Natural Prostate Cancer Treatment


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Posted by Tom (Ann Arbor, Mi) on 07/05/2012

After reading some of the comments regarding cayenne pepper use for prostate cancer, I found this site that appears to have credible information about the use of cayenne pepper. Very Convincing. I currently have prostititis and do not want to take antibiotics again (! ) as recommended by my urologist. I'm on the hunt for more holistic approaches.

Here's the link:

I have slow growing cancer and will go to great lengths to avoid unnecessary treatment. I've discovered my medical system will give me all the tests/procedures I consent to. This surrender is over.

Good luck to all. Keep up the fight.

Replied by Raltegravir

Zecyte 250mg Tablet is utilized for treating a particular kind of prostate cancer that has spread to different pieces of the body. It is utilized alongside prednisone, asteroid. Abiraterone is a sort of chemical treatment. Clinical preliminaries are additionally utilizing abiraterone for prior phases of prostate cancer and progressed breast cancer.

Posted by Gavin (Manganui, Northland, New Zealand) on 12/14/2011

The guy that posted the cure took 6x600mg tablets of cayenne daily that were rated at 10000 scofeild units.. For a couple of weeks then dropped the dose by half. If you google cayenne and prostate cancer his blog comes up. There's other information which seems to suggest it attacks other cancers besides prostate, by causing the cells to go into suicide mode.

Posted by Gavin (Manganui, Northland, New Zealand) on 08/14/2011

I would get some cayenne capsules and take 500mg of the hottest variety you can get hold of. The reason being that it sends prostate cancer cells into suicide mode and its starting to look like it does it to other types as well.

Replied by Prostate Daughter
(Dubai, Uae)

Hey Gavin, a close relative of mine has recently been diagnosed with stage 4 prostate ca which has metastasised to lymph nodes. He is on anti androgen injections and will have palliative radiotherapy in September but he cannot be ' cured' due to sites of metastasis. Have heard a lot about baking soda remedy and encouraging him to try ( why not huh?) and heard about cayenne, can you do both together? Although he is 70 he is fit and we'll, only diagnosed by chance as he got a pain in his hip after coming off the treadmill and rowers, turned out to be cancer not a pulled muscle : (

Replied by Gavin
(Manganui, Northland, New Zealand)

Yes definiatly cayenne as much as he can take, get him to knock off all dairy as well. When I had my prostate op. 12 years back I cut out cows milk, and take a bit of cayenne everyday. Ive also added the beet apple and carrot juice into the scenario. (just to cover all bases) As the beet is so potent it will go everywhere in the body. Dont worry about the red urine as it looks a bit freaky, but you know that the prostate and bladder are getting bathed in the strong antioxidant that is in the beet and so is everywhere else in the body. The red urine seems to show up after a couple of cups a day. But cayenne will kill of any new tumors. I foget the recomended dose, I think for the first few days its about three teaspoons, and urine flow goes back to normal on the fouth day. Google "cayenne and prostate cancer" theres a chap there with the dosage. The modern rise in prostate cancer has the same rise as breast cancer, (as per the graph) it looks like the same thing is causing the spike, which is most likely the high oestrogen levels in modern milk supplies.

Replied by Zark

This is working! Thank you thank you thank you!! I was really worried.

A bit of history:
I have had inflammation in my prostate for going on about 10 years. Up until the last 8-10 months or so the pain had always been restricted to just where my prostate is, on rare occasion it caused blood in my urine, and also gave some issues with urination.
After fooling around with some antifungal compounds (Lufenuron being one) I found that these helped, but only temporarily. A few months after that experimentation the pain started to spread out from the prostate into the left and right flanks of my abdomen.

I am currently taking half to one teaspoon chile pepper mixed in a glass of water (cold or luke warm). Drink it straight away, and then drink a little of plain water to rinse the taste out. It isn't as bad as it sounds.

Just minutes later the abdominal pain became a bit sharper and then disappeared. I found that the chile remedy works for about 8 hours, so I am taking this with water every 4 hours at the moment.

I tried making chile pills and taking this with food, but I must say that taking the chile with water is more effective, and not nearly as difficult as I imagined. Since I was only taking the chile pills three times a day I found that this was insufficient for me.

Replied by Zark
(Emerald City)

Oops spoke too soon. Sorry EC, I have to change my vote above to "Better but not cured".

Chilli definitely helped me, and was working very well for roughly 2 week, after that the affect wore off :'(. My body seems to have become accustomed to it now. Perhaps I should have been more aggressive!

