. This was a merciful end.

dr hamer cured himself of cancer 2A Whole New Medicine

However, consider another doctor who opted out of chemotherapy for a curable cancer, and founded a whole new system of treatment.

Twenty years ago, Dr. Ryke Geerd Hamer, a German doctor with his own practice in Rome, Italy, received a call in the middle of the night. His 17-year old son had been shot while on holiday in the Mediterranean. Three months later, his son Dirk died. Shortly after, Dr. Hamer, who had been healthy all his life but utterly devastated by this catastrophe, found he had testicular cancer. Rather suspicious about this coincidence, he set about doing research on the personal histories of cancer patients to see whether they had suffered some shock, distress or trauma before their illness.[7]

Dr. Hamer spent some time to deal with the shock of the loss of his son, and cured himself of testicular cancer.  Since that time, he has written many books and articles about the emotional and mental contributions to cancer, and how to overcome them to reverse the disease.  He has many clients who can attest to this.

The list of ways for dealing with a cancer diagnosis can go on and on.  We don’t know in advance what will happen to us. But we can respond well if we don’t act out of fear, looking instead for what is best for us.  Patients need to take responsibility, and not just give in to the latest fad, be it chemotherapy, or vitamin C.  We may seek healing, or not.  We may use chemotherapy, or not.  It is most important to look at the risks versus the benefits of any treatment.

I commonly find cancer patients doing everything out of fear of death.  I have had so many patients with cancer reading about everybody’s cancer cure, and doing all of them at the same time.  I have not seen this approach work.  Some need to feel like they are doing something; but the things they choose aren’t often effective.

3 supplements to treat and prevent cancerIndividualized Cancer Treatment

What if we seek for individual causes of cancer and treat each person independently?  What would that look like?

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Changing Our Paradigm about Cancer Treatment

How to Naturally Kill Cancer

by Rob Fischer

For at least 3000 years, bloodletting was practiced by the established medical community as a remedy for numerous ailments. In fact, bloodletting was not abandoned until the late 19th century.[1] Many attribute the untimely death of President George Washington to this practice after he developed a fever and respiratory problems.

Interestingly, about a hundred years before the practice of bloodletting ceased, there was much controversy among medical doctors about whether the practice was helpful or harmful to patients. Some physicians viewed the practice as “murderous,” while others sang its praises.[2]

How to kill cancerAlthough the history of cancer treatment through surgery, chemotherapy and radiation spans a much shorter timeframe, we are beginning to experience the same pattern of controversy over these highly invasive and toxic practices.

Scores of medical doctors are starting to question modern cancer treatments—and for good reason. Dr. Ben Johnson, MD, NMD, DO, recently made the startling announcement that the medical community itself estimates that by the year 2020, more than half of all cancers will be medically induced from drugs or radiation treatment. He went on to say, “Our medical establishment itself will soon become the leading cause of cancer in America.”[3]

In 1994, when retired Air Force Colonel Bill Henderson’s wife died after a four-year bout with ovarian cancer, Bill became convinced that her death was actually caused by her numerous operations and chemotherapy treatments rather than by the cancer itself. After her death, Bill set out on a quest to discover what he could about these conventional cancer treatments and whether there were any alternative, more natural treatments that have showed success.[4]

While some may no doubt take offense at his brashness, Bill doesn’t pull any punches when he refers to current accepted cancer treatments as: “cut, burn and poison.”[5] These terms, of course, are a reference to surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.

In truth, these forms of cancer treatment are so widely accepted today that many find it preposterous to even question them. However, if we stand back and consider what we know, especially about radiation and chemotherapy, these treatments are highly toxic to the body. In fact, “the very drugs used to fight cancer are cancer-causing chemicals!”[6]

Tamoxifen, the most common chemotherapy drug administered to women with breast cancer is classified as a carcinogen by both the American Cancer Society and the World Health Organization. According to the American Cancer Society, chemotherapy was discovered originally by the US Army while experimenting with mustard gas.[7]

According to Dr. Ray Strand, MD, “Oxidative stress is the underlying cause of almost all chronic diseases,” including cancer.[8] Both radiation and toxic chemotherapy drugs are known to cause oxidative stress in the body.[9]

Do these toxic chemicals kill cancer cells? Yes, but they also indiscriminately kill healthy cells as well and make a patient vulnerable to life-threatening infections.

