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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 Overall Survival Statistics

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Multiple Myeloma Overall 5-Year Survival Statistics are confusing at best. Misleading at worst.

I was diagnosed in 1994 and was told I was end-stage in 1997. By 1999, I reached full remission by undergoing a non-toxic, alternative cancer therapy. I remain in complete remission from multiple myeloma by living an evidence-based, non-toxic, anti-MM regimen through nutrition, supplementation, bone health, lifestyle and mind-body therapies.

My point is that you can’t always believe the official statistics of the American Cancer Society, which give people with MM 5-7 years, depending on your stage at diagnosis. As my high school statistics teacher used to tell me, “there are lies, damn lies and statistics.

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Your challenge is to figure out how to beat the odds based on your unique circumstances:

  1. How does age affect overall myeloma survival?
  2. How does the genetic variation of your MM affect your survival?
  3. How does the underreporting of MM deaths affect your survival?

Whether you’re debating treatment options, currently undergoing treatment and experiencing painful side effects, or trying to figure out how to stay in remission, I want to share what I’ve learned from 22 years of full remission from Multiple Myeloma.

Have you been diagnosed with MM? What stage? Any symptoms? Scroll to the bottom of the page and post a question or a comment. I will reply to you ASAP.

David Emerson

  • MM Survivor
  • MM Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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Joe Shuttleworth says 3 years ago

I was diagnosed wtih Myeloma, Dec 2012. The last year it has escalated, My oncologist says that the bone marrow is 70-80% cancer, done 6 months ago. I don’t want conventional treatments. I don’t have a lot of money since I started a medical leave. I have tried a few alternative medicines but not working so far. Would appreciate advice

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    David Emerson says 3 years ago

    Hi Joe,

    I am sorry to learn of your MM relapse. I have to say though, that a seven year remission is pretty good. I will make a few suggestions and then ask a couple of questions below.

    If you have been in remission for the past 7 years then I’m thinking that you have not undergone any chemo or radiation in that time and therefore your body should be relatively healthy. I hope I am thinking correctly here. If your bone marrow is more than 60-70% MM then you don’t have the time necessary for non-conventional therapies to work. The problem yet strength of toxic theraies is that they work faster because they are toxic…

    Consider low-dose chemotherapy combined with evidence-based integrative therapies. For example, low-dose Revlimid combined with integrative therapies such as curcumin can offer less toxicity while still reducing your MM. My definition of low-dose is 5-10 mg of revlimid but your oncologist’s definition may be more like 20 mg. You are trying to balance toxicity with killing your MM. Not to mention that lower doses of any chemotherapy are cheaper than higher doses…

    Further, anti-angiogenic nutrition and supplementation has been shown to be cytotoxic (kill) to MM.

    My point also, is that alternative therapies, at this point in your relapse, may not be enought to fight your MM. I’ve worked with patients with pre-MM (MGUS or SMM) who can maintain low levels of MM with curcumin, diet, etc. but the amount of MM in their bodies is much less than yours.

    Questions-

    Are you dealing with any side effects of your chemo from 2012-13? Peripheral neuropathy? Kidney or bone damage?

    How are you feeling overall?

    Let me know. Hang in there Joe.

    David Emerson

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      Joe Shuttleworth says 3 years ago

      I don’t know about remission. I have never done conventional oncology: chemo,
      radiation, or surgery. When diagnosed in 2012 they called it smoldering. I
      think they call that if it is under a certain %. I have looked at the drugs
      that my oncologist is recommending. I think 1 is Revlimid. This is supposed to
      be for the immune system, but I don’t know how that can help the immune
      system with the potential side-effects. There wasn’t a remission; the % of MM
      stayed at a low amount until it started to increase over the last year.

      I don’t know if my oncologist will go with low-dose chemo and I know nothing
      about it, so would need someone with me that could suppervise; I don;t really
      trust the system. I fear chemo more than death.

      Can you recommend any natural treatments? I am doing the Hoxsey tonic,
      homeopathics and some cannabis, mostly to help me relax.

      am feeling tired and short of breath when my hemoglobin drops. Don’t have a
      lot of motivation to do much. I am gettin blood transfusions which help pick me
      up. My muscles in my back were sore for a few weeks. I decided to take a
      medical leave from work. I saw one of my oncologist’s associates who told me
      that my kidneys were OK. My bones seem OK.

      Joe Shuttleworth

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        David Emerson says 3 years ago

        Hi Joe-

        Based on your comments below, I believe that your MM is at an advanced enough stage that you must undergo at least some conventional chemotherapy. If you are nervous about is I can provide guidance regarding doses, types of chemotherapy, etc. Natural treatments for your MM, at this stage, won’t be enough to reduce your symptoms.

        Please go to see an oncologist ASAP. Thanks.

        David Emerson

        I was diagnosed wtih Myeloma, Dec 2012. The last year it has escalated, My oncologist says that the bone marrow is 70-80% cancer, done 6 months ago. I don’t want conventional treatments. I don’t have a lot of money since I started a medical leave. I have tried a few alternative medicines but not working so far. Would appreciate advice

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Nesa Whitehead says 5 years ago

Hi David my sister was diagnosed with MM last week. How can I get In touch with you?

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    David Emerson says 5 years ago

    Hi Nesa-
    I’m sorry to read of your sister’s MM diagnosis. Keep in mind that while MM is considered to be incurable by conventional oncology this blood cancer is very treatable with a long and growing list of both conventional (FDA approved) and evidence-based, non-conventional treatments.

    I am both a MM survivor and MM cancer coach. What would you like to discuss?

    David Emerson

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Mike says 5 years ago

Did you undergo a stem cell transplant? Did or are you on maintenance therapy?

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    David Emerson says 5 years ago

    Hi Mike-

    I underwent an autologous stem cell transplant in 12/95. I achieved remission soon after and relapsed later that year. I have not had conventional chemo since then. I consider the evidence-based, non-toxic therapies I undergo daily, weekly to be my maintenance therapy.

    David Emerson

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Richard Hurwitz says 5 years ago

Hello David,

I just watched your Webinar and was very impressed and thankful to you for the work you have been doing and are still doing. I am considering purchasing one of your packages. My problem is that I do so much research and look for posts for my blog now that I am trying to save some time for some of the things that I enjoyed doing before I was diagnosed.

Please have a look at my blog: http://www.facebook.com/richard.hurwitz and let me know if it is ok if I post some of your material, particularly relating to matters of special interest to the elderly patients of Myeloma. Thank you.

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    David Emerson says 5 years ago

    Hi Richard-

    I am sorry to learn of your MM diagnosis but you are turning a sow’s ear into a silk purse with your FB page. Yes, feel free to post any of my MM blog posts on your FB page. The mission of PBC is to demystify cancer. Education is key.

    Good luck-

    David Emerson

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