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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

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I have remained in complete remission through a combination of nutrition, supplementation, lifestyle and mind-body therapies. Anti-angiogenic (anti-myeloma) diet recommendations run throughout these themes.

You or a loved one has been diagnosed with pre-multiple myeloma (SBP, MGUS or SMM) or full blown MM stages 1,2 or 3. You are trying to learn about a multiple myeloma diet and what foods to eat for this cancer.

 Click now to learn more about your multiple myeloma prognosis

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 that is cytotoxic (kills) monoclonal proteins aka multiple myeloma.

My experience and research indicates that nutrition is a key component in your multiple myeloma prognosis.

Click on my email address David.PeopleBeatingCancer@gmail.com and send me a message to get a free copy of my ebook Beating Myeloma- I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now

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’t 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 what I eat, I will say that I follow a Flexitarian diet...sort of. I will mention that diet because it

  1. emphasizes fruits and veggies
  2. allows for a little meat
  3. is flexible (I need this…)

Many MM patients ask me about dairy (milk and MM)  as well as sugar as a part of their anti-myeloma diet recommendations.  While I do believe that both dairy/milk and sugar are to be minimized, I can’t say that my diet is 100% aka no dairy, no sugar. If you read food labels, you will see that there is some form of glucose in almost every processed food. I work really hard to eliminate processed sugar but by eating fruit, for example, I consume fructose.

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. And I have progressed a lot over the years. I consume much less processed sugar than I used to. I just don’t crave sweet foods the way I used to. I don’t crave red meat, and I don’t crave fried foods at all.

I don’t cheat nearly as often as I used to. So progress, not perfection…

Let me add foods that starve multiple myeloma.

  1. Anti-angiogenic foods and supplements are the key to nutrition as MM therapy
  2. A case for MM patients needing red meat (lean) was made in a book called Eat Right For Your Blood Type.
  3. By definition, dieting is a short term solution. I believe that anti-MM nutrition is for the rest of our lives. Find a diet that you can stick to day-in, day-out, for the rest of your life.

But anti-MM foods are only one piece of the evidence-based, non-toxic, anti-MM puzzle.

I’ve written about MM nutrition and supplementation many times over the years-

Nutritional basics that I follow and recommend for you to follow too:

  1. No smoking and as little alcohol as possible (red wine will be discussed below)
  2. As little refined sugar in your diet as you can. I say as little because sugar is in everything. Do your best. Read labels…
  3. As little animal/saturated fat as possible.
  4. Eat lots of fruits and veggies daily.
  5. Learn about and focus your meals on anti-angiogenic foods and supplements. For example, black rasperries, dark chocolate, curcumin (supplement) and resveratrol (supplement) are anti-angiogenic. Conventional standard-of care, FDA approved chemotherapy regimens such as revlimid and thalidomide are also angiogenesis inhibitors.

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, let me say this loud and clear:

It is critical that you become an active participant in your care. Learn everything you can.

I am alive today largely because I took the time to learn as much as I could about Multiple Myeloma and sought out the full spectrum of evidence-based MM therapies both conventional (FDA approved) and non-conventional.

Your decision-making begins by learning about the full spectrum of evidence-based myeloma therapies, both conventional and non-conventional.

Anti-MM nutrition and nutritional supplementation are two key components of the Multiple Myeloma Cancer Coaching Program. Specifics about what foods and supplements fight multiple myeloma.

If you have a question or comment, scroll down to the bottom of the page to post it and I will respond ASAP.

To Learn More About Your Prognosis for Multiple Myeloma click now

David Emerson

  • MM Survivor
  • MM Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

Recommended Reading:


Can we eat to starve cancer? – William Li

I found the Ted Talk linked above to be life-changing where my MM management was concerned. This video was shot in 2010 so it is a bit old. However I think the content is as relevant to MM patients and survivors as ever.

Tumor Angiogenesis as a Target for Dietary Cancer Prevention

“The switch to the angiogenic phenotype occurs during multistage tumorigenesis. As malignancy develops, cells progress from a prevascular stage (normal to early hyperplasia) to a vascular stage (late hyperplasia to dysplasia to invasive carcinoma). Angiogenesis becomes clearly evident during dysplasia and is critical for further growth. Targeting tumor angiogenesis may be a novel strategy for preventing cancer. (Reprinted by permission from the Angiogenesis Foundation. Copyright 2011 by The Angiogenesis Foundation. All rights reserved).

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Table 5

Chemopreventive agents that possess antiangiogenic properties.

Alpha-difluoromethylornithine (DFMO)
Aspirin
Brassinin
Celecoxib
Curcumin
1 α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3
Ellagic acid
Epigallocatechin 3-gallate
Finisteride
Genistein
N-acetylcysteine (NAC)
Naringenin
Oltipraz
Resveratrol
Retinoids
Selenium
Silymarin
Statins
Sulindac
Tamoxifen

Source: Angiotracker, The Angiogenesis Foundation (http://www.angio.org/).


Multiple Myeloma Diet- Eat? Not Eat?

“…important to recognize the cumulative burden of the disease and treatment-related toxicity in both the stable and active phases of myeloma..”


Recommended Reading:


Do nightshade vegetables make arthritis worse

“Fruits and vegetables from the nightshade family are staple foods for many people. Nightshades are nutritious, healthful foods and the idea that they cause inflammation is not supported by evidence
Nightshade foods contain solanine, a chemical which some people believe may aggravate arthritis pain or inflammation. The Arthritis Foundation say that this is not true
Common nightshade vegetables that we eat include:
  • white potatoes
  • tomatoes
  • eggplant
Nutritious nightshades include the following:
  • Eggplant
  • Eggplant is an ingredient used in many diets, including the Mediterranean diet and is stocked in most grocery stores.
  • Eggplant is a good source of fiber, potassium, and vitamin B-1, B-6, and K.
  • Tomatoes-Tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, including biotin, potassium, iron, and zinc. They also contain the antioxidant lycopene, which may improve inflammation.
  • Potatoes

Purple, white, and yellow potatoes all offer nutritional value that includes fiber, vitamin C and vitamin B-6.

“Background: Anacardium occidentale L. is a tropical plant used for the treatment of inflammatory diseases. The goal of the present work was to investigate the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant potential of oral administration of cashew nuts (from Anacardium occidentale L.) in a mouse model of colitis
Conclusions: The results suggested that oral assumption of cashew nuts may be beneficial for the management of colitis.
Goji berries are high antioxidant potential fruits which alleviate oxidative stress to confer many health protective benefits such as preventing free radicals from damaging DNA, lipids, and proteins…”

Guidelines for screening and management of late and long-term consequences of myeloma and its treatment

“Summary- A growing population of long-term survivors of myeloma is now accumulating the ‘late effects’ not only of myeloma itself, but also of several lines of treatment given throughout the course of the disease. It is thus important to recognise the cumulative burden of the disease and treatment-related toxicity in both the stable and active phases of myeloma, some of which is unlikely to be detected by routine monitor- ing.

We summarise here the evidence for the key late effects in long-term survivors of myeloma, including physical and psychosocial consequences (in Parts 1 and 2 respectively), and recommend the use of late-effects screening protocols in detection and intervention. The early recognition of late effects and effective management strategies should lead to an improvement in the management of myeloma patients, although evidence in this area is currently limited and fur- ther research is warranted..”


A Long-term Multiple Myeloma Survivor’s Diet, Nutrition Plan

A multiple myeloma survivors’ nutrition goals are-“Body, blood, bone,  heart, and brain health.” And a diet that I can stick to for years to come…

As a long-term multiple myeloma (MM) survivor, my main concern is remaining in complete remission and living a long, healthy life. 

Staying in complete remission from my “incurable” cancer. according to a growing number of studies, diet and nutrition are central to achieving 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 it.

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 the “flexitarian” diet (followed closely by the Meditteranean 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. My 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 nutrition equation is diet (protein, etc.) supports muscle, muscle supports bone health, bone health support MM remission. The Flexitarian diet helps me follow this nutrition equation.
  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.  MM survivors need to touch all these bases every day to stay in CR.
  4. I follow 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 or twofer…
  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 MM CC program.

If you don’t have time to watch the webinar, but would like to learn more about:

  • The 14  Multiple Myeloma Cancer Coaching Guides- presenting Evidence-Based information and education-
  • Evidence-based, integrative therapies for each of the top Multiple Myeloma chemotherapy regimens

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/Mediterranean   diet does offer guidelines that I think MM survivors should understand and follow.


Recommended Reading:


The Flexitarian Diet

“Overview-

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.

Rankings

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:

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377 comments
James D. Harlan says a few days ago

I was diagnosed in Aug. 2020 with Multiple Myeloma. Hard to not eat meat and sugar.

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    David Emerson says a few days ago

    James-

    I agree with you. With all that you probably have going on with your health, people are giving you all sorts of rules about diet, therapies, etc. I will be honest and admit that the studies about MM and nutrition are thin, My blogs are what I do and what studies I’ve found. I do eat meat but a lot less than I did before my MM diagnosis. Sugar is in everything. I eat as little as I can without driving myself crazy.

    It’s a cliche but one day at a time…

    Good luck,

    David Emerson

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Sandra Edson says a few days ago

Would like to have a copy of the diet for MM. Was diagnosed in May 2022. Not doing the stem cell transplant because of my age. I am 64

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    David Emerson says a few days ago

    Hi Sandra-

    I emailed you the MM CC nutrition guide this am. If you did not see it in your inbox please check your spam folder.

    David Emerson

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Julia stevenson says 6 days ago

I have MDS and would like to try this diet.

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    David Emerson says 5 days ago

    Hi Julia-

    I sent you the nutrition guide via email. Please check your spam folder if my email is not in your inbox.

    David Emerson

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Liz Towns says 7 days ago

I would love to have the diet to help me in my struggle to survive MM many thanks

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    David Emerson says 7 days ago

    I will email the ebook to your email inbox- if you don’t receive it shortly, please check your spam folder-

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Cindy Brosius says a couple of weeks ago

Can you please send you diet for MM. Thank you.

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    David Emerson says a couple of weeks ago

    Hi Cindy-

    I sent you guides via your email address. If you do not receive my email, please check your spam folder.

    thanks,

    David Emerson

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Margaret Gillespie says a couple of weeks ago

Can you please forward diet for MM. My husband would require this. Thankyou.

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    David Emerson says a couple of weeks ago

    Hi Margaret-

    I replied to you via email. If you don’t find my email in your inbox please check your spam folder.

