Natural Alternatives to Chemotherapy

Some of you may have heard this already, but even if you have, it’s good to hear it again. This is amazing information on what feeds cancer, and what other treatment is available. Being that every single person knows someone that is battling or has lost a loved one to cancer, it should be of interest to everyone…

Now this makes sense!

As an alternative to chemotherapy, holistic health practitioner’s suggest that there is an alternative way.

1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.

2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person’s lifetime.

3. When the person’s immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.

4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, but also to environmental, food and lifestyle factors.

5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet to eat more adequately and healthy, 4-5 times/day and by including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastrointestinal tract etc., and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.

7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction.

9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.

10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Foods with excess sugar can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.

11. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply.

Cancer cells feed on:

a. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc. are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses, but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in color. A better alternative is Bragg’s aminos or sea salt.

b. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy milk cancer cells are being starved.

c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little other meat, like chicken. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.

d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).

e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine. Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer fighting properties. It is best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines becomes putrefied and leads to more toxic buildup.

13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body’s killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

14. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc.) to enable the bodies own killer cells to destroy cancer cells.. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body’s normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.

15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor. Anger, un-forgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.

16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

1. No plastic containers in micro.

2. No water bottles in freezer.

3. No plastic wrap in microwave..

Dioxin chemicals cause cancer, especially breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don’t freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxinsfrom the plastic.

So your parents and grandparents are right…stay away from processed foods and eat your vegetables.

Your Resident Health Nut,



72 Responses to Natural Alternatives to Chemotherapy
  1. Tiffany
    May 28, 2012 | 12:46 am

    My father is in the early stages of colon cancer. He doesn’t want to do chemo, so he’s been eating less sugar and more vegetables. You talked about supplements that will help and I’m curious about that.

    • reneesullivan
      May 28, 2012 | 1:10 am

      Kudos to your father for reducing his sugar intake. It is so addictive and takes commitment to break the habit! Eating more vegetables is crucial to his healing…and the more he eats more of them, the less he will crave sugars.

      You have brought up a good point about supplements. When I talk to someone who already has cancer, I tell them that it’s time to bring in the “BIG GUNS” to slow the cancer and build the immune system. You can’t expect a simple multivitamin to be enough. The earlier he starts the better. I recommend Cinch non-GMO soy protein, Vivix, Vitalizer plus Iron, Nutriferon, Omega Guard, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Zinc, Stomach Soothing Complex, Optiflora Probiotic, B-Complex, Carotomax.

      It is obvious that you love your father and want to help him. I am glad that I can help you to help him.

    • Emem
      June 29, 2012 | 7:53 pm

      No doctor can ever predict the future, especially with cancers- though we are asked to do this every day. If she is old ( how old ?), she may die of natural causes before the breast cancer progresses to affect her health. I do not see why she would refuse a simple lumpectomy,but maybe she is very old. We have so little medical information here. Her doctor has all of her medical history and has examined her. That is the person to ask. I’ve seen people with advanced breast cancers live for many years.

      • reneesullivan
        July 5, 2012 | 9:32 pm

        I always encourage people to consult and coordinate with their doctor. I just know that most doctors do not pay as much attention to nutrition as they should. If you have one that is more holistic then you have a better chance of them being open to natural ways to heal. For those people who do not want to take the chance of having the negative side effects of chemo, then those are the people that I offer my services and recommendations.

        Thank you very much for your comments.

  2. Netty Stoik
    May 28, 2012 | 4:47 am

    Hi Tiffany… yes…my dad died of Colon Cancer and my husband has polyps and gets tests regularly and so thank-ful to God he is still free.. I have noticed a very significant change since taking supplements. The polyps seem to be shrinking amazing!!.. be Blessed…
    Netty 780-674-4598

    • reneesullivan
      May 28, 2012 | 1:11 pm

      I’m very sorry about your dad. My mother-in-law suffered and lost the battle with colon cancer 15 years ago. Thank goodness your husband is cancer-free now…keep on with the healthy eating, positive thoughts, and supplements. It will make all the difference for your husband. God Bless you.

      • Karamoko
        June 28, 2012 | 2:33 pm

        There’s lots of types of chemo and it can be administered in different ways. Chemotherapy literally means drug therapy’ and isn’t actually a brand of drug in itself. It can be used to treat Cancer or auto-immune diseases like Lupus. Side effects vary depending on what chemo you are having and the person involved. Sometimes people lose hair, are sick, are just tired, or aren’t affected at all.

