Monday, April 16, 2012

15) Maitake MD-fraction, Maitake Gold 404

Maitake MD-fraction has been shown in various studies to (1) exhibit strong anticancer activity by increasing macrophage, natural killer (NK) cell, and cytotoxic T-cell activity; (2) induce death in and slow the growth of cancer cells; (3) prevent the spread of cancer cells and (4) protect healthy cells from becoming cancerous. It also may work in conjunction with chemotherapy to lesson chemo related side effects. Identified as Maitake D-fraction in 1984 by Dr. Nanba of Kobe Pharmaceutical University, he later purified his extraction from the Maitake mushroom into Maitake MD-fraction, under patent Number 5,854,404 which is said to be around 30% more bioactive than his original formula.
In one study a combination of MD-fraction and whole Maitake powder was investigated to determine its effectiveness for 22- to 57-year-old cancer patients in stages II-IV. Cancer regression or significant symptom improvement was observed in 58.3 percent of liver cancer patients, 68.8 percent of breast cancer patients, and 62.5 percent of lung cancer patients; though the trial found a less than 10-20 percent improvement for leukemia, stomach cancer, and brain cancer patients. Unfortunately there has been little human research and clinical trials studying Maitake and Prostrate Cancer. A 2001 study conducted at the Toya Medical and Pharmaceutical University in Japan found that Maitake polysaccharides increased the killing power of macrophage immune cells, and another study by researchers at the New York Medical College, found that beta-glucan, a polysaccharide from Maitake, drastically slowed the growth of Prostate cancer cells, causing a nearly complete cancer cell death. Obviously more clinical studies are needed.

In addition to its reported cancer fighting qualities Maitake supplementation has also been used to regulate blood pressure, glucose and insulin, serum and liver lipids, and even for weight loss. There have been few reported side effects from taking Maitake MD-fraction. It appears the one area of concern is that Maitake can lower blood sugar and therefore those with low blood sugar should consult with their doctor before taking this supplement.

There is little hard data about dosage for Maitake MD-fraction. Many reports appear to recommend 0.5 to 1.0mg for each 2 pounds of body weight. I have chosen to start on the low end of this scale, taking 45mg of the Maitake MD-fraction per day and await the results. It is best taken on an empty stomach.

Friday, February 24, 2012

14) Cancer Fighting Supplements - CoQ10

CoQ10 has shown interesting promise in the process to release Prostate Cancer. As an integral part of cells throughout the body, its’ purpose is to transform food into the energy our cells use to grow and stay healthy. First identified in 1957, it is known under many names including CoQ10, Q10, Vitamin Q10, Ubiquinone and Ubidecarenone. CoQ10 is also used as an antioxidant that protects cells from free radicals and helps the immune system work well by stimulating the production of antibody, macrophage and T cell levels. Of special note, without supplementation the older we get the less CoQ10 we have.

Though preliminary studies using CoQ10 have successfully treated Prostate Cancer, there have been no long-term extensive studies to date. In 1993, during its’ first clinical trial, Dr. Folkers found treating breast cancer with a dosage of 390mg per day that the cancer tumor disappeared. Another woman in the same study increased her dosage to 300mg per day and her tumor also disappeared with no evidence of metastases. Follow-up studies to this work were done by Dr. William Judy in Florida on patients with Prostate Cancer. Of the thirty (30) patients who were treated with 500mg CoQ10 daily, all fifteen (15) with no metastases had their PSA level return to normal, and eight (8) of fifteen (15) with metastases saw their PSA scores return to normal. In another CoQ10 study six (6) patients were treated with 500mg CoQ10 for 120 days and all six had their PSA scores return to normal. Dr Judy’s results from these and other studies indicated to her that within four (4) months of treatment with CoQ10, Prostate Cancer PSA’s began to lower and that in a year of treatment PSA scores generally dropped 75% while prostate mass was decrease by around 64%.

These results have since found additional support. A preliminary study at the University of Granada confirmed that CoQ10 significantly lowered prostate cancer cell growth without harming non-cancerous cells. In 2006 Researchers from the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine found that CoQ10 was inducing cancer cell death. They discovered that CoQ10 was counteracting the Bcl-2 in cells, which acted to take away the natural ability of a cancer cell to kill itself. They determined that supplementing with CoQ10 reversed the effects of the Bcl-2 thereby making cancer cells more susceptible to chemo and radiation treatments, and the body’s own natural cell death process. A further study showed that CoQ10 significantly reduced cancer cell growth without affecting normal cells.

