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
Protocols: How to Treat Multiple Myeloma
By far the best alternative cancer treatment for multiple myelomas is a mineral-based treatment, with added minerals specific to bone cancer.
As long as a cancer patient does not have a type of cancer that is more dangerous than their bone cancer (e.g. lung cancer), it is best to design the cancer protocol to focus on the bone cancer.
Cellect not only includes cesium chloride but also has minerals in the formula.
For bone cancer, a High RF Frequency Protocol — Plasma is required, as it can get to any cancer cell in the body, even when the bloodstream does not get to the cancer cells. It is commonly used with the Cellect-Budwig.
Bone marrow cancers (e.g. Multiple Myeloma (MM))
CAUTION: Melatonin should NOT be used by people with leukemia, Hodgkins disease, lymphoma or multiple myeloma. Melatonin's beneficial effect on immunity could worsen immune system cancers. Calcium supplements should also be taken with care to avoid hypercalcemia.
Recommended protocol – The Cellect-Budwig Protocol (and Fucoidan)
By far the best alternative cancer treatment for bone marrow cancer is a mineral-based treatment, with added minerals specific to bone marrow cancer.
As long as a cancer patient does not have a type of cancer that is more dangerous than their bone marrow cancer (e.g. lung cancer), it is best to design the cancer protocol to focus on the bone marrow cancer.
Cellect not only includes cesium chloride but also has minerals in the formula. Let Mike Vrentas (who supports this protocol) know if you want to add anything to the Cellect-Budwig to protect the bones from becoming brittle.
High RF Frequency Protocol
For bone marrow cancers a High RF Frequency Protocol – Plasma is REQUIRED as it can get to any cancer cell in the body, even when the bloodstream does not get to the cancer cells. It is commonly used with the Cellect-Budwig. Mike will know where you can purchase and get free support for the Plasma device. There are very specific instructions for cancer which do not automatically come with the device.
The High RF Frequency Protocol – Plasma is recommended because it can be used while the patient sleeps.
The treatment for bone marrow cancer is much longer than with most cancers because the bones are slow to heal. A typical bone marrow cancer protocol will last for a year or more. Throughout this time it is critical to strengthen the bones.
Where to Buy the Independent Cancer Research Foundation “Research Model” High RF Frequency Generator and Plasma Tube Amplifier:
Copy and paste the above website address into your web browser's address field. Go to the vendor’s website that sells the High RF Frequency Generator and oscillator plasma amplifier which can broadcast high RF frequencies using a plasma ray tube antenna. You’ll be able to see photographs of the generator and amplifiers including full specifications and pricing at their website. They offer excellent technical support.
Fucoidan, which is an optional treatment, actually kills cancer cells but lacks the power of the Cellect-Budwig to work quickly.
We only recommend one brand of Fucoidan because this company owns the key patents on the extraction of fucoidan. Here is an article on this protocol:
Important note about brittle bones
The product Cellect, in the Cellect-Budwig protocol, has minerals in the formula.
If you think you need additional minerals to protect the bones, you can contact an expert on minerals, True Ott, PhD. He can also advise you on minerals to protect the bones. Here is his website:
Mother Earth Minerals
In addition to the mineral treatments, omega-3 has been shown to help prevent deterioration of the bones. See this article on the best way to take omega-3:
A form of calcium
Here is an article by the well-known natural medicine guru Karl Loren on a form of calcium which he claims will help prevent bone density loss:
Other treatments to consider (supplemental treatments only)
There are testimonials on the internet for the use of Essiac Tea as the major component in the treatment of multiple myeloma. Furthermore, there are testimonials for the herbs in the Hulda Clark diet in the treatment of multiple myeloma (i.e. Black Walnut Hulls (from the black walnut tree), Wormwood (from the Artemisia shrub) and Common Cloves (from the clove tree)). At least some of the cancer-killing nutrients in these herbs does get to the bone marrow.
Not all Noni Juices are the same. There are powerful testimonials for Noni Juice in treating Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, another bone marrow cancer, and leukemia. Pain is another thing which is improved by Noni Juice. But most importantly, Noni Juice can work very quickly. In short, Noni Juice would clearly help MM.
In discussing the Raw Food diet, it is beta carotene that is most often talked about. Beta carotene is specifically mentioned as a major killer of leukemia cells as well as Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma cancer cells. It is also part of a bone marrow cancer treatment plan. While beta carotene is rarely used by itself, it is clear that it is a major contributor, if not the main contributor, of many treatment plans. Of course, raw carrot juice should be the major source of beta carotene.
Coenzyme Q10 – CoQ10
A powerful antioxidant which builds the immunity system. It works best when the Budwig diet is being used due to the fats in the Budwig diet. It is clear that the effects of CoQ10 reach the bone marrow.
- “Coenzyme Q10 was first identified in 1957. Its chemical structure was determined in 1958. Interest in coenzyme Q10 as a potential treatment for cancer began in 1961, when a deficiency of the enzyme was noted in the blood of cancer patients. Low blood levels of coenzyme Q10 have been found in patients with myeloma, lymphoma, and cancers of the breast, lung, prostate, pancreas, colon, kidney, and head and neck.”
Curcumin From the Spice Turmeric
Curcumin has been found to cancer cell death. See the web page:
Article on Curcumin
This is a multiple myeloma testimonial. The main treatment was a combination of several essential oils called: Juva Flex, by the vendor Young Living. If you look at the actions of the various individual essential oils, you see at least 3 essential oils that are either antifungal or antimicrobial. This may mean that the essential oils were killing the microbes inside of the cancer cells, allowing them to revert back to being normal cells. Essential oils are an exciting new field of research in alternative medicine. Here is the testimonial:
Active Hemicellulose Compound (AHCC)
Over the years AHCC has been known by two different names:
- “AHCC was originally used as an acronym for Active Hemicellulose Compound but was changed to stand for Active Hexose Correlating Compound by the Japanese manufacturer (AminoUp) because they felt that it was a more appropriate term. Older research papers in which Active Hemicellulose Compound is referred to are discussing the identical material as Active Hexose Correlating Compound.”http://www.integratedhealth.com/infoabstract/impodes.html
In other words, “Active Hemicellulose Compound” and “Active Hexose Correlating Compound” are the same thing. AHCC is sold by numerous companies. Just type: AHCC in Google.
Obtained 50 percent complete remission in MM study:
Cancer Cure Coalition
This was a treatment protocol used to successfully treat MM. See:
Clodonate helps preserve the bones and treats the cancer (not available in U.S.):
IP-6 or IP6 (Inositol hexaphosphate)
“IP -6 has been used against a wide variety of cancers. Blood-based cancers such as leukemia are the most sensitive, with solid tumors needing a larger dose. Most studies at this point have used either animals or human cancer cells in vitro, i.e. in a test tube. As an example, adding IP-6 to human liver cancer cells resulted in complete inhibition of tumors. Human liver cancer cells injected into mice resulted in 71 percent tumors. Cells pretreated with IP-6 resulted in no tumors. Pre-existing liver cancers regressed. In another study with Rhabdomyosarcoma, tumors were suppressed from 25 to 49 fold!”
Here is a good website devoted to Multiple Myeloma:
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 metastasis (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
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