The pains have been moving through my abdomen, and now into my hip.. that started after a big flare up from eating ripe bananas. It really loves the sugar. No matter, my Kombucha is still working well, and I am getting better at identifying foods that feed this (sugar and cheese are the worst). I have also learnt by observation that the Kombucha I take needs to be nice and sour, and that the first ferment stage works best.

Posted by Paul (Nashville, Tn Usa) on 12/15/2010

How long did the cayenne user take his doses before his prostate numbers were down? I am currently a prostate cancer sufferer, and I have been using essiac tea along with baking soda/maple syrup with what appears to be some results (a 2 point drop in my psa over a six month period). Also just started with h2o2 inhaler.

Replied by Gavin
(Manganui, Northland, New Zealand)

I've just finished reading a report from "pepperlover" in topix forum.. who was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he didnt want it removed and started taking 600mg of cayenne over a day.. In a few days he was able to urinate freely again and.. within two weeks he could orgasm again.. When he went to the doctor for a check up a month or two later.. the test showed no signs of cancer the doctor couldnt believe it.... He got the idea from a trail on rats who were given the human prostate cancer cell... The good news seems to be that cayenne seems to be working on other types of cancer cells.

Posted by Paul Blake HMD (Lake Elsinore, Ca) on 03/24/2008

I have been reading your readers' emails and I wanted to make some comments about Cayenne Pepper. Cayenne is one of my favorate herbs for myself and my clients. I had prostate cancer 18 years ago and I cured it naturally using herbs, cleansing and diet only. For the cancer I used the John Ray Christopher method of cayenne tea with a teaspoon of cayenne pepper in warm water 3 times daily. Today I still use one or more teaspoons daily in my food at every meal. Just recently I received a call from a Doctor of Chinese medicine who was throwing up blood from ulcers. As I alway do I suggested cayenne capsuls using 100,000 heat units plus. He could not believe that this would work but he took my advice and within a few days his problem was over. Of course I also gave him some advice on changing diet and lifestyle. In my 18 years as a naturopahtic healer I have used cayenne many times for bleeding ulcers. Cayenne also works great for emphysema sufferors, I have seen patients get off oxygen bottles and out of wheelchairs. But the person with the disease must go beyond the herb for the disease and look at the way they eat and their lifestyle. If they do not change their life the disease will appear somewhere else in another form.

Replied by Reed
(South Sioux City, Ne)

Hi Paul, I am a 48 year old thats been suffering with prostate issue for a long time and I saw your meassage on Cayenne pepper and that you are a naturopahtic healer and would apprieate it if I could talk to you about my prostate issue. My prostate keeps me up at night because I can't empty my bladder. thanks

Replied by Johnson
(Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria)

Please I want more information on how to use cayenne pepper to reduce my enlarged prostrate gland. At the age of 67, I have enlarged prostrate gland and for the past three(3) months have been catheter. I spent 3 weeks at a sanitorium in Nigeia and was discharged against my will because I desire to leave there with a reduced prostrate gland. I don't want to go for surgery though sometime I bleed just a little. My PSA is 4.0. Please help me with proven cures using cayenne pepper with or without other natural herbs.

Yours truly

Replied by Coolboot
(Washington, Dc, District Of Columbia)

I am also using cayenne pepper regularly as treatment for enlarged prostate.

Twenty-five years ago, a urologist wanted to put me in the hospital to cut my prostate because my test results were high (at that time about 4. 5). I told him I'd "sleep on it" and passed. Then I started taking Saw Palmetto, about 450 mg twice daily. For 25 years this has been my remedy and has allowed me to urinate relatively freely, until recently, when my urine stream began to weaken and my bladder never seemed completely empty.

The last BPH(?) test showed my prostate had grown larger (test results had increased to about 10. 5). I continued using saw palmetto, but was getting up at night every two hours to urinate and could not completely empty my bladder. Annoying to say the least.

Then, about 3 months ago, I began following the cayenne pepper protocol:

1) one heaping tsp. cayenne with

2) fresh squeezed juice of one-half lemon in

3) Five or six ounces lukewarm water mixed well

every morning on an empty stomach.

It was suggested I try this "if you're man enough" and I tried. I have always been fond of hot and spicey foods, being particularly enamored of hot and spicey Thai and other Oriental dishes, but the cayenne and lemon juice in warm water was a shock!

It took about 5 or 6 days of ingesting this concoction regularly every morning before I was really "man enough" to swig it down every day without choking or wincing or sneezing uncontrollably!

Now I find that my urinating is more completely emptying my bladder, that I don't get up nearly so much during the night, and I am also experiencing much more vigor and energy.

I am scheduled for updating prostate lab tests early next year and am anxious to see if my results validate this therapy. I can hear the urologist now saying "Whatever you're doing, it's working well, so keep it up."

