In Integrative and Complementary Medicine, Where Are The Men? – Robin Daly

Men are often “tough” customers when it comes to new options in the world of health and wellness.  That’s a trend that was not lost on Robin Daly when he began digging into the world of integrative and complementary medicine for his daughter. It’s a trend he wants to change.

Men NEED options for their health as much as women, but they are often left out or overlooked, making it difficult for them to do what’s best for themselves.  There is a vulnerability that needs to be exposed for men to help them know their health matters too.

Join me today as Robin and I talk about:

  • why men are less likely to seek complementary care options for their health
  • how men can be better engaged to seek integrative therapy options in a diagnosis
  • where men can go to learn more and be empowered to make strong, personal decisions for their health
  • and so much more

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Hopkins Study Highlights Mistletoe Therapy – Baltimore Sun Front Page

Extract commonly used as cancer treatment in Europe.

By Angela Roberts

Ivelisse Page already had 15 inches of her colon and 28 lymph nodes removed to treat her colon cancer, but in the winter of 2008 she received more devastating news. The cancer had spread to her liver.

Page’s doctor, Dr. Luis Diaz — an oncologist at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York and professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine — gave her an 8% chance of living for more than two years.

Since chemotherapy and radiation wouldn’t increase her chances of survival, Page decided not to undergo either of the intensive treatments. Instead, she and her husband considered another treatment suggested by an integrative practitioner at Baltimore’s Ruscombe Mansion Community Health Center: mistletoe therapy. Though European mistletoe extract isn’t approved as a cancer treatment by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, it’s one of the most commonly prescribed therapies used to treat cancer in Europe and has been used for centuries to treat ailments such as headaches, hypertension, epilepsy and asthma, according to the National Cancer Institute.

But Page didn’t know that. When the practitioner, Dr. Peter Hinderberger, brought up extract from the poisonous, semiparasitic plant as a possible treatment, she was confused. “Wait, isn’t that the plant you see at Christmastime?” she remembered asking him.

Still, she figured she had “everything to gain and nothing to lose.” So that day in Hinderberger’s office, Page received her first injection of mistletoe extract — a decision she believes is a big reason she remained cancer-free for more than a decade after getting surgery to remove 20% of her liver.

Page’s experience with the plant’s extract, which she still injects under her skin twice per week, inspired researchers at the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center to launch what they believe was the first phase 1 clinical trial conducted in the U.S. on intravenous Helixor M, a brand of European mistletoe extract that is commercially available.

The team published the study’s findings online last month in the peer-reviewed, open-access journal Cancer Research Communications. Though the purpose of a phase 1 clinical trial is to evaluate the product’s safety and determine dosing for future research, participants in the Hopkins study also reported some disease control and improvement in their quality of life.

Dr. Channing Paller, an associate professor of oncology at Hopkins medical school and the researcher who led the study, was excited by the trial’s results. She’s long been fascinated by complementary medicine — treatments like acupuncture, natural products, dietary supplements, massage therapy and hypnosis that aren’t standard, but can be used alongside more conventional therapies to improve patients’ quality of life. Complementary treatments often don’t get the same attention as more mainstream drugs and medications, since they don’t have the backing of big drug company dollars, Paller said. But she believes they deserve the same chance to be rigorously studied.

Page agrees. For years, she’s been an advocate for the benefits of mistletoe therapy. In 2011, she and her husband started the nonprofit Believe Big, which helps cancer patients navigate treatment and connects them with doctors who offer nonconventional therapies like mistletoe injections.

The nonprofit raised more than $400,000 to fund the phase 1 trial and is now raising money for the next two stages of the study. In the first study, which was released Feb. 9, researchers recruited 21 adult cancer patients at the Kimmel Cancer Center, all of whom had received at least one standard cancer treatment, such as chemotherapy or immunotherapy, before their participation in the trial.

The researchers administered Helixor M to patients intravenously three times per week, escalating the amount of extract they received over time to determine the optimal dosage. They ultimately concluded that dosage to be 600 milligrams.

The most commonly reported side effects were fatigue, nausea and chills, and they were noted by the study to be manageable.