        • reneesullivan
          July 5, 2012 | 9:52 pm

          Thanks for your input. If someone is considering natural alternatives, I do encourage them to consult with their doctor as well. We empower clients to seek knowledge from all kinds of sources to find out what is the best decision for them. Ultimately it is the patient’s decision, so it’s best to be well informed. My aunt had a great outcome (she’s been in remission for 20 years) by choosing to eat healthy and having a positive attitude. That’s what worked for her, but it might not be for everybody.

          I appreciate your comments.

          • Heather
            April 12, 2014 | 11:15 am

            I was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001. I had chem, a mastectomy and then radiotherapy. Then treated with 5 years on Tamoxifen. Then told I was in remission until I eventually went to my GP about persistent back ache 2012. Thinking I needed stronger pain relief other than paracetamol & Ibuprofen or some physio & exercises I was sent for an x Ray which showed I had breast Ca mets in my bones,liver & lungs. So I endured more IV chemo on and off up until last week ( the last 4 cycles being oral Capecitabine ). The result of my latest scan 10 days ago showed that the disease has spread in my liver & lungs. Not sure about my bones. My Oncologist recommends more IV Chemo ie Epirubicin which fills me with Horror.

            I am now seriously considering not going there. I am interested in a nutritional approach. I could give up meat but I do love one coffee a day and I drink fruit teas. I also have a sweet tooth. Live needs to be worth living. I will be 60 this July. I am 70 kg. love walking my Labradore, Truffle.

            What do you think?

          • reneesullivan
            April 12, 2014 | 2:38 pm

            Hi Heather,
            Thank you so much for sharing your story and for your comments. I apologize for not responding quickly. My website has been “under construction” for a few weeks, so I am not getting my messages in a timely manner. I will be very happy to email you some nutrition resources I have. Just let me know if you’d like me to go ahead and send them to you. My email is and If you’d like to talk about your specific situation, I can schedule a consultation with you as well.
            God Bless,

  3. Teresa Smith
    June 6, 2012 | 11:31 pm

    It is agreed that cancer is from all the toxins that affect our cells and cell growth. We have seen that a large part of building immunity and keeping the body in a nutritious state comes from removing those toxins and replenishing without chemical and artificial additives, growth hormones and pesticides in our food, but replacing with all natural and healthy things is very important.

    I have several friends and family members over the years with different types of cancer. Some in remission, and some not so lucky. Most recently I have seen that cancer patients that start cleansing and re-nourishing the body are having amazing results!

    One way that we have seen immune systems bounce back and get stronger is by drinking protein shakes (taking place of full meals) for those that do not feel like eating, have supplied their bodies with all natural health. They get strength back and feel great while cleansing.

    I truly believe that all illness comes from the toxins we are constantly feeding our bodies in processed foods and the air we breath. With proper nutrition and cleansing, the body heals itself. We have to take the steps to get it there.

    I am very blessed each day to see recovery all around me and saddened by those that did not have the chance.
    Healthy solutions should always be a priority in fighting and preventing cancer.

    • reneesullivan
      June 10, 2012 | 2:58 pm

      I agree with you wholeheartedly. I have seen people that take control of their health through natural means, have a much more positive attitude, and have a better chance of survival. It’s time people started getting back to the basics: vegetables, fruits, non-GMO soy protein, and supplements are necessary, not only for cancer patients, but for everyone.

      Thank you for your comments and God Bless you.

    • Bob
      June 29, 2012 | 2:46 am

      Generally speaking, surgery and radiation is the protocol sometimes with chemo added on top of those things. Research just hasn’t gotten beyond that yet, unfortunately. However, depending on the hospital you’re treated at, there may be clinical trials available. For information on clinical trials, visit

      • reneesullivan
        July 5, 2012 | 9:36 pm

        Thank you Bob for the info on where to get clinical trials. I appreciate your comments.

        Do you know someone who has been treated with natural healing as opposed to surgery and radiation?

  4. Oceana
    June 24, 2012 | 9:12 pm

    Renee, this is a wonderful blog and I’m so glad I found it! This post especially is so rich in information that’s not so easy to come by.

    • reneesullivan
      June 24, 2012 | 11:43 pm

      Thank you Oceana for taking the time to read my blog and comment. Feel free to pass my blog onto others who you feel will benefit from this information.

