- What to eat if you have multiple myeloma
- Alternative Treatments for Multiple Myeloma: Friend or Foe?
- A critique of “Living Proof”
- Multiple Myeloma
- Causes, Risk Factors & Symptoms of Multiple Myeloma
- Who Gets Multiple Myeloma
- Prognosis if You Have Multiple Myeloma
- How to Prevent Multiple Myeloma
- Immune System Health
- Healthy Diet
Treatment of Multiple Myeloma
- What is Multiple Myeloma
- Risk Factors of Multiple myeloma
- Signs and Symptoms of Multiple myeloma
- Prognosis of Multiple myeloma
- Complications of Multiple myeloma
- Homoeopath for Multiple myeloma
- Homeopathic Medicines for Multiple myeloma
- Generally Known Causes of Multiple Myeloma
- Dynamic Science (DS) Based Causes of Multiple Myeloma
- Signs and Symptoms of Multiple Myeloma
- Diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma
- Dynamic Scientific Approach (DSA) Treatment for Multiple Myeloma
- Homeopathic Treatment for Multiple Myeloma
- Multiple Myeloma Cancer
- Treatment – Multiple myeloma
- Bringing myeloma under control
What to eat if you have multiple myeloma
Share on PinterestEating foods high in iron, such as chickpeas, is recommended for people with anemia.
There are no proven special diets to treat multiple myeloma. However, there are specific nutrition strategies that can be used to treat common symptoms, such as kidney damage and anemia, as well as to reduce cancer recurrence.
Despite the lack of evidence to support an alternative diet, proper nutrition with a focus on particular foods still plays a role in the overall health, energy levels, and strength of people with multiple myeloma.
Foods for anemia
Multiple myeloma can cause anemia, a condition where there are too few red blood cells in the body. A decreased amount of red blood cells can cause fatigue and weakness. Anemia can also be caused by iron, folate, and vitamin B-12 deficiencies.
There are two types of iron: heme and non-heme. Animal-based foods provide heme iron and plant foods provide non-heme iron. Heme iron is more readily absorbed by the body. If a person is found to have low iron levels, taking an iron supplement and eating foods high in iron can help.
The best sources of heme iron include:
- red meat
The best sources of non-heme iron include:
- spinach and other leafy greens
A person should be sure to include sources of vitamin C with non-heme iron in their diet to improve absorption. Examples include bell peppers, oranges, berries, and lemon juice.
Folate is a B vitamin that helps with the formation of red and white blood cells in the bone marrow.
Foods that are high in folate include:
- beef liver
- black-eyed peas
- beans (cooked from dried)
Vitamin B-12 works together with folate to form red blood cells. A deficiency in B-12 can further decrease the bone marrow’s ability to make and maintain red blood cells in people with multiple myeloma.
Food sources of B-12 include:
- fortified breakfast cereals
- fortified non-dairy milk, such as soy milk, flax milk, or almond milk
- nutritional yeast
A small study of 32 people post myeloma treatment found that 59 percent had a vitamin D deficiency, 25 percent had insufficient folate, and 6 percent were lacking in B-12.
Sources of vitamin D include:
- fortified orange juice
- fortified yogurt and milk
- sockeye salmon, tuna, and sardines
- egg yolks
Alternative Treatments for Multiple Myeloma: Friend or Foe?
There are a flurry of studies and different opinions on the topic of whether nutrition and alternative treatment methods, such as turmeric, can help treat patients with multiple myeloma. Some people turn to alternative cancer therapy instead of traditional therapy, but research published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute shows that those who do this have a higher risk of death and lower survival rate. Although it is widely believed that conventional cancer treatment will provide the greatest chance at cure, this is one of the first research studies to evaluate the effectiveness of alternative medicine for cancer.
“Alternative treatment methods and supplements such as vitamin D and calcium in combination with traditional therapy could provide some benefit to patients,” says Dr. Ruben Niesvizky, Director of the Multiple Myeloma Center at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian. “Research shows that conventional therapy provides the higher remission rate and these treatment options have evolved tremendously over the years, resulting in improved survival rates among myeloma patients.”
Those who want to explore alternative treatments are encouraged to speak to their healthcare provider first to see what, if any, interactions there might be with their more traditional therapies.
