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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I turned 60 last December. I’ve taken saw palmetto off and on over the years to help manage my prostate. In addition, as a long-term survivor of an incurable blood cancer called multiple myeloma, I spend a lot of time thinking about how to
As it turns out, based on the studies linked below, saw palmetto can help me with both of these major issues. It can help me manage my MM and it can help me manage my prostate and bladder.
Let me clearly state that I think my prostate health is average. Not good, not bad. My PSA is about 4.0. Normal for a man my age.
Let me also say that in my work as a MM coach I continually identify nutritional supplements that have shown the ability to kill MM cells. The list of non-toxic supplements that are cytotoxic to MM is more than 20, I think.
And this list of anti-MM supplements does not include supplements that I take and blog about to heal chemotherapy-induced side effects such as chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) or chemotherapy-induced cardiomyopathy. I take Acetyl-l-Carnitine for nerve damage and I take CoQ10 and other supplements for my heart.
My point is that I recommend and I take lots of supplements. It would not surprise me that many MM patients and survivors are put-off with the cost and daily hassle of taking so many nutritional supplements.
Unfortunately, one of the chemotherapy-induced side effects I sustained was damage to my bladder. Bladder damage is a common side effect of cyclophosphamide aka cytoxan.
So the issue becomes if and when a disease (MM) or a side effect becomes enough of a problem to take action. That action could be conventional (oncology) or non-conventional (nutrition, supplementation, lifestyle).
According to research, saw palmetto may kill at least two health issues with one supplement- MM, PBH and bladder function.
As I see it, as a sixty-plus year old MM survivor, I am going to have to manage my MM and my bladder/prostate health for the rest of my life. Considering that the majority of male multiple myeloma patients are survivors are also age 60 or over, they too will have to manage their MM and prostate health for the rest of their lives.
I take Now Foods Saw Palmetto Extract. Inexpensive and effective.
Have you been diagnosed with multiple myeloma? Do you suffer from BPH, cystitis or irritable bladder? Scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply to you ASAP.
Hang in there,
“Conclusions– Despite careful assessment, no evidence for serious toxicity of saw palmetto was observed in this clinical trial. Given the sample size and length of this study, however, these data do not rule out potential rare adverse effects associated with the use of saw palmetto.
“Serenoa repens, a palm species native to the Southeastern United States, is one of the widely used phytotherapeutic agents in benign prostatic hyperplasia.
In this study, we found for the first time that Serenoa repens induced growth arrest of a variety of human leukemia cells including U266 and RPMI 8226 multiple myeloma cells as measured by mitochondrial-dependent conversion of the 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2, 5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide assay.
TUNEL assays showed that Serenoa repens induced apoptosis of U266 cells in a time- and dose-dependent manner…
These results indicate that Serenoa repens might be useful for the treatment of individuals with multiple myeloma.”
“The berries of the plant are commonly used in supplements to improve prostate health, balance hormone levels, and prevent hair loss in men. It’s also associated with other benefits, including decreased inflammation and improved urinary function…
“Overactive bladder (OAB) can be caused by many factors such as inflammation, bladder outlet obstruction, neurogenic factors. We performed an intraperitoneal (ip) injection of cyclophosphamide to induce cystitis in rats, which causes their detrusors to overact, to provide a valuable disease model for discussing OAB pathogenesis and to study effective curing methods…
The difference between the control group and the model group is statistically significant. The model group rats’ bladder walls swelled and bled, the submucosa thickened and leukocyte infiltration became serious.
Conclusions: Acute cystitis and OAB symptoms can be induced by ip injections of cyclophosphamide in rats. This can provide a valuable animal model to study OAB in human beings.”