Researchers observed stable disease in five patients, meaning their tumors grew less than 20% or shrunk less than 30%. The results lasted, on average, for 15 weeks. Three of the five patients saw their tumors decrease in size and remain stable for two to five months, though the results didn’t meet the official criteria for “partial response,” which would require at least a 30% decrease.

“I think that’s pretty good for a natural product with limited side effects and not in combination with standard chemotherapy,” Paller said. “I was kind of impressed.”

But, she added, she was most excited that patients’ scores on a quality-of-life survey increased from the start of the study to the end, while they were participating in the treatment. If mistletoe therapy helps a patient feel better, Paller said, it could mean they’re able to tolerate standard treatments like chemotherapy and radiation for longer periods of time and potentially live longer, if that standard treatment works.

Pending additional funding and planning, phase 2 of the study will assess the efficacy of the therapy and further investigate its ability to improve the quality of life among patients, including those who are undergoing other treatments, such as chemotherapy, Paller said.

The final phase of the study — the stage 3 clinical trial — would examine how well mistletoe extract works compared with standard treatments.

Previous studies conducted in Europe have demonstrated mixed results on the efficacy of mistletoe extract in treating cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. But problems have been reported with many of these studies, including with their design, trial size, lack of patient information and lack of dose information.

In the U.S., mistletoe can be offered in integrative care centers — like the one in Baltimore that Page went to — and is listed in the U.S. Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia, but oncologists can’t prescribe it as a cancer treatment because it’s not FDA-approved.

Being scrutinized in a three-stage clinical trial is the extract’s first step in becoming approved by the federal agency and potentially being covered by insurance.

That’s Page’s dream. Although the therapy is relatively affordable — it costs patients about $200 to $250 per month to give themselves the extract subcutaneously — Page knows that not everybody can shoulder that cost.

“There are things that we can do right now that dramatically improves a patient’s quality of life, and their ability to overcome cancer,” she said. “Mistletoe therapy is one of those things that need to be available to all.”

Source: Baltimore Sun

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Common Myths About Colorectal Cancer and Prepping for a Colonoscopy

March is National Colorectal Awareness Month

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and as I’m getting ready for my annual colonoscopy, I wanted to share a few things with you. For those of you that don’t know, colon cancer is the second leading cause of death among men and women combined in the United States. It used to be that colon cancer was mainly found in those over 50, but we at Believe, Big have personally seen a rise in those, even in their twenties and younger.

Recommendations say to start at age 45, but we would suggest talking to your integrative practitioner and consider starting earlier with even a non-invasive test like a Cologuard . If you have a family history, your first colonoscopy should be 10 years prior to the family member’s diagnosis. So for example, I was diagnosed at 37, so each of my kids will have their first colonoscopy at 27 years old because they have a family history, they are unable to do the at-home test like Cologuard.

Here are some symptoms for you to look out for:

  • Ongoing changes in bowel habits.
  • Stools that are narrower than.
  • Feeling very weak and fatigued.
  • Rectal bleeding blood in the stool or black stool.
  • Weight loss for unknown reason.
  • Frequent gas pains, cramping, or feeling of fullness.


Prepping for A Colonoscopy

As I’m prepping for my colonoscopy, I wanted to share with you a few things that I’ve learned over the years. The first is to speak to your integrative practitioner about alternative preps. Consider avoiding the usual bowel prep as it wipes out all of the good bacteria from your gut. It would then take about a year to restore it, and we need it for immune function our hormone regulation and more. Out of all the conventional preps that are out there, the magnesium citrate seems to be the least destructive. Though I have found that all of them contain artificial coloring and sweeteners, which I’m actually allergic to.

I now use a combination of drinking calm without the calcium. The day before your colonoscopy, begins taking “Calm” magnesium citrate powder (make sure doesn’t contains calcium!), 1 tsp every 4 hours until you reach bowel tolerance—loose, watery stools. Keep your hydration up and move your diet to a liquid only consisting of water and bone broth two days before. I’ve tried many and my favorite is Denver Bone Broth.

Then I do colon hydrotherapy. We are going to be doing a podcast about this very soon, stay tuned. I struggled for years with my gut, and I realized a few years back that it was my conventional prep that was hurting me. Always be your own advocate and please tag and share this with those you love.

Colon cancer is the second deadliest cancer.

However, there are quite a few myths surrounding colon and rectal cancer that prevent people from getting tested.

