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Turmeric Research

I am determined to further my research into turmeric for animals and for this reason I have moved to the Gold Coast to start my own veterinary practice as well as be closer to local universities. More on my research can be accessed further down the page.

Doug with Maya, the 1st horse successfully treated using Turmeric Powder
Doug with Maya, the first horse successfully treated using turmeric powder.


May 2016 Update

Turmeric Life Bars taster pack made by Dr Doug

The Turmeric Health Bars are in stock! You can now put an order in by clicking HERE.

What is in our Turmeric Bars and Bites?

100% All Natural Ingredients:

  • Dates
  • Sultanas
  • Almond meal
  • Chia meal
  • Linseed meal
  • Cacao powder
  • Turmeric powder
  • Ginger powder
  • Coconut oil
  • Pepper
  • Cinnamon

Dr Doug has also launched a CrowdFunding project to manufacture more bars and place more turmeric products into the market. You can read more HERE –> DR DOUG E Turmeric Products.

April 2016 Update

Turmeric Life is about to launch our Turmeric Health Bar range! Turmeric bars will contain 4g or 4,000 mg of turmeric in each bar with ten bars per box. 

Dr Doug's Turmeric Life Turmeric Health Bars

They are all-natural with dates, cacao, linseed meal, almond meal, pepitas, cinnamon, pepper, coconut oil, chia powder, turmeric, black pepper. They taste good and are activated to digest and work. 

March 2016 Update

My turmeric crop is literally taking off!

The turmeric is growing tall & the watermelon tastes superb.

The weeds are under control (via my own hands) and the turmeric has officially become taller than me in parts.

February 2016 Update

My turmeric crop is growing, growing and growing some more, as is the poddy (orphan) calf who I’ve nicknamed Mr T because he’s been raised on Turmeric Golden Milk.

I’ve been out weeding my field of turmeric

Mr T getting fed his morning Turmeric Golden Milk.

January 2016 Update

My turmeric crop has begun to grow, my laboratory is getting closer to completion and I’ll be launching a Crowdfunding Project soon to help gather funds towards my turmeric for animals research. Watch a short snippet of my interview below……

November 2015 Update

I am in the process of planting 150kgs of fresh turmeric.

Next September I expect to dig up 13-14 times that amount of rhizomes ready for replanting.

Can you spot the turmeric in the back of the potato planter?

I am happy with the deep orange colour of the roots and expect some good turmeric powder as a result of all this hard work.

PS. And yes, the tractor got bogged.

October 2015 Update

At present, I am actively seeking horses in the South-East Queensland (Australia) that have been diagnosed with a sarcoid. If you would like to participate in these trials, please send an email here >

Click on the ‘Turmeric Sarcoid Trial’ below to read more about my up and coming sarcoid trial.

Turmeric Sarcoid Trial

Design setup: Simons Optimal Phase II cohort control design.

Supervising Pathologist:  Dr Rachel Allavena Senior Lecturer in Pathology and Toxicology at The University of Queensland.

John Alawneh, a veterinary epidemiologist with therapeutic trial experience at The University of Queensland.

Vets: Doug English (Tallebudgera), Christine Myers (Switzerland), Tessia Salmon (Clermont), Simon Fahey (Ireland)

Complete hx of all horses.

Photos and measure all lesions.

Optional Full  or MBA health check paid by owner.

Each case will be put onto FB for all to evaluate.

Funding via Turmeric User Group “Crowd Funding”

3 Samples:  pre treatment;  mid say 6/10weeks;  resolution or 12months.  By punch biopsy using new punch each horse so no DNA contamination. Surgical skin preparation (by specific to be determined method) for sterile samples placed into 1.formol saline and 2. RNAlater sample for gene expression and cytokine measure. These can be frozen within a few days to -20C


  1. Feeding 1 dessert spoon powdered turmeric twice daily with ½ teaspoon cracked pepper, and 50 ml coconut oil
  2. Feeding 2 dessert spoons Turmericle (product of Stance Equine) twice daily
  3. Standard topical preparation DMSO Turmeric extract applied twice daily. Method: standard swab with single dip into container.
  4. 1.+ 3.
  5. 2. + 3.


Histopathology at UQ per Rachel $10 per sample with remainder funded by university                                                  $30

Transport as normal in formal saline for Australian cohorts. Overseas: can be fixed in paraffin blocks pre-cutting and these will last indefinitely. Are able to be posted but an import assessment fee of $70 applies to each shipment. Better to give to a traveller to carry in luggage – legal and no declaration needed.

Biopsy punch  $4

Visit costs to each horse: time, vehicle costs, sedation local, disposables – will have to be owner contribution, but say,  Crowd Funding contribution $200 for 3 visits.

PCR:  Full set  reagents and kits $1,300:   RNAlater (stabilisation of tumour samples) 150 ml $450;  QIAgen RNA easy minikit (RNA extraction from tumour tissue) $590;  pipette tips $80; primers for selected cytokines $185 which will do around 100 tests. About $20 per horse.

Immuno-histochemistry $20 – $30 per horse. Only if lymphocytes in tumours.

Ball park figure per horse $300

Latest pics of Research Lab renovation below……

Working on Dr Doug's Lab

The final layers of paint are being applied.

A window will be going in soon...

I am also looking at launching a crowdfunding project to help fund my initial research – So Stay Tuned!

August 2015 Update

There are a number of RESEARCH Topics that I am interested in:

1. My first experiment is going to be on the control of Equine Sarcoid. Already we have seen some very good cures with just feeding turmeric to horses with sarcoids and I would like to combine it with a solvent to carry the curcuminoids through the skin to see if that can further improve the result. Also I will try to incorporate another drug: EBC46 into the treatment mix. I will soon be actively seeking cases.

2. Absorption of curcuminoids in horses seems to be better than in dogs and humans. I would like to trial absorption with just the unprepared powder with pepper and compare this with Turmeric Golden Paste. I will trial feeding the differing types and running blood tests to check absorption rates.

3. To date there are no turmeric absorption trials in dogs and I would like to look further at this.

4. I strongly suspect ruminants absorb turmeric really well because of the microbial fermentation in the rumen, thanks to the production of short chain fatty acids which dissolve curcuminoids and keep them inside, preventing fast excretion, and I would like to prove this. The hind gut of the horse may be similar.

At present I am currently renovating and creating a laboratory to work in on a property in Tallebudgera, on the Gold Coast of Australia.

Before pics of Dr Doug's Lab - a work in progress...


If you would like more information on my Veterinary work please check out my Facebook Page >> Doug English Veterinarian OR get regular updates by Subscribing to the Turmeric Life Community (Sign Up BELOW).

by Doug English
Veterinary Surgeon
Tallebudgera Qld 4228
Qld VSB# 1019 AVA# 333
Animal Health Australia Accreditation Program for Australian Veterinarians (APAV) # Qld 71
Livestock #85