I know of no serious side effects reported with taking CoQ10, though those at risk for cardiovascular disease should consult their doctor before using. Minor side effects include: insomnia, rashes, headache, feeling irritable or tired, higher than normal levels of liver enzymes, or general allergic reactions. Should these occur stop using CoQ10 and seek professional help.

Suggested dosage for supplemental treatment of Prostate Cancer should be a minimum of 300mg up to 500mg per day taken with a teaspoon of oil for better absorption as it dissolves in fat. I often take mine with hot green tea with some coconut oil melted in the tea. You may also take CoQ10 with food. Lower dosages of CoQ10 have shown poor or sporadic results, and you must work up to the effective dosage gradually. Finally this is not a quick fix as it generally takes CoQ10 at least four (4) months to start showing results. So if you have a more aggressive Prostate Cancer be sure to take the time frame into consideration and consider using CoQ10 only as part of a much larger healing process. CoQ10 is readily available through most health supplement stores, and there are some sources where the price is more attractive.

Next Installment: Cancer Fighting Supplements – Maitake MD-fraction, Maitake Gold 404

Saturday, February 18, 2012

13) Cancer Fighting Supplements - IP6

Over time, abundant research has shown that IP6 can be very effective against cancer, including Prostate Cancer. The good news is that most of us eat it every day. Every time we enjoy dried beans, whole grains, nut, seeds, rice, wheat germ, corn, or sesame we are consuming some small amount of IP6. An interest study between the Danes and the Finns provides an example of the natural benefits of IP6. The Danes eat nearly twice as much fiber as the Finns, but their form of fiber does not include IP6. The Finns eat a lot of porridge with abundant IP6. The Danes experience nearly two times more cancer than the Finns.

Also know as inositol hexophosphate or phytic acid, IP6 is a sugar molecule with six phosphate groups. When normally consumed in food, IP6 is protein-bound and not as effectively absorbed or used as well by our body as when taken directly in the form of a supplement. It is also more effective when taken with Inositol. The two together form IP3 that more easily enters cancer cells.

IP6 was first discovered in 1855 and in addition to cancer treatment; it has been used for treating diabetes, depression, osteoporosis, heart disease, kidney stones, and boosting the immune system. In relation to cancer treatment it has been shown to slow or normalize the rate at which cancer cells divide; facilitate the repair of DNA; increase p53 gene activity by up to 17 times thereby preventing cancer cells from growing; reduce inflammation thereby reducing the cytokines that assist in cancer cell growth; enhance the normal death of cancer cells; inhibit the process wherein tumors setup their own blood supply resulting in the starvation of cancer cells; and reduce the adhesion of cancer cells to proteins thereby reducing cancer cell migration.

Though there have been several human studies showing that IP6 stops the growth of Prostate Cancer cells, much of the work with IP6 comes from Lab Studies with Mice using human Prostate Cancer cells. During the time of these studies the mice that were fed IP6 had their prostate cancer tumors reduced by 44% to 62% over the control groups along with around a 3.5 fold increase in the death of their cancer cells. Another study found that IP6 activated the p21 and p27 genes that played an important role in cancer cell death.  Additional work has been done with IP6 and iron chelation from cancer cells, thus limiting tumor growth. It is believed that tumor cells utilize iron as a necessary growth factor. Drugs such as desferrioxamine, doxorubicin, and deferiprone are thought to treat cancer by removing iron from cancer cells, but also have a poor ability to get inside the cancer cells or are toxic to normal cells including the heart. IP6 on the other hand is found in every cell in the body. It does not remove iron from red blood cells, and healthy cells are not affected by IP6 with its low to no toxicity. Because it so effectively penetrates cancer cells removing their iron, and is non-toxic, it is an obvious choice to treat cancer.

Purchased in powder form on-line or at any supplement store, suggested dosage for cancer prevention is around 1g to 2g daily. When treating Prostate Cancer suggested dosage for IP6 is 4g to 8g per day combined with 1.5g to 2g of Inositol. This should be taken on an empty stomach and mixes very well in warm water. I combine IP6, Inositol, and Pectasol-C with very warm water first thing in the morning about 30-45 minutes before breakfast. Though IP6 and Inositol have low toxicity, have shown no side effects, and are felt safe by most, there is some evidence that they slow blood clotting so be sure to mention their use to your doctor before surgery. Also since IP6 removes iron from the body, check on this if you are being treated for anemia. Finally as with many supplements, it is generally a good rule to take a few day break from consuming IP6 once a month for a few days to let the body rest.

