Can diet fight an existing
Once you get clean from lymphoma how do you stay clean? Any good suggestions on things to avoid? Detoxifying foods, teas, vitamins to take? Any advice is appreciated.
Diet to fight cancer?
If you are reading this you know that it's very difficult to wait
and worry about relapse.
We all wants this to be true, because dietary changes are
unlikely to have side effects and adopting a healthful diet can
improve general health, fitness, and quality of life.
... So we
wholeheartedly encourage patients and caregivers to adopt
health-promoting lifestyle practices ... including regular exercise.
However, we are not aware of any clinical studies that suggest or
prove that diet can influence the clinical course of an existing
lymphoma. If you are aware of such a clinical study, please
email us and cite the name of the report.
What about testimonials?
Unfortunately, testimonials are not evidence for many reasons:
see The Problem
herbs and supplements, be aware that herbal products
been regulated by FDA, and that herbs sometimes contain contaminants or the
wrong ingredients when examined.
proposed rule to promote (not ensure)
that dietary supplements do
the wrong ingredients
too much or too little of a dietary ingredient
contamination due to natural toxins,
bacteria, pesticides, glass, lead, or other substances
Importantly, there is no evidence that
taking herbs can influence the course of a lymphoma, or prevent a
relapse. Please see also the many caveats of
supplement use .
detoxification strategies, it's seems best to leave this
to natural processes, but it can be health-promoting to include whole foods (containing fiber) in
your diet and maintaining your hydration (good fluid intake).
... Importantly, so called detoxifying
programs may lead to electrolyte
imbalance, which can make you less well. While chronic
exposure to toxins is associated with increased life-time risk of developing
some cancers, there is no evidence to
show that detoxifying can reverse an existing cancer.
See Detoxifying as Cancer Treatment?
See Enemas -
However, avoiding sources of environmental toxins (cigarette smoke, etc.) will
help you to maintain your health and reduce the risk of secondary
diseases, even if it cannot delay a relapse, or reverse an existing
For an excellent guidance document on this topic: