Dr. Al Danenberg ● Nutritional Periodontist
September 24, 2018
Up until several months ago, I had no symptoms other than some muscle soreness around my shoulders and chest area from what I thought was a result of over-exercising. Since the muscle soreness continued, I went to my medical doctor whom I’ve seen for over 25 years to check me out on 8/23/18. He ordered some blood tests, which were basically normal except for my CRP. The CRP was elevated, revealing systemic inflammation.
My MD then ordered an MRI of my chest and pelvis area. Next, he ordered a CT scan. An oncologist was brought into the fray. He ordered more blood tests, a PET Scan, and a soft tissue biopsy near my spine. Over the course of these weeks after I saw my MD, my muscle soreness transformed into severe sternum and rib pain.
Following this battery of tests, it turned out that I had 2 cracked ribs, a compression fracture of one vertebra, a cracked pelvis, and innumerable lytic lesions throughout my spine. Along with the blood work and biopsy results, my oncologist confirmed a diagnosis on 9/19/18. I had moderate-to-advanced IgA Kappa Light Chain Multiple Myeloma. This is an aggressive form of bone marrow cancer.
I was stunned. I thought I was one of the healthiest 71-year-olds walking this earth.
My Frame of Mind
I’ve taken a hit I never saw coming. It has disrupted all my life’s future goals. But, I am moving forward. I want to heal myself.
However, I am at peace with my condition if I cannot heal myself. I accept my transition from my physical body to my spiritual being. I believe we come to this earth many times to learn many lessons as we all progress to the same place eventually. My priorities are to provide for my wife and to make my transition as beautiful for her as it will be for me.
What To Do
Conventional medicine does not offer a cure for this aggressive bone marrow cancer. Based on specific lab tests and my physical discomfort, my oncologist suggested that I had 3-6 months to live “if I did nothing”. “Doing nothing” is not part of my vocabulary.
The way forward for me, in my opinion, is to have a Plan. As it goes with most things in life, the answer to solve a problem is usually not a quick fix. Certainly, this is the case with health issues.
Many people suffering from a disease may want to take the most popular supplement, or detox with the newest shake, or purchase the quirkiest new-fangled gadget to make them healthy. These methods rarely will suffice. Other people may want only to take conventional medicines, which rarely provide results without exposing the body to significant and serious side effects. I believe there must be an integrative approach of modalities to produce the most successful and healthiest plan. Healthy people are healthy because they follow a comprehensive and personalized plan.
A healthy plan is based on unbiased evidence of efficacy. The plan must include what to put into your body, what to do physically and emotionally to your body, and what to avoid and remove from your body.
You may have read my article, My Mortality. I have been on a path that included a healthy plan since I was 66 years old. My original plan included nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory foods; efficient exercise; stress reduction; and restorative sleep. Now, I am enhancing that plan to go further and deeper to heal my body more intensely.
My New Plan
While everyone’s personal situation is different, I am attacking my disease in a specific way that may not be appropriate for you. In fact, this is another one of my studies where N=1, in which I am the only subject.
My results will not represent a scientifically proven cure for anything. My personal plan will be a means to integrate my oncologist’s conventional intervention with my natural path to support my body’s innate healing potential. I believe that selecting the most advantageous methods from both paradigms will provide the best results for me.
Starting immediately, I will incorporate (1) immune-supporting supplements and treatments and (2) my oncologist’s targeted therapy. Certainly, I will continue with my original healthy eating program and my composition of a plate of food. Below is a summary of the additional components I will include in my new plan. They are not carved in stone. I will make adjustments and consider other options as necessary.
Immune-supporting supplements and treatments:
(in alphabetical order)
- Andrographis Complex (MediHerb) – 3/day
- Catalyn GF (Standard Process) – 6/day
- CBD powder capsules – 2/day (Here is a review of cannabinoids and multiple myeloma.)
- Fermented Cod Liver Oil/Concentrated Butter Oil (Green Pasture) – 1 tsp/day (Here is a review of Vitamin D and multiple myeloma.)
- MegaMucosa (Microbiome Labs) – 1 scoop/day
- MegaPrebiotic (Microbiome Labs) – 1 scoop/day
- Megaquinone K2-7 (Microbiome Labs) – 4/day (Here is a review of Vitamin K2 and multiple myeloma.)
- Megasporebiotic (Microbiome Labs) – 4/day
- Neurotrophin PMG (Standard Process) – 3/day
- Ostrophin PMG (Standard Process) – 6/day
- PEMF therapy using QRS PureWave Full Body Mat: 4 sessions/day for 16 minutes per session set at Basis-4. (Here is a review of PEMF Therapy in oncology.)
- Turmeric Forte (MediHerb) – 4/day (Here is a review of curcumin and multiple myeloma.)
Conventional targeted therapy:
- Advil 400mg as needed for pain
- Site-specific radiation treatment as necessary for severe bone pain
- Specific monthly blood tests to evaluate my progress
The next few weeks and months will provide time for my plan to do its job. My oncologist has scheduled monthly appointments for new lab tests and re-evaluation of my status. I will continue to write about my results as I help my body return to its healthy state. Then, watch out!
I will become more vociferous and fanatical about the importance of creating the most powerful immune system you can create for yourself. The earliest changes from healthy cells to diseased cells could begin a decade or more before the actual disease manifests signs and symptoms. Don’t wait until you have a problem.
Be proactive and have a healthy plan for your nutrition and lifestyle. Get on it NOW!