I am recovering from a heart attack (two years ago), with 100 % occlusion of my right coronary artery. I am convinced that the cayenne protocol is also helping me to flush the plaque out of my arteries to allow the blood to flow more freely. I would say cayenne pepper allows the blood to flow more freely throughout the body's systems and carry more oxygen where it's needed at the cellular level.

Here's to better health, all of you! Take the cayenne pepper remedy - "if you're man enough! " Give it a try for at least a week or two to experience the results.

Replied by Gavin
(Manganui, Northland, New Zealand)

Thanks for your feedback on cayenne, the reports back on the regime, are starting to look like, it's a good treatment for problems with regards to the prostate. There's good research linking it with the ability to attack leukemic and lung cancer cells as well.

Replied by James
(Eau Claire, Wi)

I don't know the efficacy of humic acid. But I've heard that saw palmetto, pygeum, and stinging nettle are herbs that can help with prostate health problems. Even green tea helps because it's rich in antioxidants. There's a product that contains Beta Sitosterol, an ester that's clinically proven to promote prostate health. In my opinion though, it's safer to talk to a healthcare professional before taking any herbs or other supplements, especially if you aren't sure about their usefulness!

Replied by Ronald
(New York City)

I have had a PSA jump from 6 to 25 in two months 2.5 years after radiation and implant therapy. Want to know about cayenne pepper as a possible therapy

Replied by Dave
(Fountain Inn, Sc)

To Ronald from NY/ PSA increase:

By all means try the cayenne; and I presume you're doing the saw palmetto and all the other herbals that can help reduce prostate size.

Consider mild infection possibilities too. Cayenne might help with infection but colloidal silver taken over a week, twice daily, about a tablespoon per dose could help with a possible infection.

Don't take too much time with remedies on that kind of PSA jump. Right there in Manhattan is Dr Nick Gonzales. Google him just using his name and his web site appears. Gonzales will test to see if there are any indications of tumor growth and would treat you with nutrients/ glandulars and enzymes... Part of his program but the most important is he'd put you on "pancreatin" to deal with the tumor (that is part of the protocol). And a lot of it. Gonzales is non invasive but if you have the results of a needle biopsey that would help. The more info the better. But if this were me, and in fact it was me, six years ago, I'd forego the regular medical and go to Gonzales. And his program does not only deal with the single issue. What he does for you will help the entire system... I mean "whole body" system.


Replied by Paul Blake HMD
(Lake Elsinore, Ca)

I have been reading your readers' emails and I wanted to make some comments about Cayenne Pepper. Cayenne is one of my favorite herbs for myself and my clients. I had prostate cancer 18 years ago and I cured it naturally using herbs, cleansing and diet only. For the cancer I used the John Ray Christopher method of cayenne tea with a teaspoon of cayenne pepper in warm water 3 times daily. Today I still use one or more teaspoons daily in my food at every meal. Just recently I received a call from a Doctor of Chinese medicine who was throwing up blood from ulcers. As I alway do I suggested cayenne capsules using 100,000 heat units plus. He could not believe that this would work but he took my advice and within a few days his problem was over. Of course I also gave him some advice on changing diet and lifestyle. In my 18 years as a naturopathic healer I have used cayenne many times for bleeding ulcers. Cayenne also works great for emphysema sufferers, I have seen patients get off oxygen bottles and out of wheelchairs. But the person with the disease must go beyond the herb for the disease and look at the way they eat and their lifestyle. If they do not change their life the disease will appear somewhere else in another form.

Cayenne, Apple and Beet Juice

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Posted by Gavin (Northland, New Zealand) on 12/16/2013

I've hung off posting until I had heard some feedback. Within weeks of each other I heard that two of my in laws had developed prostate Cancer. One had a T.U.R.P. and when it was analysed they found 25% Cancer. He was a very worried guy as he had problems peeing. I told him that since my problem I had been using Cayenne, on a daily basis and had no problems in the 12 years since I had the same operation. So I suggested he Take Cayenne and a 50/50 juice of apple and Red Beet. Six weeks later he went for a biopsy, the Doc took thirteen biopsies in various places within the prostate. they all came back negative and clear with a Previous Psa test of 0.1.

I gave the same advice to the other in law, Apparently the cancer had got outside the Prostate, I've just heard back on him, and he is now clear as well. According to the Science the Cayenne strips the cancer cells wall, and the apple and beet seem to do the rest. If the urine turns red its a good indication that the juice is getting everywhere, this is a good indicator and is harmless. So the message is drink enough till the urine shows red.

