Myeloma-Smoothies beats Juicing

One of the pathways cited by MM cancer coaching is “The Warburg Effect.” In short, the WE is that cancer cells use huge amounts of  glycolysis to grow and multiply. Of course that actual process is much more complicated but the fact is, what a multiple myeloma patient eats makes a difference.

I start may day with a smoothie. My son and I split on every school day. The fructose (fruit sugar) in whole fruit is moderated by all the fiber contained in the smoothie. Fast, easy, nutritious, taste great. Juicing is nutritios but it removes the fiber that is included with smoothies. In short, in myeloma patients smoothies beat out juicing.

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Are Smoothies Better for You Than Juices?

Blending vs. Juicing? Eating whole fruits is more beneficial than drinking fruit juices, but are smoothies, which involve blending whole fruits, more beneficial (in terms of fiber content and effect on blood sugar levels) than juicing?

Most juices have had all the pulp removed, so the sugar is more concentrated and the juice contains little if any fiber. Smoothies, on the other hand, maintain their fiber, even though it has been pulverized, and fiber helps slow down the absorption of fructose, the main sugar in fruit…
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Living With Multiple Myeloma

I am a long-term MM survivor and MM cancer coach who has lived in complete remission from MM since 4/99. I feel a kinship to fellow MMers. Especially famous MMers. It is interesting to read what a famous MMer like Tom Brokaw writes about when talking about living with MM.   Tom is not an oncologist. He is one of us.

The long and growing list of FDA approved chemotherapy regimens are important but understand that:

  1. Oncology routinely tells newly diagnosed MMers that an autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT) will extend their lives by 10 years or more. Long remissions happen. But the average survival of a newly diagnosed MMer is 3-5 years according to the American Cancer Society.
  2. Living with MM is expensive. Even with health coverage.
  3. Side effects ranging from constant fatigue, bone pain, stroke can dominate your life forever.
  4. Combating cancer is a full-time job.

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Tom Brokaw: Learning to Live With Cancer

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“Three years ago, at age 73, I learned that I had an incurable cancer called multiple myeloma. At the time the statistical life span for patients with the disease was five yearsThat number has not changed
The cancer is in remission, and I take the word of my medical team that I am doing well and should beat the standard life expectancy…
Even in remission, cancer alters a patient’s perception of what’s normal. Morning, noon and night, asleep and awake, malignant cells are determined to alter or end your life. Combating cancer is a full-time job that, in my case, requires 24 pills a day, including one that runs $500 a dose…
Constant fatigue is a common signature of cancer patients, which separates them from healthy friends and family members…


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Rev, Vel, Dex “Impressive Response” in Multiple Myeloma

The good news is that, according to the article below, all newly diagnosed MMers will achieve some form of remission from their MM. The bad news is that, according to the American Cancer Society, the survival of newly diagnosed MMers, depending on stage at diagnosis, is 3-5 years. 

Newly diagnosed MMers have got to ask themselves if they can achieve a deeper, longer remission while reducing the risk of side effects. And the answer is yes.

By combining conventional chemotherapy cocktails with evidence-based, non-toxic, anti-MM nutrition, supplementation, bone health, lifestyle and mind-body therapies based on the six pathways linked below.

  1. Warburg Effect-
  2.  Chronic Inflammation-
  3. Angiogenesis-
  4. Nutrigenomics-
  5.  NF-kB (nuclear factor kappa light chain enhancer of activated B cells)κB#Clinical_significance
  6. Metrononic Therapy-

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Impressive response rate seen with three-drug regimen for multiple myeloma

“For the first time ever, a three-drug regimen resulted in a 100% response rate and a favorable tolerability profile in patients with multiple myeloma, according to new findings…The combination of lenalidomide (Revlimid, Celgene), bortezomib (Velcade, Millennium Pharm) and dexamethasone proved highly effective for previously untreated multiple myeloma…

The rate of partial response was 100% in both the phase 2 population and overall, with 74% and 67% each achieving very good partial response or better. Complete or near-complete response was seen in 54% of patients treated at the phase 2 dosing

Nevertheless, there were still significant issues [with RVD]. The combination is complicated by painful sensory neuropathy in 32% of patients; 40% of patients required dose reductions, missed doses, or had to discontinue therapy due to toxicity…”

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Chemotherapy Enhances Aggressiveness of Multiple Myeloma

I am a long-term MM survivor and MM cancer coach who has remained in complete remission since 4/99. If you are undergoing toxic chemotherapy of any kind, please read the info below.

Chemotherapy causes collateral damage aka side effects. Everyone knows this. Multiple Myeloma always relapses. Everyone knows this too.

The article/study linked and excerpted below explains that the inflammation caused by chemotherapy, Velcade in this case, also causes the cancer, Multiple Myeloma in this case, to become more aggressive and spread. The chemotherapy that puts us into remission also makes our multiple myeloma more aggressive.

