First, here is info on the amazing TM copper depletion trial I am on: http://wordpress.katherinealbrecht.com/?p=1429
Next, because so many people have been asking, here are the supplements I took during my own course of chemo and radiation treatments. The first two continue to be at the core of my wellness program, and the others are supplemental.
CORIOLUS VERSICOLOR mushroom pills, hot water extract (very important), four 600mg pills per day (2 in the AM, 2 in the PM, with food) for restoring immune function during and after chemo. I took coriolus faithfully through chemo and plan to continue taking it for the rest of my life.
(Mushroom Science gave me a coupon code “katherine” or “COAST” you can use to get a free book on medicinal mushrooms.)
See www.curcuminresearch.org for the amazing research they’re doing at MD Anderson and elsewhere. I take Jarrow brand “Curcumin 95,” three 500 mg capsules with lunch, but as far as I am aware, any brand will do. It’s fat soluble, so eat it with a meal. Eating black pepper with your meal helps curcumin work better, or you can buy a supplement that has black pepper right in the capsule with the curcumin. I plan to continue taking curcumin daily for the rest of my life.
MILK THISTLE for liver function during chemo
(This is not something I would take daily after chemo is finished.)
CoQ10 for liver function and general health
(MD Anderson is currently studying CoQ10 with cancer patients.
HAWTHORN for heart function (especially since the A/C and Herceptin-based part of my chemo regimen could have potentially damaged my heart)
RESVERATROL for protecting healthy cells during radiation and potentiating the effects of the radiation against cancer cells
MAGNESIUM for good sleep
ACETYL L-CARNITINE to counter pain and the neuropathy effects of Taxotere (or Taxol) chemotherapy
BOSWELLIA (Frankincense) for its protective effects
(See: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21553931 for more)
HOLY BASIL for its anti-cancer and tonic effects
VITAMINS D and B6
(recommended by my oncologist and general practitioner)
A LOW DOSE MULTI-VITAMIN made from natural, food-based sources
As you know, I am NOT a medical doctor (I have a doctorate in Education and Human Development / Psychology from Harvard), so nothing I say constitutes medical advice, or even advice at all. This is just what I took and why, after doing lots of research.
Please check with your doctor before taking any of these supplements yourself or administering them to others.
Please also note that because many supplements use the same metabolic pathways as chemo, I stopped taking everything but vitamins during the 24 hours before and the 72 hours after each chemo infusion.