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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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Multiple Myeloma Diet, Supplementation- A How-To Guide

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Many studies confirm that a majority of patients undergoing cancer therapy use non-conventional therapies such as the supplements discussed below:

Experience and years of research have taught me that multiple myeloma (MM) patients want to learn about and understand  evidence-based, non-conventional therapies- both multiple myeloma diet, as well as MM antioxidant/nutritional supplements in particular. I include myself in that recommendation. Diet and  Supplementation has been central to my own myeloma survival since 1994.

MM diet and mm nutritional supplementation can take two forms in my experience. First, a person can take supplements to add nutrition to his/her diet- in effect mirroing foods with vitamins, minerals, etc. Secondly, a person can take a supplement to add a specific antioxidant/antiangiogenic/anti-infammatory to his/her diet. This post is about the second type of nutritional supplementation.

I supplement for several  reasons:

  • Curcumin, resveratrol, quercetin, green tea extract and omega-3 fatty acids, for instance, are anti-angiogenic and therefore apoptotic (kill) MM.
  •  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.

As is often the case, the devil is in the details. Curcumin is difficult to absorb into one’s blood stream. Scroll down this post to learn about the most bioavailable forms of curcumin.

I am both a long-term survivor of multiple myeloma and MM cancer coach. I work with myeloma patients and caregivers to research both conventional and non-conventional therapies, such as supplementation, for their specific type and stage of MM. 

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.

Have you been diagnosed with multiple myeloma? Scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply to you ASAP.

Thank you,

David Emerson

  • MM Survivor
  • MM Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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Many studies document the fact that cancer patients do better when they supplement before, during and after active therapy.

“Since the 1970s, 280 peer-reviewed in vitro and in vivo studies, including 50 human studies involving 8,521 patients, 5,081 of whom were given nutrients, have consistently shown that do not interfere with therapeutic modalities for cancer. Furthermore, non-prescription antioxidants and other nutrients enhance the killing of therapeutic modalities for cancer, decrease their side effects, and protect normal tissue. In 15 human studies, 3,738 patients who took non-prescription antioxidants and other nutrients actually had increased survival.”

Integrating dietary supplements into cancer care.

Abstract– Many studies confirm that a majority of patients undergoing cancer therapy use self-selected forms of complementary therapies, mainly dietary supplements (MM diet). 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 (and MM diet), 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.

The Most BioAvailable Curcumin Formulas

“Based on a review of these studies, it is evident that better bioavailability of formulated curcumin (CU) products is mostly attributed to improved solubility, stability, and possibly low first-pass metabolism”

A search of the Pubmed database for the word curcumin yields 601 studies spaning health topics from multiple myeloma and colorectal cancer, to chemotherapies that synergizes with CU, to Alzheimer’s Disease, arthritis and more. Based on years of reading studies and personal accounts, I think it is safe to say that CU supplementation is safe and relatively inexpensive.

I have read about myeloma patients taking daily doses of CU from 400 milligrams to 8 grams (1000 milligrams = 1 gram). By almost any measure, CU is a safe, inexpensive wonder drug.

The only challenge is that CU is famously difficult to absorb in the body. In other words, a person has to mix curcumin with some sort of fat (coconut oil, chocolate, etc.) or take a brand of curcumin capsule that is already formulated to be more “bioavailable” in order to derive the full benefit of CU.

The study linked and exerpted below reviews different formulations of CU. The study itself lists the three most bioavailable formulation/brand of CU and I’ve added an excerpt from a further review from Consumerlab.com that lists four additional bioavailable brands of CU.


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Curcumin

CU is a bright yellow chemical produced by some plants. It is the principal curcuminoid of turmeric (Curcuma longa), a member of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. It is sold as an herbal supplement, cosmetics ingredient, food flavoring, and food coloring.[1]

Bioavailable curcumin formulations: A review of pharmacokinetic studies in healthy volunteers.

“Curcumin is a widely studied natural compound which has shown tremendous in vitro therapeutic potential. Despite that, the clinical efficacy of the native CU is weak due to its low bioavailability and high metabolism in the gastrointestinal tract. During the last decade, researchers have come up with different formulations with a focus on improving the bioavailability of curcumin. As a result, a significant number of bioavailable curcumin-based formulations were introduced with the varying range of enhanced bioavailability.