My research has shown that the IP6/Inositol combination is an effective part of my process to release my Prostate Cancer. My hope is that more human studies will occur in the future with this inexpensive, readily available, effective supplement to fight cancer. Certainly there have been enough scientists and medical professionals who would agree that IP6 should be considered as a clinically effective part of the process to Release Prostate Cancer. 

Next Installment: Cancer Fighting Supplements - CoQ10

Monday, February 13, 2012

12) Cancer Fighting Supplements - Quercetin

Quercetin, a member of the Flavonoid family, is one of the subjects of ongoing exploration in the fight against Prostate Cancer. A supplement, it is available at any health food/vitamin store or online. As a potent antioxidant, it inhibits the replication of cancer cells according to an American Medical Association study. Though Flavonoids have many functions in plants, simply put they can be considered as plant pigments found in fruits, flowers, and vegetables that give the plants their color. There are thousands of different Flavonoids in nature.

Quercetin comes primarily from citrus fruits, apples, onions, parsley, tea, and red wine. It has been shown to have healthful antitumor, anti-inflammatory, antiallergic, and antiviral effects. It can improve the health of capillaries; reduce the risk of atherosclerosis; inhibit an enzyme that plays a part in the formation of diabetic cataract, neuropathy, and retinopathy; enhance the action of vitamin C; promote bone density; and much more. 

Prostate studies have shown exciting results from the use of Quercetin. In one study it was seen to reduce the symptoms of Prostatitis. Another study indicates Quercetin may be more effective than resveratrol in terms of inhibiting cancer cell growth. The effects of Quercetin combating Prostate Cancer have been shown to be especially true on Highly and Moderately Aggressive Prostate Cancer Cells. Another study showed that Quercetin inhibited the expression and function of the androgen receptor involved in the development and progression of prostate cancer thereby halting its growth. Several studies through the University of Pittsburgh have also shown Quercetin to promote and enhance the death of prostate cancer cells. These results, And More, support the valuable roles of Quercetin, and other Flavonoids as cancer chemopreventive and treatment agents.

Think about it. Quercetin comes naturally from fruits and vegetables that in our western diet are so poorly eaten. When considering the value of Quercetin, there is little wonder in my mind why those who consume fresh juices, smoothies, and lightly cooked soups, made from Organic fruits and vegetables are on the road to health. Whether you consider Quercetin as keeping cancer cells from dividing, slowing their growth, or as killing the cancer cells as some studies suggest, it is a formidable power in the fight against Prostate Cancer and should be part of your regimen.

Side effects when taking Quercetin are few, and it is generally well tolerated. In limited cases such things as mouth sores, headaches, and digestive upset including heartburn, or acid reflux have been reported. It also may reduce the effectiveness of other forms of estrogen, and enhance the effect of such medications as Warfarin (Coumadin), Clopidogrel (Plavix), and Aspirin thereby increasing the risk for bleeding. In some cases taking too much Quercetin can manifest itself in joint discomfort. As always you should check with a trusted medical professional for drug interaction or if you experience any of these symptoms.

Suggested dosage is between 200mg and 500mg per day. Larger doses can be taken daily but should be spread out. Though single doses up to 4 gram have been taken with no side effects, an upper limit of 1,500mg spread 3 times per day should probably be considered. As it does not digest well, for proper absorption it is important to take Quercetin with proteolytic enzymes, especially Bromelain. I am currently taking 500mg per day first thing in the morning along with proteolytic enzymes. 

Next installment: Cancer Fighting Supplements - IP6

Thursday, February 2, 2012

11) Cancer Fighting Supplements - Proteolytic Enzymes

There are multitudes of Cancer Fighting Supplements that may help with Prostate Cancer. Though it may be ‘illegal’ to say they Cure Cancer, there is significant evidence that they do play an important part in the release of this deadly disease. Some have said these Natural Supplements have not been fully studied simply because there is no money to be made. They can’t be patented. Others imply the medical field, in an effort to keep revenues up, want to keep the public addicted to, and dependent on, expensive drugs that under-perform and cause further damage. Personally I believe there is way too little research on Natural Supplements; and that most Physicians have tunnel vision when it comes to their medical specialties. In an ideal world, I would like to see a true team approach to Curing Cancer. Until this is presented it is up to each one of us to create our own team acting as the voice of reason between the various components.

