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Forum: Complementary and Holistic Medicine and Treatment — Complementary medicine refers to treatments that are used WITH standard treatment. Holistic medicine is a term used to describe therapies that attempt to treat the patient as a whole person.

Posted on: Sep 19, 2012 05:30PM

heyjudette wrote:

Hi I'm wondering what everyone's opinions on Turmeric is. My mom had breast cancer years ago, and we just discovered it is now in her bones. I've been reading some articles about it online, but want to get some personal opinions. Also are there vitamins of turmeric, or is it best to use it in food? Thank you so much!

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Sep 20, 2012 12:39AM claireinaz wrote:

I take it per my naturopath's suggestion via
Capsules. It's also called curcumin. Although I was Only stage 2 I'm using it to fight recurrence because I'm high risk.

9/29/11 ILC, 2 c. stage II grade 1, ER/PR+ HER2-, 6/11 nodes, lumpectomy, DDAC x 4, Taxol x 12, 33 rads, Tamoxifen to arimidex, BMX/immed recon 7/3/13 "God supposedly gives us only what we can handle. God must think I'm a badass."

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Sep 20, 2012 09:16AM leggo wrote:

I also take it. I find it helps with the pain and inflammation associated with bone mets. You can get a much more concentrated dose in a capsule than you could ever put in your food.

Dx IDC, 3cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 26/35 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Sep 20, 2012 09:33AM LaurenS16 wrote:

If you get some, make sure the capsules also contain pepperine, a pepper derivative. The pepperine make the tumeric work better. I take Doctors Best curcumin with Bioperine.

 (I'm sure there's some better technical explaination, but right now, my brain is on slow motion.) 

ER/PR+, HER2-, Stage 4, bone lesions, pleural cavity mets. My personal prescription: medicine, prayer, good attitude, dark humor, and chocolate.

Dx 4/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-Hormonal Therapy 04/20/2012 TamoxifenSurgery 02/14/2013 Prophylactic Ovary Removal (Both)Hormonal Therapy 03/05/2013 Femara
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Dec 5, 2012 05:28PM Joeybirdie5311 wrote:

Hi Judette!  I take Turmeric spice and two other things for my stage IIB breast cancer.  I also take very highy concentrated broccoli sprouts and raw cannabis.  I do not do chemo, surgery, or radiation.  I take 3 capsules of Turmeric spice a day.  Same with the broccoli sprouts.  The cannabis, I take every 3 hours all day.  I also take the cannabis oil only before bedtime because it lets me sleep all night without waking up once.  I love, love, this!!!  Just wondering if anyone else has tried any of these.  I would love to correspond with some ladies that do all or one of these treatment.    God Bless, Joeybirdie

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Dec 10, 2012 10:08AM marymoir wrote:

Hi...I just got a newsletter from Sloan Kettering cancer center's integrative health department...it had good things to say about Turmeric (aka Cucurmurin), which I had been taking for a few years to deal with aches and pains caused by sudden "chemopause" and Tamoxifen. I actually first found out about it on this site!

Unfortunately, I have to stop taking it now bc I am taking Doxorubicin (Doxil) for my mets, and the same article said Cucurmurin can render Doxil ineffective. Sigh. My doc knew I was taking the turmeric...hope 1 didn't just waste a month of chemo due to ignorance!

Sorry for the digression, but u should definitely do a search on the entire site (ie not just comp. med. forum) for Zyflamend. Also google memorial Sloan Kettering Integrative Medicine and turmeric and you can probably find the newsletter I mentioned. Good luck!

Mets to liver and multiple bones.

Dx 11/19/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Dx 11/3/2012, IDC, Stage IV, Grade 3, metsSurgery 12/09/2008 Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Left)Chemotherapy 01/07/2009 Cytoxan, TaxotereRadiation Therapy 04/26/2009 ExternalHormonal Therapy 06/05/2009 TamoxifenChemotherapy 11/16/2012 DoxilHormonal Therapy 03/13/2013 FaslodexChemotherapy 09/08/2013 Xeloda
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Feb 5, 2013 03:14PM ChemicalWorld wrote:

I take something called Can-Arrest as prescribed through my Naturopath.  It contains curcumin.

http://vitazan.com/products/351-can-arrest.html

Dx 9/28/2010, IDC, 3cm, Stage II, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery 10/13/2010 Lumpectomy (Right)Chemotherapy 12/06/2010 Cytoxan, Ellence, fluorouracil, TaxotereRadiation Therapy 05/04/2011 ExternalHormonal Therapy 07/07/2011 Tamoxifen
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Feb 13, 2013 10:40AM gardengumby wrote:

I take 1000 mg of Curcumin Phytosome each day.

