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eating was posted 12/02/2009 02:43 pm by MK Florida
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Dear Bill,

My husband has not had radiation yet, but will start soon; however, he did have bile duct bypass and gastric bypass because the tumor was pressing on his intestines and his food wasn't going thru, so he did have partial stomach removal. What we have found in the last few months has helped him gain weight; he started out at 155# went down to 126#. I did some research on the internet; re: yogurt. Now my husband hates yogurt, and so do I, but a friend came to visit from California and she told us about Greek Yogurt (you get at Walmart, it is called OIKOS brand) It is thicker and tastes better; anyway, he started eating that every morning with a little fruit, like chopped pears, peaches, etc. He eats 6 small meals a day. Then also Moffitt told him to start taking 2 NuIron tablets per day (ask the pharmacist, they are behind the counter) Well, that really improved his appetite, as his hemoglobin was getting very low; along with fish oil (he eats sardines about once a day, or tuna, or salmon, or any oily fish. I read that fish oil has detrimental effects on tumor cells; don't know if it is true; BUT, since he started the Greek Yogurt, Iron pills, and having fish oil or in his case oily fish, he has just started gaining weight like gangbusters. I can't say if it is that for sure, but he was losing weight for 6 months and then he started adding these other things to his diet and it has just changed completely around. Also, we discovered he was very hydrated, so now we make sure he has at least 64 ounces of fluid per day; in other words, we fill up a jug with purified water and he uses it for tea, coffee, or just drink it plain straight, and he drinks Powerade for the electrolytes, tastes better than Gatorade. I think a lot of his problem was his electrolytes were not balanced and since he has increased his fluid intake that helps a lot too. He takes creon 10 enzymes, two with each meal. Do you take enzymes to digest your food? That has helped also. This cancer takes so much of your nutrients from you, you really have to beef it up. He tried ensure and Boost drinks, but the milk products don't really agree with him very well, so now he eats Power Bars called Zone. Also from Walmart; they are the best tasting ones and have a lot of protein, calories and vitamins in them. He eats about three of those a day at various times; it is a small snack in between meals, but it packs a good punch. Hope this helps. How much weight have you lost?

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