Disclaimer: THIS IS NOT AN ADVOCACY POST!
It's a somewhat befuddled post from a newbie. I know this kind of stuff can be "sensitive" - no harm intended
Being a new PC kid my eyes are quickly opening to a maze of claims many legitimate studies (almost always preliminary in nature) make regarding non-dx substances or actions (exercise) that aide in successful PC management.
1) Take aspirin
2) Drink Pomegranate Juice
4) Many, many more
So many of these things are easy enough to do - I even like pomegranate juice, but it seems to me these studies thus far are still fairly uncertain but serve as pointers for additional research (everyone wants a grant for additional research). Recent pomegranate juice studies are (to me) quite interesting. The recent study of POMx a.k.a Pepco Holdings Inc. has been a buz at HW ...I'm thinking, what the heck, a little juice - it doesn't get any easier than that.
But...of course if it does actually somehow help me I will never really know because I'll be doing many, many things (nutrition, exercise, prayer, fellowship) that specific attribution will be impossible.
I believe if I had previously done what I'll be doing now my chances of getting PC would probably have been very much smaller - so how can these things hurt now?
So for me the math goes something like this:
Is there a possibility of harm, to include unrealistic hope?
Is it expensive?
Is it hard to do?
Can I accept uncertain efficacy?
If the answers are no, no, no and yes, then why not.
I would do it for the same reason I exercise - no harm and the expatiation of benefit is not unreasonable.
Will I start washing aspirin down with Pomegranate Juice?
Maybe - I still have a lot of research to do and many things to learn from the HW vetrans.
I used to find it interesting (pre-PC) that many cancer patients bought juicers and shake ingredients that they thought would help them - I have no way of knowing if it did. At the time it I thought it seem kind of desperate. Now I thinking about buying a pomegranate juicer : ) Strange how the world turns.
Perhaps, it's partly the motivation, drive, mind+body connection, and general hardy sprit of folks that keep active and keep doing what they can that make's the biggest contribution. Just go for it - as best as you can - knowing in advance there's not much that is knowable. Enjoy the day.
I personally have not neen able to "enjoy the day" very sucessfully as I'm still in the midst of an unfolding, statistically unkind, PC diagonisis.
In northwestern china they grow a lot of pomegranates and street vendors will squeeze it fresh for you - it's kind of bitter and it’s in a thin plastic cup not a exotic potion-looking bottle.
Oh Yes, I would lke another glass?
50.8 yrs, 1st PSA 12.76, DRE abnormal
Eurology appt. scheduled
Did I mention I was a nubie?