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Good nutrition is essential for brain tumor patients in order to help manage fatigue from treatments and to promote healing. Proper nutrition is also extremely important for caregivers in order to maintain energy levels to care for loved ones and to manage stress.
Fresh fruit and vegetable juicing can be a great way to maintian a healthy diet and proper blood counts, however check with your doctor as some patients cannot eat raw fruit or vegetables. The links below are a good place to start reseaching nutritional support for yourself or your loved one.

Cancer.gov - Nutrition (PDQ) This link offers some great information and tips on nutrition while undergoing treatment for cancer.  Also see: Eating Hints for Cancer Patients: Before, During, and After Treatment

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National Cancer Institute's 5 A Day for Better Health Program National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute's recommended guidelines for making fruits and vegetables part of a healthy diet. Check with your doctor however, as some patients cannot eat raw fruits and vegetables.

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements--Consumer Links This link from the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements provides important information and links on vitamins, supplements and herbals. It also includes information on how to spot health fraud and false cancer cures.

Dr. Andrew Weil, author of "8 Weeks to Optimum Health,"  is a proponent of "Integrative Medicine"-- a healing-oriented system that brings together the best medical and therapeutic practices from around the world to form a unified approach to health maintenance. The common thread among the varied therapies that form the basis of Integrative Medicine is the consistent focus on the bodys own innate mechanisms of healing.  His website contains a variety of information such as a library of questions/answers, discussions about food as medicine, recipes, books, vitamins, and a natural medicine guide. Check out the cancer section or type "brain tumor" into the search box at the top to read his "answers".

 

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