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 (MM) patients need nutrition before, during and after therapy. In a nutshell, smoothies beat juicing. Here’s why. One of the most common short-term side-effects of chemotherapy is nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
I don’t like writing about these side-effects but hydration, nutrition, and health is a key goal for all cancer patients. To complicate matters, food may be the last thing on your mind while undergoing treatment. Ingesting food, any food, may be a challenge. So what do you do?
One of the cancer pathways cited in the research is “The Warburg Effect.” In short, the W.E. explains that cancer cells use huge amounts of glycolysis to grow and multiply. The actual process is much more complicated but the fact is because smoothies cause less of a blood sugar spike, smoothies beat juicing for multiple myeloma patients and survivors.
I start my day with a smoothie. My son and I split one every school day. The fructose (fruit sugar) in whole fruit/veggies is moderated by all the dietary fiber contained in a fruit/veggie smoothie. To be honest, I am lazy where meal preparation is concerned. Preparing juices takes more time and effort than preparing a smoothie- especially with modern smoothie blenders. More importantly, smoothies are easier to clean-up.
I didn’t have this sort of freedom when I tried juicing. Adding protein powder is easy to do and according to the last study linked below, helps me maintain muscle mass.
Fast, easy, nutritious and filling. Juicing is nutritious but it removes the fiber that is included in smoothies. In short, for cancer patients, smoothies beat juicing.
While smoothies chock full of vitamins/minerals/fiber etc. is an excellent start to your day, consider those therapies that have kept me in complete remission from my multiple myeloma since 4/99.
I am both a long-term MM survivor and MM cancer coach. To learn more about multiple myeloma Cancer Coaching scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply ASAP.
“Blending vs. Juicing? Eating whole fruits is more beneficial than drinking fruit juices, but are smoothies, which involve blending whole fruits, more beneficial (in terms of fiber content and effect on blood sugar levels) than juicing?
Most juices have had all the pulp removed, so the sugar is more concentrated and the juice contains little if any fiber. Smoothies, on the other hand, maintain their fiber, even though it has been pulverized, and fiber helps slow down the absorption of fructose, the main sugar in fruit.
“Juice would cause the biggest spike in blood sugar,” Ms. Foroutan said. “An all-fruit smoothie would also cause a spike in blood sugar, though probably not as much. Eating the fruit whole would have the most gentle effect…”
It’s hard to make comparisons when it comes to juice and smoothies, but an eight-ounce cup of unsweetened apple juice or orange juice contains at least 22 grams of sugar (equivalent to about five and a half teaspoons of sugar), and both contain less than a gram of fiber. A smoothie made from a banana and a cup of frozen raspberries has only slightly less sugar – about 20 grams — but 12 grams of fiber (three grams in the banana, and nine grams in the raspberries)…
But smoothies have a health halo they don’t always deserve. A store-bought smoothie can be just as caloric and loaded with added sugar as a milkshake — especially if it’s super-sized.
An all-fruit smoothie can cause a rise in blood sugar if you’re eating it alone, without any protein or fat, Ms. Foroutan said. If you find you’re often hungry shortly after drinking a high-calorie smoothie, “smoothies may not be a great weight loss strategy for you.””
“Protein supplementation increases muscle mass and strength gains during prolonged resistance-type exercise training in both younger and older subjects…”
Alternative practitioner Ruthi Backenroth composed and researched the list of supplements below. Neither this post nor the list below is medical advice. The list below is meant to provide general information for your own research into what you as the cancer patient may decide to do. In a perfect world, we cancer patients would be able to work with our oncologists regarding both conventional and non-conventional therapies.
I am both a long-term survivor of an “incurable” cancer and cancer coach. I work with cancer patients and caregivers to research both conventional and non-conventional therapies, such as supplementation, for their specific type and stage of cancer.
The bottom line is that while you, the patient, are in-charge of your health and therapy, it is in your interest to include your oncologist in a discussion of antioxidant supplementation.
For more information about supplementation or nutriceuticals to both enhance conventional therapies while reducing collateral damage, scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply ASAP.
“Abstract– Many studies confirm that a majority of patients undergoing cancer therapy use self-selected forms of complementary therapies, mainly dietary supplements. Unfortunately, patients often do not report their use of supplements to their providers. The failure of physicians to communicate effectively with patients on this use may result in a loss of trust within the therapeutic relationship and in the selection by patients of harmful, useless, or ineffective and costly nonconventional therapies when effective integrative interventions may exist. Poor communication may also lead to a diminishment of patient autonomy and self-efficacy and thereby interfere with the healing response.
To reach a mutually informed decision about the use of these supplements, the Clinical Practice Committee of The Society of Integrative Oncology undertook the challenge of providing basic information to physicians who wish to discuss these issues with their patients. A list of leading supplements that have the best suggestions of benefit was constructed by leading researchers and clinicians who have experience in using these supplements.”
Thank you Ruthi Backenroth for the information below- Ruthi is an alternative practitioner, an expert at helping people get stress and pain relief without additional medication. In fact, people are able to think more clearly about their medical decisions and their relationships when the stress and pain are lower.