Topping yesterday’s summary list of foods for multiple myeloma patients to avoid: excessively toasted breads and baked goods.

The process produces a acrylamide, a well known carcinogen.  For years myeloma specialists have told patients that diet has nothing to do with multiple myeloma.  This was still the prevailing view in 2012.  Danny Parker was ahead of his time!

Dr. DurieBut that year things began to change.  International Myeloma Foundation leader, Dr. Brian Durie, took a bold step that year, publicly admitting that what we eat may help cause multiple myeloma–and can make it worse.  Check out an excerpt from a post I wrote about it in the summer of 2012:

Apparently Dr. Durie, has “seen the light” and has found nutrition!  I believe he is ready to concede that there is a nutritional component to multiple myeloma–and he’s starting to write about it.

Here’s a link to Dr. Durie’s recent article from the IMF’s Myeloma Minute newsletter:


Two days later, I wrote a post about the exact same topic on this site:

Proof of nutritional link to multiple myeloma?

I wrote my post before I read Dr. Durie’s article.  HONEST!  Doctor and patient.  Both picked-up on the apparent link between the chemical, acrylamide, and an increased risk of developing multiple myeloma.

A causal link between nutrition and multiple myeloma.  Now that’s big news!

Since then, the nutritional floodgates have opened.   A number of other myeloma specialists have joined Dr. Durie, admitting that nutrition can make a difference in the lives of myeloma survivors.

Interested in researching the topic?  Here’s a sampling of links to posts about nutrition, acrylamides and multiple myeloma that I’ve run on MMB the past two years:

Diet and Multiple Myeloma (Part 5): Eating to Starve Cancer


Diet and Multiple Myeloma (Part Six): Radishes, Broccoli and “Leave it to Beaver”


Proof of nutritional link to multiple myeloma?


Acrylamide and Myeloma (Part One)


Acryalmides and Myeloma (Part Two)


Foods and supplements myeloma patients should avoid (Part One)


Foods and supplements myeloma patients should avoid (Part Two)


Foods and supplements myeloma patients should avoid (Part Three)


Since I ran a three part series about it, you can probably guess that there are a lot more foods for myeloma survivors to avoid than acrylamides.  I’ll focus on a few of them tomorrow, including a controversial supplement that may be both good and bad for us: L-glutamine.

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat