The myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS, formerly known as "preleukemia") are a diverse collection of hematological conditions united by ineffective production (or dysplasia) of myeloid blood cells and risk of transformation to acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). MDS has been found in humans, cats and dogs. Anemia requiring chronic blood transfusion is frequently present. Astronomer Carl Sagan, writer Roald Dahl, jazz saxophonist Michael Brecker and actress Nina Foch died of this condition.
Myelodysplastic syndromes are bone marrow stem cell disorders resulting in disorderly and ineffective hematopoiesis (blood production) manifested by irreversible quantitative and qualitative defects in hematopoietic (blood-forming) cells. In a majority of cases, the course of disease is chronic with gradually worsening cytopenias due to progressive bone marrow failure. Approximately one-third of patients with MDS progress to AML within months to a few years.
09/19/2009: John from Rochester, New York: "My colleague was recently diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome. I gave him the suggestion that an oral hydrogen peroxide therapy regimen might be beneficial to him. Does anyone have any knowledge of this therapy used for this diease?"
09/16/2009: Cathy from North Canton, Ohio: "My mother was diagnosed with MDS (lazy bone marrow) 7 years ago. She sees the doctor ev ery 3 weeks to get her hemoglobin levels checked. Most of the time she has to take an injection of a medication...* (that stimulates the body to make red blood cells ). After all of this time, she has neither been cured or progressed to leukemia. She is 79 years old and I would love to find her something to help her naturally and possible alleviate the injections of a no-named red cell booster. Thank-you and have a happy, healthy day!"Replies
05/25/2010: Lois from Chattanooga, Tn replies: "For the lady whose mother takes injections for red blood cells. Folic acid and multivitamins helps produce red blood cells, follow directions on the products. Also there are foods with folic acid in them, such as asparagus,vbeef liver, broccoli, cowpeas, fortified cereals, rice, eggs noodles, bread, great nothern beans, green peas, and spinach. Please let me know how she getting along. I also was diagnoised with lazy bone marrow."
01/04/2011: T.l. from Washington, Dc replies: "Has anyone tried Omega-3 pills or liquid as part of treatment for MDS? If so, please share your results. What has been most helpful?"
12/05/2012: Otryingo from Mclean, Va replies: "My father went from being completely healthy his whole life, dancing 3-4 times per week and rarely seeing a doctor. He went for a routine check-up about 4 years ago and they put him on all types of drugs, including Lipitor. About a year ago, he was diagnosed with myelodyspasia. I've been suspicious that either a drug or a combination of drugs has caused this condition. I just googled whether or not there may be a connection with drugs such as Lipitor and some of the studies seem to be trending in the affirmative. Does anyone else have experience with this sort of thing? Also, if my father were to discontinue use of the Lipitor, is there any evidence that myelodysplasia has ever been reversed? Thanks!"
12/05/2012: Rsw from Uniontown, Oh replies: "I was taking Lipitor when I developed Lichen Planus out of the blue. I now find research linking statin drugs with LP. I tried every statin on the market, always followed by memory fog and difficulty walking down my stairs. I quit all of them (after years, unfortunately) when I found out they have a 1% success rate in preventing heart attacks. In other words, of 100 people with high cholesterol who take statins, one heart attack will be prevented. I think there is a better outcome in people who eat a piece of dark chocolate every day."