So I’ve been eating really well. Organic 99% of the time. Minimal to no animal products. I take good quality supplements. My diet is a treatment, and so I don’t eat junk and mostly eat foods that serve a purpose as regards my health. My food is my medicine. And as happy as I am that my tumour – and cancer – is stable, I’m wondering why I’m still in the healing stage. I know, I know. Tumours take years to grow and won’t disappear over night. Most of what I consume is undigested. So I started taking digestive enzymes (earlier article) figuring that’s all I needed to do! For all the reading I have done, I have not come across any information regarding betaine HCI with pepsin! I had NO IDEA that this was something that I should be consuming. Cancer patients typically have extremely low stomach acid. Indeed, it is the goal of every knowing cancer patient to be as alkaline as possible. And most people, when they feel the “heartburn” of their stomach acid rising, treat with an antacid. Here’s the problem; stomach acid is absolutely essential in order to have the food and supplements in your stomach turned into a form that is absorbed by your digestive system. So if you have heartburn, your body is doing what it’s supposed to be doing based on what you have consumed (ahem – get it? So watch your diet.) and if you suppress that acid, over the long run, you run the increased risk of stomach, esophageal or other digestive cancers. But what if you’re a cancer patient, or otherwise have low stomach acid? I had NO IDEA that digestive enzymes weren’t enough!! I was chatting with my sister who told me about betaine HCI with pepsin and the importance and function of low/no stomach acid. So I started taking it right away. Results will take approximately six months before they’re evident.
So now let me add to this little piece of enlightenment. I had my gallbladder removed in 1999. (If I knew then what I know now, I would not have had my gallbladder removed. WE DID NOT COME WITH ANY UNNECESSARY PARTS!). The gallbladder stores bile, which is manufactured by the liver. Yes, you can live without a gallbladder, but it puts extra pressure on your already over-worked liver. Bile is secreted from the gallbladder in order to break down fats. So here’s another interesting thing I learned from a friend of mine. If you do not have a gallbladder (and perhaps sometimes even if you do but do not secrete enough bile) you should be taking an ox bile supplement. Yup – you read that right. Ox bile. Bile from an ox’s gut. I had no idea!
So here I have been taking care to purchase and consume the highest quality food and supplements (and I should have in any event as anything less would have left poisons in my system), and I have not been reaping the majority of the benefit of them for the last two and a half years.
Yes it’s frustrating and I wish I knew then what I know now; but these days I’m focussing ahead. Can’t live with regrets. I am just excited that now I know I will have better absorption. And it’s for reasons like this that I am doing this blog, and writing my book. I want to help others learn what they can and should do if they are ever diagnosed.
Please also keep in mind that that process is not complete unless it includes a high quality probiotic for your gut. To summarize, I am taking systemic enzymes t0 destroy roaming cancer cells and to help break down the fibrin coating of cancer cells and tumour so that the substances I am taking that kill cancer, are able to get inside the cancer cell; I am taking digestive enzymes to help break down my food; I am taking betaine HCI with Pepsin to help dissolve the broken down food into a bioavailable digestive form; I am taking ox-bile if there is a fat component to my food (and there always should be a portion of good fat as it helps with your food’s bioavailability and absorption – allowing nutrients to get into your cells and blood); I am taking probiotics to ensure proper gut flora and absorption of nutrients in the gut.
Yes it can be daunting, but then again, so is chemotherapy, surgery and radiation and a depleted immune system. And if you aren’t diagnosed, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to consider taking these digestive supplements in order to ensure that your body is truly getting the benefit of the “GOOD” food you are purchasing and consuming. It’s much easier to stave off disease than to have to recover from it. Pay now or pay later.
The biggest problem? Having room for food after taking all these enzymes – not to mention the other supplements I have to take. Sheesh!