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Detoxification as Multiple Myeloma Therapy

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Induced sweating (detoxification) appears to be a potential method for elimination of many toxic elements from the human body

Hi David-  My dad is being tested for multiple myeloma and the initial blood work is showing a few things. My dad’s M-spike at 0.3, his kappa light chains at 63 and the kappa/lambda ratio at 6.7 so we aren’t sure what those mean until we meet with the doctor this week. 

He is certainly experiencing joint pain, but we aren’t sure if that is related or if it’s due to repeated overuse throughout the years. He’s a 61 yr old carpenter. 

My question surrounds long-term benzene exposure. Do you have experience with successfully removing benzene/toluene/etc from the body and repairing the damage done from the those harsh toxic chemicals?
My dad uses the sauna,
  • sweats a lot at work during the summer,
  • drinks filtered water,
  • eats organic and incredibly well (mostly vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans, legumes, healthy fats and occasionally meat from a local organic farmer, no sugar, gluten, corn, dairy, soy).
He has also started drinking green,
  • dandelion and essiac tea,
  • juicing,
  • taking 3 grams of vitamin c (spread out),
  • vitamin D3+K2,
  • and now starting curcumin.
While I think this is a great start, I think the best thing is to go after root cause which we believe is the benzene exposure. I’d love to hear if you have or know anyone that has successfully detoxed the body in a healthy way to get rid of the benzene and company. Sorry for the novel here! Thank you again for all that you do!
Thank you all of this wonderful information and I am so happy to hear that you are doing well after so many years! Katie

Hi Katie- 
Thanks for the background on your dad’s situation. I will make suggestions and link the detox info below that shows several studies that support my thinking. 
First and foremost, at 61, your dad is young as MM patients go. Further, with an m-spike at .03 and Kappa FLC at 63, my belief is that your dad is MGUS or pre-MM, not full-blown MM. This is important because many pre-MM patients remain pre-MM and never progress to MM. Please don’t let anyone talk you into chemotherapy at this stage…
To fully understand pre-MM (MGUS stands for monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance- If you mention this before your oncologist does he/she will be impressed that you know this :-))- think of colon polyps, moles, barrett’s esophagus,  DCIS, etc. Most all cancers have a pre-cancer stage. 
Yes, be vigilant but no, your dad does not have cancer. 
Regarding detox, good news and bad news. Both chemical exposure and pesticide exposure have been shown to increase the risk of MM. And yes, benzene is at the top of the chemical exposure list. 
However, it looks as if you have identified your dad’s pre-MM state (you caught it early) and you have correctly identified non-toxic therapies that will reduce his risk of a MM diagnosis. 
Detoxification is a controversial therapy. Most conventional M.D.’s don’t believe that detoxification of the human body is possible. I disagree. Please see the detox studies linked below. 
I cannot provide you with people who have successfully detoxed benzene other than to say that I used to work in a commercial printing plant in the years leading up to my own MM diagnosis and detoxification is and remains a central component of my own anti-MM lifestyle. 
For the record, I also supplement with your list above as well as other supplements. In your dad’s case however, I think you are on the right track. Sauna (whole body hyperthermia), nutrition, vitamin D3, K2, curcumin, others. 
It is possible that your dad’s joint pain is related to his MGUS. While MGUS is considered to be “asymptomatic” there can be signs of MGUS such as joint pain. 
My advice is to be concerned, take non-toxic steps but try hard not to let the C word dominate your thinking. I understand this can be a difficult fine line for you both to walk but all you can do is try your best. 
Let me know if you have any questions. 
Hang in there, 
David Emerson
  • MM Survivor
  • MM Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer 

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Blood, urine, and sweat (BUS) study: monitoring and elimination of bioaccumulated toxic elements

“Many toxic elements appeared to be preferentially excreted through sweat. Presumably stored in tissues, some toxic elements readily identified in the perspiration of some participants were not found in their serum. Induced sweating appears to be a potential method for elimination of many toxic elements from the human body. Biomonitoring for toxic elements through blood and/or urine testing may underestimate the total body burden of such toxicants…”

The synergistic upregulation of phase II detoxification enzymes by glucosinolate breakdown products in cruciferous vegetables

“Cruciferous vegetables contain secondary metabolites termed glucosinolates that break down to products that upregulate hepatic detoxification enzymes. We have previously shown that a mixture of four major glucosinolate breakdown products from Brussels sprouts interact to produce synergistic induction of phase II detoxification enzymes. Here we tested the hypothesis that this synergism is at the level of transcription and is due to the interaction between the oral bifunctional inducer, indole-3-carbinol (I3C), and monofunctional inducer, crambene (1-cyano 2-hydroxy 3-butene)…”

Can exercise detox your body? It’s not about the sweat

“Yoga teachers regularly speak of detoxifying twists, aerobics instructors of detoxifying sweat, dieters of detoxifying fasts. But health professionals are skeptical.

“If you start talking about exercising to detoxify, there’s no scientific data,” said Dr. Elizabeth Matzkin, chief of women’s sports medicine at Harvard Medical School. “The human body is designed to get rid of what we don’t need.”

The same applies to fasting.

“No good scientific data supports any of those cleanses, where you drink juice, or (only) water for a week,” she said.

Exercise is important, Matzkin added, because it enables our body to do what it is made to do, but the kidneys and colon get rid of waste. The role of exercise in that process is unclear.

“In general exercise helps our lungs; kidneys get rid of things that can cause us onset of disease,” she said.

A healthy lifestyle – eating healthy, drinking plenty of water and exercising – is important to detoxifying because it enables our body to do what is intended to do…”

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