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16 01, 2016

Blood Glucose, MGUS, Myeloma & Metformin (Part Nine)

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A lot has happened since I ran two of the final installments about the importance of controlling blood glucose by Danny Parker: Blood Glucose, MGUS, Myeloma & Metformin (Part Seven and Eight)   ASH, unscheduled trips to the ICU, Iowa City drama. A lot went wrong in December. I'm still having trouble bouncing back from

24 11, 2015

Blood Glucose, MGUS, Myeloma & Metformin (Part Four)

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Following the news that not one but two new myeloma therapies are newly FDA approved, is it possible that the diabetes drug, meformin, could be a third? Before I post the fourth installment of Danny Parker's series, I wanted to update everyone about how I'm holding up. Following my first auto stem cell transplant this

18 11, 2015

Blood Glucose, MGUS, Myeloma & Metformin (Part One)

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Last month our old friend and guest columnist, Danny Parker, approached me about writing a multi-part series about his passion: helping to control multiple myeloma using a combination of lifestyle, diet and possibly complimentary drugs not normally used to treat myeloma. I'm not sure how many of you know this, but Danny is a prolific

30 08, 2015

Happy Anniversary! Married 28 years

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I often write about myeloma related anniversary's: another year of survival, key dates from stem cell transplants present and past. Today's anniversary has nothing to do with cancer. My wife and I were married in Madison, Wisconsin, 28 years ago. It's already raining hard here, remnants of former tropical storm Erika. Are we doing something

25 08, 2015

Tips to help control peripheral neuropathy (Part Three)

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Common peripheral neuropathy (PN) remedies not working for you? Or maybe you'd like to try something new in addition to steps you've already taken to control symptoms. Here are additional suggestions made by fellow patients: Suzanne suggests, if the neuropathy get too annoying, ask your Doctor to put you on a small dose of nortriptline;

30 11, 2014

Managing chemotherapy side effects (Part Four)

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Yesterday I promised to address the two most powerful weapons a myeloma patient have in his or her cognitive arsenals: counseling and psycho-therapeutic drugs. Listen.  Good nutrition and supplements like curcumin may help slow myeloma down up front.  But on the back end?  It takes the most powerful therapeutic combinations to stop it.  I feel

28 10, 2014

Researcher argues diet can help slow myeloma

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A new reader, Hailey, from Washington, DC, sent me a link to this fascinating video about using nutrition to help defeat cancer.  Recorded in 2010, the advice presented by researcher, Dr. William Li, is timeless.  Give it a look; success by patients with multiple myeloma are featured in the presentation: http://www.ted.com/talks/william_li#t-609043 I love this guy!  

10 09, 2014

Dr. Donald Abrams complementary cancer therapy interview revisited

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I had the privilege of interviewing a renowned alternative medicine expert, oncologist Donald Abrams, last January on a Cure Talk broadcast.  One of my most popular posts ever, I thought it was worth a second look and listen: Broadcast features expert nutritional advice for cancer patients   Posted on January 20 2014 by Pat Killingsworth

7 07, 2014

Weighing pros and cons of L-glutamine

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Talk about conflicting data!   According to a number of researchers, the amino acid, L-glutamine, may be bad for multiple myeloma patients.  Yet taken in large enough doses it clearly helps many control their peripheral neuropathy. Danny Parker and I have warned our readers repeatedly about the risks of taking L-glutamine (most shorten it to "glutamine")

6 07, 2014

Experts starting to agree: Myeloma and diet linked

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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