What is a MMer to do? The article talks about “working on various ways to inhibit the body’s response to anti-cancer treatments…” Until conventional oncology identifies ways to “inhibit the body’s response to anti-cancer treatments,” include evidence-based, non-toxic, anti-inflammatory nutrition, supplementation, bone health, lifestyle and bone health to your therapy regimen

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Cancer treatment as a double-edged sword

“In their study published in The Journal of Pathology, the team shows that tumor relapse occurs when the body, in effect, mobilizes itself in favor of the tumor, causing recurrence of the disease, increasing its aggressiveness and creating metastases or tumor spread

The researchers found that treatment with Velcade led to a physiological reaction that actually reinforced the intensity of the myeloma in the mice. According to Prof. Shaked, the drug caused inflammatory cells (macrophages) in the bone marrow to enhance the aggressiveness of the disease and provide the cancer cells with resistance to treatment…

In fact, when the researchers inhibited the secreted factor related to the activity of inflammatory cells, they observed a decrease in the proliferation of cancer cells. Now they are working on various ways to inhibit the body’s response to anti-cancer treatments…”

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Multiple Myeloma and Maintenance Therapy

The question, “should multiple myeloma patients undergo low-dose metronomic or maintenance therapy?” depends on your goals. As usual, the devil is in the details.

The good news:

  1. According to the study linked below, there is an overall survival (OS) benefit with maintenance therapy. The question to consider is how much toxicity should you undergo?

Keep in mind:

  1. toxic long-term maintenance therapy increases the risk of treatment related secondary cancer.
  2. According to the study linked below there are a small number of patients whose disease will be well controlled for a long period following primary therapy.
  3. Even low-doses of cytotoxic drugs are toxic. You may experience collateral damage.

The answer, in my opinion, is to undergo maintenance therapy but 1) make sure you have a really a low dose if the therapy is toxic. And secondly, add evidence-based, complimentary and integrative therapies. Research shows that specific non-toxic therapies can enhance the efficacy of Revlimid while reducing its toxicity.

Consider adding evidence-based, anti-MM therapies such as nutrition, supplementation, CBD oil, lifestyle, bone health and mind-body therapies.

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Should patients with multiple myeloma receive continuous therapy?

“Yes…There are a small number of patients whose disease will be well controlled for a long period following primary therapy. However, we are not able to prospectively identify these patients. In the absence of predictive biomarkers, all patients with multiple myeloma can potentially benefit from continuous therapy after primary induction treatment.

The 26% reduction in risk for death represented an estimated 2.5-year increase in median survival.



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Cannabidiol (CBD) causes apoptosis in multiple myeloma cells and enhances Velcade

Newly diagnosed myeloma patients are often told that their cancer it is incurable but very treatable.”

When I was first diagnosed I found this statement to be confusing, bewildering and downright annoying. It has taken me every bit of the more than 20 years since my original myeloma diagnosis to understand what it means for a cancer to be incurable but treatable.

What have I learned about MM over the past 20+ years? Myeloma is about two things 1) symptoms (bone damage, anemia, kidney function, etc.) and 2) side effects from toxic chemotherapy.

MMers usually don’t die from their cancer. They die from health problems caused by their cancer such as bone damage and/or from the toxicity caused by chemotherapy and radiation.

The solution? Take an integrative approach to managing your multiple myeloma. Enhance the efficacy of chemotherapy and while you reduce the toxicity. I live an anti-MM lifestyle based on nutrition, supplementation, lifestyle, bone health and mind-body therapies.

Click the infographic below to learn more about the Multiple Myeloma Management Package that I comprised for all myeloma patients and survivors looking to optimize their myeloma treatment, mitigate and heal side effects, and transition to a myeloma-free lifestyle.

The PubMed study linked and excepted below cites the ability cannabidiol (CBD) to kill mm cells and increase the efficacy of Velcade (bortezomib).

Thank you,

David Emerson

Long-Term MM Survivor and MM Cancer Coach

The effects of cannabidiol and its synergism with bortezomib in multiple myeloma cell lines. A role for transient receptor potential vanilloid type-2.

“Because bortezomib (BORT) (Velcade) is commonly used in MM treatment, we investigated the effects of CBD and BORT in CD138+TRPV2- MM cells and in MM cell lines transfected with TRPV2 (CD138+TRPV2+). 

These results showed that CBD by itself or in synergy with BORT strongly inhibited growth, arrested cell cycle progression and induced MM cells death by regulating the ERK, AKT and NF-κB pathways with major effects in TRPV2+ cells. These data provide a rationale for using CBD to increase the activity of proteasome inhibitors in MM.”

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Chemo-Induced Nerve Pain in Multiple Myeloma

While there is a long and growing list of FDA approved chemotherapy regimens for multiple myeloma, several of these chemos cause peripheral neuropathy/nerve damage. According to the study linked below 65% of MMers report grade 2-3 PN.

Conventional oncology tells patients that PN goes away once therapy ends but my nerve damage has progressively worsen over the years.

The other study linked below cites cannabinoids as nerve pain therapy. The trick with CBD oil is to figure out where to get it and what strain of CBD oil will help your nerve damage.

I am both a long-term MM survivor and MM cancer coach. I live an evidence-based, non-toxic, anti-MM lifestyle through nutrition, supplementation, bone health, lifestyle and mind-body therapies. Click the infographic below to order my MM Cancer Coaching program.

