Dr. Kalyan Gaddam Announces The Results Of A Clinical Study For Relief For Patients With Cancer Cachexia
-Dr. Kalyan Gaddam, ND, a Board-certified Naturopathic Doctor, recently announced the release of the clinic study “Effects of free amino acids mix with medium triglycerides and Withania somnifera on cancer cachexia.” The results are being released in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) that begins May 31, 2019 in Chicago, IL.
Dr. Gaddam, ND has dedicated his professional life to education and research and creating a healing environment for his patients. The research projects he has participated in have led to results that help strengthen the body’s natural healing ability. The research team led by him conducted clinical trials evaluating the benefits of E2 Energy nutritional powder that was consumed by cancer patients with cachexia. Dr. Gaddam, ND led the earlier research that developed E2 Energy.
He participated in a Q&A session with the staff from the Paso Robles Daily News to talk about this groundbreaking study.
Q: What is cancer cachexia and why is this study so important?
A: Cancer cachexia, also known as wasting syndrome, causes weight loss, weakness, low energy, muscle loss, anemia and anorexia. It is also common to other diseases such as HIV, chronic renal failure and multiple sclerosis. Our study focused on the benefits to cancer patients.
Q: How does the nutritional powder differ from other cachexia treatments?
A: Traditional nutritional support has not been successful in cancer cachexia. Most of the commercially available products have shown little to no effect.
The ingredients, in the nutritional powder, branched-chain amino acids, medium chain triglycerides, or MCTs, plus the herb Withania somnifera, all help build muscle and strength in addition to other benefits. It is also shown to improve fatigue in cancer patients
Q: What were the results of the trial?
A: We found that 14 patients had an overall improvement in the Piper Fatigue Score, 12 increased muscle mass and six patients either maintained or gained weight.
Q: What’s the next step now that the results are in?
A: We are certainly encouraged and are now working on re-branding E2 Energy to release it commercially. It’s been my goal to make it available for everyone since first formulating E2 Energy.
Q: What led you to this project?
A: I’ve always had a strong desire to help people live better and healthier. My medical career has always included research, looking for better solutions. Along with my ongoing oncology research into weight loss in cancer patients, I have led research teams that have developed natural nutritional products for Ayush Herbs and YouVeda, LLC. My research at Ayush Herbs contributed to the company’s formulation of nutraceuticals for their products. I currently sit on the Board of Directors for YouVeda and am a co-formulator for their products, as well.
This early research put me in a good position to work as the principal investigator in this most recent clinical trial at the Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center where I work in Bakersfield.
Q: What are your other areas of practice besides oncology?
A: I’m fortunate to have a comprehensive breadth of practice to call upon, but if I have to narrow it down, I would say non-opioid pain management and focusing on nutritional and natural ways to overcome pain and illness.
Q: How do you treat for pain without using opioids?
A: I use a number of treatments, including prolotherapy or peri-neural injections, platelet-rich plasma therapy, interferential, galvanic current, ultrasound, and Cold laser. For patients already using opioids or narcotics, I also use safe, natural alternatives to get them off these drugs. Pain management includes mind-body support through meditation, breathing exercises and yoga, too.
Q: What kinds of nutritional protocols do you recommend for your patients?
A: Good, basic nutrition is always recommended and I have recently started a personalized wellness diet plan as a joint venture with the Wellness Café in Bakersfield. This is the only program of its kind in Kern County, and benefits so many who are dealing with debilitating and life-threatening diseases including cancer, diabetes, celiac, inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and many more. When a patient comes to me, I create a customized nutritional program, and the Wellness Café prepares the food based on the menu I provide them.
About Dr. Kalyan Gaddam, ND
He is a Board-certified Naturopathic Doctor. Gaddam provides services in Naturopathic Medicine, Homeopathy, Physical Medicine, Pain Management, Oncology, and Environmental medicine at the Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center (CBCC) in Bakersfield CA, Salus Integrative Medicine in Paso Robles CA, and at the Premier Medical Group, Bakersfield CA.
The CBCC is the first cancer center in the San Joaquin Valley to earn The American College of Surgeons National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) accreditation.
Gaddam studied Naturopathic Medicine at both Bharatividyapeeth University Hospital in India and Bastyr University, Washington, where he also served as a Resident Physician at Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Medical Clinic. He is the only naturopathic provider in Central California certified in Biofeedback and lymphedema management.
Gaddam is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians and California Naturopathic Doctors Association.
Kalyan R. Gaddam, ND