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Healing Strategies: Supplements


    Rationale for the Strategic Supplements

    The supplements on the right side of this page were chosen because
    research has convinced the editors of the strategic value of each nutrient.
    This list is not intended to be comprehensive. Certain commonly taken
    supplements such as DIM and I3C (Indole-3-Carbinole) have been omitted
    from the list because we have reservations about their impact on the
    thyroid as well as the chemical action blocking systemic estrogens rather
    than the estrogen receptors in the breast.

    It can't be restated often enough that vitamins and minerals work
    synergistically which is why the best source of nutrition for healthy people
    is whole, unprocessed, nutrient-dense foods grown organically in
    uncontaminated soil.. After a diagnosis of breast cancer, however, most
    patients usually want to raise their intake of nutrients with documented

         Necessary Co-factors

    When one supplement needs another to work optimally, it is considered
    a co-factor. For example, iodine has been found to work best when selenium,
    magnesium and vitamin C are also taken. Vitamin D works with Vitamin A.
    CoQ10 needs to be mixed with fats or oils. All supplements need adequate
    mineral intake and adequate digestive enzymes.

    Supplement Quality/ Supplement Sensitivities

  • Capsules.  Supplements in capsules are preferred overtablets because they
    often dissolve better and have less binders. Many integrative practitioners
    prefer vegi caps over beef gelatin caps.

  • Additives. Beware of supplements containing additives such as propylene
    glycol or polysorbate 60 or 80. Preservatives are often added to extend the
    shelf life in the warehouse.

  • Pulsing. Some integrative practitioners recommend pulsing supplements,
    that is, taking supplements for a period of time and then stopping for a few
    days.The pulsing strategy occasionally unmasks supplements which may be
    causing reactions such as fatigue, sleepiness, brain fog or vague aches.
    Sometimes the cause appears to be the build-up of the supplement or a
    contaminant in the product that causes symptoms after prolonged use.

  • Muscle testing. Some doctors use muscle testing to determine if a
    supplement causes a patient weakness. This technique which is not always
    100% reliable can be used right in the health food store with unopened
    bottles. Ask your integrative physician to show you the muscle testing
    technique and see if it works for you

    Please consult a physician knowledgeable about the documented action of supplements
    before starting or changing your current protocol.
    These statements have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.  The
    supplements discussed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

    This website is intended as information only. The editors of this site are not medically-trained. Please consult
    your licensed health care practitioner before implementing any health strategy. The information provided on
    this site is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and
    his/her existing physician. This site accepts no advertising. The contents of this site are copyrighted 2004-
    2012 by Breast Cancer Choices, Inc. Contact us for reprint permission.

    Web page updated January 2013.
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