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The following is a list of ‘alternative’ treatments that we used for Sevanah during her D.I.P.G. battle, received personal testimony about for its effectiveness with brain tumour symptoms, or discovered through our research about D.I.P.G. Please be advised, we are NOT endorsing any of these items on the list or giving medical advice. If you choose to use ANY alternative products or natural products, you must consult with your medical team in advance.  Due to the location of D.I.P.G. and the vital bodily functions it affects, such as blood pressure and heart rate, you must be careful not to use some of these with certain types of medications. Connect with a Naturopathic doctor to help you navigate natural options that will best compliment the traditional cancer treatments you are using. We also encourage you to journal amounts and/or times used each day for both safety and effectiveness. Integrative Oncology utilizes natural and complementary therapies that are evidence-based alongside traditional cancer treatments. The purpose and goal is to improve the quality of life for the cancer-fighter with individualized care that works best for them. 
CAUTION! Monitoring fluid intake for children with brain tumours like D.I.P.G. is essential The body will often want less than the prescribed fluids—perhaps 80% less than kids who are busy, active and feeling good Increasing and decreasing fluids and feeds should be based on the child’s symptoms As D.I.P.G. progresses it makes the absorption and processing of food more difficult which causes fluid to end up accumulating in places that causes discomfort for the child Excess fluid can also pool around the brain resulting in serious complications and/or death For example, our medical team suggested that 250mL of water/daily through Sevanah’s GI tube in combination with food was sufficient
Cannabis Products  A controversial topic but research shows it is a positive pain and seizure management tool, and a possible inhibitor of glioma cell growth. Cannabinoids have also been shown to relieve radiation symptoms. Many parent testimonies regarding D.I.P.G. include the use of cannabis products to minimize pain and D.I.P.G. symptoms. Research Support The use of cannabis in supportive care and treatment of brain tumor The Combination of Cannabidiol and Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinol Enhances the Anticancer Effects of Radiation in an Orthotopic Murine Glioma Model A Combined Preclinical Therapy of Cannabinoids and Temozolomide against Glioma Cannabis Drug Could Extend Lives of Brain Cancer Patients, Study Finds Cannabis Oil Pediatric Cancer and Cannabis Oil Five Case Reports Canna Moms The Endocannabinoid System and How THC Kills Cancer Project CBD (scroll down to brain) Two of the main questions parents have when it comes to cannabis oil are: (1) Do I use both CBD and THC? (2) What is the dosing amount for a child? Research shows that brain cancers require a high dose to be effective, and that both CBD and THC are necessary. That being said, you want your child to be able to function and enjoy their day so we encourage you to do what is best for them as cannabis oil is NOT a cure for D.I.P.G. but a tool for symptom management. We started by making our own using cannabis oil (CBD and THC levels unknown) and coconut oil then moving to pre-made CBD and THC tinctures from a dispensary. The tinctures were given sublingually (under the tongue). One example of suggested dosing for children with brain cancer is getting to a 1:1 ratio of 2g; Sevanah was at a 4:1 CBD/THC ratio at her highest tolerance. Here is some help with making your own oil and dosing: Phoenix Tears: Rick Simpson Oil Brave Mykayla: Pediatric Cannabis Advocate Dosage Information: How to take cannabis oil Cannabis Dosing Guide Cannabis (THC) Suppositories Cure Your Own Cancer: Cannabis Suppositories Hello MD Cannabis Infused Cream What Are Cannabis Topicals and How Do They Work? MJ Creams: Studies and Research Vaporizer for CBD Leaf Science: The Advantages of Vaporizing Medical Marijuana
