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Why Men Should Consider An Integrative Approach To Prostate Cancer (part Ii)

This is a guest post from Scott, who has been going back and forth for a while on whether a dietary change is necessary, or even useful, to reduce the risks of prostate cancer.

You are not meant to think alone. You can only think within your group. When you think alone, you miss out on the lessons available to the collective mind. In the past decade, an increase in the incidence of this disease has resulted in an increased focus on nutrition — including a focus on the prevention of prostate cancer, which was initially thought to be relatively preventable. The current diet of processed foods, refined sugars, refined flour, and animal fat has contributed greatly to this problem, but this is not sufficient. The focus on prostate cancer needs to broaden. I believe nutrition first to be able to prevent prostate cancer, along with cancer in general. You have to understand that prostate cancer starts with the hormone PSA in the bloodstream. It is the PSA that initiates the genetic changes that produce more of a hormone: PSA. So, we want to see, and therefore get rid of, the PSA in our blood. Since PSA doesn’t get rid of itself, we have to find a way to break that hormone down. What better way that by cutting out all animal products and eating a variety of whole, plant-based foods. This is the best way to lower the levels of PSA, without any side effects. With good diet and a proper exercise regimen, you’ll be getting rid of it right for the whole lifetime of your man.

So, I guess one can see where it might seem controversial.

But I just can’t find a way by itself. You have to get people involved, because that’s the only way this can ever work. The more we get people involved, the more successful it will be. You have to be involved and you have to be educated. We just need the tools for the job. This is an individual problem. It’s important to have a diet change, and a lifestyle change. It’s important to have adequate exercise. But the ultimate goal is to reduce the prostate cancer risk factor. If we can do that, it won’t be long before we can address the diet and lifestyle.

Okay, now I’ll go through the main points presented by Bruce Fife.

1 .                 You don’t have to eat animal protein, meat. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. Some of the recommendations are very simple: Don’t eat animal foods, don’t eat fish, and don’t eat eggs.

Fife. That’s not so easy. There are many other options that you need to consider. There’s the vegan diet, of course. And there are lots of other options. But the point I am trying to make in the book is that I believe that it’s essential that men not eat animal proteins. I believe meat is associated with an increased risk of many diseases, including prostate cancer. Men need to eat enough protein to keep them going, not to cause them to go on a diet. So, the first item I’d address is whether you need to eat animal protein.

2.                 In order to reduce a disease-promoting substance, which is the PSA in the blood, or any substance that is known to cause that disease-promoting substance that affects prostate cancer risk factor, such as animal protein, you need to lower the amount of protein. There are more than a dozen other compounds that cause prostate cancer, and there are ways to eat more protein. Animal protein is a known promoter of chronic diseases, including cancer. It’s a known risk factor. It has been shown to increase the risk of dying as a man.

Fife. Why is animal protein good for the prostate when you’re healthy?

In the book you find that when you eat animal protein, the risk of dying as a man increases, by a factor of three. When you decrease animal protein in your diet, as it becomes a healthier option, there is also a decrease in the risk of dying as a man.

3.                 This is a very simple point. People don’t seem to get that. As far as I can tell, there’s never been a human study that has found that consuming animal protein, which is associated with so many diseases, actually improves a man’s health. So when I talk to people, they get very excited by that. It doesn’t make a lot of sense.

Fife. I’ll be very skeptical of some of the studies presented in the chapter, in which they are eating soy milk or tofu, or something like that, and then they report this increased life expectancy.