Prostate cancer - Dad's story!
Fighting Prostate Cancer with Green Tea, Selenium and Diet Changes
A lucky prostate cancer survivor's story of how diet and supplements took his PSA to 0 and has kept it there for 10 years.
Over the years I have had requests to share my "remarkable" prostate cancer experience in which I successfully fought prostate cancer with green tea, selenium, strawberries and tomatoes! After the recent request, I decided to place it on KeepandShare.com for more to see.
I was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in 1991, underwent radical prosectomy 1992. Then had rising PSA in 1995. I started Selenium and dietary changes and my PSA suddenly dropped to "0" and it has been there ever since.
BACKGROUND AND HISTORY
A routine PSA test in the fall of 1991 revealed that my PSA was at 6. By the spring of 1992 it had risen to 8, and a biopsy led to radical prosectomy in July 1992. The PSA dropped from 11 to 0, where it remained until the fall of 1996 when it started to rise again. We watched it very closely, and I started plotting the data. It was increasing rapidly in a straight line. I consulted other doctors, and researched on the internet. When I had my PSA tested in April 1997 it was at 9 and still rising. My next appointment was for July 1997, and I thought I would have to start hormone treatments. I was very depressed.
In April I had seen an article in the LA Times about preliminary results of a research program that was testing Selenium on prostate cancer patients. The results were looking somewhat promising. I was able to learn the exact brand and dosage that was being used, and so I decided to give it a try since things could not get much worse.
My research had also indicated that some foods seemed to have beneficial results. I remembered attending a major seminar where one of the MD researchers really endorsed tomatoes and strawberries for their beneficial effects.. There were also many sources recommending green tea.
So, in May 1997 I started my experiment, and began using selenium, green tea, tomatoes and strawberries.
I had blood drawn for PSA tests in early July, and went to my medical appointment with my "Oncologist-Urologist" surgeon. As he walked into the room he stated that the PSA had gone to 0, and he asked what had happened. I asked if he was sure that it was really my test results and not for someone else. He said that it certainly appeared to be for me. I then told him about my experiment. So he sent me to have another test, and several days later we learned that it was really 0. We continued to check on a monthly basis, and it maintained it's 0 value. Thanks be to God that it is still at 0 in 2008! My doctor calls it "remarkable", and exhibits my records to some of his associates. Later he urged me to attend a special workshop to share my experiences
Here is a list of the things that I have done that seem to keep my PSA under control.
- I think that the key element is Selenium. I researched for the specific brand and dose used in the LA Times article and found that it is made by GNC ( a large chain of vitamin and mineral etc stores - I think it is GENERAL NUTRITION CO.) and is 200 mcg per tablet. I take one tablet each morning after breakfast.
- I also take these three pills at the same time for my general health, --Multivitamin pill which includes another 50 mcg of Selenium among a long list of others.--CALCIUM--Fish oil capsule
- I have read many articles on the benefits of GREEN TEA, I started drinking two large mugs each day, one when I rise, and the other at 4pm.I had a lot of difficulty finding good plain green tea since most of the American taste is for flavorings. Black tea is fermented in it's processing, while green tea is not. I found a neat Asian food market that must have at least 200 kinds of tea. I like the Japanese and Korean the best. I bought tea bags at first, but I now mostly use bulk green tea from Japan. Since it is very difficult to find unaltered green tea in motels and restaurants, I always carry my tea bags with me whenever I travel. I always have at least one tea bag in my wallet!
- I try to eat a lot of tomato products, and I have heard that cooked tomatoes are best.
- We go to the farmers market every week, and, when available, buy 3 baskets of strawberries, which Marie and I consume. For breakfast, I generally eat a bowl of shredded wheat squares with heaping portions of strawberries, plus 1/2 banana and a hand full of grapes!
I would be very happy to answer any questions that you may have, You can contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember: fight prostate cancer with green tea, selenium, strawberries and tomatoes!
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