Turmeric (Curcumin)  Turmeric root is a powerful anti-inflammatory that has tough brown skin and bright orange flesh. It can usually be found in the produce section near ginger root—be sure not to mix them up! Turmeric root is smaller in size. Most health food stores, ethnic markets and some grocery stores have turmeric root. Be careful when you are grating it, thanks to its bright color it stains easily. Whenever possible, use organic turmeric root. We used turmeric capsules, tea and IV’s for Sevanah. Curcumin Nanomedicine: A Road to Cancer Therapeutics Therapeutic Applications of Curcumin Nanoformulations Discovery of Curcumin, a Component of the Golden Spice, and Its Miraculous Biological Activities Green Med Info: Turmeric Cancer Active: Turmeric Turmeric Tea Recipe: 1. 2-3 pieces of organic turmeric root shredded 2. 4 cups of boiling water 3. Add shredded turmeric to boiling water and boil for 15 min. 4. Let sit for 5 minutes 5. Pour through sieve into a cup 6. Add organic tea bag of choice and/or honey for flavour
Homeopathic Banerji Protocol (Homeopathic)  Doctors Prasanta and Pratip Banerji will give (free) specific homeopathic protocols for DIPG: CONTACT The following is the protocol we received: a) Ruta Graveolens 6c: 1 dose = 2 drops in 1tsp of drinking water OR 5 pellets, 2 doses daily. b) Calcarea Phosphorica 3x: 1 dose = 2 tablets (each 1 grain); 2 doses daily The Banerji Protocol The Banerji Protocol Presentation Dr. Prasanta Banerji Homeopathic Research Foundation Research: Ruta 6 selectively induces cell death in brain cancer cells but proliferation in normal peripheral blood lymphocytes: A novel treatment for human brain cancer   Essential Oil Boswellia Serrata (Sacred Frankincense) Use 2-4 drops of oil in a diffuser up to one hour, three times daily. Available at: Young Living Essential Oils. Research: Boswellia serrata acts on cerebral edema in patients irradiated for brain tumors: a prospective, randomized, lacebo-controlled, double-blind pilot trial  Determination of boswellic acids in brain and plasma by high-performance liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry  Boswellia sacra essential oil induces tumor cell-specific apoptosis and suppresses tumor aggressiveness in cultured human breast cancer cells  Incensole acetate: a novel neuroprotective agent isolated from Boswellia carterii Boswellic acid activity against glioblastoma stem-like cells  Enhanced absorption of boswellic acids by a lecithin delivery form (Phytosome(®)) of Boswellia extract. Boswellic acids and malignant glioma: induction of apoptosis but no modulation of drug sensitivity  Melatonin  Melatonin is most often used to treat sleep disorders and anxiety but there is research showing it’s value in cancer treatments as well. We used melatonin with Sevanah: 5mg/night. In regards to cancer management, people take up to 20 mg/night. In the treatment of solid tumours with conventional therapy, such as radiation or chemotherapy, people take up to 10-40 mg/day. Of course children will need lower doses; please consult your medical team before using. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: Melatonin Role of melatonin in cancer treatment. Integrative Oncology Essentials: Melatonin Melatonin utility in neonates and children Melatonin Suppresses Activity Of Brain Tumor Stem-Like Cells 
Dietary Support The Johanna Budwig Diet There are different versions of this diet but it involves increasing the oxygen in your cells by combining different foods to increase lipoproteins and phosphatides (phospholipids) in the body. Mixing 2 tablespoons of flaxseed oil and a ½ cup of cottage cheese together twice a day in berry smoothies was how we incorporated the Budwig Protocol into Sevanah’s diet. We understood that this was not a cure for D.I.P.G. and strictly saw it as a positive dietary addition (and if it turned out to live up to it’s healing claims we would have been happy). Cancer Tutor: Budwig Diet Protocol (protocol halfway down page) An important introduction to Dr. Budwig's protocol Budwig Protocol: Dr. Johanna’s Natural Cancer Recipe Juicing There are many great juicing recipes on-line. The trick is to find some that your child likes which add much needed nutrients to their diet. Juicing should be an addition to healthy eating. We added juices because Sevanah could not chew raw veggies or fruit very well and it took her a very long time to consume adequate amounts of food. It was recommended that we change Sevanah’s diet to at least 80% raw foods but this is very difficult for D.I.P.G. children who have trouble chewing and swallowing, and are prone to stomach upset so we added juicing instead. The Benefits: Mesothelioma Centre: Pros and Cons of Juicing and Blending for Cancer Patients Oncology Nutrition: Juicing and Cancer  Chris Beat Cancer: I juiced to Beat Cancer and Turned Orange!    “Cut the Crap” Children with D.I.P.G. need a healthy immune system to, not only battle the tumour, but the side effects of treatment. This means cutting out processed foods and refined sugars as much as possible. Don’t get too carried away, however, it is important that your child enjoys the food they can eat! Nutrition and cancer: A review of the evidence for an anti-cancer diet Harmful Effects of Excess Sugar 
