As a person living with cancer I can't help feel
that sometimes cancer patients are real victims. Not victims
of cancer, as there are many people who live very well with cancer,
and like me resent being referred to as a "victim", but victims of a
system and industry whereby more people now live off cancer than
actually die from it!
Too often I see people affected by cancer who are
on the receiving end of very poor communication from their cancer
specialist who scolds them for even asking about complementary
therapies and what they (the cancer patient) can do to help
themselves. Yet on the other side we see cancer patients visiting so
called "cancer therapists" who sell them a 'truck-load' of pills and
potions, at great cost, designed to 'cure' them of this frightening
It is sad and frustrating because there are some
wonderful naturopaths around who are being placed in the "loopy"
basket by specialists who feel their clients are being ripped off.
No wonder cancer patients often become confused and financially
So too, is the issue of supplements. Should we
take them or not?
My view is yes, absolutely, as we do not get the
quantity and quality of the essential nutrients from our food. How
do I know? Well I have tested foods myself.
Here in Western Australia tests carried out on
oranges showed we get about 70mg Vitamin C from a single orange. Now
the R.D.I. for Vitamin C (for men) is 40mg per day. So why do we
need supplements? Well, first we should ask what is the R.D.I. based
on and to prevent what?
R.D.I.'s in Australia are in urgent need of
significant upgrading as the R.D.I. of 40mg of vitamin C, for
example, will probably ensure we don't get rickets or scurvy. Big
deal! What we need to know is the R.D.I. that will assist in the
achievement of optimum health. In this example the amount of vitamin
C would need to be around 800-1000mg per day. That's 200% more than
we thought we needed. That's why one leading nutritional scientist
describes the present R.D.I. as the "Ridiculously Deficient Intake".
The range of supplements available to the public
ranges from excellent to very poor. Also the body requires vitamins
and minerals in extremely small but precise amounts and in synergy,
so the chances of you getting it right by walking into a supermarket
and grabbing a handful of pills, is almost nil!
So find a good naturopath or doctor who
specializes in nutritional medicine and have them assess your
In choosing a brand of supplements look for the
- The manufacturer is a respected organization
with a good reputation.
- The products should be security sealed with a
full description of the full ingredients listed on the packaging.
- The ingredients should consist of plant foods,
not animal foods.
- Ask if the product has been tested on rats/mice
or on human cell culture? After all the products are going into
you, not a mouse!
- That the products are manufactured to the
"pharmaceutical" standard and not just to the "food" standard.
Finally remember that nutritional supplements are
just that... supplements. They are not an instant fix for your
problems and they should not replace a good healthy diet including
fresh juices, exercise and meditation for stress management.