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Foods and supplements myeloma patients should avoid (Part Two)

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Foods and supplements myeloma patients should avoid (Part Two)

More about Amgen’s announced acquisition of Onyx Pharmaceuticals (Kyprolis), after details become available later today.

Saturday I shared a list of 10 foods and supplements that myeloma patients may want to avoid.  I’ve heard from a number of you, asking for more information on the topic sooner rather than later.  Your wish is my command!

Here is a review of evidence supporting the first five to make my list:

1)  Asparagus

Danny Parker wrote a column about this topic back in January, 2012.  Per today’s count, 5,266 people have read it.  Here’s an excerpt:

Asparagus contains the amino acid L-Asparagine (responsible for the curious smell of urine after ingesting asparagus) which myeloma cells need to scavenge as– unlike healthy cells– they cannot manufacture their own…

It might be prudent to simply reduce L-Asparagine in your diet, of which asparagus is a major source…

Here’s the link:

Why multiple myeloma patients should avoid eating asparagus. Who Knew?


2)  L-glutamine

Again, Danny researched this one, too.  Almost 2000 readers checked-out his reservations about this amino acid that is–ironically–often prescribed to help minimize peripheral neuropathy (PN) symptoms:

Another supplement to avoid, especially before, during and immediately after a transplant: L-Glutamine


Like several others on the list, this one is controversial.  To me, if it can help my PN, it’s probably worth the risk to take it.  But I dropped it from my anti-PN supplement assortment and didn’t notice any difference, so I never resumed taking it.

3)  Acrylamides

No controversy here!  This is bad stuff!  Both Danny and IMF boss, Dr. Brian Durie, have warned us to stay away from this toxic chemical found in many common foods.

Danny first:

Acrylamide and Myeloma (Part One) 

Acryalmides and Myeloma (Part Two)


Pay special attention to Part Two; an excellent breakdown of the most common offending foods.

Next, here’s a link to a column Dr. Durie wrote about acrylamides July 18, 2012



Why would Dr. Durie pick on a poor, defenseless cookie?  Apparently, acrylamides can form when certain starchy/sugary foods are cooked under high heat.  A chocolate chip cookie is a double offender; acrylamides and lots of simple sugar.  Which brings me to the next culprit on our list…

4)  Simple sugars

sugarI love sugar.  My name is Pat Killingsworth, and I am a carbohydrate addict!   I’m not going to get off-track and discuss the hows and whys now, but starting a low carb diet five years ago was one of the best things I ever did!

One of the benefits: I eat very little sugar anymore.

I wrote about the evils of sugar way back in March of 2011 on Help With (HWC).   The post is so old that the pictures I used didn’t transfer from Blogger to WordPress when I switched blogging platforms two years ago.  But the content is worth examining:

Is Any Type Of Processed Sugar Good For You?


If you type “sugar” into the query bars at the top of this page–or at HWC–a dozen or more posts will pop-up on the subject.  In his column back in 2012, over 4000 readers viewed one of Danny’s best columns ever:

Diet and Multiple Myeloma: Danny Parker’s dietary recommendations


In it, Danny also notes the importance of skipping the next no-no on the list…

5)  Processed meats

Again, no controversy here.  What surprises me is how much of the meat we eat is considered processed.  It isn’t just hot dogs, brats and gyros.  How about most sliced turkey deli meat?

The link connecting nitrate consumption and colon cancer has been well publicized for years.  But you may be surprised to learn that there are casual links to other cancers, too.  Hhere are a pair of old posts from HWC highlighting the dangers:

Bladder Cancer Linked To Nitrates Found In Meat

Processed Meat Increases Ovarian Cancer Risk


You can debate the pros and cons of eating red meat all day long.  But when it comes to processed meats there is no debate.  Stay away!

Need more proof?  Ashley Hardin’s excellent article on the Duke Medical Center’s website should help convince you:

Myth or Fact: Hot Dogs Cause Cancer


I will review numbers 6 through 10 later this week, along with a wildcard culprit that is so bad it should have topped the list.

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat