I am asking for anyones experience and/or advice on how to treat tumors. Any information about this is greatly appreciated. I do not really believe in hospital-type treatments (like radiation etc...) unless maybe it is the only option. So, I was wondering if anyone had information or experience with different treatments for brain tumors. I have included a letter below that my step-grandmother wrote to our family explaining my grandfather's condition. My mother in Ginny (which will become clear from the email) so my grandfather will be staying with us when he goes in for sugary. Ijust want to be as helpful to them as possible at this time. I don't know whether it would best for me to just stay quiet and let them and the doctors do their thing. Or, if I should offer an alternative method for dealing with brain tumors. As I stated above, any advice/comments are greatly appreciated. Also, the email is pretty long, so I really just appreciate anyone who takes the time to read it.
Karrie, thank you so much for your story and prayers! Your story is absolutely the most amazing thing I have ever heard- I just can't get over it! I am seriously considering fasting for a day and praying for my grandfather, although unfortunately I know my family will not be too receptive of this idea if I suggest it to them. I, however, and a strong believer in the power of prayer and intention. I hope my prayers can have a positive impact for my grandfather.
The power of intention is HUGE!
In our yoga group we regularly chanted for distant sufferers, to find their pain has lessened, their suffering eased and ceased. The most powerful one was one baby born premature, and the whole saddhana was dedicated and chanted for her getting over some kind of infection. 40 some of us practicing yoga and meditation was very healing for the baby, far away, and of course for us as well. The baby is now a grown adult.
Of course, as you say Karrie, it could have happened without our prayers, it does happen all the time, people getting better, but the sudden improvement was so amazing to hear about, that just about took our breath away.
May all be well, may all be happy.
In my prayers as well, Em.
Sorry to hear about this,
I had a similar situation with my uncle who was diagnosed with a brain tumor under similar circumstances as your grandfather, though he was only in his early 50's. As far as what you should do? Well first and foremost make sure you are there for your everyone in your family who needs you to be. But I am assuming you want to provide some sort of health advice to your grandfather and/or whoever will be caring for him. First just keep in mind that there are many different types of brain tumors and that there is no evidence that simply getting someone to go 811 will cure anything. Even though surgery to remove the tumor is extremely invasive, it is generally the first procedure attempted. With my uncle, they weren't able to remove all of the tumor. This is a common case with brain tumor surgeries and sometimes they remove all of it the tumor only to find that it regrows. Great approach right?
Anyway, you'll want to focus on maximizing your grandfather's health for the surgery. Since there will be inevitable brain damage, you want to focus on nutrition that helps release B.D.N.F a hormone that signals the brain to repair and rejuvenate. Food-wise, this is blueberries and the spice turmeric. Of course, you'll want your grandfather on lots of fruits and vegetables too, but those in particular will be very beneficial. Do you think you could get him on vegetable juice? Many times this is a good way to get a lot of nutrition into the sick until they learn to eat large salads. Supplement wise, there are some fantastic choices such as Acetyl-L-Carnitine, Pantethine and DHA. These all release the aforementioned BDNF. Acetyl-L-Carnitine in particular works unbelievably well at repairing brain and nervous system injuries. With all these get him to check with his doctors to make sure there is no interaction. But make sure the question posed is "Are the any known interactions with these supplements and the medication he is on?" Any other question about using supplementation with cancer treatments such as "What do you think of _____?" will likely be dismissed quickly. So keep asking "Why not?".
So if the surgery doesn't work and they go to radiation you'll want his antioxidant level to be as high as possible. This will keep the collateral damage low. Remember, many plant nutrients can actually cause cancer treatments to more effectively kill malignant cells while protecting the healthy cells at the same time which is really cool! Again, I need to mention turmeric and the compound curcumin which has the most anti-cancer properties. Not only does curcumin metabolize in cancer cells and cause them to commit suicide, but it also is protective against healthy cells. The M.D. Anderson cancer center actually concluded in a study that taking curcumin reduced brain inflammation from brain cancer radiation therapy. This is huge because the inflammation from radiation is what causes many of the long-term side effects of the treatment. Further, if chemo is brought into the picture, curcumin can also cause more of the chemo to enter into the cancer cells and less of it to effect the healthy brain cells.