    David Emerson

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Hyacinth castelino says a couple of weeks ago

Can this be used for follicular lymphoma too?

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    David Emerson says a couple of weeks ago

    Hi Hyacinth-

    To be honest, I haven’t studied follicular lymphoma so I can’t say.

    David Emerson

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Anna Suzan says a couple of weeks ago

I was diagnosed with MM three years ago. I also have kidney failure at same time so I am on dialysis. Please send me diet information. It seems some good food for MM is not compatible with the renal diet.

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Nadine Pekarek says 3 weeks ago

What is. A good site for the flexatarian diet. I am in treatment and have reached remission. Want to stay there. Help!

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Willie says 3 weeks ago

I would like your diet for mm

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    David Emerson says 3 weeks ago

    Hi Willie-

    I sent you the MM CC nutrition guide directly to you via your email address. Check your spam folder if you do not receive my reply.

    David Emerson

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Novlette says 3 weeks ago

I am a MM patient fighting for 7 years now..would love the MM diet pkz

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    David Emerson says 3 weeks ago

    Hi Novelette-

    I sent the MM CC nutrition guide to you via email. Please check your spam folder if you do not receive it.

    David Emerson

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Marie murphy says 3 weeks ago

Bowel cancer diabetic fattyliver damaged liverwould like to know about diet also oestoprosis gut problems underactive thyroid ta

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    David Emerson says 3 weeks ago

    Hi Marie-

    The post that you read is about nutrition for patients with a blood cancer called multiple myeloma. I don’t know much about nutrition for
    the health issues that you list. I wish I could help you.

    David Emerson

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Susan says 3 weeks ago

Diet info please

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    David Emerson says 3 weeks ago

    Hi Susan-

    I emailed you the MM CC guide. Check your spam folder if you didn’t receive it.

    David Emerson

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Masha K says 3 weeks ago

I am private, please. Would love your diet. Kindly, send

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    David Emerson says 3 weeks ago

    Hi Masha-

    I sent you guides directly via email. Check your spam folder if you didn’t receive them.

    David Emerson

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Jacqueline says 3 weeks ago

I would like the diet. I am in remission for 1 1/2 years

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    David Emerson says 3 weeks ago

    Hi Jacqueline-

    I sent you the guide via email. Check your spam folder if you didn’t get my email.

    David Emerson

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Jamesetta Edwards says 4 weeks ago

I’m 73 and was diagnosed 2019. I take 10mg. Revilmide. Would like diet info to like longer.

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    David Emerson says 4 weeks ago

    Hi Jamesetta-

    I sent you the MM CC nutrition guide directly to you via email. If you don’t receive my email please check your spam folder.

    David Emerson

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Liz douglass says last month

I would like your guide on eating

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    David Emerson says last month

    Hi Liz-

    I sent you the nutrition guide via email. Look in your spam folder if you have not received it.

    David Emerson

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Marina Bass says last month

Would like a guide on what should and should not eat

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    David Emerson says last month

    Hi Marina- I sent you information directly via your email in box. If you don’t receive my email then please check your spam folder.

    Thanks,

    David Emerson

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Jessie says a couple of months ago

I was diagnosed in August of 2021 with Smothering Myeloma. I would like to know more about your diet please. Thank you.

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Jonathan lampkin says a couple of months ago

hello I have had MM for 4 years I am not able to receive a transplant due to cell damage from the chemo therapy I am actively takin blue seed oil tablets what can I do or take to hlp fight against the MM an is takin black seed oil tablets beneficial

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    David Emerson says a couple of months ago

    Hi Jonathan-

    According to research, yes, Black seed oil aka thymoquinone, is cytotoxic to monoclonal proteins aka MM. The challenge is finding a supplement with a decent amount of black seed oil in the capsule.

    I recommend both anti-angiogenic nutrition and supplementation.

    Hang in there,

    David Emerson

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Kate says a couple of months ago

Husband age 49 diagnosed with MM in August- would like nutritional information.

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Marco says a couple of months ago

Hi, just diagnosed with MM at 32, please send me your nutritional food plan thank you.

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Rose berkey says a couple of months ago

Recently diagnosed MGUS. But kappa light chains keep going up and kidneys are great. Please send diet info. Going to check out your reading recommendations and video. Thank you

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Carol says a couple of months ago

I was diagnosed with MM in 2021. I am very interested in your nutritional food plan.

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Autumn says a few months ago

Diagnosed with MM 2021 just had partial kidney removed on revlimid. Please send me your nutritional food plan.

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    David Emerson says a few months ago

    Hi Autumn-

    I replied directly to you via email.

    David Emerson

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Diane says a few months ago

Got multiple Malom2021 got stem cell replaced bone marrow my own September 2022 I was taking 5% Relival only lasted till August 2022 Now back on chemo for 15 weeks. Please help…

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Edith Nobles says a few months ago

MM since 2013,please send diet plan.Thanks

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Wendy says a few months ago

May I have information on the nutritional benefits and diet/lifestyle? I also have had a kidney transplant (9 years) and some CHF problems but am hanging in there. Would like to get into complete remission and if diet will help then I’m all for it. Thanks.

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    David Emerson says a few months ago

    Hi Wendy-

    I replied to you via email. Good luck,

    David Emerson

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Rebecca Streuter says a few months ago

I was diagnosed with MM in 2017, had SCT and on 10 mg Revlamid. I had a relapse in 2019 but have done great since then. I’m turning 65 soon and I’m very interested in Diet and Nutrition info.

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Sally Volpe says a few months ago

I am recently dx with plasmacytoma on R hip and starting radiation soon, bone marrow biopsy just done and do not know results, I’m very fatigued and lots of pain, I am very interested in diet with foods and supplements to improve my nutrition to help me improve the quality of my life, I would appreciate any information you can guide me with, I believe proper nutrition can help. Thank you

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Maria says a few months ago

My husband was diagnosed with mm in 2017, had a sct and is currently on 10mg of revlimid as maintenance. I am concerned about his eating habits and would like some information on how I can guide him in the right direction. His oncologist doesn’t say much about diets.

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    David Emerson says a few months ago

    Hi Maria-

    I sent the MM CC nutrition guide to your email in box.

    David Emerson

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Frances cullen says a few months ago

I would like to get your info. Thanks. I’m on revlimid and doing well.

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    David Emerson says a few months ago

    Hi Frances-

    I sent you the nutrition guide via your email address.

    David Emerson

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Judy Kopp says a few months ago

I had a stem cell transplant in June 2021. I am doing well on Revlemid. Please send me the diet information.

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    David Emerson says a few months ago

    Hi Judy-

    I replied to you via your email.

    David Emerson

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      Judy says a couple of months ago

      David, I did not receive diet info. Could you please send it again? Thank you. Judy

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        David Emerson says a couple of months ago

        Hi Judy-

        I sent the guides again. Also check your spam folder.

        David Emerson

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Cheryl Maffet says a few months ago

Hello. Just recently diagnosed with MM. Not sure about stages as oncologist didn’t say. Told me that my bone marrow biopsy shows “5 to 10 %” MM. I’m being treated with radiation right now on an area of my rib that the oncologist labeled “ plasmacytoma. Any info you can provide will be very much appreciated. Thank you.

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    David Emerson says a few months ago

    Hi Cheryl-

    I replied to your post directly via email.

    David emerson

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Gina Evans says a few months ago

I was diagnosed in May 2022 w/smoldering myeloma.
Have progressed to MM as of September 2022.
Very interested in your books & diets!
28 years in remission WOW!
Good for you—love to learn from you. (Just turned 67)

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    David Emerson says a few months ago

    Hi Gina-

    I will reply to you directly via your email.

    David Emerson

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Catherine Murphy says a few months ago

I’m 86 yrs old just diagnosed w MM myeloma just wondering about the pAin I will be experiencing in the future months. If I over due I get pain in my back and neck fatigue yes. Look forward to hearing from you🙏☘️☘️🙏

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    David Emerson says a few months ago

    Hi Catherine-

    I will reply to you directly via email and send you the MM CC nutrition guide.

    David Emerson

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Rebecca Brown says a few months ago

Diagnosed with stage one in August 2022 after four years with Smoldering MM. Now in treatment. Can you send me the Flex diet? Thank you!!

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    David Emerson says a few months ago

    Hi Rebecca-

    I replied to this post directly via your email address. Let me know if you have any questions.

    David Emerson

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Kevin says a few months ago

Thanks for being willing to share your journey and wisdom! It is inspiring to know there are people who significantly outperform the statistics out there. I’ve been diagnosed with SMM and would like to slow progression to MM for as long as possible. Please send your nutrition guide.

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    David Emerson says a few months ago

    I replied to you via email Kevin.

    David Emerson

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Stefania says a few months ago

Hello. I am 54 and I have been diagnosed in March 2021, chemo for 1 year and in remission now. Only 5 mg Revlimid per day. Also morphine and gaba for my pain.
Can u email me a nutrition guide please. My oncologist said nothing about how important is the diet. Thank you

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    David Emerson says a few months ago

    Hi Stefania-

    I sent you the nutrition and CIPN guides via email.

    Good luck,

    David Emerson

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Fides Sirakis says a few months ago

I was diagnosed with MM March 2022, been on Revlamid, Velcade, Darzalex and dexamethisone since, and going for SCT end of September. Please send me your diet details. Thank you!

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    David Emerson says a few months ago

    Hi Fides- I replied to this via email.

    David Emerson

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Kathryn Guillaum says 6 months ago

I’ve switched from store bought milk, to organic goat milk from a neighbor who sells it ( full fat); also, his eggs. I don’t drink alcohol, soda, commercial juices; mostly water. The goat milk is for cooking and cereal
I try to stick to fruits and veggies, but I have a sweet tooth and I bake quite a bit

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    Kathryn Guillaum says 6 months ago

    May I have the flexible diet emailed to me also,David?

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Linda Lukin says 6 months ago

I am interested in learning more. I have had two stem cell transplants and I still have evidence of disease albeit a smaller amount than prior to the transplants.

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David Joy says 8 months ago

Please can you send details on the
diet. Many thanks.

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    David Emerson says 8 months ago

    Hi David-

    I sent you the MM CC nutrition guide via email.

    David Emerson

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Mary Leatherman says 8 months ago

Please send me information on the Flexitarian Diet.
Thank you

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    David Emerson says 8 months ago

    Hi Mary-

    FYI- I sent the nutrition guide to you via email-

    David Emerson

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Marlene says 9 months ago

Like nutritional info

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    David Emerson says 9 months ago

    Hi Marlene-

    I sent you several PDF files via email. Let me know if you have any questions.

