WOW! How amazing is THIS? Talk about making history with turmeric!
Here’s a woman who for at least 5 years battled cancer unsuccessfully, but now because of her treatment with turmeric, she has turned her life around. Doctors say her case is the FIRST recorded of it’s kind, where a patient has recovered using this miracle spice.
You see, Dieneke Ferguson was diagnosed with myeloma in 2007 and at that time she seemed to have little hope for recovery. That’s when she began taking a main compound found in turmeric – curcumin.
After at least 3 rounds of chemotherapy and 4 stem cell transplants, her myeloma was spreading. Ferguson was experiencing increased back pain and had already had a second relapse of cancer.
That was when Ferguson began her research on the web. Her findings were her last resort.
The 67-year-old began taking 8g of curcumin a day – one of the main compounds in turmeric.
Her doctors, from Barts Health NHS Trust in London, wrote in the British Medical Journal Case Reports:
‘To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report in which curcumin has demonstrated an objective response in progressive disease in the absence of conventional treatment.’
Some myeloma patients took dietary supplements alongside conventional treatment but ‘few, if any, used dietary supplementation as an alternative to standard antimyeloma therapy’.
Dr Zaidi added: “…curcumin,the active constituent of turmeric, has gained popularity as a complementary therapy in several cancers.”
“Here, we present a case of a heavily pretreated relapsing myeloma patient who, in the absence of further treatment options at the time, started daily curcumin and has since remained stable for the past five years.”
Dieneke continues to take curcumin without further anti-myeloma treatment and her cancer cell count is now negligible.
Turmeric is a yellow spice widely used in Eastern countries for flavoring. It is ground from the dried root of an Asian plant called Curcuma longa. It’s been used in Eastern medicine for centuries.
Turmeric’s active ingredient is Curcumin. Curcumin has a significant antitoxidant, anti-inflamatory and antiseptic properties. Some studies have shown curcumin to be not only a very effective painkiller but it has also been known to reduce the risks of lung disease, Alzheimer’s, heart disease and depression.
Curcumin is not widely prescribed because it has never been tested in large-scale trials.
These doctors wrote the ‘biological activity of curcumin is indeed remarkable’, including its ‘anti-proliferative effects in a wide variety of tumour cells’. However, it may not work for all patients.
In this case, one doctor wrote,
‘Dieneke’s is the best response I have observed and it is clear-cut because we had stopped all other treatment.’
Mrs. Ferguson runs Hidden Art, a not-for-profit business helping artists market their work and wants more research carried out.
Ferguson said: ‘I hope my story will lead to more people finding out about the amazing health benefits of curcumin.’
Myeloma affects some 5,500 people in the UK every year, killing nearly 3,000.
Looks like turmeric may be the wave of the future for some patients with cancer looking for a natural alternative to chemotherapy treatment.
Resources: Daily Mail, Mirror