IL-17 and medical day: stability!

Well, the answer to yesterday’s question is as follows: yes, we can. Curcumin inhibits IL-17. Figures, huh? There are three (possibly more) studies that mention the IL-17-inhibiting role of curcumin. The abstracts can be viewed here: (a 2003 study), (a 2005 study). Thanks to Sherlock, I read the full study of the third abstract, a 2004 study published in “Cellular Signaling” and titled, get this: “Interleukin-17 signal transduction pathways implicated in inducing matrix metalloproteinase-3, -13 and aggrecanase-1 genes in articular chondrocytes” (see abstract:

All these studies tell us that curcumin inhibits IL-17. Simple as that.

Haematologist appointment. Stefano and I went to see my haematologist at noon today. I asked her outright to classify me. She said that I am definitely not MGUS, no way. My IgGs are too high, and let’s not forget the 40% bone marrow biopsy result (from last year). So it’s official: I’m "smouldering," which means, among other things: "to exist in a state of suppressed activity." Heh. She examined my tests more in detail and pronounced me stable. Stable as a rock. So, all good news.

I asked her what the half-life of a myeloma cell is. She replied that it depends on a variety of factors, such as the type of myeloma and its proliferation rate. It can be calculated using cells from a BMB. She told me that a myeloma cell can live up to several months. MONTHS? Drat, now I am almost sorry I asked!

She confirmed that I am taking the correct amount of vitamin D. She also told me NOT to stop taking curcumin when I get a cold or an infection of any sort. Even though it inhibits NF-kB, she said that stopping cold turkey (odd expression, that one, when you think of it) is not a good thing. Good to know.

Let’s see. I am going down my list of questions and scribbles right now, not necessarily in order of importance. Oh, speaking of importance, this is exciting: I gave her the myeloma stem cell study (she had read the abstract, not the full study) and the DMAPT study, and she is going to find out about the DMAPT trial that should be starting soon in the UK to see if I qualify for it. She is going to contact the researchers that she knows personally. I am at a loss for words. Can’t wait to hear back from her. Gulp!

She is going to push the lab technicians to get more details on my “old” bone marrow samples, which would be fantastic. And, last but not least, she is going to try to attend the upcoming presentation in Calenzano, where I will be giving a brief speech. She is leaving for a conference in Turkey that evening, so it’s iffy. Even if she isn’t able to make it, however, she is sending five people from her lab to the presentation. Five? Fabulous.

Last but not least. For the first time, she wrote that I am stable "perhaps" due to curcumin. And that I should continue with the same treatment. (When my GP read those two sentences this afternoon, he got very excited.)

As we stood up to leave at the end of the visit, she asked me to explain why there are cases of myeloma in India, if curcumin is so effective. I answered that there are only a handful of cases compared to the Western world, and besides, I managed to add with a straight face, those folks undoubtedly didn’t use turmeric in their diet. My husband let out a snort, and she gave me a big smile and shooed us out of her office.  Hehe. I love my haematologist. Good sense of humour.

Yes, today was a good day.


  1. Margaret,

    Great news! I am very happy for you! I, too, never knew what a lovely word “stable” is, until MM came into my life…that is what I aim for these days! I am about ready to give curcumin another try, too.

    Your good day is now my good day!

    Lisa M.

  2. What a great day you had today. How happy I am for you. I believe that you are winning over the haematologist. She certainly sees she can’t quarrel with success. And it is wonderful that she is taking the initiative to try to get you into the DMAPT trial. But even if that doesn’t fly, I wouldn’t dismiss the possibility of Steve Martin’s approach with PTL and DMSO in the armpit. Maybe even mix PTL and C together with the DMSO! Better than doing nothing about those stem cells, I say.

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