As you may already know, I am a multiple myeloma survivor. Multiple myeloma is a cancer of the bone marrow.
For years, curcumin (an abstract of the east Asian spice, tumeric) has been touted as a natural alternative to chemotherapy against myeloma.
I have friends who take it regularly along with their conventional myeloma therapies. I also know of a few people who are relying on curcumin alone.
Effectiveness is a difficult thing to prove with any supplement. There are ongoing classic, clinical studies looking at curcumin in multiple myeloma and several other cancers.
I do know that in order to gain any benefit, proponents feel the patient must take a lot–and I mean a lot–of curcumin daily.
Which presents another challenge: What dose works best–if it works at all?
From time to time I read about curcumin being used against other cancers. Here is a link to Dr. Mercola’s website, touting curcumin’s ability to prevent up to 50% of breast cancer cases. Dr. Mercola is a raw food advocate and self proclaimed nutritionalist.
A lot of what he says makes sense. But how do you prove a claim like this? Wouldn’t the Today Show be opening with headlines promising a 50% reduction in breast cancer?
Big claim. Any real evidence? Go to: Breast Cancer Breakthrough – Cut Your Risk of Death in Half and see what you think.
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat