My son is 4 years old and has been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He has started his chemotherapy already, but please advise as to the efforts we can put in on our part.
Thank you for your email. Whilst I am not legally allowed to give medical advice, (please see my medical disclaimer), if I was in your situation I would definitely look into getting a juicer.
This is different to a blender or smoothie maker. A good quality juicer (and preferably a masticating juicer) will crush fruit and vegetables to release purely the liquid contained within. A good juicer crushes almost every single cell, so that the pulp is dry afterwards.
The reason I say this, is that you can give your child all manner of very healthy fruit and vegetables that they would not normally consider eating. If you use apples as a base, with oranges and lime to disguise the taste, you can add broccoli, spinach, carrot, and a number of other anti-cancer vegetables that have been shown to kill or inhibit cancer cells.
I know of no other way to ensure that a child will consume upwards of 12 portions of fruit and vegetables per day to support their recovery and to help minimise the harmful effects of the treatment. Kiwifruit has even been shown to prevent DNA damage.
During treatment, it may be very difficult for them to consume anything, given the side-effects of chemotherapy, but if they are getting quality raw, organic fruit and vegetable juice, then it is the best you can do nutritionally unless you also add supplements. Fresh juice is also best if consumed within 30 minutes of juicing, so that it does not oxidise.
I would also ensure that my child was getting enough omega-3 oils. The best way is to buy cold pressed organic flax seed oil and to put it on your child’s dinner. For an adult with cancer, two tablespoons per day is ideal, so for a child 5ml (a teaspoon) per day would be fine.
You can also check out the latest alternative medicine options. I appreciate that in your case, you are already pursuing chemotherapy. But in a perfect world, I would recommend you undertake a chemosensitivity test, in order to discover what chemotherapy drugs and natural compounds actually kill your son’s cancer cells, and perhaps just as importantly, which ones do not work. That way, you can focus on the most effective treatments and supplement with any natural substances that have been shown to kill his particular cancer.
But as with anything medical, I must make a medical disclaimer that nothing in this website is to be considered medical advice and that you should discuss any treatment options or nutritional choices with your doctor.
I sincerely wish you, your son and the rest of your family the best of luck and good health.