Thank you,

David Emerson

Chemotherapy-induced neuropathy in multiple myeloma: influence on quality of life and development of a questionnaire to compose common toxicity criteria grading for use in daily clinical practice.

“Overall, 65 % of patients reported grade 2-3 neuropathy according to the ICPNQ…”

Cannabinoids for neuropathic pain.

“Treatment options for neuropathic pain have limited efficacy and use is fraught with dose-limiting adverse effects… Exogenous cannabinoids have been demonstrated to be effective in a range of experimental neuropathic pain models, and there is mounting evidence for therapeutic use in human neuropathic pain conditions..”

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Team PBC at the Cleveland Marathon 2016

This was the sixth time I rode in the Cleveland Marathon Hand cycle class and I was miserable. Though they didn’t say it I’m guessing my “riders” my brother and brother in-law Scott and Keith, were miserable too. So was my wife Dawn, my sister Kate and my son Alex.

I don’t know how else to say it. It rained, snowed, and hailed. Not all at the same time of course. Oh, and blue sky and sunshine peaked out just enough to tease me into thinking warm weather was right around the corner.

Thankfully my friends and family below supported my efforts. I can support cancer patients, survivors and caregivers because you all support me and

Thank you all.


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3 Alternative Treatments for Seniors with Chemo-Induced Nausea

Nausea is a common side effect experienced by patients receiving cancer-fighting chemotherapy treatments. Some people go through worse bouts of nausea than others, while others can eliminate their nausea with a trick that doesn’t offer any relief to another person. The key is simply finding what works best for your loved one. However, when all of the usual nausea aids have failed, you may go in search of something a little less common. Here are a few alternative treatments that may work to help your loved one’s nausea.

Relaxation Techniques Before Treatment 

While studies cannot definitively prove that relaxation exercises can reduce nausea in cancer patients, one Japanese study did show that the techniques certainly cannot hurt.

Anxiety levels dropped in the subjects that participated in relaxation, and they reported experiencing positive effects. Many people find relief from nausea if they take the time to relax before their chemotherapy. However, some report that relaxation does not benefit their nausea. The only way to know if it works for your loved one is to try it out.

Acupuncture Sessions

Some studies of alternative cancer treatments have found that acupuncture is not only useful in controlling nausea but can also benefit cancer patients in a variety of ways. This treatment will not work the same for everyone, but many people experience relief from side effects such as nausea, pain, mental health concerns, and even constipation.

However, studies focusing on nausea and acupuncture believe it is more likely to prevent vomiting than to eliminate nausea altogether. Acupuncture has been suggested to boost the immune system by clinical trials and has even been said to help fight cancer.

Meditation After Treatment

Meditation is another highly beneficial activity for chemotherapy patients. Like acupuncture, meditation offers a slew of benefits. Meditating can cultivate a “mind over matter” mindset which can work against things like nausea and pain as a result of chemo.

Regularly practicing meditation can make your body less susceptible to the negative side effects as well as reducing mental effects like anxiety and stress. Studies have also shown that regular mindfulness practice can boost the immune system of cancer patients.

Beyond battling the effects of chemotherapy, meditation can also improve your loved one’s mood and outlook on life. Too many cancer patients spiral downward into depression and hopelessness. Meditation puts the mind at peace and sets the tone for happiness and general enjoyment of life. If you work to treat the mental symptoms first, your loved one’s physical symptoms become much easier to tackle.

While helping your loved one battle the side effects of their treatment is important, you should also keep in mind that they will need more than just acupuncture. Undergoing cancer treatment can be debilitating. They may find themselves unable to do simple tasks such as walk the dogtake care of the dog, cook, or clean.

Hiring a professional or freelancer can be helpful in some areas but what your loved one needs most is your presence and support. If you’re able to attend an appointment with your loved one, ask their oncologist or other healthcare provider about the best ways you can help them get through this difficult time.

Jim Vogel and his wife, Caroline, created after they began caring for their ailing parents. Through that rewarding and sometimes difficult process they’ve learned a lot about senior care and specifically the need for more effective senior mental health and support. Their site offers elder-positive resources and other helpful information on aging. In his spare time, Jim loves fishing, reading, and spending time with his kids.

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Red Wine + Multiple Myeloma= Educated Guess

I am a long-term myeloma survivor who lives with chronic atrial fibrillation from chemotherapy I underwent in 1995. I live with the prospect that my myeloma could relapse, that I could develop a secondary, treatment-related cancer or develop further heart problems. And I coach other myeloma patients about how to live with their MM.

So what does a MM cancer coach tell other MM patients and survivors? I tell them that moderate red wine consumption helps me both physically and mentally. I tell them that, according to numerous studies, moderate red wine consumption can actually be good for you.

Most importantly I tell them that my favorite red wine is called Educated Guess. 

Drink to Your Health (in Moderation), the Science Says

Researchers found that those who drank the wine, most notably red wine, had a reduction in cardiometabolic risk factors, or those for heart disease, diabetes or stroke…”

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