If these cancer treatments are so toxic, why does the medical community still prescribe their use? In one word, the answer to that question is MONEY. Cancer treatments constitute a multi-billion dollar industry and doctors are taught to prescribe drugs “to control symptoms, not address causes and actually prevent disease. Less than one percent of healthcare dollars are spent on what might be called preventative medicine.”[10] Given their biased training, they see no other alternatives.[11]

How to Kill Cancer

In spite of the current dominant practice of prescribing drugs for cancer, there are certain principles around cancer treatment that are universally accepted.[12] These principles include:

universally accepted cancer treatmentStrengthen the immune system.

Everyone has cancer cells in their bodies. But with a healthy immune system our bodies fight off the cancer and we aren’t even aware of the battle that’s being fought.

When cancer goes rampant and gains the upper hand, it’s because the immune system has been compromised. Click to Tweet.

Increase the oxygenation of the blood.

Cancer cells are anaerobic requiring sugar instead of oxygen to thrive. Oxygen is the secret weapon against cancer cells. Oxygen kills cancer cells while it renders healthy cells more vibrant.[13]

Detoxify the body.

We take in toxins all the time through what we eat, drink, breathe, and through our skin. Many of these toxins are carcinogens, but all of them compromise the immune system.

How well do radiation and chemotherapy promote these three universal principles? In particular, both radiation and chemotherapy are highly toxic to the human body. They tear down the immune system and blast the body with toxins.

According to their own literature, after five years of chemotherapy, only 2.1 percent of cancer patients will survive.[14] Again, chemotherapy destroys the immune system, destroying the body’s NK (natural killer) cells needed to kill the cancer, and chemo destroys one’s quality of life.

If there’s any doubt about the toxic nature of chemotherapy, why is it that it makes people so sick? Why do women on Tamoxifen lose their hair? These are results of a toxin being introduced to the body. If these substances were good for us they would bolster our immune system rather than destroy it.

How to Fight Cancer and Win

If the above principles are true, then there are some simple, natural ways that you and I can help prevent cancer and beat it if we already have it. So how do we strengthen our immune system, oxygenate our blood, and detoxify our bodies?

1. Follow a healthy eating plan.

“Dr. Strand explains that every chronic disease is the result of bad nutrition on the cellular level.”[15] To the extent possible, eliminate sugar, processed foods, and fast food from your diet. Eat smaller portions and make sure you’re getting plenty of raw, fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds.

Eat organically grown foods to avoid pesticides, chemicals and hormones that are often introduced into commercially grown foods.

2. Exercise regularly.

Exercise is vital to a healthy immune system. You don’t have to go “gung-ho” or even join a gym, unless that’s what will help you be consistent. Simply walking briskly 45 minutes a day can help you lose weight, get your blood flowing and boost your immune system.

Regular exercise is also one of the best ways to oxygenate your blood. When you go out for a brisk walk, you’re breathing more deeply, your heart is pumping faster, your capillaries are opening up and oxygen is being transported throughout your body. Exercise also does its part helping detoxify the body through sweat, stimulation of the lymphatic system and elimination. In addition, exercise lowers insulin levels, which creates a low sugar environment that discourages the growth and spread of cancer cells.

3. Detoxify your body.

Fasting is an excellent way to detoxify. A one-, two- or three-day fast from food occasionally can work wonders for removing toxins from your system. Also, check out our articles on Detoxing and the Lymph system for more ideas on how to detoxify your body. Another way to detox is simply by eating right—avoiding sugar and processed foods and eating organic foods.

4. Supplement with vitamins.

Don’t turn to your doctor for help here. Dr. Ray D. Strand, MD, warns, “less than six percent of graduating physicians have received any formal training in nutrition.”[16] Seek out a naturopath or nutritionist for quality supplements recommendations and to find out how you should supplement. But generally, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and nutrients are what we need.

5. Reduce stress and unhealthy emotions.

Bill Henderson has spoken with thousands of cancer patients. As a result, he is convinced that well over half of cancer cases can be linked to some significant stress or emotional event in that person’s life.[17]

Stress hormones norepinephrine and epinephrine are released into the bloodstream during times of emotional stress. These hormones have been shown to “contribute to the development of cancer and reduce the effectiveness of treatments.”[18]
In particular, one of the most stressful things we experience is tension and disharmony in relationships. If you want a healthy body, do all you can to cultivate healthy relationships with those around you.