In addition to being on the appropriate treatment regimen, maintaining a healthy diet while being treated for multiple myeloma is extremely important. Whether you’re undergoing chemotherapy or have received a bone marrow or stem cell transplant, you may have a decreased appetite. However, getting the right nutrients is key to your remission. Eating a balanced diet consisting of fruits and vegetables, protein, unsaturated fats from sources like fish, nuts and seeds is especially important for all cancer patients.
Multiple myeloma is a painful, incurable disease. The increasing amount of cancerous cells in the bone marrow as the cancer progresses is the root of backaches, nerve and muscle pains that many patients feel because of the disease. Also, multiple myeloma eventually causes damage to the bone, which can be another source of excruciating pain in patients. The pain may vary depending on the stage of the disease.
MUST READ: How To Manage Bone Pain From Multiple Myeloma
Whether the pain is short term or long lasting, patients don’t have to suffer while battling the blood cancer – which hurts twice as many African Americans than whites. There are quite a few options to treat the symptoms of multiple myeloma, including herbal therapy. Multiple myeloma’s symptoms of bone lesions, anemia and more can be treated with these herbs by adding them to meals or taking them with a liquid such as honey.
This perennial is native to tropical climates such as India and Southern Asia. But the ginger relative’s active ingredient is curcumin, which is said to have a sensitizing affect on multiple myeloma tumors. According to Livestrong.com, researchers believe that curcumin causes tumors to shrink or die, killing cancer cells in a laboratory dish.
READ: Explore Your Multiple Myeloma Treatment Options
Some herbalists say astragalus helps restore white blood cells, which are directly attacked by multiple myeloma. This herb has a history of medicinal use in traditional Chinese and Persian medicine.
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A critique of “Living Proof”
The recently published and widely publicized book “Living Proof” recounts the personal experience of Michael Gearin-Tosh, an Oxford professor who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 1994. Dr Gearin-Tosh used a variety of alternative cancer treatments in place of conventional chemotherapy and remains alive, eight years after diagnosis. One of the chapters in the books was written by Carmen Wheatley, an alternative medicine advocate, who lays out the scientific case for the treatments used by Dr Gearin-Tosh. This chapter contains numerous inaccuracies, omissions and misrepresentations. Dr Wheatley was sent a series of questions about her chapter on several occasions over a six-month period, but stated that personal and professional pressures prevented a timely response.
In the following, the page numbers refer to the hardback edition.
1. On page 276, Dr Wheatley starts a paragraph by mentioning Gerson therapy and orthomolecular medicine, two unorthodox cancer treatments based on nutritional approaches. Reference is then made to scientific work (“thousands of publications in peer-reviewed journals”), reputable institutions (Harvard, National Institutes of Health) and “professional, scientific conferences” that “attest to the promise and integrity of this … field”. This is highly misleading. There is of course an enormous quantity of scientific work on the role of nutrition in cancer, but little has any connection to the tenets of Gerson or orthomolecular therapy. Studies of say, the epidemiology of cancer and dietary fat, or the nutritional needs of patients with advanced disease, have no bearing on whether high dose vitamins, or a high potassium, low sodium diet are effective cancer treatments.
2. In discussing the importance of nutrition and cancer, Dr Wheatley misleadingly blurs the important distinction between prevention and treatment of cancer. Reference is repeatedly made to research showing links between cancer and nutrition. Cancer initiation and cancer progression are distinct biologic events. Optimal nutrition probably decreases the chance of cancer-promoting mutation, but it is unclear how diet could destroy or control rapidly multiplying cells once a mutation has taken place.
3. On page 277, Dr Wheatley states that there is “published, peer-reviewed evidence which … showed statistically significant survival rates for Gerson versus chemotherapy in two cancers.” Two papers are cited. The first compares survival in patients undergoing Gerson therapy with historical data from large cohort studies, not with patients specifically undergoing chemotherapy. Dr Wheatley omits to state that:
differences between groups were statistically significant for certain sub-groups only (stage III and IVa)
40% of the Gerson therapy patients were excluded from analysis
in response to detailed criticisms, the author accepted that a non-randomized study such as the one published did not provide strong evidence of a treatment effect.
The second paper cited by Dr Wheatley was published in a journal called “J Neuropath Med”. I was unable to locate this paper or find any information about the journal. Dr Wheatley did not accede to a request for a reprint.