  5. Taro
    June 28, 2012 | 7:43 pm

    There is no such thing as standard chemotherapy. There are hundreds of chemo drugs and they are often used in various combinations. You cannot expect all the things that contain antioxidants to either be good or bad with hundreds of different drugs. This is why you should not take anything without talking to your oncologist first.

    • reneesullivan
      July 5, 2012 | 9:44 pm

      I always recommend and encourage clients to consult with their doctor and nutritionist. If they have a doctor that is more holistic then they have a better chance of looking at natural options. Unfortunately many doctors do not have as much knowledge or interest in nutrition, so they may or may not be open to using natural treatments as an option, especially if they are influenced by the pharmaceutical industry.

      Thank you for your comments and feedback.

      • Neil
        December 17, 2012 | 6:15 am

        My mother was just diagnosed with anal cancer and she told me she is not interested in chemotherapy nor radiation. Is there a way you can help? Please let me know

        • reneesullivan
          December 17, 2012 | 12:34 pm

          Hi Neil,
          God Bless you for caring about your mother. Yes I can help. The important thing to know is whether your mother would like to pursue a natural alternative. You/she may call or email me and we can discuss how I can help her.

  6. bob husson
    July 25, 2012 | 2:24 pm

    I really liked your article thanks very much. Just wanted to comment on 16: 1,2,and 3 regarding plastic bottles, containers and wraps. I am a degreed plastics engineer with 40 years of experience and also educated in polymer chemistry. Regarding plastic containers in the micro, if the plastic container says “safe for microwave use” that means they are high temperature plastics and are safe for that use. Regarding not freezing water in plastic bottles as they release dioxins, that is simply not true. As far as avoiding plastic wraps in the microwave, that is a good idea and something I do myself.

    • reneesullivan
      July 25, 2012 | 3:55 pm

      Thank you very much for clarifying about plastics in the microwave.I do appreciate your comments.

  7. Ed Sewell
    August 6, 2012 | 11:39 pm

    Hi Renee,
    This is a very informative column. I have been dianosed with metastatic lung cancer. What that means I,m not sure. I’ve had radiation to shrink the lump on my rib cage, which hasnt really happened, now scheduled for chemo. Any ideas for natural? I,ve heard of cansema poltice for horses etc, and seems to have worked on human as well by drawing out the toxins. What do you think?

    • reneesullivan
      August 7, 2012 | 2:41 am

      Hi Ed,
      You asked me for natural solutions for your cancer…so I’m going to give it to you straight. If radiation has not worked, then I highly suggest you take the natural approach… which is all of the things mentioned in my article with the addition of the following supplements from Shaklee: Vivix, Vitalizer, Nutriferon, Soy Protein, Alfalfa, and Omega Guard. I also suggest pure water and a positive attitude. I know so many people who have been in remission from cancer by using a natural approach and taking the supplements I mentioned. Call me at 508-320-2566 so I can help you get what you need. You can fight this!
      God Bless you,

  8. Stephanie
    September 10, 2012 | 7:08 pm

    Thankfully I found this! My uncle (whom is the only parent figure I’ve ever had) is battling cancer. This is his second time diagnosed with cancer. However, he tried chemotherapy and it was too wearing on his body. He decided to try a natural way to fight it off. I’m doing the research for him. If at all possible, can you (anyone) provide a list of things to help. I.E what kind of supplements, protein shakes, vegetables.. Anything will help at this point. Thank you!

    • reneesullivan
      September 10, 2012 | 8:04 pm

      I am very sorry that this is happening to your uncle. The good news is that you have come to the right place because I can help you and your uncle. I have researched myself and have found that Shaklee supplements are the most pure and effective supplements in the market because they are backed by 100+ studies in peer reviewed medical journals.

      When someone is already battling any type of cancer, it’s really time to bring in the “BIG GUNS” sort to speak to help the patient. There are several specific supplements that I would recommend for him that are exclusive to Shaklee. My suggestion for your uncle (and you), first and foremost, is a consultation with me (I do not charge for consultations) to get a sense of what he’s willing to do to help himself. Please email me at or call me at 508-320-2566 so that we can set up a phone consultation to discuss his needs.

      It’s obvious that you love your uncle as a father. God Bless you for caring for him so much to want to help him like you are.

