Why do most cancer survivors ignore the tools they have within their personal control?
My older sister was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in November 2002. She passed away from the disease in February 2003, just a few days before her 62nd birthday and less than three months before I underwent prostate cancer surgery. I never told her about my cancer.
During her 13 month battle against cancer, she continued to smoke cigarettes and made almost no changes to her diet. She was told to stop smoking but lifelong habits are difficult to change. I don’t think anyone advised there that dietary changes could help her in her struggle and her meal plan as she was dying in the hospital was mostly sugar, meat, and dairy-based.
At that point I did not know enough to provide any guidance at all. But now, after 8 and one-half years as a prostate cancer survivor I do have a body of knowledge that I intend to share with my fellow survivors and those who are sure to follow.
How nutrition and exercise makes a difference
More and more research is clearly demonstrating the connection between what we eat and the diseases we force ourselves to endure.
The following quote comes from the Cancer Survivor’s Guide, by Neal D. Bernard, MD, and Jennifer K. Reilly, RD: “Among the most important themes to emerge from research has been that foods influence the hormones that fuel cancer growth. For example, diets high in fiber and low in fat tend to reduce the amount of estrogens (female sex hormones) circulating in the bloodstream. This taming of estrogens seems to reduce the likelihood that cancer cells will multiply or spread.”
Dr. Bernard is a nutrition researcher and founder of The Cancer Project and is also the founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).
In 2002, researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles reported a series of unusual experiments that demonstrated the power of diet and exercise. They drew blood samples from a group of eight men who had been following a low-fat diet and exercising regularly for several years. They also drew blood samples from overweight men who were not follow- ing the diet and exercise program.
They added portions of each man’s blood serum to test tubes containing standardized prostate cancer cells. Serum from men on the low-fat diet and exercise program slowed cancer cell growth by 49 percent compared to serum from the other men.
How could this be? Differences in testosterone, estrogen, and insulin account for part of the effect, but other changes in the blood exert additional effects the researchers have not yet teased out. The research team also found that a man’s serum shows demonstrable cancer-inhibiting power within as little as eleven days after beginning a low-fat diet and exercise regimen.
Watch my program here
In a previous post I showed my PSA history – as a radical prostatectomy patient it should be undetectable – that indicates I likely have some low-level of recurrent prostate cancer.
I also posted my LDL cholesterol history for the past 8 eight years that clearly shows my rise in LDL since I regressed to eating animal protein and diary products. After reading The China Study , I am convinced that I can strongly influence my cancer outcome by reverting to a plant-based eating program. You can watch my progress here in my blog.
If you are a cancer patient or someone who wishes to dramatically improve their health, I recommend you read The China Study and the pdf eBook at the following link: Cancer-Fighting Power You Can See