DR. CHARLES MYERS
Supportive evidence for a nutritional protocol was given by noted oncologist Dr. Charles Myers, Jr., Director of the American Institute for Diseases of the Prostate, in his March 2002 Prostate Forum Newsletter. There he reported on the importance of a health diet in combating both prostate cancer and cardiovascular disease.
In the newsletter he stated “A comprehensive PCa treatment program, involving stress management, exercise and a healthy diet with supplements can also prevent cardiovascular disease, a frequent cause of death for men with PCa.”
He also said that “Reports on DHA, one of the omega 3 fatty acids in fish oil show a reduced risk of developing prostate cancer. Additionally a number of studies show that DHA has the ability to lessen the weight loss and debilitation that often develops in advanced cancer.”
Dr. Myers stated that “Epidemiology studies, and now clinical trials, have shown that diet and lifestyle can alter the progression of prostate cancer. For example, we have randomized controlled trials that show an impact of selenium and Vitamin E on survival – something we do not yet have for surgery or radiation therapy.
While small, I think the recent clinical trial published in Journal of Urology by Saxe, et al. will prove an accurate assessment of the major impact diet and lifestyle changes can have. In this study men who had failed initial treatment with surgery had PSA doubling times close to 6.5 months. Stress reduction and a heart healthy diet were able to change the doubling time to 17.7 months.
This is a major advantage for a minor price. I would point out that these diet and lifestyle changes have already been shown to be of major value in reducing deaths from heart disease, stroke and diabetes mellitus.”
He further said, “I think these findings suggest a better approach for treating a patient comprehensively. Imagine if these men first elected to try a program involving a low fat diet, exercise and stress reduction. With a program like this in place, adding supplements, such as Vitamin E, selenium, lycopene, or other nutritional supplements containing little or no toxicity would be of great use.”
“At the same time, they will have taken concrete steps to significantly reduce their risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. In other words, the same program outlined above for treating PCa is also beneficial in the treatment of hypertension, arteriosclerosis and stroke, forming a comprehensive treatment program for a patient’s overall health.”
The Saxe, et al. study “suggests that a low fat diet and stress reduction might reduce the rate of cancer growth by 60% while causing far fewer side effects than hormonal therapy. A recent randomized controlled trial showed a dramatic impact of lycopene on prostate cancer after only a few weeks. Lycopene is a remarkably safe and non-toxic agent with other health benefits.”
He stated that “Prostate cancer responds best when you combine appropriate medical management with stress reduction and attention to the pertinent nutritional issues.”
This newsletter, Prostate Forum, can be obtained from Rivanna Health Publications, telephone 434-974-1303. We recommend it.
- AARON KATZ
Dr. Aaron Katz, a nationally recognized urologist and Director of the Center for Holistic Urology at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, is another physician who recognizes the importance of nutrition in fighting cancer.
In his website, he states “Holisticurology.com is committed to bringing you the best and latest information in holistic therapies and preventative medicine. Of course, diet is one of the key elements in everyone’s day-to-day life that affects our health. “
Over the last few years, a number of foods, vitamins and minerals have been found to be beneficial for the prevention and treatment of prostate cancer. Many of these items: selenium, Vitamins A, C and E, IPG, garlic, green tea and soy, have been the topics of discussion in many recent publications. The Center for Holistic Urology incorporates these significant findings into a well balanced individualized meal plan for each patient.”
The Holistic Urology Center publishes a newsletter, which we recommend. It can be obtained by contacting the Center at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the Center for Holistic website at www.holisticurology.com
- BOB ARNOT
Dr. Bob Arnot, the Chief Medical Correspondent for NBC News, is another strong advocate for nutrition as a method of fighting cancer. He has written a number of books focused on this subject. His most recent book is entitled, “The Prostate Cancer Protection Plan – The Foods, Supplements and Drugs That Can Combat Prostate Cancer.
In the introduction, he stated: “Since much of this protection program relies on lifestyle changes, you might ask why on earth any sensible person would change so much of his lifestyle to beat one disease. That is, why not choose instead a program of prevention for colon cancer, heart disease, or stroke? Why just prostate cancer? As we’ve just seen, prostate cancer is unique in its ability to destroy your quality of life. The other reason to focus so intently on prostate cancer is this. The combined measures that you can undertake to protect yourself against prostate cancer are the same nutritional measures you would use to prevent heart disease, stroke, obesity, diabetes, and colon and other cancers.
“In fact, heart disease serves as a remarkable sentinel for your risk of prostate cancer. The higher your risk of coronary artery disease, the higher your risk of prostate cancer! A study from the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons states it clearly: ‘Patients with coronary heart disease may represent a high-risk group for prostate cancer.’ Why? The same grand and excessive lifestyle and diet that lead you down the road to heart disease may also lead you down the road to prostate cancer, and vice versa. Heart disease has long been the greatest fear of men in the prime of their lives.”
“What’s laid out in this book is not, however, a general program. The measures are highly specific and targeted toward prostate cancer, but the benefits spread across the vast majority of health risks that you face.”
Dr. Arnot’s book is an excellent one and we recommend it to you.
ASSOCIATION FOR THE CURE OF CANCER OF THE PROSTATE
Although there are many other medical statements we could quote, we will conclude this group of supporting statements with one from the Association for the Cure of Cancer of the Prostate (Cap CURE). In their white paper on nutrition, they state, “Of all the risk factors for prostate cancer, only nutrition seems to explain the differences in global distribution of this disease. Studies estimate that 75 percent of all cases of prostate cancer could be prevented by changes in diet and lifestyle. Scientists from Cap CURE conclude: ‘We believe, therefore, that nutrition and lifestyle practices in lower-risk countries arrest the growth of prostate cancer so that it is never clinically discovered’.”
Some scientists believe that the human body and the western diet may be incompatible. For most of the last 200,000 years, we were fruit and vegetable eaters. As a result, our bodies have difficulty dealing with a diet rich in fats. These scientists believe we should go back to eating the foods we ate while we were evolving.
The American Cancer Society has given similar advice in recommending we consume more vegetables, more fiber, less red meat, less animal fat, less dairy and that we exercise more.
The Cancer Cure Coalition Healthy Living Recommendationsinvolve a lifestyle change. We believe you should make this change not just because of the health benefits, but also because you will live better and have more joy of life.