As a cancer patient, I have asked doctors if I can have the herb nettles and they have balked but then rephrased, asking if I can have nettle soup, explaining its a spring green and they were all for it. I noticed this with the star of todays post, turmeric. Not allowed to take curcumin tablets but the fact that its a food brings no objections. Of course single extracts of one viable constituent isnt the way to take an herb in most cases, but thats not the concern. Its the idea of supplements being antagonistic to chemo or radiation is.
This is a true concern, but when you are in the game long enough, it begins to dawn on you that theres a world of complimentary care that many cancer patients are unaware of ( afraid of) and the many that at the very least, have better quality of life if not cure because they partake in natures medicine. There was infact an article in Cure magazine a few years ago that stated that a large number of cancer patients supplement but never mention it to oncologists.
In the case of turmeric, I was asked not to take it the day before or on the day of bloodwork because it “skews” tests. Always ask your dr. or pharmacist to look up contraindications or antagonistic effects, especially with turmeric because its been widely studied and its just not true that its always harmless. The answers are out there however, so please look.
Two ways, this being easy and instant. ( Golden paste is also easy but I havent made it in awhile) .
1 cup vegetarian milk
Bring this up to heat on a low flame.
Add 1 tsp turmeric powder, and if you feel up to it, grated ginger
grind fresh peppercorns into the pot
Stir and cook for a few minutes. Add tsp. of coconut oil.
Strain and serve.
You may sweeten with honey.
You could omit ginger but not the other ingredients as they help turmeric become bioavailable. You could make this, cool it and add to a smoothy without straining it as well.