This year 160,000 men will develop prostate cancer. My father had prostate cancer and had his prostate removed. His post-cancer treatments were working well until he had some cardiac problems. He had a quadruple bypass and a heart valve replacement. This happened in his early 80’s.
The post-surgical cardiac treatment removed his post-cancer treatments for several months. Within a year, cancer revisited him in his bones. He lived a couple more years before succumbing to cancer. Until his early 80’s he was very active. Within a couple of years, he had passed.
I read an article this morning on prostate cancer and green tea. Scientific evidence has been around for several decades showing a reduction in risk of prostate cancer with men who consumed green tea. Various controlled tests have been done as recently as last year with mixed results.
I find that testing can be influenced by many factors. Especially, if you don’t want to show a positive result. On a good day, it is difficult to show effective results because each of us is different. Our diets vary as do our immune systems. Dosage rates are one of the first things I look at when reviewing research studies.
I am an advocate for balanced nutrition, caloric restriction, and intermittent fasting. All three reduce the risk of age-related disease and increase our lifespan. At the end of today’s article, the author stated that relying on one nutrient (green tea) to reduce the risk of prostate cancer was unwise.
Disease is usually the result of chronic low-level inflammation. Most cases of chronic low-level inflammation are from habitual nutrient deficiencies. Balancing your diet removes nutrient deficiencies.
What is a balanced diet? I use the Wahl’s Protocol dietary recommendation. It consists of three similar meals. Each meal has one cup of leafy green vegetables, one cup of colored fruits and vegetables (with the color running completely through them – blueberries versus eggplant), one cup of sulfur-laden vegetables (cruciferous) and three to four ounces of high-quality protein and fat.
I found that I cannot eat three meals daily. It is too much for me. I choose to eat one to two meals daily – usually between noon and six p.m. My calories are restricted. My nutrients are mostly balanced. I supplement with vitamin D3, vitamin K2 and mixed tocopherols and tocotrienols (vitamin E). These vitamins are more difficult to find in most our typical foods.
This type of daily food regimen provides approximately 30 of the key nutrients our bodies need on a daily basis. It also keeps my body in an alkaline environment (pH greater than 7.0 – most of the time greater than 7.4). The more negative your body’s pH, the more oxygen it can hold. Increased oxygen levels fight conditions that are ripe for cancer development. The intermittent fasting drives increased production of human growth hormone which is a key driver of healthy aging.