In response to all,
I began my dietary changes and the use of Essiac Tea in January as Steve n Dallas asked. I do know that many individuals and groups have bashed Essiac Tea, but my personal experience is that I know two people personally who have used it to great effect. One was diagnosed 15 years ago with PCa and he immediately began drinking Essiac. He did nothing else and within months his tumor was apparently gone. He is now 83 and cancer free as well as extremely active. He drives cross country each year, sings and writes music and was recently married. My second friend was diagnosed 5 months ago with Gleason 8. He began drinking Essiac and within three months his cancer was undetectable. I understand this is anecdotal information and many doctors deny the value of ET, but in my case [as well as my two friends] it has worked wonders.
Now, to diet. I have eliminated beef entirely. I have decreased my animal protein to pork [small amounts] turkey [medium amounts] and fish [once a week]. Beyond that I began juicing in January, focusing on Kale, spinach, broccoli and other dark greens. I include carrots and apples to sweeten the juice. I also add in a garlic clove and a 1/2 inch piece of ginger in each juice. I juice about three or four times a week. I eat mostly raw vegetables as heating veggies above 140 degrees kills all the enzymes within them. This is not to say most of what I eat is raw vegetables, rather that the vegetables I eat are mostly raw. You wouldn't believe the taste and crunch of raw corn cut from the cob in a salad. I do not eat fried foods, except a once a month clam plate at my favorite seafood restaurant. My pork intake is very small - mostly a bit of ground pork added to ground turkey for a bit of texture and added flavor. I have switched from deli sandwiches to raw vegetable sandwiches on whole wheat or multi grain pita bread or even multi grain breads. I also like Greek Salad, made from wheat pasta, feta cheese, lots of grape tomatos, black olives, cucumber, onion, green pepper and greek salad dressing [in moderate amounts]. VERY flavorful and filling.
Now for exercise: I had bilateral inguinal hernia repairs in July of 08 and have been disabled from leg pains ever since. I walk slowly with a cane, so real exercise is out. Nonetheless I enjoy gardening [in short bursts] and short walks [no more than around the block once.]. After these walks I have to lie down until my leg pains become manageable. So exercise is not really a part of my program, though I wish it could be. I finally sold my motorcycle two days ago after looking at it longingly for a year. I guess I will never have the leg strength to feel safe at stops.
Still, I enjoy the occasional deli sandwich on whole grain sub with turkey, ham and genoa... provalone, romaine, onion and tomato. Oh yeah... I eat LOTS of tomato with fresh basil and olive oil. LOVE those salads.
Before this I was a fried food freak and would hit BK at least once a week. Triple Whopper with cheese - Oh yeah. I still may have one of these a year, but it's a single, not a triple and I feel bloated and fat for days after, but OH the flavor.
I will drink alcohol, one vodka with cranberry a night. I used to be a nightclub entertainer and was pretty well full of alcohol by the end of the night five nights a week. Big change there.
My main change has been my prayer life. I have fallen in love with God like never before and believe fully in the power of prayer. Before, when my PSA was doubling, I was a lukewarm Christian. Now I am the P&W team leader at my church, have produced a CD of original spiritual music and have come back to my first love of music in a big way, in a much healthier direction. So my happiness level is way better. My stress levels are way lower and my satisfaction with life if off the scale.
Purgatory - I know there are a lot of people denigrating the value of Essiac Tea, but in my case, as part of a whole life change, it has been a valuable ingredient. I've not experienced any of the listed side-effects and fully believe in it's healing powers.
Lastly, I have begun taking supplements and vitamins daily. I take Turmeric, Fish Oil, B12, Vit E, Vit D, and a high potency multivitamin. I did take Saw Palmetto for a while and may go back to it, though it promotes prostate health and, having had my prostate removed, I wonder about making the remaining prostate cells [remember, positive margins] healthy.
Still, I suffer from full ED and minimal incontinence. The incontinence has been improved with a prescribed drug that 'dries' the system and relaxes smooth muscle [the bladder]. The generic name is Oxybutynin Chloride. I take 5mg morning and evening. Cut my incontinence in half or better. No more pads. Just a folded cloth that I change two or three times a day. And that with the moderate exercise that comes with gardening and setting up for Praise and Worship each Sunday. I even occasionally get out to mow the lawn!
I have been described by my doctors as that one guy in 10,000 who has every complication possible. Worst case scenario regarding side effects of RPP. Yet, despite my urologist's constant calls for radiation and ADT I now find myself with lowering PSA and better quality of life three years out from surgery. My wife still loves me, my friends all love me and best of all God loves me. I think acceptance and love is as important in healing as all other elements. If you are surrounded by real friends, take care of your body and find a life path that gives you joy you have the best chance for long term survival.
I have to add as a final note that Essiac Tea is something I believe in. It can't really hurt you and so is well worth trying. It costs about $20 a pound and one pound makes enough tea for two people for a couple of months [my wife drinks it as a preventative]. Where's the harm? I know, as a survivor, that any and all remedies are on the table as possibles worth looking at. Way better than the alternative of lying down and waiting to die, going for burn treatments, or for poison treatments. Those that are harmless in all respects are certainly worth a try. The problem with non-FDA treatments is that there is no money in a cure, so why would they even go to trial? Curing you means they make less money. Giving you a bandaid over and over is much more profitable.
If it doesn't work for you then by all means go for traditional methods of healing. I know I will if my PSA rises significantly again despite my best tries at healing by strengthening my immune system and letting my body heal itself.
Zufus - when I discovered I had mucinous adenocarcinoma I looked it up and found it was an unusual variant of prostate cancer, more frequently found in stomach, mouth or esophageal cancer. Still, I'm not convinced it makes a difference in treatment. Doctors don't think so. Why should I? Then again, I don't have a lot of faith in doctor's opinions. Paradox, eh?
Casey - I think you hit the nail on the head when you said, 'we all carry cancer cells in our bodies. 1/4 of us will die of cancer, but 3/4 of us will continue to maintain a balance and be protected from cancer death by natural defenses of our bodies. So, how do we boost those defenses?' I believe boosting our bodies defenses is THE key to conquering cancer. That is the position the Gerson Institute takes and I fully believe it, though I am not a fan of their methods re: coffee enemas and the like. Still, colon cleansing can be managed by eating right and living right. Coffee enemas may be fast acting but are they needed for a lifetime? I doubt it.
So, I'm here, I'm getting better, I'm happy and I'm not going for radiation or ADT unless I'm on the verge of dying. Your mileage may vary. Good luck to all and God Bless...
PSA 24.8. Jan 08
PSA 18.8. Feb 08
Biopsy 12 cores 7 positive
Gleason 8 [4+4]
PSA 0.0 8 06/80
Bilateral Inguinal Hernia Repair 7/10/08
PSA 0.02 Oct 2008
PSA 0.04 Decr 2008
PSA 0.06 Mar 2009
PSA 0.04 Apr 2009
PSA 0.07 Jul 2009
PSA 0.15 Oct 2009
PSA 0.17 Jan 2010
PSA 0.30 Apr 2010
PSA 0.71 Dec 2010
PSA 0.67 Mar 2011
PSA 0.66 Jun 2011