Gugguls, not giggles…

Okay, so I said that I wouldn’t be experimenting with new stuff for a while. But that was BEFORE I began spring-cleaning the house last week (= one of the household tasks I hate the most!) and found something while checking to see how much curcumin I still have. url-2You see, Stefano and I will be spending a few weeks in April (around Easter) with my parents in Massachusetts, and I buy all my curcumin in the U.S. (even though it’s not as “cheap” as it used to be, mamma mia). So I needed to see how much curcumin I had left…

Anyway, while I was checking and counting, I happened upon two bottles of guggulsterone and decided to go ahead and start taking it. Reason no. 1: the bottles are going to expire at the end of the summer. Reason no. 2: guggulsterone kills myeloma cells and does a lot of other good things (just do a “Search” of my website for “guggulsterone” or scroll down my Pages until you find the one on guggulsterone). Reason no. 3: for some reason I stopped taking guggulsterone during my first experiment back in 2012. I’ve completely forgotten why, but I am POSITIVE that it had nothing to do with the supplement itself. It could have been because of all the illnesses and deaths that have taken place in Stefano’s large extended family in the past couple of years (stressful medical situations, including deaths, involving close members of his family…)…too much to deal with…

Anyway, 2014 has begun on a bit of a brighter note. Therefore, when, last week, I came across these two bottles of guggulsterone, I thought: “ah, why not?”

I’m having my next set of tests in late March…so it won’t be long before we know if the giggling gugguls have killed any myeloma cells… 🙂

And now for a couple of off-topic notes.

1. I have received many queries, mostly private, as to which curcumin brand (and other stuff) I take. I cannot reply to everyone, impossible!, but I will write a post about that within a few days…so stay tuned!

Hmmm, speaking of queries, I have something else to add. Lately I’ve been getting an increasing number of private and “contact form” messages. So I’d like to make a couple of points. a I’m not a professional blogger, which means I don’t get paid to write my posts or do research (I wish I did!). I have a paying job that I enjoy but that takes up a good chunk of my time AND has nothing to do with the blog or curcumin (in brief, it’s connected to my years of teaching English). So it’s not easy for me to reply to everyone, even though I do my best. If I haven’t gotten in touch with you, try sending me a second email (but first read the next paragraph!). b. unfortunately, I cannot (and will not) give advice on treatments of any sort or dosages. My blog details my own personal experiences with curcumin and other naturally-derived substances. But that’s as far as it goes. I’m very VERY sorry, but I hope you will understand that I simply cannot give out any medical advice (I have a doctorate in linguistics, not medicine!)…Perhaps this will explain WHY I don’t always answer those types of queries…Again, sorry!

2. Completely off topic: Stefano and I would really like to spend three days in New York City the week of April 21st (we haven’t been there in YEARS…and in any case we haven’t been there as a couple, yet!), so for the past several days I have been looking at hundreds of bed and breakfasts, airbnb places, tripadvisor,, listings…you name it, I’ve looked at it! I’m confident that I’ll find something, even though our budget is tight.

I have excluded anything that isn’t within easy walking distance of a fast train or bus to Manhattan (no point in spending most of the day commuting!)…and I have now found a few options that look nice and clean and more or less, gulp, affordable for us…Now, I am mentioning this mainly because my hotel-b&b search has been eating up a lot of my time, which means, among other things, that I’m not reading any studies right now, phooeydooey…But I also thought that some kind New York blog readers might have some helpful suggestions, which would be most welcome and perhaps save me some grief…! Thanks in advance. 🙂

Anyway, I will get to the studies soon…and report anything of interest, as usual! Take care, everyone, and…ciao for now! 🙂


  1. I have followed your advice regarding how you take your Curcumin with warm chocolate. It is so much easier than swallowing each capsule one by one. How do you manage doing that when you travel?

  2. I have a place you can stay in (2-bed apt) across from Manhattan (incredible views thereof) right next to the Staten Island Ferry. I teach ESL, have MA in linguistics and would love to chat with you about ESL in Italy as well as curcumin, . Liza

  3. I take Curcumin BCM-95 called CuraPro 750mg tabs – 2 tabs 3xaday (4500mg) From EuroMedica. I previously took it in Liposomal liquid form.
    Do you know if one form is better than the other? I’ve never found a powder form.
    Have fun in NY. Ahhh to be in Tuscany!
    Thank you

  4. was wondering if you have tried physicians natural curcumin with an enteric coating, which is suppose to increase bio-availability. The coating is apparently allows the curcumin tablets to not be dissolved in the stomach rather pass through to the intestines, which may allow absorption directly from the intestines to the liver. I know you’ve used Doctor’s best brand but was hoping you experimented with physicians natural brand.

  5. Hi Margaret, Have been following your blog since my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Unfortunately, it was spread to her bones. I appreciate you writing about your experiences to help others that may want to experiment as well.

    I was also wondering if you have you tried physician natural curcumin, which comes with an enteric coating. It apparently increases bio-availability by allowing the curcumin to pass through the stomach and released in the intestines. I was wondering if you’ve ever experimented with it. Thank you

    Here is the link for the product for quick viewing.

    Your feedback would be appreciated. Thank you.

  6. Janet: I will answer your question in my upcoming curcumin brand post…
    Peggy: I tested the BCM-95 curcumin several years ago…didn’t work at all for me…or for my friend Sherlock. That doesn’t mean it won’t work for others, of course.
    David: I know of the enteric-coated curcumin but have never tested it.
    Alexia: we have found a place to stay in NYC. So we’re all set! 🙂 (I agree, airbnb is great!)
    Thanks, everyone!

  7. I have had SMm for 18 years. It has been difficult for the last 2 years my plasma cells are up I just started taking curcumin and I want to try guggulertone. Would that bring the markers down. I love your mm blog. If u find time I would like to hear from u. Thank u. Elisabeth

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