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  •  You are so welcome! (2+ / 0-)
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    bcdelta, ZenTrainer

    bcdelta, I seem to recall reading that DMSO is particularly useful for protecting normal cells from radiation damage...  if you like, I will look that up and post info on it also.

    I'm a little leery of posting natural/non-allopathic info because many people just don't want to hear it.  But I really support people using any modality they want, and many people combine alternative treatments with allopathic ones.

    DMSO has been used in other countries in combination with very low-dose chemotherapy agents, much as insulin-potentiated treatments do (both insulin and DMSO as well as glucose are taken up by cancer cells much more readily than normal cells - I guess cancer is super hungry... which explains cachexia).  So the chemo kills the cancer and not the patient, which is good.

    best wishes, please let me know if you want any more info.

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      Carol in San Antonio, ZenTrainer

      I never had radiation though, but having not something well understood I'm open to non traditional medicine.

      And I would add an air of caution to this meaning if one has a well understood cancer with effective treatment then I would be careful about gambling with going 100% alternative.

      In absence of this though - what do you have to lose?  The medical community is right to have controls on treatments to prevent quacks from selling snake oil, but at the same time I think they're protecting their market share knowingly and unknowingly.

      To the extent that both Shari and I had an early diagnosis to our cancers via alt medicine then it's not total hogwash so I think worth further examination.

      I watched a video last night on past life regression and while many would laugh me out of the room on this - would it really hurt me to spend $100 and see if it does anything?

      So I'm not against Western medicine and think it should be used in conjunction with alternatives, but think western medicine can be improved a lot and I think competition keeps em honest.

      •  Absolutely, agree with your comments (1+ / 0-)
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        peregrine kate

        I wrote to peregrine kate about hosting a future MNCC open thread with a possible conversation-starter question "What alternative healing modalities have you used in your healing journey?"  I know from reading here for awhile that many of our group have added various treatments (TCM, yoga, Tai Chi, diet, vitamins and herbs) along with their allopathic regimen.  So I'll save the info on using DMSO to mitigate the harmful effects of radiation and chemotherapy treatments for later, when people who opt for radiation and chemo can see it and might benefit from it.

        I would never question anyone's choices on this journey - no one's situation is the same, and so many factors go into our decisions.  I value so much the open acceptance and safe atmosphere of our MNCC.  I only recommended DMSO to you based on your analysis of the success odds of the surgery you were offered (I have an inoperable tumor myself).

        On the past life stuff:  why not?  I think cancer presents us with not only an opportunity but an imperative to open our hearts and minds to all kinds of previously unthinkable things.  

        Thanks for the conversation, bcdelta!  

    •  Chemo (2+ / 0-)
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      Carol in San Antonio, ZenTrainer

      My mom has been on and off chemo for 2 years and I think it is killing her so I'm not 100% sold on chemo for all cancer.

      What I found interesting though is she takes a pill from Merck called Emend.

      Emend greatly reduces nausea post chemo and one needs to take 3 per chemo treatment to the tune of $150 per pill.

      What emend does not do is enhancing appetite.  So treating symptoms with yet another patented drug.

      Marijuana on the other hand gets rid of sickness and enhances appetite and one wouldn't spend $450 per chemo session.  Problem (for pharma) is one can't patent this.

      •  I'm totally in favor of MMJ! (2+ / 0-)
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        bcdelta, ZenTrainer

        It's a wonder herb, as far as I can tell.

        I've used (really cheap, old, not Emend) anti-nausea pills before, in conjunction with pain-killers which always make me barf, and the anti-emetic pills caused extreme dehydration...  it's like whack a mole with many of our prescription drugs.

        I'm also in favor of legalizing psychedelics, after I read this article in the NYT:  How Psychedelic Drugs Can Help Patients Face Death
        Can't patent mushrooms either.

        Best wishes to your mom

        •  thanks (2+ / 0-)
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          Carol in San Antonio, ZenTrainer

          What would be interesting is some R&D on weed and other so a chemo patient could take it without getting high while at the same time not get so sick.

          All of this though is an interim step as I think we should find an alternative to chemo.

          •  IPT and DMSO potentiation therapy!!! (2+ / 0-)
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            bcdelta, ZenTrainer

            Insulin potentiated therapy and DMSO potentiated therapy both use insulin or DMSO along with very very low doses of chemotherapy drugs, so that all or most of the chemo is absorbed into the cancer cells, minimizing damage to healthy cells.  IPT is available in the US and the DMSO version is available in other countries.   And there's been lots of successes and lots of research done on this, but it has been blocked in the US by all the groups who profit so much from keeping us sick.

            We absolutely need access to alternative chemo treatments that are widely available elsewhere in the world!

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