Herbs For Short Term Side Effect Of Chemotherapy

Cancer diagnosis is devastating to even many lion-hearted people. Suddenly, life appears to stand still and, after a short while, begins to swirl. The challenged person begins to think he or she is no longer a member of the human family, that, sooner than later, the proverbial “last call” would come. Such a person begins to think like JIM REEVES, the American star singer who died on July 31, 1964 in his private single-engine aircraft which he flew, leaving behind many chart bursters which included “THIS WORLD IS NOT MY HOME, I AM JUST A-PASSING THROUGH…”

That song says:

“This world is not my own/ I am just a-passing through/ My treasures are laid up/ Somewhere beyond the blue.

“Angels beckon me from Heaven’s open door/ And I can’t feel at home/In this world any more.

“Oh Lord, you know I have no friend like you/ If Heaven’s not my home/ Then Lord what will I do.

“The Angels beckon me from Heaven’s open door/ And I can’t feel at home/ In this world any more.

“I have a loving mother/ Just up in Gloryland/ And I don’t expect to stop/ Until I shake her hand/ she’s waiting now for me/In Heaven’s Open door/ And I can’t feel at home/ In this world any more.

“Oh Lord, you know (chorus).

“Just over in Gloryland/ We’ll live eternally/ The Saints on every hand/ Are shouting victory.

“Their songs of sweetest praise drift back from Heaven’s shore/ And I can’t feel at home/ In this world any more.

“Oh Lord, you know (chorus).”

It was not clear why Jim Reeves sang this song. As children, we were told he had terminal cancer. He said somewhere it was a favourite song of his mother.

This song is related to the experiences of a woman on victoriawhyte.wordpress.com. Victoria woke up with severe migraine one morning. So severe was it that she attempted to take the “anti-sick” drugs which her daughter, LEAH, was taking to combat the side effects of intensive chemotherapy. She found a skin patch. Leah was dead. She had become so sickened by chemotherapy that she had to be placed on four serious “anti-sick” drugs. Some of them were…ONDANSETRON, NOZINAN,METCLOPROMIDE and HYOSCINE patches. Leah was always vomiting. Once, she even vomited her nasogastric tube. That meant Leah was feeding through a tube passed into her stomach through her nostrils. But she seemed to have become healed by September 2013 to be able to eat normally again. But it was a temporary healing. Her treatment brought a succession of side effects, damaging to her quality of life.

Victoria Whyte believes that there is more to life than we are seeing and that, in THIS WORLD IS NOT MY HOME, Jim Reeves expressed it better than we all may be able to do.

A CANCER diagnosis may be devastating. But even more brutish and devastating is chemotherapy, the treatment of choice of many doctors for cancer. Some brave people have been able to defy their doctors and get away with it. Many who try to do but who do not have the guts or the staying power to fight cancer with other means may fall by the wayside. Rev. George Malkmus, a Baptist Minister, refused chemotherapy, which he said was what killed his mother rather than her cancer. He fasted exclusively on carrot juice and got well enough to set up HALLELUJAH ACRES, a health farm resort where he train doctors and nurses in natural healing, and to write HALLELUJAH DIET, a fast-selling book in Nigeria a few years ago. Johannah Brandt fasted on grapefruit juice to heal her stomach cancer. Around the world, there are many success stories on the natural healing of cancer.

For many people who cling to Chemotherapy, the Journey back to health can be hazardous, and even lead to death with their bodies mangled and ravaged by poisons.

Chemotherapy is treatment with free radicals-laden chemicals aimed at killing active or fast-growing cells. These chemicals may comprise heavy metals which, ordinarily, are poisonous to the body. They unleash a free radicals war on cancer cells. Cancer cells are active and fast growing. But so are some other cells in the body such as hair follicles, cells which line the gastrointestinal tract (mouth, throat, stomach and intestine), bone marrow. The side effects which trouble and may kill a recipient may depend on chemotherapy type, the dosage, type of cancer or its location and the patient’s state of well-being. Many doctors advise their patients that newest chemotherapy drugs are less harmful, more effective and are administered these days with more love for the patient than hitherto through “supportive” or “palliative” measures.


Some side effects

Many patients are physically, mentally and emotionally fatigued. This is not fatigue caused by tiredness derived from lack of rest. When radiation is added to chemotherapy, some patients may not have the energy to crawl out of bed or to brush their teeth. It would appear that the free radicals “war” unleashed by chemotherapy and radiation and the response of the immune system with its own free radicals missiles destroy in the cells as many mitochondria as they can. The mitochondrium is the energy-producing factory inside the cell. The more they are, the more the energy the cell and the body can produce. Some elements which help the body to produce a large number of mitochondria and energy include Co-Enzyme Q10 (for mitochondria), Zinc, Vitamin C and Vitamin B-complex (for energy).