  9. Brooke Waskewich
    September 15, 2012 | 7:04 pm

    Renee, you are an inspiration. My husband, who is the love of my life, recently had surgery to remove a Stage 2 6cm tumor from his lung. The surgeon got the entire tumor and with really good margins. She tested him for prostate and colon cancer and he is clear. She said that since the tumor was so aggressive, if he doesn’t have 4 rounds of chemo, there is a 30% chance of it coming back. He does not want to have chemo … I don’t want to lose him. We have begun investigating natural remedies, and in fact are planning to relocate from the smog and pollution in Washington, DC to the beach in South Carolina. We both feel that a healthier smog-free environment will be a big help, but I’m frustrated by all the conflicting views on mushrooms, supplements, and the entire natural approach.

    You sound so down to earth, which is the reason I am leaving a comment on your blog.

    Thanks so much for your response.


    • reneesullivan
      September 15, 2012 | 9:47 pm

      Reading your response brings me so much hope that there are people who really want to do the right thing in healing themselves. It’s so obvious how much you love your husband and your support is key to his progress. Unfortunately, the medical field isn’t all on board with natural approaches to cancer, however if your husband does decide to go the natural route, it still is important to keep his doctor in the loop. If you would like me to help you through this research process, I can help you find credible information to go by. Call me if you’d like me to support you through this process.

      Thank you for reading my blog and commenting. I truly believe that things happen for a reason.
      God Bless You and your Husband,

  10. dira
    December 9, 2012 | 2:58 am

    My friend has stage 4 cancer that has spread from her liver to her bones. The doctors say chemo is the best thing right now. Is there any natural medication she can take to help her get better?

    • reneesullivan
      December 9, 2012 | 3:24 am

      It’s so obvious that you care very much for your friend.It’s important to know that I always recommend and encourage clients to consult with their doctor and nutritionist. If she has a doctor that is more holistic then she has a better chance of looking at natural options. Unfortunately many doctors do not have as much knowledge or interest in nutrition, so they may or may not be open to using natural treatments as an option, especially if they are influenced by the pharmaceutical industry.

      You asked me for natural solutions for your friend’s cancer…so I’m going to give it to you straight. I highly suggest that your friend take the natural approach… which is all of the things mentioned in my article with the addition of the following supplements from Shaklee: Vivix, Vitalizer, Nutriferon, Soy Protein, Alfalfa, and Omega Guard. I also suggest pure water and a positive attitude. I know so many people who have been in remission from cancer by using a natural approach and taking the supplements I mentioned. If your friend is interested in a natural approach, she can contact me.
      God Bless you and thank you for your comments,

  11. Mary Jean
    January 2, 2013 | 2:58 pm

    Hi Renee, I just had surgery 2 weeks ago today for stage III colon cancer. They want me to do chemo for six months because the cancer cells were found in 3 out of 12 lymph nodes. The drs and my family are really pushing for me to do it because I am only 46 but I really hate the idea of poisoning and damageing my body when there is a good chance I can be cancer free now from the surgery. I have 2 young children still at home to take care of so I really want to make the best decision, and I don’t want to be sick for the next six months. I am very intrigued by what you are saying here and I wonder how these suppliments work and if they are expensive or not? thank you for your help ( : Mary

    • reneesullivan
      January 2, 2013 | 3:22 pm

      Mary Jean,
      First of all, I am sorry for what you’re going through. It must be hard trying to sort out information that doctors, family, friends, research from the internet, etc. Just keep in the back of your mind that your family and friends love you and they are only trying to help you with what they “know or think they know.” Keeping a positive attitude is the most important part of this process, so do your best to try to reduce stress and relax (I know easier said than done, right?)

      If you would like to talk to me personally about food/supplements that can help you, please contact me via email or phone 508-320-2566. I can talk to you more specifically about your concerns, and provide you with more information about natural supplements that you are interested in trying.

      God Bless you,

  12. H. Sage Featherston
    January 26, 2013 | 9:30 pm

    All of this information is -wonderfully- helpful; do you have articles and studies I can reference to see the empirical side of these facts? They could help in our case for refusing the 2 year “maintenance” regimen they are force feeding my 4 year old neice.

    • reneesullivan
      January 27, 2013 | 1:48 am

      Hi H. Sage,
      You asked a very good question about articles and studies that I can reference for you. There are not many out there because as you are finding out…the medical field is only slowly beginning to accept the natural/holistic view of treating patients. I know how difficult this process may be for your niece’s family. It’s obvious you realize that there are safer ways to help your niece. What her parents should understand is that they have a right to choose the treatment that they feel is best for her. The doctors can not force them to treat her in ways they are not comfortable with. The key is to do your best to pursue natural alternatives, while still trying to keep her current doctor in the loop.