4. On page 284–285, Dr Wheatley claims that Gerson therapy induces tumors to break down and that coffee enemas help the liver deal with toxic by-products of this process. She goes on to state that: “Gerson has been proved right”. In support, she cites a paper reporting increases in the activity of a liver enzyme important for detoxification in mice fed green coffee beans. Needless to say, these data do not support the concept of Gerson’s “tumor lysis syndrome”. Moreover, the data are grossly insufficient to “prove” that coffee enemas aid liver function in humans: oral consumption of green coffee beans is quite distinct from rectal administration of coffee; moreover, increases in liver enzyme function in mice do not necessarily translate to clinically relevant effects in humans.
5. On page 285 it is stated that “recent clinical trials have demonstrated that coffee enemas make a significant difference to late-stage pain control in cancer, reducing the need for opiates.” In support of this statement, a citation is given to a non-peer reviewed alternative medicine journal that rarely reports original research. Dr Wheatley was asked to provide a copy of the original paper, but did not do so.
6. On page 286, Dr Wheatley claims that an alternative cancer treatment known as Dr Josef Issels’ whole body therapy has a “16–17% cure rate for terminal cancer patients”. No evidence is cited to support this remarkable contention.
7. On page 286, Dr Wheatley states that most cases of “spontaneous” cancer regressions are related to nutrition. The paper cited in support was published in the “Int J Biosocial Res”. This journal does not appear to have remained in publication. I requested, but did not receive, a copy of this paper from Dr Wheatley.
8. On page 288, Dr Wheatley cites “the impressive work of Cameron and Pauling” in researching vitamin C and cancer. The scientific studies quoted compared survival at one hospital, where vitamin C was used, to survival at another where it was not. Obviously, there may be many differences between the hospitals and patients other than the use of vitamin C. A superior method is to randomly assign patients to receive vitamin C or placebo and compare their survival. This has been done in two large trials, and in neither case was any benefit seen for vitamin C. Dr Wheatley does not even mention these important studies, resulting in a highly misleading impression of the data on vitamin C and cancer survival.
9. On page 290, Dr Wheatley claims that the anticancer mushroom Maitake has been “researched and demonstrated to the point where it is used a sole chemotherapy for stomach cancer in Japan”. This claim is not only unsubstantiated, it is highly dubious: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is currently undertaking clinical and laboratory research on Maitake and nowhere in our detailed reading of the literature nor in our contact with manufacturers have we found any indication that would support Dr Wheatley’s claim. Dr Wheatley did not respond to requests for appropriate documentation.
10. On page 299, Dr Wheatley states that “the contribution and connections between the mind, stress and cancer initiation and survival are now well-validated”. This is untrue. The links between stress and cancer are highly controversial and continue to be actively debated. There is excellent research, for example, showing that stress probably does not play an important direct role in cancer initiation and that coping style does not affect survival.
11. On page 302, the claim that “diets that are low in calories have been demonstrated to slow cancer progression” is supported by an incomplete and inaccurate reference. The paper cited is concerned with carcinogenesis and reviews data that “caloric restriction without malnutrition lowers the incidence of most spontaneous and induced tumors” in animal models (emphasis added). This has little to do with the treatment of established cancer in humans.
Myeloma is a type of cancer that begins in cells located in the bone marrow called plasma cells. Bone marrow is the spongy tissue inside many of our large bones. Bone marrow produces several different types of blood cells. Because myeloma can occur in several different places in the body, it is frequently called multiple myelomas.
The most common form of plasma cell cancer, myeloma can develop wherever the plasma cells are located. It can be found anywhere there is bone marrow, including the pelvis, spine, and ribcage.
The buildup of myeloma cells results in:
- Fewer healthy, normal blood cells in the bone marrow
- Weakened or damaged bones
- Two kinds of bone cells work together to develop a bone into its proper shape:
- Osteoblasts make bone
- Osteoclasts dissolve bone
Myeloma cells produce a substance which stimulates osteoclasts and results in a faster destruction of bone. Complications include infection, bone pain and fractures.
Types of myelomas:
- Smoldering or indolent multiple myelomas
- Active multiple myelomas
- Solitary plasmacytoma of the bone
- Multiple solitary plasmacytomas
- Extramedullary plasmacytoma
- Light chain myeloma
- Non-secretory myeloma
- Immunoglobulin D (IgD) myeloma (rare)
- Immunoglobulin E (IgE) myeloma (rare)
Causes, Risk Factors & Symptoms of Multiple Myeloma
It’s not clear what causes most multiple myeloma. Scientists have found few risk factors that could affect a person’s chance of developing multiple myelomas.
Risk factors for multiple myeloma includes:
- History of monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance
- Age — risk for developing myeloma goes up with age. Most people diagnosed are 65 years of age or older.