A middle-aged Nigerian woman who is currently undergoing chemotherapy does not get herself right every time she is on chemo. She suffers from headache, nerve pain, muscle and stomach pain, and general body pain. Some people experience shooting pains, especially in the fingers and toes, due to nerve ending damage. Doctor’s try to block the expression of pain or to suppress it. When my grandmother suffered from breast cancer in the early 1980s, I was told at the University of Lagos Teaching Hospital (LUTH), the Catholic Hospital, Ijebu-Igbo and at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, that there was no cure for the disease. She was placed on a prescription of BUTAZOLUDINE. It is one of the several brands of PHENYLBUTAZONE, which has now been removed from the United States market and replaced with drugs of lesser adverse effects. A Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug (NSAID), Butazoludine may poison the bone marrow and deplete the population of white blood cells, thereby weakening the immune system, already weakened in the immune fight against cancer. Butazoludine may also cause “internal ulcers, burning in the abdomen, liver poisoning, nausea, inflammation of the stomach wall, pain, cramping, bleeding in the intestine”, often suspected when the stool is blackened or the patient weakness or dizziness when the patient stands suddenly from a sitting position. The kidney may be impaired, rash may occur on the skin, ringing in the ear may occur and the patient may become light-headed. Antioxidants, minerals, Vitamins, herbs and chlorophyll-rich greens such as Barley grass, Wheatgrass, Alfalfa, Kale, Spirulina and Orange peel can take care of this problem.


Mouth and throat sores

Chemotherapy causes inflammation and sores in the mouth and throat, a situation called mucositis within about 14days from the onset of treatment and may disappear when treatment is discontinued. The mouth and the throat may be infected. Therefore, such remedies as pure honey and propolis tablets or syrup should be within the reach of the patient, to prevent infections and complications and to heal the injuries. Ditto ionic Colloidal silver and zinc.


Constipation and diarrhoea

Cells of the intestine are fast growing and, therefore, are hit targets for chemotherapy drugs and their free radicals. A free radical is an unbalanced, reactive molecle which seeks to balance itself by stealing an electron from a cell. By stealing electrons, free radicals create holes in cells, and these causes these cells to leak, weaken, age or even die. In the intestine, diarrhoea and constipation frequently occur during a course of chemotherapy. Loose bowel movements may cause loss of too much body fluid and dehydration. Diarrhoea is sometimes classified in grades. Grade one involves fewer than four stools daily. Grade Two involves about four to six stools daily. Grade Three ranges from about seven movements or more daily. Incontinence or the inability to control bowel movements may be a feature of this grade of diarrhoea. Grade four is life-threatening. Patients who find themselves in this situation may help their condition by taking the herb MIMOSA PUDICA (sensitive plant) (see www.olufemikusa.com), Yarrow, Soursop (Graviola), Agrimony, Basil (Efirin, Yoruba), Psyllium, Moringa oloifera. Chemotherapy and Radiation therapy also cause constipation in some people. I know of a middle-aged woman who recently began a course of what her doctors called the mildest chemotherapy. For about one month, she has suffered from abdominal bloating and gas conditions and hardly defecated. One or two tablespoons of coconut oil in a glass of warm water taken on empty stomach should help. Her condition is a far cry from that of Shakirat Adeoti, who at 33 was tricken by cancer in both breasts which often bled simultaneously. For more than one year, she was on chemotherapy at the University of Lagos Teaching Hospital (LUTH). Her hair did not fall. Her skin did not turn black. She suffered no nausea or abdominal problems. Only her finger nails turned black. At the end of one year, her doctors declared that the cancer did not spread. They asked her to stay on the Chemo for three more months. Some of us her friends were alarmed. But we conceded to her, her right to listen to her doctors. In the interim she had supported her therapy with some herbs which were suggested, including CoQ10 which was just making its way into Nigeria at that time. We did not have Grape Seed Extract, another great anti-oxidant to launch an antioxidants war on the free radicals by-products of chemotherapy. In its place, we gave Grapefruit Seed juice. This was not Grape Seed Extract. We pounded the seeds of Grapefruit and infused in hot water to extract the juice. She also chewed the seeds. The three extra months of Chemotherapy wreaked havoc. She developed carbuncles on the back, could not sleep, was in pain, the encapsulated medicines she took were excreted as she had swallowed them, suggesting that the intestine had gone ahead of her. At that time, we did not have Diatom, Orange peel powder and Bell’s HELP FOR SKIN DISORDER, all of which may have helped her carbuncles and intestinal problems. She died.