      On that note, I do have a few references for you. The first one, Dr. Stephen Chaney, I respect very much as his credentials are outstanding in the field of cancer research and nutrition in general, and he supports the same natural nutritional company that I do. The other two resources I came across are good as well:

      I hope this is helpful to you. Please let me know how things work out.
      God Bless You,

  13. Deneen
    March 2, 2013 | 12:24 am

    I was interested in knowing how to find your blog.

    • reneesullivan
      March 2, 2013 | 12:37 am

      Hi Deneen,
      Thanks for your interest in my post. To get to my blog, just go to, and click on any tab that you’re interested in. I’d be interested in your feedback as well.

  14. Shirley
    March 13, 2013 | 4:25 am

    My dad has non hodgkins mantle cell lymphoma. He just went through 2 chemo therapies that nearly killed him. I would like to consider going the natural route instead. Can it be done? What should he take as supplements? Can you help with info?

    • Renee Sullivan
      March 13, 2013 | 8:34 pm

      Hi Shirley,
      I am basically what you might refer to as a nutrition librarian. I disseminate credible information from reputable sources in the form of documents and CDs. I’d be happy to share this information with you and any suggestions I might make based on my experiences. If you would like this correspondence, please reply with more detail so I can tailor what I send you.

  15. Hikisha Branch
    March 15, 2013 | 4:30 am

    Hi Renee, I stumbled across your webpage by researching other alternatives to chemotherapy. I believe you are a God send because you provided me with so much hope and joy. I have undergone acute congestive heart failure, lung failure, and kidney failure after just 3 rounds of chemotherapy. By the grace of God I am still here and my heart is returning back to normal. Now Im not taking any chemotherapy and my doctor has informed me that I can look into taking any complimentary therapies except glutamine while I wait to be scheduled for surgery. The question I have for you is how to go about taking this natural approach of fighting cancer with having type 1 diabetes as well. I would really like your advice. Thank you so much for what you do.

    • reneesullivan
      March 15, 2013 | 12:56 pm

      Hi Hikisha,
      It is so nice to meet you, and I am so happy that you are here to ask me for help. I am basically what you might refer to as a nutrition librarian. I disseminate credible information from reputable sources in the form of documents and CDs. I’d be happy to share this information with you and any suggestions I might make based on my experiences. If you would like this correspondence, please reply with more detail so I can tailor what I send you. My email is
      God Bless You,

  16. Craig Martin
    May 20, 2013 | 10:40 pm

    Hi Renee, I have been diagnosed with stage 4 Lukemia(CLC). I have had 2 sessions with chemo that last 4 days out of a month. My last session was the absolute worst although my doctors say I am doing very well.I have at least 6 more sessions before there is any conclusion about my status. I have read on how to eat better and am loooking for supplements to help my healthy cells fight the disease.I have your email and number and will use it if I get no response on the blog.

    • reneesullivan
      May 21, 2013 | 1:54 am

      Hi Craig,
      I feel very blessed that you have contacted me. I can help you out, just contact me via email or phone and I can discuss with you what’s right for you.

  17. Adam
    May 21, 2013 | 12:46 am

    Hi, just through curiosity, I have been doing a lot of research on natural cures and was wondering why supplements would be better than organic foods, after all isn’t that what we are supplementing, the goodness that has been taken out of our fruits and vegetables. Either way it’s great to see sites with genuine people providing excellent information for people to understand cancer better, it’s sad that the only place we can do this is the Internet. So thankyouuuu!

    • reneesullivan
      May 21, 2013 | 1:58 am

      Hi Adam,
      Nothing can take the place of raw, whole organic foods such as vegetables, fruit, and non-GMO soy. However, with the soil the way it has been depleted in the past 50 years, the need for supplementation is more apparent. I don’t recommend that people replace natural foods with supplements, I recommend they add them to their daily regimen to get optimal nutrients and well-being. Thank you so much for commenting on my blog.

  18. Carol
    June 12, 2013 | 6:39 pm

    Hi Renee

    Wonderful article, please keep writing. My husband was recently diagnosed with Bowel Cancer and has surgery coming up quickly. We chose to take control. In addition to the surgery, we immediately made an appointment with a Doctor in Naturalpathic Medicine. I highly recommend anyone dealing with cancer to look seriously at working with a licenced naturalpath as an additional option to fighting cancer. His diet has changed considerably, and he is taking supplements. One thing I did not see on your site (maybe I missed it) was the removal of wheat (gluten) from the diet. He is on a gluetin free, sugar free diet. Your advice on how important diet is, is bang on. It is very easy to make your own power smoothies / juices and there are many sites here on the web that offer excellent recipes. Keep up the good fight.


