Gary, congratulations on your results! With a PSA doubling time of 3 months last year and now showing a small decrease for the first 5 months of this year,, you have to be doing something right. So keep on doing it!
I am interested in your experience with Essiac tea. I looked at the links Purgatory provided above, in particular Dr Weil's
and it was interesting to find that the inventor/discoverer of this stuff was a nurse, Renee Caisse, and the name Essiac is actually her name backwards. Not the name of a herb after all!
It started in the 1920's and the fact that is hasn't faded into oblivion (like eye of newt!) means that it has something going for it, if only anecdotal evidence. If it was worthless or did actual harm, I don't think it would have survived that long. There don't appear to have been any official human studies ~ only animal ones. However lots of human studies-of-one, including yours do indicate something interesting there, so some food for thought...
Like Purgatory, I am wondering why, with positive margins, you haven't gone down the SRT path. My path is somewhat parallel to yours. With rising PSA, I asked my doctors about
SRT, and they didn't recommend it, so now it is a waiting game for HT. Like you, I opted to try a diet change (now basically vegan) and at 3 1/2 months my PSA is static, although is is too early to draw any solid conclusions from that.
Please keep us posted on your future results...
No symptoms; PSA 5.7; Gleason 4+5=9; cancer in 4/12 cores
Non-nerve-sparing RRP 7 March 2008 age 63
Organ confined, neg margins. Gleason downgrade 4+4=8
Bimix worked well; now using just VED
PSA undetectable at first but then rose to 0.4, doubling time 7 months
Following diet change, PSA static at 0.4...