- Gender — men are slightly more likely to develop myeloma than women.
- Race — myeloma is more than twice as common in African Americans than white Americans. The reason for this is not known.
- Workplace exposures
- Having other plasma cell diseases
- Family history of multiple myelomas
- Being overweight or obese
Signs and symptoms of multiple myeloma includes:
- Bone pain and bone damage and fractures
- Symptoms caused by too much calcium in the blood
- Swollen ankles
- More prone to infection
- Weight loss
- Nervous system problems — numbness, sudden/severe pain, tingling, muscle weakness, confusion, dizziness, carpal tunnel
- Increased thickening/stickiness of the blood — headaches, dizziness, weakness, drowsiness, fatigue, oozing cuts, blurred vision, bruising
- Pale skin tone
- High blood protein levels
- Low white blood cell counts
Who Gets Multiple Myeloma
Most individuals diagnosed with multiple myelomas are men. The risk of developing multiple myeloma increases with age and those of African ancestry have a higher risk of developing myeloma. The reasons for this increased risk are not known.
Approximately 0.7 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with myeloma at some point during their lifetime, based on 2010-2012 data.
Prognosis if You Have Multiple Myeloma
According to the National Cancer Institute’s SEER database:
For all cases of multiple myelomas combined (in both adults and children), the 5-year relative survival is about 48.5 percent.
The number of new cases of myeloma was 6.5 per 100,000 men and women per year. The number of deaths was 3.3 per 100,000 men and women per year. These rates are age-adjusted and based on 2009-2013 cases and deaths.
Approximately 0.7 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with myeloma at some point during their lifetime, based on 2010-2012 data.
In 2013, there were an estimated 95,688 people living with myeloma in the United States.
The 5-year relative survival rate for multiple myelomas:
- Stage I and II (localized) – 69.6 percent
- Stage III and IV (distant) – 47.4 percent
Depending on the stage of cancer and other factors, conventional treatment options include:
- Stem cell transplant
- Targeted therapy
- Palliative therapy
As far as orthodox treatments are concerned, both Thalidomide and Prednisone have been mentioned to extend life (this is not a cure). Also, Fosamax is frequently used to stop bone deterioration.
- “He experienced several health challenges in the past decade (i.e., open-heart surgery, prostate cancer, and, most recently, multiple myeloma). Coincidently, the drug that until recently helped treat the myeloma was vincristine, a purified alkaloid derived from the Madagascar periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus (L.) G. Don, Apocynaceae). Vincristine is manufactured by the Eli Lilly company of Indianapolis, the company that funded Tyler’s chair at Purdue. Further, the drug was discovered in a classic scenario of serendipity by Tyler’s friend and colleague, the late Gordon Svoboda, who, while researching the periwinkle for its traditionally reputed antidiabetic activity, discovered its potential for treating certain cancers. Tyler had intended to write the story of Svoboda and vincrstine, as he considered it one of the great untold stories in pharmacognosy and drug discovery from plants.” ~ http://www.herbalgram.org/herbalgram/articleview.asp?a=2218
How to Prevent Multiple Myeloma
Screening tests are important ways to find cancer if you are at risk but do not have symptoms. Unfortunately, no standardized screening tests have been shown to improve multiple myeloma outcomes.
Changes in lifestyle can help prevent many types of cancer. However, no known lifestyle changes can prevent myelomas.
Immune System Health
A healthy immune system remains your body’s best defense. Not only is a weak immune system a major reason patients have cancer — and cancer itself can further weaken the immune system.
Beta glucans help regulate the immune system, making it more efficient. In addition, beta glucans stimulate white blood cells (lymphocytes) that bind to tumors or viruses and release chemicals to destroy it.
Beta Glucan has been approved in Japan, Australia, South Korea, and Taiwan as an immunoadjuvant therapy for cancer. In fact, helping with cancer is just the beginning with Beta Glucan. There have thousands of studies showing the product can protect against infections, lower your cholesterol, lower blood sugar, reduce stress, increase your antibody production, heal wounds, help radiation burns, overcome mercury-induced immunosuppression (like Thimerosal, used as a preservative in vaccines), help with diabetes, and even naturally prevent metastasisThe spread of cancer cells from the place where they first formed to another part of the body. In metastasis, cancer cells break away from the original (primary) tumor, travel through the blood or lymph system, and form a new tumor in other organs or tissues of the body. The new, metastatic tumor is the same type of cancer as the primary tumor. For example, if breast cancer spreads to the lung, the cancer cells in the lung are breast cancer cells, not lung cancer cells. (or the spreading of your cancer).
