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Title: Cancer Cachexia
Post by: danialthomas on March 18, 2021, 05:29:45 pm
Cancer cachexia (pronounced kuh-KEK-see-uh) is a complex metabolic wasting syndrome caused by cancer. It is a devastating and debilitating condition encountered in more than half of late-stage cancer patients. It is characterized by marked weight loss due to a dramatic loss of muscle and body fat. It is accompanied by a lack of appetite, fatigue, decreased strength, and depression. Patients can become so frail and weak that just walking can be difficult.

Cachexia compromises the effectiveness of cancer treatment, is a strong predictor of poor prognosis and accounts for nearly one-third of all cancer deaths. Sadly, no safe and effective conventional treatment exists. Because of this urgent and unmet medical need in cancer treatment, here is what I use to counteract cancer cachexia and help rescue patients from its devastating consequences:

• Altered taste: If food does not taste normal (side effect of chemotherapy), consider taking Miracle Fruit.
• Appetite stimulant: If appetite is poor, consider asking your doctor to pre-scribe megestrol acetate (Megace®) oral suspension.
• Extra calories: If appetite is good but you need extra calories, consider adding 2-3 plant-based, high-calorie protein smoothies daily.
• Nausea: If nausea is preventing a good appetite, consider the use of taurine along with ginger/peppermint tea.
• Systemic inflammation: A major driver of cancer cachexia. If your levels of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, homocysteine, and/or fibrinogen activity are elevated, there are natural compounds that can help lower them.
• Creatine: Combats muscle wasting.
• Exercise: Combats muscle wasting.
• Imperatorin: Active component of the herb Angelica dahurica. Combats muscle wasting.
• Omega-3 fatty acids: Combats muscle wasting.
• Autophagy inhibition: Autophagy of the tumor is a major contributor to cancer cachexia. Consider the use of over-the-counter loratadine and black seed oil, or prescription hydroxychloroquine and dipyridamole.
• BPC157: This is a medicinal peptide that combats muscle wasting.
• Follistatin: This also is a medicinal peptide that combats muscle wasting.
• Oxytocin: This too is a medicinal peptide that combats muscle wasting.

Please note that this information for educational purposes only. It is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring by your personal physician. Therefore, I cannot give dosages for the above-mentioned supplements and medications. That is for your personal physician to determine.

Dr. Daniel Thomas, DO, MS
Mount Dora, Florida


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