    • reneesullivan
      June 12, 2013 | 8:45 pm

      Thank you so much for checking out my post. Kudos to you and your husband for finding a naturopath physician! I would agree that removing gluten or casein from the diet would greatly help cancer patients.

      What type of supplements is your husband taking?

      • Carol
        June 13, 2013 | 1:00 am

        Hi Renee

        Our first visit with our naturalpath physician consisted of providing him with the necessary information he required to help us develop the right course around the diet and supplements my husband required for his specific needs. He is taking Vitamin B12, Vitamin D3, pro biotic, and a few specialty blends specific to help his colon and liver and a specific multi vitamin. In addition, he was also given supplements to help detox his body at the beginning.

        I need to say to those who are reading this and searching for help, simply walking into the vitamin section of your grocery store and loading up on everything your friends recommend is not necessarily the best thing to do. Please seek professional advice. Cancer is different for everyone, and everyone’s body responds differently to a specific combination. Additionaly, some can interact negatively for those taking chemo. So it is very important to educate yourself and keep open communication with the physicians you are working with.

        Do I believe Cancer can be beaten – absolutely!


        • reneesullivan
          June 13, 2013 | 3:27 am

          Your comments have been so helpful, especially those who are new to this process. I agree that simply walking into the vitamin section of a store is not a good idea. You absolutely need to consult with a professional who is versed in natural supplements, because there is a HUGE difference in the quality and type of vitamins, and as you mentioned….the personal needs of the client. This is one of the services I provide for those people I have the pleasure of consulting with.

          Thank you so much for reaching out to help others.

  19. Patricia Tuurner
    June 13, 2013 | 6:07 pm

    I have been diagnosed with Infiltrating ductal Carcinoma and do not want to take chemo. Can you offer some advice on vitamins or supplements that fight off or kill cancer cells.

    • reneesullivan
      June 13, 2013 | 8:25 pm

      Thank you for reaching out to me. I do have suggestions of vitamins and supplements, but that is based on you as a person…what you want and need. If you’d like to have a consultation with me, feel free to call me at 508-320-2566 and I can discuss your specific situation with you.
      God Bless,

  20. rose
    June 28, 2013 | 5:33 am

    Thanks for this post. It really made my mom feel comfortable with her decision to start the natural way and declined chemo. Mom was always crying cause there is no oncologist here that supports her decision, they were all pushing her to do chemo like that is the only option she have.

    • reneesullivan
      June 28, 2013 | 12:00 pm

      Hi Rose,
      Most traditional doctors are not on board with natural alternatives to chemo. If this is what she really wants to do, it’s important that she continue to follow-up with her doctors. It’s also very important for her to maintain a positive attitude throughout the process. If she would like my support, just let her know that she can contact me. Thanks so much for your comments.

  21. Gina
    June 30, 2013 | 10:24 pm

    I was first diagnosed ovarian cancer 5 years ago. I went through chemo therapy and it completely went away. It came back 5 years later ( i.e. 2 months ago) and now I am living with it again. I am a nutritionist. I have spent years making a living teaching people how to eat whole, natural foods. No one eats as healthy as I do. Cancer is NOT a nutritional deficiency. That is simplifying it to the extreme. We live in a very toxic world. Much more toxic than say 100 years ago. That is why cancer is 100 times more common than it was back then. Our water is more toxic. Our food is more toxic AND the soil is more depleted so we don’t get as much nutrition from our food as they used to. Our air is more toxic. We don’t walk as much as we did 100 years ago, therefore we don’t exercise as much. We use nuclear energy (the microwave) to heat our food up. Our lives are much more stressful than they were back then. Those are the reasons people get cancer. Not one of those reasons, ALL of them together.

    I am not going to get chemotherapy this time around. Not because I don’t believe in it. It helped me once. I would tell anyone with cancer to go through chemo if it doesn’t make them too sick. And to clean up there diet, exercise, and pray at the same time. However, I was so so sensitive to the chemo therapy. It made me so so sick. (Much more than what is normal). I am simply going to continue eating healthy and praying this time around. And if God chooses to take me home, His will be done.

