This is a second in a series of blog posts I am writing about reducing recurrence risk of breast cancer or making me think I am reducing recurrence risk! Before we begin, remember that supplements can affect chemotherapy and radiation negatively – do not take any supplements without consulting your Oncologist whether you are in the midst of active treatment or have completed treatment! I was warned by my Oncology Team that even juicing vegetables can interfere with chemotherapy and radiation. My Oncologist made me wait to juice or take supplements until I had completed chemotherapy and radiation.
You can absolutely go crazy trying to find just the right supplement to stop cancer or to stop cancer from recurring. I learned this 14 years ago when my beloved father was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer. No traditional methods could help him. All we had were a bunch of alternative methods like coffee enemas and wheat grass. We tried. He died.
So I am a bit of a skeptic when it comes to hocus pocus remedies and breast cancer. I research things to no end before I’ll invest my money into supplements. My Oncologist prescribed Calcium and Vitamin D3. I take those and a good multi vitamin. But I wanted more. I wanted to feel like I was doing something.
After I ended active treatment for Stage 3 breast cancer, I went to meet with my very credentialed Oncologist. I was eager to tell him about the latest miracle supplement I had been researching. Before I could get it out of my mouth, he gave me the snake oil lecture, and don’t waste your money, etc.
But I then started hitting him with the facts I had uncovered about Turkey Tail Mushroom. He listened to me as I told him Turkey Tail is proven that it increases NK cells (natural killer cells). I told him about the study the National Institute of Health and Bastyr University just completed about Turkey Tail and Breast Cancer. And the new over $5 million study that had just been approved by the FDA in 2012 for more Breast Cancer research. http://www.bastyr.edu/news/general-news/2012/11/fda-approves-bastyr-turkey-tail-trial-cancer-patients
He got on the computer right then. He started reading, and reading and reading. He then told me he would have one of his researchers look into it. At my next office visit he did not give me a stand up and applaud endorsement, but he did say, “Go ahead and take the Turkey Tail.” That was good enough for me!!
I take Turkey Tail Mushroom capsules - the Host Defense brand. The founder of the Host Defense is, Paul Stamets, a world-renowned mycologist who supplied the mushroom supplements to Bastyr University for the various breast cancer studies involving Turkey Tail. Please listen to Paul Stamets’ personal story about his mom and her Stage IV Breast Cancer diagnosis and how the breast cancer study found how Turkey Tail works. The irony of it all will bring you chills. It is a 3.5 minute video and PLEASE WATCH!! He can tell you about Turkey Tail like I cannot!
Paul Stamets talks about how Turkey Tail is shown to increase the Natural Killer cells in our body. Since I’m not a scientist or doctor, I wanted to know more about NK Cells. I found this great video – kind of like Natural Killer Cells for Dummies. I found it fascinating as it shows how the NK cells are the first line of defense against cancer and metastases.
Please do your own research on Turkey Tail - there is plenty of it out there in cyberland. But PLEASE don’t go in the woods and look for them. The wrong mushroom can kill you!! I take Turkey Tail supplements every day. The bottle says take 2 capsules daily with or without food. The cost is about $45 to $49 for 120 capsules I believe it has revved up my immune system which is what it is supposed to do.
I am not selling Turkey Tail in my www.hellocourage.com store since I am not a health food store. But please check out my other items like this sign I had designed for SURVIVORS – click on sign for more details: