Please note: A number of other websites refer to using bentonite clay. Please DO NOT substitute their guidelines or product for ours. Our clay is stronger in its action than a lot of other clays, different in its texture and the way it behaves. Our guidelines are designed to work with our products.
This guideline has been written by our practitioner Sarah Beesley (MHD Hons) to provide a comprehensive approach. The best result is gained when the whole guideline is followed.
The following information is not intended to diagnose any condition or to replace the advice of your doctor.
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The most immediate priority for most people undergoing chemotherapy is to give the body a means of shifting the chemotherapy drug residues without affecting the metabolism and effectiveness of the drugs. This can significantly increase the quality of life for the patient and helps to minimise the treatment side effects. In our experience Purely Earth Clay is a valuable tool which can assist in reducing the stress on the body during chemotherapy. This is likely due to its drawing waste out through the skin which is the body’s largest eliminative organ, thereby reducing the load on the liver and kidney function.
The First Step in Assistance
- We recommend using clay baths for gentle and effective detoxification. Baths expose the majority of the skin surface to the clay and the warmth of the bath will aid blood circulation which increases waste removal and nutrient supply. They help to take the load of the liver and kidneys. Baths can be used safely at 20 – 30 minutes for children who are 3 months and older. For newborns, use the bath for 10 minutes. For adults we recommend a 30-60 minute bath, starting with 15-30 minutes for the first 2-3. For how to make and use a Clay Bath Click here
- For most people we recommend 1 bath per day and to get into a clay bath as soon as possible after the chemo has been delivered. For people who are frail, we recommend starting with a bath straight after chemo and then every 2 – 3 days. These can be increased after the first 2 weeks to alternate days during treatment if desired, and then reduced in frequency after chemotherapy treatment is completed.
- Follow the baths with Purely Earth Vitamin E Cream. This is a non-chemical natural cream that nourishes and feeds the skin and will help to soothe and heal any stressed areas of the skin surface.
- We recommend that Endura electrolytes be taken while in the bath to replace any electrolyte minerals that are lost through sweating in the bath.
- Use Purely Earth Essential Detox Minerals to supply the most commonly deficient minerals required to run the digestive enzymes and liver enzymes in a highly bio-available form. The minerals will not affect rate at which the chemo drugs are metabolised but will support the liver’s ability to remove the drug residues. Use 2 -3ml of the liquid per day for adults and 1 drop per kilo of body weight for children under 10. Put into water or diluted juice.
- We do not recommend that clay be used internally while undergoing chemotherapy if the medication is being administered orally. It may interfere with absorption of the drugs. However, when the medication is not being taken, we have found that the oral use of clay can be very helpful for restoring the digestive system tissues and helping to manage mouth ulcers. For mouth ulcers, use the clay as a pack. For instruction on how to use Purely Earth Clay internally Click Here
For Cracked, Stressed or Yellowed Skin
- For any areas where the skin is cracked, very yellowed or stressed, we have found that localised packing can be very helpful. This is common on the soles of the feet and the palms of the hands when multiple chemo rounds are required. We suspect this is due to a high toxin load accumulating in the extremities. Start with packing the affected area for 1 hour every day for 10-14 days. If you feel you want to leave the clay on for longer, do so and see how it goes. After 10-14 days assess the progress. Continue daily if required, otherwise reduce to a frequency that maintains the improvement. For how to make and use a Clay Pack Click here
Additional Nutrients for Cancer Patients
The biggest challenge for many chemotherapy patients is how to support their bodies through the chemotherapy process WITHOUT running the risk of interfering with the efficacy of their treatment. The following items are recommended as basic nutrient support and provide the body with a nutrient boost that will not interfere with your standard chemotherapy treatment.
We recommend that you do not get hooked into Dr. Google, but that you work with a knowledgeable practitioner such as Sarah. If you are looking to do anything outside of the recommendations above and below, please check it with your practitioner first.
- Use 1 tsp of Kelp Powder daily in or over food. This provides essential iodine. DO NOT use if there is an overactive thyroid condition existing.
- Use Milk Thistle at 2 tabs 2 x daily with food to support glutathione levels.
