Cachexia, cancer, My Cancer Journey

Cachexia or Wasting Away Syndrome & 3 Strategies

Cachexia You Say?

So here I am after being diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Cancer in March of 2021, and now dealing with Cachexia on top of it all..

Cachexia is often referenced to as Wasting Away. It is pronounced (kuh-KEK-see-uh) and most people have never heard of it.

I have this deep desire to crack the code on this one! I have done a lot of research and continue to do so. Unfortunately, there is little of anything known to help with this late stage disease that happens when people are in an advanced or chronic condition.

To make it easy, I have come up with my own short definition below to help clarify more easily what Cachexia actually is. If you are interested in a more indepth knowledge around the topic I would encourage you to do a Google Search.

You may be surprised, as I was, to find that medically they have yet to have any targeted drugs or therapies that are effective in treating Cachexia. There are some drugs in clinical trials but only early stage.

My Definition of Cachexia

Cachexia or Muscle Wasting Syndrome is a muscle wasting that can occur in cases of Cancer, Heart Disease, COPD and other Chronic Diseases. Cachexia can be both an underlying cause and a catalyst in the onset of death of the body.  It is not just the loss of appetite but more so a chemical shift in the body caused by the illness itself.  Cachexia can cause the body to consume muscle tissue in order to draw nutrients to feed the underlying disease. It then becomes its own catalyst for the imminent death of the body, despite the original, underlying disease. Maggie Holbik, CHN, NNCP, RHP, CC

Fortunately, in my research, I was lucky enough to meet someone who actually did cure herself of this and her cancer!

The most important initial thing that she did to launch her reversal of Cachexia is now also my number one therapy at this time.

I am also developing my own protocols and recipes to support the reversal of Cachexia. Today I’m going to share with you 3 things that I am doing that seem to be working right out of the gate! I can see some improvement already and I’m quite happy about that. I realize though, that I have to be patient with this process and consistency will be key.

I will be blogging some additional posts with more details of what exactly I’m doing and the protocols that I’m developing so stay tuned.

It is my hope that anyone reading this who has information, clues, or experience with this disease can reach out to me. I would really appreciate that.

If Your Loved One or Someone You Know Has Cachexia. Don’t do this!

And, before I go any further, I really want to mention, please do not think that feeding or force-feeding your loved one who is wasting away will do the trick. The body cannot utilize the food in the way it’s supposed to and it often causes a lot of discomfort for the patient as well as all energy goes to digesting food rather than healing the body or rebuilding any muscle. So eating and food intake must be done with balance and caution. To keep in mind also is that the person suffering from Cachexia usually has a severe loss in appetite or even has lost the desire to want food.. This adds another challenging factor to the equation.

First Thing! Muscle Builds Muscle.

The very 1st thing my new friend started doing was building muscle! She was down to 88 pounds and really didn’t have the muscle to build from. She was asked to squeeze her butt cheeks and she couldn’t. She had no butt muscle left to squeeze.

I luckily still can squeeze my cheekers 🙂 and feel that I may have a bit of an advantage because I have some muscle left to build muscle with. At least I hope so. So I am doing weight bearing exercises. I lift weights and use exercise bands to help with this also.

I also do squats. Whenever I go to the bathroom or am near the kitchen sink I hang onto the sink and I do 10 squats at a time. I’ve even done a few upper body push-ups and I’m working at doing more… So that was number one. Get the muscle-building muscle.

I’m going to share a picture with you of my back and my arm. They are a bit graphic and although I am considered in my ideal weight range my body does not look like it. This disease takes away your skeletal muscle and you will be able to see what I mean by the pictures. Please do not visualize me as sickly when you see them. I need everyone to have visions of vitality and strength for me.

My back. If I sit or lean against a wall it’s like playing painful piano keys on my upper back below my neck. lol
Side view of back
Wasting Away of my arm muscles… the nurse struggles with the blood pressure cuff now…

Now the pictures are not dire, or at least I don’t think so, and you can see in my lower arms for example, that I am gaining some muscle back. I haven’t revealed my legs yet, but my ‘fish belly’ calves are firming up!!!

Strategies Two and Three are Supplements

I have a list of supplements that may be helpful for Cachexia but these two in particular I feel are key to go along with my Step One of muscle building and I will share these two with you today, Isotonix Peak Performance Blend and Longevity Formula.

They both use the Isotonix Delivery Method which I love! This is especially important for me with a compromised Digestive System due to Colon Cancer and its Metastasis which affects my Digestion, Absorption, and Assimilation of Nutrients! And I might add that MOST people today have compromised Digestive Systems! The Isotonix Delivery System is for everyone. As a sidenote, my finger nails are healthier, longer, and stronger than they’ve been in 30 years! I believe it us my use of the Isotonix supplements to support my body overall. My body is getting nutrients and doing it’s job despite the muscle atrophy from the Cachexia.

My nails so healty and happy!

Oh and great news!

I just went to the bathroom and weighed myself and I am up 9 pounds since Feb 8th!! Today is the 17th! They say any Weight gain is usually fat but I know my muscle growth is happening so it is partly muscle for sure! I was esctatic see this and so happily surprised!! Let’s celebrate!

Isotonix Delivery System−

Isotonix – the World’s Most Advanced Nutraceuticals
Isotonic, which means “same pressure,” bears the same chemical resemblance of the body’s blood, plasma and tears. All fluids in the body have a certain concentration, referred to as osmotic pressure. The body’s common osmotic pressure, which is isotonic, allows a consistent maintenance of body tissues. In order for a substance to be absorbed and used in the body’s metabolism, it must be transported in an isotonic state.

Isotonix dietary supplements are delivered in an isotonic solution. This means that the body has less work to do in obtaining maximum absorption. The isotonic state of the suspension allows nutrients to pass directly into the small intestine and be rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream. With Isotonix products, little nutritive value is lost, making the absorption of nutrients highly efficient while delivering maximum results.

Isotonix Peak Performance
Some Benefits of Peak Performance
Isotonix Ultimate Longevity Formula
Some benefits of Istotonix Ultimate Longevity Formula
Product Classifications

In Conclusion

These are my main three steadfast protocols in addition to many others that I am implementing and will share more about those later. I just wanted to get the message across today about how unknown this disease of Cachexia and to know there is HOPE.

It is also important to throw out there that if anybody has any input I would really appreciate it.

And here is an interview I recently did with my friend Paul Luftenegger if you would like to watch or to share with anyone who might benefit!

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