|November 24, 2012|
|Cheap nutrient allows cancer|
patients to live longer, better lives
|Many years ago, I helped a friend with breast cancer find a doctor who could treat the cancer without all the drastic side effects she experience with chemotherapy. While meeting with the doctor, he said something that surprised her. He said, “I cannot cure cancer. Only God can do that. But I can help you live a long productive life with the cancer.”|
What’s more, they found this to be true no matter what cancer they had. The participants had either breast, colon, lung or lymphoma cancer. In every case, those patients with the lowest levels of vitamin D had the poorest prognosis.
If that weren’t enough, other studies are finding that the treatment these patients chose can make their prognosis even worse. If they chose chemotherapy, for instance, it can dramatically shorten their expected life span. One study from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in New York found that the cancer patients using chemotherapy were 400% more likely to have “severely low” (less than 15 mg/ml) vitamin D levels.
Another study showed that 79.5% of breast cancer patients were deficient in vitamin D (levels below 30 ng/ml) prior to treatment. That number went up to 97.4% after treatment with chemotherapy. The chemotherapy caused the median vitamin D level to drop from 21.3 ng/ml to 14.7 ng/ml. In other words, the chemotherapy made almost every single cancer patient severely deficient in a nutrient that can extend their life.
Finally, another study from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute found that vitamin D doses of 2,000 IU daily were not enough to restore the blood levels of chemotherapy patients to a healthy level. It took doses of 50,000 IU weekly to get levels above 50 ng/ml - a healthy level of vitamin D.
So if you have cancer, whether you take chemotherapy or not, you have to pay attention to your vitamin D levels. It may not cure your cancer, but it can help you live longer. And it will boost your immune system, which is vital if you want to cure the disease. If you’re taking chemotherapy, you’ll want to work with an integrative physician (find one at www.acam.org) who can help you find the right high-dose regimen to follow for your case. Sometimes it takes 10,000 IU a day or more to keep your levels in the optimum levels. Make sure your doctor tests your vitamin D levels regularly to make sure you stay above 50 ng/ml.
One final note: Taking 5,000 IU of vitamin D every day may help you avoid cancer in the first place. Almost all cancer patients are low in vitamin D. So make sure you’re taking it. You can order a high-dose vitamin D tablet (5,000 IU per tablet) by following this link. Your insider for better health,