• Supplements

    Asked by LiveWithCancer on Monday, October 16, 2017

    18 Answers from the Community

    18 answers
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      I really like to get my nutrients from nature. Even with my daily menu, I consulate a dietitian once a year after I have a full panel blood test. There are certain vitamins that you can overload on even from your daily menu, particularly older people There is no easy route to weight loss. And as for supplements my Dr. told me I needed to take a multivitamin. But when I asked her about which brand to take she said "they are all equal" Like I believe that well I am still researching that.

      about 1 month ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      Nothing is safe including the XXX they give us as treatments.
      The soil is depleted so we get crappy plant foods.
      The supplement Industry is not regulated but I don't the stinking FDA regulating them either.
      SO that's that.

      about 1 month ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      BoiseB, try Centrum Over 50 for Women multivitamins while you research it. They may not be exactly the same, but the main brands are close to the same, which is what the dietitian probably meant. So many people have taken the name brands, and they've been on the market so long that I think we would have heard if they were dangerous.

      The more worrisome thing to me would be whether they interfere with other medicine you take, especially if in your stomach at the same time. A pharmacist would be able to tell us that.

      Barryboomer, as you say, there are faults with everything we eat, and yet we have millions of people living and thriving in this country and in the world. Obviously the faulty nutrition is enough.

      about 1 month ago
    • dollymama's Avatar
      dollymama

      I take vitamins, they are basically supplements. That is fine, I don't see a problem with them. What I find wreckless is those who choose to take a "natural" path to treatment or a supplements/alternative route. That's fine if you choose to do that, it doesn't affect my life in any way, but I just can't see myself doing it. I am of the thinking that if that was the better way to go, that's how the research Universities would be teaching us to go. And don't start the conspiracy theory that it's because they can't "sell" supplements. Trust me, if they were curing cancer with them, the price would be through the roof and everyone would be selling them, and everyone with cancer would find a way to buy them.

      I'll just sit over here and take my chemo.

      about 1 month ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      As long as they are true "supplements", meaning that they are supplemental to the traditional, tried and true, approved, tested methods of treatment, I will take a few that don't interfere with the treatments. But as a stand-alone attempt at treating cancer, I wouldn't do it.

      about 1 month ago
    • wmsavs' Avatar
      wmsavs

      I think that's what they are-supplements. A doctor through blood draw should determine whether you're deficient and advise or suggest you to take the necessary supplement to re-balance your levels. The doctor and the pharmacist should be knowledgeable of all medications and supplements and their dosage levels. This is extremely urgent particularly if using more than one pharmacy. They will ensure there are not any conflicts or ensure that you are not endangering your life.

      about 1 month ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      While we are on the subject of supplements. Does anyone have any ideas about such products as Ensure and Boost and protein powders or instant breakfast. I am one of those people who cannot face food before noon or better yet 1 o'clock. So the dietitian suggested I put instant breakfast or ensure in my coffee. Needless to say I don't

      about 1 month ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Chec k the ingredients on Ensure or Boost. All chemicals & fat. Check the ingredients in "Centrum Over 50".

      https://www.centrum.ca/products/centrum-women-50

      There isnt enough of most ingredients to keep a flea in good shape, nevermind a human, and there is no information about the source of the material. People, especially over 50 people, have a hard time absorbing calcium in certain forms. The same is true over E, C, some Bs depending on the source.

      The best thing a person can do, IMHO, is to eat freshly and in great variety. Supplements or additions to food, need to be checked out thoroughly.

      A great industry inside joke is about so called organic supplements with gmo rice or soy fillers.

      Also, supplements are usually standardized wheras Mom Nature isnt. Food and herbs bring a complement of items to a palate but pills only one piece, much like bringing a flute to a stage but leaving the rest of the orchestra in the wings and silent.

      Throw off your old tired ideas of sustenance and learn to eat.