BRCA1 & 2 negative - 3 family members. Oncotype 14. DCIS 7.5 cm, intermediate

Dx 10/28/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIa, Grade 2, 2/19 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Dx 10/28/2012, DCIS, 6cm+, Grade 2, ER+/PR+Surgery 12/20/2010 Mastectomy (Left); Lymph Node Removal: Axillary Lymph Node Dissection (Left); Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement (Left)Hormonal Therapy 02/15/2011 TamoxifenSurgery 08/17/2011 Reconstruction: DIEP flap (Left)Hormonal Therapy 11/01/2011 Femara
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Feb 13, 2013 11:02AM pip57 wrote:

I take it by capsule and also with my food.  We have a mixture of 1/3 parts each of turmeric, garlic powder and black pepper.  I use it liberally on soups, veggies, meats etc.

PIP - multi focal, FEC100/Tax, rads, dble mast with no recon, ooph/hyst, arimidex

Dx 2/1/2007, IDC, Stage IIIb, Grade 2, 9/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 13, 2013 12:06PM charlotte14 wrote:

You can buy tumeric in capsule form in any health food store.

I found this book to be very helpful.  Breast Cancer 50 essential things You Can Do.  By Greg Anderson.  Probably can request from your local library. Tumeric is highly suggested.

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Feb 13, 2013 12:09PM charlotte14 wrote:

Tumeric is an antioxidant and my oncologist said don't take any antioxidants while on chemo and ther ehave been published articles on that.

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Feb 13, 2013 02:33PM new_direction wrote:

Also, possible interactions with chemo should be kept in mind. During chemo it might be necessary to give up on supplements because you risk either getting toxicity or too low effect. Given up on antioxidants however I don't fully understand. There are antioxidants in food right. Should we consume junk food alone during chemo? Laughing

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Feb 13, 2013 02:50PM hightide1 wrote:

Good question. I take curcumin based on a recommendation from my cancer center. MD Anderson posted clinical trial results in their complimentary medicine section. It was the fact that it was tested that surprised me. Interesting reading on the testing of curcumin and mushrooms.
My MO is OK with this and my progress is positive currently. Hard to make decisions based on so much conflicting information but I am comfortable with taking it. Research, reasonable assumptions and gut feeling is the best I can do when deciding.

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Feb 13, 2013 03:16PM new_direction wrote:

Turmeric is part of my "arsenal" as well. I didn't feel like I had enough information about some of the supplements I took during chemo, so I paused 2 days prior to chemo and one week ahead.
Broccoli sprouts is of course one of a 1000 great things that are also impossible to find in Denmark... How many grams broccoli sprouts should be taken daily?

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Feb 13, 2013 03:43PM Joeybirdie5311 wrote:

I took 1500 grams a day of broccoli sprouts during my cancer treatments.  It's like eating 1 1/2 lbs. of broccoli.  I also took 1500 grams a day of the turmeric.  Also six capsules of raw cannabis.  It did the trick!!  No mastectomy, no chemo, and no radiation. 

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Feb 13, 2013 04:40PM pip57 wrote:

Turmeric is also a blood thinner, so be careful.

PIP - multi focal, FEC100/Tax, rads, dble mast with no recon, ooph/hyst, arimidex

Dx 2/1/2007, IDC, Stage IIIb, Grade 2, 9/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 14, 2013 04:25AM new_direction wrote:

tomatos??? is that some sort of strange foreign fruit?Laughing

Joeybirdie that's impressive! did you take the broccoli sprouts as capsules?

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Feb 15, 2013 01:11PM Joeybirdie5311 wrote:

@ New Direction....Yes I took all of my treatments in capsule form.  It was so easy!!

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Feb 15, 2013 05:32PM Racy wrote:

Thanks for this thread. I started taking tumeric capsules yesterday.

Dx 2010, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIa, Grade 3, 0/22 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 25, 2013 04:58AM, edited May 25, 2013 05:00AM by Shinybird

I'm taking turmeric capsules and am going to up my level to approximately 3.6 grams a day (5 capsules). Thanks to Joeybirdie's reports, I am adding broccoli sprouts tabs. I do *many* other supplements and also take cannabis oil in an open cap (I use half of a gel cap - so it's open and is absorbed faster) only at night. I will be eating raw leaf again in juiced drinks very soon (I did this last summer) and, again, thanks to Joeybirdie's idea, will be also putting raw leaf in caps. Brilliant! Raw leaf does not get you high, and that's a good thing especially during the day. :)

I am new here and so happy to have found this forum. Health and happiness to all....