- Do not use iron supplements without your doctor’s approval and adequate testing.
- Use 1500 – 2000 mg of Vitamin C daily between chemo cycles.
- Eat lots of green and colourful vegetables and a good quality protein at least 2 times a day. We do not recommend protein-deficient diets because protein is an essential nutrient required for repair, digestion and detoxification. If you choose to go vegetarian, get some good advice about how to get adequate protein within your diet changes. The World Health Organisation Standard is 1 gm of protein value per kilo of body weight. This means a 60 kg person requires a minimum of 60 gm of protein value per day in their diet. A palm size piece of fish for example, contains around 25 gm of protein content. If you become protein deficient, it will hinder both the healing processes and your ability to detoxify.
- Avoid food that comes in packets. Eat food that is as close to its natural form as possible. This means it contains more nutrients and less added toxins and a better resource base for your body to use.
- Make sure you drink adequate water. Your body needs this to make digestive juices and to clear acidic wastes.
- Include a small amount of Celtic or Maldon salt as part of your diet. Your body needs the chloride it provides to make digestive juices. Do not use table salt – it is high in aluminium and is lacking in trace minerals.
Digestion is Important
- Ensure you are passing bowel motions every day. If you are not, get advice from an experienced practitioner as to how to get your bowel moving.
- Address any signs of weak digestion such as reflux, bloating, gas and indigestion. Digestion may be improved by using Betaine HCL or 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar (ACV) in water before each meal which increases the uptake of minerals through the digestive system. For those with a history of ulcers or who are using antacid medications, we recommend an appointment with our practitioner Sarah before you try either of these.
Do not underestimate the effects of stress on your body. This can be stress due to a chronic inflammatory condition (think pain, tenderness, redness, swelling or aching), being over-busy, not breathing properly, eating foods that cause you problems, a lack of sleep, dehydration, infection, loneliness, or feeling emotionally vulnerable or unsupported.
Take Steps to Nourish Yourself
- Assess what must stay in your life and what can go.
- Assess whether the things that you think must stay, nourish you or deplete you and reassess if necessary.
- Provide a quiet space in every day that does not involve electrical devices. This allows your nervous system time to unwind.
- Seek out things, animals or people that make you laugh.
- Eat mainly food that does not come in a packet. Nature knows best how to provide balance; manufactured food does not.
- Eat regularly through the day and make good food a priority, not an inconvenience to be squeezed in amongst other activities.
- Avoid inflammatory foods – things you know you are intolerant to, or which make you feel sluggish, moody, affect your bowel or cause flare-ups of a health condition.
- Move your body without the exercise stressing it further. Exercise in a way that makes you feel good, not tired. Increase the exercise level gradually as your energy level builds.
- BREATHE DEEP. Breathing deep sends a signal to your body that you are safe. Shallow or fast breathing does the opposite. Your stress glands and nervous system will respond accordingly.
- Go to sleep before 10 pm and get up before 7 am. Your body clock requires this of you even if your head says otherwise. 1 hour of sleep prior to 12 am is worth 2 hours after 12 am in terms of the rest it provides. Avoid interaction with electrical devices (phones, computers, TV, play station, X Box, iPad, iPod and the like) for 1 hour prior to sleep and remove as many electrical devices from your bedroom as you can. DO NOT sleep with a light on and cover all digital light displays in your room, or even better, remove them.
In our experience, a lot cancer patients also have chronic bacterial and yeast overgrowths. Yeast is becoming an increasingly likely connection to the development of many common cancer types and thrives in the same anaerobic conditions that support cancer growth. If you have had a history that indicates a yeast infection or small bowel bacterial overgrowth, we would advise that you work with our practitioner Sarah. For more details about working with Sarah, go to www.selfhealclinic.co.nz.
Using the above information may result in a reduced need for medication due to improved nutrition. We advise that appropriate monitoring be put in place. For example: If you have high blood pressure which is being controlled through mediation, get a cheap blood pressure cuff and monitor any changes at home. If your blood pressure drops, ask your doctor to reduce your medication accordingly. If you are on thyroid medication or cholesterol lowering medication, get your blood levels tested regularly.
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