Harvard Medical School suggests following general good-health guidelines is the single best step you can take toward keeping your immune system strong and healthy:
- Don’t smoke.
- Eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and low in saturated fat.
- Exercise regularly.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Control your blood pressure.
- If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
- Get adequate sleep.
- Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently and cooking meats thoroughly.
- Get regular medical screening tests for people in your age group and risk category.
More Information: Building the Immune System
Your diet plays a role in a healthy immune system. The top vitamins your immune system needs to perform include:
- Vitamin C — helps to repair and regenerate tissues and aids in the absorption of iron
- Vitamin E — a powerful antioxidant that helps your body fight off infection
- Vitamin B6 — supports adrenal function and is necessary for key metabolic processes
- Vitamin A — aids immune function and helps provide a barrier against infections
- Vitamin D — modulates cell growth, promotes neuromuscular and immune function, and reduces inflammation
- Folate — key in development of red blood cells (a lack of Folate can make the body susceptible to cancer)
- Iron — helps your body carry oxygen to cells
- Selenium — slows the body’s overactive responses to certain aggressive forms of cancer
- Zinc — slows the immune response and control inflammation in your body
Sources: American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute, Cancer Research UK
Treatment of Multiple Myeloma
3.6 / 5 ( 25 votes ) Treatment of Multiple myeloma at Welling Homeopathy involves a specially developed treatment protocol which includes customized homeopathic medicines for complete painless recovery.
Multiple myeloma is a cancer of plasma cells, a type of white blood cell normally responsible for producing antibodies. Multiple myeloma is considered to be incurable but treatable.
Multiple myeloma causes cancer cells to accumulate in the bone marrow, where they crowd out healthy blood cells. Rather than produce helpful antibodies, the cancer cells produce abnormal proteins that can cause kidney problems.
What is Multiple Myeloma
In multiple myeloma, collections of abnormal plasma cells accumulate in the bone marrow, where they interfere with the production of normal blood cells. Most cases of multiple myeloma also feature the production of a paraprotein—an abnormal antibody which can cause kidney problems. Bone lesions and hypercalcemia (high blood calcium levels) are also often encountered. Multiple myeloma is diagnosed with blood tests (serum protein electrophoresis, serum free kappa/lambda light chain assay), bone marrow examination, urine protein electrophoresis, and X-rays of commonly involved bones.
Multiple myeloma develops in B lymphocytes after they have left the part of the lymph node known as the germinal center. The normal cell line most closely associated with MM cells is generally taken to be either an activated memory B cell or the precursor to plasma cells, the plasmablast.
The immune system keeps the proliferation of B cells and the secretion of antibodies under tight control. When chromosomes and genes are damaged, often through rearrangement, this control is lost.
Risk Factors of Multiple myeloma
Factors that may increase your risk of multiple myeloma include:
- Increasing age.Your risk of multiple myeloma increases as you age, with most people diagnosed in their mid-60s.
- Male sex.Men are more likely to develop the disease than are women.
- Black race.Blacks are about twice as likely to develop multiple myeloma as are whites.
Signs and Symptoms of Multiple myeloma
- Bone pain, especially in your spine or chest
- Loss of appetite
- Mental fogginess or confusion
- Frequent infections
- Weight loss
- Weakness or numbness in your legs
- Excessive thirst
- Spinal cord compression
- Renal failure
Prognosis of Multiple myeloma
The tumor burden and the proliferation rate are the two key indicators for the prognosis in patients with MM. Many schemas have been published to aid in determining the prognosis. One schema uses C-reactive protein (CRP) and beta-2 microglobulin (which is an expression of tumor burden) to predict survival, as follows :
- If levels of both proteins are less than 6 mg/L, the median survival is 54 months.
- If the level of only one component is less than 6 mg/L, the median survival is 27 months.
- If levels of both protein values are greater than 6 mg/L, the median survival is 6 months.
Poor prognostic factors include the following:
- Tumor mass
- Bence Jones proteins
Renal impairment (ie, stage B disease or creatinine level >2 mg/dL at diagnosis.
Complications of Multiple myeloma
- Frequent infections.Myeloma cells inhibit your body’s ability to fight infections.
- Bone problems.Multiple myeloma also can affect your bones, leading to bone pain, thinning bones and broken bones.
