The Cachexian State

  “Cachexia,”  is a wasting syndrome; about half of all cancer patients eventually suffer progressive end stage weight lost and malnutrition.        The National Cancer Institute defines patients as at risk when they’ve        lost more than  10 percent  of  their usual weight.  Therefore,  a worse prognosis maybe expected  for those patients rather than the patients         that can hold their normal weight intact.

   With the best chance  of  doing this….  the American Cancer Society         urges patients to ask to be assessed  by a registered dietitian up  front,   right at diagnosis.  While that’s common  at  designated cancer centers where dietitians work on – staff,  it’s estimated that  just one – third  of  patients have access to cancer nutritionist where they’re being treated.

    Desperate patients… often hunt their own nutritional advice on the    internet but can’t tell the good from the bad advice. The No.1 Web myth:   that sugar feeds tumors cells often confuses people.  It’s  Not  True  says Maureen Huhmann….  who chairs  the  American Dietetic Association’s Oncology nutrition group. In fact, protein packed milkshakes and those smoothies can literally be life savers  for some patients.

   However,  Dr. Keith I. Block M.D.,  the  Medical Scientific Director of the  Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment  in Evanston,  Illinois states, malignancy generates the production of low grade inflammatory molecules  breakdown  lean muscle  and  can  disrupt  immune  functioning.  The heavy consumption of  fats, refined flour and sugars that’s found in the traditional  standard american diet (SAD) can increase inflammation.

   This “chronic” inflammation that contributes to a lack of appetite,  more debilitating weight loss  and  actually promotes the very disease the patient is  trying  to  fight.  Optimizing  nutrition  during  and  following  therapy  is unquestionably a vital element in – overcoming the disease.  Even relatively small degrees  of  under – nutrition are associated  with a marked increased risk of  hospital admissions and death.

   However,  my belief  you should limit your sugar  and  sugary products   that hold no nutritional value (eliminating  the sugary processed junk food while  protein  smoothies  and  yogurt  holds  merit.)  Lysine an amino acid    is important  for the replication of  new  healthy cells  warrants  additional protein. Typically a cancer patient needs as much as twice the protein of  a healthy person and 10 percent more calories for weight control.

   Some tumors bring with it greater nutritional threats than others, while gastrointestinal and lung cancer brings with it more weight lost than breast cancer.  Quinoa  a  grain with the same amino acid content as meat,  or artic char; a salmon – like protein source but less  fat reducing chances of nausea. Also supplements containing anti – inflammatory agents.  For example:  the polyunsaturated fatty acids  (PUFA) and eicosapentanoic acid  (EPA),  have been shown to be very beneficial to those suffering with cachexia.

    Better known as  fish oil products…. these nutritional supplements have been  shown  to  be truly  beneficial  to malnourished patients. EPA  has been shown to interfere with mutliple mechanisms implicated in the pathogenesis of  cancer cachexia.  While in clinical studies,  EPA  has been associated with reversal of cachexia and improved survival rates. Lastly the most important item you should consider is keeping any and all toxins out of your “LIVER,”  the liver is important to all processes in it’s ability to detox. While most say, that’s virtually impossible, advice given to me says that Milk Thistle works effectively and efficiently!!!


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