    David Emerson

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Azucena Martin says 9 months ago

I need to know in regards to the flexitarian diet

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    David Emerson says 9 months ago

    Hi Azucena-

    What do you need to know? Are you a patient? Caregiver? Are you about to undergo chemotherapy? Induction? ASCT? Have you concluded therapy and looking to detoxify? I don’t mean to complicate things. The more info I know about your situation, the more info I can provide.

    Let me know.

    David Emerson

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Judy Northup says 9 months ago

I have been in remission for 71/2 years after a stem cell transplant. Would you send me the nutrition diet.

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Sue says 9 months ago

I have MM. had stem cell transplant In Sept. 2021 and am now in complete remission. Please send nutritional guide. Stomach doesn’t tolerate many foods except carbs. Thank you.

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    David Emerson says 9 months ago

    Hi Sue-

    I sent the MM CC nutrition guide via your email address. Let me know if you have any questions.

    David Emerson

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Ajit Sharma says 9 months ago

Hi, have been diagnosed with MM in June 2021 and on derma infusion since June 21 . Progress is good . Would like to know more from you about diet , etc on how to beat this disease. Am 72 with no other prior diseases.

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Marla says 11 months ago

I would like to know more about The flexitarian diet. I would also like to know more about the coaching program.
Thanks so much

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    David Emerson says 11 months ago

    Hi Marla-

    I will send you the MM CC nutrition guide as well as the Introduction to the program via email. Let me know if you have
    any questions.

    thanks,

    David Emerson

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Peter Stelmach says 11 months ago

I would like to sign up. Please send me whatever forms you need. And who to write the check to.

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    David Emerson says 11 months ago

    Hi Peter-

    According to our records you have recently registered for the MM CC Program Course. I will send you the welcome email and invite you to an invitation to Beating Myeloma now.

    Thank you,

    David Emerson

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Robert Abruzzo says 11 months ago

I live on Ritz crackers and chocolate milk and ensure Suplement for the last 9 months. Any other food makes me nauseous, just the smell of food cooking makes me vomit. I’m very weak and tired all the time.

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    David Emerson says 11 months ago

    Hi Robert-

    I too love to eat Ritz crackers and I love the taste of chocolate milk. Unfortunately for us, there is little nutrition in these foods and as MM survivors we need nutrition. Consider trying a smoothie with chocolate flavored Ensure as well as fruit, powders, etc.

    Maybe even add some ice cream in the smoothie- anything to combine flavor with nutrition.

    Good luck,

    David Emerson

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Fatima says 11 months ago

Hi there!
My husband was diagnosed 5/2021 with MM. He is status post SCT. Not quite 30 days yet. In his medical notes I saw deep vgPR1 after 7 months of VRD. What diet should I start him on to keep him in remission. He is igG lambda. Im still reading and trying to understand this cancer. I appreciate any advice.

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    David Emerson says 11 months ago

    Hi Fatima-

    I replied to you via email.

    David Emerson

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Carol Davoli says 11 months ago

Could you please send nutritional guide. Thanks so much!

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    David Emerson says 11 months ago

    Sent via you email address Carol-

    David Emerson

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Josie Coleman says 11 months ago

Please send guide and if you have book provide info on how to get. I want to read it all!😊 Thank you

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Angie Yetzke says 11 months ago

Hello. A friend has MM and CKD. Please send nutrition guide. Thank you!

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    David Emerson says 11 months ago

    Hi Angie-

    I sent you both the nutrition guide and the kidney guide to your email inbox.

    Let me know if you have any questions.

    David Emerson

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Patricia Diane Zang says 11 months ago

I was diagnosed with MGUS in April 2021 – I’m interested in learning how to better take care of myself

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Becky Campbell says 11 months ago

Just found out husband has stage 3 MM, please send any information, thank you

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Dan Riston says 11 months ago

I have MM. Please send me your nutrition guide.

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Marilyn says 11 months ago

I am retired nurse ,have researched & found pts with MM require increased amts of vitamin B12 .Eating only small amts of red meat will cause iron & vit b12 deficiency which is essential for DNA.heart ,nerve & blood maintenance.Vegans & vegetarians are at high risk of vit B12 def which not diagnosed early & treted results in Pernicious Anaemia.I have a friend MM diabetic,under-treated for b12 def ,treated with chemo now 12 mths when told originally 6 wks .She is has had 2 iron infusions in last 6 mths..I would be interested to hear your views & if you have every been tested for genetic mutation MTHFR .

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    David Emerson says 11 months ago

    Hi Marilyn-

    You are correct. Blood testing does identify some newly diagnosed MM patients as being B12 deficient.

    I do not know if any MM patients who have been tested for the MTHFR mutation.

    David Emerson

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MaryAnn says 11 months ago

Hi, I was diagnosed in June 2021 with MM and am currently receiving RVD. SCT when my numbers are where my doctors would like them.
Would you please send me your nutrition guide.
No one ever emphasizes how important diet is.
Thank you!

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    David Emerson says 11 months ago

    Hi MA-

    Replied to you directly.

    David Emerson

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Stevonmfl says 11 months ago

Very informative and realistic. Please send nutrition, cannabis and intro guides.

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Pat says 11 months ago

How do I get Long Term Nutrition Plan

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    David Emerson says 11 months ago

    Hi Pat-

    I sent your email the nutrition, cannabis and intro guides.

    David Emerson

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Dawn says last year

Recently diagnosed mm, started RVD, possibly SCT. I would love your nutrition guide.

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David Shak says last year

Hi David,
Please email me the nutrition guide. Thank you and God bless.

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    David Emerson says last year

    Hi David-

    I sent the nutrition, cannabis and intro guides via your email address.

    David

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Sadie Williams says last year

I had stem cell transplant January 2020. Currently in remission. Please send me the MM nutrition guide.

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Maria Del Rio says last year

Hi David. I was diagnosed with MM on June 2020. Had a bone marrow transplant in December 2020. On remission at this moment. Can you send me a copy of MM nutrition guide? Thanks.

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    David Emerson says last year

    Hi Maria-

    I just sent you the guide via your email.

    Good luck,

    David Emerson

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Jennifer Delice says last year

Thank you. Was never told that nutrition was important as a myeloma patient. Can you send me your nutrition information.

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    David Emerson says last year

    Hi Jennifer-

    Nutrition, supplementation, etc. are not studied by the FDA and therefore not discussed, positively or negatively by conventional oncology. I will email you the MM CC nutrition guide via your email.

    Hang in there,

    David Emerson

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Jennifer Delice says last year

Thank you. Was never told that nutrition was important t as a myeloma patient. Can you send me nutrition information.

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normandbriault says last year

Is ASA good to take?

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    David Emerson says last year

    Hi Norman-

    If you are asking about “aspirin, acetaminophen, and caffeine” I have no experience with this supplement.

    David Emerson

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Sukh Gill says last year

Thanks for this great information David. Can you please send me the MM CC nutrition guide.

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    David Emerson says last year

    Hi Sukh-

    Sent via email.

    David

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David Reynolds says last year

Very good contribution to better lifestyle..copy of your information wold be welcomed. Thank you.

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    David Emerson says last year

    Hi David,

    By “copy of your info” not sure what you are asking for. I can send you the MM CC nutrition guide is this is what you mean.

    David Emerson

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Dominique says last year

Good afternoon and thank you for the informative information. May I have copy of your diet and CBD related recommendations. Thank you.

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Mary Ann DElia says last year

I would like a copy of the diet.Being tested for MM

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    David Emerson says last year

    Hi Mary-

    I sent several guides directly to you via email.

    David Emerson

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Pat says last year

Is there a charge for you to email me a plan. I have SM and bounce with MM

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    David Emerson says last year

    Hi Pat-

    If you are wondering about joining the Pre-Myeloma Program, yes there is a registration fee. The pre-MM course is separate from the consultation. If you purchase both at the same time you will receive a discount.

    The page below will explain the Pre-MM Program.

    https://peoplebeatingcancer.org/the-pre-myeloma-program-for-mgus-smm-sbp/

    David Emerson

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Karen jolley says last year

Hi, I would appreciate a copy of your dietary recommendations. I was diagnosed SMM 2years ago but some weird things happening to my body..
thank you.

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    David Emerson says last year

    Hi Karen-

    I replied to you directly via email.

    David Emerson

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Barbara. Cochran says last year

Please send me the guidei

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    David Emerson says last year

    Hi Barbara-

    Have you been diagnosed with MM? If so, what stage, symptoms? I will email the guide to your email inbox.

    thanks

    David Emerson

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      Barbara Cochran says last year

      I am in stage 2. Of MM

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        David Emerson says last year

        Hi Barbara-

        I am sorry to learn of your MM diagnosis. Do you have a question?

        David Emerson

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        David Emerson says last year

        Hi Barbara-

        I will send you the MM CC nutrition guide via your email address.

        David Emerson

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Richard Solarz says last year

Please send me the guide.

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    David Emerson says last year

    Hi Richard-

    I sent the guide to your email in box.

    David Emerson

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Karen Bass says last year

I am a caregiver for my 86 year old mother diagnosed with MM, she is on dialysis now because of it, please tell me what foods are best for her. Thank you for this article…..God bless., Karen

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Tim warden says last year

Please send me the guide

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    David Emerson says last year

    Hi Tim-

    I will reply to your questions about CBD as well as the nutrition guide directly via email.

    Thanks,

    David Emerson

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Laurie Jacobs says last year

I would like to receive the MM CC nutrition guide

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    David Emerson says last year

    Hi Laurie- The nutrition guide is in the MM CC Course that you purchased. One of the lessons.

    David Emerson

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Lily Marais says last year

I would love to know more about MM Nutrition Dieet🙏

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    David Emerson says last year

    Hi Lily-

    I emailed you directly.

    David

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Dave Hugg says last year

Please send the MM CC nutrition guide. I am fairly recently diagnosed, and have received absolutely no support from the doctors regarding nutrition or diet. I would appreciate anything you could share at this point. Thanks. Have a beautiful week. Dave

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    David Emerson says last year

    Hi Dave-

    I am sorry to learn of your MM diagnosis. I will send you the MM CC nutrition guide to you via your email address. Please understand that conventional oncology prescribes only FDA approved therapies. Since nutrition is not a strict FDA approved therapy, your onc. will not discuss it.

