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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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C-B-D + Multiple Myeloma- Cytotoxic, Anti-oxidant, Anti-Angiogenic, Bone Therapy

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Cannabis as Multiple Myeloma Therapy- Cytotoxic, Anti-oxidant, Anti-Angiogenic and Bone Therapy

I am both a long-term Multiple Myeloma survivor and Myeloma cancer coach. The non-conventional cancer therapy I am asked about most often is about cannabis, C-B-D oil, cannabinoids aka medical marijuana. Though the research is thin, studies indicate that cannabidiol is an anti-oxidant, is anti-angiogenic and promotes bone health- all properties that are important to multiple myeloma (MM) patients and survivors.

Multiple Myeloma Mind Map

As for C-B-D actually being cytotoxic to MM, the issue is not yes or no, the issue is whether or not THC or CBD is therapy by themselves or is a strain of a combination of the two is needed. And if a combination of CBD and THC is needed, what ratio? What strain is best? Where can I buy it?

Not only is Multiple Myeloma complicated but so it Cannabis as a myeloma therapy. The MM mind map and cannabis infographic should help you wrap your mind around these two topics.

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I’ve linked the article below because journalist Beth Rankin has been able to clearly distinguish CBD oil made from “100% industrial hemp” versus CBD oil made from medical marijuana. Cancer patients want CBD oil made from medical marijuana.

It is critical that you become an active participant in your care. Learn everything you can.

I am alive today largely because I took the time to find out everything I could about Multiple Myeloma and sought out the full spectrum of evidence-based MM therapies both conventional (FDA approved) and non-conventional.

 

To learn more about how CBD oil fits in with an anti-myeloma lifestyle, please watch the short video below:

Your decision-making begins by learning about the full spectrum of evidence-based myeloma therapies, both conventional and non-conventional.

To learn more about the Multiple Myeloma Coaching Course, click here.

If you have questions or comments about multiple myeloma, scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply to you ASAP.
Hang in there.
David Emerson
  • MM Survivor
  • MM Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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At Austin Import JuiceLand, You Can Add CBD Oil to Your Smoothie — But What Exactly Is It?

“On a recent visit, mulling over our options, we spotted an interesting option on the add-in menu: CBD oil…

Marijuana contains two primary active molecules: THC, which gets you stoned, and CBD, or cannabidiol, which does not get you high. We’ve long been aware of certain medical benefits inherent in THC — like pain relief and increased appetite for cancer patients undergoing chemo — but cannabidiol “was thought to be biologically inactive in humans,”

“But in the past 10 years, scientists have concluded that CBD may be quite useful. Dozens of studies have found evidence that the compound can treat epilepsy as well as a range of other illnesses, including anxiety, schizophrenia, heart disease and cancer.”

The CBD oil we (JuiceLand) use is derived from 100 percent industrial hemp, where a medical grade is derived from medical marijuana,” says Heather Turner, manager of shop operations for JuiceLand

An hour later, I was at home doing laundry when I found myself feeling particularly relaxed. Soon after, I fell into a deep, restful sleep, which is not common for me…”

Cannabidiol, a Major Non-Psychotropic Cannabis Constituent Enhances Fracture Healing and Stimulates Lysyl Hydroxylase Activity in Osteoblasts.

“Here we report that the major non-psychoactive cannabis constituent, cannabidiol (CBD), enhances the biomechanical properties of healing rat mid-femoral fractures. The maximal load and work-to-failure, but not the stiffness, of femurs from rats given a mixture of CBD and Δ(9) -tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) for 8 weeks were markedly increased by CBD…

Cannabinoids as novel anti-inflammatory drugs

“Executive summary

  • Cannabinoids, the active components of Cannabis sativa, and endogenous cannabinoids mediate their effects through activation of specific cannabinoid receptors known as cannabinoid receptor 1 and 2 (CB1 and CB2).

  • The cannabinoid system has been shown both in vivo and in vitro to be involved in regulating the immune system through its immunomodulatory properties.

  • Cannabinoids suppress inflammatory response and subsequently attenuate disease symptoms. This property of cannabinoids is mediated through multiple pathways such as induction of apoptosis in activated immune cells, suppression of cytokines and chemokines at inflammatory sites and upregulation of FoxP3+ regulatory T cells.

  • Cannabinoids have been tested in several experimental models of autoimmune disorders such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, colitis and hepatitis and have been shown to protect the host from the pathogenesis through induction of multiple anti-inflammatory pathways.

  • Cannabinoids may also be beneficial in certain types of cancers that are triggered by chronic inflammation. In such instances, cannabinoids can either directly inhibit tumor growth or suppress inflammation and tumor angiogenesis.

 

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72 comments
Henry Martinez says 10 months ago

Greetings Mr. Emerson. My Dad got diagnosed with MM a year ago. 87% of his bone marrow had the cancer. Through the year since being diagnosed we cut out all meats except fish, plant diet, green smoothies with Moringa, flax seed, protein and turmeric and of course CBD tincture and topographical CBD lotions. He is now in remission (shocking his doctor) and his Oncologist wants to put him on Revlimid for maintenance. Would it make more sense to just maintain him with CBD? I know that Valcade and Revlimid are evasive drugs and would rather remove him from it and increase his CBD. Do you agree or have any suggestions? Would dosing increase? I have no problems scheduling a one-on-one call. Thank you

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    David Emerson says 10 months ago

    Hi Henry-

    I am sorry to read of your dad’s MM diagnosis though, at the same time I am impressed that he was able to stabilize his MM with non-toxic therapies. At least that is my interpretation of your account.

