The Impact of Stress Hormones On Multiple Myeloma

Thanks to my fantastic friend Sherlock 😉 , I received a (complete) copy of the recently-published MD Anderson study on the bioavailability of curcumin, the one I mentioned yesterday in my EF24 post. I have been working on it off and on today but still have some figuring out to do. I should be able to post part of my interpretation tomorrow.

In the meantime, I would like to mention that Beth’s Myeloma Blog and Laughing Plasma Cells have reports on a new study on stress hormones and their effects (not good ones, as was to be expected…) on multiple myeloma. You can go to their blogs (see links on the right-hand side of your monitor) and also to this link, which will take you straight to the Science Daily story: I would like to highlight this paragraph: “In this latest study, the researchers looked at a different type of cancer €” multiple myeloma. One of several types of cancers of the blood, multiple myeloma strikes nearly 20,000 Americans each year, killing at least half that many annually. Patients diagnosed with this disease normally survive only three to four years with conventional treatments.” Well, thinking about those three to four years will certainly help lower our stress hormone levels…

All joshing aside, this study does give us even more of an incentive to get rid of the stress in our lives and laugh ourselves silly at least twice a day…if possible, of course. Interesting read. And it reminded me that I really must put together a post on how stress affects our IL-6 levels. Wait, it’s dinnertime ALREADY?!!! How did THAT happen??? Stress, stress, stress! Gasp! 😉 Okay, off I go, silly me, see y’all tomorrow!

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  1. So stress (hormones) can influence the progress of cancer? Didn’t we all know that in our heart of hearts? It’s great news that it can now be scientifcally proved.

    I want to tell people about my long-lived Inlaws. My father in law died this year – aged 95. My mother in law is 91 and in rude health. (one day this week whilst I had turned up the central heating, and was cuddled up to a hot water bottle, she rang me and said she had been out ‘raking the leaves off the lawn.) I have often wondered about their long, healthy lives and how they managed to avoid disease.
    Was it ‘genetics’? No, they weren’t genetically related, and their parents had died relatively young.
    Was it diet? No, I dont think so. They were very much the meat and two veg types with a sugary pudding for dessert. Until a few years ago they even had a chip pan (horror of horrors) and would re-use the fat numerous times.
    Was it exercise? No, I dont think so. They got around quite a bit without a car, but they didnt do ‘aerobics’ or ‘brisk walking.’
    So what was it? I believe it was their ATTITUDE to life and their ability NOT to become stressed. True, they did not encounter a lot of stress in their daily life but when they did, they took it in their stride. They had a regular as clockwork routine to each day. Nothing phased them, and they took great pleasure in the simplest, most mundane daily tasks. They laughed a lot (in fact I often didnt see the jokes!) and saw humour in most things. Oh, and they avoided medical intervention whenever possible.
    This is my ‘scientific proof’ that stress-proofing ourselves is the key to living longer.

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