    • reneesullivan
      June 30, 2013 | 10:44 pm

      You are right that we live in a more toxic world than even 30 years ago. The soil is not anywhere close to what it was 50+ years ago, so even if you are eating organic vegetables, fruits, nuts, lean meats, it’s not the same. Sometimes you can do everything right and still get cancer, unfortunately. It’s also about faith and attitude as well. Do you take any vitamin supplements to fill in the gaps since you know that even eating organic will not get you enough nutrients?

  22. Lynn
    July 27, 2013 | 12:20 pm

    Hi Renee. Thanks for this article. I do have a question, though – in #10, you say “surgery foods can cause cancer cells to spread…” Is this a typo? What are ‘surgery foods’? Thanks.

    • reneesullivan
      July 27, 2013 | 10:11 pm

      Thanks so much for reading my post. You are the first person to notice my typo! Thanks so much for bringing that to my attention. I meant to say “sugary foods” or an even better way to say it is (foods with excess sugar). You get a gold star!

  23. Jane
    August 20, 2013 | 8:02 pm

    A friend was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She was told her only hope was chemo and radiation. I have been looking into other alternatives for her. Besides cleaning up her diet what supplements do you suggest?

    • reneesullivan
      August 21, 2013 | 9:21 pm

      You have brought up a good question about supplements. When I talk to someone who already has cancer, I tell them that it’s time to bring in the “BIG GUNS” to slow the cancer and build the immune system. You can’t expect a simple multivitamin to be enough. The earlier she starts the better. I recommend Shaklee 180 non-GMO soy protein, Vivix, Vitalizer plus Iron, Nutriferon, Omega Guard, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Zinc, Stomach Soothing Complex, Optiflora Probiotic, B-Complex, Carotomax. She can get these products by speaking to me for a FREE consultation so that we can determine the best plan of action for her. She can go to my shopping website to check out these products, but I actually prefer for clients to speak to me before ordering because many times I can help them save money in ways that the website may not be able to. Here’s my shopping website for her reference My email is and my phone number is 508-320-2566. I welcome you or your friend to contact me. I have other credible resources for you and your friend if you’re interested in those as well.

      It is so obvious that you care about your friend. Thank you so much for your comments and God Bless!

  24. Deb Deutsch
    August 30, 2013 | 4:31 pm

    Hi Renee-

    My mom was just diagnosed with adenocarcinoma lung cancer 2 weeks ago. she is 70 years old and is a smoker. she is planning on quitting soon as I am also. We both have e cigarettes and hear different facts regarding them. do they have carcinogens in them or not? Do you have any holistic physicians you can recommend that are in the Milwaukee Wisconsin area? We do have a lady in Thiensville named Bozena Simon who is also a md and deals with integrated medicine and acupuncture. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! One doctor we saw that was very negative said that chemo patients live on average about 2.5 months longer than those who do nothing. We are just not sure if 2.5 months is worth the consequences of chemo. Also, we would not be doing nothing. Thank you , Deb

    • reneesullivan
      September 2, 2013 | 12:07 am

      Hi Deb,
      I am so sorry you are going through this. I have been consulting with my colleagues about electronic cigarettes and all of them have stated that it is not a good idea since the FDA does not regulate them, and until they are deemed safe, it is not recommended. Here is a link to an article about them from the Mayo Clinic: To quit smoking, I recommend some natural supplements such as B-Complex, Stress Relief, and Vita Lea. A link to how to order these products is here:

      One of my colleagues, Dr. Nasr, is in Illinois, but I do not know anyone in the Milwaukee Area. If you would like to schedule a free consultation with me, I can help you and your mom come up with strategies to help you stop smoking. Email me at

      Thank you for coming to my blog!

      Take Care,

  25. Dora Bennett
    September 15, 2013 | 1:40 am

    Hello, I’m 47 and just had a full hysterectomy 3 days ago due to a milignant cyst on one of my ovaries. My doctor says all was confined in the cyst and it did not spread. So we caught it on time. However he suggests I do some cycles of Chemo for precautional measures. I don’t want to do chemo…I want to do the natural methods through supplements and changing my diet. Making an entire lifestyle change. Could you recommend supplements to start with? And do u believe in the live and eat by your blood type rule? I love this blog and board, it really inspired me.