    In response to your question about your father’s therapy plan going forward, his treatment depends on how much MM (monoclonal cells) is in his blood/bone marrow. In other words, he/you may have stabilized his MM yet there is probably still MM in his bone marrow.

    Your father’s future therapy plan depends on your goals. How much MM is your dad comfortable living with? It is important to point out that if he has diagnostic indicators (immunoglobulins, freelight chains, monoclonal proteins aka an m-spike etc.) high or low, he may want to undergo some chemo in an effort to reduce his MM.

    My point is, you have choices depending on your dad’s diagnostic information.

    If you would like to discuss this fully, I would need to study his diagnostic info in order go assess where his MM is. I can do this analysis with a consultation.

    This is your call. Let me know if you have any questions.

    David Emerson

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Ryan McCormick says last year

Hi David. Am 38 I took a drug finestride 3 yrs ago it made me crash pfs symptoms I got myself back to health I had a one yr old boy at the time now we have two more in total. I had my testosterone checked 15 months ago it came back as 80yr old man level I was showing coz i was training working sex all ok. But obviously the finestride effects hadn’t gone. My friend fell on my chest a yr ago doing bjj. Hes a reL big guy it injured my sturnum area. I finally went for a scan an it come back multiple lesions on chest rib an spine. Bloods tests showed i was slightly anemic an white blood count higher than normal. My calcium was normal. But my sturnum bone is slightly protruded. They want me in for blood an bone marrow biopsy in two days for final answer on it but there edging towards mm My friend had thc cannabis oil for me an a herbalist friend has cbd am currently on a 4day urine fast. Am not a fan of chemo or medicine in general. Any advice or help is truly appreciated

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    David Emerson says last year

    Hi Ryan,

    I replied to your post directly via email.

    thanks,

    David Emerson

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Denise Mazur says last year

Hello, thank you for your video and links and this article. I am a MM patient and have been successful in killing the Monoclonal protein within 4.5 months with medical cannabis and 9 months of oncology treatment with bortezomib and other meds. I started my cannabis on Dec 30, 2018 3 days after diagnoses and continued using it up until my first chemo treatment on March 1 2019. I continue to use it today and by April 26, 2019 all canner was undetected. I have a video on youtube about my journey, simply search my name, Denise Mazur. Thank you, I will be sharing this to my facebook group called “multiple myeloma and cannabis”.

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    David Emerson says last year

    Hi Denise- I am replying to this post directly via email. Thanks

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Giyoh says a couple of years ago

Hi do you still have the program? We need help, the hospital is basically telling us there is nothing else they can do.

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Brian Rogers says a couple of years ago

Hi David, I was diagnosed with MM in the fall of 2016. I had progressive back pain for roughly 10 months prior to being diagnosed. I was 38 at the time and chalked it up to several prior injuries from ATV and work related accidents. After severe back spasms taking me to the ground and two ambulance rides to the hospital I refused to leave until we found the problem. I was diagnosed with stage 3 MM the pet scan was positive from head to toe. I was treated with radiation to get rid of the tumor on my spine from the M protein causing the pain. I then went through all the procedures for the bone marrow transplant. Everything went well and was back to work in 18 days. I have been on a Revlimid one week on and one week off (too keep my white blood cell levels up) ever since. I also get a XGEVA shot every 3 months. My oncologists suggests this for the rest of my life. I would like to think that switching to CBD would be easier on my body. I would like your thoughts and input. I have read every post on here and can relate to several of them. However I haven’t met anyone with MM as young as I am (now 41). I haven’t changed my diet or anything up to this point and am at the same weight as before I was diagnosed. I am changing my diet and exercise regimen to get into better shape. Any input will be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Brian

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    David Emerson says a couple of years ago

    Hi Brian- I have replied to your post via your email address. Let me know if you have any questions.

    David Emerson

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Ryan Stanley says a couple of years ago

How do you buy the book shown here – Multiple Myeloma cannabis guide?

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Ryan Stanley says a couple of years ago

Hi David. My dad was just diagnosed with MM. He is 63. What CBD to THC ratio would you recommend? 5 CBD:1 THC or 10 CBD: 1 THC or 1CBD: THC ? Or does it even matter? Live in Colorado so no problem getting anything. Thank you, Ryan

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Arvella says a couple of years ago

Hello,
I’ve been diagnosed with MM through blood/lab test and bone marrow biopsy. My PET scan came back negative and I have no symptoms other than anemia. My hemoglobin is 9. I’m a 50yr old female and always had anemia issues. One Dr wanted to rush me into therapy but I’m not too fond of pharmaceutical drugs. I’m scheduled to see a MM specialist and hope I get different results. I currently have a prescription for medical marijuana for PTSD. Can you recommend an oil I should purchase? I have no pain. I just suffer from anxiety and have sleep issues. I’m trying my best not to let MM make me depressed. I’m hoping for the best and trying to stay in good spirits. Thanks for your help and information.

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    David Emerson says a couple of years ago

    Hi Tonya,

    From your email, it appears that you have early stage MM, perhaps even pre-myeloma. While your hemoglobin levels are low, as you say, your anemia can result from other issues.

