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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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A Long-Term Myeloma Survivor’s Diet-

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Myeloma survivors’ goals are-“Weight loss and optimal health…marry two concepts-flexible and vegetarian…heart healthy, reduce blood glucose to increase insulin sentivity…”

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:

  1. I need the flexibility of this diet. I need a diet that is “easiest to follow.” I eat mostly fruits, veggies, whole grains and nuts but I do need a piece of lean red meat on occasion. And I have a glass of wine once or twice a week.
  2. I don’t need to loose weight. I gained 50 pounds when I was on dexamethasone in 1995. I lost 70 pounds over the 5 years following my autologous stem cell transplant in 12/95. My goal is to maintain my weight and muscle mass. The flexitarian diet helps me do this.
  3. The Flexitarian diet scores points on managing diabetes. That means that the diet manages a person’s blood glucose and insulin. I believe that insulin, exercise, diet, inflammation and cancer are linked.  MMers need to touch all these bases every day to stay in CR.
  4. I eat a flexitarian diet based on Time-Restricted Feeding. I consider TRF to be a simple add-on to the benefits of flexitarian eating. A bonus of sorts…
  5. In addition to the nutritional support of both the Flexitarian diet and TRF, I live an evidence-based anti-MM lifestyle based on the Multiple Myeloma Cancer Coaching Program– I follow the program because I researched and blogged about everything in the program. I believe that MM survivors need those evidence-based non-toxic therapies outlined the the MM CC program.
Going vegan can be a great benefit and help you lose weight. Look for products with a vegan certification logo on them to assure quality.  Look for vegan products that have a vegan symbol on them showing they meet good standards.

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.

Thank you,

David Emerson

  • MM Survivor
  • MM Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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The Flexitarian Diet


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.


The Flexitarian Diet ranked #3 in Best Diets Overall. 40 diets were evaluated with input from a panel of health experts. See how we rank diets here.

The Flexitarian Diet is ranked:

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.

 Multiple Myeloma (MM) patients need  a plan. Not just to learn about nutrition that fights MM but in other areas of your life as well. I reached complete remission (CR) from my MM in April of 1999. I have remained in CR to this day through research-based series of non-toxic, non-conventional anti-MM therapies including nutrition, supplementation, bone health, lifestyle, and mind-body therapies. All anti-MM, all evidence-based therapies.

Have you been diagnosed with multiple myeloma? If so what stage? Are you considering Induction Therapy? An autologous Stem Cell Transplant?

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How to exercise and what to eat after a cancer diagnosis

“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…”

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