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Mum’s Supplements

Mum’s knee jerk reaction to her diagnosis was to exile all the vitamins she’d long relied on to keep her healthy. ‘Fat lot of good they did,’ she thought. But she was wrong. Many practitioners have since expressed their surprise at Mum’s rapid recovery and it seems the years spent knocking back antioxidants weren’t spent in vain.

Still, after much research Mum discovered the supplements she was taking weren’t particularly geared towards cancer prevention, or recovery: pycnogenol, kelp and kombucha all have a role to play, but they’re not necessarily cancer-fighting all-stars.

So what does work?

Mum and I have asked many experts this question and, after listening, experimenting and noting which supplements came up time and time again, she now feels confident with her daily dose. I am certainly not suggesting Mum’s regime is the be-all and end-all. Every cancer is different, every person is different and every treatment path is different.

That said, Mum is constantly being asked what she takes. So for those who are interested, here is a breakdown of what Mum ingests upon waking ( just the supplements by her bed):

Rutozym – A potent blend of Nattokinase, bromelain, papain and rutosides Mum thinks this is the Mac daddy of enzymes. So why are enzymes so important? Among other things they have the ability to digest a protein (called fibrin), which coats cancer cells. By breaking down this barrier, the body’s white blood cells can get in and do their work. Almost every expert I’ve spoken too has emphasized the importance of enzymes – some suggest supplements, others recommend daily juicing. If you’d like to know more, click here.

Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C – Touted as the ‘take-home vitamin injection’ this is a great one for those on a budget, or those on the road. The innovative nano-sphere technology allows for maximum absorption and eliminates the need for binders, fillers and gelatins. Snip the sachet, mix in juice and take on an empty stomach. British readers can go to Abundance and Health and Australians can purchase the product here:

Modified Citrus Pectin –It’s derived from the pulp and rinds of citrus fruits and has a mean ability to halt metastasis – the spread of cancer. In one study involving melanoma cells, MCP decreased tumour metastasis to the lung by more than 90%. Mum mixes it – with the lypo-spheric C – in her juice every morning.  Along with mopping up cancer cells MCP can also draw toxins and heavy metals from the body – often the underlying cause of disease. To read more click here.

Vitamin D3 – Readers of and Natural News will be well versed in the benefits of Vitamin D3. But for those of you in the dark, it can: reduce metastasis; increase apoptosis (programmed cell death); and might double the survival rates of colorectal cancer patients. Dr William Grant estimated that 17, 000 to 23,000 Americans die prematurely each year due to insufficient vitamin D [Grant, 2002b]. But there’s no need to sacrifice youthful skin for cancer protection. You can now buy D3 in spray form: one brand offers 3000iu per spray. When I recently interviewed Dr Patrick Kingsley he suggested cancer patients take 10,000iu of D3 a day.

Iodine – ‘Vitamin D and iodine are the most important things to take,’ one cancer specialist told Mum shortly after her diagnosis. Breast cancer patients might also benefit: ‘Iodine kills breast cancer cells without killing off normal cells in the process. In other words, it’s ideal for both the treatment and prevention of breast cancer,’ says acclaimed practitioner Dr Jonathan Wright. Iodine can also protect against radiation: when we have enough non-radioactive iodine in our bodies, there’s no room for radioactive material to go. Mum takes three drops of nascent iodine in her water every morning. It works synergistically with selenium…

Selenium- It’s found in tahini, brazil nuts, eggs and wheatgrass anddoctors have known about it’s anti-cancer properties for over a century. There have been a MOUNTAIN of double-blind, long-term trials showing that selenium can prevent cancer, reduce tumours and supercharge the immune system.  Studies conducted by Dr. Gerhard Schrauzer, M.D., Ph.D. produced a 70 percent reduction in breast cancer by adding trace amounts of selenium to the diet. Word of warning: cancer experts recommend taking selenium derived from plants and yeast rather than the synthetic form of this trace mineral. For further reading check out Selenium: One Cancer Answer, by nutritionist Chris Barr.

Indole-3-Carbinol (I3C) – If you’re dealing with cervical, breast or ovarian cancer (or you have a family history of it) this supplement might be worth looking into. I3C promotes the healthy metabolism of oestrogen. Eating cruciferous vegetables – like broccoli, cabbage, kale, Brussels spouts, and bok choi – also encourages the body to produce this potent phytonutrient.

Beta Glucan –These polysaccharides are powerhouses in terms of immune support. Why? They are music to the ears of macrophages – the good guys – the cells that detect and destroy tumour cells; remove foreign debris; and boost bone marrow production. Glucan is one of the most common macrophage activators in nature. It’s also potentially radioprotective. In one study, 70% of rats given a lethal dose of radiation were completely protected from side effects when given a dose of yeast beta glucan.