The first area of Natural Supplements I want to explore falls into the category of Proteolytic Enzymes. The value of these for fighting Cancer was first proposed and researched by Dr John Beard between 1906 and 1911. So they have been around for a long time. There are today a number of clinics primarily using Proteolytic Enzymes for Cancer treatment, and there are even more medical professionals that recommend their use as an adjunct therapy along side standard orthodox cancer treatments. What are Proteolytic Enzymes? For our purposes, they are Digestive Enzymes called Bromelain, Papain, and Pancreatin that come from pineapple, papaya and hog pancreas. Another, and possibly the most powerful Proteolytic Enzyme we will discuss is Serratia Peptidase from the silkworm.

It is believed these Proteolytic Enzymes assist in increasing Cancer fighting antiproteases that block the invasiveness of tumor cells. They inhibit metastasis by clearing proteins around Cancer Cells allowing killer T-cells and the Natural Killer cells to identify and attack them easier, and they block the growth of new blood vessels to developing Cancer thereby depriving the Cancer of necessary nourishment needed to support Cancer cell growth. They also work to dissolve fibrin.  Fibrin tends to cloak Cancer cells and make them sticky creating a greater likelihood of metastases. When the fibrin is dissolved the Cancer cells are easier to detect and destroy by the body’s own defenses. Because of this process it has been shown that Proteolytic Enzymes increase the effectiveness of both the macrophages and the natural killer cells by up to 12 times. In addition they may also assist in the fight against viral infections as a result of chemo-induced immune suppression. Since all this can’t be said on the label at your local vitamin store, they are most commonly promoted as a product that relieves digestive problems, relieves aches and pains, supports the immune system, increases flexibility, improve circulation, eases sore throat pain, aids in weight loss, and supports joint and tendon health.

Proteolytic Enzymes are best taken with a full glass of water on an empty stomach at least 45 minutes before any meal and up to two hours after a meal. They should be Enteric-Coated to pass through the stomach where in the small intestine they dissolve because of PH change. There they become digestive enzymes to help us digest our food and convert proteins into free amino acids, which are easily absorbed by the cells of the intestinal wall. Important note: It is believed if too much processed and overcooked foods/meats are eaten too fast, the pancreas which naturally secretes our enzymes can become overburdened with the digestive enzyme demands. This then creates a situation allowing toxins into the body thereby stressing the immune system and providing an opportunity for Cancer. As the Supplemental Proteolytic Enzymes then enter the circulatory system they are called systemic enzymes. There are important precautions before taking Proteolytic Enzymes to consider. They are a known blood thinner. Individuals taking prescription blood thinners, having surgery in less than a few weeks, experiencing problems with ulcers or reflux disease, taking antibiotics, pregnant or lactating women, or those with a food allergy to pineapples or papayas should either not take or consult a physician before taking Proteolytic Enzymes.

The Proteolytic Enzymes I currently take are in a broad-spectrum formula called Wobenzym N. This company has been around for a very long time and is trusted in their quality. Suggested use on the label for Adults is 3 tablets twice daily. The label goes further to say dosage may be increased up to 12 tablets total per day spread over 4 doses. Those professionally treating Cancer with this product say because the amount of Proteolytic Enzymes in any over the counter product is low, they recommend taking from 40 tablets to as high as 90 tablets per day dosage. When taking high doses it is recommended doing so in stretches of around 25 days, then allowing some time off, 4-5 days, for the body to eliminate the waste product created. I am still in the experimental stage with my small dosage. As I do have a slight food allergy to pineapple, I am being careful and watching how my body responds to the Bromelain in the Wobenzym N. No doubt I will increase the dose as over time, and I may also look to other alternative products that drop or reduce the Bromelain.

