Side effects aka collateral damage is a concept that is ingrained in cancer patients. We expect side effects. Side effects are a badge of courage for us.
I recently attended a conference of online health advocates. I met some really interesting people like me. But with chronic diseases other than cancer. No one had any obvious signs of permanent collateral damage.
I met one person with ulcerative colitis. When I brought up the idea of non-conventional therapies for UC this guy went negative on me. He told me a story of an English woman who maintained that she had cured her UC with tree bark. “Tree bark” he chuckled…
He might have been thinking about alternative therapy while I was thinking about integrative therapy. The first and second studies linked an excerpted below confirm curcumin as an integrative therapy with mesalamine.
The third link talks about the benefit of a specific strain of probiotic for UC. Probiotics, curcumin AND mesalamine?
Like chemotherapy, mesalamine has a long list of possible side effects. It seems to me that if you could lower the dose of mesalamine while you enhance this drug’s efficacy then you would experience a much higher quality of life while you manage your UC better than with mesalamine alone.
I’m a cancer survivor and cancer coach. I take Life Extension Super Bio Curcumin for it’s bioavailability. The brand has been evaluated and approved by Consumerlab.com, an independent testing company.
I’m in the process of researching other UC integrative therapies such as vitamin D3, green tea extract and omega 3 fatty acids. All of these therapies are proven integrative therapies for cancer patients. To learn more, scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply ASAP.
BACKGROUND: Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a chronic inflammatory condition of the colon characterized by episodes of disease activity and symptom-free remission…
All patients received treatment with sulfasalazine or mesalamine.
AUTHORS’ CONCLUSIONS: Curcumin may be a safe and effective therapy for maintenance of remission in quiescent UC when given as adjunctive therapy along with mesalamine or sulfasalazine. However, further research in the form of a large scale methodologically rigorous randomized controlled trial is needed to confirm any possible benefit of curcumin in quiescent UC.”
“CONCLUSIONS: Addition of curcumin to mesalamine therapy was superior to the combination of placebo and mesalamine in inducing clinical and endoscopic remission in patients with mild-to-moderate active UC, producing no apparent adverse effects. Curcumin may be a safe and promising agent for treatment of UC. Clinicaltrials.gov number: NCT01320436.”
“Evidence-based research coupled with actionable therapy information. I launched PeopleBeatingCancer in ’04 thinking that I would do the above for cancer patients. However my research into therapies such as probiotics, curcumin, resveritrol, vitamin D3, etc. have shown that I can provide both evidence-based research (see below) and actionable therapy information to all people who suffer from chronic diseases such as ulcerative colitis (UC).”