Advanced Prostate Cancer
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Dietary Recommendations

I’m just starting to recover enough to begin to exercise again and I’m motivated to eat better to further aid in my recover and the battle I have ahead. Finding the right “Cancer Diet” seems a bit overwhelming with way too many theories or paths to go down. I’m looking for a few suggestions on where to start. Something basic to read to ease myself into it. Any suggestions out there? Thanks!

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I too am looking for really good information on whether meat and dairy products increase prostate cancer risk. I bought a book written by Dr. Michael Greger titled " How Not To Die : Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease". It has a full chapter on "How Not To Die From Prostate Cancer".

The impression I got from the book, thus far, is that it is biased against meat eaters and pro plant eaters. Plenty of life long veggies get prostate and other cancers. If, vegetable eating were to prevent cancer, then how does that happen ? Also, there are plenty of life long hard core meat eaters I know who haven't ever had cancer despite indulging hugely :-)

Can anyone please throw some light on this very interesting subject ?

Thank you very much.

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I highly recommend a book by David Servan-Schreiber entitled Anticancer: A New Way of Life. You can get it on Amazon.

They made a documentary about Dr. Servan-Schreiber’s life. The film is named “The C Word.” It was on Netflix earlier this year and may still be.

It is about his own battle with cancer and his quest to learn how things like diet can help figh cancer. He lived 18-years after being told he had 18-months to live.

The books explains in simple terms the research that supports how different foods have positive effects on various cancers. It includes foods specifically recommended for prostate cancer patients. And his life story is very inspiring.

Hope this helps. Good luck on your journey!

James

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The UCSF hospital has a good guide to prostate cancer and diet. Here's a link to it:

cancer.ucsf.edu/_docs/crc/n...

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Joe,

Diet becomes a religion to many, especially the newly converted. Dr. Myers, who must be almost a 20-year survivor by now, favours a Mediterranean diet.

There is a tendency to cut out fat these days. This started decades ago with a campaign by Ansel Keys to limit or eliminate animal saturated fats. It eventually progressed to include all saturated fats, owing to the efforts of U.S. producers of polyunsaturated fats, who resented that the baked goods industry were using imported coconut & palm oils. Eventually, fat itself became demonized & we have zero-fat salad dressing & similar "healthy" products. Myers has noted that his low-fat patients did not do well. He has pointed out that the Med diet is certainly not low-fat - it is 40% fat.

A vegan diet could be 40% fat, but Dean Ornish still has influence, & he favors 10%.

Dr. Michael Greger's name often comes up. He is a clever promoter of veganism - using scientific papers to build a case for or against a particular food. The conclusion he draws is never in doubt, because he disregards studies that do not support his case, & sometimes misrepresents others - such as the Ornish PCa intervention study, which was not a resounding success.

Men with PCa, on average, have a higher rate of cardiovascular-related death than men without PCa. The Med diet has been convincingly shown to lower CVD risk.

One food that should be avoided or minimized is dairy. A number of studies associate it with aggressive disease. One possible reason is the presence of human bio-identical IGF-I - a growth hormone. Another is that high calcium intake drives down levels of hormonal vitamin D.

I have a series of posts that have titles that start with:

"Foods/Supplements-Vitamins:".

-Patrick

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I've tried a lot of diets. Going full vegetarian for 18 months certainly healed my gut and improved my health and life.

Just paying attention does a lot of good. Any diet, Mediterranean, vegan, keto, all of them will keep you away from processed foods, high carbs, and the most pesticide-laden foods.

I tried the ketogenic diet, where you strive to get 90% of your calories from healthy fats. It took a while to get it dialed in, it is a demanding diet. Once I got into ketosis and stayed there most of the time, my PSA fell for 6 months in a row. That had not happened in 8+ years of monitoring PSA.

Dr. Mercola has a relatively new book on the keto diet. He makes the case that you have to go on an off of the diet which I welcome.

Fat for Fuel: A Revolutionary Diet to Combat Cancer, Boost Brain Power, and Increase Your Energy

amazon.com/Fat-Fuel-Revolut...

NFI on my part, and I'm just getting around to giving this book a serious read. But I've found Mercola's other books and articles to be easy to read and well researched.

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Please keep us posted, i am especially interested, if and when you stop ketone, and what the PSA does. I have gone on a food roller coaster myself and dipped into the ketone for a bit and then some other food theory came along. Have you heard anything about Dr. Sebi natural herbs? His program is costly. But i was considering it, until i saw what you wrote on ketosis

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You are going to have to weigh the options and make your own determination. Talking PCa and diet is a lot like having religious discussions. I suspect there is not one best diet for all body types. Personally, I like and recommend the following:

Health and Wellness:

Living with Prostate Cancer Part 2: Diet Recommendations. Published by PCF.org in conjunction with UCSF. Here is a link where you can request a copy. pcf.org/health_and_wellness...

New Prostate Cancer Nutrition book by Dr. Charles (Snuffy) Myers. This is basically a Mediterranean diet with a few tweeks on fats types and stuff.

Pick something you can adhere to and still provides some enjoyment from life. Good advice in preceding posts as well.

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