Stage 4 Breast Cancer: Constructive Actions
Dear Dr. Klaper:
I’m looking for some sort of “specific” list of nutrients that have been scientifically demonstrated to combat stage 4 breast cancer. What you would insist upon telling your mother if she were the one contending with this diagnosis?
Thank you for writing. Here are 11 constructive actions I would share with anyone diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer…
1) First, please understand: Healing from breast cancer involves more than chewing some magic vegetables. All forces that drive cancer growth must be eliminated to the greatest extent possible and healing forces need to be fostered in every dimension.
2) Stop eating ALL animal flesh. Eating animal flesh (meat) raises levels of IGF-1, the most potent, growth promoting molecule in biology, and thus drives cancer growth.
See these two short videos by Dr. Michael Greger of NutritionFacts.org:
• “Cholesterol Feeds Breast Cancer Cells” – Cholesterol appears to stimulate the growth of human breast cancer cells, while phytosterol-rich foods such as pumpkin seeds are associated with reduced breast cancer risk.
• “Starving Cancer with Methionine Restriction” – Methionine restriction – best achieved through a plant-based diet – may prove to have a major impact on patients with cancer because, unlike normal tissues, many human tumors require the amino acid methionine to grow.
3) Stop eating ALL dairy products. Cow’s milk is loaded with estrogens that promote breast cancer growth and its proteins boost IGF-1 levels. If you have a spreading cancer in the body, consuming growth-promoting dairy products is DEFINITELY NOT what you want to do.
For more about my concerns regarding dairy products, see my (free) 42-minute video, “Dairy Doubts.”
4) Stop eating processed, packaged food products and all vegetable oils, including olive oil, and all fried food.
5) Start each day by drinking a glass of pure water to give your kidneys sufficient liquid to begin excreting wastes effectively, which you’ll be doing throughout the day.
6) Cook only with water-based methods, e.g. steaming vegetables, preparing quinoa, rice, oatmeal and other whole grains, making soups and stews, etc.
Each day, eat large helpings of dark green leafy vegetables (e.g., collard greens, kale, spinach, swiss chard) and generous amounts of Dr. Fuhrman’s “Anti Cancer Soup,” as described in his book, “Eat to Live.”
See the recipe for Dr. Fuhrman’s Anti Cancer Soup as posted at epicurious.com.
Veronica Grace of LowFatVeganChef.com provides step-by-step instructions with photos for making Dr. Fuhrman’s “Anti Cancer Soup.”
The rest of the daily diet should be nutrient-rich and plant-based, as described in my “Health Supporting Eating Plan” featuring “Four Foods that Start with S…”
Note: If chewing is an issue, it’s okay to blend whole, plant-based food into soups, blended salads, etc.
See this short video by Dr. Michael Greger of NutritionFacts.org:
• “Breast Cancer Survival Vegetable” – Simple changes in diet and lifestyle may quadruple a woman’s survival rate from breast cancer.
Include flaxseeds in your diet for the plant lignans that have potent anti-cancer properties; include whole soy foods, such as tempeh and edamame, for the anti-cancer properties in the flavones.
See these short videos by Dr. Michael Greger of NutritionFacts.org:
• “Flax Seeds & Breast Cancer Survival: Clinical Evidence” – A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, clinical trial of flax seeds in breast cancer patients finds flax appears to have the potential to reduce tumor growth—in just a matter of weeks.
• “Flax Seeds & Breast Cancer Survival: Epidemiological Evidence” – Lignan intake is associated with improved breast cancer survival in three recent population studies following a total of thousands of women after diagnosis.
• “Breast Cancer Survival & Soy” – All three human studies on soy and breast cancer survival suggest that soy in sufficient amounts may improve survival in women diagnosed with breast cancer.
“Healing from breast cancer involves more than chewing some magic vegetables. All forces that drive cancer growth must be eliminated to the greatest extent possible and healing forces need to be fostered in every dimension.
We are here to live and learn and laugh and love – and to help each other lead as wonderful a life as possible.”
7) Fasting fosters the appearance of sirtuin molecules in cells that help stop cancer growth. Consider a fast-mimicking dietary program such as the one presented by Dr. Valter Longo at USC wherein, for 5 days each month, salads are eaten exclusively to reduce calorie intake below 500 calories per day.
Since Dr. Longo’s work demonstrates that fasting increases beneficial responses to chemotherapy in people with breast cancers, if any further chemotherapy treatments are planned – and if one’s body is not too fragile – consider consuming water-only for the 24 – 48 hours before receiving the intravenous or oral treatment.
For more about fasting, consider a private consultation with me, by phone or web-based video. Call the Front Desk at TrueNorth Health Center: 1-707-586-5555, M-F, 9a to 4p (California time) to arrange a consultation.
I’ve supervised many hundreds of fasts and offer a 55-minute On Demand Video and DVD, “Fasting: Safe & Effective Use of an Ancient Healing Therapy.”
8) Walk. We need to move! While walking briskly, our heart beats faster and we breathe more deeply. As a result, more oxygenated blood runs through all our tissues, bringing fresh immune cells to sites in need of healing. In this active state, our stronger, faster heartbeat pumps more blood through our kidneys and liver, helping them to excrete wastes coming from our tissues.
If you are ambulatory, take a walk outside (weather permitting) every day, preferably in any natural setting (e.g., nearby park, even a patch of trees or bushes on the corner). If there’s inclement weather or you’re not in a suitable location to walk outside, then walk indoors on a track or treadmill, or use equipment such as an elliptical trainer or recumbent stationary bicycle. If hallways and stairways with handrails are all you have, use those. Repeated passages, up and down, can help make you as fit as any expensive gym.
9) Sleep. Get enough sleep. Much healing takes place while we sleep. So, listen to your body, and if it needs deep or prolonged sleep, do not begrudge it. What’s more, napping during the day can be good for both body and spirit.
10) Breathe. Keep your lungs moving to deliver fresh oxygen to your entire body and to avoid mucus secretions pooling in the lower areas of your lungs. When awake and upright, take 3 deep breaths (slow inhalation, slow exhalation) every 30 minutes or so.
11) Love and music are powerful healing forces! Spend as much time as possible with people and animals whom you love and who make you happy. Use Skype or FaceTime to connect with distant loved ones. Listen only to music that lifts your spirits.
Along with availing one’s self of the best of medical care – including effective pain relief – I believe the 11 steps above provide the best way to address stage 4 breast cancer.
All of us have a limited number of days on this beautiful planet. Our purpose is to fill our days, however many or few there may be, with as much love and service and enjoyment as we can. We are here to live and learn and laugh and love – and to help each other lead as wonderful a life as possible. Filling each hour with as many smiles, hugs, hand-holds, and good feelings as we can should be a major goal with each new dawn.
To your good health and happiness,
Dr. Michael Klaper