Whether you have a chronic, life-threatening disease or just want to practice preventive health, you may want to learn of my husband’s success story with some nutraceuticals (herbs, mushrooms, and vitamins) that he used as an adjunct therapy before, during, and after his targeted protein 8-week treatment for stage4 lymphoma cancer. (Read his story here.) When people like Bill Cosby’s 44-year old daughter died of renal failure and Patrick Swayze died of cancer at 57, we know the problem is not lack of resources, but lack of knowledge. (Hos 4:6) We believe Ezekiel 47:12 and Revelation 22 1-2 which state Yahweh made plants for medicine and leaves for the healing of the nations. We are not medical doctors but are only sharing my husbands success with nutraceuticals for educational purposes. Please check with your own health provider before adding any of these nutraceuticals to your health regimen.
Some frequently asked questions are listed below.
What nutraceuticals did my husband use successfully during his cancer journey?
My husband found using green tea extract along with curcumin very beneficial to his healing regimen. He had been taking both herbal supplements before, during, and after his targeted protein 8-week treatment for stage4 lymphoma cancer. One day, purely by chance, he took the green tea extract about an hour before taking curcumin. Later that day he noticed an uptick in his strength and stamina. My husband then realized the timing of when he took the herbal supplements greatly increased the effectiveness of them both. Since that accidental breakthrough, he now takes green tea extract an hour or so before he takes curcumin as a best practice. We don’t know why it works, but it does.
Benefits of Green Tea
Green tea comes from a plant called camellia sines is and has a polyphenol called EGCG as one of its major components. Whether you drink green tea or supplement with green tea extract, you should experience some of their health benefits such as anti-inflammation anticarcinogenic and increased antioxidants, and protection against oxidative stress.
In 2016 I faced the challenge of being diagnosed with lymphoma cancer, stage 4 (MALT), where 50% of my bone marrow was cancerous.
How This Journey Began
The story began in spring of 2016 with me having an eye examination to update my eyeglasses. The optometrist, a Japanese woman, examined my eyes and saw a strange growth in the tissue of my left eyeball. By her body language, I knew it was quite serious. She recommended I see an ophthalmologist. I decided to follow her advice and get it diagnosed after my summer bible metaphysical retreat.
I Received A Warning Dream
Now this story had a strange twist or beginning that prepared me for this challenge. Some years earlier I had a very disturbing dream that warned me of this coming crisis/challenge. The dream begins with an attractive white doctor in an examination room telling me that I had a very rare cancer. She didn’t say where it was. I told her I needed to close on a condominium first.
I had been taking supplements, juicing, etc., for years after recovering from a flesh-eating disease in 1994. So, I knew I had to intensify my health regiment which I did.
Medical Doctor’s Findings
After the summer retreat I checked into Rush University by going to the ophthalmologist, Dr. G did the initial diagnosis and confirmed that I had a rare cancer of the eye tissue called lymphoma. He referred me to an oncologist. I reflected on the dream I had years earlier and remembered that I had been forewarned.
The oncologist Dr. V examined my eye and confirmed that it looked like lymphoma in the tissue of the eye, He recommends a number of tests to confirm it: biopsy, MRI, CAT SCAN, and blood work, which all confirmed the initial diagnosis.
I then got a second opinion from a doctor at Northwestern University hospital who confirmed the first Doctor’s diagnosis and I began my 8-week treatment the last day in December 2016. My treatments lasted through mid-February 2017. Dr. V at Rush recommended I take a number of tests again to confirm the results of the 8-week treatment. He and I both were pleased to discover the lymphoma cancer cells decreased from. 50% in my bone marrow to less than 1%. He told me to return in three months and we would do watchful waiting. I returned in June, September, and November to learn that all was well. I repeated some of the tests in December and the doctor told me in January 2018 that all was well again and I should return in six months.
I took the nutraceuticals (herbs, mushrooms, and vitamins) highlighted at the mytophotherbs.com website as an adjunct therapy before, during, and after my targeted protein 8-week treatment for stage4 lymphoma cancer. I am now a year cancer survivor and at my last checkup, Dr. V said my blood work and other indicators were phenomenal. He’s trying to figure out why his lymphoma cancer cells are still decreasing in my body a year after I took the targeted protein treatment. Normally people have to take a take a maintenance treatment to keep the cancer low. The maintenance treatment would have been for two years once a month beginning last April since it is always a chance that the Lymphoma can return.
There are pros and cons of taking any supplement, but curcumin has more pros than cons. The strongest argument I found against taking curcumin supplements is getting enough bioavailable curcumin in your system since it is difficult to absorb. Finding a supplement with piperine the active ingredient in black pepper appears to be the best solution. My husband found a turmeric extract from Physician Naturals, Super Bio-Enteric Curcumin with Bioperine & Bromelain, the active ingredient in pineapple, worked best for him. For the best price by it here.
