After many hours rooting round the net I finally came up with a list of supplements to take to boost my immune system and hopefully fight my cancer cells, then I changed it, then I changed it again!
It really is confusing, I have bought things I didn’t really need or are not exactly what I should have got and I probably should have seen a nutritionist to get this right but eventually I have settled on a final list. Well two lists really; first the essentials then some other stuff that perhaps I don’t need but as I bought them I’m taking them anyway.
There are 4 phases to my self concocted plan:
- Start putting things together – About 3 weeks; during this phase the various supplements are phased in as I got them or in some cases to get my body used to them.
- Harsh Regime – 3 to 4 months; Maximum doses of everything.
- Ease off until clear – some of the doses can be cut down
- For the rest of my life – preventative measures.
I found it important to sort out a schedule for taking everything as it really is a lot of tablets to take each day
- B17 (Laetrile, Amygdalin or whatever you want to call it) – this is apparently the thing that should attack the cancer cells. After starting on the diet and other supplements for a couple of weeks I started with half a 500mg tablet a day and worked up to 6 tablets per day (2 at a time) which I’m continuing through Phase 2. I’m going to lower the dose over time in Phase 3 to a couple of tablets a day. If it all works out I’ll continue taking 1 tablet a day for the rest of my life (“until you are 130” as Binzel says). There are a lot of dubious sources for this supplement, after advice I got mine from the manufacturers, I bought 3 packs of the 500mg tablets as the post is pretty expensive.
- Apricot kernels – as with the B17; these contain naturally occurring elements that apparently attack the cancer cells. I went round in circles about how many to take, and settled on 1 for every 10 pounds in weight so I’m taking 21 kernels a day in batches of 7 at a time during phase 2, I worked up to this during phase 1 starting at 1 a day. I eat them with some dried fruit as they taste pretty bitter. These should apparently be taken at least 2 hours before or after the B17 is taken (or you get an awful lot of nitrilosides in your body at one time which may cause a reaction) so I take them with every meal and take the B17 2 hours afterwards. In phase 3 the number can evidently be reduced to around 10 a day and down to 5 or so in phase 4. Some people have taken only Apricot kernels (no B17) but in higher doses, I think its something personal to each person who embarks on something like this. Again there are all sorts of different ones available and some are apparently better than others, I understand they definitely have to be bitter and I got mine from Dayspring, Westhaven, Hurtmore Road, Hurtmore, Godalming, Surrey GU7 2RA, UK Tel: 01483 418258 (Suzette van der Westhuizen), Fax: 01483 420513.
- Megazyme Forte – these are the pancreatic enzymes that assist the nitrilosides in B17 and the Apricot kernels to fight the cancer cells. I initially got some called Mega-Zyme but they are not strong enough, but as I’ve got them I’m taking them in addition to the Megazyme Forte as they won’t do me any harm. Of the Megazyme Forte I take 2 tablets 3 times a day with the B17 (so not at mealtimes), this can be reduced to 1 tablet 3 times a day during phase 3 and cotinued through phase 4. The ones I use can be obtained from Nutrestore or The Natural Choice
- Zinc or Zinc Citrate – this is evidently what transports the B17 around the body (but it isn’t on everybody’s list). I was already taking a 25 mg zinc tablet every day so I’ve just continued. Zinc or Zinc citrate is available from any healthfood shop.
- Vitamin C – Is an antioxidant and an immune system booster. High dose intravenous vitamin C is said to kill cancer cells but as many people say it doesn’t as say it does. If it boosts my immune system I’m having it! Recommended dose varies from 2g to 6g per day, but apparently your body can only absorb so much when taken orally. I’m taking 3g daily (1 tablet with each meal) of Solgar Ester-C which can be found in any health food shop, there are 2 sizes 1000mg and 500mg – I’ve got the 1000mg and they are enormous so I might get the 500mg when these run out.
- Multi-vitamins – various enzymes and vitamins that help general wellness and boost the immune system. I was already taking a multivitamin which I’ve continued to do but when they run out I’ll be taking a more natural product which is Garden Life’s Vitamin Code Family which is available from Nutrestore or The Natural Choice.
