From The Cancer Chronicles #13
© December, 1992 by Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.

People with cancer suffer not only from their disease but often from the treatment itself. We asked Serafina Corsello, MD, executive director of the Corsello Centers, how patients could control such awful side effects. Dr. Corsello is a director of the American College for the Advancement of Medicine (ACAM) and of the Foundation for the Advancement of Innovative Medicine (FAIM). She graduated from the Rome Medical School and came to the United States in 1962. She has trained at Lutheran, King's County and St. Vincent's Hospital of New York City.

Q. What can patients do who suffer nausea as a side effect of their chemotherapy and radiation?

A. Such therapies generate free radicals, which are extremely damaging to cellular membranes, not just of cancer cells but of normal tissues as well. That is why we use large amounts of antioxidants.Since I was originally trained as a psychiatrist, I naturally also believe that a good stress management program can render the immune system more aggressive and protect healthy immune cells.

Q. Are you saying the mind can do that?

A. Certainly! It may seem odd to some, but experiments have now shown that the mind has the ability to influence behavior even at the cellular level.

Q. What about changing the diet?

A. Yes, our third line of defense is dietary. This is based on a selection of foods that have a high antioxidant content, to fight free radicals. At the same time, I help patients eliminate those foods to which they may be allergic, since such long-term allergies diminish immune function as well.

Q. Do you also believe in supplements?

A. I administer various antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, selenium, zinc and other non-toxic nutrients. These can restrain or in some cases eliminate the side effects of conventional therapy, while strengthening the immune system.

Q. Please share your home remedies for nausea.

A. First, keep a slice of fresh ginger in your mouth during chemo or radiation. Chew on it if nausea begins. Then put a large piece of ginger and 4-5 cloves in a glass of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. Blend well, dilute and strain. Drink this with meals.

Another effective remedy is arrowroot in water, juice or best of all licorice tea. One heaping teaspoon of arrowroot per six ounces of fluid for a burning or pain in the pit of the stomach. Better than Mylanta!

Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D. is director of the The Moss Reports for cancer patients. Dr. Moss is the author of eleven books and three documentaries on cancer-related topics. He is or has been an advisor on alternative cancer treatments to the National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute, the American Urological Association, Columbia University, the University of Texas, the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the German Society of Oncology. He wrote the first article on alternative medicine for the Encyclopedia Britannica yearbook. He is listed in Marquis Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in the East, and Who's Who in Entertainment (as a film documentarian). This Web site does not advocate any particular treatment for cancer. We urge you to always seek competent medical advice for all health problems, especially cancer. Before consulting our site please read our full Disclaimer statement.

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