    • reneesullivan
      September 15, 2013 | 2:50 am

      I feel very blessed that my blog post inspired you and you have contacted me. I want to commend you for choosing to use natural methods of changing your diet and using supplements. It is still very important to keep in communication with your doctor through this process. You have brought up a good question about supplements, and the earlier you start, the better. I recommend Shaklee 180 non-GMO soy protein, Nutriferon, and Vitalizer Gold. You can get these products by speaking to me for a FREE consultation so that we can determine the best plan of action for you. You can go to my shopping website to check out these products, but I actually prefer for clients to speak to me before ordering because many times I can help them save money in ways that the website may not be able to. Here’s my shopping website for your reference My email is and my phone number is 508-320-2566. I welcome you to contact me. I have other credible resources for you if you’re interested in those as well.

      Thank you so much for your comments and God Bless!

  26. Sam
    January 16, 2014 | 12:01 am

    My brother has just passed away from cancer, but thanks to excellent pieces like this article I can only imagine how awful the end would have been if he hadn’t focused on a alternative medicine. As it was he was only intense and constant pain, but luckily he didn’t suffer for long, but so much more than if he had was on Big Pharma’s killer-therapy.

    • reneesullivan
      January 16, 2014 | 2:40 am

      I am so sorry for the loss of your brother. It is so painful to lose a loved one to cancer. My mother-in-law lost her battle as well. Fortunately, she also did not suffer long. And yes, I agree that the Big Pharma is definitely killer therapy rather than healing therapy.

      Thank you so much for your thoughts!

  27. socorro r. agujar
    January 31, 2014 | 6:29 am

    hi, i am socorro from philippines. last year december 2013 i was diagnosed of a breast world turns upside down.. i dont know what to do. i got operated taken off my left breast.. after the operation the doctor told of having chemo, and i said uh my god… i dont wanna chemo… and i dont have funds for the six sessions .. as i got this article i find hope… so please help me how or what to do by natural way of preventing this cancer..

    • reneesullivan
      January 31, 2014 | 10:32 pm

      Hi Socorro,
      I am so sorry that you are dealing with this right now. There are definitely things you can do nutrition-wise to help your condition. I recommend eating more fresh vegetables and fruits, as well as a good non-GMO soy protein. I also recommend a high quality multi-vitamin to fill in the nutritional gaps. The brand of vitamins I recommend is Shaklee. You can find out more about Shaklee using this link: I am also happy to consult with you via email if you are interested.
      God Bless,

  28. Carol
    February 19, 2014 | 3:46 pm

    Hi Renee,

    My mom has been diagnosed with stage III cancer in right side of small intestine (guess it is called colon cancer). She has undergone a surgery to remove the tumor. Please let us know some alternatives to chemotherapy as we are not keen on doing that. Thanks in advance for your valuable inputs.


    • reneesullivan
      February 19, 2014 | 3:54 pm

      Hi Carol,
      Thanks for checking my blog. So sorry to hear about your mom. A good start for your mom is to begin following my recommendations of eating more whole vegetables and fruits, having a positive outlook, getting more water, better sleep, and taking supplements. If you or your mother would like to have a consultation with me, just contact me via email at or phone number 508-320-2566. I can send you more information and get her started on a nutrition program if she’s interested.
      God Bless,

  29. Samantha
    February 24, 2014 | 3:21 am

    Hi Renee!

    I was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer this past Dec, braca1 positive and had a bi lateral mastectomy 3 weeks ago. I will eventually need a hysterectomy. The doctors want me to start chemo soon followed by 1 year of herceptin, But I do not want these toxins in my system. I am 100% organic vegetarian, I exercise everyday and I am in the midst of de toxifying my house. What else can you reccommend and do you think I am making the right decision if I forgo chemo?
    Thank you!


    • reneesullivan
      February 24, 2014 | 9:37 pm

      Hi Samantha,
      Thanks for checking out my blog. You asked a great question! You are on the right track with eating organic and getting rid of the toxins in your home. A few things I’d like to ask are: “Do you currently take any natural multivitamin?” and “Do you drink enough water?” Those are things I highly recommend. If you’d like a FREE consultation with me, we can discuss specific recommendations based on your individual needs. Just contact me at 508-320-2566 or
      God Bless,

  30. Heather
    April 12, 2014 | 11:31 am

    Hi Renee,
    So reassuring to read your comments and answers. I am seriously considering not having another course of chemo. I have returned breast ca after 12 years. Now in my bones, liver and lungs.

    Thank you Heather.

    • reneesullivan
      April 12, 2014 | 2:41 pm

      Hi Heather,
      Thank you for your story and comments. I just replied to your other message.

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