When adding Tumeric to our morning eggs or any liquid (a smoothie or a cup of water), my husband uses the organic ground tumeric powder below. Be sure to take BioPerine with this bulk form of tumeric for the best absorption since it is not included in this product. For the best price by it here.
Curcumin is a component of the tumeric plant, like Vitamin C is part of an orange. Curcumin is the extract or part of the whole tumeric herb. Just as it would be difficult to ingest daily the number of oranges you would need to get the potency of one Vitamin C capsule, you would need a multitude of daily dishes made with tumeric to equal the potency of a curcumin extract supplement.
Curcumin is a natural polyphenyl, a photochemical compound that gives tumeric its appealing vivid yellow to brown color. It is also the primary curcumoid and active ingredient of more than 300 compounds found in Turmeric, a whole herb with antioxidant properties. Turmeric comes from the ground, dried root of a plant called Curcuma Longa that grows throughout Southern Asia and is a member of the ginger family. There is about 2-4% curcumin in every pound of tumeric. This means that unless you have been born into a culture where turmeric is commonly used in most curry dishes, you probably have to supplement with curcumin to get an adequate amount of this polyphenol in your body to do any good.
The distinct earthy flavor of this spice was used, like many Asian spices and chilies, to hide the taste of stronger tasting meats and fish. It even protected against tainted foods that might have gone a little off in such hot climates. Like many such spices, it also performed a necessary and functional role as a cleanser and a bacteria-killer in the stomach.
Are curcumin and cumin the same?
Another spice found in curry is cumin that should not be confused with curcumin. Although the two compounds sound similar and cumin has been found to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, not as much research has been done on this element. Curcumin appears to have more health benefits than cumin, but this could be because more research has been done on the former than the latter.
CURCUMIN is one of the most researched herbs in recent times with over 3000 studies conducted throughout the world. Dr. Prasad S, Aggarwal BB, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Texas is a big fan who wrote a scientific study on turmeric and curcumin called “The Golden Spice (1).” He notes that while modern medicine has been used to treat numerous diseases and been around for 100 years, traditional medicine has been around for 1000s of years. Using curcumin with my husband, we noticed herbs and plants continue to be safe and effective while modern medicine has many side effects and contraindications.
The list below links to studies that explain scientifically proven health benefits of turmeric and curcumin. Because the level of curcumin in turmeric per pound varies from 2 – 4%, most of the studies have been done on curcumin.
Turmeric and its lesser known extract curcumin [kur-kyoo-min] are having a resurgence of popularity in the western culture. Although the curry spice turmeric has been a staple in the Indian culture (the east) for generations, westerners are more recently enjoying the benefits of this bright orange herb. With the explosion of chronic health diseases in the west, we US citizens are looking for safe, natural herbs to include in our daily regimen that will keep us hardy and well.
What are the health benefits of curcumin and turmeric?
In the Ayurvedic culture, the whole turmeric plant has been used for centuries as a spice and to treat internal disorders. Multiple studies over the past decade have shown that curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, also has an abundance of health benefits. Some health researchers today tout curcumin as one of the best nutrients to promote a healthy inflammatory response in the brain, heart and throughout the entire body. (1)
Because turmeric contains such a small amount of its active ingredient curcumin (about 2-4% per pound), most of the studies (see tabs above) have been done on curcumin. Below is a list of scientifically proven health benefits of turmeric and curcumin. (2)
promotes detoxification of the body
is a natural anti-inflammatory compound
contains antioxidant properties that neutralize free radicals and has powerful polyphenols
boosts immune system health
acts as a bacteria-killer in the stomach and intestine
improves brain functions and reduces risk of brain diseases, including Alzheimer
can help lower the risk of heart disease
has been shown to make molecular changes that link to benefits regarding cancer.
helps arthritic patients relieve painful joints
aids in relieving depression
may help increase longevity and fight age-related chronic diseases
What is inflammation?
Inflammation occurs when the immune system attempts to heal the body and repair damaged tissue. Inflammation is a normal response and shows the immune system is healthy.
When short-term injuries (such as a broken/bruised ankle or a toothache) occur, inflammation can be a minor annoyance. A healthy immune system sends white blood cells to the damaged site causing the issue around the hurt area to swell, be hot to the touch, appear red, and feel tender. A strong body can also reduce Inflammation due to infections of viruses and bacteria which soon pass.
