• Are there any female (especially) patients on the site who use the supplement CoQ12 with noticeable results in terms of energy?

    Asked by AlizaMLS on Thursday, March 14, 2013

    Are there any female (especially) patients on the site who use the supplement CoQ12 with noticeable results in terms of energy?

    Although I am not a follower of "alternative medicine", I do believe in "integrative medicine", including vitamins and certain herbs that have been medically documented. There's a book called "Prescription for Nutritional Healing" by Phyllis Balch (she's a nutritionist). It's available in many health food stores as well as your local B&N as well as Amazon. I first came to know it when the author was James Balch, MD (Phyllis' husband [he's subsequently passed on] and now her co-author is another nutritionist, a more highly credentialed one with a degree from Harvard. I checked the protocol for Breast Cancer and the first item on the agenda was CoQ10. I don't follow these things like an automaton, but I've had updated versions of this book for many years, followed their vitamin protocol for Lupus and got myself "into remission" from that and feeling great for many years (only downside is that it's quite expensive).

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I don't take it, but I am familiar with the book and the authors you cited. As a nutritionist myself, I have a problem with those that promote "protocols" for cancer or other diseases whether by blatantly false claims or subtle innuendo that supplements and/or diet cure or prevent them. I think you will find that most oncologists would not consider CoQ12 as the first item on any agenda. Bigger concerns for breast cancer survivors are osteoporosis (especially for those that are ER+) for which Vitamin D and Calcium supplementation may be recommended, and CIPN for which there is some evidence that additional supplementation with B6 might be helpful.

      over 5 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      I do take Calcium and B vitamins including B-12 which I need to self-inject because my Lupus doesn't permit me to absorb it from food or vitamin pills, but I've heard so much about this supplement, I just "had to put it out there."

      over 5 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      My oncologist took me off of co-q10 because of my platelet issues. I most admit I have been feeling a bit more fatigued since he did this last month.

      over 5 years ago
    • moxie's Avatar

      I took CoQ10 years ago after having been diagnosed with Chronic Fatique Syndrome/Epstein Barre. They never confirmed this was what I had[this was in the early 1980's]. I was seeing an osteopath who used homeopathic remedies along with the CoQ10. I went from sleeping 12 hrs a day and still feeling exhausted to feeling GREAT in less than a month. The CoQ10 was part of it for sure.

      over 5 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      I just started taking it. I do take a moderate amount of vitamins and I do my best to eat well. All of my Doctors take a moderate amount of vitamins too. I just started Same-e another expensive one for my joint discomfort..Never had any pain or discomfort prior to treatment. Not sure if its working yet. Could you post the protocol for Lung Cancer to my wall? I would appreciate it.

      over 5 years ago

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