Monday, October 19, 2009

Diet and Supplements

So I guess my raw diet isn't going to cure me, despite Dr. Gabriel Cousens admonishments about the evil of all things cooked and sweet.

Nevertheless, it is a healthy way to eat, and eating right can change you from the guts on out.

My plan is just to be a little less precious about my diet- a little more full of self forgiveness if I eat the occasional organic apple, or even take a bite of vegan triple chocolate cake.

No flesh food though. That is where I draw the line. If I could say no to smoked salmon in Vancouver, I think it would take some mighty impressive savory snack to push me to eat meat again.

Cheese is a whole other issue. But that is on hold for now too. All dairy is literally off the table.

It is just going to be a kinder gentler broader and sweeter diet. Still mostly raw.

Not changing much else.

Still on the Budwig diet- cheap and easy and safe- Flaxseed oil and essential fatty acids. I believe it has helped some cancer patients and it has no down side.

Still taking Zeolyte in powder form though I am underwhelmed by its detoxifying magic. The powder is much much cheaper than the liquid and makes more sense to me, but I suspect its main advantage is that I am just wasting less money than those who take Natural Cellular Defense.

Still drinking a pot load of green tea, but I am having my doubts there too with my low platelets. Spoke to Dr. Neil Kay of the Mayo Clinic ECGC study. He didn't think it was a factor, but some other CLLers have seen their platelet counts climb when they stopped the tea or the supplement.

Added a touch (2 mg) of copper) to balance out the zinc tablets which I now am biting in half to reduce my intake to 25 mg a day. That's what Dr. Andy Weil recommends, and he knows his vitamins and minerals. Trying to keep my immune system happy and well nourished.

Increased my Vit. D3 to a whopping 10,000 units a day to try to get my blood test into the high echelons of normal. Don't try this at home. Levels must be monitored. Blood must be tapped. (Sounds like the patriot act.) There is good evidence of the protective effects on the sunshine vitamin, but way less about it as a cure for anything other than rickets. I am hoping I am not starting too late on this one to get some benefits.

Also take magnesium because I am on a diuretic for my blood pressure, and Culturelle, a probiotic, just because.

And like all good vegans, I need some B12 supplementation (sublingual in my case). No B12 in the veggies grown in our depleted soils, even the organic ones.

A new friend is exploring LDN or low dose naltrexone to treat her mother's CLL. Looks non-toxic and no multi-level-marketing craziness. Kinda makes sense in stimulating immunity and might help in early disease. The literature is pretty thin, but it is interesting. I am thinking about it.

Still meditating. Still working out. Still being positive in thought and action.

Still welcoming all prayers. (please read my prior post) Still asking for forgiveness. Still trying to forgive myself.

My real hope lies in a redo transplant and not much else. This time for keeps.

Next post on my allopathic medical plans.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Alison said...

All the right moves, keeping you fit, Brian.

I used to say, (to myself), what have I done - don't think about being punished any more, it's not worth the grief. You do what you think is right.

October 20, 2009 at 5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doc: My LN's and I are going to NY tomorrow for the conference, I'll seek you out. Met you in Niagra (actually eavesdropped on a discussion between you and Chaya), heard your great routine and laughed out loud....

I plan to ask about LDN at the NY conference. It's being touted to me by others with cancer, and I'd be interested to know if any of the experts have ever prescribed it or have any experience with it.

Doug in NM

October 21, 2009 at 12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bryan...was curious how you do budwig without dairy?...romanbob

October 22, 2009 at 11:57 AM  
Blogger Brian Koffman said...

Romanbob.

I take essential fatty acid capsules ( EFA) that I buy from http://www.budwigflax.com/

That is always where i get my flax seed oil.

Be well

Brian

October 22, 2009 at 10:23 PM  

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