How Did I Contract Multiple Myeloma?

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist
November 12, 2018 [printfriendly]



Multiple Myeloma


I have asked myself, “How did I contract multiple myeloma?” This is a rare disease. For 2018, the American Cancer Society estimates about 30,770 new cases of multiple myeloma will be diagnosed in the United States.

My oncologist tells me that there is no known cause of multiple myeloma. However, he is convinced that my current Paleo nutrition and lifestyle kept me healthy for as long as it could. While most peer-reviewed medical papers state there is no known cause, there is some research suggesting that ionizing radiation may cause plasma cells to become malignant. Interestingly, one research paper showed that 50-79-year-old male dentists had a higher risk for multiple myeloma compared to the general population.

There is additional research that suggests that cancer is a mitochondrial metabolic disease and not a genetic disease. Diet, lifestyle, and toxic exposure can damage mitochondrial function, which increases metabolic disease. Understanding this concept, I have embarked on a Health Plan to repair and rebuild my mitochondria and my immune system naturally – not through chemotherapy.


Contributing Factors

I am facing my mortality, but I am not succumbing to conventional statistics. At this time, I am leading my life as if I am going to solve my challenge. However, I have racked my brain to figure out what may have occurred in my life to affect malignant changes in my plasma cells.

I cannot prove what caused multiple myeloma to manifest in my body. Initial damage to my plasma cells could go back decades before the emergence of clinical signs and symptoms of this bone marrow cancer. But, I have some ideas. Insults to my body, which have been cumulative over time, may have initiated and advanced this disease.

  • My dental training and specialty training lasted 6 continuous years in the early 1970s. As a dental student working in the open clinics for these years, I could have been exposed to the ionizing radiation produced by dental x-ray machines. I do not know how well I personally was protected from dental radiation in the clinics. This is ionizing radiation. It is very possible I had excessive and continuous low-grade exposure during the course of my 6 years of professional training.
  • In addition, as a dental student we learned to repair dental decay with amalgam fillings. Amalgam fillings are made with elemental mercury. As students, we played with mercury in our hands. Excess elemental mercury was thrown on the floor! Mercury vapor was all around us 24/7 in the dental school. I had no idea of the potential toxic effects from mercury exposure way back then. I certainly was exposed to excessive elemental mercury during my years as a dental student.
  • And then, toxic elements in my environment could have compounded my toxic load to my plasma cells.


The Development of Multiple Myeloma

Medical doctors have known that multiple myeloma begins with one unhealthy plasma cell in the bone marrow. This unhealthy cell is able to multiply rapidly because it will not mature and die naturally. This malignant cell produces more malignant cells that eventually overwhelm the production of other healthy marrow cells. Specifically, malignant plasma cells crowd out healthy white and red blood cells. This can lead to fatigue, anemia, internal bleeding, decrease in the ability of the immune system to fight infections, and increase in bone destruction.

Multiple myeloma cells produce abnormal antibodies that the body cannot use. In time, these abnormal and nonfunctional antibodies accumulate in the body replacing healthy antibody production. Ultimately, the body succumbs.


A Mitochondrial Metabolic Disease

If multiple myeloma is a mitochondrial metabolic disease, then improving mitochondrial function and therapeutically changing what can damage these mitochondria could be important and effective methods of treatment. My alternative treatment plan is based on these methods. Time will tell if my active treatment plan is able to take this potentially debilitating and deadly disease and place it into remission or not.

As I have promised, I will update my progress and experiences regularly.


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  1. Everything you are saying is basically what Anthony William “medical medium” is saying. All the toxins we are exposed to ie: radiation, heavy metals etc. are damaging our bodies. He has some wonderful protocols to help our bodies heal.

    • I was going to say something about this too, however, he specifically mentions EBV being the root of most issues. I’m implementing a lot of his raw vegan protocol into my life too and I’m already feeling so much better! I’ve been paleo for a while and was getting sicker.

  2. My brother in law has MM. He is a former airline pilot. He sees a Dr specializing in MM in Charlotte,NC I know what you are going through and you and your family are in my prayers.

  3. Dr. D. The way you are approaching this challenge in your life is truly inspiring. If anyone can beat this, you are the man to do it. Hang in there and heal! Much love from one of the many patients whose lives you have touched. Steve M.

  4. Best of luck Dr Danenberg! You are in my prayers for full remission. It’s unfathomable how much crap our bodies are exposed to in a lifetime, but your logic seems right on track.

  5. Some connection has been found between EMF pollution & myeloma – Most people are exposed to EMFs through wireless networks, cell phone usage, living close to cell towers or antennas. Take a look at your environment.

    As far as mercury poisoning, have you done any chelation treatment? Dr. Andrew Hall Cutler has devised one of the best protocols to detox mercury, basically take alpha lipoic acid on the half-life at 4 hours. If you are interested, please look into the protocol.

  6. My blessings to you!
    Thank you for all the good you’re doing in this world.

  7. Continued healing thoughts and prayers sent your way. May your pursuit for information and your body’s immune system keep helping to heal you.

  8. Hi Al did you try DDW?
    Best regards a keep fighting!

  9. Thats a powerful story – dr Danenberg. Really hope you find your way back to full health. Subbed ! II still have amalgam fillings from the seventies – id really like to know what the correct procedure is for getting rid of them. Like Kresser said – if you dont get to root causes and the evironmental toxines are easily overlooked it is an uphill struggle. Greetings from the Netherlands

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