A woman writes in to get advice for her friend, recently diagnosed with a meningioma, or brain tumour (in this case, a tumour of the protective membranes around the brain and spinal cord). Any information with regard to treatment possibilities would be greatly received. Oestrogen (including HRT and birth control pills) is to be strictly avoided as it feeds brain tumours. One possibility is to try high dose urea taken throughout the day. As a corollary, urine therapy could help (urine is high in the "auto" peptides that fight cancers). One woman says her brother takes bromocryptine (derived from ergot, from rye) for his brain tumour and it seems to be working very well. Avoid those nasty excitotoxins like MSG and aspartame, and reduce red meat. Look into tumour-reducing supplements like turmeric and hyssop. A doctor recommends that your friend send all records to the Burshynski Clinic in Houston, Texas for an evaluation. Finally, one reader was successfully treated for two meningiomas in 1999 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, with non-surgical, non-invasive FSR (Fractionated Stereotactic Radiosurgery). This was a painless procedure utilising a beam of low-level radiation, causing the tumours to disappear at the same rate they originally grew, which could be a span of years. It is preferred over Gamma Knife, a one-shot form of the same type of treatment that can cause brain swelling and resultant dizziness. With FSR she was able to maintain a busy schedule during treatment and suffered only localised hair loss (this started to regrow within 4 months). She did extensive research before choosing this treatment, and suggests the following link for more information: www.hopkinsmedicine.org/radiosurgery/treatmentoptions/stereocradiosurgery.cfm.