    Hang in there,

    David Emerson

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Ginette robitaille says last year

I am very happy to learn about your diet. I am almost done with my treatments of mm. 3 mores weeks. And I know that diet is very important but we have to know what to eat and not eat. So thank you again . I will do my best to read about it . My cancer came back to normal after 7 months but the doctor want to do the treatments for a year for controlling it better.i hope you can understand my English because I am from Quebec Canada. But I leave here for many years but I do speak French still a lot with my family. I am 74 years old. My cancer was in my spine only whe we begin the treatments. I am on revlimid.

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    David Emerson says last year

    Hi Ginette-

    Your English is great. Good luck with your MM, anti-MM nutrition, anti-MM nutritional supplementation and anti-MM lifestyle.

    Hang in there,

    David Emerson

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Julie Smith says last year

I’m newly diagnosed and am learning as much as I can. Can you please share the diet you’ve developed with me? Thank you for your encouragement.

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Lynn says last year

Hello, I have just been diagnosed with MGUS and very much appreciate your mention of Dr. Li’s work. I would be grateful for any information you might share about your own nutritional wisdom. Thanks

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Yolande Paine says last year

Hi David. I am a 9 year survivor having been diagnosed with SMM. I had a AST five years ago and relapsed 3 years later. I am currently in CR. I am fit and eat a pretty good diet but would appreciate a copy of your flexarian diet. Thanks so much.

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    David Emerson says last year

    Hi Yolanda-

    Below is a link to the explanation of the Flexitarian Diet. I have to say though that the diet is a sort of starting point for me as a MM survivor. It is adding anti-mm supplementation and anti-angiogenic nutrition
    that I believe is important to us MM survivors. Congrats on a long mm survival BTW.

    David Emerson

    https://health.usnews.com/best-diet/flexitarian-diet

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Lilyana I another a says last year

hopefully that product will be nice

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Kathryn Guillaum says last year

David is my coach and has shared his experiences and suggestions for me and many others. He does his best to support MM patients. He is a Living example of successful fighting

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Rob says last year

Hi David. I’m 52 and was diagnosed with SMM a year ago. I’m IgA Kappa and have an m-spike of 0.9 and 0.2. (Total of 1.1). I was working with a nutritionist who had me on the “Mitchell Page Diet and a daily routine of over 70 pills/supplements. My numbers have remained stable but did not go down as the nutritionist said they would with the regime he had me on. I am now seeing a new nutritionist. I’ve only had my initial consult, but the gist is that I’ll do the AIP diet for a month along with food sensitivity testing and a select and more targeted supplement intake. After a month, I will be able to add back certain foods I was able to eliminate so long as I don’t show an inflammatory response. I would love to learn more about your program to make tweaks. Thanks in advance for sharing your potentially life saving protocol.

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    David Emerson says last year

    Hi Rob-

    Several things. Depending on your other diagnostic info, stable numbers are a positive. Remember that the prognosis for an early stage MM patient (if you every progress) is excellent.

    As for non-toxic pre-MM therapies, I will email the nutrition guide to your email address. In general, I focus on anti-angiogenic foods and nutritional supplements such as curcumin, resveratrol, etc.

    Let me know if you have any questions. Hang in there.

    David Emerson

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Janice Kipp says last year

Wow! I have MM. I was diagnosed in August 2015.
I am very interested in your
information, diet & exercise
program. How do I learn more?

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    David Emerson says last year

    Hi Janice- I replied to you directly. David

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Diana Long says last year

My husband Don had a solitary plasmacytoma on his C5 disc and had surgery in December 2020 followed up with radiation. He has now been diagnosed with MGUS and we would like information, please. Thank you!

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    David Emerson says last year

    Hi Diana-

    My introduction to MM was identical to Don’s. I will send you the MM CC nutrition guide via your email address.

    Hang in there

    David Emerson

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Janet Spenelli says last year

Please send me information for my husband, Bob, who was diagnosed last July and is now three months after autologous stem cell transplant. He is doing very well.

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    David Emerson says last year

    Hi Janet-

    I replied to your request directly via email. I sent you the MM CC nutrition guide. Good luck.

    David Emerson

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Josie Coleman says last year

Do I have to become a mm coach in order to get the book and materials on the nutrition? I was diagnosed with MM this past February and will be having a SCT in July.. wanting to know more in the nutrition and foods to eat that will help this.

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    David Emerson says last year

    Hi Josie-

    I replied to your question directly via your email address. I included the MM CC Nutrition guide. Please understand that depending on your symptoms, age, general health, goals, etc. an ASCT may or may not be your best choice.

    Good luck,

    David Emerson

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Diane says last year

Very good video

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    David Emerson says last year

    Thanks Diane- nutrition is much debated so I stick to what I do and what the studies say.

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Angela a says last year

I was recently diagnosed with mm. I am starting a RVD treatment then the stem cell transplant. Any advice or help with my diet? Thank you!

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    David Emerson says last year

    Hi Angela-

    I replied to you directly via email. I attached the MM CC nutrition guide with several questions.

    Thanks,

    David Emerson

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Sheila Behnke says last year

Where do you get your supplements resveratrol and curcumin Brand name How do you take them!

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    David Emerson says last year

    Hi Sheila-

    Re curcumin and resveratrol. Most of my nutritional supplements are produced by a company named Life Extension Foundation. I researched many of the supplements on consumerlab.com. These supplements consistently are approved for purity, amount, price is middle (not cheap, not expensive). I buy either directly from them or from Amazon.com.

    Resveratrol- the supplement is called “Optimized Resveratrol”

    Curcumin- the supplement is called “Curcumin Elite”

    David Emerson

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Kathryn Guillaum says last year

Venison ( lean meat ).

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Tricia says last year

Hi David,

I have recently been diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma Stage 3 and I am leaning toward not doing the autologous Bone Marrow Stem Cell Transplant.

I would like your thoughts on this and I would like to know at what Stage you were diagnosed.

Thank you,

Tricia

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    David Emerson says last year

    Hi Tricia-

    My thinking about ASCT is based on both my experience as well as research. I myself think ASCT is a lot of toxicity for the patient. However, there are situations where aggressive treatments may be right for you. A lot depends on your age, symptoms, side effects, genetic abnormalities, etc.

    In early 1994 I was diagnosed with a single bone plasmacytoma. The lesion was removed and I was told that nothing more could be done for treatment. I was diagnosed with full MM about a year later. I then underwent induction chemo ( five courses of VAD) and an ASCT three months after that.

    It will be difficult to compare my situation with yours Tricia. All of the chemotherapies at the time were all different, and ASCT is now different than it was then. There was no genetic typing, no FISH test. Determining a newly diagnosed patient’s risk was much different then.

    Your stage is 3. What symptoms are you experiencing? Kidney involvement? Bone damage? How old are you? Have you undergone any induction therapies such as RVD aka revlimid, velcade, dexamethasone? If so, what has your response been?

    I don’t mean to sound nosey. Just thinking through your risks.

    Let me know. Hang in there.

    David Emerson

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Regina says last year

I have had MM fir 6 years. Had a stem cell transplant 5 1/2 years ago. I am interested in learning about your flexatarian diet.

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    David Emerson says last year

    Hi Regina-

    I have linked info about the Flexitarian Diet below- let me know if you have any specific questions. Thanks. David Emerson

    The Flexitarian Diet explained

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Hanna says last year

Hello David, thank you for posting this web on your own journey with dealing with MM, i think it was divine intervention that brought me here. My questions are actually for a loved one. Firstly, thank you for bringing up the MM specialist since the person i am speaking for does not have a specialist only an oncologists, who has been seeing him for over 1 year now, he will actually be getting a 2nd opinion because it seems that his body is not responding well now to Revlimid, his liver enzymes has been trending up and so he had to stop Revlimid 25mg for 1 session and was started on Vemlidy 25mg, it brought down the enzymes but once he started regimen again with Revlimid his enzymes now went up again, do you think the felxitarian diet will help him with this and help his liver? His doctor diagnoses him with smoldering MM so ue is not in late stage yet but now his current tx is affecting his liver. Secondly, do you have any tips to help with insomnia? He has been taken off dexa bit still has hard trouble sleeping and uses ambian everyday to be able to get at least 4hrs sleep. Thank you.

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    David Emerson says last year

    Hi Hanna-

    I replied directly to you via your email address. Thanks.

    David Emerson

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Francine Demes says last year

Hi, I would like to know more about multiple myeloma. I was diagnosed last year with mm.

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    David Emerson says last year

    Hi Francine-

    Like most other cancers, early stage MM is very different from late stage MM. The young MM patient reacts much differently than the elderly MM patient.

    I can provide more information about MM if you can tell me a bit about your situation.

    What was your MM stage at diagnosis?
    Did/do you have any symptoms such as bone pain, kidney damage, blood clots, fatigue?
    How is your health otherwise?

    I don’t mean to be nosey, just trying to provide you with information.

    Let me know, thanks.

    David Emerson

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Daniel says last year

Hello there,

You have an incredible story and it is EXTREMELY rare to hear of anyone discuss links between food and mm. In fact I have actually been told to eat fast food because it might make me feel better mentally! Additionally, while getting chemo I’ve been (almost) forced to eat cake and drink lemonade by the staff. Currently, I’m the ONLY patient in my clinic who has disagreed with these food/beverage offerings. I was diagnosed with stage 1 mm on 23rd march 2020. Currently I am on day +30 post sct. For most of my time since diagnosis I have followed a similar diet to what you have outlined (mostly plant based). My diet is like a cross between fruitarian and Mediterranean foods. Occasionally I eat small quantities of meat. Usually when I eat meat it is after a session with my personal trainer. Interestingly, since swapping over to plant based foods I have noticed massive improvements to my health despite going through chemo. I lost 14kg, gained 8% muscle mass, no flem, no inflammation, better digestion, no dandruff, no bloating/ gas, and feel quite energetic. Last year I typed up a weekly meal plan with some common dishes I eat regularly. Would you be willing to read through my documented meals and offer some advice on where I could improve/ what I could change etc?
Cheers, Dan

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    David Emerson says last year

    Hi Dan-

    The importance of nutrition to the MM survivor is not routinely discussed by conventional oncology. I’m glad that you didn’t listen to whomever told you to eat fast food:-).

    I would be happy to read through your documented meals and offer advice. Please email info to david.PeopleBeatingCancer@gmail.com.

