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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Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of four research studies on their treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome From Fatigued to Fantastic! and his newer The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution.  Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health. 

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