After years of conventional treatments—including chemotherapy—had failed in treating her condition, Dieneke Ferguson turned to a natural treatment for her ailment.
Doctors expressed that “her case is the first recorded instance in which a patient has recovered by using the spice after stopping conventional medical treatments.”
After 3 sessions of chemotherapy failed (along with four stem cell transplants), Mrs. Ferguson’s myeloma cancer continued to spread at a quick pace.
She then began to take 8g of curcumin daily—a substance found in turmeric spice—and the compound had quick and dramatic results.
Turmeric is an ancient Asian medicine that has long been used to treat maladies, and since few scientific studies have been conducted so far, this makes Dieneke’s story extremely important to researchers.
The Daily Mail reports:
“The cancer, which has an average survival of just over five years, was causing increasing back pain and she had already had a second relapse.
“But it stabilised after Mrs Ferguson, from north London, came across the remedy on the internet in 2011 and decided to try it as a last resort.
“The tablets are expensive – £50 for ten days – but as kitchen turmeric contains just 2 per cent curcumin it would be impossible to eat enough to get the same dose.”
Mrs. Ferguson’s doctors from Barts Health NHS Trust in London, documented 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.”
Studies on how effective turmeric spice is for treating myeloma cancer are still ongoing as one expert, Dr Abbas Zaidi explains, “few, if any, use dietary supplementation as an alternative to standard antimyeloma therapy.”
While other researchers added, “In the absence of further antimyeloma treatment the patient plateaued and has remained stable for the past five years with good quality of life.”
However, some experts are urging the public to use restraint and not become too excited over the news.
Professor Jamie Cavenagh, one of the report’s authors, emphasized that the spice might not work for everyone:
“A lot of my patients take curcumin at different stages of their treatment. I don’t object to it.
“Dieneke’s is the best response I have observed and it is clear-cut because we had stopped all other treatment.”
Mrs. Furguson is one of around 5,500 people to be affected by myeloma every year. The disease is said to kill around 3,000 annually.
As for Dieneke, she says she’s “frustrated” that doctors are unlikely going to be prescribing the spice to other patients any time soon.
“I hope my story will lead to more people finding out about the amazing health benefits of curcumin,” she said.