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Frequently Asked Questions


I have read your book and I know that you drink astragalus tea. I was wondering what you think about other types of teas like the Jason Winters tea?

I chose astragalus tea specifically for its immune enhancing activity after first optimizing all other aspects of my diet and lifestyle. In other words, my choice was made to specifically enhance an individual health goal based on both my own needs and available research. I strongly suggest seeking an individual assessment of your overall health needs and goals with a Registered Dietitian (RD), preferably one associated with your cancer treatment facility, as she will have easy access to your complete medical records and health care team. She can help devise an approach to optimizing all aspects of your health in a manner that is unique to your needs taking into consideration all of your health concerns (as cancer only rarely happens in a vacuum!). She will help you with food choices and also dietary supplements that may help optimize your overall health. She will help you review all options, such as the Jason Winters tea you have asked about, but also others that may help with the same goal, looking at many factors such as costs. (Personally, I prefer to put my money into more organic foods than an expensive tea.)


If your cancer center does not have an RD on staff to be providing nutrition services as a component of comprehensive cancer care,

  • you should be asking/pressing your doctors "Why not?" then
  • go to www.eatright.org, type in your zip code on the left side of the screen, to find an RD in your location in private practice.

Best wishes. I hope this perspective has been helpful :-)

faq posted 5/05


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Nutritional Concerns during Cancer Treatment (related to side effects)

Nutritional Concerns during  Cancer Treatment Can you provide a list of all chemotherapy drugs called alkylating agents that may potentially have interactions with antioxidant supplements during chemotherapy? posted 10/02
Nutritional Concerns during  Cancer Treatment Dear Diana, I am undergoing treatments for cancer and am not eating well. What should I do? posted 7/01
Nutritional Concerns during Treatment Can I drink your soy shake recipes if my oncologist or dietitian has recommended that I follow a neutropenic diet due to my low white blood cell counts? posted 5/00, updated 7/01, updated 11/02, updated 8/03
Nutritional Concerns during Treatment Should I consume antioxidants during my cancer therapy? posted 12/01, updated 10/02
Nutritional Concerns during  Treatment Can herbs interact with any of the chemotherapy drugs? posted 4/01, updated 9/02
Nutritional Concerns during  Treatment Are there any diet changes to help relieve bloating during abdominal radiation? posted 4/03
Nutritional Concerns during  Treatment Do you have diet suggestions for someone who has diarrhea after
radiation therapy for rectal cancer?
posted 1/04, updated 4/04, 11/04, 1/05
Nutritional Concerns during  Treatment Is it safe to drink green tea if I have a port for administration of my chemotherapy? posted 1/04
Nutritional Concerns during  Treatment Can you tell me foods to eat to reduce the acid in my urine and pain in my bladder and ureters? posted 2/04, updated 5/05
Nutritional Concerns during  Treatment How can I eat a diet as healthy as you suggest if I need to be
hospitalized for more than a day or two?
posted 3/04
Nutritional Concerns during  Treatment My husband is having chemotherapy treatments and has lost his sense
of taste after one treatment. Are there any foods I can prepare that will give him some relief?
posted 9/04
Nutritional Concerns during  Treatment Is there a good web site describing the nutrition related side effects from chemo drugs? posted 10/04
Nutritional Concerns during  Treatment Should I stop drinking green tea during chemotherapy to avoid consuming too many antioxidants? posted 7/05
Nutritional Concerns during  Treatment How can I use the diet recommendations on your web site and in your book to both increase my intake of cancer fighting foods for optimizing my cancer recovery and lose weight at the same time? posted 3/06
Nutritional Concerns during  Treatment What tips do you have to stay on a healthy diet during the holiday season? posted 11/06



These questions and answers are intended to be of a general informative nature. Please consult with the Registered Dietitian in your cancer center or your health care provider for nutritional advice that can be individualized to your specific medical condition.

Contact Information:
Phone/Fax: 734/996-9260

P.O. Box 130221, Ann Arbor, MI  48113

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