    You are smart not to “rush into therapy.” Especially if you are pre-MM. I also agree with your thinking about getting a second opinion from a MM specialist. If you do have full-blown MM and if you do decide to undergo treatment, MM specialists, according to numerous studies, offer a much longer average survival.

    Regarding your question about recommending a CBD oil. Each state, each dispensary, may sell different strains CBD oil. Therefore, the key is to purchase the highest percentage (%) of cannabinoids IN the CBD oil. Further, research is thin on this issue, but a small percentage of THC enhances the anti-MM properties of CBD oil.

    So the key is to purchase a CBD oil with high % of cannabinoids (15-20%) as well as a small % of THC.

    Regarding your spirits, anxiety, etc. Other non-toxic therapies show to be cytotoxic to MM are also inflammatory and shown to moderate depression. Curcumin, green tea extract, both are shown to be anti-MM and anti-anxiety.

    Last thing- if you can tell me any of your testing- blood, urine, etc. that indicated that you have MM, I can offer you feedback. In other words, if your bone marrow biopsy indicated abnormal cells of less than 30%, you have pre-MM, not full MM.

    Also, a monoclonal protein aka m-spike of less than 3.0 is pre-MM, not full MM.

    I mention this because you may be able to remain in a pre-MM stage for years. Perhaps even for the rest of your life.

    Let me know, thanks.

    David Emerson
    MM Survivor
    Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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William wilson says a couple of years ago

I have mm just got a stem cell transplant I have bad bone pain can you help

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    David Emerson says a couple of years ago

    Hi William/Bill-

    I am sorry to read of your bone pain. I have several questions and then I will offer you possible therapies to manage your bone pain.

    First and foremost, what is your status post auto stem cell transplant. Meaning, what was the result of your therapy? Partial, Very Good Partial, Complete, etc. remission? I ask this because your treatment is designed to kill all active MM and therefore address your bone damage/pain.

    Possible therapies include:

    CBD oil (depending on state, strain, dose),

    local radiation (this worked for me- but discussion of location of pain is important),

    more chemotherapy (but this requires discussion about your overall therapy plan) and

    acupunture (but again, location is important).

    Therapies such as anti-MM nutrition, supplementation and lifestyle therapies are long term solutions to MM.

    Let me know if you have any questions.

    Hang in there,

    David Emerson

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C-B-D Becomes F.D.A. Approved AKA Mainstream? - PeopleBeatingCancer says a couple of years ago

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Tzipora says 3 years ago

can you give me some information medical marijuana, if it works to get rid of multiple myeloma.
Do you know anything about protocell/ enteleve/ cancel?

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    David Emerson says 3 years ago

    Hi Tizpora-

    The studies of CBD and MM are few and refer to CBD/THC as possibly being cytotoxic to MM directly. The research is more specific about CBD synergizing with specific MM chemotherapy regimens such as Velcade and kyprolis to enhance the anti-MM efficacy of the chemotherapy as well as CBD.

    The next question you may ask is about the dosing and the strain or type of CBD. The studies I’ve read cite dosing of CBD under a person’s tongue daily, increasing the dose as needed. As for the strain, studies refer only to “high cannabinoid” strains. Different states sell different strains. The link below is to a blog post about high cannabinoid strains.

    Lastly, I have spoken to a couple of clients who take protocel/enteleve/cancell but I know of no studies/research that outlines specifc benefit. I just don’t know enough…

    https://peoplebeatingcancer.org/5-high-cannabinoids-percentages-c-b-d-oil-strains-for-cancer/

    David

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Karen Scott says 3 years ago

Hi David, I’ve stumbled on your site trying to find info on CBD oil. I’ve been trying thc and I just can’t tolerate it.
Recently diagnosis with non-secretory myeloma and on first week of chemo to be followed by stem cell later.
My husband is pretty anti chemo but I’m going for it as I watched my dad have 10 extra years with multiple myeloma that I knew he wouldn’t have had without it. I’m very interested in any type of alternate health approach to keep this thing positive. Will definitely order your package.
As my cancer is extremely rare it was tough to diagnose as I don’t have typical spikes in my protein. The past year has left me with one broken shoulder and 7 vertebrae in various stages of compression to burst. Not a lot of fun. It’s too bad they didn’t look harder a year ago when I asked to be scanned for myeloma. This didn’t come as much of a surprise.
I’m interested to hear your thoughts on non secretory? Due to the lack of beta 2 and other info my hematologist has staged me at 1 which I’m happy to hear.
Thx karen

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    David Emerson says 3 years ago

    Hi Karen,

    Non-secretory MM is so rare that I am happy to communicate with another one. I’ve talked with only one or two in the past 25 years. Yes, my oncologist also had a difficult time with my diagnosis. I don’t have my lab notes handy but I will track them down (drawer somewhere…) and share my m-spike, beta-2, etc. These values were normal at first but did increase a bit once my MM progressed.

    I had a single plasmayctoma in my C5 at diagnosis and faint evidence of another lesion in my hip bones and a lesion in my skull that also caused confusion.

    The single most important aspect for both of us is that we were diagnosed early. Your prognosis is much better based on stage 1. Please tell your husband that I agree with him about being anti-toxicity. Your challenge will be to navigate, walk the fine line between damage caused by chemo/radiation and damage caused by your MM. Your bone damage is an example of this.

    Re CBD. Two things. First, there are strains of CBD oil with little or no THC. Second, cannabidiol enhances the anti-MM action of Velcade/bortezomib. The cannabis guide outlines these issues as does the integrative therapies guide.