The purpose of this review is to collate the published clinical studies of CU products with improved bioavailability over conventional (unformulated) CU. Based on the literature search, 11 curcumin formulations with available human bioavailability and pharmacokinetics data were included in this review. Further, the data on clinical study design, analytical method, pharmacokinetic parameters and other relevant details of each formulation were extracted.

Based on a review of these studies, it is evident that better bioavailability of formulated curcumin products is mostly attributed to improved solubility, stability, and possibly low first-pass metabolism. The review hopes to provide a quick reference guide for anyone looking information on these bioavailable curcumin formulations.

Based on the published reports,

exhibited over 100-fold higher bioavailability relative to reference unformulated CU. Suggested mechanisms accounting for improved bioavailability of the formulations and details on the bioanalysis methods are also discussed.”

According to Consumerlab.com:

“Novasol has the highest bioavailability (185 x compared to unforumulated CU), followed by Curcuwin (136 x), Longvida (100 x), Meriva (48 x), BCM-95 (27 x), Curcumin C3 Complex + Bioperene (20 x), and then Theracumin (16 x).”

 

 

 

 

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78 comments
Catherine says 3 weeks ago

Hello, David. Wow!! Your story is so inspiring. I’d love your supplement guide and nutrition info. We eat modified, WFPB currently due to a geetic kidney disease (PKD). Would live to learn more! Thank you!

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    David Emerson says 3 weeks ago

    Hi Catherine-

    Are you a MM survivor? I would assume so but I ask only because you didn’t mention it. If you have kidney issues the kidney guide might be’mnore useful. Let me know, thanks.

    David Emerson

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Catherine says 3 weeks ago

Hello, David. Wow!! Your story is so inspiring. I’d love your supplement guide and nutrition info. We eat modified, WFPB currently due to a geetic kidney disease (PKD). Would live to learn more! Thank you! ❤️

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Sheila Gissibl says last month

I would be very interested in your materials and coaching.

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    David Emerson says last month

    Hi Sheila-

    I replied to you via email.

    David Emerson

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Sharon Poteet says last month

Would like the diet guide also. Thank you

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Sharon Poteet says last month

I would like the book. I am into my 3rd month of chemo. Thank you for info

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Sheila Behnke says last month

Could you send me your MM Supplement Guide

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    David Emerson says last month

    Hi Sheila-

    I sent it directly via email.

    David Emerson

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      Skenti says a couple of weeks ago

      Would love to have the Supplementary guide too.

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John Tazzyman says a couple of months ago

Hi David I live in Australia and have read some of your posts and seen one or two of your videos. So to make this as short as I can. My wife is 63 and was diagnosed with MM Oct last year . Her kappas were at 1800. And her kidney function in the end went down to 7. She has endured 7mths of dexa.. dara.. cycolphoshamide..valcade every week until early march. So they have now got her kappas down to 460. With no treatment for the last 6 weeks to give her a break. So prognosis is this in a month’s time another blood test to see if they are still going down on there own or if it’s heading upwards they then suggest monthly dara to keep doing that until remission . Or she could go on revlmid tabs as just a maintance dose. My wife is also on dialysis 3 times a week .They Doc says it’s better to go on dara monthly to get to remission so the kidneys may get better then and to get of dialysis. So we would appreciate some feed back. She takes a high form of curicumin In a golden paste that is with coconut oil and black pepper. 1 tsp twice a day. And she also takes other supplements from a qualified natrapath. Could u send pls your dietary guide pls. To complicate things even further she has high cholesterol and high blood pressure before MM and this was kept in place with drugs.. I could go on about her problems but she is tough and during the chemo never got nausea despite the 4 drugs of chemo . Look fwd to your reply. Kind regards John

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    David Emerson says a couple of months ago

    Hi John,

    I am sorry to read of your wife’s health challenges. Your main challenge is that several standard MM therapies can damage kidney function. In other words, your doctors are at cross purposes- fighting the MM as well as trying to heal your wife’s kidney function.

    I will send you the nutrition guide via email. As for your questions, it is difficult for me to advise you when there is much that I don’t know. You will have to rely on your doctors.

    Hang in there,

    David Emerson

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Annette Davis says a couple of months ago

I would like to get a copy of your MM Supplementation Guide. Thanks for all your hard work on putting these resources together.

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    David Emerson says a couple of months ago

    Hi Annette-

    I emailed you the guide directly.