- Reduced kidney function.Multiple myeloma may cause problems with kidney function, including kidney failure. Higher calcium levels in the blood related to eroding bones can interfere with your kidneys’ ability to filter your blood’s waste. The proteins produced by the myeloma cells can cause similar problems.
- Low red blood cell count (anemia).As myeloma cells crowd out normal blood cells, multiple myeloma can also cause anemia and other blood problems.
Homoeopath for Multiple myeloma
Homeopathic treatment if started early can control the proliferation of immature or abnormal white blood cells and hence it can prevent further damage to bones, kidneys and vital organs.
Our Homeopathic medicine act at the general level ,can prevent damage to the further chromosomes thus controlling its further multiplication .It can regulate the serum protein level and prevent the calcium levels from rising in the blood and prevent further damage to the kidneys and resorting its function and thus preventing from going into further complications .
Also slows down the rate of getting opportunistic infection thus stabilizing the immunity in the individual.
Homeopathic Medicines for Multiple myeloma
Some commonly used homeopathic medicines are
Arnica Montana, Bryonia ,Eupatorium and Symphytum
Visit one of the Welling Homeopathy Clinic today for an expert pre-treatment analysis and speciality treatment of Multiple myeloma.
Cancer that affects blood plasma cells, found inside the bones is known as multiple myeloma. Plasma cells are part of the blood circulatory system and human immune system which helps to fight infections and carry oxygen and carbon dioxide. In this type of cancer, the plasma cells grow abnormally and crowd along with the healthy red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. In course of time the bone cells spills the bone marrow and cancer spreads to nearby organs causing damage to nearby tissues and organs. This results in weakness of immune system leading to anaemia, kidney problems, bone problems, etc. Multiple myeloma does not show any symptoms in the early stages.
Generally Known Causes of Multiple Myeloma
The exact causes for the formation of multiple myeloma are not known. But it is believed that the mutations in genes are the cause for the formation of multiple myeloma. The risk factors which promote the occurrence of multiple myeloma are furnished below.
- Age greater than 65
- More common among Male population
- More common among black population
- Monoclonal gammopathy of unknown significance (MGUS): People with MGUS (means those who are identified with too many large protein molecules known as immunoglobulins in the blood) shows a tendency to develop multiple myeloma. MGUS doesn’t cause any symptoms, and does not generally affect your health or need treatment.
- Family history of multiple myeloma or MGUS
- History of autoimmune diseases
- People under corticosteroids or hormone replacement therapy
Dynamic Science (DS) Based Causes of Multiple Myeloma
It is generally known that there are mutations or epigenetic changes happen in the genes or DNA that leads to the development of Cancer. Dynamic Science, which explains how mind, vital force (soul) and DNA are interconnected, reveals that the regulation of the DNA expression is done by the nature of the mental and emotional thoughts that we allow to develop within us, though there are influences on DNA expression from the outside energy sources and also from the bio-chemical changes that happen in the physical body. Through our researches based on Dynamic Scientific Approach (DSA), we identified different mental and emotional thought processes that constructively and destructively influence the DNA expression. We identified that naturally positive, happy, comfortable, peaceful and pure mental emotional state constructively or curatively modify the DNA whereas negative, unnatural, pessimistic, fearful, destructive mental and emotional states derange the DNA to express itself to an unhealthy plane. Also each thought is connected to a functional system and/or organ of the body. In this connection we are in search for the important mental emotional state/thought that affects the bone marrow in the development of multiple myeloma. It is still an ongoing research and development activity and a new direction of scientific observation which will modify the future Medical Science and develop into a new methodology of treatment.
Signs and Symptoms of Multiple Myeloma
The multiple myeloma patients may not show any kind of signs and symptoms in the beginning stages of the disease. Usually the identification of the diseases takes place while undergoing blood or urine examination for some other purpose. The following are the most common signs and symptoms that appear to multiple myeloma patients:
- Loss of vitality, fatigue, pallor and weakness with anaemia.
- Bone pains on different parts of the body.
- Low RBC counts, WBC counts and Platelet counts.
- High serum calcium levels with kidney damages, constipation, osteoporosis, frequent urination, etc.
- Mental confusion, drowsiness, stroke like symptoms, etc.
- Hyper viscosity of the blood.
Diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma
Generally, multiple myeloma is detected when your blood is tested for some other purpose. When the signs and symptoms show the existence of multiple myeloma your physician may ask you to undergo the following tests to confirm the diagnosis.