    An autologous stem cell transplant is an open question for you (in my opinion). At least the timing of it. An ASCT is a lot of toxicity so you may want to hold off.

    We can discuss the above issues and more later.

    Hang in there,

    David Emerson

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Peter Thompson says 3 years ago

Just been diagnosed with myeloma multiple. Big shock as I went in to hospital with a bad back and came out with incurable cancer. I live on the island of Tenerife where cannabis oil is legal. I have started on the oil along with other natural resources. I really do not want chemotherapy, but should I have it in conjunction with the oil.

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    David Emerson says 3 years ago

    Hi Peter-

    I am sorry to learn of your MM diagnosis. Depending on your stage and blood work however, a person can live with MM for a long time. Several things.

    CBD oil has been shown to integrate with two MM chemotherapy regimens- I don’t know if carfilzomib is covered by the NHS but I’m pretty sure bortezomib (velcade) is. I understand that you said that you would prefer not to undergo chemotherapy. Taking a non-toxic approach is difficult with MM and depends on your age, stage at diagnosis, symptoms, etc. Also, CBD has been shown to stregthen bones.

    The effects of cannabidiol and its synergism with bortezomib in multiple myeloma cell lines. A role for transient receptor potential vanilloid type-2.

    Cannabinoids synergize with carfilzomib, reducing multiple myeloma cells viability and migration

    Research of CBD and MM is limited but some studies indicate that CBD is cytotoxic to MM. The degree of cytotoxicity depends on the cannabinoid content in the CBD oil you are taking. It depends on how high the percentage of cannabinoids is.

    Further, there are a number of non-toxic antioxidants such as curcumin and resveratrol that also integrate or synergize with different chemotherapies. I will email a list to of integrative theraies to your email address.

    Do you know your stage of MM? Your m-spike? Blood testing is common for MM. It is important to know your serum calcium, creatinine, red blood cells, white blood cells, etc.

    Are you experiencing any other symptoms? Do any other bones hurt?

    My approach or my experience anyway, is to combine evidence-based non-toxic therapies with as little toxic therapies as possible.

    David Emerson

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Jennifer Lack says 3 years ago

I was diagnosed with MM in May 2018. I am 59 and was in very good health and very active. I had a CT Scan which revealed a bone lesion on my left hip. I then had nuclear MRI and x-rays along with a nuclear full body scan. These revealed I also had lesions on my left pelvic bone. I then had a PET Scan which revealed lesions on my left hip bone, left pelvic bone, right hip bone and two vertebrae in between my shoulder blades. After a bone biopsy, my hematologist/onocologist stated that the lesions were presenting themselves as MM. I immediately began radiation. The last week of radiation was total misery in my chest and back. After radiation, I began Zometa infusions. An attempt at a bone marrow biopsy failed and I am scheduled for another one Sept. 17th (ugh). After my second infusion, I began having some really bad side effects. My niece went to Colorado and got me some CBD oil in capsule form and some with THC. The THC is awesome. I don’t get a high from it and it helps immensley with my pain. My LDL was high and I am anemic…very fatigued. My doctor keeps telling me there are no cancer signs in my bloodwork. I guess the ultimate test will be the bone marrow biopsy. I am praying for a good result from the biopsy.

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    David Emerson says 3 years ago

    Hi Jennifer-

    I will reply to your email via your email address now.

    David Emerson

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Issy says 3 years ago

Hi do you have any info on Daratumumab ? My husband is due to start it next wed . Thank you

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    David Emerson says 3 years ago

    Hi Issy,

    Yes, I have information about Darzelex aka Daratumumab. Like all chemotherapy regimens there are pros and cons. In order to focus our discussion, let me understand your husband’s situation better by asking a couple of questions.

    1) What, if any, previous therapies has your husband had?

    2) What is your husband’s current status? Relapsed/refractory? M-spike, etc?

    3) What previous chemotherapy regimens has your husband already undergone?

    4) lastly, how old is your husband? How is his health? Had he experienced any side effects previously?

    thanks,

    David Emerson

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Nina says 3 years ago

Hi David,
Can you tell me what you believe is the best brand/kind of CBD oil for an MM patient? I am hoping to pick some up in Austin where I live or NYC where I’m going to send to my cousin in Israel. Also, can you provide a preview of your cannabis guide so I have some idea what I’m buying? Is it a digital download or hard copy?
Many thanks,
Nina
the Good Food Fighter: Saving the world one ingredient at a time.
http://www.goodfoodfighter.com

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    David Emerson says 3 years ago

    Hi Nina-

    The challenge with “the best kind of CBD oil” is that there is no standardization accross the country. Studies cite the most efficatious CBD being the highest percentage of cannabinoids. Some patients want a specific ratio of cannabinoids to THC. The only branding I know of for CBD oil is charlotte’s web.

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denise rotolante says 3 years ago

mm stage 2

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    David Emerson says 3 years ago

    Hi Denise-

    I am sorry to learn of your MM diagnosis. What symptoms are you experiencing (bone pain, kidney damage, etc)? What therapies are you considering? Do you have any questions?

    David Emerson

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Maureen says 4 years ago

I hAve myloma my para protien now 20 iv had chemo 14 month back at that point protein was 28 chemo stopped working calcium as been high I am 73 diagnosed 2 year back

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    David Emerson says 4 years ago

    Hi Maureen,

    I am sorry to learn of your MM diagnosis. Though your paraprotein level is rising, at 20 your blood level remains fairly low.

