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Recently Diagnosed or Relapsed? Stop Looking For a Miracle Cure, and Use Evidence-Based Therapies To Enhance Your Treatment and Prolong Your Remission

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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Multiple Myeloma: Antioxidant and Chemotherapy Combo Shows Significant Benefits

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“…including 50 human studies involving 8,521 patients, 5,081 of whom were given nutrients, have consistently shown…”

In all my experience as a multiple myeloma survivor and MM cancer coach talking to patients, survivors and caregivers, the question asked most often is if antioxidants interfere with chemotherapy. Clients ask me this despite my own multiple myeloma experience and they ask me this despite the dozens of studies I include with my recommendation of evidence-based, anti-cancer supplements.

My own personal experience during my active therapies has shown me how difficult it is to do anything, take any therapy, that is outside of what your oncologist prescribes. Therefore I have always relied on research- studies, for example, citing an antioxidant’s ability to enhance the efficacy of a standard chemotherapy drug.

My point is that it is the research that guides the cancer patient. I’ve been supplementing with curcumin since 2006. A host of studies cite this nutritional antioxidant to be anti many cancers, including my own (multiple myeloma).

I am both a multiple myeloma survivor and MM cancer coach. Please scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply to you ASAP.

Thank you,

David Emerson

  • Multiple Myeloma Survivor
  • MM Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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Antioxidants and other nutrients do not interfere with chemotherapy or radiation therapy and can increase kill and increase survival, part 1

“Since the 1970s, 280 peer-reviewed in vitro and in vivo studies, including 50 human studies involving 8,521 patients, 5,081 of whom were given nutrients, have consistently shown that non-prescription antioxidants and other nutrients do not interfere with therapeutic modalities for cancer.

Furthermore, they enhance the killing of therapeutic modalities for cancer, decrease their side effects, and protect normal tissue. In 15 human studies, 3,738 patients who took non-prescription antioxidants and other nutrients actually had increased survival.”

Antioxidant-and-Chemotherapy Combo Shows Significant Benefits

This article was based on a study performed by Dr. Keith Block and his colleagues.

Keith I. Block, M.D., is the Director of Integrative Medical Education at the University of Illinois College of Medicine; Medical Director of the Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment in Evanston, Illinois; and editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed journal Integrative Cancer Therapies.

Despite lingering beliefs to the contrary, recently examined data strongly indicate that for most cancer patients, using antioxidant supplements during chemotherapy is not only safe, it often enhances its effectiveness. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Institute for Integrative Cancer Research and Education have published a review that may have you rethinking your opinions about this controversial topic.

There’s a lot of confusion surrounding this issue, and the advice coming out of many medical institutions is based on the belief that antioxidants may interfere with the chemotherapeutic effect on cancer tissue,” says lead author Keith I. Block, MD. “The question has been, Do antioxidants protect healthy tissue, or do they protect cancer tissues from effects of chemotherapy?”

After examining the literature from 845 studies of the simultaneous use of antioxidants and chemotherapy, the team found that 19 studies met the study design criteria to include in the review – all randomized controlled clinical trials, which yield the most scientifically sound data. A total of 1,554 patients with a wide variety of cancers (most advanced or relapsed cases) were evaluated. The studies examined the impact on 17 different chemotherapy drugs when they were used in conjunction with one or more of the following antioxidant supplements: * Glutathione * Melatonin * Vitamin A * Antioxidant mixture * Vitamin C * N-acetylcysteine * Vitamin E * Ellagic acid What the team found, Block says, was “solid and consistent data showing that antioxidants did not interfere with chemotherapeutic effects – and in fact mitigated cancer treatment toxicity – in most patients.” Here are just a few examples of their findings: *

Thirty-one percent of patients who used vitamin E supplements experienced neurotoxicity during treatment, compared to 86 percent of the control group. Patients had malignant cancers that included lung, head and neck, ovarian, and testicular. *

Glutathione use during chemotherapy resulted in significantly reduced neurotoxicity – and significantly improved tumor response and survival rates – among patients suffering from cancers that included ovarian, colorectal, and gastric. * A number of studies showed that patients who used melatonin supplements had consistently better chemotherapeutic responses, significantly fewer side effects, and significantly higher survival rates overall compared to patients who did not use melatonin. Cancers included in these data include lung, colorectal, and breast. *

In one study, metastatic breast cancer patients who used vitamin A supplements had more than double the treatment response rates of patients in the control group – and 38 percent experienced complete tumor shrinkage. In another study, 43-month survival rates among post-menopausal women was 78 percent, compared to 19 percent among women who did not take vitamin A supplements. Shrinking tumors and lengthening lives is of course what cancer treatment is all about, but don’t underestimate the importance of reducing side effects. After all, fewer ill effects mean fewer patients forego their prescribed chemotherapy regimens….”

 

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16 comments
Emma says 8 months ago

Thank you so much for your posts and work sifting through all the data. My aunt has an aggressive form of MM and to date has been very lack on her diet and supplements, just due to lack of knowledge and sadly it’s starting to feel like the MM is getting the better of her, mentally & physically. I have really been trying to quickly educate myself on supplements and diet to help with her care and while I 100% believe that it is necessary to have this alongside her treatment, I can’t help but have a fear that something I may give her could interfere or harm her but I myself am an advocate follower of a diet rich in nutrients and supplements, but I always have this what if, it’s so sad that the doctors who are working with her haven’t even so much as given her any supplements. I hope it’s not to late to pump her full of the nutrients & supplements she needs to start winning this fight. Thankyou for all the work you are doing and may you continue to win your fight 🙏🏻

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    David Emerson says 8 months ago

    Hi Emma-

    The MM patient undergoing chemo and or radiation needs nutrient-dense foods. If your aunt doesn’t feel like eating, consider a nutrient-dense smoothie. Berries or nuts, fruit, veggies, etc. I’ve even added dark chocolate to a smoothie. A little sugar but lots of good stuff as well. Consider adding drinks like “Ensure” to add flavor that might entice your aunt.

    David Emerson

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