    David Emerson

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Mary G says a couple of months ago

I’m so relieved to have come across your website! The information I have read, so far, is so valuable and what I have been searching for. May I please get a copy of your MM Supplementation Guide? Thank you in advance.

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    David Emerson says a couple of months ago

    Hi Mary-

    I will send you a MM CC nutrition guide via your email address. Let me know if you have any questions about anti-mm nutrition, supplementation,
    lifestyle therapies etc.

    David Emerson

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Maria Giacobone says a few months ago

Hi David ! Thanks for your great information. How can I get your diet and supplementation guides?
One question: Is it true that green tea extract – matcha interferes with Bortezomib action?
Tbank you!

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    David Emerson says a few months ago

    Hi Maria-

    I replied to you directly via email.

    David Emerson

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Angie Yetzke says 6 months ago

One more question for my friend with both MM and CKD – I have been researching raw goats milk (goats fed a pure non-GMO grass fed diet) as good support for the immune system in a cancer patient. Any issue with raw milk when thinking about the kidney? Thanks!

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    David Emerson says 6 months ago

    Hi Angie-

    Though I read about and talk to CKD patients who are working to manage their MM diagnosis, none have ever asked about or mentioned milk consumption. I don’t know if this means anything other than milk is not an issue for them, either way. A google search turned up a number of resources on the issue of kidney disease and milk consumption.

    I linked the study below because it is the most specific of everything I read. The bottom line is the, according to research, milk, daily, should be limited but that’s as far as anyone will do. There are many nutritional positives regarding milk consumption so there is a trade-off.

    For the record, I too limit my dairy consumption. I don’t have any kidney issues but I think all MM patients should think about managing their kidney health because MM can gum up kidney function…

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5171808/

    David Emerson

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RM says 6 months ago

Hi David, I am inspired by your story! I am daughter and caretaker to a parent with MM. I am passionate about finding nutritional and supplemental solutions to complement her treatment plan and deliver her into remission. The past few months we have found some success with Vitamin D and collagen supplementation. However, I am curious to know which products and the specific dosages (i.e. mg of curcumin, grams of collagen, daily IUs of Vitamin D3, etc.) you have found to be of benefit. I would love to hear from you. Thank you so much!

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    David Emerson says 6 months ago

    I replied to your post directly via email-

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Jeffrey says 6 months ago

Hello, David. I’m celebrating my 1-year anniversary of being in remission from stage 3 MM. Please send me your Supplementation Guide. Thank you!

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Daniel lazarus says 7 months ago

Hello, My dad is in complete remission from MM after velcade, chemo, and recent stem cell transplant. Where do we start with vitamin supplements and targeted supplements to kill cancer. Also, he has had severe neuropathy in legs. How to help that? Which of your guides should we read?

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    David Emerson says 7 months ago

    Daniel-

    I will email you directly in order to send you specific guides.

    David Emerson

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Tim Warden says 8 months ago

What brand CU do you recommend for best bioavailability

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Honor Reed says 10 months ago

Hi David,
I was diagnosed with SMM in Dec 2019. Your story is amazing. I have two questions: Do you have an opinion on Nutridyn Curcumin which claims 400x bioavailability? Also, are omega 3 supplements as effective as fish oil?

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    David Emerson says 10 months ago

    Hi Honor-

    Sorry to read of your SMM diagnosis though good to see you are managing it and learning all you can about complementary therapies.

    Re your question about Nutridyn- while I supplement with curcumin myself and I write lots of blogs about the benefits of curcumin in general, I have not done any research into one curcumin formula over another. Because I take only one capsule (400 mg), I don’t think about high bioavailable formulas.

    As for omega-3 supplementation, all of the studies I know of that cite the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids cite “omega-3 fatty acids” and don’t specify any specific source- Krill, FO, avocado, etc. My brand of omega-3 cites mostly fish oil but also other sources. I like a variety myself.

    Hope this helps.

    David Emerson

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    Mary Munson says 9 months ago

    Hi David.. can you please email me a copy of the supplementation guide. I am in complete remission and am stage 3. Thank you Mary M.

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      David Emerson says 9 months ago

      Hi Mary-

      I replied to you directly.

      David Emerson

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    Brenda Skinner says 7 months ago

    Can you send me a list of supplements. Was diagnosed with SMM in 2019, going to start treatment in January. Low dose !