Alternative Cancer Treatment Clinics

If you already have cancer, you may want to find an alternative cancer treatment facility in addition to following the guidelines above. These facilities offer bona fide medical oversight using more natural approaches to treating cancer. The doctors and other medical professionals at these clinics have changed their paradigm about cancer treatment.

In 2007, a friend of mine was diagnosed with stage four squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. He endured six painful surgeries in which they removed parts of his tongue, neck and other tissue. Then the doctors prescribed radiation and chemotherapy. They warned my friend that the treatments would disfigure him, make him sick, severely diminish his quality of life and ultimately only buy him a few more years—maybe.

He chose not to proceed with radiation and chemotherapy. Instead, he visited the Gerson Institute in California. After spending just a few weeks at their facility and following their protocol he came away cancer-free and has been since. And by the way, their cancer treatment made him feel better, quickly improving his quality of life.

I know another man who was diagnosed with stage four melanoma in the mid 90s. He declined the conventional medical treatments and went to the International Bio Care Hospital & Wellness Center in Tijuana, Mexico. There, under the care of medical doctors who follow the principles cited above, he came away cancer-free.

When cancer strikes you or a loved one, naturally you become desperate for a cure. It’s easy to fall back on what everybody else is doing: surgery, radiation and chemo. I hope this article has challenged your paradigm of cancer therapy. We encourage you to research other more natural, healthy approaches to preventing and curing cancer than “cut, burn and poison.”

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Rob_FischerRob Fischer has been writing professionally for over 35 years. His experience includes writing curricula, study guides, articles, blogs, newsletters, manuals, workbooks, training courses, workshops, and books. Rob has written for numerous churches, for Burlington Northern Railroad, Kaiser Aluminum, and Barton Publishing. He has also trained managers in effective business writing. Rob holds two Master’s degrees, both focused heavily on writing. Rob has published eleven books and serves as an editor and ghostwriter for other authors.



[1] Gerry Greenstone, MD, “The History of Bloodletting,” BC Medical Journal, January-February 2010, http://bcmj.org/premise/history-bloodletting.
[2] Gerry Greenstone, MD.
[3] Ty Bollinger, “The Truth About Cancer—A Global Quest,” https://go2.thetruthaboutcancer.com/global-quest/episode-1/.
[4] Bill Henderson, “How to Cure Almost Any Cancer at Home for $5.15 a Day,” Online Publishing & Marketing, LLC, 2012, p. ii.
[5] Bill Henderson, p. 1.
[6] Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki, PhD, in “The Truth About Cancer—A Global Quest,” episode 1.
[7] American Cancer Society, “Evolution of Cancer Treatments,” June 12, 2014, http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancerbasics/thehistoryofcancer/the-history-of-cancer-cancer-treatment-chemo.
[8] Jed Stuber, review of the book: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know about Nutritional Medicine May Be Killing You by Ray D. Strand, MD. Samaritan Ministries Christian Health Care Newsletter, December 2015, p. 7.
[9] Andrew Weil, MD, “Stumped by Oxidative Stress?” Q &A Library, March 17, 2009, http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA400537/Stumped-by-Oxidative-Stress.html.
[10] Jed Stuber.
[11] Jed Stuber.
[12] Bill Henderson, p. 3.
[13] Bill Henderson, p. 3.
[14] Ty Bollinger.
[15] Jed Stuber.
[16] Jed Stuber.
[17] Bill Henderson, p. 3.
[18] Dr. Joseph Mercola, “Stress Linked to Cancer,” February 4, 2010, http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/02/04/stress-linked-to-cancer.aspx.

Choosing Cancer Treatment: Natural or Conventional?

by Amanda Box, N.D.

There are three words that no one ever wants to hear in their lifetime: “You Have Cancer…”

It is, in fact, a death sentence for millions across the globe each year. This unapologetic disease invades a person’s body, often times with no manifestations or symptoms.  It can silently spread far beyond the ability of medical intervention to come to the rescue. Thousand are left with no hope, no options, and no future other than an impending death.  No wonder those three words are so frightening to hear!

Though the medical field has advanced and made headway in cancer treatments, it typically uses the same mode of action.  It becomes a “War on Cancer” as most treatments are aimed at seeking out and destroying cancer cells. This is a war well fought and it deserves credit for the many lives that it has saved.

