If I had any money right now, I would be celebrating!
Walk into doctor's office.
"Close the door," he says. I'm thinking, "uh oh, bad news."
"You want to know what we found in your second prostate biopsy?"
So I say "What?"
"NOTHIN'!" is his response.
"Your cancer's not growing, your PSA is up marginally. That means we wait a year before we even check your PSA, then unless it doubles, we wait at least 6 months to do another biopsy. Your cancer is not growing. If it gets to the point where you only have ten years life expectancy, we stop this watching your cancer completely, because it won't kill you."
Guess I need to get started writing my prostate health book! All of those supplements I have been taking must have done some good. When I heard that my PSA number had gone up (which I heard when I went in for the biopsy itself last month) I was actually worried that the cancer was getting worse. I was hoping for good news today, but did not really expect anything this good. My naysaying doctor won't ever admit that supplements could be responsible for my cancer disappearing, but then, no doctor would probably ever agree that a prescription for Metoprolol could have caused the cancer, either, and I am one hundred per cent convinced that it did. First, there is the proximity. I had no issues with my prostate at all. No going to the toilet several times a night, no serious sexual problems, no nothing. I get this prescription after I showed up in A-Fib one day, and within weeks, I have major problems all known to be prostate-related. No erection, no ejaculation, frequent urination, etc. I cut the Metoprolol dosage in half, and then in quarters, finally told my doctor to put me back on Atenolol, and he had no problem with that. (They had discontinued that drug after they couldn't find my pulse one day. Well, gee, doc, I am here, I am walking and talking, and feel great, I would assume that I do, indeed, have a pulse....) I also told my doctor that I wanted them to check PSA levels. They had been doing that regularly, and then they stopped doing it. They checked it, it was up, they checked it again in 30 days, and it was up again, so they scheduled a biopsy, which found prostate cancer. I then went a record of 128 days without an ejaculation. I started taking Saw Palmetto, which is common herbal that helps the prostate, and in particular, makes it smaller. After the biopsy found cancer, I started researching, and took Dandelion Root Extract, Selenium, and later, Turmeric, and sporadically some other stuff said to be good for the prostate, or to fight cancer. Now, some of these things have no upper dosage levels--they are strictly vegetable in origin. Others, like Selenium, are actually poisonous (that's a heavy metal), and so after researching it a bit, I cut that dosage in half, and increased the Dandelion root, and the Turmeric. I then tripled the dosage I was taking of Dandelion root, which was already at two capsules a day. One Canadian study about this had people taking a freeze-dried tea that was said to be six to ten times more potent (concentrated) than what you could buy in stores. The tea also acts faster. I also am certain that those people were taking more than one cup of tea per day, not sure how much more. But anyway, I could theoretically up the dosage to 30 or so capsules a day, but that would get very expensive. So I have been taking six caps a day. I also now understand that Turmeric becomes more bio-available if you take some pepper and olive oil with it. I may try to work some of that into my diet somehow. But I am convinced that these supplements do work, and that they are the reason for the good biopsy results I experienced. A couple of the things I take come from Lucky's market, and the rest from Wal-Mart. I kind of trust Lucky's more, but I can't afford to buy everything there! Since the Metoprolol also is known for unintended weight gain, and I gained back 30 of the 40 pounds I had recently lost, I am also taking Apple Cider Vinegar, Garcinia Cambogia, and green tea extract, in an effort to bring the weight back down. And I occasionally take grape seed extract, and pumpkin seed extract, and I try to eat a lot of red grapes--about one cup has as much Resveratrol as three glasses of red wine. And I take Omega 3 fish oil, several vitamins, Cranberry extract, Garlic, and a few other things--all in all I spent about as much on supplements as I do in cat food--at or above $100 per month! But I am convinced that the supplements are working.
I will start working on the book as soon as I iron a few things out in the Tee shirt Business. Did a little research the other day, will start writing the book this week (this is August 28th). The internet is really a mixed bag on Saw Palmetto, with some "experts" saying it does nothing to help the prostate. My experience says those guys are wrong! But since my PSA number was up on the day of the biopsy, I think I will try some beta sitosterol supplements to get that back down where I'd like it to be.... It will be next April before I have another PSA check unless I can talk my primary care physician into looking in to it....