However, when inflammation is long term and triggered by something other than injury or pathogenic invaders, it can play a role in some chronic diseases and attribute to common signs of aging. These triggers can include poor diet, food allergies, toxins, emotional and physical stress, lack of sleep, synthetics, or even the use of some pharmaceutical drugs.
Exposure to these triggers on a daily basis, can cause the inflammatory response to be turned on indefinitely, causing significant harm to the body. Inflammation has been linked to brain and heart disease, kidney problems, cancer, eczema, allergies, arthritis, stroke, and asthma. (3)
In chronic inflammation the swelling never stops and the healing process is delayed. Since chronic or “silent” inflammation contributes to many Western diseases, cooking and supplementing with a natural anti-inflammatory herb can help protect our cognitive functions, overall health and ability to feel young.
How does turmeric and curcumin relieve inflammation?
Turmeric is a potent natural anti-inflammatory compound. Curcumin has been shown to block pre-inflammatory enzymes (e.g. COX2 and iNOS) which are precursors to cancer. (4)
The journal Oncogene published the results of a study that evaluated several anti-inflammatory compounds and found that aspirin and ibuprofen are least effective, while curcumin is among the most effective anti-inflammatory compounds in the world. (5) One recent study found that osteoarthritis patients who added 200 mg of curcumin a day to their treatment plan experienced reduced pain and increased mobility, whereas the control group, which received no curcumin, experienced no significant improvements. (6)
How to purchase Curcumin
There are pros and cons to taking any supplement, but most of curcumin’s cons appear to deal with absorption or not getting enough of this beneficial herb in the system. Cooking with curry is not enough. Most westerners probably need to take curcumin supplements in tables, capsules, or powder.
To be effective these supplements need to contain piperine the active ingredient in black pepper which appear to enhance some of its actions
Other cons are that piperine can interfere with certain drugs.
Curcumin might increase the risk of bleeding since it can inhibit coagulation in Vito. If you are taking blood thinners, it may be inadvisable.
It might also be advisable not to take it if you are pregnant or lactating.
Studies conducted at UCLA, the MD Anderson Cancer Center, the Emory School of Medicine and Tufts have made them great fans of curcumin. The American Cancer Society states that absorption can be improved by mixing the supplement with a teaspoonful of olive oil and sprinkling the black pepper on it. (7) My husband sprinkles tumeric and pepper on our eggs every day with olive oil.
How did Curcumin help my husband?
My husband, a stage-four lymphoma cancer survivor, used curcumin as an adjunct therapy before and after his eight week Rituximab targeted protein treatment. Since conventional therapy does not kill off stem cancer cells (8), but curcumin does, supplementation with curcumin was a great complement for his treatment. Curcumin “has the ability to selectively target cancer stem cells, which are at the root of cancer malignancy, while having little to no toxicity on normal stem cells, which are essential for tissue regeneration and longevity.” (9)
Both the whole turmeric plant and its active extract curcumin have been proven to reduce inflammation which make them important to disease reversal. With such natural, safe herbs at our disposal, it would be great to include them as a part of an Integrative or holistic preventive health protocol.
My name is Penny and my husband is a stage-four lymphoma cancer survivor. I was his primary caregiver and eye-witness to his recovery. I wanted to share his story and success with curcumin, green tea and other herbs before and after he took the standard eight-week Rituximab treatment which targeted the lymphoma cancer cells. As wholistic practitioners with a metaphysical interest, we also like tumeric, curcumin, and other natural herbs since they fit the biblical references of plants being medicine (Eze. 47:12) and leaves being for the healing of the nations Rev 22:1-2).
SOME BACK STORY
We have been consuming natural foods for the last 22 years. We juice, eat organic fresh salads with mainly fish and chicken (a few occasional steaks) and take supplements. With all this going on, you can probably understand our shock to learn in April 2016 that my husband had been diagnosed with lymphoma cancer after visiting his optometrist for an annual eye exam. The optometrist noticed a weird growth in his eye and told him to go to the ophthalmologist. He went to the ophthalmologist who confirmed the growth and said he should see an oncologist. My husband put off seeing the ophthalmologist until he got a second opinion which occurred in mid-December. He began his targeted protein therapy treatment the end of December 2016. By mid-March 2017 the doctors told him that most of the lymphoma cells were normal and he should do watchful waiting.
THE GOAL OF MY SITE
Providing information on the anti-inflammatory and cancer-fighting properties of curcumin, green tea, and other powerful herbs is key.
If you ever need support or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
Curcumin is the extract of Tumeric which is part of the Ayurvedic tradition. Curcumin is not as well known as Tumeric but it, as well as green tea, have wonderful anti-inflammatory and cancer-fighting properties.