Sunshine and I visited our naturopath Dr. Healy Wednesday, to deal with several questions raised by the new CC-4047 drug trial that I have started:
At Mayo, Dr. Lacy and I discussed a prescription for generic fosamax to strengthen my bones. I don't actually have that prescription yet - perhaps she's rethinking it. Dr. Healy seemed uncomfortable with the fosamax, partly because of the risk of osteonecrosis, and referred me to a recent article in WebMD explaining the benefits of Vitamin K2 for rebuilding bones AND for scavenging calcium away from places it shouldn't be, such as arteries. A double-good whammy!
The issue is complicated for me because Vitamin K1, the most readily-available form, enhances the ability of the blood to clot. In my case, the CC-4047 drug that I take brings its own modest risk of blood clots, usually seen as a "deep vein thrombosis" (DVT). I don't want to increase that risk by taking the wrong supplement. Most Vitamin K supplements contain a lot of K1 and a little K2, but happily there are a few that are Vitamin K2 only, such as this Carlson brand. Until I get a better handle on this issue I am going to take only a modest amount of K2, in the range of 5 mg, with no K1 except what I get in food.
And I think I should talk to my doctor about getting my INR checked once in a while. INR is a measure of the blood's ability to clot.
Tetrahydro-iso-alpha acids are derived from hops (who knew?) and sold under the brand name Kaprex AI. It is advertised for joint support and for normalizing the immune system. Recently, however, scientists have discovered that THIAA has anti-angiogenic properties - it inhibits the growth of tiny new blood vessels. This is one mechanism by which thalidomide is thought to go after myeloma. Therefore, it is possible that Kaprex AI or an equivalent product might have some of the benefits of thalidomide without its side effects, though I am not aware of any studies to show this. Dr. Healy suggested that an appropriate dosage might be one tablet three times per day.
I am already taking a thalidomide analog, CC-4047, so Dr. Healy and I agreed that it would be quite inappropriate for me to take this as well. But in the future, if my participation in the CC-4047 trial ends, I may want to remember this product.
Side note: The manufacturer of Kaprex AI does warn against use by pregnant women, but the warning is generic and not very emphatic. If it really is anti-angiogenic, Kaprex AI should carry a very strong warning which would include mention of birth defects as a likely consequence of taking Kaprex AI.
Dr. Healy suggested borage oil instead of evening primrose oil, because borage oil contains about two and a half times as much GLA. I seem to recall that a blog reader also made that comment. GLA has several benefits, but in particular it is an anti-inflammatory and may combat myeloma in the same manner as other anti-inflammatory agents. She suggested organic borage oil, but I was unable to find it in organic form. Barleans Organic Oils is one company that sells borage oil, but theirs isn't organic, though they do make it hard to figure that out. Isn't that false advertising? I think so. Anyway I ended up ordering it from LEF because they have a special going. If you have a source for organic borage oil, please comment.
Recent lunch - Homemade pizza: Gluten-free brown rice pizza crust, chunks of free-range bison, organic parsnips, fresh pineapple, homemade organic pizza sauce, parmesan cheese.
Recent dinner: Turkey curry (organic turkey, organic peas, coconut milk, more), clementine, organic medjool date, cantaloupe.