Research shows that gliomas use fats rather than sugars to fuel growth: Newcastle University: Breakthrough in brain cancer research made by Newcastle experts -June 30, 2016 “In the study, scientists showed that glioma cells grow more slowly if they are treated with a drug, known as etomoxir, which prevents the cells from making energy with fatty acids. This discovery provides initial evidence for pursuing new therapeutic avenues to target fatty- acid metabolism in the clinical treatment of brain tumours to slow the progression of the disease. The team highlight that this study does not address whether nutrition or diet influence tumour growth. Dr Stoll said: “We tested etomoxir in our animal model, and showed that systemic doses of this drug slow glioma growth, prolonging median survival time by 17%. “These results provide a novel drug target which could aid in the clinical treatment of this disease for patients in the future.”
Mushrooms: Shiitake (Lentinula edodes) and Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) Mushrooms  Mushrooms are known for their anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties. Medicinal mushrooms have been used in Eastern cultures, particularly in Traditional Chinese Medicine, for centuries. Here is medical research showing their anti-tumoural effects and health benefits: U.S. Pharmacist: Adaptogenic or Medicinal Mushrooms Recent developments in mushrooms as anti-cancer therapeutics: a review Potent Anticancer Effects of Bioactive Mushroom Extracts (Phellinus linteus) on a Variety of Human Cancer Cells Lentinan from shiitake selectively attenuates AIM2 and non-canonical inflammasome activation while inducing pro-inflammatory cytokine production Antitumor Activity of Extracts from Medicinal Basidiomycetes Mushrooms Structure and inducing tumor cell apoptosis activity of polysaccharides isolated from Lentinus edodes Baking Soda (bicarbonate) and Lemon (citrus limon) Lemons are thought to have anti-carcinogenic properties while baking soda is said to be alkalizing. Together, they are seen as a super cancer fighting duo. Combine 1tsp of baking soda with the juice of half a lemon in distilled water twice a day Research says: Flavanones: Citrus phytochemical with health-promoting properties Bicarbonate increases tumor pH and inhibits spontaneous metastases Lemon & Baking Soda Shown To Be Powerful Healing Combination Didymin: an orally active citrus flavonoid for targeting neuroblastoma Chemopreventive Agents and Inhibitors of Cancer Hallmarks: May Citrus Offer New Perspectives? Organic Aloe Vera Juice We added 2 Tablespoons of organic Aloe Vera juice to Sevanah’s water daily. Aloe Vera is part of the phytochemical family that is showing many cancer-fighting benefits. What Are the Health Benefits of Drinking Aloe Vera Juice? Cancer therapy with phytochemicals: evidence from clinical studies   Vitamin D We used the liquid form for infants and added it to Sevanah’s applesauce. Medical research has shown a connection between Vitamin D and gliomas in regards to cancer development, prevention and treatment: Vitamin D in childhood cancer: a promising anticancer agent? Targeted delivery of vitamin D3-loaded nanoparticles to C6 glioma cell line increased resistance to doxorubicin, epirubicin, and docetaxel in vitro Vitamin D receptor expression is associated with improved overall survival in human glioblastoma multiforme Induction of apoptosis by vitamin D metabolites and analogs in a glioma cell line NIH: Vitamin D and Cancer Prevention Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) High-dose IV Vitamin C has been shown to reduce and stabilize tumours in medical research. There are even claims that it has cured some people of their cancer (not brain cancers). ADVISORY: It is imperative that you consult with experts that know the appropriate daily fluid intake for children with D.I.P.G. before using IV treatments. The research says: NIH: Vitamin C High-Dose Intravenous Vitamin C Treatment of a Child with Neurofibromatosis Type 1 and Optic Pathway Glioma: A Case Report Pankiller effect of prolonged exposure to menadione on glioma cells: potentiation by vitamin C High-Dose Vitamin C (PDQ®): Patient Version IV Vitamin C Boosts Chemo's Cancer-Fighting Power?
