Radiation Therapy, What Comes After?
I went through radiation therapy for Optic Nerve Sheet Meningioma (ONSM) recently. What damage does that do? What would be the future caution and steps to take to minimize that damage?
Let's be absolutely clear here. Whatever benefits radiation therapy may have in terms of treating cancer (on whatever body part), it is profoundly damaging to the tissues, cells, and genetic structure of the human body -- not to mention, if nothing else, it is a known carcinogen.
You specifically asked about treating the eyes, so let's use that as an example. When used to treat the eyes, depending on the treatment volume and dose required, radiation therapy can result in injury to the lens, tear apparatus, retina, or optic nerve. It can cause cataracts and abnormal intraocular pressure.
Then again, when used to treat breast cancer, it results in an increased risk of subsequent cancers. When used to treat cancer of the gonads (either sex), you get an increased risk of abnormal development of secondary sexual characteristics.
Bottom line: radiation therapy is bad for the body, and you need to take proactive steps to mitigate the resulting damage. Check with your doctor first, but find out if it makes sense for you to:
- Do regular intestinal detoxes with formulas that contain apple pectin, since apple pectin draws radioactive material out of the body.
- Use blood cleanse formulas that contain chapparal. NDGA, the active biochemical in chaparral has been shown in studies to be protective after exposure to radiation.
- Use a good full spectrum antioxidant formula to repair the extensive free radical damage caused by exposure to radiation.
- Use a good L-carnosine based formula to repair damage to proteins and organs in the body.
- And specifically, for the eyes, you should begin using carnosine eyedrops (in the form of N-acetyl-carnosine) to protect against cataracts.