Myth #1: “It only happens to men.”

The truth: The overall lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer for women (1 in 24) is only slightly lower than it is for men (1 in 22). Age is a much bigger risk factor than sex.

Myth #2: “I’m too young to get colon cancer.”

The truth: While it’s true that more than 9 out of 10 instances of colorectal cancer occur in people over the age of 50, the American Cancer Society recently changed their guidelines to recommend screenings starting earlier, at age 45. This is due to a sharp rise in the number of young adults diagnosed with colon cancer each year.

Myth #3: “Colonoscopies are painful.”

The truth: Colonoscopy is a common test familiar to many but not well known by all patients. Sure, it’s not exactly pleasant, but it’s not as bad as you think. For starters, most people only need one every 10 years.

To prepare for the procedure, you’ll have to avoid solid foods and take a bowel-cleaning substance the day before the procedure to clear your colon. During the procedure, you’ll receive a sedating medication to make you more comfortable, and most people can return to their normal activities that same day. All in all, the hassle is worth it. Precancerous polyps can be removed during the procedure, which is much easier than treating late-stage colon cancer, which may involve surgery, radiation therapy, or chemotherapy.

Myth #4: “Colonoscopies are dangerous.”

The truth: A colonoscopy is a medical procedure, so yes, complications are possible. Rarely, a colonoscopy can create tears in the colon or trigger diverticulitis, an infection of the pouches inside the colon wall. Overall, the complication rate is estimated to be less than 1% for all complications. Your doctor will discuss these risks with you before the procedure, but in most cases, the potential benefits outweigh the potential risks.

If you’re still anxious about having a colonoscopy done after talking with your doctor, there are other tests used to screen for colon cancer. While a colonoscopy is still the most accurate test available, you may be more comfortable with a fecal blood test (FOBT) performed every 1 or 2 years, or a sigmoidoscopy, which is similar to a colonoscopy but is less intensive.

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Natural Ways to Detox From Medical Imaging Tests

Jacqueline Genova,

Exposure to ionizing radiation is increasing rapidly in the United States.

In fact, Americans today are exposed to seven times more radiation from diagnostic medical imaging tests than they were 30 years ago due to a dramatic increase in the use of X-rays, mammograms, and CT and PET scans as diagnostic tools. Studies have shown that ionizing radiation, such as gamma rays, X-rays, and radioactive particles can cause cancer by damaging DNA.

If not properly repaired, this damage can cause harmful changes in the DNA, subsequently leading to mutations.

The chart below illustrates the radiation dosage to patients from some of these imaging tests:

Procedure Approximate effective radiation dose (mSv) Approximate comparable time of natural background radiation exposure
Computed Tomography (CT) (abdomen & pelvis) 7.7 mSv 2.6 years
CT — Abdomen and Pelvis, repeated with and without contrast material 15.4 mSv 5.1 years
CT — Chest 6.1 mSv 2 years
Chest X-ray 0.1 mSv 10 days
Positron Emission Tomography — Computed Tomography (PET/CT) Whole body protocol 22.7 mSv 7.6 years
Screening Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (3D Mammogram) 0.27 mSv 33 days

While these routine imaging procedures in conventional medicine are sometimes necessary, they do come with health risks due to the radiation they emit. For example, exposure to CT scans can increase the risk of cancer by at least 24%, with such risk lasting even years after the testing. In fact, researchers at the National Cancer Institute estimate that 29,000 future cancer cases could be attributed to the 72 million CT scans performed in the country. Furthermore, other imaging tests that don’t emit radiation, like MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging) also come with risks. For example, most doctors order the contrast dye gadolinium when ordering an MRI. Gadolinium has been shown to have toxic residual effects, especially among those with poor kidney function.

So, if you’re about to get a scan or some other type of imaging test, here are a few things you may want to consider to help your body detox from radiation exposure and heavy-metal laden contrasts:

Choose a High-Potency Supplement Containing Polyphenols
Resveratrol, quercetin, and green tea polyphenols rank among the best-studied and most potent radioprotectants. In fact, studies have shown that plant polyphenols can protect human cells against radiation-induced DNA damage.