Integrative Therapies Integrative, complementary and alternative seem to be interchangeable depending on who is using them to describe therapy outside the definition of ‘traditional medicine’. We are using the term integrative for this section to describe therapies such as massage, acupuncture, expressive play therapy, music therapy, etc. Types of Integrative Therapies which Help Cancer Patients Centre for Expressive Play Therapy Music  There is Music Therapy available to cancer patients in many medical facilities. We used peaceful music, such as classical and Worship, at home to help Sevanah relax.   Creative Arts Beneficial to Cancer Patients Music therapy in supportive cancer care
Other Himalayan Salt and Lights For Himalayan salt baths use warm not hot bath water. Add enough salt to make the child float and let them soak. This works as a detoxifying bath, and children love floating in the water. We bought ours from Nature’s Fare. Himalayan Salt Lights clean the air of pollutants and allergens, and help to improve mood. The Benefits of Himalayan Salt 10 Incredible Ways Himalayan Salt Will Change Your Life Magnesium Spray We used a topical magnesium spray to help alleviate sore muscles.
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The following is a list of ‘alternative’ treatments that we used for Sevanah during her D.I.P.G. battle, received personal testimony about for its effectiveness with brain tumour symptoms, or discovered through our research about D.I.P.G. Please be advised, we are NOT endorsing any of these items on the list or giving medical advice. If you choose to use ANY alternative products or natural products, you must consult with your medical team in advance.  Due to the location of D.I.P.G. and the vital bodily functions it affects, such as blood pressure and heart rate, you must be careful not to use some of these with certain types of medications. Connect with a Naturopathic doctor to help you navigate natural options that will best compliment the traditional cancer treatments you are using. We also encourage you to journal amounts and/or times used each day for both safety and effectiveness. Integrative Oncology utilizes natural and complementary therapies that are evidence- based alongside traditional cancer treatments. The purpose and goal is to improve the quality of life for the cancer- fighter with individualized care that works best for them.
CAUTION! Monitoring fluid intake for children with brain tumours like D.I.P.G. is essential The body will often want less than the prescribed fluids—perhaps 80% less than kids who are busy, active and feeling good Increasing and decreasing fluids and feeds should be based on the child’s symptoms As D.I.P.G. progresses it makes the absorption and processing of food more difficult which causes fluid to end up accumulating in places that causes discomfort for the child Excess fluid can also pool around the brain resulting in serious complications and/or death For example, our medical team suggested that 250mL of water/daily through Sevanah’s GI tube in combination with food was sufficient
Cannabis Products Cannabis Products Turmeric (Curcumin) Turmeric (Curcumin) Homeopathic Homeopathic Dietary Support Dietary Support Integrative Therapies Integrative Therapies Other Other
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Cannabis Products  A controversial topic but research shows it is a positive pain and seizure management tool, and a possible inhibitor of glioma cell growth. Cannabinoids have also been shown to relieve radiation symptoms. Many parent testimonies regarding D.I.P.G. include the use of cannabis products to minimize pain and D.I.P.G. symptoms. Research Support The use of cannabis in supportive care and treatment of brain tumor The Combination of Cannabidiol and Δ9- Tetrahydrocannabinol Enhances the Anticancer Effects of Radiation in an Orthotopic Murine Glioma Model A Combined Preclinical Therapy of Cannabinoids and Temozolomide against Glioma Cannabis Drug Could Extend Lives of Brain Cancer Patients, Study Finds Cannabis Oil Pediatric Cancer and Cannabis Oil Five Case Reports Canna Moms The Endocannabinoid System