Doctors Say No Herbs With Chemo


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Thursday, November 16, 2000 8:59 PM


My friend is starting chemo next week.

Her doctors told her absolutely NO herbs or vitamins, no antioxidants, while she is on the chemo. She has been doing an herbal program which is helping and she doesn't want to stop.

Not using herbs and vitamins doesn't make much sense to me. I know of people who have used herbs right along with their chemo and it helped them not loose their hair, and helped keep their energy up.

So do any of you know what reason there would be for the docs to say NO herbs? I am not familiar with the different types of chemo drugs out there.

Thanks for your input.




This is quite frustrating, but here is their theory!

Chemotherapy creates free radicals, their theory is that free radicals may aid in killing off the cancer. And of course antioxidants fight free radicals. But, quite the opposite is usually the case, with the free radicals actually causing more caner!!!!!!

The statistics for getting more or even a different type of cancer when on heavy chemo is quite frightening. Also, Doctors have this notion of starving the body of nutrition in order to starve the cancer. What type of treatment is that??????

But in the end, we have to do what we feel is best for us, I wouldnt go with out the herbs NO WAY!