High Dose Melatonin
Aim for 60 mg of melatonin the night before and the night after a scan. While many cancer patients actively take melatonin as part of their supplement protocol, melatonin has also been shown to have beneficial properties for the reduction of radiation toxicity in healthy tissue due its potent antioxidative properties.

Consume Detox Foods
Some of my favorite detox foods include spirulina, chlorella, kelp, broccoli, garlic, onions, wheat grass, lemon balm, parsley, avocados, kale, coconut oil, and pectin-rich foods like apples. These foods have been shown to protect against radiation-induced damage to cells and tissues primarily due to their high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Spirulina, chlorella, and pectin in particular act as natural binders, which bind to toxins and radioactive elements, drawing them out of the body.

Use Oxicell Cream
Oxicell cream is a glutathione cream. Glutathione, also known as the “master antioxidant,” protects the body from toxic metals, pollutants, and perhaps most importantly when it comes to scans – oxidative stress. Radiation can cause the production of free radicals, which lead to oxidative stress, which can further cause DNA damage and mitochondrial dysfunction. Using Oxicell in targeted areas before and after a scan can help to protect the body from oxidative stress by supporting the scavenging of free radicals that the scan may produce. Consider putting ¼ tsp of cream into your hands, and rub over your liver, your thyroid, and your adrenals, up to three times the day of your scan.

Take a Radiation-Neutralizing Bath Following Your Scan
Dissolve one to two pounds of salt with one to two pounds of baking soda in a hot bath, and soak for 40 minutes. Radiation is acidifying to the body, while a salt and baking soda soak is highly alkaline, which helps to neutralize radiation’s effect. Another thing to consider adding is bentonite clay. Clays are known for their ability to remove toxic metals because of their unusual structure of pores, which allow the clay to absorb large amounts of toxins. A magnetic clay bath is a great way to assist the body in a heavy metal detox and to remove radiation from the body.

Try Homeopathy
Homeopathy means “similar pathology,” and its science is based on a principle known as the “Law of Similars”.  This principle supports the proposition that any substance that can cause symptoms when consumed by a healthy individual can also combat the same symptoms in a person who is ill. Consider homeopathic remedies like X-Ray 30c, Cobaltum 30, Calc fluor 12 and Nat mur 6 to help your body detox from radiation. For example, taking one dose (3 pellets) of X-ray 30c the night before, morning of, and for three days after your scan may help mitigate the radiation effects. One of my favorite homeopathic pharmacies is Boiron, which you can find on Fullscript.

Eat a Healthy Diet
The best anti-radiation diet is one that is rich in ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) foods, which have been shown to help heal the body from radiation damage, and chelating foods (foods that remove toxins from the body). Among my favorite high ORAC foods are blueberries, walnuts, cruciferous vegetables, and cilantro. Some of my favorite chelating foods include parsley, cilantro, brazil nuts, garlic and onions.

Sweating helps the body eliminate heavy metal toxins (e.g. mercury and cadmium), and also reduces inflammation. In addition to exercise, a great way to help the body eliminate toxins is by sweating inside an infrared sauna. If you don’t have access to one, I highly recommend Relax Sauna. It’s a powerful, portable, and budget-friendly sauna.

Use Castor Oil Packs
Castor oil is a non-volatile fatty oil that is derived from the seeds of the castor bean. Studies have shown that castor oil possesses detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial, and wound-healing properties. My favorite way to use castor oil is via castor oil packs. Castor oil packs applied to the liver area have also been shown to support and improve liver function. Castor oil packs have also been shown to:

  • Increase lymphatic drainage
  • Detoxify the body
  • Improve digestion
  • Reduce pain & inflammation
  • Increase glutathione
  • Promote regularity & boost gut integrity

One of my favorite brands is Queen of the Thrones, which sells organic cotton and castor oil in glass bottles. Since castor oil absorbs chemicals from plastics (which can then enter the body), I recommend that you purchase it in glass bottles.

The simple act of drinking water is one of the most important pathways to detoxification. Aim to drink filtered water at least half your weight in ounces per day. If you’re looking for a high-quality filtration system, I’m a fan of Berkey Filters and

Clearly Filtered.

These are just a few protocols to follow that can help you detox, rebalance, and protect your body after radiation exposure from imaging tests.