There are many ways to increase Proteolytic Enzyme intake. Just eating red fruit Papaya, rich in Papain, and Lycopene has been shown to have dramatic positive affects on Cancer. In addition to the benefit from the Proteolytic Enzyme, the highly bio-available Lycopene in papaya accumulates in prostate tissue, and is localized in the nucleus of prostate epithelial cells. There it is believed to induce cancer cell death, anti-metastatic activity, and the up-regulation of protective enzymes. In one Prostate Cancer study in Australia is was found that men who consumed the most Lycopene-rich fruits and vegetables such as papaya were 82% less likely to have prostate cancer, and that when Lycopene-rich foods were consumed with green tea, the combination was even more effective. Organo-sulfur compounds called isothiocyanates are also found in papaya that have shown themselves capable of inhibiting both the formation and development of cancer cells.

Serratia Peptidase (Serratiopeptidase, Serrapeptase) is a Proteolytic Enzyme originally derived from the silkworm. In addition to its’ Cancer and Tumor preventative qualities, it breaks down "non living" matter in the human body, including cysts, arterial plaque, blood clots and scar tissue. It can reduce the levels of dead tissue in the circulatory system and dissolve fibrin build up in the cardiovascular system, organs and muscle tissue, promoting healthier blood flow and making Cancer cells readily detectable. In Japan and Europe it is commonly used as an anti-inflammatory for conditions including sinusitis, laryngitis, sore throat, ear infections, back pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, carpel tunnel syndrome, migraine and tension headaches. It has also been used to reduce plaque buildup in the arteries. Studies show its anti-inflammatory effects are superior to other Proteolytic Enzymes. One of its’ greatest benefits is reduction of pain. Some physicians in Europe and Asia are even using it as a replacement for ibuprofen and other NSAIDs.

One additional note, I am still researching Proteolytic Enzymes and expect to have more information soon on a New Study that appears to question their use.

Recently a Scripps Team at Scripps Research Institute has completed some new research that indicates the cleavage of protein surrounding a Cancer Cell by Proteolytic Enzymes may actually protect cancer cells because the cleavage triggers a signaling cascade in the tumor cell that blocks apoptosis. They went further to say that the cleavage of CDCP1 by a serine protease enzyme is the key event that promotes tumor cell survival. Since the Serine Proteases, chymotrypsin and trypsin from the Pancreas and Supplements, are enzymes that cleave protein chains, I wonder if taking these in the form of Wobenzym N, or other Supplements, ‘may’ be creating further problems or if the particular enzyme they are discussing is different. My first thought is that Proteolytic Enzymes work to clear proteins around cancer cells making it easier for T-cells and the Natural Killer cells to identify and attack. Now I am concerned that taking Proteolytic Enzymes may cause Cancer Cells to be more virulent and more easily spread. This new Study appears in contradiction to the abundant good results documented by those treating Prostate Cancer with Proteolytic Enzyme Therapy. As it presents a new question, I am looking for a further clarification on the matter.
More on this to follow…

Next installment: Cancer Fighting Supplements - Quercetin

Monday, January 30, 2012

10) Prayer and Prostate Cancer

Before going into Cancer Fighting Supplements I’m taking for Prostate Cancer, this is a good time to talk about something I have been doing from the beginning of this journey. It’s called PRAYER. Does it work? Absolutely, without a doubt, the answer is, YES!

I think of myself more spiritual than a ‘religious’ person. ‘Religions’ and I often have difficulty getting along. I question the rules that seemingly make little sense. I’ve never been able to understand why so many Religions feel their ‘way’ is the ‘only way to salvation’. To me, there are so many paths, all leading to the same place. Baptized as a Catholic, by the time I was in college I was attending other churches trying to figure out where I fit. I traveled through the standard Christian churches for years, then looked at Buddhism and even the way of the Tao. Finally I ended up developing my own understanding of my relationship with God, which thankful to say is still a delightful work in process.

Today I believe that God is everywhere and in everything, from the vastness of the cosmos, to the blade of grass in our garden, to the tiniest of particles that make up the cells in our individual bodies. Since I believe that God is everywhere then simply put: God Is. Since God is everywhere, all-powerful, all present, and within everything, then I am also part of God, therefore: I Am. And since I Am so is everyone and everything on this planet. We are all connected to the divine source, God. How can there be any separation within the divine? Even the air that is between our individual bodies is filled with the same God essence that makes up the cells of our bodies, therefore, We Are. My personal belief is that there is only One Life past, present, future, seen and unseen; and that we and everything are all connected. I believe that One Life is the life of God manifest, and because that Life is God’s Life, it is Perfect, Whole, Complete, Abundant, Healthy, Joyful, filled with God’s Love and Life. Most importantly I believe that I am here to experience all Life has to offer, and as part of God I have the ability to choose to accept what form that will take.

