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Vitamin B3 and fungal infections…

Posted Aug 16 2010 3:14am

I guess you could say that these are “Science Daily days.” During house cleaning breaks, in fact, instead of working on my drafts (!), I have been looking through some recent Science Daily issues and finding some really interesting reports. Since my time is limited these days, it is a huge relief to have SD do most of the work for me.

This SD article ( ) reports on how vitamin B3 may be an excellent antifungal treatment. It reminded me of a very bad year (for me): 2005. That is when I found out that my MGUS had progressed to SMM, based on the results of a bone marrow biopsy I had in November: 50% neoplastic cells were found in my bone marrow, a percentage that in 2007, after one year on curcumin, had decreased to less than 40% (but, of course, myeloma cells tend to clump together; therefore, bone marrow biopsies, or BMBs, are incredibly accurate or reliable tests…).

Anyway, my SMM diagnosis was the icing on the cake. The cake itself consisted of a series of recurrent infections that plagued me throughout 2005. Example: I kept having painful yeast infections…one after the other. At the time, I hadn’t made the connection between these chronic infections, myeloma and my impaired immune system. Duuuh…

Then, at some point after beginning the curcumin protocol, I noticed that the yeast infections had disappeared. Completely. Boyohboy, what a relief!!! And they have not returned, I am happy to say. (Now watch, I have hexed myself! Aaagh!) My experience seems to confirm lab tests showing that curcumin has strong antifungal activity…

Well, anyway, according to the recent University of Montreal study discussed in the SD article, so does vitamin B3. So if you are having trouble with this sort of infections, do go have a look at it…

Okay, I need to get off the computer and do some sorting/organizing…sigh…

Written by Margaret

August 16th, 2010 at 3:14 am

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