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Carol Z Wilson says 10 months ago

Where can I get a copy of the “People Beating Cancer – Multiple Myeloma Supplementation Guide.” The booklet with the red yellow and blue circles. Can you send me a copy or where can I buy one. I would appreciate it.

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    David Emerson says 10 months ago

    Hi Carol-

    I will email the MM CC Supplementation Guide. It is digital with hyperlinks to studies.

    David Emerson

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    Brenda Skinner says 7 months ago

    Would like a copy of the diet also! Thank you!

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      David Emerson says 7 months ago

      Hi Brenda-

      I have emailed you several of the guides that make up the Pre-MM CC course.

      David Emerson

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    David Emerson says last year

    Hi Lisa-

    PeopleBeatingCancer is currently offering the nutrition guide or the cannabis guide free for downloading. We are not offering the supplements guide.

    David Emerson

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Judy Conley says 7 years ago

I have MGUS and I take several of the same products you are taking. I would appreciate the dose of all of them and where you purchase these products.

Thank you,

Judy Conley

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    David Emerson says 7 years ago

    Hi Judy-

    I suffer from nerve damage and I buy all my supplements through Amazon. I get them delivered to my front door and Amazon is cheaper than my local health food store.

    The dose you take may (probably will) differ from the dose I take for several reasons. First and foremost, I am taking a “maintenance” dose being in complete remission. Secondly, you may be taking a “loading” dose having active or pre-myeloma. Thirdly, each brand of supplement differs in what it recommends for a daily dose. I will recommend the brand I take because I think it works best, of course.

    I have cut and pasted the supplements from the article you came in on and I will try to address your question to each.

    This list includes
    curcumin, This brand of curcumin, “super biocurcumin” is the brand I take because of its absorbability. Please go to Margaret’s Corner as Margaret is managing her pre MM (SMM. I think) and she discusses doses for those with MGUS or SMM.
    glutamine, I don’t take glutamine at this time-
    vitamin D– the studies that cite vitamin D3 all talk about blood serum levels- you should have a blood test to find this out. The link is to the brand I take at 2000 mg daily. But you may be different.
    Maitake mushrooms, I don’ take this currently-
    fish oil, This is the brand I take- If you choose to take it, you should follow the label.
    green tea, This is the brand I take, 750 mg daily- the dose on the label-
    >milk thistle, This is the brand I take, maintenance dose (small)
    Astragalus, I don’t currently take this
    melatonin, My brand but only take once a week as needed-
    and probiotics.”don’t currently take-

    I hope this helps Judy. Let me now if you have other questions.

    David Emerson

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Steven says 7 years ago

David,
My father is currently battling pancreatic cancer with meta to the liver and lung. He’s currently undergoing chemotherapy, being administered 4 rounds of gemcitabine. My question was pertaining to supplementation. He’s currently taking approx 4000 mg of curcumin daily, 4000mg of fish oil daily and I just had him begin taking garlic supplements (I read that garlic was one of the most effective cancer fighting spices) as well as milk thistle (approx 300mg/day) in an attempt to detoxify his liver. Any thoughts on this regiment? Any more supplements he should be taking? Thank you so much for your help!

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    David Emerson says 7 years ago

    Hi Steven-

    I am sorry to learn of your father’s pancreatic cancer diagnosis. I think that it is correct to pursue integrative therapies. My research of integrative therapies to gemcitibine chemotherapy indicates that you are right on track.


    Gemcitibine and curcumin

    Gemcitibine and fish oil-

    Further, I have also read that garlic fights cancer. And yes, milk thistle both detoxifys the liver in addition to also fighting cancer.

    Milk Thistle and cancer

    My only suggestions are to ask about the brand of curcumin you are taking. I take Life Extension Foundation’s Super Bio-Curcumun- LEF touts this brand’s ability to enter the blood stream though I haven’t read studies to verify this. But 4 grams (4000mg) is a strong dose. I have read about some people taking 8 grams daily but I have no personal experience with this dose.

    To confirm, the integrative approach you are pursuing should offer a distinct advantage over conventional pancreatic therapy alone. As for other supplements that I have researched, below please find two blog posts that I wrote that list a number of non-conventional pancreatic cancer therapies.


    Pancreatic cancer- Complementary and Integrative therapies-


    Integrative therapies may be the answer in pancreatic cancer-

    Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks and hang in there.

    David Emerson

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