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Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center Completed Phase I Trial of Intravenous Mistletoe

Non-profit Believe Big funded research shows mistletoe treatment safe and improves quality of life for cancer patients.

Hunt Valley, Maryland — February 23, 2023 — The first mistletoe therapy clinical trial in the United States utilizing intravenous Mistletoe has been completed by oncologists at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Spearheaded by Believe Big, a non-profit cancer assistance organization founded by cancer survivor and mistletoe advocate Ivelisse Page, the Phase I trial began in 2015 with the goal of evaluating the safety of Mistletoe use for cancer patients and determining the recommended dosing for Phase II.

In the trial, Helixor M Mistletoe was administered intravenously three times a week to 21 participants. The results indicate improvement in quality of life.

Trial results were published in February 2023 by the American Association for Cancer Research.

Download the Mistletoe clinical trial results here >


Mistletoe Prescribed Widely in Europe

Mistletoe, one of the most widely studied CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) therapies for cancer treatment, has been in common use in Europe for over a century, using extracts of the mistletoe plant. According to the National Cancer Institute, preparations made from European mistletoe (Viscum album) are among the most prescribed drugs offered to cancer patients in some European countries. However, its use has not been widely explored in the United States, where almost 1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.

Although Mistletoe is listed as an FDA approved substance in the homeopathic pharmacopeia and can be prescribed off label, oncologists cannot offer this treatment as standard of care in America until all phases of the trial are completed.

Currently, only the European species of the mistletoe plant is used for cancer treatment.  Mistletoe is one of the most prescribed complementary and/or alternative cancer treatments in Europe. Research in Germany finds it can reduce side-effects and toxicity during chemotherapy and radiotherapy, boost immune response, reduce pain, and increase survival times when used with orthodox medicine. Physicians in Europe are known to administer Mistletoe for treatment in malignant and non-malignant tumors to stimulate bone marrow activity alongside conventional treatments and to offset the side effects of chemotherapy/radiation such as nausea, vomiting, and lack of appetite. It can also be used to diminish tumor-related pain and to reduce the risk of tumor recurrence.

Since 1975, Helixor has been one of the leading international pharmaceutical companies in the field of integrative oncology and a respected manufacturer of various Mistletoe products used intravenously as well as for self-injections.


A Cancer Survivor’s Mistletoe Story

“We are at a monumental time in history that will be forever marked by the teamwork and belief by the team at Johns Hopkins, Believe Big supporters and the hand of God,” said Ivelisse Page, founder of Believe Big and a stage IV colon cancer survivor of 14 years. “I know how well mistletoe worked for me and my hope is that is becomes available to all patients.”

Page developed colon cancer at age 37, facing the same cancer that took her father’s life, her grandmother’s life, and half of her siblings. Discovering that the survivorship of stage IV colon cancer with metastasis to the liver was less than 8 percent, she made the decision to forgo chemotherapy and radiation, as it would not have increased her chances of survival. Instead, she pursued an integrative approach. After two surgeries, Page was monitored by her oncologist with scans and blood work and began her complementary treatments prescribed by her integrative physician which included mistletoe injections, a plant-based diet, homeopathy, cancer fighting supplements and more. She beat the 8 percent survival rate and has been cancer free since December 2008.


Additional Funding Needed for Phase II

Now that the maximum tolerated dose has been determined and its safety verified, it is possible to begin Phase II clinical trials, pending additional funding.

The road to a clinical trial is long, often arduous, and quite expensive. Traditionally in the United States, large pharmaceutical companies will spend hundreds of millions of dollars to begin the process and see a new drug through to a conclusion. Ivelisse Page and her Believe Big organization raised over $400,000 to kickstart this Mistletoe trial. Work has already begun to raise the funds needed for Phase II.

“This is an exciting development in the world of cancer treatment,” offers Page. “The more tools available in the medical arsenal, the more options the patient has. We are immensely grateful to the incredible staff at Johns Hopkins who have devoted their time and talents to this effort.  Our gratitude also goes to Helixor for making their Mistletoe products available for this study.”

