Can Corvalen d-ribose help with MDS (Myelodysplastic Syndromes)?)

Published: September 22, 2013
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Diagnosed with an apparently slow-moving form of MDS almost two years ago, I see a physician about every 6 months at MDAnderson, and I also have an integrative physician here in Dallas who did testing and put me on some supplements that I needed along with a more healthful diet. I have not been put on any treatment yet - watch and wait. In listening to you on People's Pharmacy and reading one of your books, it seems as though Corvalen might help the fatigue that comes with my disorder. I just wanted to know if you have ever known of anyone's using Corvalen to help boost energy for a blood problem. Because you are obviously a very creative physician, I would surely appreciate your insights.

Answer

I have no experience using it in MDS , but I would consider the vitamin powder and ribose to be helpful for cancer related fatigue and the myelodysplasias can deplete nutrients making these more important. The one caution is some oncologists don't like giving antioxidants and other nutrients near chemo and radiation (theory is they kill thru oxidative damage so no antioxidants), but the data suggests (imho) that people with cancer do better on nutritional support. I compromise by leaving off the vitamin powder a week before and 2 weeks after chemo/Radiation, but give the ribose all the way through. And remember to go for walks in the sunshine to help energy and immune function.

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Dr T

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