    Thanks,

    David Emerson

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Marjorie Allan says last year

Thanks so much for this information

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    David Emerson says last year

    You are welcome Marjorie-

    David Emerson

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Tova Rosell says last year

HalloIs thwrw a fb group.I will learn everything about alternativ treatmen for MM so curious.Thwrw is hope.Ilivemyself with MM

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    David Emerson says last year

    Hi Tova-

    Membership in the closed, private MM group Beating Myeloma is a component of the MM Cancer Coaching Program. In other words, if you’d like to join Beating Myeloma you must register in the Multiple Myeloma Cancer Coaching Program.

    https://peoplebeatingcancer.org/better-than-a-miracle-myeloma-cure/

    I hope to work with you.

    Thanks

    David Emerson

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Phyllis Lynch says last year

I want to learn more and join your group. I am an MM patient and want to learn more about your success,

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    David Emerson says last year

    Hi Phyllis,

    I am sorry to learn of your MM diagnosis though I think wanting to learn more is the right approach. An invitation to join Beating Myeloma is included with your registration for either/or the Multiple Myeloma Cancer Coaching Program- Course and Consultation. I will link below.

    Let me know if you have any questions.

    https://peoplebeatingcancer.org/better-than-a-miracle-myeloma-cure/

    David Emerson

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Livonia J Tippett says last year

Hi, because I had a lot of side effects from vevlimid,valtrex,and Dex the steroid and I am 79 years old I can’t have sct. I also have diebetes,hypertension, severe Arthritis. constants dirreaha problem any suggestions?

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Livonia J Tippett says last year

Hi, because I had a lot of side effects from vevlimid,valtrex,and Dex the steroid and I am 79 years old I can’t have sct. I also have diebetes,hypertension, severe Arthritis. Cordless is a constant problem any suggestions?

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    David Emerson says last year

    Hi Livonia-

    I am sorry to read of your health challenges. Because of your co-morbidities (diabetes, hypertension, etc.) I encourage you to undergo low-dose chemo only as needed to manage your MM as lightly as possible. I believe you shouldn’t have a SCT anyway. That’s fine.

    Good luck,

    David Emerson

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Leslie mtz says last year

Hi, I am in desperate neeed and help and guidance my Mom was diagnosed in april2018 , we have not done any chemo or treatment. We want to heal this naturaly . She is having back pain in the vertebrae. Kidneys are still fine. Please help

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    David Emerson says last year

    Hi Leslie-

    I replied to you via your email address.

    David Emerson

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José Morales says last year

Will like to start this diet

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    David Emerson says last year

    Hi Jose-

    I believe we all should “diet” by simply striving for “progress not perfection.” I say that to mean that we all can reduce the amount of processed sugar we each daily, we can reduce the amount of animal fat daily, we can add fruits and veggies to each meal each day.

    And we don’t beat ourselves up if we splurge or eat something that’s not so nutritious.

    Go for it.

    David Emerson

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Rahul Gupta says last year

Hi I have MM Igg lambda , I am a vegetarian , my protein level was at 140 and after a week of chemo dropped to 80, plasma cells were at 16%, mspike at 68 something , what diet changes or lifestyle changes can I do?

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    David Emerson says last year

    Hi Rahul,

    I am sorry to learn of your MM. When you say “after a week of chemo” your protein dropped but did your m-spike and plasma cells drop as well? Did you list the pre-chemo levels or the post chemo levels?

    Regardless, your diet and lifestyle, before, during and after chemo, should be anti-angiogenic foods, supplements as well as anti-MM lifestyle therapies such as whole body hyperthermia, exercise, etc.

    Good luck,

    David Emerson

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Ruben Laija says last year

I want to become an MM survivor and need to start eating correctly. I have completed my radiation treatments and am moving on to Cycle5 chemo. Even though I am having difficulty eating anything right now it is still a good time to start.

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    David Emerson says last year

    Hi Ruben-

    I am sorry to read of your MM diagnosis but great to read that you have the right attitude. When I had difficulty with my appetite during my radiation/chemotherapy I had smoothies- different recipes depending on what flavors I could enjoy. Nuts, green, fruit, dark chocolate.

    Nutrition hack- pour ensure into the smoothie for added vitamins and minerals.

    Let me also suggest both clean eating (less animal fat, more protein, lots of fruits, veggies, whole grains) and specifically antiangiogenic foods and supplements. These have been shown to kill MM cells.

    Good luck.

    David Emerson

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Sybil says last year

Do you have back pain and if so what did you do for that?

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    David Emerson says last year

    Hi Sybil-

    If you have been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, my guess is that you have a lesion in your spine. This is common. A MM lesion in my spine and associated pain is why I went to the doctor before my diagnosis of MM.

    You should have an imaging study of some kind- either an MRI (no contrast), a PET scan, etc. I am assuming several things but I recommend that you have your oncologist prescribe an imaging study. Your health insurance will want this.

    Let me know if you have any questions.

    Hang in there, good luck.

    David Emerson

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Maria H. Smith says last year

Hello!
I am recently diagnosed MM with plasmacytoma at T5. I haven’t been given a Stage yet. I’m trying to learn all that I can, and starting with diet. I was hoping you could tell me the recommended dosage for resveratol?

Thank you!

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    David Emerson says last year

    Hi Maria-

    I will email you directly.

    David Emerson

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Sharanjit says last year

Foods for mm beating and bone strengthening.

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    David Emerson says last year

    Hi Sharanjit-

    The guides linked below, nutrition and bone health, will explain foods, supplementation and lifestyle therapies shown to cause apoptosis and increase bone mineral density aka bone health.

    Let me know if you have any other questions.

    Hang in there,

    David Emerson

    /Users/david/Library/Containers/com.apple.mail/Data/Library/Mail Downloads/4BFB3774-97BF-4ED2-8F68-614735AF00FC/NutrtionV1.pdf

    /Users/david/Library/Containers/com.apple.mail/Data/Library/Mail Downloads/27FC01D4-1771-456C-8814-D941A1F98FD4/BoneHealthV1.pdf

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MGUS, SMM, Myeloma-Antioxidants in Food vs. Supplements - PeopleBeatingCancer says a couple of years ago

[…] I eat as nutritious a diet as I can each and every day. The most popular blog post on PeopleBeatingCancer.org is simply titled Multiple Myeloma Diet.  […]

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Lisa Thornton says a couple of years ago

Please send info

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    David Emerson says a couple of years ago

    Hi Lisa-

    Are you a newly diagnosed MM patient? If so, what stage? Are you experiencing any symptoms such as bone or kidney damage?

    I will send the MM CC program nutrition guide to your email address.

    Let me know if you have any questions.

    David Emerson

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Lisa Thornton says a couple of years ago

My husband was diagnosed with mm two years ago. He had a stem cell transplant I. May 2019. He has nonsecretial mm. It is only in his bone marrow and can only be checked through bone marrow biopsies. It is very aggressive. Please send me information. Thank you.

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    David Emerson says a couple of years ago

    Hello again Lisa-

    I just sent you the MM CC nutrition guide. I too am non-secretory. Yes, your husband will undergo both BMB’s as well as imaging studies to check on the status of his MM. Please consider the MM CC program as well as a consultation with me.

    https://peoplebeatingcancer.org/better-than-a-miracle-myeloma-cure/

    David Emerson

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Jennifer Martin says a couple of years ago

I am interested.

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    David Emerson says a couple of years ago

    Hi Jennifer-

    Before we discuss the MM CC Program, do you know your specific diagnosis? Multiple myeloma but do you know your stage? Do you have any bone involvement or kidney health issues?

    Have you undergone any therapy of any kind?

    Let me know, thanks.

    David Emerson

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Frank Kasaboski says a couple of years ago

I was diagnostic with M.M. About 2 or 3 yr. ago & had the stem cell transplant & I m under Dr. Care but I feel I m losing & need all the help I can get. Can U help me?

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Jane pendrich says a couple of years ago

I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in nov 2015.
I had a tumor on skull spine and hip.
The one on the hip broke my female.
I had to have radiation therapy and chemo, then in may 2016 I had a bone marrow transplant.
After that I refused all treatment and was good until may 2019when my numbers were up again, took no treatment, but in dec 2019.
I underwent emergency surgery to remove a mass which was on my vertebrae pressing on my spinal column causing me some awful symptoms, was struggling to walk had no balance, right eye couldn’t see out of it and was struggling with bladder issues.
The operation was only able to remove part of the mass, so I also had to undergo ten rounds of radiation, also had a mass on chest bone which was inoperable.
After all of that we tried five different types of chemo to which I had horrible side affects.
At the moment trying to go down a natural route, so any advise would be awesome and appreciated.
I was an international swimmer so I try to swim a few miles every week.
Thanks for any help you can give.
At the moment iam in remission
Jane pendrich

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    David Emerson says a couple of years ago

    Hi Jane,

    I will reply to your question via your email address.

    Thanks,

    David Emerson

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Don says a couple of years ago

I have had MM since 2013. I am very healthy otherwise. I am currently in remission and on a chemo drug as preventive therapy. Would like to stay on your site and find it very interesting to hear other peoples ideas and situations.

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    David Emerson says a couple of years ago

    Sounds good Don.

    David Emerson

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Taunia Smith says a couple of years ago

I’ll be having a SCT soon waiting on another bone marrow biopsy first then if everything is o.k. then the transplant. I havent went by no kind of diets. ..guess I need to be doing that….I also got to STOP smoking ASAP smh…so hows it going since your transplant

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    David Emerson says a couple of years ago

    Hi Tania-

    I will reply to you directly via your email address.

    David Emerson

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Charlie says a couple of years ago

I have been diagnosed with smoldering mylenoma. Would it help to do this ,so maybe it wouldn’t progress

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    David Emerson says a couple of years ago

    Hi Charlie-

    I will reply to you directly via email. Thanks.

    David Emerson

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Pamela Hudson says a couple of years ago

I had MM can give me more information on it. I have had a relapse and worry now

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    David Emerson says a couple of years ago

    Hi Pam,

    I replied to you directly via your email address. Let me know if you have any questions.

    David Emerson

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Kenny says a couple of years ago

Hi David, diagnosed 2 years ago low risk but 70% plasma cells. Have tried almost everything I have read short of conventional treatment. Still progressing but slowly. Slightly anemic but no other symptoms, Started RVD induction and scheduled for Transplant for now. I’m interested in anything I can do that does not interfere with treatment since I have committed to go this route. I would like to learn about the diet as well as supplement interactions

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Anna Fletcher says a couple of years ago

Hi David,
Thanks for this information as it seems to be the only one of its kind. I was diagnosed with MGUS after a blood workup by my rheumatologist for suspected RA. Went that was negative this protein IgA was found in my blood and I have been tested for 3 years in a row now by a hem/onc. This year my M-Spike went from 0.3 to 0.6. The dr didn’t even point this out but just said all is stable. I don’t show any other abnormalities on my labs. I brought to his attention the increase in the M-spike and he said that’s ok it’s stable. So frustrating! I need to take this into my hands. I need to lose about 40 lbs and I have started the circumin and reversatrol and cbd. Should I be so obsessed this being scared of MM? My aunt died of this and the Dr. said it isn’t inherited but when I research I see otherwise.