About Believe Big

Established in 2011, Believe Big is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit founded by Ivelisse and Jimmy Page after her battle with Stage IV colon cancer. Believe Big serves those with cancer in the United States and beyond.  Believe Big offers a wide array of support mechanisms for cancer patients, ranging from nutrition therapy to Mistletoe education and patient advocacy. The organization helps cancer patients move through the overwhelming process of treatment by bridging the gap between conventional and complementary medicine to heal in all aspects of life: physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

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Contact: Jeff Davis
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First U.S. Study of Mistletoe Extract to Treat Cancer – Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center – Press Release

First U.S. Study of Mistletoe Extract to Treat Cancer

Mistletoe extract has been widely used to support cancer therapy and improve quality of life, but questions remain due to a lack of clinical trials and data to support its use. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center completed the first Phase I intravenous trial in the U.S. aimed at determining dosing for subsequent clinical trials and to evaluate safety.

The findings from the small study were reported online Feb. 9 in Cancer Research Communications.

The trial’s purpose was to evaluate the drug’s safety, but the researchers, led by Channing Paller, M.D., associate professor of oncology, also documented improved quality of life and some disease control.

The mistletoe extract (ME), known as Helixor M, was studied in 21 patients with advanced and treatment-resistant cancers of various types. The Phase I trial used dose escalation, exploring multiple dose levels delivered intravenously three times per week until disease progression or until toxicity. The study concluded the maximum tolerated dose to be 600 mg of ME.

The median follow-up duration on mistletoe was 15.3 weeks, however, the range among patients varied from two weeks to 101.1 weeks. Stable disease was observed in five patients and lasted, on average, for 15 weeks. Tumors in three participants decreased in size, and remained stable for two to five months, however, it did not meet official criteria for partial response. Patients also reported overall improved quality of life via a questionnaire. The most common side effects reported were fatigue, nausea, and chills and were manageable.

“Intravenous mistletoe demonstrated manageable toxicities with disease control and improved quality of life in this heavily pretreated group of patients,” says Paller, adding that additional Phase II studies in combination with chemotherapy are the next step, pending additional funding.

In addition, Paller says, laboratory research to better decipher ME’s mechanisms are needed, as the cytokines (cell-signaling proteins) measured in this study are preliminary and hypothesis generating.

Mistletoe extract is a semi-parasitic plant with several active ingredients that, in preclinical studies, appear to directly cause the death of tumor cells and stimulate an immune response. It has been used in Europe for several decades as a complementary medicine approach to cancer treatment alone or in combination with chemotherapy and radiation therapy but has not been evaluated in clinical trials. ME is not currently FDA approved for cancer treatment in the U.S. but is listed in the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia and is offered in integrative care clinics.

In addition to Paller, other researchers included Lin Wang, Rajendra Kumar, Jennifer N. Durham, Nilofer S. Azad, Daniel A. Laheru, Ilene Browner, Sushant K. Kachhap, Kavya Boyapati, Thomas Odeny, Deborah K. Armstrong, Christian F. Meyer, Stephanie Gaillard, Julie R. Brahmer, Ivelisse Page, Hao Wang, and Luis A. Diaz

The research was supported by the National Institutes of Health P30CA006973, and Believe Big, Inc. Study drug was provided by Helixor Heilmittel GMBH.

To interview Dr. Paller about the study, email Amy Mone,, or Valerie Mehl,

Download the Mistletoe clinical trial results here >

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Surviving a Terminal Brain Cancer Diagnosis – Alison Gannett

It’s been 10 years since Alison Gannett was diagnosed with “terminal” brain cancer and given approximately six months to live.

How has she managed to beat the odds?

Cancer is not a “generalized” disease to be treated like you’re on a conveyor belt.  It’s an “individualized” condition, and Alison credits cancer for waking her up to the root causes of disease that were plaguing her.  She describes her “check engine” light as being on, yet ignored as she tried to push herself and prove herself in life (something we are all guilty of doing whether we have cancer or not).

This incredible story of self-discovery and positivity may be just what you need to hear today.  Join us on today’s podcast as Alison and I talk about the importance of lab testing, knowing and acknowledging your family history, genetic makeup and so much more!

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Blocking Cancer Pathways with Off-Label Drugs – Jane McLelland

A cancer diagnosis is frightening.  A terminal diagnosis can be absolutely paralyzing.  But when  Jane McLelland was diagnosed with a second aggressive cancer in 1999, classified as terminal, she did not freeze.  Instead she dove headfirst into medical research because she knew she had nothing to lose.