Give him lots of little tips if he isn't used to healthy eating and try not to come off as preachy! This was basically my approach with my uncle. I don't think he ended up doing anything I suggested. He survived all the treatment with a low chance of recurrence but the endeavor has changed him. He is much slower to speak and think than he used to be and has begun to gain weight. Hopefully your grandfather will have better luck! Good luck to you too!
Thank you so much all of you for your kindness, support, and advice! Ben, your tips and information for pre-op nutrition and supplements was extremely helpful, and I am in the process of researching for information. I'd like to create sort of a plan of helpful options/suggestions that my grandfather can choose to use before surgery if he is interested. He's very kind and receptive, which is a good thing. My step-grandmother is a little more controlling, but hopefully she will be open too. Thanks again everyone for your time in reading, posting, and praying- your support really does mean the world to me!
Also, I wanted to ask kind of a silly question. I am not as spiritual as I'd like to be. I am a very busy full-time student, and unfortunately have not devoted the time to spiritual practice/growth. Many of you all seem to be pretty experienced in this field however. Is there any suggestions you all have for prayer and increasing one's spiritual practice? I just don't really know how to go about praying for my grandfather, if this makes sense. I want to do it in the most effective way possible.
Each of us come from a different background, taken different paths, but all of us want happiness unveiled.
To get to that inner gem, you must do a careful dusting, removing the stories that cloud our vision.
Sit or lie down, relax your body, and come to a place of NOW in your head. Allow all feelings and emotions to come by, but instead of going with them, let them float away on a raft. Just for now, let all those feelings become separate from you, lying there observing your mind. In a few minutes, 10 or more minutes, you should be able to come to a peaceful place, where all is quiet, everyone left, only you are here, observing the peaceful place.
Know and feel it convincingly, that you are this beautiful being, a gem, now shining forth, and bringing light to all those who suffer. Picture your grandfather as a healthy, vibrant, smiling person, going about, doing his favorite things he likes to do. Concentrate all your thoughts, really strongly on these positive images of him.
Imagine any lovely actions you will do with him, holding his hands, or just walking along with him. Keep focusing for a few minutes, bringing yourself back to this task if your mind wanders, or doubts arise.
Focusing is very difficult for most people, some can do it for a few seconds, some can do it for a few minutes, very few can do it for half an hour. Interruptions come, and you have to go back to the same focus.
We focus just prior to meditation, it is hard work.
So do this, and stay here as long as you can. Then let go of the images, just stay still, the emotions will come back, and you'll have to get back to life, keeping him in your heart.
Some disciplines will tell you to pray a certain way, with a certain prayer or a mantra, but for that you need a teacher to guide you.
When we practiced yoga for the benefit of a suffering being held specifically in our focused attention, it was a very hard practice. We chanted in the beginning (the Gayatri mantra), and practiced for an hour, then concluded with savasana and meditation.
For a truly uplifting inspiration I would recommend the Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda, available in paperback and ebook (free on Amazon.com, the 1946 edition, which is the best).
I will send positive vibes your grandfather's way. Look up chlorophyll therapy, as well as cancer treatment through diet and liestyle. I wish I had done more and been more central in fighting cancer when my grandmother had it. I was afraid to support this diet and lifestyle as an alternative becauseof what my family might say. I regret it EVERY DAY. I wish she was here and I know if I could go back I would fight for her and be right there, feeding her raw foods all the way.
Great reccomedations everyone! I have written all your suggestions down, and will be busy researching and compiling ideas for my grandfather.
Yogaranka your advice for deepening my spiritual practice and prayer was very inspiring! I am interested what type/s of yoga do you practice?
Sending you and your grandfather prayers!
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