However, the flip side is that these treatments often cause many casualties, as well.  Many cancer treatments carry the warning that they may cause other forms cancer and can only delay death instead facilitating healingCancer causing cancer treatment? Sounds a bit like a tongue twisting oxymoron; yet, it’s true.

Chemotherapy drugs and radiation can mutate healthy cells into cancer cells. And because these treatments also suppress the immune system, these cancer cells have a better chance of multiplying and, therefore, establishing another area of cancer in the body.

Choosing a Cancer Treatment

Even with all the advances in medicine, it is strange to note that most chemotherapy drugs used today are the same toxic blend of chemicals that have been used since the 1970s.  Yes, chemo kills cancer cells and this is why it is a chosen mode of treatment.  The same is true of radiation. Radiation and chemo battle against cancer cells, but many healthy cells are also destroyed in the process.

Is this really the best route?  Wouldn’t naturally supporting the body’s own immune system to fight cancer without destroying otherwise perfectly healthy cells be a better idea?  Most oncologists will disagree with me, and I’m certainly not here to convince people to go against their doctor’s recommendations or argue statistics. There are parents who have gotten their children taken away from them because they didn’t follow their doctor’s recommendation for cancer treatment and sought alternatives instead. I personally find this ludicrous! It only solidifies my belief that the pharmaceutical industry has its hands in the government’s pockets!  Either way, cancer treatment remains extremely controversial and often times very dangerous territory.

natural supplements to boost immunity during cancer treatmentMy belief is that information is power and we should be given the opportunity to choose our mode of treatment, if mainstream cancer treatment, alternative, or both.  I am not here to judge one’s choice and I have often asked myself what I would do if one of my children or I were diagnosed with cancer. It is a decision that should never be taken lightly. Although I am not 100% sure what my decision would be if given the dire circumstances of cancer, I know I would never turn my back on the wonderful natural remedies and treatments I have come to know throughout the years. The wonderful thing about natural remedies is that even if one chooses a more mainstream approach such as chemotherapy or radiation, many natural approaches can also be adhered to alongside or following these treatments to provide the body with support and proper nourishment.

Boosting Immunity During Cancer Treatment

Many who are diagnosed with cancer are unaware of natural treatments that can either complement their existing regime or help to lessen the many side-effects of most conventional cancer treatments. However, it is also important to note that many natural supplements cannot be combined with conventional treatment because they can work against each other. For example, cleansing and detoxing can be dangerous and even possibly life threatening during chemotherapy treatment.  However, detoxing after chemotherapy is complete can be helpful in eliminating the excess damaging toxins that chemo can leave in the body.

Using natural methods to boost the immune system during conventional cancer treatments can also be extremely beneficial. Although treatments like chemotherapy and radiation can shrink tumors and kill cancer cells, they don’t facilitate the healing that needs to occur in your body even after the cancer is killed. This is why natural supplements can be so helpful; they facilitate the body’s own healing and restoration process!

If you or someone you know is undergoing cancer treatment, please take note.  Secondary infections during cancer treatments are very common and can be life threatening. Keeping the immune system as strong as possible during cancer treatments can help prevent secondary infections, prevent cancer recurrence, and encourage your body to heal from the damage of both the cancer and the side-effects of treatments.  

We all have cancer cells in our bodies, yet we most of us don’t get full-blown cancer because our immune system destroys these cells before they get a chance to multiple and grow.  This is why keeping our immune system strong and healthy is so vitally important, especially when undergoing treatments like radiation and chemotherapy that are known for creating cancer cells as a side-effect.

There are a lot of natural supplements that boost the immune system.  However, not all of them combine well with conventional cancer treatment.  Below are some of the best and also safest supplements to take while undergoing cancer treatments to boost the immune system and promote overall health.[am4show guest_error=’noaccess’]

Vitamin D

Adequate vitamin D in the blood is crucial for strong, healthy immune system.  Without enough vitamin D, our killer cells cannot do their job!  Unfortunately, most people are vitamin D deficient because we have been taught to shun the sun, even though it gives away an endless supply of vitamin D. However, 20 minutes a day of sun exposure is healthy and is a fantastic way to build your vitamin D levels!  Supplementation is extremely helpful, as well. I recommend 35 IU per lb of body weight. Monitor your levels via blood work and shoot for levels between 70-100 ng/ml for cancer treatment.  There are mounds of studies that support the evidence that vitamin D can prevent and help fight cancer.

