New curcumin myeloma clinical trial

Well, well, well, how about this bit of news??? Yesterday I wrote a quick Happy Holidays post that I would have published here today (Stefano and I are leaving tomorrow for a three-week holiday in Ireland, with two of our best friends and their young daughter), but then this morning I saw the news about a new clinical trial titled “Curcumin as adjuvant therapy to improve remission in myeloma patients: A pilot randomized clinical trial,” which I just had to share with you. How could I not? Wowsie!

Here is the link to the free, easy-to-read article: 

Check out the Conclusion: “Curcumin has an efficacy in improving overall remission and decreasing NF-kB, VEGF, TNF-a, and IL-6 levels in myeloma patients.”

And so we have more proof…and this proof comes from actual myeloma patients, not from cells grown in a Petri dish. The evidence is piling up!

I wonder when (or if!) our myeloma luminaries and organisations are going to wake up to the fact that curcumin has a real potential to help us myeloma folks at every stage of this cancer. If I could, I would tell them (the above luminaries and organisations) to ignore the profits and benefits (international conferences held in exotic locations, e.g.) they receive from the big pharmaceutical companies and to focus instead on us, their patients, and on our wellbeing. (Hah! Utopia, I know. Not going to happen…)

It’s so frustrating to see no move in that direction. And so we must move on our own, for example by printing out these articles and giving them to our specialists. It’s going to be a slow process, that’s for sure…But I see no other way at present.

We are the only ones who can push for a change…

Well, I’m about to go on a lovely holiday with some of my favorite people in the world, so, to be honest, right now I want to think positive, happy thoughts and not go on a long rant about big Pharma and the obvious (financial) hold it has over the cancer system. So…enough.

And now I have some packing to do, including putting my bottle of curcumin inside my carryon suitcase. Can’t forget my curcumin! 🙂

I hope you all have a lovely August and stay well (wear your masks!). I’ll see you after I get back, at the end of the month…I’m going to try to get some nice shots of the beautiful Irish coastline for the blog. Fingers crossed. Anyway, take care, everyone, and…ciao🙂


  1. I have made the Curcumin paste and now I just take the pills. No drugs for 8 years. Took Curcumin paste during my whole MM journey. Thank you Margaret

    1. Lisa,
      Please explain the curcumin paste you take. How do you make it and how do you take it?
      Do you have smoldering or full blown MM? Thank you.


        1. Hi Patric:
          Hoping you will see this as I’m sending this a year after your post. I’m wondering if you would share this info with me also?

    2. Hi Lisa. I’m interested too in: How do you make it and how do you take it?. Can you share it please.

  2. Have a safe and fabulous (and cool-down) trip. So hot everywhere…sigh. I was fascinated to read that this study did not use C3 curcumin but rather, the BCM-95. Interesting!

  3. thank you Margaret for keeping us informed…and healthy…keep it going, hope you had a great vacation…but return safely…Beatrice

  4. I would love to have the receipe for the cirumin paste too. I have SMM at the moment and only my Kappa Light Chains are out of kilter (about 1100 now but rising steadily) so not being treated yet and I would like to avoid treatment as long as possible because at 69 living alone with multiple chronic conditions that impair my quality of life I am not sure I could cope – so Circumin could be very important to me…. I love that your page is so upbeat and also that you have been diagnosed for so long and cope so well and I’m sure lots of holidays really help!!!! Thank you Margaret – Fiona X

    1. Fiona,

      were you able to find the receipe for the cirumin paste? I am interested as well. Please share if you did receive it. Thank you!

  5. For those of us who live outside the USA, Swanson has stopped offering any discounts on their products unless you live in the USA , including Dr Best Curcumin. I relied on these occasional discounts (coupons) to stock up given how many bottles I go through taking 8g per day. Very disappointing. One bottle of 8g now costs me approx $US 60. Rare to find it cheaper than that. Can anyone suggest another provider that will ship to Australia that is reasonably priced?

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