- Blood tests: Blood tests can reveal the micro proteins called monoclonal proteins produced by the cancer affected cells. It may also reveal the existence of beta-2-microglobulin which will give information about the aggressiveness of the myeloma. Other particulars like blood cell counts, calcium levels, level of uric acid, and the particulars about the functioning of the kidneys (creatinine and urea nitrogen), etc. will also help your physician to understand more about the myeloma.
- Urine tests: Analysis of urine can reveal the existence of micro proteins like Bence Jones proteins.
- Examination of bone marrow with cytogenetics study: Bone marrow may be aspirated using a long needle and given for biopsy and cytogenetics study. From these studies, details like chromosome abnormalities and the rate at which myeloma cells are dividing, etc. can be ascertained.
- Imaging tests: Imaging tests like X-ray, MRI Scan, CT Scan or positron emission tomography, etc. may also be suggested by your physician depending upon the individual needs related to your case.
Dynamic Scientific Approach (DSA) Treatment for Multiple Myeloma
Our treatment for multiple myeloma is unique and based on a new natural holistic approach developed by our Chief Physician and world famous researcher and scholar Dr. Shaji Varghese Kudiyat. He has introduced a new generation science named Dynamic Science. In this science, he explains the relationship between the mind and the vital force (soul) and the physical body. The answer to the most often asked and never answered question, how cancer is developed is also answered through this science. The “why’s and how’s,” behind the mutation and/or epigenetic changes which are considered to be the reason for the formation of cancerous cells are also explained in DSA treatment. By scientifically guided judicial combination and application of Homeopathic Medicines, Surgery (if needed), Yoga, Meditation, Counseling, Music therapy, Dance therapy, etc., our Chief Physician has been able to device this new methodology for creating curative mutations and/or epigenetic changes for complete cure of cancer, if the cancer is within the reversible stage. Even in irreversible cases, this natural holistic methodology of treatment can produce a cure in the energy level though it may not be able to produce a complete reversal of the physical manifestations, but only can help into a peaceful death after maximum possible prolongation of life with less suffering from complications and side effects. This natural holistic methodology can be utilized to overcome the root causes that produce the malignant cells. This procedure emphasizes the need for complete mental and emotional harmony and inner peace as part of the successful implementation of Dynamic Scientific Approach (DSA) for the treatment of multiple myeloma. So as a pre-requisite we require the patient and his/her family members to undergo a group counseling session in our hospital directly or through online video consultation, as the initiation of the treatment procedure.
Homeopathic Treatment for Multiple Myeloma
Homeopathic system of medicine was invented by a German physician Dr. Samuel Hahnemann in 18th century. Homeopathic treatment is based on the body’s own capacity to heal itself. This is a holistic treatment procedure aims at purifying the vital force and thereby rectifying the mutational and/or epigenetic changes thereby restoring the healthy functioning of the body. Homeopathic medicine application is based on the basic principle “Similia Similibus Curentur” meaning “Let like be cured by like.” Homeopathic treatment for cancer in our hospital is under the direct guidance of Dr. Shaji Varghese Kudiyat, our chief physician and founder director who is a researcher and scholar in homeopathic medicine and who has written a book titled “Homeopathic Medicine, An Unavoidable Medical Revolution.” Dr. Kudiyat also scientifically explains the hitherto unanswered question ‘how homeopathic medicines work.’ All our patients get the unique opportunity to be treated by Dr. Kudiyat whose patient specific analysis of the situation and interpretations are unique and greatly beneficial to the patient and the entire family members. So it is a life time unique opportunity for all our patients to be treated directly by Dr. Kudiyat or under his guidance. and
Also called: Plasma-cell myeloma Multiple myeloma is a cancer that begins in plasma cells, a type of white blood cell. These cells are part of your immune system, which helps protect the body from germs and other harmful substances. In time, myeloma cells collect in the bone marrow and in the solid parts of bones. No one knows the exact causes of multiple myeloma, but it is more common in older people and African Americans. It can run in families. Common symptoms may include
• Bone pain, often in the back or ribs
• Broken bones
• Weakness or fatigue
• Weight loss
• Repeated infections
• Frequent infections and fevers
• Feeling very thirsty
• Frequent urination
Doctors diagnose multiple myeloma using lab tests, imaging tests, and a bone marrow biopsy. Your treatment depends on how advanced the disease is and whether you have symptoms. If you have no symptoms, you may not need treatment right away. If you have symptoms, you may have chemotherapy, stem cell transplantation, radiation, or targeted therapy. Targeted therapy uses substances that attack cancer cells without harming normal cells.