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Kelsey says a couple of years ago

Hello! Thank you all of this wonderful information and I am so happy to hear that you are doing well after so many years! My dad is being tested for myeloma and the initial blood work is showing a few things off. M-spike at 0.3, 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? He 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!

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    David Emerson says a couple of years ago

    Hi Kelsey-

    I emailed your reply directly to your email in box-

    David

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Barb joyner says a couple of years ago

I would love to hear more about your diet…some encouragement on.living with end stage aggressive MM and specifically what to ask my dr about re alternative therapies and supplements. I already (flexibly) go by the eat right for your blood type presently. So encouraged to hear the year 25! Dr said I should have been dead by last March after 29months but I am still here!! Suffering on chemo weeks but still here!! Thankyou!

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David Eichler says a couple of years ago

David,
What is the best way to take curcumin in your opinion? (I am not sure I want to mess with making my digestive track more porous with black pepper..)
And what is the best daily quantity? My hematologist told me today that too much can be dangerous.
I should say that after 27 years of having MM without treatment, following a tandem bone marrow transplant in 1993, and then watching the kappa/lambda ratio creep up through the years, it finally became very active and forced me to undergo radiation and then DARA, ledalidomide, and dexamethasone, of which I have completed two months so far.
David E.

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    David Emerson says a couple of years ago

    Hi David-

    I replied to your post via email. Thanks.

    David

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Linda Hayes says a couple of years ago

Hi, found what you have to say interesting. I was diagnosed Jan 2019 with Stage 1 -2 MM. High Risk translocation 14:16. 60% myeloma cells present. Picked up by my PCP with an elevated Protein, she ran with it. and recommended the oncologist I see. I was 68.PET scan neg. I have achieved complete remission since 10/19. I was started on Revlimid 25, Velcade and Dex. Turns out I was allergic to the Velcade. Intermittent use of 2 other drugs and now on decreasing dose of only Revlimid 20 to now 15 mg. Bone marrow and cytogenic study negative 2 weeks ago. I am careful with my diet lots of fruits/veg, almonds and use many supplements including IP-6 and tumeric, B12, B complex Vit C, D3, Krill Oil. I do not drink and never smoked. I have not had a stem cell transplant and have felt well throughout treatment. I also practice Reiki and have many prayerful friends. I do not own this disease ( God is my physician) but follow Dr’s orders and have armed myself with as much as I can to bring about God’s miracle. I am a retired RN. I belong to no support group but gather info here and there. Thought I would share my story…..feeling very blessed. Glad you are there to help people from your experience.

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    David Emerson says a couple of years ago

    Hi Linda-

    I replied to you directly via email.

    Thanks,

    David

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James says a couple of years ago

Hi David… my name is Jamie. I was diagnosed with MM at 40 yrs of age.
I went to the hospital with back pain and they found some lesions on a couple of my disc and fewer. I went through 5 rounds of chemo followed by a stem cell transplant. Since then, I was put on 10 mg of Revlimed and there are no traces of m protein in my system. At this moment, I am feeling terrific, besides some pain that I get around the laces where the lesions were found, but overall back doing all the active stuff that I always did ( ie hockey, weight training). I always kept myself in good shape, but since being diagnosed I wanted to make sure that I was putting food back into my body that, I thought would help ward off the Myeloma from coming back. I guess, something I can do than just asking the revlimed to do all the work. I’m very much into nutrition, and I have read some articles about foods that aid in fighting this disease. If you have any info on nutrition that can help the fight against MM, I would very much like to see it. I’m not a fan of popping pills just to make things go away and I do believe Better nutrition Does help getting rid of diseases.
I enjoyed reading about your journey and applaud you on your 25 yrs beating this deserve. You are an inspiration and I after reading this, your story made me feel that nothing is impossible.
All the best

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James says a couple of years ago

Hi David… my name is Jamie. I was diagnosed with MM at 40 yrs old. I went to the hospital with back pain and they found some lesions on a couple of my disc and fewer. I went through 5 rounds of chemo followed by a stem cell transplant. Since then, I was put on 10 mg of Revlimed and there are no traces of m protein in my system. At this moment, I am feeling terrific, besides some pain that I get around the laces where the lesions were found, but overall back doing all the active stuff that I always did ( ie hockey, weight training). I always kept myself in good shape, but since being diagnosed I wanted to make sure that I was putting food back into my body that, I thought would help ward off the Myeloma from coming back. I guess, something I can do than just asking the revlimed to do all the work. I’m very much into nutrition, and I have read some articles about foods that aid in fighting this disease. If you have any info on nutrition that can help the fight against MM, I would very much like to see it. I’m not a fan of popping pills just to make things go away and I do believe Better nutrition Does help getting rid of diseases.
I enjoyed reading about your journey and applaud you on your 25 yrs beating this deserve. You are an inspiration and I after reading this, your story made me feel that nothing is impossible.
All the best

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    David Emerson says a couple of years ago

    Hi Jamie- 
     
    Thanks for reaching out. Great to read that you are in complete remission. Especially great to read that your life is pretty-much back to normal if you can play ice hockey again as well as lift weights. I have a couple of hockey-playing pals from college. Both are still playing old-man hockey and loving it. I’m not saying that you are an old man…:-)
     
    Your experience-
    MM diagnosis
    induction chemo (RVD?)
    Autologous stem cell transplant (where did you have yours?)
    low-dose maintenance Revlimid
    is an excellent example of the “standard-of-care” for newly diagnosed MM patients. How old are you now? 
     
    I have always believed that conventional oncology has gotten good at stabilizing newly diagnosed MM. Standard-of-care induction therapy of RVD, achieves almost a 100% response rate, with 80% of NDMM patients (I think) achieving at least a partial remission. Many more VGPR and CR. Some even MRD negative…
     
    And that’s great, as far as it goes. 
     
    The challenge for the 40 year old, as I see it, is the long-term picture. At this point in my response, I have to list my assumptions. Correct any that you don’t agree with Jamie. 
     
    If I were a 40 year old NDMM- 
    My OS (overall survival aka length of life) goal would be to die of old age in my sleep
    My quality of life goal (QOL) goal would be… minimal pain and suffering.
    The standard-of-care for relapsed, refractory MM patients is to cycle through chemo singlets, doublets and triplet regimens based on the drug classes below:
     
    Immunomodulatory drugs-Thalidomide, Lenalidomide (Revlimid), and pomalidomide (Pomalyst)
    Proteasome inhibitors-Bortezomib (Velcade), Carfilzomib (Kyprolis), and Ixazomib (Ninlaro)
    Monoclonal antibodies- Elotuzumab (Empliciti) and daratumumab (Darzalex)
    Immunotherapy- Isatuximab (Sarclisa)
    Nuclear export inhibitors. Selinexor (Xpovio) 
    Glucocorticoid- Dexamethason, Prednisone
    all in and effort to reach remission again and again, hoping to avoid multi-drug resistance (MDR) and end-stage MM. 
     
    The challenge faced by MM survivors relapsing after their first remission is that remissions get shorter and shorter, MM develops resistance to chemotherapy and finally, because of shorter remission and chemo resistance, MM survivors undergo more and more chemo meaning they undergo more and more toxicity, more and more frequently. 
     
    The five most common side effects are also the five most common causes of death for mm survivors. See the post below. 
     
    The answer, again in my opinion, is for NDMM patients to minimize toxic therapies as much as possible while including non-toxic MM therapies. I consider integrative therapies in this as well- integrative therapies shown to enhance the efficacy of conventional chemotherapy. 
     
    I will attach the MM CC nutrition guide. I consider anti-angiogenic foods and supplements to be an important non-toxic yet anti-MM therapy. 
     
    Let me know if you have any questions. Good luck, 
     
    David Emerson

    What is Multiple Myeloma? Oncology has it backwards…

     What is multiple myeloma?  In my experience the standard-of-care approach for multiple myeloma patients is misleading. Considering only FDA approved MM therapies represents short-term thinking. Newly diagnosed multiple myeloma patients are put at a huge disadvantage if they think short-term.

    In my experience, MM is a blood cancer that combines potentially life-threatening symptomsand a series of life-threatening side effects. All at the same time. Let me explain.

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Mario Rodriguez says a couple of years ago

Hi, I just got diagnosed with MM a month ago going for my biopsy on 9/11/2020

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Laura A. says a couple of years ago

Dear David,

My grandmother and mother both lost their lives to MM. My mom passed on 2/2019 just 3 months after her diagnosis. She never had any pain at all. Its a long and complicated explanation. To make a long story short. She started her MM treatment and a week later was hospitalized with heart failure. She was gone a month later. Five months later I started having shortness of breath, rib pain, fatigue. I just had kidney stones and my kidney function is normal. I am pretty anemic as well. Also I need to drop about 60lbs. I haven’t seen a doctor yet. Im terrified. What do you recommend? Thank you!

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    David Emerson says a couple of years ago

    Hi Laura-

    My reply to your post will be a bit long so I will reply to you via your email address.

    David Emerson

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Jayne Joyce says a couple of years ago

Is this site still active? I would love information!

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    David Emerson says a couple of years ago

    Hi Jayne-

    If you are asking if the site PeopleBeatingCancer is still active, yes, PeopleBeatingCancer is active.

    Thanks,

    David Emerson

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Decubber Bernhard says a couple of years ago

Is the USD199 payment for the coaching program a onetime payment/life time subscription?
Can the lessons be printed in a easy to read format in order to enhance studying?

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    David Emerson says a couple of years ago

    Hi December,

    The $199.00 for the MM CC Program is a one-time payment. The 16 cancer coaching guides can be printed. The 24 video lessons however cannot be printed. Keep in mind that there are url links to studies interspersed throughout the MM CC guides. You can print them out, I simply saying that the links won’t work…

    One of the videos in the MM CC program is me encouraging people to print the guides for easy future reference.

    Let me know if you have any questions.