    High blood calcium levels signal bone involvement. Are you feeling any bone pain?

    At 73, it is probable that your MM is relatively slow growing. This may mean that you can undergo low levels of chemotherapy and still keep
    your MM at manageable levels.

    Are you experiencing any other problems such as kidney involvement (creatinine) or thick blood?

    What type of chemotherapy did you undergo “14 months back?”

    Hang in there,

    David Emerson

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Tashina says 4 years ago

Hi David,

I am interested in your knowledge on drug interactions and cbd/thc in this article: //www.projectcbd.org/science/cannabis-pharmacology/cbd-drug-interactions-role-cytochrome-p450

Is there any research on cannabis and the standard MM chemo protocol, specifically, (Medrol, Velcade, Thalidomide and Zometa?) I have read that Velcade and cannabis work together to kill cancer cells, but what about when you are you using the chemo cocktail? Can cannabis be negating the efficacy of one or more of these drugs? Do you have any resources or links that you can recommend that would help with researching this?

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    David Emerson says 4 years ago

    Hi Tashina,

    Being epileptic drugs, I am not familiar with those listed in the study that you asked about. Research into CBD and MM is thin. You are correct, I wrote about and linked a study that cited CBD’s ability to enhance the efficacy of Velcade. Also, CBD has been shown to enhance bone health. Many MMers asking about bone pain also want to know about CBD/THC.

    I wish I could answer your questions. I rely heavily on research about MM. If the research isn’t available, I can’t write about it.

    David Emerson

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Kimberly says 4 years ago

Hi There I have Multiple Myeloma and just about to be in Remission but have kidney damage and neurophy and wondering if I can take cannabis oils for pain.

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    David Emerson says 4 years ago

    Hi Kimberly-

    I am sorry you have kidney damage and nerve pain. Yes, CBD may able to help. Keep in mind that you should dose the correct strain.

    More evidence cannabis can help in neuropathic pain

    Good luck,

    David Emerson

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Sam STEWART says 4 years ago

Hi David watched you video and i thought it was of great help I have had a sore back this 10 weeks after what i thought i put it out sneezing i was refered by my Dr to take a blood test and urine test on the 3rd of october 2017 the test showed up some protine in it the test went straight to the hospital and i was called in the Dr sat me down and told me yesterday the 10th of October 2017 that I had Myeloma and he wanted to start treatment straight away my head all over the place with no time to take it all in today I was back at the hospital and had a biopsy bone morrow carried out and xrays as well they want me to start Chemo tomorrow and start taking THALIDOMIDE BORTEZOMIB AND STEROIDS I don’t think I want to go through whit these and would rather try alternative medicnes what is you opinion on this thanks Sam my appointment in the morning but I am concidering putting it off until I do more research on it

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    David Emerson says 4 years ago

    Hi Sam,

    I am sorry to read of your MM diagnosis. The importance and or urgency of induction chemotherapy (Thal, Bort and Dex.) depends on your stage at diagnosis. The more MM inside you the more important/urgent chemo will be to calm your MM to bring you back to normal.

    It sounds as though you are experiencing a lot of bone involvement. You might even have a fractured vertebra or two. My suggestion is that you include integrative therapies to your regimen in order to manage the toxicity of your chemotherapy.

    I will email you the integrative therapies guide- one of the 13 guides that make up the MM Cancer Coaching program. I encourage you to combine both conventional (FDA approved- as little as possible) with evidence-based, non-conventional, non-toxic therapies.

    Let me know if you have any questions.

    David Emerson

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Jessica says 4 years ago

Hello David,

My father was diagnosed with Myeloma last week. He is 63 and has always had a very healthy diet. Needless to say, our family is devastated and my dad feels helpless. We are unsure of his stage. He went to the doctor last week for x rays to see how far along it is, but we are not optimistic. He’s had back pain for awhile and goes to the restroom frequently, which the doctor says are signs of this type of cancer. Does this mean he’s in the later stages? We also live in Texas where CBD oil isn’t legalised, but we have decided to do what it takes to help him, which may mean move. His doctor plans to start chemo this week and he’s prescribed 10 pills for him to take once a week, all in one day. Do you think this is a good treatment? My dad has already started feeling weak, but he wasn’t like that until the medication. Thanks for any advice!

Sincerely,

Jessica

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    David Emerson says 4 years ago

    Hi Jessica-

    I am sorry to learn of your dad’s MM diagnosis. Your dad’s prognosis and therapy plan depend on his symptoms such as bone involvement as well as his stage. The bone survey (x-rays) that he had last week can tell you and your oncologist a lot about how aggressively or not he needs to treat his MM.

    You can be optimistic in that your dad is relatively young as MMers go and sounds relatively healthy. I will email you some basic information about “integrative” therapies. There are evidence-based, non-toxic therapies that, like cannabis, can enhance the efficacy of MM chemotherapy.

    My guess is that the pills that your oncologist is talking about is Ninlaro which is the pill form of bortezomib aka Velcade. Please read about the therapies that can enhance velcade while minimizing collateral damage aka side effects.

    I know this will sound self-serving but I encourage you to read the cancer coaching guides that come with the MM Cancer Coaching program. Research and experience has shown me that MMers do better by combining the best of conventional therapies with evidenced-based non-toxic therapies.

