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I'm in the process of reading "How Not to Die," by Michael Greger, MD.  It was rated # 6 on the New York Times bestseller list in January of this year. 

Does the book address prostate issues?  Yes - both directly and indirectly.  Chapter 13 is entitled, "How Not to Die from Prostate Cancer."  My theory, and I could be wrong, is that a change in lifestyle that's conducive to staving off prostate cancer, could also be relevant to mitigating symptomatic BPH.  His theory, and I'm sure he's right, is that there is an overall synergy to good health.  In other words, he's of the opinion for example that diet and lifestyle changes that affect cardiovascular health will, in all probability, reduces the chances of getting a neurodegenerative disease.  The book focuses on overall health and, as the title implies, it offers extremely good advice on avoiding the 15 leading causes of death, of which PCa is one.  The book cites the word prostate 49 times. 

Not to make wild claims, but I've been following his advice for 14 days, and I've definitely noticed some improvement.  Lost four pounds.  Stream is noticeably stronger.  Nocturia has somewhat abated, but still a problem.  FYI - I take daily Cialis and dutasteride, along with saw palmetto as an adjuvant.

He truly is a non-profit guy.  His website is nutritionfacts.org and it's excellent.  If you are interested in the book, it may be available as an audio CD from your local library.  Mine was.  Finally, it's my intent to stay with this lifestyle change, at least for the foreseeable future.  Take my comments for what they're worth.  Maybe these ideas might help someone.  I'll update in six weeks.

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    Great advice. I made a diet life style change three years ago when I found out I had two major blockages and they wanted to do a four way by pass. I got on the Whole Food Plant Based diet from Cleveland Clinic by Doctor Caldwell Esselstyn. This saved my life without the surgery and I am off of all meds. His book is Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease

    Dr T Collin Cambell of Cornell also supports fully this life style and he is the man who did, The China Study book. 

    I felt an immediate change in my condition in five weeks. No more short breath no more angina pains in chest. That was three years ago and my cardiologist said I would be dead by now with out the surgery. This really worked and the 12 year clinical study that was done on 48 people in controlled setting showed the amazing results. There is comparative pictures in the book of the before, during and after pictures of the inside of the patients arteries and you can actually see the clean up of the veins during the trail study. This is the type of proof that you do not get in normal medicine. It is strange to realize that you can not name a single prescription medication that cures a disease. They only treat the symptoms. The change of the diet will cure cardiovascular heart disease. And 630,000 people died last year from this. 

    I am very lucky I found this program.

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      Hello j12080!  Not only have I read the two books you've mentioned, I've studied them.  Every point you've made is Spot On.  I vividly remember the pictures in Esselstyn's book.  As I recall, there was barely a discernible difference in the before and after pictures of the lumens of those arteries, but enough of a difference to allow for much better perfusion.  As far as the China Study, there are entire provinces in China whose relationship with animal-based protein is scant at best.  The main side effect?  Extremely low rates of cancer.  That alone is proof enough for me.

      Here's where I made a mistake, j12080, and I'm hoping other men don't make the same mistake.  I was open minded enough to have read other authors' books on nutrition and lifestyle changes.  As you're probably aware, there is a raging debate regarding what constitutes a healthy diet.  One ideology embraces the idea of healthy fats.  The other embraces a near vegan / vegetarian lifestyle.  After having read Esselstyn and Campbell, I also read Mercola and Taubes.  While the latter two are brilliant men, I do believe they're misguided.  Having followed their advice, my health deteriorated somewhat, and I wasn't even eating that much animal-based protein.  As I said, I'm now entering the third week of a phytochemical diet - a diet based on plants - along with an avoidance of meat - especially chicken.  At first, it was difficult.  Greger postulates that, given time, the taste buds themselves would change.  I just laughed when I read that statement.  Not laughing now.

      You made the following statement:  "you can not name a single prescription medication that cures a disease."  I truly had to think about that.  It's true.  Finally, I'll leave you with a quote from Greger himself:  "Doctors get paid for recommending procedures and pills; not for recommending produce."  Thanks for posting.  All the best to you in your continued recovery.

       

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      Yes Alan, we agree, the taste buds do really change and that changes the desires. I now have absolutely  no desire for any kind of meat. I do miss eggs sometimes and I miss the cheese. But, I have a large variety of comfort foods that gets me through without any issue. The 180 recipes in the back of the Dr. Caldwell Esseltyn's book is where we started and now we have literally hundreds of recipes that are wonderful and make me have to practice portion control again.