and How THC Kills Cancer Project CBD (scroll down to brain) Two of the main questions parents have when it comes to cannabis oil are: (1) Do I use both CBD and THC? (2) What is the dosing amount for a child? Research shows that brain cancers require a high dose to be effective, and that both CBD and THC are necessary. That being said, you want your child to be able to function and enjoy their day so we encourage you to do what is best for them as cannabis oil is NOT a cure for D.I.P.G. but a tool for symptom management. We started by making our own using cannabis oil (CBD and THC levels unknown) and coconut oil then moving to pre-made CBD and THC tinctures from a dispensary. The tinctures were given sublingually (under the tongue). One example of suggested dosing for children with brain cancer is getting to a 1:1 ratio of 2g; Sevanah was at a 4:1 CBD/THC ratio at her highest tolerance. Here is some help with making your own oil and dosing: Phoenix Tears: Rick Simpson Oil Brave Mykayla: Pediatric Cannabis Advocate Dosage Information: How to take cannabis oil Cannabis Dosing Guide Cannabis (THC) Suppositories Cure Your Own Cancer: Cannabis Suppositories Hello MD Cannabis Infused Cream What Are Cannabis Topicals and How Do They Work? MJ Creams: Studies and Research Vaporizer for CBD Leaf Science: The Advantages of Vaporizing Medical Marijuana
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Turmeric (Curcumin)  Turmeric root is a powerful anti-inflammatory that has tough brown skin and bright orange flesh. It can usually be found in the produce section near ginger root—be sure not to mix them up! Turmeric root is smaller in size. Most health food stores, ethnic markets and some grocery stores have turmeric root. Be careful when you are grating it, thanks to its bright color it stains easily. Whenever possible, use organic turmeric root. We used turmeric capsules, tea and IV’s for Sevanah. Curcumin Nanomedicine: A Road to Cancer Therapeutics Therapeutic Applications of Curcumin Nanoformulations Discovery of Curcumin, a Component of the Golden Spice, and Its Miraculous Biological Activities Green Med Info: Turmeric Cancer Active: Turmeric Turmeric Tea Recipe: 1. 2-3 pieces of organic turmeric root shredded 2. 4 cups of boiling water 3. Add shredded turmeric to boiling water and boil for 15 min. 4. Let sit for 5 minutes 5. Pour through sieve into a cup 6. Add organic tea bag of choice and/or honey for flavour
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Homeopathic Banerji Protocol (Homeopathic)  Doctors Prasanta and Pratip Banerji will give (free) specific homeopathic protocols for DIPG:  CONTACT The following is the protocol we received: a) Ruta Graveolens 6c: 1 dose = 2 drops in 1tsp of drinking water OR 5 pellets, 2 doses daily. b) Calcarea Phosphorica 3x: 1 dose = 2 tablets (each 1 grain); 2 doses daily The Banerji Protocol The Banerji Protocol Presentation Dr. Prasanta Banerji Homeopathic Research Foundation Research: Ruta 6 selectively induces cell death in brain cancer cells but proliferation in normal peripheral blood lymphocytes: A novel treatment for human brain cancer   Essential Oil Boswellia Serrata (Sacred Frankincense) Use 2-4 drops of oil in a diffuser up to one hour, three times daily. Available at: Young Living Essential Oils. Research: Boswellia serrata acts on cerebral edema in patients irradiated for brain tumors: a prospective, randomized, lacebo-controlled, double-blind pilot trial  Determination of boswellic acids in brain and plasma by high-performance liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry  Boswellia sacra essential oil induces tumor cell-specific apoptosis and suppresses tumor aggressiveness in cultured human breast cancer cells  Incensole acetate: a novel neuroprotective agent isolated from Boswellia carterii Boswellic acid activity against glioblastoma stem-like cells  Enhanced absorption of boswellic acids by a lecithin delivery form (Phytosome(®)) of Boswellia extract. Boswellic acids and malignant glioma: induction of apoptosis but no modulation of drug sensitivity  Melatonin  Melatonin is most often used to treat sleep disorders and anxiety but there is research showing it’s value in cancer treatments as well. We used melatonin with Sevanah: 5mg/night. In regards to cancer management, people take up to 20 mg/night. In the treatment of solid  tumours with conventional therapy, such as radiation or chemotherapy, people take up to 10-40 mg/day. Of course children will need lower doses; please consult your medical team before using. