Tuesday, August 07, 2007


Readers Respond (August 8, 2007): Juice Plus Contraindicated During Cancer Therapy

From Silverty (August 8, 2007)
My husband was diagnosed at Johns Hopkins Hopspital with a grade 4 glioblastoma brain tumor. He had surgery to remove the tumor which was successful. His sister is a Juice Plus rep and encouraged us to have him take Juice Plus during his chemo/radiation treatments. I checked a site from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, which states that if you are undergoing chemo/radiation "high doses of antioxidants are not recommened during this therapy", the reason being, radiation and certain chemotherapy drugs rely on the generation of free radicals to kill cancer cells; high doses of antioxidants might neutralize these free radicals and dampen the therapy's effect. I confirmed this with my husband's radiation doctor and he agreed. Upon mentioning this to our family Juice Plus rep, they became very concerned and could not believe what the doctors were saying was true. The doctors did say he could take Juice Plus after the therapy. I feel that NSA has a responsiblity to us, the consumers, to inform any customer taking Juice Plus, who has the unfortunate opportunity to undergo chemo/radiation, of these signifacant findings from Sloan-Kettering. Taking Juice Plus could have seriously hindered my husband's therapy, causing the tumor to grow back.

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