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24 04, 2014

Relaxation, exercise and nutrition webinar broadcast May 8th

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International Myeloma Foundation Support Group Director, Robin Tuohy, asked me to post information about an upcoming informational teleconference, sponsored by the IMF.  Glad to help get the word out, Robin! INTERNATIONAL MYELOMA FOUNDATION presents Living Well with Myeloma Teleconference Series “Living Well with Myeloma:  Stopping to Breathe While Moving Forward! The benefits of rest, relaxation,

4 04, 2014

Therapy failing? It’s not your fault!


After re-reading yesterday's post, something troubled me.  At the end I was practically crowing about outliving the median life expectancy target that my specialist at Mayo Clinic had given me in 2007.  I don't think that's right. Yes, we may have some control over how long we live after being diagnosed with multiple myeloma.  But

27 03, 2014

Book Review: Integrative Oncology

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Oncology should be more than data, clinical trials and chemotherapy.  With cancer patients living longer, it should also focus on a cancer patient's quality of life. Additionally, who's to say that traditional Western medicine has all of the answers?  Midway through our on-air conversation two months ago, Dr. Donald Abrams mentioned that he and well

26 03, 2014

Integrated Medicine (IM) is changing oncology

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Guidelines for medical standards of care are beginning to include alternatives that aren't always taught in medical school. Herbal Asian medicine, acupuncture, reflexology, chiropractic and a number of other disciplines are slowly being accepted by European and American doctors.  Unfortunately, oncologists have been among the most reluctant to change.  Conservative and data driven, oncologists tend

26 01, 2014

Advice from cancer nutrition expert Dr. Donald Abrams

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Last week I shared a number of useful suggestions made on-air by my special guest, Dr. Donald Abrahms, on our monthly Cure Talk broadcast.  Here are some more: * Dr. Abrahms recommends eating mushrooms regularly.  Standard common button mushrooms you can find in supermarkets are fine.  But he was referring to what he called medicinal

20 01, 2014

Broadcast features expert nutritional advice for cancer patients

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I was honored to be selected to host an on-air Cure Talk interview with oncologist and integrative medicine specialist, Dr. Donald Abrams Friday evening.  It's a must listen for anyone concerned about nutrition and it's impact on cancer. Dr. Donald Abrams is a cancer and integrative medicine specialist at the UCSF Osher Center of Integrative

25 11, 2013

Complementary/alternative medicine for multiple myeloma patients


I received this email from last week from Sue Enright with the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF), alerting me to an important broadcast replay for multiple myeloma patients and caregivers: Dear Support Group leaders, Last week the International Myeloma Foundation presented our final "Living Well with Myeloma" teleconference of the year, entitled "Complementary and Alternative Medicine:

5 09, 2013

Exciting curcumin research revisited

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An impressive website,, just published an article about turmeric's  (curcumin) ability to destroy myeloma cells when combined with thalidomide.  I first wrote about this project back in July: Could synthesizing and combining anti-myeloma drugs make them more effective? staff writer, Ethan Huff, looks at things from a different angle.  Very interesting!  Allow

2 09, 2013

Special Labor Day broadcast with nutrition info for myeloma patients

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Don't forget to tune-in tonight at 6 PM Eastern to listen to my live interview with columnist Danny Parker.  You can listen by phone or on your computer.  Here's the link: Still time to email Priya your questions.  It will be a full, possibly life-changing hour of what to eat, not to eat and

31 08, 2013

Foods and supplements myeloma patients should avoid (Part Four)

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Time to finish-up the last contraindicated foods and supplements on my list of no-no's for multiple myeloma patients: 6)  Too much alcohol 7)  Otherwise healthy things not to take with Velcade 8)  Glucosamine 9)  Alpha lipoic acid 10)  Concentrated antioxidant supplements Too much alcohol?  This started a firestorm of comments; both serious and tongue-in-cheek.  Once

30 08, 2013

Pros and cons of taking L-glutamine and alpha lipoic acid

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You can't see behind the scenes into my email in-box, but if you could you would find the same backlash defending alpha lipoic acid (ALA)  that you can read in several comments following yesterday's post.  L-glutamine is also used to help minimize peripheral neuropathy symptoms.  It appears on my list, too.  Both  of these powerful

29 08, 2013

Foods and supplements myeloma patients should avoid (Part Three)

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Let's pause here for some healthy perspective.  I'm not suggesting that all myeloma patients never eat a piece of chocolate birthday cake or drink a glass of wine.  That's crazy!  This list of foods and supplements to avoid is a basic guideline. I've been receiving emails that sound like they're from petulant children that don't

28 08, 2013

On-air support group tonight; Danny Parker featured Monday

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I will write more about foods and supplements for myeloma patients to avoid tomorrow.  Today I need to promo a pair of important Cure Panel Talk Show broadcasts, starting with tonight's live, on-air support group.  We will be discussing Treatment Extremes: Comparing and Contrasting Different Treatment Options. Here's the link to register for the 6

26 08, 2013

Foods and supplements myeloma patients should avoid (Part Two)

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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!

24 08, 2013

Foods and supplements myeloma patients should avoid (Part One)

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In my ongoing series, Alternative/complimentary medicine for myeloma patients,  I have been focusing on foods and supplements we should consume.  Now how about a few to avoid. This list is more controversial than the others.  The science behind some of these contraindicated foods and supplements is lab based; there's no live human studies to support

17 08, 2013

Alternative/complimentary medicine for myeloma patients (Part One)

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I have been following a recent debate among the myeloma community: Is it a good idea for a myeloma patient to try alternative medicine?  Several readers seemed to be confusing alternative medicine with complementary medicine.  Did you know that there is a National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine?  I didn’t! A caregiver emailed this

6 06, 2013

You can still register for broadcast about nutrition tonight!

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It still isn't too late to register to ask questions on tonight's Nutrition broadcast. And I forgot to mention what may be the most noteworthy event of the month; a Myeloma Cure Panel featuring baseball and myeloma survivor, Don Baylor, and Dr. James Berenson from LA: Here's the link to register for tonight and