Throughout this process I have come to understand that ‘Prayer’ in all its’ many forms can and does work Miracles. When we Pray, we connect with the God Self that is the soul of our being and the collective consciousness of God that makes up everything. It matters little the form of Prayer or if you are Christian, Jew, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu or any other member of a multitude of different Religions. What matters is that you do Pray, and the strength of your belief in your prayer. Prayer of course comes in so many forms. Within all those forms the most effective Prayer will have the common traits of: (1) Clearly ‘Stating’ what you Want and expect; (2) Knowing that what you want is already available and will manifest; (3) Seeing, Feeling, and Experiencing as best you can what you Want as already done; (4) Then releasing the Prayer knowing it is done while graciously Giving Abundant Thanks for the outcome. The final step is to Allow the Prayer to Happen, while still gently taking all the steps that present themselves after the Prayer to accomplish your purpose. This is called listening to Divine Guidance. How long should you Pray. The simple answer is: as long as it takes.

The Results of Prayer can be greatly enhanced with the help of others Praying with, or for you. Join a Prayer Circle, Songa, or Prayer Support Group. I cannot over emphasize the importance of this step. Having multiple people Pray for your health will enhance your ability to Release Your Prostate Cancer a thousand times over. You also will be Praying for their needs and requests as well. Remember there is no shortage to God’s good energy and love. My wife and I are members of two Prayer groups and I receive tremendous strength from the combined support.

Meditation is another wonderful way for individual Pray. You may put on some easy music. Then just relax your breathing and quiet your thoughts after a short Prayer. Allow yourself to Listen to what comes to you. Are there steps for you to take? Are there fears showing up for you to address? Just 20-30 minutes of meditation daily will provide a great recharge for your mind and body. I often to start my meditation with the following Prayer:

God Is

I Am

We Are

There is One Life

That Life is God’s Life

That Life is Perfect, Whole, Complete, Abundant, Healthy, Joyous

That Life is My Life Now

I know that every cell in my body is filled with God’s Life, God’s Love , God’s Good Energy

I know that my Prostate is filled God’s healing Love and Energy

I release any Cancer Cells from my Prostate, from my body.

I Know that every cell in my body is working in harmony with every other cell,

 for a strong, vibrant, healthy body.

I release this to the universe knowing that it is done, right here, right now.

Thank you, Thank you God

One final note if you want to heal faster, whatever you do be sure to surround yourself with positive people who support you, seeing you as getting better and healthy. This is the same for any support groups you may attend or join. What we believe both consciously and subconsciously becomes our reality. More and more today people are finding this to be true. If you want a scientific reason, just take a look at the work done with quantum physics, string theory and quarks. The bottom line is this, if you surround yourself with those who are into negativity, drama, or feeling sorry for themselves, your life will reflect the same. If you gather those to you who are solution oriented, positive, and upbeat even in the face of adversity, your life will be better and you will heal faster. 

Next installment: Cancer Fighting Supplements

Thursday, January 26, 2012

9) More on Dairy and Prostate Cancer

There are an estimated 30-50 Million American ‘Adults’ (even more children) who are Lactose Intolerant in one form or another. Certain ethnic groups experience this intolerance in far higher numbers. For instance Asians and American Indians may experience Lactose Intolerance in up to 80-100 percent of their populations. The quality of life for those Lactose Intolerant is often diminished and yet they can’t quite put their finger why, so they just continue to suffer in silence. Symptoms of this intolerance, occurring immediately or to up to a few hours after eating, may include: skin rashes, chronic skin reactions, itchy nose and eyes, sneezing, runny nose, wheezing, breathlessness, coughing, nausea, cramping pains, bloating, vomiting and diarrhea. Doctors often misdiagnose Lactose Intolerance and true Dairy Allergies, or ignore it entirely, leaving their patients to wonder what is wrong with them.

Now let’s add those with Celiac Disease or Gluten Intolerance to this discussion. This is believed to be an autoimmune disorder that attacks the small intestine when exposed to the Gluten most commonly found in Wheat, Rye and Barley. Symptoms of Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance often include: bloating, diarrhea, fatigue, osteoporosis, arthritis, vomiting, autoimmune disorders, neurological problems, osteoporosis and even Cancer. This can be a chronic condition that tends to flatten and damage the villi and microvilli in the small intestine causing ‘lack of absorption’ thereby robbing the body of essential nutrients. In simple words you can eat lots of food, vitamins and supplements yet still be starving yourself. Over time the damage may progress further to transferring poisons into your body through a Leaky Gut Syndrome.  