This is anecdotal but it seems the Cayenne, works on other Cancer cells as well. It would be good to get some more feedback on this, as it seems that there is something cheap that actually might work.

Replied by Marge
(Nashville, Tn)

Could you specify how much cayenne and beet juice you take each day? My husband has prostate cancer which has spread to bone. Thanks!

Replied by Gavin
(Northland, New Zealand)

The guy who worked out the Cayenne regime for prostate cancer had a blog, with questions and answers but to my memory he worked the dosage up to about two teaspoons a day. it has a few reports and questions.

Replied by Zark
(Emerald City)

>> "Could you specify how much cayenne and beet juice you take each day?"

I can only comment on the cayenne (chilli) part of this.

One half teaspoon of ground chilli in a cup of cold water was good enough for me. I took this every 4 hours, and set a timer to remind me. After drinking the chilli I would drink a teeny bit of juice or kombucha to clear my mouth. The kombucha is quite helpful too, but not nearly as powerful as chilli!

Also made chilli capsules using a capsule machine (not expensive, look on ebay). One dose is about 6 of those. The capsules are an OK way, but mixing in water seems to work better.

I bought common chilli powder from a chinese grocer.. you guys call it "cayenne" but in Australia we always just say chilli *shrug* :-).

All my best wishes of health and healing to you.

Chia Seeds

Posted by Jason (Peoria, Az) on 02/09/2011

Hello, I have heard that some 2004 study concluded that Chia seed puts males at a higher risk of prostate cancer if consumed on a regular basis. I also have heard that Chia seed is a "superfood" that has a ton of vitamins/minerals and is wonderful for our health.

Is Chia seed good or bad for prostate health? And also general health too? I have taken it and it has worked wonders for my mood and energy.

Sincerely, Jason

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Posted by Joy (Denver, CO) on 05/25/2009

After reading your post it reminded me of my step-dad, Walt, who passed away in 03 of brain cancer. Originally it started as prostate ('98) and then progressed to bone and then to brain. He had the prostate cancer for many years and managed to keep it under control via many different methods like... doctor recommendatations such as radiation implants, stricter diet protocals, those big ole crazy mushrooms that you grow and then drink in a tea - Gombocha.. I think.

In the beginning of '02 he was diagnosed as having bone cancer, so the cancer had progressed significantly. He was given a year to live. At that point, or somewhat thereafter, he began the Essiac Tea. Throughout that year he had very little pain. We were all so thankful and amazed that his pain levels were so manageable, as bone cancer is supposed to be awfully pain-filled - according to his doctors.

Sadly in the middle of that year he left off making and drinking the tea due to his father coming down sick and needing a caretaker. Within 4 months he was diagnosed with brain cancer. (I had never heard that if you leave off taking the Essiac your cancer will progress with a vengence, but that seems to be the case with my Dad too!) He passed in January of '03.

I must say that I believe in the power of Essiac tea. I think it caused my Dad to have a much more pain free and liveable life during his last year. I mean he was super active until about 2 months before the end.

Please read "Calling of an Angel" by Gary Glum. It's an interesting book that describes the origin of Essiac tea. There are lots of people out there who want to capitalize on Essiac, but they are not doing/selling it the way Rene (the discoverer) would have done it. Never use a tincture. You must use the dried herbs and follow Rene's recipe! Also I believe that this website - - is quite informative regarding the actual original prescribed doseage.

May God bless you in your search for healing!

Flax Seeds

Posted by Lori (Orlando, FL) on 03/23/2009

Flax seed use with Prostate Cancer:

This question is for Ted-

My father has prostate cancer, he had the HIFU treatment last year. His PSA was just done and has jumped from 1.4 to 10.7 in just 3 months. In November 2008, I encouraged him to start taking ground flax seed meal daily. I have recently read conflicting articles on the use of flax seed meal with prostate problems (estrogen). I'm thinking maybe the flax seed is responsible for the recent elevated PSA? I'm hoping you could shed some light on that. He also currently takes Vit C, D3, E, fish oil, selenium. He is drinking ACV and alkaline water (bought an alkalizer). I need to harp on him for his sweet tooth, so I'm sure there is a candida issue.

Replied by Laggibs
(Bukidnon, , Philippines)

My brother has Prostate glands problem, please advice, what herbal could do to alleviate/cure the ailment?

Replied by Leslie
(New Castle, Pa)

Saw Palmetto and Goldenseal


Posted by Barry (Blountville, Tennessee) on 04/11/2007

I sent earthclinic a story about how garlic ridded me of cancer, this is under the heading Garlic Bulbs. 3/02/2007 under holistic cures for cancer.