    David Emerson

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Angela Heater says a couple of years ago

Hi, my name is Angela and my husband was diagnosed at the age of 51 with an aggressive stage of MM 2 years ago, he had lesions on almost all his bones, compression fractures in his vertebrae and a lower back fracture and his creatin was 3.6 for his kidney function when he was diagnosed. He under went the normal cytoxin, revlimid, dexy therapy which got it under control, his kappa lambda light chains went from 9000 to 140 after a few cycles. And his creatin level is 1.3 We did a CAR-T clinical trial for newly diagnosed patients which put him in remission for about 3 months, but it came back at which time he had the stem cell transplant in the fall of 2019. He is on 15mg of revlimid and gets a Velcade shot every other week, which wipes him out for a few days. He changed to a completely whole foods plant based Vegan diet 6 weeks ago in an attempt to have more energy and to lose weight, which has not given him any relief from either. He walks about 3 or 4 miles everyday, except after the velcade days. The new diet has taken most of the back pain away and he is off all his pain medications. I guess my question is are there foods/supplements that help to off-set the energy draining side effects of the velcade and revlimid to some degree?

Thank you,
Angela

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    David Emerson says a couple of years ago

    Hi Angela,

    I replied to you directly via email.

    David Emerson

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kirim barang says a couple of years ago

Sean, what is the transition used between the photos?

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Linda says 3 years ago

My 60 yr old sister was diagnosed with MM about 3 years ago. She has had constant chemo throughout and a stem cell transplant about 1 year ago. She has been taking many supplements/vitamins all along. Doctors say she has refractory MM and in most cases the life span (with treatments) is only 5 years. Could supplements/vitamins be interacting with the chemo treatments preventing her from going into remission?

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    David Emerson says 3 years ago

    Hi Linda-

    I am sorry to learn of your sister’s refractory MM. I interpret your oncologists using this term to mean that your sister’s MM is resistant to chemotherapy. While it is not often discussed in the MM literature, 20-25% of newly diagnosed multiple myeloma patients are resistant to chemotherapy aka refractory.

    For the record, my MM was refractory as well. Meaning, I never achieved satisfactory remission after my induction chemotherapy nor did I achieve satisfactory after my autologous stem cell transplant.

    As for your question “Could supplements/vitamins be interacting with the chemo treatments preventing her from going into remission?” It is impossible for me to answer this question fully without knowing which nutritional supplements your sister is taking.

    However, I can say that certain supplements have been shown in studies to enhance the efficacy of specific MM chemotherapy regimens. For example, curcumin has been shown to enhance the efficacy of revlimid (lenalidomide). See the study linked below.

    In addition, omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to kill MM as well as enhance the efficacy of velcade (bortezomib). Please see the study below.

    On the other hand, green tea (EGCG) has been shown to inhibit the efficacy of velcade (bortezomib).

    Conventional FDA approved oncology doesn’t study, doesn’t research most nutrition supplements. That’s just not what they or the FDA does. Therefore, the challenge for all MM patients is to figure out what therapies give us the best chances for survival.

    If you would like, send me a list of those supplements that your sister takes and I will be happy to research possible interactions with MM and MM chemotherapy regimens.

    Let me know, hang in there,

    David Emerson

    Curcumin in combination with bortezomib synergistically induced apoptosis in human multiple myeloma U266 cells

    Omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA induce apoptosis and enhance drug sensitivity in multiple myeloma cells but not in normal peripheral mononuclear cells.

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Patricia says 3 years ago

Hello David: Great work you are doing to get us informed! I was diagnosed with MGUS in 2016. I’m a 66 yr. old female, 5’3″, 115-119 lbs. My diet for the last 20 yrs. or so has been fairly clean ( at times I slip off the wagon with either gluten, sugar, dairy or non organic). Otherwise, I juice greens, carrots, beets, ginger root, turmeric root, and purchase as much local organic farm vegetables as possible and eat wild edibles (when available), I’m on a few supplements ( vit D3, Chaga tincture and sometimes chaga tea, Vit B12, sublingual, Curumin on occasion, vit C on occasion tablet form, every week or so I’ll make white cedar tea, or white pine needle tea and broccoli sprouts on occasion. I drink grass fed protein powder a few times/week. Very little to no toxic skin care products. Walking 30 min. 3-5 times/week. Hydrotherapy in the shower. I use an infrared Dome at home daily for a few hrs/day. I drink filtered water (Big Berkey). I take CBD oil and THC oil and 1-2 puffs of dried THC at night only for sleep. One registered massage therapy session/month. I have blood work once/yr and so far all is stable. I worry most of the time about this MGUS progressing. It’s on my mind most days which I know is not the best way to live. I stress easily. Are you able to calm my minds thinking in any way with your knowledge. I am really against conventional cancer treatments. Also, I’m not on any medical prescriptions except for the cannabis. Your thoughts would be much appreciated.

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    David Emerson says 3 years ago

    Hi Patricia,

    The best way for me to calm your mind relative to an MGUS diagnosis is to cite statistics as well as my experience. Your risk of progressing from MGUS to full-blown MM is 1% per year. Your diet, supplementation and lifestyle therapies all reduce this annual risk. Therefore, my belief is that your annual risk of your MGUS progressing to MM is LESS than 1% a year.

    If you do progress to MM, by “PRE-habilitating” (diet, supplements, lifestyle), you will respond to chemotherapy very well, according to studies. Therefore your prognosis as a person diagnosed with early stage MM is excellent.

    For the record, I too fall of the wagon occasionally where my anti-MM diet is concerned. I too think about a possible MM relapse, treatment related secondary cancer, etc. frequently (daily…).

    My point is that we both are doing well.

    Hang in there,

    David Emerson

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Bert Sale says 3 years ago

Hi David

I have MM & have recently undergone Induction Therapy & I am in the process of deciding whether to proceed with HDT-ASCT.I am 67yrs young & in reasonable shape although the induction therapy had given me peripheral neuropathy mainly in my legs & feet.
I have already changed my diet to a more vegan outlook although it wont be 100% . I am thinking along the anti-angiogenesis line with inclusive foods.
The question I am grappling with is do I call it quits on the conventional route & back my own gut feeling or complete the stem cell transplant with the treatment likely to worsen my neuropathy & maybe introduce other unwelcome side effects ?

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    David Emerson says 3 years ago

    Hi Bert,

    I will reply to your questions via your email address.

    David Emerson

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Gaye Thompson says 3 years ago

Hi there, I have just been diagnosed with multiple myeloma. Still going through tests before treatment but wanting to arm myself with everything I can get my hands on. I know that diet plays a huge part. I NEED to know what foods to avoid and you did give a brief outline. I was also wondering if baking soda does any good?? Any advise would be great! Thank you for putting your info out there…gives us hope!

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    David Emerson says 3 years ago

    Hi Gaye-

    I am sorry to read of your MM diagnosis. However I think you are on the right track to consider both conventional and non-conventional therapies.

    Several things. Timing- First and foremost, consider pre-habilitation. Meaning, include that diet, supplementation and lifestyle therapies BEFORE you begin your induction therapy.

    MM nutrition- it is less about what not to eat as a MM patient. Yes, follow general nutritional guidelines but include anti-angiogenic fruits, veggies, supplements. General guidelines are little refined sugar, little animal fat, lean animal protein, lots of fiber, lots of fruits and veggies.

    The MM Cancer Coaching program lists specific anti-MM nutrition and supplementation as well as conventional, complementary, integrative MM therapies.

    Baking soda. I assume you are referring to Dr. Simoncini protocol. There are no studies, no research to indicate if baking soda is cytotoxic to cancer/MM. I can’t say…

    What stage is your diagnosis? What symptoms? Bone damage? Kidney damage? Diet is different if your kidney function is reduced.

    David Emerson

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Ade Semore says 3 years ago

I was diagnose with MM four weeks ago, and currently receiving infusion once a week with other medications. Can you consume alcohol? If yes what kind? What kind of nutrition /food and supplements to take. What is non toxic MM therapies? Please I need your e book you have on MM …Thanks

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    David Emerson says 3 years ago

    Hi Ade-

    I am sorry to read of your MM diagnosis. In order to answer your question properly I need to know what other medications you are receiving weekly.

    When MM patients are undergoing standard of care chemotherapy regimens, I caution them not to consume alcohol. Toxic chemo is hard on the person’s liver. MM patients may have kidney damage upon diagnosis.

    So you can see how alcohol is rough on our organs. The light at the end of the tunnel is AFTER chemo ends. While your oncologist may caution you away from alcohol, I will admit to you that I have one or two glasses of wine each week. I stick to red wine. Resveratrol in red wine is cytotoxic to MM cells.

    As for foods, I don’t diet. I eat whole grains, little animal fat, as little refined sugar as possible, and as many angiogenic foods and supplements as I can find. Fruits and veggies are seasonal here in my home town of Cleveland, Ohio.

    The non-toxic therapies that you refer to are too many to list in an email. The MM cancer coaching program lists non-FDA approved therapies, foods, supplements, etc.

    I will send an e-copy of Beating Myeloma to your email address.

    Hang in there,

    David Emerson

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Ken Rubin says 3 years ago

David, I have had full blown MM since 2016 had stem cell transplant in 2017….I need assistance maintaining or fighting the growth of MM….In essence, I need coaching with diet, exercise, supplements, etc.
I look forward to hearing back from you.
Ken Rubin

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    David Emerson says 3 years ago

    Hi Ken,

    Several things. First, I am sorry for your MM diagnosis though I agree with your approach to puruse both conventional and non-conventional therapies like diet. Further, my experience is that MM patients usually need both traditional therapies as well as non-FDA approved therapies like diet and supplementation.

    If it’s okay with you I need some basic info about your current situation.

    1) what is your current situation- m-spike, side effects, symptoms (bone involvelement, etc.)?

    2) What was the outcome of your ASCT in ’17? How did you respond to treatment? Remission, Parial remission, Complete Remission, etc? Did you undergo induction therapy before your stem cell transplant? Which one?

    3) How old are you? What is your health like otherwise? The term is “co-morbidities.” Do you have any other chronic diseases?

    I will forward this reply to your email address as well. I is easier for me to communicate via email, send PDF files, etc.

    Let me know, thanks.

    David Emerson

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Evelyn says 3 years ago

Am happy tolerant that people can be healed on this

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Satya says 3 years ago

My granny(66) has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma for 3 years and our present medication is thalidomide and aspirin. Her legs are swollen often but the creatinine tests are fine. Please adivce me about the precautions for renal impairment🙏.