Another source of beta-glucans

Force C: A relative newby to the cancer-fighting team this supplement contains phyto-compounds found in ginseng – Ginsenosides. A study at Toyama Medical and Pharmaceutical University in Japan found that ‘R-family’ Ginsenosides induced cell death in mouse melanoma in as little as 24 hours. For more info about Force C go to:

Max One ‘Glutathione …deserves attention as it is perhaps the most important anti-oxidant within cells and has proven to be highly cancer-protective,’ writes Patrick Holdord in Say No to Cancer. Unfortunately, most of us are deficient in this regularly overlooked antioxidant. You can boost levels through having coffee enemas, wearing patches or taking Max One. Max recently released a new supplement called Cellgevity – a souped-up version of the original formula. Along with pre-cursors to glutathione it also contains milk thistle, cordyceps, curcumin and more.

Of course there are other nutrients vital for cancer patients; some of which I’ll be covering in future posts. In the meantime I’d love to hear from you: What are your top three supplements? Is there one, in particular, that’s been a game-changer for you? Or do you feel your diet provides all the nutrition you need?

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17 Responses to Mum’s Supplements

  1. HI Laura,

    Great info as usual, there is also much evidence for indole 3 carbinole being useful for quite a few non-hormonal tumours and triple negative breast cancers so not restricted to hormonal ones.

    Warm regards,

  2. Mils says:

    What a great line of supplements. Do you think this protocol would be suitable as a preventative against cancer?
    Also what is your opinion on the following supplements:
    1. Broccomax
    2. Biobran (or MGN3)
    3. AHCC
    4. Garden of Life RM10
    5. Marine Phytoplankton
    6. MMS
    7. Ecklonia Cava
    8. Essaic tea
    Each of the above have demonstrated strong fighting ability against cancer. Has anyone used any of these?
    Best wishes to all.

  3. Helen says:

    Thank you for your information, I look forward to reading it each week,
    I have heard Ribbrax is also very good ,and protocel by Nature
    I am very interested in finding more info on enzymes,
    Thanks so much

  4. Julie says:

    I enjoyed reading your blog. I am curious if your mother is taking magnesium? I read recently that magnesium deficiencies can lead to cancer.
    Also, in the article it says “Glutathione requires magnesium for its synthesis.”
    I take Univera nutraceuticals. Science and discovery at the genomic level with plants. Xtra, Prime, and Metagreens give me an ORAC score of about 25,000 each day. When I need an anti-inflammatory I take RegeniCARE. Univera
    products provide ALL of the known glutathione accelerators.
    The discovery and research collaboration behind Univera products is described at
    I love your blog! Thank God for Twitter!

    • Laura says:

      Hi Julie, Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. I’m glad we’ve connected. Mum applies a transdermal form of magnesium daily – I’m going to write a separate post about it soon. Great piece on Natural News!

  5. Megan says:

    I just wanted to leave a comment about Ribraxx. I have been using Ribraxx for 3 years now. I have Lymphoma and lung cancer on both lungs. Both are separate cancers. I see my Naturopath very regularly, he put me on the Ribraxx. I have just had a CT scan a few weeks ago and have been told the cancer has increased minimally. This is after the cancer being stll for the past 3 years. They said I should not still be here now…… I wont know ’till early May, when I have another CT scan if the cancer in my lungs is still growing. I see my Naturopath again tomorrow to see what we will do next, to try to keep this cancer still. I also have a healthy diet. Not vegetarian.. but very little red meat. I also belong to a Cancer Support Group, that I attend each week. I try to keep active by walking and now I have just joined a Gentle exercise group. Hope this little bit of information helps….

    • Julie says:

      Hope things went well today for you at your doctor visit.
      Nameste and Blessings,

    • Laura says:

      Thanks for sharing your story Megan. I’m sorry to hear about your cancer – Mum and I are sending out lots of healing energy and wishing you all the best for your next scan in May. Love and light, Laura

  6. Dan says:

    Impressive list! Are you mentioning the eating schedule anywhere? Surely there are best ways to takes some supplements – e.g. some in the mornings, some before sleep, some can’t be combined together? Hope you to hear from you on that from Mum’s experience.

  7. cathy says:

    I am just wondering if it is ok to take modified citrus pectin with the lypo-spheric C as the brand of citrus pectin that I have warns not to take it within 2 hours of other supplements? Not sure if the lypo C would be different. It is a dilemma to work out what I can take with what and when. Many supplements are so expensive I do not want to negate their effect. Thanks Cathy

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  9. Katie Barron says:

    Im a final year naturopathic student and have just learnt a great deal about the Ribraxx product and its fantastic actions:)
    In regards to dosage and when to dose, it is very important to get this right as, as previously mentioned, it can negate some of the effects of the supplement (affecting your health and wallet!) and in some cases it can also block absorption of dietary nutrients.
    This is why is is so important to have your naturopath put together a specific plan for you. This will take into account your personal needs, diet and daily commitments.
    Good luck on your health journey!

  10. treor edwards says:

    for cancer the best is cellfood and the new cellgeity it works stops cancer in its tracks also try shark cartidge

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  12. Roselle says:

    Hi Laura,

    This is a very good write up, thanks for sharing this with us. Can you share as well how is your mum taking all these supplements, like the timing and the pills can go together and what pills to take in the morning and evening. Thank you!!


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