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    Dineke Ferguson, 67, who had been battling blood cancer for five years has stated that she has seen an extraordanry recovery by taking a natural treatment based on a kicthen staple. After undergoing three rounds of chemotheraphy and stem cell transplants she turnted to curcumin, which is an indredient of the spice turmeric. Her recovery has been so incredible it has been featured in the British Mudical Journal.

    Although curcumin features in kitchen turmeric, it only makes up around 2%, so Dieneke takes the ingredient in tablet form so she can get 8g a day. She took the tablet for five years and now her cell count is negligible.

    Yay for Dineke!

    You can read more on the story here.

    What do you make of this? Do you think more funding should be given to investigate the effects of curcumin? Should alternative treatments be explored?
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    I love these "Plant remedy cured me of cancer, but only after also undergoing courses of chemo- and radiotherapy and surgery!" claims.

    I have one of my own. "Binge drinking in the run up to my finals enabled me to get a 2:1. (Yeah, don't ask about the previous three years of lectures and hard work. Not relevant)"

    *SMH*
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    (Original post by QE2)
    I love these "Plant remedy cured me of cancer, but only after also undergoing courses of chemo- and radiotherapy and surgery!" claims.

    I have one of my own. "Binge drinking in the run up to my finals enabled me to get a 2:1. (Yeah, don't ask about the previous three years of lectures and hard work. Not relevant)"

    *SMH*
    I prefer the 'Shocking cure for cancer! - Doctors hats this guy' adverts
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    I believe curcumin has been touted as a potential treatment for a while, I don't know if anyone is still actively investigating it though...

    Ed: Last paper I can find having made a VERY brief search was 2013 and that's a lit review
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    Turmeric man. I thought that turmeric being a natural remedy was common knowledge anyway
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    (Original post by Danny Dorito)
    What do you make of this?
    It’s a potent natural antioxidant/anti-inflammatory that I plugged in my own biomed publication. Entirely plausible that it could aid the body in dealing with a variety of diseases involving oxidative stress/inflammation (including cancer)

    Do you think more funding should be given to investigate the effects of curcumin?
    Unquestionably, and if/when we arrive at a place where Public Health England and the NHS are actually inclined/permitted to do their ****ing jobs, we could actually see this happen

    Should alternative treatments be explored?
    Yes, but there is currently a fairly concerted campaign being fought to shut down alternative/natural therapies/remedies (some, understandably, others not so much)

    (Original post by QE2)
    "Plant remedy cured me of cancer, but only after also undergoing courses of chemo- and radiotherapy and surgery!"
    "‘Dieneke’s is the best response I have observed and it is clear-cut because we had stopped all other treatment. I have not seen such a convincing response before’" (Professor Jamie Cavenagh, UK Myeloma Forum Chariman)

    (Original post by AmeliaLost)
    Last paper I can find having made a VERY brief search was 2013 and that's a lit review
    Journo hits the nail on the head: "[another] professor of cancer [said] .. lack of funding for research had prevented more from benefitting" + "cannot be prescribed without large-scale trials, which would cost millions for little financial return"

    This is a recurring theme in integrative medicine. Plenty of money, and sweeteners, for/from money-spinning industries (e.g. nuclear, wireless communications, intensive industry/agriculture, energy, big pharma) causing all manner of complex, deeply damaging health problems (e.g. geno/neuro/immuno-toxic ionising and non-ionising radiation, heavy metals, pesticides, EMFs, and 'medicinal' chemicals) but very little for nature's natural remedies and elixirs. It's an increasingly sick world we live in, both literally and figuratively :rolleyes:
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    I automatically read that as "woman, 6'7". Ive been on this site too long.
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    (Original post by SGHD26716)
    Turmeric man. I thought that turmeric being a natural remedy was common knowledge anyway
    It may be common knowledge for us, but it'll take the rest of the world 2,000,000 years to realise this.. once something has been researched and documented by prestigious research companies or universities, internet goes mad and things go viral like the coconut oil 'trend' which I've known for god knows how long
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    (Original post by Foo.mp3)
    "‘Dieneke’s is the best response I have observed and it is clear-cut because we had stopped all other treatment. I have not seen such a convincing response before’" (Professor Jamie Cavenagh, UK Myeloma Forum Chariman)
    "It is clear cut because we had stopped all other treatment". So Jamie is sure that the earlier rounds of chemo and stem-cell treatment had no influence on the later recovery, and that it could not have been spontaneous remission. I look forward to reading about how he arrived at that conclusion! Correlation does not necessarily imply causation. How many other patients were involved in this trial?
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    (Original post by Lovinlife2)
    It may be common knowledge for us, but it'll take the rest of the world 2,000,000 years to realise this.. once something has been researched and documented by prestigious research companies or universities, internet goes mad and things go viral like the coconut oil 'trend' which I've known for god knows how long
    Yes, it is fairly well known that turmeric appears to have some effect against certain conditions under certain circumstances, but that is very different to claiming that "It cured my cancer when conventional methods could not".

    Coconut oil is not as healthy as all the Facebook posts make out - it contains considerably more saturated fat than butter, beef dripping or lard. If you use coconut oil in your diet you should replace it with genuinely healthy oils like sunflower, olive or peanut.
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    (Original post by QE2)
    So Jamie is sure that the earlier rounds of chemo and stem-cell treatment had no influence on the later recovery
    In his expert opinion, he feels it's clear cut. In the BMJ article itself, the authors note "her M-protein had risen to 24 g/L and the patient was too neutropenic to be considered for a clinical trial" vs. "paraprotein levels gradually declined to a nadir of 13 g/L, her blood counts steadily improved and there was no evidence of further progressive lytic bone disease". Not exactly open and shut, but a very encouraging outcome

    it could not have been spontaneous remission
    Extremely improbable at that stage of myeloma

    Correlation does not necessarily imply causation
    Usually implies it, albeit that one does need to seek to demonstrate causation more clearly, with replicated, ideally blinded and randomised, control trial studies complemented with experimental physiology to better elucidate the involved mechanism(s). Unfortunately, as indicated, there simply isn't the economic incentive for these: far from it, it pays for big pharma to do all it can to sit on such findings and continue to sell largely toxic (chemical poisons and radiation based) 'treatments' instead, and large portions of the scientific/medical establishment are somewhat in their pockets, sadly

    How many other patients were involved in this trial?
    It's a case report (like a case study)
 
 
 
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