Posted 9/6/2008 10:12 PM (GMT -6)
I completed 1-year of Intermittent Triple Androgen Blockade Therapy (hormone therapy) in July, during which time my PSA dropped from 19.2 to 0.018.
I was also very interested in holistic remedies for PCa but at the beginning I felt my PSA was too high to rely on alternative strategies alone which is why I decided on the TAB.
However, during the time I was on TAB I also went on the Budwig Protocol although not fully complient. Since completing TAB in July 2008 I have been more complient with the Budwig Protocol. From the holistic treatments I've looked at, I think the BP makes the most scientific sense to me, although it has not been validated by clinical trials.
In addition, I am trying to follow an alkaline diet (more fruits and veggies, which in any case is complient with the BP). I tested the drinking water and found it acidic so installed a "RadiRedWater" alkalizer machine which produces alkaline water.
The only supplement my oncologist recommended was additional Vitamin D3. I decided to have a Vit D3 blood check (called a "25-OH Vitamin D3" check) and found it on the low side, even while taking a multi-vitamin with 400 IU of Vit D3. I increased the Vit D3 intake by another 800 IU / day (1,200 IU / day total) and after a couple of months had another Vit D3 check, and the result was 66.52 ug/l compared to the local hospital optimal range of 30-80 ug/l and Mercola recommendation of 50-55 ug/l.
I also take Acrapaba liquid, a Japanese plant extract which is supposed to enhance the immune system, Mangosteen juice and Saw Palmetto.
I will not know for some time if this regime is effective or not, since I will have PSA checks at 3-monthly intervals. If it is NOT effective I will be the first to say so. I would be happy to discuss holistic remedies for PCa privately with anyone, if considered outside the topic of this forum. My email address is taiping194 (at) gmail (dot) com.
Diagnosed: June 2007. Aged 61. PSA 19.6. DRE negative.
Biopsy: June 2007; 2 cores of 18 positive.
MRI and Bone Scan: Negative.
Pathology: 5% of 1 core, "Small focus" in another core +ve.
Gleason 3 + 3 = 6.
Clinical: PCa considered confined to prostate. Stage T1c.
Treatment: After considering RP and HD Brachy, decided on Intermittent Triple Androgen Blockade Therapy for 1-year, using ZOLADEX, CASODEX 150 mg/day, AVODART 0.5 mg/day. Start PSA 19.2 (July 2007).
Completed Intermittent TAB on 23 July 2008, continue with AVODART alone and monitor PSA every 3-months.
Current Status: PSA = 0.02 (July 2008).
PSA nadir 0.018 (June 2008).