If you’ve gotten a diagnosis of Familial Adenomatous Polyposis, or FAP, you’ve probably been told that surgery is your only option. Without treatment, FAP results in a 100% chance of developing into colon cancer. That’s scary! Is there anything you can do?
First of all, if you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, then GET MEDICAL TREATMENT! Necessary treatment should not be delayed.
FAP is an inherited condition that causes the cells of your colon to grow abnormally and develop into growths, called polyps. These polyps can grow to become cancerous. After a diagnosis of FAP, you must have more frequent colon cancer screenings.
Are there natural protocols for FAP? Yes! But don’t use natural products in place of necessary medical treatment. Recently, a study was done on rats with certain inherited diseases, showing that giving high doses of certain nutrients can, to some extent correct mis-behaving DNA and allow the rats to grow normally.¹ There’s no guarantee that cancer can be prevented, but by giving your cells what they needs to be healthy, you might be able to reduce your chances, or delay the onset.²
Here are the five supplements that may be helpful in managing FAP:
- Vitamins to support cell division: Certain vitamins are needed to tell genes to turn on and off correctly. Vitamin A is critical in this process, and many of us don’t get enough in our diets. There is evidence that vitamin A is helpful in making cell division occur normally. With FAP, make sure you’re using an active form of vitamin A, or consume foods high in vitamin A, such as beef liver or egg yolks. Also supplement with vitamin B12, folate, and choline bitartrate.
- Probiotic: A probiotic is a supplement that contains certain beneficial bacteria that are natural inhabitants of the digestive system. Certain bacterial strains produce vitamins and fats that nourish the cells lining the intestines. To get the best results, look for a high-potency product, such as Vital 10 by Klaire Labs.
- Hormones: Find a doctor or naturopath who can make sure your hormones are well balanced. Your thyroid hormones should be within optimal ranges. Progesterone is a sex hormone that is helpful in promoting the health of your organs and tissues, allowing newly formed cells to have good oxygen levels, possibly reducing the chance that a cell in your digestive tract will develop into cancer.
- Vitamins D and K2 help the immune system to work properly and eradicate cancer cells. I recommend a product that has all of these vitamins, such as Vitamin D3 Complete, by Allergy Research Group.
- Eat a healthy diet! The best thing for your digestive health is to eat a healthy diet. Vegetables are rich sources of fiber, and other cancer-fighting compounds. Regardless of what type of eating plan you choose, make sure it includes plenty of vegetables, fruits, and spices.
Above all, keep a positive attitude, and work with your healthcare provider to find the solution that works best for you.
- Maternal epigenetics and methyl supplements affect agouti gene expression in Avy/a mice. //www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9707167
- Familial Adenomatous Polyposis //progressyourhealth.com/podcast/familial-adenomatous-polyposis-genetic-miracle-case-study/