I have been doing a lot of research recently on turmeric and breast cancer. I read an article that discussed how turmeric has been proven to work well as an adjunct to chemo. I’m thinking that may be true, but research is often publicized and accepted only if it includes a big Pharmaceutical company; and it will get ridiculed if it’s about a natural, non-toxic therapy done alone. In any event, I do plan on using my newly discovered turmeric drink as an adjunct to Xeloda which I will be starting in a couple weeks to treat my stage IV breast cancer.
I started out with juicing the rhizome and taking the best supplements I can afford. However, because of its poor absorption, I didn’t think this was effective. I also feel I have been throwing away my money on expensive supplements when I can get a one-pound bag of organic turmeric powder for less than twenty bucks on Amazon. Plus, the research I have been reading states that a person would have to consume a lot of turmeric to reach a therapeutic level, and increase the absorption rate for it to be effective in fighting disease.
On Dr. Mercola’s website I found information on how to make turmeric work for someone looking to increase it’s effectiveness for cancer prevention and treatment. What I have started doing, after reading Dr. Mercola’s advice, is:
- Boil about 12 oz of water
- Add a tablespoon of organic turmeric
- Sprinkle in a little organic pepper (it increases absorption)
- Add a bit of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, or add some cloves depending on taste preference
- Allow to lightly boil for 8-10 minutes
- I then put it in a coffee mug that I don’t mind staining and add organic coconut milk to fill what was evaporated, which is about a quarter cup (I use Native Forest from a can; it’s thick and creamy and really makes it taste good)
- Add a little raw honey to sweeten
To my amazement it is absolutely delicious. Dr. Mercola suggests drinking this three to four times a day for anti-cancer purposes. I just started this regiment and will report back with results. If anything, I found a new healthy habit that pleases my taste buds.
Here is another recipe: http://www.healthy.net/Recipe/Health/Golden_Milk/48. I stay away from dairy because I don’t trust the treatment of cows (antibiotics and their GMO food supply), processing and added chemicals. Plus, considering turmeric is fat soluble, it may be more absorbable using the coconut milk. I get Native Forest coconut milk by the case from Amazon and love how it makes the drink creamy. It just seems like the turmeric and coconut milk are meant to be together. And, if you are using the drink for therapeutic reasons you really should use a full tablespoon of turmeric instead of the 1/8 teaspoon in the recipe.
For a forum on a breast cancer support site you can click here. If you are battling cancer, the BC Advisor is a good place to hang out with others going through what you are going through. This is a place where you may be able to find answers for your questions your doctor is not telling you. You may even have some valuable input for others.
You can access about 820 articles on PubMed (US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health) regarding turmeric and cancer here.
Ravindran, J., Prasad, S., Aggarwal, B.B. (September 2009). Curcumin and Cancer Cells: How Many Ways Can Curry Kill Tumor Cells Selectively? The AAPS Journal, Vol. 11(3), 495-510.