Healing from Prostate Cancer
This all started with a routine blood test on February 17th, 2009. When I phoned my Doctor for the results, his nurse informed me it was imperative I come in for a consultation. As I sat in his office awaiting his arrival I wondered what could be wrong as I just retuned from vacation and felt great. As he entered the room with a serious look on his face he said, "Stuart, your PSA (Prostate-specific antigen) has more than doubled since your last blood test and at 10.32 I have scheduled you for a biopsy at the Prostate Cancer Institute. Wow, how to take the wind out of one's sails in a few short words.
On April 15th, 2009 after a two-day fast and a powerful enema the biopsy is completed. This is where they enter the prostate and take ten core tissue samples and send it to the lab to analyze. The results of this test is called a Gleason Score and in my case seven of the ten samples tested positive for cancer. Now that you have an official diagnosis I don't have to tell you the various thoughts that race through your mind.
I must tell you the Prostate Cancer Institute acts very quickly in getting you involved with information sessions put on by Cancer Professionals dealing with surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy to name a few.
I then called my Doctor and booked an appointment to get his advice. He advised me he would send my test results to the Oncology Department at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre and suggested I book an appointment to review my case with them.
All of this along with many hours on the Internet leads to information overload.
It is now mid June, I have a lot of information but am no closer to making a decision. A very good friend suggested a Wholistic Practitioner to investigate the ability to fight this disease naturally. I now gather more information and the time has come to make a decision. Throughout this investigation two things become clear, 1) early stage cancer is usually slow growing and one should not be pressured into making a decision they will regret later, and 2) conventional medical treatments like surgery, radiation and chemo-therapy can have devastating effects on your body and immune system.
Decision made, try the natural approach, monitor the progress monthly and if that fails you can always revert to one of the medical remedies.
This decision also came with a complete change in diet. When a person has cancer it indicates multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors. When a person's immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors. We decided to eliminate all foods and substances that cancer cells feed on.
- Sugar and any artificial sweetener (aspartame).
- Table salt has a chemical additive
- Milk and dairy products produce mucus, cancer feeds on mucus.
- Cancer cells thrive in an Acid Environment. A meat based diet is acidic, beef and pork also contain live stock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites.
- A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruit helps put the body into an Alkaline Environment. Fresh raw vegetables provide live enzymes. These enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 40 degrees C.
- Avoid coffee, black tea, chocolate and alcohol.
- Add supplements to build up the immune system (vitamins & minerals).
- Daily exercise and deep breathing. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment.
- Eliminate the microwave, plastic containers, water bottles, and saran wrap. Heating or freezing in plastic releases dioxin chemicals which are cancer causing.
So, here we are December 2010, eighteen months later and what are the results. Change in diet and eating habits resulted in a 30 pound weight loss. More energy and a general feeling of well being. Here are some side benefits that I did no expect. I have been on medication for high blood pressure and high cholesterol for the last 15 years. As of today both blood pressure and cholesterol readings have been reduced to normal without medication. I have arthritis in both my hands and back which was the source of constant pain. Eliminating the acid and putting my body into an alkaline state I no longer suffer from arthritic pain. Now for the most important. A recent medical and blood work indicated a dramatic drop in PSA level to where my Doctor said the reading is below normal.
I will continue with the program and continue to monitor my progress on a monthly basis.
This process required the assistance of other people who I would like to recognized. Journey of Health in Midnapore, Cody Dahl, Certified blood analyst and his wife Tonya, Raw food preparation expert for our monthly session and the encouragement. My Dear wife Margaret, who jumped into this with both feet, spent countless hours in researching recipes that allowed us to change our eating habits and her constant love and support.
Cancer is a disease of the mind, body and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor.
Stuart has diligently recorded all of his progress, please email us if you would like to get in contact with him. His diet was a modification of the Rainbow Green Live Food Cuisine Diet.