If there’s one thing I’ve learned throughout my career, it’s that inflammation is one of the most significant causes of literally hundreds of diseases. And that’s why when a patient comes to see me, I always start by testing their immune systems, which is where inflammation begins.
I’ve always run these tests to get a better picture of my patients’ overall health. But along the way, I’ve discovered something remarkable. A common immune system test can produce an early warning signal that you may be about to develop multiple myeloma, a dangerous type of bone cancer.
But here’s the good news – once you learn you’re at risk, you can use my powerful, four-ingredient herbal cocktail to help prevent the cancer from ever taking hold.
Antibodies hold a cancer secret
Before I tell you about the test I’m using – and how it may help predict multiple myeloma – it’s important to understand how your immune system works.
Your immune system kicks into action whenever a harmful substance (known as an antigen) enters your body. Some common antigens are viruses, parasites and bacteria.
Plasma cells, lymphocytes in your bone marrow, start producing proteins called antibodies or immunoglobulins in response to the antigen. These immunoglobulins are like the first responders at an accident. They neutralise the invading antigen, attach themselves to it to identify what the antigen is, and trigger your immune system to take additional steps.
Every antigen has a specific corresponding antibody or immunoglobulin. And each of those immunoglobins falls into four basic types…
Immunoglobin M (IgM) is the first to respond to illness.
Immunoglobin G (IgG) is the main antibody of the immune proteins.
Immunoglobin A (IgA) is the immune protein that covers the mucous membrane linings including the digestive tract, sinuses and breathing passages.
Immunoglobin E (IgE) is the main responder in allergic reactions.
The immunofixation (or immunoglobin) assay blood test measures the levels of the individual components in these antibody proteins, making it a great place to start when evaluating a person’s health and immune system response.
Because I run the immunofixation test on most of my patients, I tend to spot some abnormalities that other doctors often don’t. One of those abnormalities is when a plasma cell produces one immunoglobulin out of proportion to the others, a condition known as monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance, or MGUS for short.
Up to 25% of MGUS sufferers develop cancer
MGUS isn’t common, but it’s not rare either. It occurs in around 1 per cent of the general population, and increases to 3 per cent in people over the age of 70. MGUS doesn’t cause any symptoms, so unless you were tested you’d never know you had it.
But in 20-25 per cent of people with MGUS, the plasma cell protein continues growing until it begins to interfere with the production of other cells in the bone marrow. This is called multiple myeloma, and it’s one of the most insidious and dangerous of all cancers.
Many doctors – haematologists and oncologists included – will tell a patient with MGUS not to worry about the finding and to simply ‘watch and wait’. Well, I don’t know about you, but sitting around waiting for an accident to potentially happen just isn’t my style.
I’m more of an action kind of guy, which is why I began researching ways to slow down or halt the development of multiple myeloma. And as a result, I’ve developed a natural, four-ingredient protocol designed to react to MGUS and help mount a defence against the development of this deadly cancer.
Herbal ingredient #1:
Berberine is a powerful multi-tasking herb that can help control blood sugar, fight off bacteria and, it appears, help fight off cancer. In fact, there are literally hundreds of scientific articles in the literature documenting the effects of Berberine on malignant cells.
This remarkable compound interferes with the signalling mechanisms of cancer cells, triggering the cells to essentially commit suicide in a process known as apoptosis. In one in-vitro study using myeloma cells, Berberine was found to hasten cell death by actually changing the DNA of the cancer cell, causing an important form of metabolism in the cells to slow down.
Berberine supplements are available online and in health-food stores.
Herbal ingredient #2:
Proteolytic enzymes such as bromelain which comes from pineapple, and enzymes derived from papaya and the mould Aspergillus (as well as the pancreatic enzymes trypsin, chymotrypsin and papain) are proven cancer fighters with a growing stack of research behind them. In fact there’s so much evidence for their use in preventing and treating cancer that an entire issue of the journal Integrative Cancer Therapies was devoted to the topic.
However, research has shown that one enzyme preparation in particular, Wobe-Mugos which combines the proteolytic enzymes papain (100mg), trypsin (40mg), and chymotrypsin (40mg), could help increase survival times, slow the spread of cancer and lead to fewer cancer symptoms overall.
The supplement has also been shown to have a positive effect on patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation. In one randomised study multiple myeloma patients who received Wobe-Mugos with their chemotherapy treatments lived almost twice as long as the group on chemotherapy alone.
The evidence behind Wobe-Mugos is so impressive that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) actually began the process of licensing the supplement as an orphan drug for treating multiple myeloma. But licensing negotiations with the German manufacturer broke down (with, I suspect, some heavy pressure from the drug industry), and the planned study… and the FDA’s endorsement… were soon squashed.
But the fact remains that enzyme therapies are highly effective and they have become a standard treatment in my own practice for MGUS and multiple myeloma. If you find it difficult to find Wobe-Mugos, talk with your doctor about other proteolytic enzyme preparations that would make a good substitute.
Herbal ingredient #3:
There are literally thousands of published studies on using curcumin – extracted from the – to prevent and treat cancer. In one randomised, double-blind, crossover study published in the American Journal of Hematology, researchers gave MGUS patients, or patients with a related condition called SMM (smouldering multiple myeloma), either 4gm of curcumin or a placebo for four months.
Some patients were then studied for longer, using 8gm of curcumin.
There were significantly fewer cases of the condition turning into multiple myeloma in those who received the curcumin, as well as an improvement in other factors like bone resorption and kidney function. The authors concluded that “… curcumin might have the potential to slow the disease process in patients with MGUS and SMM.”
You can pick up curcumin supplements just about anywhere.
Herbal ingredient #4:
Baicalin, an extract of Scuttelaria (skullcap), is a flavonoid, and comes from the large group of plant-derived chemicals called polyphenols. Research shows that the herbal extract can interfere with cancer cell growth.
Baicalin seems particularly effective at targeting blood-based malignancies such as multiple myeloma. A recent review of baicalin’s effects on myeloma cells highlighted the herbal extract’s ability to slow the growth of myeloma cells and hasten their death. Baicalin powders are available online and in some health-food stores.
Put the brakes on cancer
While more clinical research is needed, there’s already plenty of evidence that the four safe, natural ingredients in my ‘MGUS Cocktail’ could put the brakes on this condition, helping to prevent it from ever turning into a full-blown case of multiple myeloma.
If you’ve been diagnosed with MGUS, or if you’re already fighting cancer and want to enhance your treatment, talk with your own doctor about how these herbal interventions might be able to help.
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Vol. 9, Issue 11, November 2015