"There’s no alternative explanation other than we’re seeing a response to curcumin"

Back in July of 2017, many  British newspapers including the Daily Mail, Metro and The Sun carried the story of 67 year old North London woman Dieneke Ferguson who was suffering from the blood cancer Myeloma. There are three types of blood cancer which include Myeloma, Leukemia, and Lymphoma. Myeloma is the rarest form and starts inside the bone marrow. Symptoms include pain in the bones, weight loss, fatigue, infections, lack of appetite, nausea, thirst, brain fog, high blood pressure and sometime numbness or weakness in the legs.

10 years previously in 2007, she had initially complained of high blood pressure but the doctors soon discovered that she had the deadly disease and within 15 months of diagnosis the cancer had progressed to stage three. By the end of 2009 Dieneke had undergone 7 different treatments including 3 rounds of chemotherapy as well as 4 lots of stem cell treatments all of which failed.

In 2011, after hearing about Curcumin, she decided to take matters in to her own hands and went to the kitchen cupboard for the answer. The Sun newspaper reported that she took 8 grams of turmeric each night on an empty stomach and her blood cancer soon stabilised. Turmeric contains low levels of the active ingredient Curcumin which has been cited in may scientific and medical journals for its anti cancer properties.

Recovery was so extraordinary that it recently made the pages of the eminent British Medical Journal

I have been on all sorts of toxic drugs and the side-effects were terrifying,’ she said  ‘At one point I lost my memory for three days, and in 2008 two of the vertebrae in my spine collapsed so I couldn’t walk. They injected some kind of concrete into my spine to keep it stable.

Dieneke Ferguson

The Daily Mail article stated that "The treatment? Curcumin, which is a key component of the spice turmeric. Dieneke’s recovery was so extraordinary that it recently made the pages of the eminent British Medical Journal as a one-off case report of how a natural ingredient was somehow keeping cancer at bay."

Also in the article, a professor of blood diseases, Jamie Cavenagh, at London’s Barts said the following:

"When you review her chart, there’s no alternative explanation (for her recovery) other than we’re seeing a response to curcumin".

Julie Ryan, a cancer specialist at the University of Rochester Medical Center, New York said the following:

"there is good evidence ‘the biological activity’ of curcumin is ‘real’."

Angus Dalgleish, professor of cancer at St George’s Hospital in South London. Dalgleish has used Curcumin with his own patients and has stated that:

"Curcumin is a strong anti-inflammatory agent and chronic inflammation is the precursor of 99 per cent of all cancers".

As of writing this article and over the last  five years Dieneke Ferguson's cancer has remained stable. Her blood counts are also  within the normal range and she now takes a Curcumin supplement as Turmeric only provides 2% Curcumin.