      Iodized salt kills. Himalayan salt provides minerals. Celery provides salt. Genetically modified soy does unknown things (tumors according to a French study on mice) to a body and might change a gene just enough to hurt a person later or destroy the great or just grandkids. Chemicals added to food ARE carcinogens. The original thinking was supposed to be that a little wont hurt but a little here and a little there and some another place wind up to be a while lot.

      Lacking decent nutritive food, clean air and clean water as well as living a sedentary life behind a desk brings with it, omgoodness, what a surprize! Loads and loads of cancers.

      about 1 month ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar
      Lynne-I-Am

      Before I started on supplements I checked with my doctor first. I do not take any multivitamins , opting instead to get what I need basically from the five servings of fruits and vegetables I try to eat daily. I do take Vit, D , 2000 IU daily to help my immune system. I asked my doctor about the fruit pectin supplement capsules my sister-law gave me and he said he saw no harm in taking them, so I take one daily. Add tumeric and glucosamine to the mix also. Thankfully I do not take the four most common supplements mentioned in the article that can lead to ER visits. Just as with any prescription medication , over the counter meds, and supplements can cause side effects and can interact or interfere with other medications you may be taking. I assume this question is regarding use of supplements in general or after frontline treatment.

      about 1 month ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      BTW, it isnt Harvard which wrote the article. It is a blogger who has credentials to use the site.

      about 1 month ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      BoiseB, I've drank Instant Breakfast with skim milk since it came out because I don't eat breakfast. I love it like some people love coffee. I don't know what your question is, but I've been drinking it 50 years, and I'm not dead yet.

      I've heard Boost tastes better than Ensure, but I don't know.

      about 1 month ago
    • Rider's Avatar
      Rider

      Nope, not interested in snake oils and witchcraft for my life. And the article was written by someone who is under the guidance and employment of Harvard, that = Harvard.

      about 1 month ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      Barbara my question was do those supplements like Boost, Ensure, and Instant Breakfast actually help you.

      about 1 month ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      @Rider. She is referred to as a "contributing editor". That means neither under guidance nor employment and most likely means she is an alumni.

      Of couse we would need to write to Harvard to truly know what it all means.

      about 1 month ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      BoiseB, if you look at the ingredients on the box or can, it appears they would help. They've been on the market long enough that somebody would've sued them for being imposters if they didn't have those ingredients.

      As someone here said, they say your body absorbs nutrients better from food, but what can it hurt to drink them as a supplement, which is how most people use them. More protein is good for you, so I buy High Protein Boost (chocolate) and sometimes drink one at bedtime.

      My sister's doctor recommended Instant Breakfast mixed with milk after she had esophageal surgery and wasn't supposed to eat solids. Doctors also give Ensure and Boost to hospital patients when they don't want food. Apparently nutritional drinks don't hurt you, and good nutrition is important for a cancer patient. I hope that answered your question.

      about 1 month ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      I have read the ingredients on the instant breakfast, And it looks like the most part of the nutrients come from the glass of milk. I do not drink milk. Since my surgery, I have become somewhat lactose intolerant As for Boost and Ensure I just throw them up, I do not like chocolate flavor. After surgery I did manage to keep down prescription Breeze but just barely.

      about 1 month ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      Have you tried milk without lactose (Lactaid) or almond milk to mix with Instant Breakfast? I think Instant Breakfast can also be bought in a canned liquid, but I don't know if it has milk in it. Boost and Ensure come in lots of flavors, so maybe you should try a different flavor. Although vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate are easy to find, you can order other flavors like butter pecan. You could also try other protein drinks like Special K or even SlimFast.

      If I have any heartburn before I eat or drink, my acid reflux will cause me to throw up, so I have to take my Nexium first. Has any doctor done a blood test on you to see if gluten is a problem?

      Let us know what you figure out to do.

      about 1 month ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      BoiseB, I was just thinking that since you've had esophageal cancer, etc., you should tell your gastroenterologist about throwing up and not being able to eat in the morning, because it could be something he could diagnose and fix to make you more comfortable. ?Maybe you need your reflux medicine increased or something.

      about 1 month ago

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