Thank goodness for earthclinic!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now I would like to add a blog I just installed on Yahoo 360 on how others are finding garlic very helpful in staving off death by cancer by using garlic against it.

Entry for April 11, 2007: 14 years ago I had a serious bought with cancer, It was then I made the mistake that killed my cancer and saved my life. I have been trying to relay this information to you all since that time.

It is obvious to me that some people don't want to know anything different when what is told to them, they are having to much fun with this. And many are getting very rich!

I have some news about the ones who have found out about Garlic. Myself, I am sure I would not have made it, except for the garlic, and now several others have used garlic against cancer and are OK. I have an email to share from one person who expected to die from prostate cancer, His wife had already been killed by cancer, I want to share my latest email from him.

Then again, a lady friend of mine, K, is what I am going to call her, Another friend of hers whispered to me, K has been diagnosed with brain cancer, She only has 6 months to live. The first thing I did was get her phone no. and call to tell her about garlic. The results are, she started by eating a bulb of garlic a day, Then tapering off to a clove a day. Her cancer symptoms are gone, her pain is gone, and she has gone back to work, in a cancer killed state. this is a 2007 story, This whole episode started 6 weeks ago, a woman who was given 6 months to live has been given many more yrs to live because she used garlic to cure herself of brain cancer. I first heard of her cancer trouble in early 2007 it is now April 11,2007, now and she (K) is no longer worried about death from brain cancer.

The other story I have to share with you today has taken a little longer. But instead of trying to tell the story myself, I will cut and paste his latest email to me

This is S's latest email, he is from the UK,

"Hi Barry,wanted to up-date you after the latest hospital visit. Well great news to tell. In sept 06 when the trouble started my PSA count was 13.9 . Couldn't pass water & awful pain in the lower region. Found you & also started garlic.Took a Whole bulb on 2 separate days. Next reading in Jan 07 was 4.2 alarm bells ringing as still well above the acceptable 0--3 The next step was to have a biopsy to test for cancer cells, massively invasive & huge side effects. So we agreed to wait a while & have another test first. I did as you said & organised change in my life. Looked for calm in my mind. At this time i was on a drug to relax my muscles in that area to assist in passing water. Stopped the pills at the end of Jan 07 as hate pills. Started taking 1 garlic piece 3 times a week. You said increase it a little so i slowly built up to 3 pieces each day every day by end of March.Find it hard to swallow but try to imagine the good it is doing me. Next check was Feb 07 & was 3.9 still high but heading in the right direction.I still had an ache in the same place. Barry the inspiration i got from you & watching the numbers fall helped me so much. The latest check last week was 3.2 must get into the 0---3 group so still lots of work to do. Still have an ache which needs investigating, otherwise feel so much better. Will up-date you next check, positive thinking & all that so God willing it will be in the 0----3 Bless you my friend, S"

after using garlic to rid himself of prostate cancer.

This is good as I can do, If you can't believe, that garlic gets rid of cancer, then what can I say, I am only here to help because of what garlic did for me, You could at least try some garlic for a few days if you find you have contracted a cancer, I'll gurantee you may be rid of the cancer before you make for your doctors appointment.

Later Your Friend Boone Doggie sometimes called by my real name Barry.

This is my story and I'm sticking to it.

Garlic, Cayenne, Chili, Iodine, Baking Soda, Tomato Juice

Posted by Balticseaviking (La Ventana, Baja California Sur, Mexico) on 10/19/2010

I have been on HBP medicine for years and I was diagnosed with what the Drs. said was prostate cancer. I of course did lots of research and came up with a, what I call, my everything formula. I make my own cayenne tincture and a kind of garlic tincture. I use habenero peppers as they are the hottest I can find here in Mexico, if I could find hotter I would use them. Anyhow I take 5ml of the tincture, a tablespoon of the garlic, which is kinda like a tincture and is made the same way a tincture is made, two tablespoons of ACV, four drops of Lugol's Iodine, 8 ounces of tomato juice and 8 ounces of purified water, also a 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Mix it all until the foaming stops, drink it down. I find it tastes nice, hot, but nice. Of course I didn't start out with 5mls of tincture, I started with 2 and worked my way up. I had a cat scan and a bone scan last month, both came out clear with no indication of disease and the blood pressure is now normal. Bet you can guess what the Drs. wanted to do- right, put me on chemo and radiation. When I asked why they had no explanation, guess it is because of the ungodly amount of money they make with these procedures. Try it you will get used to the taste and will look forward to you daily Whamo!


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Posted by Anne (France) on 07/11/2021

Hi. My husband has been treating prostate cancer for 12 years. natural remedies need time to work. We started with amazon tonic which reduces inflammation. It was good and we still use it. However, we decided to go to the root cause of what was causing the inflammation and why we couldn't stop it.

