Let’s do some housecleaning and catch-up on some myeloma related news and views:
* According to Reuters on Monday, Celgene, makers of Thalomid, Revlimid and soon pomalidomide, “expects to file for approval to market the drug in newly diagnosed patients in the United States early this year. In the United States many physicians already prescribe Revlimid to this patient population on an “off-label” basis.”
* I have been running a lot of nutritionally based content on this site recently. I will continue to do some of that, but there are so many other important topics to cover I will need to cut-back a bit. But did you know that I run cancer related nutritional news on one of my other sites, HelpWithCancer.org?
Over the past week I have run articles about walnuts, red wine, ginger, wasabi and mushrooms. Toss-in a post about yoga, and you can tell that I pack a lot of nutritional and supplement news into that site. CLICK HERE to read the important walnut story from earlier this week about how cancer doesn’t like walnut oil…
* One of our regular readers, named Justin, volunteered to research the best supplement prices for us. After several hours of research, he came to the conclusion that:
“Dr.’s Best curcumin + bioperene seemed to be recommended the most and was a nice compromise between price/potency. For cost reasons (and likely swallowability) I purchased the 500mg tablets for my dad, but they also sell 1g tablets that would cut down on the number of pills needed (but again I’m assuming they are significantly larger than the 500mg ones).
Slightly off topic, but I am a big deals hunter. Spend quite a bit of time several times a day searching the different online deals sites looking for discounts. In my short time searching for curcumin I haven’t come across any great one, but Pat I would be willing to shoot you an email (or post a comment) if/when I come across a good one for those of you wishing to stock up on a particular supplement at a discount. I was a bit shocked at how expensive a monthly regimen would be just for curcumin and for those of us that are on a limited budget it could be the difference between taking and not taking a product.”
I’m interested, Justin! How about broadening your scope and looking into ursolic acid and some of the other supplements Danny and I have been writing about recently…
* Speaking of supplements, here are links to two divergent views on the subject. Blogger Lori Puente wrote a lengthy, thoughtful and very middle of the road post about using supplements during myeloma therapy. You can read her article by CLICKING HERE.
* And while I’m at it, here is a link to a blog post which is critical of supplement use during therapy: Supplemental Loyalty: Just Say NO!
In his post, myeloma patient Bob Kirkpatrick takes those who blindly promote and sell nutritional supplements to task. His is a valid, though contradictory view.
I think it is important to share different points of view with those of us who need to make informed decisions which can be so critical to our health.
And as usual, please feel free to discuss and debate. But let’s be civil and open minded, OK?
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat