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Orthomolecular Medicine and Breast Cancer  

Is orthomolecular medicine beneficial for women with breast cancer?

More is known about the preventative power of vitamins in the prevention of cancer than is known about their ability to treat cancer.

Treating cancer with vitamins and minerals is a controversial issue. The conventional medical establishment has condemned megavitamin therapy as ineffective and even dangerous. Nevertheless, vitamin therapy has become one of the most commonly used alternative therapies for the treatment of cancer in the U.S.

Although mega-vitamin and -mineral doses should not be relied on alone to treat breast cancer, several supplements can help strengthen the immune system, and interfere with the action of carcinogens (cancer-inducing chemicals). For example, the antioxidant Vitamins C and E help combat free radicals and fortify the immune system.

Remember, however, that you should never start taking certain vitamins, minerals, or other supplements just because you read a study suggesting their potential ability to fight cancer. Be aware that certain supplements may interact adversely with conventional treatments for cancer. For example, certain supplements may decrease the effectiveness of chemotherapy drugs or cause worse side effects. As with all issues of your treatment, you will need to discuss potential vitamin, mineral and other supplements in advance with your healthcare team, including your integrative medicine physician and your oncologist.


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What is a macrobiotic diet?
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What is the immune system? Why is it important to health?
How do you keep the immune system operating at an optimal level?
Iíve heard that silver fillings are dangerous because they contain mercury. Is this true? Should I have the silver fillings removed from my teeth and replaced with new fillings?
What is the Hoxsey Therapy?
What are amino acids? Can certain amino acids help prevent and combat breast cancer?
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What is shark cartilage? Can it help breast cancer patients?
Can flaxseed help reduce the risk of breast cancer? Can flaxseed help reduce the spread of breast cancer in patients?
What is the difference between flaxseed and flaxseed oil? Is one better than the other?
Does prayer really help in the healing process?
Does positive thinking have any power in the healing process?
What is homeopathy?
Can constitutional homeopathy be used to treat women with breast cancer?
How are homeopathic remedies are prepared and labeled?
What is aromatherapy?
What is naturopathy?
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What is acupuncture?
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Iíve heard that cancer patients should never get a massage. Is this true?
Can I get a massage during external radiation therapy?
Iíve heard that cancer patients cannot have massage with oils or creams while undergoing radiation therapy. Is this true?
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What is chlorella? How can using it help cancer patients?

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