Research brought us to naglease which kicks in when cancer is in the body. Naglease prevents the macrophage from working. Macrophage eats inflammation.

We decided to buy GCMAF which attacks the naglease. GCMAF is basically made with dairy and expensive to produce. We then researched unpasteurised milk, fermented milk and probiotics as we realised we could make it ourselves. Unpasteurised Fermented milk is whey and has all the protein and every amino acid your body needs which supports the immune system. before pasteurisation milk was always the go to for natural cures.

My husband has stage 4 prostate cancer.

Replied by robert

Recently someone on another post wrote that you can make your own gcmaf and I presently need that information. Tthank you in advance if you will respond. Bob


Make cheap GcMaF at home: Book title is Immune for Life. Author is Mary Ferrari.

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Hi Robert,

It may have been one of my posts on making your own GCMAF that you saw. I studied it and you can make your own using organic kefir grains in milk and you add a good grass fed Colostrum to it. I think from memory it was a tablespoon of Colostrum into 4 cups of milk with 2 tablespoons of kefir grains.

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Posted by Christine (Nottingham, Uk) on 10/05/2012

Does anyone have any information with regard there being any connection between vasectomy and prostate cancer later down the line. I found a reference to this in a book called. What the doctors don't tell you. By Lynne Mctaggart. Any ideas? Best wishes to all, Christine.

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Posted by Chandu (York, Noth Yorkshire, England) on 09/28/2012

Can you advice and help. I am male in UK 62 yrs old quite active but had prostrate cancer and Radio therapy 6 yrs ago. I have recovered successfully, but am unable to produce semen and my bowels are a bit loose and urine flow is erratic and have to get up a couple of times, But the first problem is my concern. I have to reproduce semen and cannot accept western diagnosis. I feel when I do have an erection like there is a blockage due to tissue damage. I have seen your web site and been impressed and feel your advice will be sensible and your sugggestions rational. So please please help and advice.

Sincerely, Chandu

Replied by Timh
(Louisville, Ky, Usa)
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Chandu: did you read the 2 pages for Prostate Enlargement here: ???

Try some of these remedies and check back w/ us on the boards to see if u r better.

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Posted by Sandy (In the sticks, Nevada) on 01/21/2009

Dear Earthclinic Family,

My husband, only 48, has had his Total Free PSA Level test come back with a high level 5.something (I just got off the phone with him and he was upset and couldn't remember the exact number.) His doc says there is a 50/50 chance he has prostate cancer and has scheduled him for a biopsy in one week.

We could really use some advice from any of you that have had experience personally or professionally with this type of problem. I am going to research this on the net, but maybe some of you can help with the following questions:

1. What are the risks of a biopsy?

2. How accurate are these biopsies?

3. If the biopsy confirms cancer, what next? I know the conventional way is to cut, burn or poison. What advice do you veterans of this disease have for us? If you want to write me directly, I have provided my email, just pull out the slashes.

We appreciate any prayers, good thoughts or advice you can spare.
Thank you, Sandy

Replied by Jerry Hampton
(Arlington, TX)

I was diagnosed with prostate cancer with a psa of 5.23 about 6 months ago. I had two biopsies from two different doctors 3 months apart.(they are safe in 99% of the time) Both showed about the same results. The reason for 2 was partly my age (75) and genes that say my life should go well into the 90's. The first biopsy was 12 samples where the second one had 32 samples. Often a biopsy of 12 samples can miss some of the cancer, but mine did not. Both had a gleson score of 6 which is an important number to know about. I have gone into watchful waiting for 6 months and will get another psa then.

I've been getting "google alerts" ever day on ever article written about prostate cancer on the internet. These average about 15 a day. Many of them write about the same subject, but I believe I have learned alot.

The number one thing I have learned is that you have to become your own avocate and seek your own treatment because there are many different opinions out there for treatment and some of them are not the best for a specific case. ALWAYS get a second or third opinion before proceeding with a treatment!!!. If I had gone with the first treatment offered me, it would have been totally wrong. Trying to find the right treatment is like nailing Jello to a tree.

I also learned from many sources that what we eat has an impact on PC growth. I have stopped eating any beef and beef products like milk because every doctor I saw said they know these over time can allow PC to grow. Also other fats except Olive oil. I've gone to a more PC healthly diet.

Replied by Sandy
(In the sticks, Nevada)

Jerry -- Thank you for your response. I think you are totally correct about a person being their own advocate. Also there are so many prostate cancer books and articles out there that a person could drown in them all.