Multiple Myeloma Cancer
What is Multiple Myeloma?
Multiple myeloma is a blood cancer that develops in the plasma cells found in the soft, spongy tissue at the center of your bones, called bone marrow. Plasma cells are a type of white blood cell responsible for producing antibodies (immunoglobulins) which are critical for maintaining the body’s immune system. Through a complex, multi-step process, healthy plasma cells transform into malignant myeloma cells.
Myeloma cells result in the production of abnormal antibodies, or M proteins. The M proteins offer no benefit to the body, and as the amount of M protein increases, it crowds out normally functioning immunoglobulins.
In addition, groups of myeloma cells cause other cells in the bone marrow to remove the solid part of the bone and cause osteolytic lesions, or soft spots in the bone, resulting in weakened bones and increasing the risk of fractures.
Signs and symptoms of Multiple Myeloma
Multiple myeloma symptoms may vary by patient, with the early stages of myeloma often presenting no visible symptoms or signs. When present, the symptoms of multiple myeloma include:
- Bone pain or bone fractures
- Increased vulnerability to infections
- Increased or decreased urination
- Restlessness – eventually followed by extreme weakness and fatigue
- Increased thirst
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of appetite and weight loss
- Impaired kidney function
Traditional treatment options for Multiple Myeloma
There are various treatment options for Multiple Myeloma depending on the stage of the cancer but may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, biological therapies and stem cell transplant.
Utopia Wellness’ Intensive Medical Program for Multiple Myeloma
Multiple Myeloma is a very stressful diagnosis and your Utopia Wellness team understands this. We work with you to design a customized holistic plan to ensure you have the most effective alternative treatments for your specific cancer.
Bringing myeloma under control
The initial treatment for multiple myeloma may be either:
- non-intensive – for older or less fit patients (this is more common)
- intensive – for younger or fitter patients
Both non-intensive and intensive treatments involve taking a combination of anti-myeloma medicines. But intensive treatment involves higher doses and is followed by a stem cell transplant.
The medicines usually include a chemotherapy medicine, a steroid medicine, and either thalidomide or bortezomib.
Chemotherapy medicines kill the myeloma cells. A number of treatments are often combined to treat multiple myeloma.
These treatments are often taken in tablet form. Side effects are usually mild but may include:
- increased risk of infections
- feeling sick
- hair loss
- damage to nerves (neuropathy)
Your clinician will give you advice and information about your risk of developing potentially serious infections. They’ll also tell you what you can do to reduce your risk.
Corticosteroids help destroy myeloma cells and make chemotherapy more effective. The most common types used to treat myeloma are dexamethasone and prednisolone.
Steroids are taken by mouth after eating. Possible side effects include:
- increased appetite
- mood changes
- problems sleeping (insomnia)
Thalidomide can help kill myeloma cells. You take it as a tablet every day – usually in the evening, as it can make you feel sleepy.
Other common side effects include:
- numbness or tingling in the hands and feet (peripheral neuropathy)
Thalidomide can cause birth defects, so should not be taken by pregnant women, and a reliable form of contraception such as a condom must be used during treatment.
There is also a risk you may develop a blood clot when taking thalidomide, so you may be given medication to help prevent this.
Contact your care team immediately if you develop symptoms of a blood clot, such as pain or swelling in one of your legs, or chest pain and breathlessness.
Myeloma UK has more information on thalidomide.
Bortezomib (Velcade) can help kill myeloma cells by causing protein to build up inside them.
There are some limitations as to who can have bortezomib, but a member of your care team will discuss this with you.
The medication is given by injection, usually under the skin. Possible side effects include:
- numbness or tingling in your hands and feet (peripheral neuropathy)
Myeloma UK has more information on bortezomib.
Stem cell transplant
People receiving intensive treatment are given a much higher dose of chemotherapy medication as an inpatient to help destroy a larger number of myeloma cells. This aims to achieve a longer period of remission (where there is no sign of active disease in your body) but does not result in a cure.
However, these high doses also affect healthy bone marrow, so a stem cell transplant will be needed to allow your bone marrow to recover.
In most cases, the stem cells will be collected from you before you are admitted for the high-dose treatment. In very rare cases, they are collected from a sibling or unrelated donor.