Today Celiac Disease is on the rise. Since the 1950’s the number those suffering from it have grown by 500%. It is unknown why this is happening but there may be a link to the more extensive use of Glutens found throughout today’s processed and ‘fast foods’, or even that our immune systems aren’t used as much as in the past. It is estimated at least 3 Million People have Celiac Disease and that does not begin to count those that are Gluten Intolerant.

Celiacs with damaged villi are no longer capable of catching and breaking down the Lactose they receive through Dairy. As they consume more Dairy, they continue to damage their body even further. Celiacs may experience a high rate of Lactose Intolerance and problematic symptoms long after removing Gluten from their diet. There is a train of thought that once Gluten is removed from a Celiac’s diet, the villi may repair themselves in one to two years and Dairy digestion would again be possible. Though if you are dealing with Cancer, why would you even want to consider re-introducing Dairy. Rice Milk, Almond Milk, Non-GMO Soy Milk, and Hemp Milk provide excellent options for Dairy, and there are fabulous Vegan Protein Powders as a direct substitution for whey Dairy protein.

It is also important to consider the several Gluten Cross Reactive Foods that 'may' plague one with Celiac. In these cases the immune system reacts with these as if they were Gluten. Some of these include: alpha and beta-Casein, amaranth, buckwheat, casomorphin, cheese, chocolate, coffee, corn, hemp, milk, millet, oats, potato, quinoa, rice, sesame, sorghum, spelt, tapioca, and yeast. Many people have little reaction with these, but it is wise to be tested just to be sure. Remember your body is unique, as are your food allergies and sensitivities. Anything that improves to your immune system will enhance your ability to heal.

In addition to Lactose Intolerance it is estimated around 50% of those with Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance also have an Allergy or Intolerance to Casein, the protein found in Dairy. This allergy will often extend to all forms of Dairy including eggs, cheese, whey, yogurt, and other cow/goat milk products. (Please read the previous post: 8) Treatment Begins – Dairy, Meat, and Prostate Cancer) My life is a perfect example of this process. Removing Gluten from my diet made a major difference to my health but I was continuing to experience troubling symptoms. It was not until I was properly tested by BioTek Laboratories and found I had severe allergies to Dairy did I start to really feel better. (Please read the previous post: 4) Decision for the Prostate Biopsy and Food Allergy Relief)

After 60+ years on this planet, my belief is that much of the disease we experience today comes solely from our environment. What we put into our bodies, and what we surround ourselves with both physically and mentally makes all the difference. In retrospect I probably had Celiac for much of my life along with Dairy Allergies. I was starving my body of essential nutrition though I was eating abundantly every day. This in turn compromised my immune system allowing the Prostate Cancer to take hold. I grew up in a mildly poor to middle class household where milk, sugar cereal, white bread, meat, potatoes, overcooked vegetables and sugar filled desserts were the norm with little deviation. That diet continued for much of my life. I wish I knew then what I know today. I now have the personal belief that my Prostate Cancer is the direct result of past diet.

If you take away anything from this Blog, I urge you to consider what you put into your mouth. Learn to Read the Ingredient Label first before purchasing. If there is Dairy, or Chemicals in the product you can’t understand, RUN AWAY! If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned here, Get Tested Immediately for food Allergies and Celiac Disease by professional services similar to BioTek Laboratories through a professional source like Bastyr. The longer you wait may only cause further damage to your body and shorten your life.

If you have Prostate Cancer now, immediately do something about it. Relying only on standard medical procedures may prolong your life for a short time without releasing the Prostate Cancer or removing the cause. Ask yourself this question now, “How do I ever expect to heal if I am continuing to put the same crappy food into my body that caused the problem?” Allergies not withstanding, if you are eating Dairy and Meat you are on a slippery slope. Think of yourself as in a race. The prize is Continued Life. Each day you improve your health with a proper diet will extend your life further. The choice is yours.