After much frenzied research, we decided to wait on the biopsy and even Dr. C. (who recommended the biopsy) told us we have some time before we need to do this. (Dr. C. said if cancer was found he would recommend taking the prostate out.)From what we have read, a biopsy may spread cancer and the biopsy procedure for prostate is more invasive and therefore riskier than other biopsies. No one told us that there are many factors that can affect a PSA test, including sexual activity, bike riding, etc and even a prostate exam!

We had another appointment with an alternative Dr., Dr. E. He believes that my husband's Vitamin D level is low and believes that could be part of the problem. He went ahead and put my husband on Cipro to see if that will lower the PSA, as the other doc (Dr. C, the doctor who wanted to biopsy) did not even mention the possibility of prostatitus.(My husband had a vasectomy in July and we have read that sometimes prostatitus can occur after this.) My husband went ahead and had blood drawn to check on his Vitamin D levels and will see Dr. E this week to go over the results. Dr. E also started him on a mix of three herbs (saw palmetto, stinging nettle, & pygeum).

Dr. E said that what Dr. C did is standard practice and my husband and I totally understand that he must follow procedure to avoid being sued.

So, we are going to try and change my husband's PSA levels over the next couple of months and if there is no response, we will have the Doppler ultrasound and go from there.

We will keep you posted. Thanks again, Sandy

Replied by healthyu
(Bellevue, WA)

Hello Sandy, My fiancee's PSA test was recently at 8.0. When he was originally diagnosed with a "suspicious prostate" over ten years ago his PSA was above 5.0. He had biopsies both times -- the results were negative. You're correct when you say that high PSA levels can be attributed to a variety of conditions other than cancer. Enlarged prostates can become problematic as you get older and interfere with the ability to urinate, which can lead to other complications (bladder infection, kidney problems). The good news is, your husband is young and still has the opportunity to modify his diet and impact the health of his prostate and overall well-being. Research shows that men who eat Western diets (high meat & dairy consumption) have higher incidences of prostate problems and cancer--my physician friends have substantiated this. My fiancee recently cut out all dairy, red meat and coffee and is already noticing positive results. As an aside, Saw Palmetto and Pygeum have been extensively researched in Europe as effective ways to treat enlarged prostates. That said, there's a plethora of information available on the Web and it can quickly become overwhelming. If your budget allows, I would recommend seeing a nutritionist or naturopath with experience in prostate care. It will be well worth your investment. I wish you and your husband all the best.

Replied by Jerry Hampton
(Arlington, TX)

I hope you have decided to go ahead with the biopsy because I know several men with PSA under 4 that had considerable cancer, but no symptoms. The biopsy saved their life.

This is an update to my prostate condition as I published recently on my website.

I was diagnosed with Stage I prostate cancer on Aug 15th 2008 from a 12 core biopsy. I had a second 32 core biopsy that confirmed the diagnosis on Dec. 12, 2008. My Gleason score is 3+3. I am 75 years old and in good health otherwise. I selected Active Surveillance as my treatment.

Part of the surveillance is to get a PSA test every 3-4 months. The test numbers of my PSA have gone up with each test over the past 4 years, indicating the cancer. I took the PSA again on April 15, 2009 and the number decreased from 5.23 to 3.63, a 1.6 drop. This is the first drop since 2006 and considered unusual, but a very good indicator that my cancer may have decreased.

I credit three things for the decrease:

1. Prayer. I have 6 different groups praying for me and I pray each day that if God has things for me yet to do, He will keep me in good health to do them.

2. Drastic change in my diet.

3. Drinking 2-3 oz of Essiac tea twice a day.


My career for 38 years was as a technical writer or managing technical writers. Another name for a technical writer might be "a researcher" because he spends about 75 percent of his time researching his subject, 15 percent writing and 10 percent doing other things. I learned how to research well and to throw out non valid data. I applied this to my study of prostate cancer over the past 6 months.

Since my diagnosis, I've been getting "Google and Yahoo Alerts" every day. This means I get every new article put on the internet that has the words "prostate and cancer" and "prostate and diet". I average of 15-20 articles a day and read about 5. Many are redundant with different media covering the same subject. These include all kinds of information including the results of new scientific studies. Some articles have some very "twisted" information that is not valid, usually picked up from some old article or something the writer once thought was correct.

A number of articles and 3 medical doctors I've seen agree that red meat, mainly beef, is proven to allow prostate cancer to grow. You can't say it causes prostate cancer but can say it reduces your immune system effectiveness by allowing cancer to grow.

