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Turmeric

Started by CarolineH   on 03 January 2018 at 11:59

Good morning everyone, I hope that the New Year brings peace and positivity to you all.

I wonder if any of you have seen the article i most of the leading papers today on Turmeric.

A lady despite finishing all conventional treatment but her cancer still spread, so she decided to take tirmeric as a supplement. She took 8 grms a day and her cancer simple dissapeared much to the amazement of her doctors.

I have bestowed the potential benefits of curcumin (the pigment found in turmeric) for years and at the moment the recommended amount is 450mgs twice a day. The lady in the article took 8 grms a day, a much higher dose. I cannot comment on this level until more research has been done but the doctors observing this lady were impressed and have written an article for the British Medical Journal. So it will be interesting to follow any research that will come as a result of this report.

Caroline

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    From Robyn  
    16 January 2018 at 09:53

    Hello and thank you Giovanna for your comment, you are right it is always important to be cautious with wording. This appears to have been an amazing case  with results  which may or may not have been due to the high doses of curcumin the lady was taking.

     Things are rarely as simple as they seem in the media and those of you interested in finding out more about curcumin may be interested in the information provided by CRUK and also  consulting a qualified herbal practioner . You can locate one via the national Institute of medical herbalists NIMH  or the College of practitioners of Phytotherapy (CPP) 

    As Sue ( susieq)  has also advised it is also important that you discuss any changes in  supplements, medications with your  hospital Dr/specialist nurse beforehand

    Best wishes

     Robyn

     


  • From Anonymous
    15 January 2018 at 15:35

    Hi Caroline, 

    Please I would advice you to be careful in the words you use:

    "She took 8 grms a day and her cancer simple dissapeared much to the amazement of her doctors"

    The lady cancer did not dissappear, please as a professional you should not be here giving false hope to people. 

    From the same article that you are quoting from this is what has been actually said:

     "Over the last 60 months, her myeloma has remained stable with minimal ?uctuation in paraprotein level, her blood counts lie within the normal range and she has maintained good quality of life throughout this period."

    Please be wise in the words you use in this forum.

    Best wishes 

    Giovanna 


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    From CarolineH  
    05 January 2018 at 13:35

    Thank you Keith and Sue for the responses. Yes further research will be interesting. I do know of many people who use it for its anti inflammatory effects if they have pain like arthritis with degrees of success.

    best wishes Caroline


  • From Anonymous
    05 January 2018 at 11:57
    Edited on: 10 January 2018 at 17:48

    If taking curcumin, it's absorbtion is improved by taking black pepper (piperine) with it. Some supplements combine the two. Also, oily foods (e.g. fish oil) help too, as curcumin is fat soluble, not water soluble.

    Turmeric also contains other compounds, which may have anti-cancer properties, amongst others. It would be good to see a study of turmeric or turmeric extract, against curcumin alone.


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    From SusieQ  
    04 January 2018 at 09:44
    Edited on: 16 January 2018 at 11:57

    Hi Caroline,

    Thanks for mentioning this news item - it sounds something to look out for in the future.

    As you rightly say, to get the dose right, she had her curcumin in tablet form. (they cost £50.00 for ten days supply). The lady had blood cancer (myeloma) diagnosed about ten years ago, but conventional treatments were no longer working and she was facing her third relapse.

    The media widely reported the story yesterday - and here's a link to the Mail Online's article on the story. The Times also has an excellent report on the same story - 'Turmeric stopped my blood cancer' (Jan 2 2018). The reporter cites Cancer UK's response:-

    'Martin Ledwick, Cancer Research UK’s head nurse, said: “As the doctors who have reported this case study state, taking curcumin needs further investigation to find out more about its effects and which patients it might help. Concerns have been raised about the safety of some supplements containing turmeric. So, it’s important that any patient seeks advice from their doctor before taking curcumin.”

    Like you, I'll be watching out for further research...it's an encouraging development.

    Warm wishes

    Sue

     

     


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