Fast forward to 2021 and find out how Jane is trying to turn the world of oncology on its ear.  She’s not only overcome her diagnoses, but she is thriving and sharing her knowledge that she knows first hand has had a strong, positive impact on her health.

This episode will educate, inspire and encourage anyone who may be on a cancer journey today.  Join me as Jane shares about repurposed/off-label drugs, her Metro Map protocol, the effects of “starving cancer” and so much more!

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Breast Implants: Should women have them removed?

Episode #43
Breast Implants: Should women have them removed?
Today’s episode is about the personal experience of getting and removing breast implants from my friend, Kathryn Gordon.
Kathryn shares openly and honestly about her decision to get breast implants, how it impacted her health, how it impacted her marriage and her decision to have them removed. She also discusses her challenges finding answers for the health issues she was facing due to her implants.
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10 Healthy Travel Tips with Ivelisse Page

No season or virus of the year should stop you from living your best life and seeing and visiting those you love.

We all travel, some of us more than others, and travel can be laced with all sorts of stressors and air-borne illness potential.

As a frequent traveler, I have learned a lot about how to travel and stay healthy in the process.  I’ve found products that lend themselves to helping me keep my immune system functioning at it’s best and this always leads to a more enjoyable trip!

In this episode, I talk about TEN of my most tried and true travel tips.  We’ve linked products to their sites so you can learn more about many of them. Listen to the podcast below or just read the list! It’s a short podcast today, but one that I hope you find helpful as you make your 2023 travel plans!