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: Melatonin Role of melatonin in cancer treatment. Integrative Oncology Essentials: Melatonin Melatonin utility in neonates and children Melatonin Suppresses Activity Of Brain Tumor Stem-Like Cells 
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Dietary Support The Johanna Budwig Diet There are different versions of this diet but it involves increasing the oxygen in your cells by combining different foods to increase  lipoproteins and phosphatides (phospholipids) in the body. Mixing 2 tablespoons of flaxseed oil and a ½ cup of cottage cheese together twice a day in berry smoothies was how we incorporated the Budwig Protocol into Sevanah’s diet. We understood that this was not a cure for D.I.P.G. and strictly saw it as a positive dietary addition (and if it turned out to live up to it’s healing claims we would have been happy). Cancer Tutor: Budwig Diet Protocol (protocol halfway down page) An important introduction to Dr. Budwig's protocol Budwig Protocol: Dr. Johanna’s Natural Cancer Recipe The Cannabis Budwig Protocol  http://www.naturesmeds.us/docs/Cannabis BudwigProtocol.pdf  Juicing There are many great juicing recipes on-line. The trick is to find some that your child likes which add much needed nutrients to their diet. Juicing should be an addition to healthy eating. We added juices because Sevanah could not chew raw veggies or fruit very well and it took her a very long time to consume adequate amounts of food. It was recommended that we change Sevanah’s diet to at least 80% raw foods but this is very difficult for D.I.P.G. children who have trouble chewing and swallowing, and are prone to stomach upset so we added juicing instead. The Benefits: Mesothelioma Centre: Pros and Cons of Juicing and Blending for Cancer Patients Oncology Nutrition: Juicing and Cancer  Chris Beat Cancer: I juiced to Beat Cancer and Turned Orange! Health Ambition:7 Delicious Juicing Recipes for Kids    “Cut the Crap” Children with D.I.P.G. need a healthy immune system to, not only battle the tumour, but the side effects of treatment. This means cutting out processed foods and refined sugars as much as possible. Don’t get too carried away, however, it is important that your child enjoys the food they can eat! Nutrition and cancer: A review of the evidence for an anti-cancer diet Harmful Effects of Excess Sugar  Research shows that gliomas use fats rather than sugars to fuel growth: Newcastle University: Breakthrough in brain cancer research made by Newcastle experts -June 30, 2016 “In the study, scientists showed that glioma cells grow more slowly if they are treated with a drug, known as etomoxir, which prevents the cells from making energy with fatty acids. This discovery provides initial evidence for pursuing new therapeutic avenues to target fatty-acid metabolism in the clinical treatment of brain tumours to slow the progression of the disease. The team highlight that this study does not address whether nutrition or diet influence tumour growth. Dr Stoll said: “We tested etomoxir in our animal model, and showed that systemic doses of this drug slow glioma growth, prolonging median survival time by 17%. “These results provide a novel drug target which could aid in the clinical treatment of this disease for patients in the future.” Mushrooms: Shiitake (Lentinula edodes) and Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) Mushrooms  Mushrooms are known for their anti- inflammatory and immune-boosting properties. Medicinal mushrooms have been used in Eastern cultures, particularly in Traditional Chinese Medicine, for centuries. Here is medical research showing their anti-tumoural effects and health benefits: U.S. Pharmacist: Adaptogenic or Medicinal Mushrooms Recent developments