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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I am going on record as a long-term myeloma survivor. I’m interested in only one thing. Staying in complete remission from my multiple myeloma. According to a growing number of studies diet and nutrition are critical to my achieving my 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.
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 a “flexitarian” diet:
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 MMers should understand and follow.
Let me know if you have any questions.
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.
Nutrition Plan for Multiple Myeloma Patients and Survivors to Eat Foods and Supplements that Starve Multiple Myeloma
Foods and supplements that starve multiple myeloma are a key reason why I have remained in complete remission from my multiple myeloma since April of 1999.
I am both a long-term multiple myeloma survivor and multiple myeloma cancer coach. Though multiple myeloma is a complicated cancer, it can be managed. There is a long and growing list of conventional (FDA approved) chemotherapy regimens for multiple myeloma. In addition, multiple myeloma patients and survivors must look beyond conventional oncology to learn about and consider evidence-based, NON-conventional forms of MM therapy as well.
The single most important statement in the Washington Post article linked below is:
““Think about what changes do I need to make to improve my chances of survival and to improve my overall well-being and my ability to cope with my disease…”
The fact it that myeloma nutrition, integrative therapies, supplementation and other non-conventional therapies can greatly increase the chances of your surviving MM while reducing your risk of relapse, according to numerous studies.
Have you been diagnosed with multiple myeloma? If so what stage? Are you considering Induction Therapy? An autologous Stem Cell Transplant?
“A diagnosis of cancer is shocking news, but it can create a teachable moment for the patient. “Think about what changes do I need to make to improve my chances of survival and to improve my overall well-being and my ability to cope with my disease,” suggests Kevin Stein, director of the American Cancer Society’s behavioral research center.
Cancer patients first go through a period where rest is critical: the intensive phase of treatment such as surgery or chemotherapy. At this time, it’s important to follow the advice of your oncologist and other providers of medical care, said Linda Nebeling, deputy associate director of the behavioral research program at the National Cancer Institute.
The changes that survivors need to make after treatment are mostly the common-sense steps for good health that are suggested for a variety of conditions. Many groups offer diet, exercise and supplement recommendations similar to the following, from the American Cancer Society’s “Lifestyle Changes That Make a Difference,” a guide for patients, and “Nutrition and Physical Activity Guidelines for Cancer Survivors.”
• Get to and stay at a healthy weight.
• Be active on a regular basis.
• Eat a variety of foods.
• Limit alcohol consumption.
• Find a local program…”