As a side effect of Chemotherapy, constipation fills the colon with Fecal matter, germs of all sorts, weakens immunity, causes hemorrhoids and anal fissure. Fecal impaction, too, may develop. Fecal matter may adhere to the lining of the bowels, preventing optimal absorption of digested food cause abdominal pain after meals, nausea, headaches and even vomiting. Other symptoms may include “dehydration, rapid pulse, rapid breathing, fever, agitation, confusion and urinary incontinence.

Sometimes, symptoms are not recognised as emanating from fecal impaction. Aggravated symptoms not often related to this primary cause may include “circulation problems, heart or breathing problems…Obesity, fatigue, mood swings, sleep disorders, rheumatic fever and feeling of lethargy”.


Bone marrow damage

The bone marrow is the spongy material inside the bones where red blood cells are made. Affected by chemotherapy, this tissue makes fewer red blood cells, and this may cause anaemia, fatigue, dizziness and shortness of breadth.

The herb Yarrow is friendly to the bone marrow. Jobelyn, the Nigerian blood formula, has been shown to encourage production of more red blood cells under chemotherapy. So have herbs such as Beet root, Wheatgrass, Spirulina, Kale, Chlorella and other deep green vegetables.


Platelet depletion

Platelets are cells which block damage parts of blood vessels to prevent blood leakage and anaemia. Chemotherapy causes fewer number of platelets. This means one may bleed uncontrollable, even to death, especially as chemotherapy causes internal bleeding. Pawpaw Leaf Juice has been shown to increase the number of platelet cells and even prevent death from bleeding in Dengue fever and Ebola fever, conditions in which patients bleed from the eyes, nostrils, mouth and other openings in the body.

Recently, I suggested it to a woman who was going to have her first dose of chemotherapy. Her platelet count was good enough for her to start the chemotherapy.


Nerve damage

We cannot do anything without our nerves. Chemotherapy affects them. A patient may experience foggy thinking, memory disturbances, tingling fingers and toes, numbness, ringing in the ears, weak and tired muscles, trembling, stiff neck, vision disturbances, headache, gout problems, sexual weakness, loss of appetite. Lion’s mane mushroom is about the best herb for the maintenance or repair of damaged nerves.

I would like to mention a few more of those natural medicines which have been reported to be of help to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy.


Coconut water

The water of the young coconut the shell of which has not become hard is an oxygenator, electrolyte, anti-microbial as well as a blood and white cell count builder. It has been reported to kill micro-organisms (viruses, candida, fungi and bacteria) in cancer cells, which may have predisposed normal cells to becoming cancerous in the first place, thereby laying the grounds for their conversion or differentiation to normal cells.



DMSO is the acronym for Dimethylsulfoxide, which my favourite doctor in the 1980s, Dr. Robert Atkins, says in his book, Dr. Atkins Vita Nutrient Solution,  is “an extra-ordinary natural curative, whether used topically or intravenously…promotes wound healing, eases pain, prevents cellular deterioration and ameliorates the symptoms of a wide variety of auto-immune diseases”. He went on to link DMSO with healing of conditions such as sprained ankle, urinary dysfunction, preservation of organs for transplant, head injuries, painful bladder condition called interstitial cystitis et.c.

Webster Kher, of the Independent Cancer Research Foundation, investigated for more than 15years the causes and natural treatment of cancer and came up with a recommendation of DMSO use in chemotherapy, where a palliative natural medicine was required.

ICRF says DMSO is unlike some other natural palliatives which open the ports of cancer cells as well as the ports of healthy cells for chemotherapy to infuse the cells. Selectively, DMSO opens up only cancer cells for chemotherapy to do battle within them.

Webster Kher suggests that DMSO may be used along with MSM, (Methylsulfonylmethane) its cousin which may convert to DMSO and which, even when not converted, independently targets cancer cells for destruction,  like DMSO.

Kher says: “If you have to go into an hospital to get chemotherapy, take MSM water at least 40 tablespoons of MSM water prior to leaving the hospital or clinic (This is the dose for an adult). Note, you must buildup to that dose because MSM is hard on the stomach.

“Both MSM and DMSO target and open the ports of cancer cells, allowing some of the chemotherapy to target the cancer cells. This leads to higher kill rate of cancer cells and lower damage done by the chemotherapy. If the chemotherapy gets inside of the cancer cells, whether it kills the cancer cells or kills the microbes inside the cancer cells is irrelevant, either way, the cancer cells are no longer cancer cells.”

Source : http://thenationonlineng.net/herbs-short-term-side-effect-chemotherapy/

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