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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Smoothies are Fast, Easy, Nutritious Therapy for Multiple Myeloma Patients and Survivors
Smoothies…who knew? Eating nutritiously is paramount for MM patients, survivors and caregivers. Before, during and after active treatment nutrition is both difficult and critical. Oncologists will agree that the single most effective way to get the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, etc. your body needs is through your MM diet.
As we all know, our diet is not always as nutritious as they should be- especially if you are on active therapy. As a long-term survivor of multiple myeloma myself, I have found smoothies to be a key nutritional tool.
For example, when I was on dexamethasone, my appetite and mood were…ahhh, not good. My MM diet needed help. Smoothies provided me with that help.
I’ve tried juicers, blenders, lots of different machines. I need a small, powerful, easy-to-clean method for making my smoothies.
Juicing versus Smoothies. I was a juicing disciple at one point in my life. And a person can juice spectacularly from many different kinds of organic veggies. My challenge was:
I didn’t want to take the time needed to prepare the veggies (wash, dry, cut, put in plastic bags, etc.)
I needed recipes- I couldn’t just throw a bunch of veggies into the juicer-some of my concoctions tasted awful
I wanted the fiber that comes with smoothies- juicing eliiminates fiber
I wanted the easy, fast nutrition that comes with smoothies
My wife gave me a NutriBulleta couple of Christmas’ ago. I wake my high school son each morning during the school year.
I will be direct. I needed a breakfast I could prepare that is fast, easy to fix, easy to clean-up, nutritious, and most importantly of all, tasty.
Let’s face it, my son is a picky eater…
While Alex is getting ready for school I come downstairs to the kitchen and pull the NutriBullet from the cupboard. I throw a bunch of
fruit (whatever is in season),
juice (blends more easily with liquid in the mix),
coconut flakes (tastes good, good fat),
protein powder (my son is growing like a weed),
nuts (mixed nuts, walnuts, peanuts, etc.)
dark chocolate, (different recipes, of course…)
maybe some spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, etc.
into my NutriBullet, screw on the blade and blend for about 10-15 seconds and presto!
No added sugar, none. Protein is key for the growing adolescent male. At 16, my son Alex is 6’5″ and 165 lbs. Tall and skinny.
Each smoothie, each morning, is chock full of nutrition. Alex and I start our day with protein, fiber, vitamins, antioxidants, etc. I drink half, Alex drinks half.
“I have remained in complete remission through a combination of nutrition, supplementation, lifestyle and mind-body therapies. Anti-angiogenic (anti-Myeloma) nutrition runs throughout these themes.
You or a loved one has been diagnosed with pre-multiple myeloma (MGUS or SMM) or full blown MM stages 1,2 or 3. Yes, there are studies that confirm that a multiple myeloma diet works. Or I should say that foods that are anti angiogenic can be actual therapy.
While I believe that my diet is one of the evidence-based therapies that helps me remain in CR, I have a confession to make. I don’ diet. That is to say, I don’t follow a Ketogenic, Mediterranean, Atkins, etc. etc. diet.
If I’m talking to a MM patient, survivor or caregiver who asks me about what I eat, I will say that I follow a Flexitarian diet...sort of. I will mention that diet because it
emphasizes fruits and veggies
allows for a little meat
is flexible (I need this…)
My final comment to whomever is asking, is my overall philosophy- progress, not perfection. I have to say this because…let’s face it…I cheat. Not a lot but I need to acknowledge this. Let me add a few more anti-MM specifics…”
You’ve been diagnosed with multiple myeloma (MM). You’re wondering how to maximize your nutrition. How do you stay hydrated while you get antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, protein, and more into you in a fast, tasty, fun way?
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.
Further, I prefer smoothies because I can add nutrition easily and effectively. Not only can I add fruits and veggies but I can add
“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?
“The short answer is yes if you’re referring to a homemade smoothie containing nothing but fruit. “But I’d still rather they have whole fruit,” said Robin Foroutan, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a trade group representing nutrition professionals.
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.””
Curcumin, resveratrol, quercetin, green tea extract and omega-3 fatty acids, for instance, are anti-angiogenic and therefore apoptotic to my cancer.
CoQ10, magnesium, omega-3’s, Hawthorn/Arjuna, for example, help me manage my chemo-induced heart damage.
Vitamin D has been shown to support bone health as well as prevent a host of different cancers.
Nattokinase, Wobenzym and omega-3’s help prevent another blood clot.
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.
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.
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