Food Supplements

25 Nov

Things have quietened down since yesterday. The morning turned out to be really hectic for Pam, easier for me. I “hit the wall”, crawled into bed. When I woke up, Pam calmly tells me that everything has been arranged. No way that Pam would wait six weeks for an MRI. Clinical trials are opening and closing – and time is of the essence.

Today gives me the chance to get back to a subject on which I’ve had a lot of feedback – food. Specifically: my diet. Yet I haven’t touched on food supplements – so that’s today’s menu.

I must stress that all my supplements are bought over the counter. Medical opinion is nowhere near unanimous about whether they are beneficial. But my brother-in-law, Keith, is in absolutely in no doubt. I have full confidence in his medical opinion – and something is certainly working for me. So here’s the list of what I take.

  • Turmeric –  a significant ingredient in curry powders. Although usually used in its dried, powdered form, turmeric is also used fresh, much like ginger. Research shows turmeric ameliorated the severity of pancreatitis-associated lung injury in mice.
  • Resveratrol  – a natural red wine extract. Anticancer, anti-inflammatory, blood sugar-lowering and other beneficial cardiovascular effects.
  • Probiotic  –  to improve intestinal microbial balance.
  • Multi-Vitamin tablet – a supplement to deficiencies in ketogenic diet
  • Calcium Magnesium – control of cramp
  • L-Carnitine – control of neuropathy
  • Omega 3 – weight stabilisation and anti-cancer properties.

For someone who had never taken any food supplements before and almost no medication, this was a serious turnaround. But that was my previous life. The turnaround was neither natural nor normal. A lot of pills and no stomach for stupidity. Was there really a need to pour out my pills wherever I went? But this is my new reality. I found my mentor and follow his advice. These pills could be my life-saver – so I slowly had to embrace them.

How can I thank you, Keith?  

It doesn’t end there. Whereas the food supplements are discretionary, I’m still on some prescription drugs. However, I’ve made every effort to reduce my dependence on the medical madness that there’s “a pill for everything” syndrome.

Should anyone wish to have more detail, I’m only too happy to answer specific questions.

2 Responses to “Food Supplements”

  1. Ellen Feldman November 26, 2011 at 12:14 am #

    Hi Martin,

    I am a cousin of Debbie Adiv and just read your blog and her e-mail, I am a Pancreatic Cancer survivor of 21 years and at that time it was only 4% of those that survived. To make a long story short I had the Whipple surgery and lots of pills later including complications from surgery I am still here. I do have to watch my diet regarding fats but I can do most everything.

    Are you planning on having surgery at all or are you relying on your regiment of pills? I know about the Pro Biotics and understand they are quite impressive. I wish you continued good health with your plan of action and keep up your positive outlook. It sure does help.

    There is an organization called in the states that might be helpful for you.

    Good health and good luck,

    Ellen Feldman

    There is an organization called Pancreatic in the states that might be quite helpful

    There is the Pancreatic Cancer website in the states that is quite good and they have a newsl

    Take Care,

    • fightingpancreaticcancer November 26, 2011 at 5:02 am #

      Hi Ellen,
      Thank you so much for your comment. How amazing to see that magical 21 – it gave me an immediate glow in this battle of ups and downs. How I wish I could have had the whipple. I had a laparoscopy exactly a yaer ago (14/11) but the surgeon aborted after finding widespread microscopic metastesses. Maybe the timing was “good”. It was too early to give up before my fight had begun.
      No, I’m not just relying on pills. My fight is on as many fronts as possible. Without reducing treatment to one factor only, we’ll never know what’s doing the trick. I’m certainly not going to give up the chemotherapy, ketogenic diet, food supplements or the continuous search for a better solution.
      What I can say is that e-mails like yours give such hope. Thank you.

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