      In Texas, there is a rather famous dish called "King Ranch Casserole" that is really a great dish. Lots of native Texans know of this dish. My wife makes it in a Whole Food Plant Based recipe that is as good as the real thing without any processed foods, no cheese and no meats. You just can't stop eating it just like the real thing. She also makes me Mac and Cheese without any cheese. Just like the real thing, the left overs are better than the original dish. I am very lucky as she is very very talented in her WFPB cooking. 

      When the Cardiologist that had heart problems started going to Dr. Esselstyn to get on his program, he knew he had a complete break through. Some of those patient's pictures of results are also in his book. Dr. Campbell points out that he discovered in the Philippines that Dairy products contain a very high level of CASEIN protein. This protein is also a very powerful carcinogenic as well as the main protein in Dairy Products. 

      Plant Pure Nation is another outlet that I just love and it is a grassroots grouping of people who eat like you do. They are now spread with PODS of people in most cities who share information and ideas as a group who is dedicated to changing the way the S.A.D (Standard American Diet) has effected our people. We have gotten a lot of recipes and information from the PODs in our area. We also have made a lot of new friend.

      You should look them up as it is all free and just designed to help. 

      I do understand that you had to think a moment on the comment that "you can not name a single prescription medication that cures a disease." But that is what the Rx industry was built on and is designed to do. Treat the symptom, live with the disease and make lots of money in the process. But, people are starting to wake up. The way off the drugs is through the diet. The body will clean up. I got off all six of my scripts in my process. Oh yes, they still have a reason to push them at me but I am doing great without them or the effects of them. Notice I dropped the word side for effects. The fact is the effects are not on the side they are the reality and part of the drug. But don't despair, we have some other drugs for those effects!! 

      Have a great Holiday season. Can you believe it, they are saying we may actually have a white Christmas season here in North Texas this year. I will only believe this when I see it happen. 

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    Hi Alan,

    I was recommended this book by the chiropractic I go to. Particularly advised to cut out dairy products as advised by Michael Greger. I have followed this for over six months now and have noticed an all round improvement. Well worth giving it a try for a period and see if it benefits, there are lots of dairy free products available now. His analysis of the amount of hormone in cows milk is I think particularly relevant to the prostate. I initially lost a few pounds, but my weight has stayed consistent. I take a D3 Adcal supplement to keep up the calcium levels. Well worth reading, if you can follow a gluten free diet that is also beneficial.

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      Points well-made, and well-taken, david77278.  One of Greger's statements that stuck with me regarding dairy was the fact that cow's milk will add 1,300 lbs to a calf in a matter of 20 months.  That alone gave me a moment of pause.  Regarding what's being done to livestock, we should be appalled. Two abominable things are going on in CAFOs (Confined Animal Feeding Operations);  saturating the animals with hormones (to fatten them up as quickly as possible) and keeping them on antibiotics (to keep them alive).  WE END UP EATING THIS CRAP.  Can't be good.  For further reading, I would suggest "The Omnivore's Dilemma,"  by Michael Pollan.  Of all the author's I've read, his dietary edict gets it exactly right in just seven words:  "Eat food.  Mostly plants.  Not too much."  And this last point – staying on the abstemious side of eating is probably the most important.  To wit; you may want to look up “Twinkie diet helps nutrition professor lose 27 pounds.”  The title alone says it all.  What it doesn’t say is that while the professor did eat junk food, he didn’t eat very much of it.  While it’s a horrendous way of eating, it makes the point that the quantity of the food measured in (yes) calories - could be equally as important as the quality of the food.  I do believe the kilocalorie is about to make a screaming comeback.

      Pollan also has other zingers that are particularly relevant: 

      "Don't eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food."

      "A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule."

      "The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway."

      You mentioned a gluten-free diet.  Another good read for overall health is "Wheat Belly Total Health: The Ultimate Grain-Free Health and Weight-Loss Life Plan," by William Davis.  Finally, while I can't remember the author of the following quote, the message stayed with me:  "If it comes from a plant, eat it.  If it was made in a plant, don't."  Thanks for posting.  Wishing you the best.

       

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    Hi Alan,

    I was recommended this book by the chiropractic I go to. Particularly advised to cut out dairy products as advised by Michael Greger. I have followed this for over six months now and have noticed an all round improvement. Well worth giving it a try for a period and see if it benefits, there are lots of dairy free products available now. His analysis of the amount of hormone in cows milk is I think particularly relevant to the prostate. I initially lost a few pounds, but my weight has stayed consistent. I take a D3 Adcal supplement to keep up the calcium levels. Well worth reading, if you can follow a gluten free diet that is also beneficial.

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    Would you not need to start his regime early in life rather than when the problem has been building up in you for years.
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      That is an excellent point, derek76.  That said, the author is of the opinion that it's never too late to start.

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