In September 2016 my mother Litsa was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

In an instant my whole life changed and I’ve had to learn do many things in so little time, talking about it on my radio show and especially talking to you guys about it has truly been a gift. I feel we’ve not only shared so much great advice, but also created a community that’s here to stay. Please leave a comment below or email me directly. We will be updating this page regularly.

DISCLAIMER: we’ve mostly talked about cancer on the show – please consult your doctor before trying any of these things, to make sure it’s right for you.

  • Keep a notebook and track how you/your loved one is feeling, and anything the doctor says
  • Counseling is very important – cancer and other diseases are often emotional, so getting some emotional support can be a vital factor in healing
  • Ask for a Healing Dog – If you’re ever in a hospital, you can always ask for a healing therapy dog
  • Don’t be afraid to re-draft a release – You can always go through a release form before getting a medical procedure (or any time in life) and make edits.
  • When it comes to medical care remember, “East meets West is best” – A mixture of holistic and traditional medicine usually does the trick healing from illness
  • Wolfberries – more info here
  • Hyperbaric Chambers – more info here
  • Hinoki Essential Oil is energizing and uplifting to the mind. Hinoki wood has a spicy, lemon scent, is light pinkish-brown in color, and is highly rot resistant. In Japan, it is also valued as an oil of relaxation and is often placed in baths.
  • DMSO – read the research here
  • Hyperthermia therapy – read the research here
  • AHCC – read more here
  • Anti-inflammatory diet: There’s little doubt that the pursuit of a healing diet begins with a menu high in vegetables, fruits, wild meats and sprouted seeds rich with omega-3 benefits. The evidence is clear that such anti-inflammatory foods can regulate the immune system and impact the way inflammation affects our bodies and our lives.
  • Aloe Vera Juice in ice cube makers to ease radiation burns
  • A liter of water, half a lemon and a tsp baking soda
  • One of our listeners, named Kim is a non-toxic educator and consultant (how cool is that??!) – check out what she does here: Happy Healthy Non Toxic
  • Bring a trusted “smart” friend to the doctor appointments, so that you can discuss the best course of action, they might see things differently because they aren’t as attached to the patient
  • Optune machine – begin your research here
  • Try Ningxa Red – Listener Tamera says it’s high in anti-oxidants and has been known to help treat cancer. from Living Essential Oils.
  • Frankincense essential oil – Tamera says this also can help, read more about it here
  • Book: Never Fear Cancer Again by Raymond Francis – Listener Liz recommends this book
  • Jelly Beans – Listener Kathleen who has survived cancer says she was eating a lot of jelly beans 🙂
  • Pomegranates – Kathleen also said Pomegranates can along with other anti-oxidant rich foods can help battle cancer!
  • Dandelion – many people think of the dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) as a pesky weed, but it is actually chock full of vitamins A, B, C, and D+minerals, such as iron, potassium, and zinc.
  • Laura suggested to look into the Hippocrates Institute in Florida  – Their goal is to assist people in taking responsibility for their lives and to help them internalize and actualize an existence free from premature aging, disease and needless pain.
  • Our listener Rachael email and told us about to check out this page about Cheryl Broyles – a long-time survivor  (diagnosed in 2000!). Rachael’s mom has glioblastoma, and she’s going strong on 3 years now! Sending love & prayers your way.
  • Fellow Patriots fan Kelly shared this with us: EOs have super powerful properties that can assist the body’s natural ability to heal & works well with traditional treatments. Read more about it here
  • Christina contacted us on Facebook to tell us about Michael Anne McAllister, RN & IVC Infusions – which her Dad has a great experience with. Read more about that here.
  • This info came from Kim, who had seen Maria on E!’s Hollywood Medium, she suggested a doctor on Barbados for IVF treatment, check out more here:
11 replies
    • froso Rouvas says:

      Hi Maria, Just saw your post on instagram, and I was very happy to hear the great news. We lost my mother in law Jan 1 2017 to this terrible disease. Hearing people getting through this truly makes me happy. Stay strong and never lose faith

      • Maria Menounos says:

        Hi Froso, so incredibly sorry to hear about your loss – not the way you want to start out the new year. Thank you for your support – don’t forget that I’m sending you well wishes and prayers to you and your family.

    • Susan Schoonmaker says:

      Hi Maria. I’m almost 12 weeks post op from my front left lobe mengionoma. I’m getting better but experiencing some wierd side effects- falling but it’s like I just collapse down, shooting pain like a lightening bolt across my head, still some speech issues and very painful headaches and a feeling like I gave an ear infection. I’m almost to 12 week post op appt with my surgeon but I wanted your take on these post op issues.

  1. beth neugarten says:

    I listened to your conversation last night, my aunt’s sister was diagnosed with the same cancer. There is a cocktail of drugs that was developed for HIV patients that was found to reduce tumors. Dr. Hershfeld at Montefiore hospital in NYC administers this cocktail to people with brain tumors. I can be reached at the email below.

  2. Jean-Philippe Suter says:

    Hi Maria,

    I’m so sorry that you and your Mom both have to fight brain cancer. I have brain cancer too, and want to recommend to you and your Mom the integrative center where I receive treatment, not far from California: My cancer is highest-stage oligodendroglioma, which I treated first with surgery and thereafter entirely with therapies at or from Reno Integrative. After six years, my cancer has returned, but my oncologist in NYC, the world expert in my type of cancer, told me that I’ve done much better than average. This made me feel even better about my choice of treatments. Reno Integrative offers a wide variety of treatments, and they treat everyone like family, so one really feels surrounded by warmth and love. It’s a very healing place in all ways, and people travel to that clinic from all over the world. However you decide to proceed, I wish you and your Mom all the best. 🙂

    Take care,

  3. Christina Gasteratou says:

    Hello! My husband (37 years old) has been diagnosed with glioblastoma this august and he just started radiotherapy after surgery. It’s really helpful reading that many people have survived from this and it’s giving us hope to continue and being strong. Thank you so much!

  4. Dan says:

    Hey, Thanks for getting back to me. Mum finishes her radio/chemo on Tuesday. She gets a four week break and then chemo for six months. Mum is doing really well at the moment, thank you. Hope all is well

  5. Concetta Mayer says:

    I have bladder stones. I have tried many things. Lot of leakage happening. Help. I know the Eastern methods are great. I do not want surgery. I just had total hip replacement and have had enough for now. One stone came out last year , so thought others would. Might be too big. Don’t know right now. Cannot afford all this that is happening. How do I shrink them and keep it from happening.


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