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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Myeloma supplementation is essential. Experience and years of research have taught me that multiple myeloma (MM) patients must learn about and understand evidence-based, non-conventional therapies- both nutrition, as well as MM antioxidant/nutritional supplementation in particular.
I include myself in that recommendation.
As is often the case, the devil is in the details. Curcumin is difficult to absorb into one’s blood stream. Scroll down this post to learn about the most bioavailable forms of curcumin. I follow the dosing instructions on the label of each supplement I take. I don’t mega dose.
The brand of supplement each of us chooses is somewhat subjective. I generally choose a brand called Life Extension Foundation for all my supplements. I do this mainly because an independent testing service, Consumerlab.com has repeatedly tested LEF supplements and has approved them all.
Further, in general, LEF supplements are priced in the middle of the pack- not the cheapest nor the most expensive. I am comfortable with this pricing.
I am both a long-term survivor of multiple myeloma and MM cancer coach. I work with myeloma patients and caregivers to research both conventional and non-conventional therapies, such as supplementation, for their specific type and stage of MM.
The bottom line is that while you, the patient, are in-charge of your health and therapy- it is in your interest to include your oncologist in a discussion of antioxidant supplementation.
Have you been diagnosed with multiple myeloma? Scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply to you ASAP.
“Abstract– Many studies confirm that a majority of patients undergoing cancer therapy use self-selected forms of complementary therapies, mainly dietary supplements (MM diet). Unfortunately, patients often do not report their use of supplements to their providers. The failure of physicians to communicate effectively with patients on this use may result in a loss of trust within the therapeutic relationship and in the selection by patients of harmful, useless, or ineffective and costly nonconventional therapies when effective integrative interventions may exist. Poor communication may also lead to a diminishment of patient autonomy and self-efficacy and thereby interfere with the healing response.
To reach a mutually informed decision about the use of these supplements (and MM diet), the Clinical Practice Committee of The Society of Integrative Oncology undertook the challenge of providing basic information to physicians who wish to discuss these issues with their patients. A list of leading supplements that have the best suggestions of benefit was constructed by leading researchers and clinicians who have experience in using these supplements.”
Thank you Ruthi Backenroth for the information below- Ruthi is an alternative practitioner, an expert at helping people get stress and pain relief without additional medication. In fact, people are able to think more clearly about their medical decisions and their relationships when the stress and pain are lower.
“Based on a review of these studies, it is evident that better bioavailability of formulated curcumin (CU) products is mostly attributed to improved solubility, stability, and possibly low first-pass metabolism” (myeloma diet)
A search of the Pubmed database for the word curcumin yields 601 studies spaning health topics from multiple myeloma and colorectal cancer, to chemotherapies that synergizes with CU, to Alzheimer’s Disease, arthritis and more. Based on years of reading studies and personal accounts, I think it is safe to say that CU supplementation is safe and relatively inexpensive.
I have read about myeloma patients taking daily doses of CU from 400 milligrams to 8 grams (1000 milligrams = 1 gram). By almost any measure, CU is a safe, inexpensive wonder drug.
The only challenge is that CU is famously difficult to absorb in the body. In other words, a person has to mix curcumin with some sort of fat (coconut oil, chocolate, etc.) or take a brand of curcumin capsule that is already formulated to be more “bioavailable” in order to derive the full benefit of CU.
The study linked and exerpted below reviews different formulations of CU. The study itself lists the three most bioavailable formulation/brand of CU and I’ve added an excerpt from a further review from Consumerlab.com that lists four additional bioavailable brands of CU.
“CU is a bright yellow chemical produced by some plants. It is the principal curcuminoid of turmeric (Curcuma longa), a member of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. It is sold as an herbal supplement, cosmetics ingredient, food flavoring, and food coloring.“