Vitamin C

vitamin c and chemotherapy together_3Intravenous vitamin C is a method of interest in mainstream cancer treatment.  This is because studies performed by the University of Kansas showed that intravenous vitamin C combined with chemotherapy did three important things:

  • Increased the effectiveness of killing cancer cells by chemotherapy.
  • Protected healthy cells from damage from chemotherapy drugs.
  • Lowered the side-effects and toxicity of chemotherapy drugs.

This is fantastic news for those looking for a way not to only prevent the side-effects from their mainstream cancer treatment, but to enhance its effectiveness!  I recommend inquiring with your doctor about administering vitamin C alongside your chemotherapy.

Intravenous vitamin C shows much greater results than supplementation in pill form.  However, if you do take a pill form I recommend taking the fat soluble form of vitamin C called Ascorbyl Palmitate.  Because it is fat soluble rather than water-soluble, it stays in the body much longer.


Many different mushrooms have some pretty incredible anticancer and immune boosting properties.  Eastern medicine has used these mushrooms for thousands of years for treatment of cancer and many other ailments. Maitake, Shiitake, Reishi, and Turkey Tail are the most commonly used mushrooms for cancer and immunity.

Though you can eat these mushrooms, they can be difficult to find.  I recommend using them in supplement form as they concentrate the medicinal aspects of these mushrooms into a pill making them more effective. RM-10 from Garden of Life and Host Defense’s Comprehensive Immune Support are both fantastic mushroom blends for cancer treatment and prevention.


Curcumin is the main active component of the spice turmeric.  It is a powerful antioxidant and has shown positive results in lab experiments in its ability to both kill cancer cells and prevent them from growing.

Antioxidants are a bit controversial when it pertains to them being taken alongside treatments like chemotherapy. Some experts believe that antioxidants can lower chemo’s effectiveness, while others have seen their amazing ability to lower levels of pain and fatigue. I personally believe the benefits of antioxidants far out way the unproven possible negative results.  

In my opinion, the strongest and most effective curcumin on the market is Europharma’s Curamed. One pill of Curamed is the equivalent to ten pills of typical curcumin.  I personally take it daily for immune system support, cancer prevention, and also for its amazing ability to quell inflammation in the body.

Supplements for Side-Effects

natural supplements for cancer treatment side-effectsUnfortunately, most conventional cancer treatments are packed with side-effects:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Hair loss
  • Pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • And the list goes on

Finding natural ways to help combat these often incapacitating side-effects can greatly improve the quality of life of one going through these treatments.


Ginger is a fantastic herb for nausea that is very safe and effective.  It can be taken alone, or alongside prescribed anti-nausea medications. A recent study showed that cancer treatment patients who drank a high protein drink with ginger twice a day were less nauseous and required less anti-nausea medication. I recommend pill form as it is the easiest form to taken and generally the most effective.


I remember the first time someone told me that the Mayo Clinic had recommended they take L-Glutamine during their chemo. I had never heard of this recommendation before, but I was thrilled that a natural supplement was being suggested to help those undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

I later found out that cancer lowers levels of glutamine in the body as does chemotherapy treatments.  Supplementing with glutamine during cancer and chemotherapy has protective properties against damage to the stomach lining, the heart, and our brain. Often times, chemotherapy’s toxic chemicals can damage those parts of the body and l-glutamine provides protection from those toxic effects!

No matter what path you choose in treating your cancer, whether conventional or alternative, you can always incorporate nature’s best remedies into your plan of action.  Whether it’s reducing nausea, protecting your body against chemotherapy’s toxic effects, or boosting your immune system, there are effective and safe natural treatments and solutions at your disposal.  

Take advantage of what nature has to offer! Cancer is not something to be taken lightly and using every cancer treatment means necessary, both natural and conventional, is commendable in your journey to health and restoration!



Amanda BoxAmanda Box is a Traditional  Naturopath and a graduate of Clayton College of Natural Health. She’s been in the health and wellness industry for over 12 years and currently practices naturopathic consulting in the Kansas City, Missouri area.  Her passion is helping others achieve wellness of the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. If you don’t have a good local naturopathic practitioner to turn to for your personal needs, Amanda does phone consultations! She can help you with weight loss, detox/cleansing, acute and chronic illnesses, skin and body care, grocery shopping, pantry overhauls, and more! Visit her blog “My Life in a Healthnut Shell” at http://amandabox.blogspot.com/ for contact info.




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