in mushrooms as anti-cancer therapeutics: a review Potent Anticancer Effects of Bioactive Mushroom Extracts (Phellinus linteus) on a Variety of Human Cancer Cells Lentinan from shiitake selectively attenuates AIM2 and non-canonical inflammasome activation while inducing pro-inflammatory cytokine production Antitumor Activity of Extracts from Medicinal Basidiomycetes Mushrooms Structure and inducing tumor cell apoptosis activity of polysaccharides isolated from Lentinus edodes Baking Soda (bicarbonate) and Lemon (citrus limon)  Lemons are thought to have anti-carcinogenic properties while baking soda is said to be alkalizing. Together, they are seen as a super cancer fighting duo. Combine 1tsp of baking soda with the juice of half a lemon in distilled water twice a day Research says: Flavanones: Citrus phytochemical with health-promoting properties Bicarbonate increases tumor pH and inhibits spontaneous metastases Lemon & Baking Soda Shown To Be Powerful Healing Combination Didymin: an orally active citrus flavonoid for targeting neuroblastoma Chemopreventive Agents and Inhibitors of Cancer Hallmarks: May Citrus Offer New Perspectives? Organic Aloe Vera Juice We added 2 Tablespoons of organic Aloe Vera juice to Sevanah’s water daily. Aloe Vera is part of the phytochemical family that is showing many cancer-fighting benefits. What Are the Health Benefits of Drinking Aloe Vera Juice? Cancer therapy with phytochemicals: evidence from clinical studies   Vitamin D We used the liquid form for infants and added it to Sevanah’s applesauce. Medical research has shown a connection between Vitamin D and gliomas in regards to cancer development, prevention and treatment: Vitamin D in childhood cancer: a promising anticancer agent? Targeted delivery of vitamin D3-loaded nanoparticles to C6 glioma cell line increased resistance to doxorubicin, epirubicin, and docetaxel in vitro Vitamin D receptor expression is associated with improved overall survival in human glioblastoma multiforme Induction of apoptosis by vitamin D metabolites and analogs in a glioma cell line NIH: Vitamin D and Cancer Prevention Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) High-dose IV Vitamin C has been shown to reduce and stabilize tumours in medical research. There are even claims that it has cured some people of their cancer (not brain cancers). ADVISORY: It is imperative that you consult with experts that know the appropriate daily fluid intake for children with D.I.P.G. before using IV treatments. The research says: NIH: Vitamin C High-Dose Intravenous Vitamin C Treatment of a Child with Neurofibromatosis Type 1 and Optic Pathway Glioma: A Case Report Pankiller effect of prolonged exposure to menadione on glioma cells: potentiation by vitamin C High-Dose Vitamin C (PDQ®): Patient Version IV Vitamin C Boosts Chemo's Cancer- Fighting Power?
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Integrative Therapies Integrative, complementary and alternative seem to be interchangeable depending on who is using them to describe therapy outside the definition of ‘traditional medicine’. We are using the term integrative for this section to describe therapies such as massage, acupuncture, expressive play therapy, music therapy, etc. Types of Integrative Therapies which Help Cancer Patients Centre for Expressive Play Therapy Music  There is Music Therapy available to cancer patients in many medical facilities. We used peaceful music, such as classical and Worship, at home to help Sevanah relax.  Creative Arts Beneficial to Cancer Patients Music therapy in supportive cancer care Other Himalayan Salt and Lights  For Himalayan salt baths use warm not hot bath water. Add enough salt to make the child float and let them soak. This works as a detoxifying bath, and children love floating in the water. We bought ours from Nature’s Fare. Himalayan Salt Lights clean the air of pollutants and allergens, and help to improve mood. The Benefits of Himalayan Salt 10 Incredible Ways Himalayan Salt Will Change Your Life Magnesium Spray  We used a topical magnesium spray to help alleviate sore muscles. 
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