One analogy is: Have you ever taken a wire and bent it back and forth a number of times until it finally breaks? This is what happens to the prostate immune system when you eat red meat and animal fat over time. It attacks the immune system over and over and the cumulative results is the immune system breaks and allows cancer to grow. Even the "lean" in beef is fat. One study showed that 1 hamburger has as much fat as 12 crisp slices of bacon!

I learned that Asians and people that live in the Mediterranean part of the world have much less prostate cancer because they do not eat red meat or the fatty diets. If they move to America and eat our diet, they get prostate cancer, In Japan, some of the rich started eating fat beef in recent years and they are now developing cancer.

I was raised in Kansas and spent most of my adult life in Texas. In both places, the center of my diet was beef and beef products. At times I ate a 16 oz fat rib eye steak at least once a week and 70 % of other meals were with some kind of beef. I used to drink 1-2 gallons of milk a week.


Some New Rules

1. I will not eat beef or beef products of any kind, fixed any way. This includes butter, hamburger, steak, roast, milk or cream, etc. This was hard at first but I'm used to it now after about 5 months of it. I was given a small 6 oz steak at a wedding dinner recently, ate only about 1/3 of it, and decided I did not like it.

2. I will not eat fast food because most of it is fried and full of fat.

3. I will not eat BBQ. The charred part of BBQ is known to cause a number of cancers.

4. I have reduced my intake of sugar foods.

5. I eat more fish.

6. I eat more vegetables, whole grains, brown rice, salads and fruit. Fruit and carrots have become my between meal snacks.

7. I drink more juice, including apple, orange and pomegranate. I use these on my cereal each morning in place of milk. Once you get use to this, you may actually like it.

8. I use only olive oil in and on my foods. No other fats of any kind. I now watch the fat content of anything I buy and have eliminated a number of foods. I have eliminated eating peanuts and peanut butter because of the fat content and damage peanuts can cause the kidneys. I do eat about 20 dry roasted almonds each evening.

9. I do not add sugar or salt to any food.

10. I eat two tablespoons of golden ground flax a day, usually in my morning cereal. My cereal has flax added to it and is very low sugar and no fat.

11 . I drink more water

12. I drink two large cups of Japanese Green tea each day.

13. I drink 2 oz, twice a day of Essiac tea that I make for myself. (read about this below)

14. I have a large garden and often eat right out of the garden. I had peas and broccoli and tomatoes when available daily. If not available from my garden, I buy them. I try to eat one tomato a day or the juice of a tomato.

15. My supplements consists of:

2000 iu of D3 (the most important of all) taken at bet time,

500 mg of buffered, time-release C,

500 mg of pomegranate concentrate,

600 mg calcium,

1000 mcg of B-12 every other day,

500 mg of Flush-free Niacin at bed time,

1000 mg of Omega-3 fish oil, taken twice a day.

Essiac Tea

I learned about Essiac from a medical doctor in Arlington Texas where I live. He is taking it for his prostate cancer. He learned of it from a minister. I have talked to the minister and heard his story: In 1996, he was diagnosed with advanced stage IV prostate cancer that had metastasized in his spine. He was given about 6 weeks to live. He announced this to his friends.That same day, a church member showed up with some Essiac Tea for him to drink. He continued to drink it and within 6 months an MRI showed his cancer was gone. He is now fully retired at age 76 with no cancer but still drinks his Essiac tea each day.

I have read a number of articles about the tea on the internet and found others that are using it. There are many testimonials on the internet of its curative powers. I have drunk about 4 gallons of it at 4 oz a day and will continue to drink it.

I have a brother that has stage III prostate cancer and recently had his prostate removed. He is also drinking Essiac tea and following a diet similar to mine. When he went to buy Essiac the first time, he found a lady that was told to drink it by her medical doctor. She had breast cancer. She believes the Essiac tea cured her cancer. I read one testimonial on the internet of a retired Marine officer that has what is known as Agent Orange disease. He had about given up hope that anything would make him better, but Essiac tea did.

Both the governments of U. S. and Canada have studied it to determine if it can harm a person. Both concluded it probably will not harm any one, with one exception. Persons that have a tendency to develop kidney stones should not take it because one of the ingredients is know to cause kidney stones sometimes. The governments have not tested the tea against any diseases.

Replied by Gavin
(Manganui, Northland, New Zealand)

I'm sure your regime is right. I instictivly knocked off dairy after I had a prostate operation ten years ago. Mainly due to the fact that the incident of breast cancer increase seems to be mirroring that of prostate cancer... A female doctor who fixed her breast cancer by ceasing all dairy.. remembering that in China it was called rich womens disease! As the rich were the only ones that could afford dairy produce and the only ones to get breast cancer. I have had no furthur problems... Just remember that cayenne seems to send prostate cancer cells into suicide mode.

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