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    David Emerson says 3 years ago

    Hi Satya,

    I am sorry to read of our grandmother’s MM diagnosis. I have linked a website below that explains the symptoms and blood tests for kidney/renal failure. Please consider a chemotherapy regimen called Velcade. Velcade often clears the disfunctional kidney.

    Kidney Failure Symptoms

    David Emerson

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dee wilkie says 4 years ago

I was wondering if you could tell me what to feed my husband he was diagnosis 8 week ago and in on treatment he was a strong man but now can not walk without a walker , lots of pain right now his blood count is 44 which is not the best , I need to get the count up so what would be good for him , I love my husband of 36 years and I want so bad to make his life better.

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    David Emerson says 4 years ago

    Hi Dee-

    I will reply to your post via your email address.

    David Emerson

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Nora Brown says 4 years ago

how much fruit do you use? what kinds??

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    David Emerson says 4 years ago

    Hi Nora-

    Two things. I don’t have a set amount of fruit I eat each day. I live in Cleveland, Ohio and fruit and veggies differ depending on the season. It’s more about making sure I include fruits and veggies in each meal. Also, I have learned to add fruit to much of what I eat. For example, I add berries, red/black/blue to granola, oatmeal, etc. Second, I try to include those fruits and supplements listed by Dr. Bill Li in his TED Talk about anti-angiogenesis. What Dr. Li’s video- good stuff. My supplementation is nutritional for me, so I see it as an extension of my anti-angiogenic diet.
    Let me know if you have other questions.

    David Emerson

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JIM FARMER says 4 years ago

The BEST place in the WORLD for treatment and ultimate success is the UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS MEDICAL SCIENCES CENTER — UAMS Iin Little Rock, Arkansas. They are world renound and have probably the best success record of ANY institution anywhere!

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    David Emerson says 4 years ago

    Hi Jim Farmer-

    My understanding is the Dr. James Berenson has the longest average five year survival rates for any MM institution. I agree, however, that UAMS has a good five year survival track record as well assuming that a MMer fits their treatment criteria.

    David Emerson

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Katharine says 4 years ago

Please do not post.
How much is your program. What if a person can not afford it?

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Gisela says 4 years ago

Hello! My mother in law just found out she has MM and two masses. One in the back of her neck and an other one below her kidney. We are devastated. Need to go see a Hematologist and oncologist. Waiting for an appointment. I need to know what kind of diet she she do and which supplements would help her cope with the treatments. If there’s anything you can share it would Ben greatly appreciated. Where did you do your treatments?

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    David Emerson says 4 years ago

    Hi Gisela-

    I replied to your previous post about MM oncs at Princess Margaret and Dana-Farber and Sloan-Kettering being top MM centers. I underwent treatment here in Cleveland, Ohio at University Hospital. But much has improved in MM therapy since I was diagnosed. MM nutrition, supplementation, lifestyle therapies, conventional issues, non-conventional therapies and more are components of the Multiple Myeloma Cancer Coaching program.

    MM CC Program

    Let me know if you have other questions. Hang in there,

    David Emerson

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Sharon says 4 years ago

Do you have this translated in Spanish? I’m asking because my mother will be starting her 3rd treatment in 3 years for MM. She was in remission from breast cancer, 1st diagnosed in 2006. then was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2015. She is my heart and soul, and I’m looking to educate her on more non conventional treatments. Thank you.

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    David Emerson says 4 years ago

    Hi Sharon,

    I am sorry to read of your mom’s cancer challenges. If I understand your post, your mom has been in and out of remission for her MM 3 times in three years. In other words, your mom has not achieved hoped for longer remissions. Are you asking me if the Multiple Myeloma Cancer Coaching Guides are in Spanish? Or are you asking only about the blog post about diet?

    Either or, no, neither are translated into Spanish. If you are interested the MM CC program I would work with you to translate each guide (13 of them) into Spanish. Meaning I will get each guide translated. Does your mom speak any English? I would like to speak with her about the guides to walk her through the various issues. You can be on the phone as well.

    Let me know.

    David Emerson

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jody says 4 years ago

Hello
My brother in law just got diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma and he has had MS for about 15 years also. They gave him maybe 3 years to live. He started chemo just recently and is in the hospital still Because his MS is so bad they have to move him to a rehabilitation center. He lives in a different state than my husband and I. I want to help him and I just don’t know where to start.
Thanks
Jody

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    David Emerson says 4 years ago

    Hi Jody,

    I am sorry to read about your BILs health challenges. A diagnosis of MM coupled with induction chemotherapy is tough for healthy people and really
    tough on someone with MS. Long-term caregiving your BIL will be difficult, meaning your options are limited. I normally work directly with MM survivors and caregivers. How is your BIL making MM decisions such as what chemo to take, what nutritional plan he should follow, supplements, etc. stuff like that?

    Or maybe due to his MS, your BIL is undergoing only a minimum of toxic therapy? Which may be a good thing…

    David Emerson

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Ron Hood says 5 years ago

I discovered I had MM on April 13, 2016 when I broke my arm when playing golf. I started treatment of RVD after a rod was put in my arm to repair the fracture. I also am considered high risk with 17p chromosome deletion. The RVD lowered my Light Chains for the first 5 months, then relapsed. The Velcade was then replaced with Kyprolis. I have continued this drug combination with my Light Chains continuing to decrease for the last 9 months.

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    David Emerson says 5 years ago

    Hi Ron-

    I am sorry to read of your MM diagnosis. But keep in mind that there is a long and growing list of both conventional (FDA approved like RVd) and evidence-based non-conventional therapies that research as shown are cytotoxic to MM.

    RVd is an excellent induction therapy to put the average MMer into remission. As you know however, you are not the average MMer. As your oncologist has probably told you, 17p chromosome deletion makes your MM more difficult to treat. It looks like you and your oncologist are successfully treating your MM.

    As you have seen in the free MM CC webinar, I have researched a series of non-toxic therapies that have kept me in complete remission since early ’99. I firmly believe that all MMers must supplement their conventional MM therapies with this program however this is up to you.

    Let me know if you have any questions. Hang in there,

    David Emerson

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Miles Cowles says 5 years ago

Hi David
My name is Miles. I’m 59 and about to receive autologous SCT here at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. My condition began Oct 2016 with a diagnosis of ESRD kidney failure when creatinin was shown at 17 during a kidney stone removal whereupon I was placed on dialysis for 3mos.

Thankfully the chemo (rev-dex-Velcade) relieved the kidney condition and I feel very well, praise God!
Tomorrow I will begin receiving human growth injections. I stumbled upon your site whilst searching for info re the mitigation of libido side effects caused by chemo and SCT. I had noticed a decrease in that area during the previous months when I was on chemo drugs. Interestingly since the doctor discontinued the chemo last week as a precursor to the transplant, libido has returned to near normal.
I signed up for webinar so my wife and I can check it out tomorrow night. Thanks for a great looking website!

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    David Emerson says 5 years ago

    Thanks Miles,

    Good luck.

    David Emerson

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Sharon Petersen says 5 years ago

Hi David, My name is Sharon and I was diagnosed with high risk smoldering myeloma last October. I am 59 years old. I have a blood test every 5 weeks and follow up with the oncologist the 6th week. I have had a specialist, oncologist and nurse practitioner tell me I will “probably” have myeloma within 12 months and need a stem cell transplant. I am interested in any and all information you can offer, particularly the diet. Thank you so much!!

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    David Emerson says 5 years ago

    Hi Sharon-

    I am sorry to learn of your high risk SMM diagnosis. While I understand why the oncologist, nurse, etc. think you may progress to frank MM in 12 months research and experience has taught me that SMM can be maintained for years. Also, at this stage you are pre-MM. If you ever progress to full blown mm you will be early stage MM. Studies indicate that autologous stem cell transplant early or later makes no difference in overall survival. The sooner you begin chemotherapy (ASCT) the sooner you will reach MDR (multi drug resistance) I am assuming that at the age of 59 you are interested in the 30-40 year picture not the 5-10 year picture…

    I will go into that in the email that I will send to your gmail account now.

    Please look in your email in-box. Let me know if you have any questions.

    thanks

    David Emerson

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Cindy says 5 years ago

I have stage II relapsed multiple myeloma and need your advice and help.

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    David Emerson says 5 years ago

    Hi Cindy-

    I am sorry to read of your MM relapse. Keep in mind that there are a host of both conventional (FDA approved) and evidence-based non-conventional therapies (nutrition, supplementation, lifestyle, bone health, etc.) at your disposal. Let me try to get a clearer idea of your situation.

    1) When you say “stage II relapse” do you mean that your original MM diagnosis was stage II, you achieved remission and you have now relapsed?

    2) What was your previous therapy? Induction chemo cocktail? Autologous stem cell transplant?

    3) How old are you? Do you have any health issues that may complicate your situation?

    I don’t mean to minimize the seriousness of your situation when I say you have several therapy options. Let’s take things one step at a
    time.

    Let me know. Hang in there,

    David Emerson

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Mike McKeever says 5 years ago

David,

I have reached out to Dr. James Berenson and am waiting for his response – Thanks!

I plan on joining your program, I haven’t decided which program I will choose yet

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    David Emerson says 5 years ago

    Thanks Mike. Keep me posted. David

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Mike McKeever says 5 years ago

David,

I was diagnosed with Stage III High Risk MM with translocation t(11:14), Mutation of p53 and Deletion of 17p in July 2016 at the age of 68.

I have worked out with weights and heavy cardio for 40 years this month. I first got into nutrition 36 years ago just before our first of two sons was born.

I know I have a very unusual diagnosis, as I have been informed I am in the worst possible status. After diagnosis I continued my 4 miles on my elliptical and as well doing upper weights one day and lower weights the following day for 6-7 days a week. I also tightened up my diet even though I was a healthy vegan and started juicing 32 to 56 oz. a day with added ginger, flax seed oil, ground black pepper and a lot of turmeric.

I had four rounds of RVD and an “auto” stem cell transplant in December of 2016. I also had kyphoplasty surgery in September 2016, as T-11, T-12, & L-4 collapsed in my spine and I lost 3.5 inches of height. Even at my worst stage of being completely crippled and not being able to move in any direction once I was in bed, I continued my 4 miles on the elliptical and my pulley weight workouts of my upper and lower body. I was also diagnosed with osteoporosis.

I went to one of the top Osteoporosis Research Centers in the nation and my doctor was startled when I informed him of how heavy of weights I was using in my workouts and recommended I stop it immediately.

I