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Multiple Myeloma an incurable disease, but I have spent the last 25 years in remission using a blend of conventional oncology and evidence-based nutrition, supplementation, and lifestyle therapies from peer-reviewed studies that your oncologist probably hasn't told you about.

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A Long-term Multiple Myeloma Survivor’s Diet, Nutrition Plan-

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A multiple myeloma survivors’ nutrition goals are-“Body, blood, bone,  heart, and brain health.” And a diet that I can stick to for years to come…

As a long-term multiple myeloma (MM) survivor, my main concern is remaining in complete remission and living a long, healthy life. 

Staying in complete remission from my “incurable” cancer. According to a growing number of studies, diet and nutrition are central to achieving long-term remission.  I stumbled on the U.S. News ratings of the “best” diets and I thought I should make an evidence-based case for what I eat, and why I eat it.

Let me begin by saying that many of the diets listed in the U.S. News report make sense for cancer survivors for different reasons. I am simply reporting what I do, what I have done and why I do it (nutritionally speaking).

I will list why I follow the “flexitarian” diet:

  1. I need the flexibility of this diet. I need a diet that is “easiest to follow.” I eat mostly fruits, veggies, whole grains, and nuts but I do need a piece of lean red meat on occasion. And I have a glass of wine once or twice a week.
  2. My weight- I gained 50 pounds when I was on dexamethasone in 1995. I lost 70 pounds over the 5 years following my autologous stem cell transplant in 12/95. My goal is to maintain my weight and muscle mass. The nutrition equation is diet (protein, etc.) supports muscle, muscle supports bone health, bone health support MM remission. The Flexitarian diet helps me follow this nutrition equation.
  3. The Flexitarian diet scores points on managing diabetes. That means that the diet manages a person’s blood glucose and insulin. I believe that insulin, exercise, diet, inflammation, and cancer are linked.  MM survivors need to touch all these bases every day to stay in CR.
  4. I follow a Flexitarian diet based on Time-Restricted Feeding. I consider TRF to be a simple add-on to the benefits of flexitarian eating. A bonus or twofer…
  5. In addition to the nutritional support of both the Flexitarian diet and TRF, I live an evidence-based anti-MM lifestyle based on the Multiple Myeloma Cancer Coaching Program– I follow the program because I researched and blogged about everything in the program. I believe that MM survivors need those evidence-based non-toxic therapies outlined the MM CC program.

If you don’t have time to watch the webinar, but would like to learn more about:

  • The 21 Evidence-Based Multiple Myeloma Cancer Coaching Guides
  • Evidence-based, integrative therapies for each of the top Multiple Myeloma chemotherapy regimens

Last but not least, I don’t diet. I got serious about what I put in my body about 20 years ago. My daily routine now is just that, a daily routine. But the flexitarian diet does offer guidelines that I think MM survivors should understand and follow.

Have you been diagnosed with multiple myeloma? Are you wondering what your nutritional goals should be? Scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply to you ASAP.

Thank you,

David Emerson

  • MM Survivor
  • MM Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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The Flexitarian Diet

“Overview-

The aim: Weight loss and optimal health.

The claim: Flexitarians weigh 15 percent less than their more carnivorous counterparts; have a lower rate of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer; and live an average of 3.6 years longer.

The theory: Flexitarian is a marriage of two words: flexible and vegetarian. The term was coined more than a decade ago, and in her 2009 book, “The Flexitarian Diet: The Mostly Vegetarian Way to Lose Weight, Be Healthier, Prevent Disease and Add Years to Your Life,” registered dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner says you don’t have to eliminate meat completely to reap the health benefits associated with vegetarianism – you can be a vegetarian most of the time, but still chow down on a burger or steak when the urge hits.

Rankings

The Flexitarian Diet ranked #3 in Best Diets Overall. 40 diets were evaluated with input from a panel of health experts. See how we rank diets here.

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Lisa Phillips says 11 months ago

Thank you for sharing this! I am currently awaiting diagnosis, but it’s either smoldering MM or MM. I am grateful to have found your site with all the nutritional and lifestyle recommendations. Will be working on integrating them into my diet and lifestyle. I had been working toward adopting the Budwig diet, but found it very limiting (and a lot of work to keep up with). I am glad to know I that I don’t have to go whole hog on that one!

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    David Emerson says 11 months ago

    Hi Lisa-

    I replied to this via email.

    David

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I am a new member of the club of cancer survivors having just completed a major routine of Radiation therapy at an equivalent cost of $30,000 for tumour at stage 4 prostate cancer. There is little expectation to revert to that level of treatment in the event that a new condition develops requiring intervention for financial reasons and remoteness of my residence location. So far the prognosis is good and I have no intention of venturing into another search for support even if need arose given a wide extended family setting out of which others needy as I may have been should be afforded that chance. My recent PSA reading is at 0.2 down from around 18 .
I therefore wish to welcome from whomsoever has it , the information and advice on diet. I am aware from diet plan(s) by the consultants what foods are “dont’s” but on a daily basis I have come to realize that I must do some cooking by myself and that gives room for compromises. There is the prospect of hiring a keeper (nurse) to do some of the chores . But I would be happy to hear how others are managing that stage.

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    David Emerson says a couple of years ago

    Hi Anderson,

    I am sorry to read of your stage 4 prostate cancer diagnosis but happy to read that your PSA currently is 0.2. Several things. Though you did not ask about possible side effects, my experience is that there is a good chance you will develop long-term and/or late stage side effects from your radiation therapy.

    Please consider hyperbaric oxygen therapy to heal this damage. I disagree with the stats mentioned in the study but its your call. Ask your MD to prescribe the HBOT therapy in order for your health insurance to pay for the treatments.

    Secondly, the nutrition cited to reduce the risk of prostate cancer relapse- based on your post, you seem to have several food challenges- who prepares what, etc. The post below offers info about several diets and their interaction with prostate cancer.

    Prostate Cancer and nutrition-

    Keep in mind also that there are a host of nutritional supplements (green tea extract, resveratrol, curcumin, others) shown to reduce the risk of prostate cancer. I take several of these supplements daily.

    Let me know if you have any other questions.

    David Emerson

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May Lucas says 3 years ago

Please send me more information on how you beat Mutiple Myeloma – nutrition, supplements, etc. I am in remission from MM and would appreciate any info you can provide. Do you have a book on your nuteitional supplememts?

Thank you,

May Lucas

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    David Emerson says 3 years ago

    Hi Mary-

    Several things. First of all, I don’t consider myself to be cured of MM. Yes, I am thankful for a long CR from ’99. Further, I believe in evidence-based, non-toxic metronimic therapy This is the same principle as low-dose maintenance therapy but my approach is non-toxic as I am in this for the long-term.

    As for your question about nutrition, supplementation, lifestyle therapies, others, I live an evidence-based but non-toxic anti-MM lifestyle. The multiple myeloma cancer coaching program is 13 guides containing 60 plus studies about what I do and why.

    David Emerson

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Louise Naczek says 3 years ago

Thank-You for this information. Greatly appreciated. I am a 5 year MM survivor. No SCT…I am high-risk for infections.

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    David Emerson says 3 years ago

    Hi Louise-

    Though I can’t point to research that supports my thinking I believe that the flexitarian diet or a diet with lots of fruits, veggies, etc. helps us MMers with our immune systems. I haven’t had a cold or the flu for years. I also supplement and do other lifestyle therapies more for my MM but I think my body benefits in many ways.

    Good luck,

    David Emerson

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