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Feb 19, 2020 04:04PM
Feb 19, 2020 04:09PM
If you want a hardcore program to fight inflammation, you can check out Rheumatoid Solutions. While the program was designed for people with rheumatoid arthritis, it's also worked for people with other inflammatory conditions like lupus and ankylosing spondylitis. I've been on it for 16 months and have never had to use any RA medications. It's very effective but it's also something you do all or nothing because if you don't do it all the way you'll sabotage your success.
It's mainly a very low fat, whole food vegan diet plus vigorous exercise, stress reduction, sleep hygiene, breathing methods, and supplements. You do have to customize, not by what you feel like doing but by what actually ends up working.
So, even though I said it's all or nothing, if you're going through breast cancer treatment, you definitely can modify in that you might not do the first two days of juice fasting because that might be in conflict with taking meds. You might not be able to do all the exercise, but you probably could do some in most cases. You definitely can learn from it.
I started the program about 13 years after my BC diagnosis and I started it for suspected rheumatoid arthritis. It's very effective. I have added coldwater fish but take it in a very specific way, not randomly. I couldn't tolerate it at first but I was able to heal my gut to a certain level so that I could eat that if I eat it in a specific way. I still cannot eat nightshade vegetables, oils, fatty foods (except tiny bits of things like avocados, nuts, and olives, and not often), or gluten, and I can't eat any animal products except fish. I have had so little fish that was not coldwater fish that I generally only have coldwater fish.
As for nightshade veggies, if my inflammation (judged by symptoms) is very low, I can tolerate a small amount so long as I do it once and then don't have any more for at least a week. For example, I can get half a pound of the Mexican treat that is like fresh salsa with raw fish cured by soaking overnight in lemon juice. That's only a cup. But, I can't have that every day and I have to stop with that amount and then not have any for at least a week.
If you follow the program as designed, you will probably lose weight very slowly, so if that's not a good idea, I suggest eating everything on the program and not going by stages. However, the joint pain relief will not be as dramatic and if you eat a lot of the fatty foods (avocado, nuts, and olives, you might not get the relief you hope for. So, maybe omit those for a week or two and see how you feel and then add very small amounts of one of those every day and see what that does. It helps to eat it with other food and acids like fresh lemon juice or apple cider vinegar plus foods that have lots of enzymes like fresh raw pineapple or papaya. I understand that some in treatment will not be able to have certain raw foods, so modify as you need to. Also, ask your doc about it. It's not designed for cancer patients undergoing treatment but it does reduce inflammation so could if modified correctly for you help with your program. Check with your doc about that. It's a healthy diet but you have to be really on top of things to get the proper balance. I finally felt I needed some animal protien and found a way to have it. I basically eat coldwater fish in the morning when my digestive acids are most abundant in my stomach and have the juice of a large fresh lemon with it and take a plant enzyme capsule or eat some fresh papaya or pineapple with it for the enzymes. No issues at this point. Eat the smaller coldwater fish to avoid those with more mercury. Sardines, wild caught salmon, Pacific mackerel (NOT king mackerel). I personally tried eating poultry and red meat but had bad reactions to them despite them being fine before the joint issues. I got all kinds of symptoms back, meaning that when I went on this diet I had skin issues, slow wound healing, transcient blood sugar issues, difficult allergies (pollen, mold, etc.), intolerance to heat, and more. When I tried the poultry and red meat, I would get some of those long gone symptoms back. The worst was the beef when I ended up with tons of pain and had a terrible allergy attack days later. So, I am for now sticking with the coldwater fish and if I have joint issues skipping a few days of that. Eggs are hard for me to tolerate but I'll have one every once in a while, just steamed or boiled. I do best without them but they are very nutritious.
I take a lot of supplements but will also go off them for a week every now and then to see how I feel. I mostly take supplements that people with rheumatoid arthritis are deficient in, and I take things that lower inflammation. Either fresh or in supplements, I take ginger, garlic, and turmeric (with black pepper). I know to be careful not to take high doses daily of turmeric as it can lead to anemia. But, a little helps and is good for fighting breast cancer, at least to some degree they think.
Basically, I'd be careful about hyaluronic acid. It can enhance beauty but is associated with proliferation of breast cancer cells. I don't know enough about it right now to say whether it's safe to use topically or how it actually works if taken as a supplement and you're at high risk. Until I know, I'm not going to take it. I came here today because I took one capsule that I bought to add to a homemade face cream mixture and my hands felt great (speaking of joints). So, I wanted to research it and found this thread. I looked at the medical scientific studies. So far, I'm not thinking it's a good idea based on what I've read, and I'm a science geek but not a doctor or scientist specializing in any of this.
For joints, I'd go with diet and the other aspects of the Rheumatoid Solutions program but only with doctor approval if you're in treatment or not fully recovered.
For face, exercise, diet, hydration with chlorine-free water (at least filtered to remove most chlorine), stress reduction, and moisturizing. I use EveryOne lemon and coconut lotion mixed with high percentage aloe vera gel and organic coconut oil. You can add things to this and might consider dissolving ingredients and adding them but be careful how you do it and check out safety first. Be careful about getting anything that is called an acid in your eyes or using too much so it burns your skin. I make my own concoction and it's far cheaper than buying little dabs in the drug store and works much better.