    I will include the introduction to the MM CC program in my email. Once you read about integrative therapies let me know if you have any questions.

    Hang in there,

    David Emerson

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      Jessica Ramirez says 4 years ago

      David,
      Thank you so much for responding. This has been so shocking for us, we don’t know how to handle it or what to expect. I will read the information you sent (thanks a million!) and encourage my dad to read into your story and plans. He needs as much good news and positivity as possible at the moment. I pray that he has an outcome like yours.

      Thank you,

      Jessica

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        David Emerson says 4 years ago

        Okay Jessica- let me know if there is anything I can do. David

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Mary says 4 years ago

Greetings,
What supplements would you suggest while taking the RVd protocol?
Should the Cannabis Oil be used only while on the med treatments?
Do you think Zemeta is advisable for vertebrae/bone strength?

Thank you.

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    David Emerson says 4 years ago

    Hi Mary-

    I will email the MM CC program guide about Integrative Supplementation during MM therapy. This guide is one of 13 guides in the MM CC program. The cannabis guide has a link to a study citing the ability of CBD to enhance bortezomib. Yes, I think Zometa is an important piece of standard therapy for MMers. However I also believe strongly in those evidence-based supplements that have been shown to enhance bone mineral density. These therapies are outlined in the bone health guide.

    I will send you MM CC info now. Thanks.

    David Emerson

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David Emerson says 4 years ago

Hi Ashlyn-
Good to read that your husband is feeling good and gaining weight. If you are meeting with Dr. Keith Stewart then you are meeting with a very knowledgable and experienced MM specialist.

While a diagnosis of smoldering multiple myeloma (SMM) is fine I think you should get a couple more specifics. M advice is to ask Dr. Stewart about-

1) A specific myeloma protein number (this is your husband’s “m-spike”)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myeloma_protein

2) Based on the MRI results what is Dr. Stewart’s thinking about possible bone involvement? Does your husband’ feel any pain where the tech said there might be MM activity?

Lastly please confirm with Dr. Stewart that SMM is a blood disorder and not full blown multiple myeloma. Yes, SMM can lead to frank MM but it is not cancer.

Keep in touch.

David Emerson

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Ashlyn says 4 years ago

Hi David,
Just wanted to give you an update. We got my husbands MRI results back. There to 2 questionable spots on his back. One at the base of his neck and one just a little below. The tech here said he was not too concerned about them and that he had to really look for them. His recommendation was to “watch” them. He last CBC came back good. His oncologist here says he’s in the SMM stage and that his risk level of it turning into active MM is “standard”.

So now this coming Monday we have an appointment at the MAYO clinic in AZ with Dr. Stewart. Do you have any advice on specific questions we should ask? Overall this last week he has been feeling pretty good and started to gain weight. So far he has gained back 4lbs.

Well that’s all I know for now. Thank you again!

Ashlyn

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Ashlyn says 4 years ago

Thank you David! I will watch the webinar and keep you updated.

Ashlyn

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Ashlyn says 4 years ago

Hi David,
May I ask what other supplements you take that are cytotoxic to MM? I will definitely look into chacexia. Do you think we jumped the gun bychanging his diet so drastically? Like I said before no artificial sugar , low carb, no red meat and no alcohol. We have just been reading up on MM/cancer diets and cancer fighting foods.

I will definitely keep you updated and can’t thank you enough for your time and knowledge.

PS
Please forgive me for all the questions. You’re the first person I have talked to really seems to know what they are talking about.

Ashlyn

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    David Emerson says 4 years ago

    Hi Ashlyn-

    No I don’t think you jumped the gun by changing your husband’s diet if you are talking about basics such as no artificial sweeteners, fewer carbs, less/no red meat. Cachexia has to do with possible cancer and the inflammation that comes with a cancer diagnosis.

    I am both a MM survivor and MM cancer coach. This is why I know so much about MM. I cancer coach and blog through the non-profit I manage, PeopleBeatingCancer and have been doing so since 2004.

    I encourage you to watch the free webinar linked on the top right of the page to learn about the multiple myeloma cancer coaching program that I designed based on my experiences.

    I recommend that you not purchase the MM CC program until you know more about your husband’s diagnosis. And yes, I encourage you to continue to ask questions in the meantime.

    David

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David Emerson says 4 years ago

Hi Ashlyn-
The immunoglobulin deficiency you speak of has to do with your husband’s m-spike. You should receive a complete explanation when you receive his formal staging info.

Re the curcumin. Yes, coconut oil and pepper will enhance your husband’s ability to absorb the curcumin. I am too lazy to prepare my curcumin supplementation this way so I buy the capsules. I also supplement with several other things that research has shown are cytotoxic to MM.

The only other issue for you to consider is your husband’s rapid weight loss. If this is a symptom called cachexia then this may be an issue.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cachexia

My advice is for you to confirm the diagnosis (still not clear if your husband has MM or not), the stage and therapy plan. The TP is when your oncologist will outline his/her recommendation for treatment.

Again, if your husband is “pre-MM” and not full blown MM then you may not want to begin toxic treatment.

Please keep in touch.