Next installment: Prayer and Prostate Cancer

Monday, January 2, 2012

8) Treatment Begins – Dairy, Meat, and Prostate Cancer

Not more than once the question crossed my mind, why did I have Prostate Cancer? I was reasonably healthy, not to overweight, active, ate all the ‘correct’ foods like ‘milk and cheese’ for protein, building a healthy body and strong bones according to the ads.  Deep down, I knew that if I didn’t find out the ‘why’ regarding my Prostate Cancer, then treatment was doomed. After months of research, what I leaned was both SHOCKING and sad.

I learned if you really want Prostate Cancer then just continue eating lots of dairy (and animal products)! In fact the Casein and other chemicals found in cows milk may be some most dangerous chemical carcinogens of all foods. Worldwide there will be over 400,000 new cases of Prostate Cancer diagnosed annually. It’s one of the Most Common Malignancies among men and the focus of extensive study. Continually these studies have found a direct link between the consumption of milk/dairy products and the increase of Prostate Cancer. Up until the point of my recent test revealing a severe allergy to dairy (See: Blog #4) Decision for the Prostate Biopsy and Food Allergy Relief). I had been consuming large amounts of milk, cheese, yogurt, butter, ice cream, cottage cheese, and anything else dairy. Guess I was a ‘dairyholic’. I believed it was good for me because that’s all I heard on the ads, and from our general medical profession. The real truth about dairy changed my world. I hope it will change yours.

In one Harvard Study of male health professionals, men who drank two or more glasses of milk a day were almost twice as likely to develop advanced prostate cancer as those who didn't drink milk at all. In another report rising rates of dairy consumption in Japan were linked with rising death rates from prostate cancer. Per Ganmaa Davaasambuu a physician (Mongolia), a Ph.D. in environmental health (Japan), a fellow (Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study), and a working scientist (Harvard School of Public Health), "The milk we drink today is NOT nature's perfect food." She goes on to state the potential risk from cow’s milk is large, and heightens the risk of cancer. So what if you already have Prostate Cancer. Studies have indicated that simply changing your diet will make a real difference for your recovery. It has been shown that a low fat, high fiber (vegetarian) diet will significantly reduce the growth of prostate cancer, and there has been several links between the calcium in dairy and Prostate Cancer. Animal protein from meat has also shown a direct link to Prostate Cancer. In other words if you want to live longer, eat more vegetables and fruit. Eat less dairy and meat if you want to live long and be healthy without cancer.

Dr. T. Colin Campbell in “The China Study” details one of many links between cancer and consumption of animal protein, dairy and meat. He found that Casein, which is 85% of the protein in dairy, promoted cancer in all stages of its development. His conclusion: the only safe protein is plant-derived protein. In a further study Dr. Campbell found consuming more than 10% of protein in ones diet from Casein turned on cancer cells, while reducing the Casein to 5% turned them off.

Prostate Cancer is not the only reason to be concerned about dairy in your diet. In a World Health Organization 25-year study mortality from coronary heart disease was lowest in countries emphasizing diets of vegetables, fish, plant based oils, and legumes while countries with the highest heart disease emphasized diets of meat, milk, sugar, potatoes and eggs. The World Cancer Research Fund recommends a "predominantly plant-based diet" and lists fruits and vegetables as convincing, probable, and possible risk reducers for cancer. Also hip fractures worldwide were highest in countries consuming the largest amounts of dairy. So much for dairy building strong bones. In fact dairy works to turn the body acidic, actually causing calcium to be leached out of bones. The real question becomes how much longer are we willing to risk the quality of our lives?

Based on this research, and much more, I began my process to Release Prostate Cancer with a rather large change in diet. Knowing it not enough to just drop certain foods, I decided a complete change was in order. I chose to become Vegan (not in a fanatical way) and looked for ways to enhance my daily intake of nourishment. I began juicing with fresh vegetables and fruits and making my own vegetarian soup, along with increasing my intake of rawfresh fruits and vegetables. Another significant change was only buying Organic and Non-GMO. Why should I continue to ad something to my body laced with chemicals that would stress my immune system when nutritious quality organic food is still available? I also began taking several vital Supplements to support my Release of the Prostate Cancer. If you are wondering what a sample of my daily food intake looks like, just check for it on the above tab... Basic Cancer Diet.

The results so far have been marvelous. I’ve easily lost the excess 20 pounds I was carrying, and feel more energized and mentally alert. I have also released many of the aches and pains my body was experiencing. The better news is that my last PSA test was down to a 3.2. Definitely headed in the right direction.

Next installment: More on Dairy and Prostate Cancer