- Vitamin D – a deficiency of vitamin D has been identified as a common factor in cancer cases, it is an immune system component and booster. We naturally absorb Vitamin D from the sun but if you work indoors and so don’t spend prolonged periods out of doors you may have a vitamin D deficiency. I could have checked my levels by getting them tested but I’m taking the view that taking it as a supplement isn’t going to harm me. I’m taking 2 tablets a day, in the mornimg and evening with my meals, and this equates to 10,000 IU per day, after the first month of Phase 2 I’ll cut this back to 1 tablet per day. I’m using Healthy origins Vitamin D3 5000 IU softgels and they seem to be readily available at any healthfood shop, you can get them on Amazon UK here.
- Vitamin K2 – this is widely reported to have cancer fighting abilities particularly for small cell cancers like mine, so I’m definitely having this! Apparently vitamin K1 occurs naturally in vegetables and I’m eating plenty of them but vitamin K2 occurs naturally in meat and dairy products which are no longer in my diet so I need the supplement. I’m using Carlson Vitamin K2 5mg and this can be purchased n Amazon here.
- Vitamin A – I’m not entirely sure why I’m taking this but it was on a number of the lists. 10,000 IU per day of this is recommended and I get mine from my daily dose of Nature’s Plus Source of Life Gold which I mix into a glass of juice. As well as vitamin A this gives me a ton of other good things as well and probably adds to the daily quantity of everything else I’m taking! Vitamin A can also be obtained in drops from any health food shop.
- Vitamin E – another immune system booster and antioxidant. I’m taking 400 IU per day in 2 gel tablets but get another 200 IU from the Source of Life daily dose, I may drop down to 1 gel tablet per day after phase 2. I’m taking Vitabiotics Vitamin E but it is available in any health food shop in many brands.
- Mega EPA – Omega 3 fatty acids that I’d normally get from fish in my diet. Apart from a scare story in 2013 suggesting Omega 3 caused prostate cancer its generally accepted that it can help clear the arteries and ths improve circulation. So good for me and no longer in my diet – its on the list! I take 2 capsules a day during phase 2 and will phase it out after that (as I’ll be eating some fish). I use Biocare Mega EPA which is readily available in health food shops.
- Pangamic Acid – This was on Binzel’s list (which is why I got it) but is apparently no longer used. A bit of research showed that it is used mainly in Russia as a treatment for alcoholics (it reduces the craving for alcohol) which was a surprise. As I’ve got it (I’m a Yorkshireman remember) I might as well take it, also I thought going teetotal would be harder than it has been (I REALLY like real ale and enjoy wine) but it hasn’t been a problem, perhaps this is due to the pangamic acid? I’m taking 3 per day one at each meal time.
- Preven-Ca – On some lists but not on others, it is comprised of a load of natural substances that evidently fight cancer. Again, I’ve got it so I’m taking it.
- AHCC – another immune system booster though apparently a bit old fashioned now – got it, using it until it runs out.
- Shark Cartilage – I got this and was then told I didn’t need it, I had to send to Germany for it as well! I’m quite glad I don’t need it as the dosage is 9 per day (3 at a time) and the capsules are huge! Its evidently useful for inhibiting the blood supply to tumours preventing their growth, as I haven’t got any tumours it isn’t much use. If anyone wants it they can have it for the postage costs (just add a comment and ask).
- Barley Grass Juice – this is supposed to be a new wonder food and includes chlorophyll, enzymes and antioxidents. I’ve got Green Foods Green Magma Barley Grass Juice powder, unfortunately it tastes like stagnant pond water so I looked at what’s in it and decided I was already getting enough of everything so this too can be yours for the postage cost (only one serving used).
That’s about it really, it is a lot of different capsules and tablets to take every day so it does need an organised regime – those pill organisers are useful but get a big one or get two! It isn’t cheap either (about £300.00 per month) but given that it is my only hope I don’t care. One thing I need to remember is to ease down the doses in the same way I eased them up, immediately depriving my body of something it has got used to having a lot of won’t do me any good at all!
All the above is just a statement of what I’m doing, it isn’t a recommendation or a de facto treatment to follow. I make no claims about its success or otherwise I just hope it helps me. Please read my disclaimers.
I’ve updated my regime somewhat the details are here.