David Emerson

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Ashlyn says 4 years ago

Hi David,
I can’t thank you enough for getting back to me. I hope you don’t mind but I will probably be contacting quite often as you seem so knowledgeable. Also forgot to mention. That he has an immmoglobulin A & M deficiency. For that he was sent to an allergist. As far as the turmeric goes we have been doing 2tbs of coconut oil, 1 tsp of turmeric and 3-4 dashes of pepper. In your opinion is that an effective way getting in your system, or do think the pill you mentioned is better? On his last appt his kidney fuction was good, no anemia and red blood cell count was good. He has seemed little more tired than usual but I feel the reason for that is because we have changed his diet so drastically. Also he has lost around 16-17lbs in the last 3 weeks. No one has told us his “m-spike” yet. He has his MRI this Friday and we go back August 9th to see the oncologist. She said at that we should know the stage he’s in.

Again thank you so much!!

Best wishes,
Ashlyn

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    David Emerson says 4 years ago

    Hi Ashlyn-
    The immunoglobulin deficiency you speak of has to do with your husband’s m-spike. You should receive a complete explanation when you receive his formal staging info.

    Re the curcumin. Yes, coconut oil and pepper will enhance your husband’s ability to absorb the curcumin. I am too lazy to prepare my curcumin supplementation this way so I buy the capsules. I also supplement with several other things that research has shown are cytotoxic to MM.

    The only other issue for you to consider is your husband’s rapid weight loss. If this is a symptom called cachexia then this may be an issue.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cachexia

    My advice is for you to confirm the diagnosis (still not clear if your husband has MM or not), the stage and therapy plan. The TP is when your oncologist will outline his/her recommendation for treatment.

    Again, if your husband is “pre-MM” and not full blown MM then you may not want to begin toxic treatment.

    Please keep in touch.

    David Emerson

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Ashlyn says 4 years ago

Hi David,
My husband is 46yrs old and was diagnosed with MM. Based on his plama cell count being 15-25%. He has had a bone marrow biopsy, bone survey and a PET scan. The bone survey came back negative for MM and the PET scan came back negative. He is having an MRI this Friday. After we get the results from that we are supposed to find out the stage he is in. This all started from a routine blood test as he is not symptomatic. All his other blood test have come back good with the exception of the high protein levels. We have changed his diet dramatically. No artificial sugar, bad carbs, alcohol or processed foods. He has also started daily turmeric into his diet. His oncologist is suggesting regardless of his stage that we speak to a MM specialist in either AZ or UT. We live in Las Vegas. This has just been devastating for our family as we have 2 very young children. We will consider any treatment at this point. Thank you for your time.

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    David Emerson says 4 years ago

    Hi Ashlyn-

    I am sorry to read of your husband’s MM diagnosis. Your husband is exhibiting several positive indicators and only one negative indicator. I will list each and encourage you to ask your oncologist for specific results. In other words, you need more diagnostic info to rule out possibilities. To put it another way, with no CRAB symptoms your husband is asymptomatic or pre-MM. Not Cancer.

    Your husband’s age, zero bone involvement and asymptomatic status are all positive indicators. A plasma cell count of 15-25% puts him in MM diagnostic territory but it is unique to have only one indication. Has anyone told you his monoclonal protein aka “m-spike?”

    Yes, I would get a second opinion from a MM specialist. Mayo in Phoenix, AZ should have knowledgable MM drs. Please ask your onc. about your husband’s kidney function, red blood cell count (anemia- has your husband been exhausted a lot lately), and blood viscosity.

    With regard to daily turmeric. curcumin/turmeric is notoriously difficult for the human body to absorb. There are several formulations, brands that are much more bioavailable. I recommend Doctor’s Best Curcumin or the brand I take Life Extension Super BioCurcumin. I would start with one capsule daily with food.

    It is possible that your oncologist will encourage you to begin chemotherapy asap. Because of your husband’s age and lack of symptoms I encourage you to not begin toxic therapy for as long as you can. I am a long term MMer and MM Cancer Coach. Experience has taught me that if your husband is young and pre-MM then he may be able to manage his blood disorder through evidence-based non-toxic therapies.

    Sorry for the long email. Let me know if you have any questions.

    Hang in there,

    David Emerson

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Klara says 4 years ago

Hi. My Dad was diagnosed with MM in November 2016. He received radiotherapy in December to treat the tumour on his shoulder, he didn’t have any pain or any other problems before he discovered the tumour in October 2016. The tumour has gone for now and 4 weeks ago he undergone bone marrow transplant and has been receiving chemotherapy. He is back at home but obviously very week and tired. I would like him to try CBD oil or some other alternative therapies. What would you recommend, please. Can you advise? He is 66 years has high blood pressure and borderline diabetes.

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    David Emerson says 4 years ago

    Hi Klara-

    Your job now will be to try to achieve the deepest, longest remission possible for your dad. Experience and research has taught me that your dad’s best option will be to live an evidence-based, non-conventional, anti-MM lifestyle encompassed in the MM Cancer Coaching program. The program is basically what I have been doing to keep me in complete remission from my own MM since ’99.

    To learn more about the MM CC program please watch the free webinar contained in the link below. Let me know if you have any questions.

    MM Cancer Coaching Webinar

    David Emerson

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      Klara says 4 years ago

      Thank you so much to have taken time to read my message and for your reply. Will read and learn as much as I can. Wish you all the best.

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        David Emerson says 4 years ago

        You are welcome Klara- let me know if you have any questions.

        David

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Maria says 4 years ago

Hi David my dad has mm stage 4 he is debating on getting chemo so my siblings and I talked to him about taking cbd oil do you think this will help him for pain,nausea and appetite we know that chemo will bring down his immune system and make him sick so does he need to go to his primary doctor or to his cancer doctor to ask?