  1. Supplements
    The first is the day before flying, the day of flying and the day after I fly, I take extra immune boosting supplements. I take between one to three grams of Vitamin C. You can determine how much for you based on your bowel tolerance. I take 40 milligrams of zinc and it’s important to take that with food so that it doesn’t upset your stomach. And lastly, I take believe it or not, 50,000 IUs of Vitamin D3. And again, it’s for the day before, the day of, and the day after. I also like to organize my supplements for the time that I’m gone by day, using these little individual mini baggies so that I can easily access daily and throw them in my pocket or a purse before meals. They just make it really handy to stay on track when you are traveling.
  2. Myers Cocktail Nutritional IV
    I do a Myers Cocktail IV before I fly. If you are unfamiliar with what this is, it’s a nutritional IV that you can either get at your integrative practitioner’s office or even at an IV bar locally. It was originally developed by Dr. John Myers, who’s from Baltimore, was from Baltimore, who used it to help his battling chronic illness. It contains, large amounts of specific vitamins and minerals that can improve your overall health and immunity. It has things like magnesium, calcium, B vitamins, zinc, glutathione and of course Vitamin C. So that is really great and I always try and plan that for a day or two before I fly.
  3. MycoShield Immune Support Spray
    Every day in the winter, whether I’m flying or not, I use MycoShield Immune Support Spray. They have a one ounce size that is perfect to fit in any carry-on. I actually met the founder at the Society of Integrative Oncology Conference one year and, I used their Host Defense Mushroom Capsules actually during my cancer journey, so it was really great to meet him. Mushrooms are a functional food and they help to augment the body’s immune system. It supports stress and fatigue reduction and provides support for daily environmental salts and deliver enzymes to support digestion and absorption of nutrients. So it’s actually all of my kids’ easy and favorite tool as you just spray it into your mouth four or five times. And they have flavors like peppermint and cinnamon, so it’s not like you’re tasting mushrooms. It actually is almost like a breath refreshment. So that is a really cool tool to have for everyday use in the winter, even when you’re not flying.
  4. Purple Coneflower spray by Uriel Pharmacy
    I travel with the Purple Coneflower spray by Uriel Pharmacy. And for sore throats, nothing better if you start to feel something coming on again, nothing better. It’s a spray version and it has the right amount of ounces so you can travel with it, and this spray is made with echinacea, sage, calendula and eucalyptus that helps to soothe and to heal. So when our kids used to get Strep or painful sore throats, this is the only thing that not only soothed it, but also helped to heal it. Telling you it’s a must-have to have in your medicine cabinet or to travel with.
  5. Air Purifying Device
    I bring my compact and portable angel air purifier. This is something new that I got probably about two years ago, and I love it for two reasons. The first being that some hotels and VRBO’s cleaning services use products that are harsh, really strong odors, and they actually affect me. So most hotels I’ve found don’t have windows that you can open, which makes it difficult to get clean, fresh air into your room. So within an hour of being turned on, not only are all the odors eliminated, but it sanitizes any exposed surfaces. So before I had this though, another solution is I would actually bring a portable essential oil diffuser. But this angel air purifier, love it. I travel everywhere with it.
  6. Stay Hydrated
    Staying hydrated can prevent fatigue. That’s a common thing, but a good rule of thumb is one glass of water for every hour you’re on a plane. So wanted to make sure I mentioned that.
  7. Aurum Lavender Rose Cream by Uriel Pharmacy
    One that I have actually used for 14 years and it’s their Aurum Lavender Rose Cream. It is the best to rub over your heart and it’s used to temporarily relieve and protect you from stress and tension, as needed. It’s really a favorite of mine. And it contains homeopathic potencies of horse chestnut, horsetail St. John’s wort, gold and myrrh. It also contains a peat extract, a lavender oil, geranium oil, rose oil, and frankincense, in a non-greasy cream base. Another newer lotion that I use every day is their Solum Aesculus Massage Body Oil. If you haven’t tried that, oh my goodness, it’s amazing too. This body oil not only has a calming effect but especially for me that’s sensitive to it. It helps fight against environmental fatigue and encourages emotional strength. It smells amazing too. And what sold it for me, and I know you might think this is funny, is that I was told by one of the workers at Uriel Pharmacy that it made her legs glisten, like Carrie Underwood’s. And I’m like, okay, anything to make my legs look like hers is definitely a plus! But it’s fantastic. So definitely another one to enjoy and to use.
  8. EMF Protection
    Electronic magnetic fields are everywhere. Now and especially in planes and at airports over the last few years I started to get more and more sensitive to them and even get migraine type headaches. I know I’ve shared this before. I discovered that it was due to the EMF levels while traveling. And even at some hotels, I didn’t realize that they would host the 3g, 4g, even 5G towers on their rooftops. I did a podcast if you’re interested to learn more about this with Dr. Devra Davis with the Environmental Health Trust about the health risks of cell phones and 5g, if you wanna learn more. But when I travel, I make sure to wear protective clothing now. I used to have jewelry that I would wear, which would help too, but my favorite now are the clothing from Lambs. I wear their baseball cap and has been more than scientifically proven and certified to block wireless radiation and UV rays. So it’s the same material that they would actually use for astronauts. So if it can help them, it definitely will help us. So by mitigating the oxidative stress like these EMF with products like Lambs it helps to balance your immune system and to fight off infections. They report that 62% of the people have also an increase in sleep quality too, which is also a great plus when traveling.
  9. Compression Socks
    When I am traveling for long distances, I love compression socks. So definitely a must to have when you’re traveling for several hours and they help to increase your circulation in the legs and also help your feet to prevent from swelling. So definitely something to look into for long flights.
  10. Exercise
    Either in your room or in the hotel gym. There are so many apps available, and sweating is such a great way to detox after a flight. It also helps to sync your circadian rhythm and post-flight information. My newest, favorite app that I’ve been using, and I love it cuz I can use it at home and also when I travel and not have any interruptions into my exercise schedule, is by Peloton, a Peloton app. And even if you do not have a Peloton bike, you can download the app and I believe it’s like $12.99 a month for the app and it has thousands of workouts on there. And if you wanna know my favorite, definitely Robin Arzón, she’s from Puerto Rico. She’s my girl and I love her. She motivates me and has really helped me on my new health journey this year. Great tip for you when you travel.

So there you have it. Today was just a very short snippet, but I really wanted to make sure I got this out there and making sure that you’re prepared. Next time you fly. I’ll make sure to add the links to the items I mentioned in the show notes in case you are interested in learning more. So have a great day and thanks for listening. If you enjoyed this episode and you’d like to help support our podcast, please subscribe and share it with others. Be sure to visit to access the show notes and discover our bonus content. Thanks again and keep Believing Big!


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*Medical Disclaimer: The information that I will be sharing today is for educational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for the diagnosis, treatment and advice of a qualified licensed professional. 
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