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    David Emerson says 4 years ago

    Hi Maria-

    I am sorry to learn of your dad’s MM diagnosis. Several things to consider. Yes, CBD oil has been shown to work synergistically with specific chemotherapies. However you must live in one of the states that has legalized medical marijuana. Further, if you buy CBD oil you must buy an oil that has a minimum percentage of cannabinoids. The percentage of THC also is cytotoxic to MM yet this is the component that gets one high. Your dad might not like the feeling.

    Lastly, there are specific foods and supplements that will help your dad’s chemotherapy- these are called integrative therapies. All based on research.

    How old is your dad? Is he experiencing any symptoms such as bone pain, tiredness (anemia) and or kidney damage? His symptoms will influence what chemotherapy and or radiation he undergoes.

    Regarding your question about your dad’s immune function once chemotherapy begins, the oncologist will know about the side effect that you refer to. As I mention above, evidence-based integrative therapies will help minimize this side effect.

    David Emerson

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Qaz says 5 years ago

Six years ago my doctor sent me a letter saying I might live 10 years on average. Ive refused bone marrow biopsy at the time due to the fact that ones firmly diagnosed you are “labeled” by the medical society and you are forced to do their “treatment “. Threats are part of the convincing techniques. I’ve become an expert in so called alternative cancer treatments including hemp oil etc.
The result:
Three months ago my blood doctor said:
“You are the first case ever in my practice who has improved his situation and moved from a stage of severe mielofibrosis to light policetimia vera.”
I consider refusing bone marrow biopsy as the best choice I’ve ever made!
Happy to help.

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    David Emerson says 5 years ago

    Well done Qaz- hang in there,

    David

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    Erevette says 4 years ago

    My husband has been diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma and nearly died from an unintentional overdose of too many prescribed medications for pain yesterday. He is only 49 years old and we have two young boys. I am fighting the biggest fight of our lives right now and I don’t know where to start, but I know Cannabis has to come into play. He is in terrible pain and I am DESPERATE for help! Any hope, help or info you could provide me would be greatly appreciated.

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      David Emerson says 4 years ago

      Hi Erevette-

      I am sorry to read of your husband’s MM diagnosis and pain. First and foremost please understand that while MM is considered an incurable blood cancer in the eyes of conventional oncology 1) there is a long and growing list of conventional (FDA approved) MM therapies 2) there is a long and growing list of evidence-based NON-conventional therapies and lastly at the age of 49, your husband is young as MMers go. This means is prognosis is good.

      I will address several specific issues and then ask you some questions below.

      1) Pain meds- cannabis aka CBD oil has been shown to help with cancer-induced bone pain. Your challenge will depend on the availability of CBD oil- what state do you live in? The CBD oil one buys on the Internet is made from industrial hemp with little or nor THC. This will not help your husband manage his pain.

      2) Are you considering “induction” chemotherapy such as RVd (Revlimid, Velcade and Dexamethsone)? While I always caution against toxicity your husband’s pain should subside one his MM goes into remission.

      Related issue- Is your husband feeling bone pain in his spine? Has he experienced any bone damage aka bone breaks? If so, he may want to consider local radiation to kill any/all lesions in his spine. Your oncologist should discuss this therapy with you.

      I will email you the integrative therapies guide to your hotmail email address. Please consider integrative therapies to manage the side effects of chemo while enhancing the chemo’s efficacy.

      Finally “hope.” Erevette, conventional oncology has gotten pretty good at putting MMers in to remission. The challenge is “overall survival.” As a MMer myself I have lived in complete remission since ’99 through evidence-based, non-toxic therapies such as nutrition, supplementation, etc. I believe your husband will achieve longer overall survival by combining conventional with non-conventional therapies.

      First things first. Are you considering induction therapy? Are you considering an autologous stem cell transplant? What state do you live in?

      Hang in there,

      David Emerson

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        Erika Revette says 4 years ago

        David, thank you for the response! When I have a moment I will respond back.

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    Dawn says 4 years ago

    So encouraging to hear

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Teri Rios says 5 years ago

Hi David my name is Teri. I’ve enjoyed reading this article about your journey. I have been researching MM as i prepare for my own journey (sigh) i have a bone marrow biopsy in a couple days to get final results but all previous tests point to yes. I am not feeling the chemotherapy part not at all appealing but are very interested in the treatment you speak of. I would like to discuss more of what to expect once i get the tests results,at your leisure. My biopsy is Thursday 6/8. If i don’t hear from you by then i will try to reach out to you again for im sure you receive a lot of mail lol.
Thanks for your time.
Teri Rios

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    David Emerson says 5 years ago

    Hi Teri-

    I am sorry to read of what may turn out to be a MM diagnosis. Though just by doing research you are ahead of the game. If you take anything from my MM experience it should be that MM is treatable. Yes, MM is considered to be incurable by conventional oncology but as you have read, conventional cancer treatment is only part of the issue.

    You referred to previous testing. Do you know your “monoclonal protein” (m-spike) level? Serum calcium levels? How old are you? How is your health otherwise? I don’t mean to sound nosy. I’m just trying to get a sense of where you are.

    Depending on your stage at diagnosis, symptoms and personal goals you may not need chemo, may need a little chemo or may need a lot of chem. Please contact me again once you have a firm diagnosis.

    Hang in there,

    David Emerson

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