Lamendola, health and fitness expert (see my photos below)|
Current treatments for prostate cancer amount to
little more than torture and assisted suicide. There is a better way.
While this article does not reference its sources, all of the information
presented as fact is verifiable against primary and secondary sources
(except as noted). It's interesting that people will accept as fact whatever
their doctor tells them, even though the treatment is failing and they feel
miserable, but when presented with a solution to their crisis they are
Impetus for writing this
My father was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1999, and during the
first 11 years of his treatment his main risk factor--easily reduced--got
worse. He's undergone extensive, expensive treatments that have left him
with osteoporisis, incontinence, and a long list of other illnesses. He is
now living out his final months in pain, weakness, dependency, depression,
and, yes, prostate cancer. This was completely avoidable.
We taxpayers and insurance policy holders pick up the tab for this
torture disguised as "medical help." In one month alone, the treatment costs
were $43,000. This was all medical care; at no time did he receive actual
health care. For those who do not understand the difference, think of
medical care as the fireman who douses the flames and think of health care
as all the things you do to prevent fires.
Prostate cancer risk factors
Prostate cancer has many risk factors. For example, eating a single bowl
of Wheaties doubles a man's risk of prostate cancer due to the way the folic
acid in the enriched flour is manufactured (source: John Tesh; not a primary
source but a reliable one). But of all risk factors, body fat percentage is
king. It so overshadows all other risk factors, many experts are fairly
certain that if a man reduces body fat to an acceptable level he'll stop the
cancer from recurring once they knock it out by cutting, burning, or
poisoning the patient.
This is exactly the approach holistic cancer specialists take, and the
results speak for themselves. By reducing body fat, they eliminate the
creation of new cancer cells, effectively curing the prostate cancer. This
process, however, is defeated by standard treatment and I will explain
exactly how they get it completely bassackwards and kill the patient.
First, we need to answer a basic question. How lean is lean enough?
One measure that works for men is a body
fat scale. A man with double digit body fat is too fat. He's starting to
court danger as his body fat rises past 7%. However, nobody has a number
that applies to women.
Why 7% for men? The key is the brown adipose tissue, or
"brown fat." Contrary to the hype about it, this fat has no physiological
significance in adult humans (source: The New England Journal of Medicine,
April 2009). It is not a fat furnace; it IS fat.
This fat is basically a cancer factory.
It has other deleterious effects on health, also. So the less of it you
have, the better off you are. Remember, though, we are talking about fat.
Not about weight. What matters is the ratio of lean mass to body fat. Yes,
of course, a morbidly obese person weighs too much. But you can lower your
weight by amputating a leg. Obviously, that isn't a great long-term solution
to being too fat. Weight loss is not the issue. Fat loss is.
My dad was over 50% body fat for the
first 11 years of his treatment. At no time did his doctors work on
eliminating the creation of new cancer. They just kept ringing up the cash
register while ruining my dad's health. And a core strategy of their
treatment actually made the body fat problem worse. More on that, shortly.
During this time, he kept eating foods
with a high correlation to risk for cancers of the prostate, colon, and
stomach. Doesn't it seem like a "first step" to ensure the patient stops
making the problem worse?
Imagine if your house is burning. The
firemen arrive, only to find you walking around dumping gasoline on the
walls, even where they already doused flames. Do you think any sane fireman
would consider that to be OK? Yet, this is exactly the attitude in standard
Cancer needs sugar to metastasize. If it doesn't get sugar, it can't
metastasize. Of course, your body also needs sugar (we are talking of
glucose your body makes from carbohydrates, not table sugar). So the trick
is to manage the carbohydrate intake right along a very thin line.
If you can keep your carbohydrate intake to the minimum your body needs,
for at least some kind of time window around the tumor removal, the cancer
will not have the fuel it needs for metastasizing. In my dad's case, the
doctors didn't do the first thing about managing this. In fact, contrary to
my admonitions, he was carbo-loading during this time and his cancer spread
to his bones.
A tumor protects itself against other tumors by releasing its own
anticancer chemicals. If you leave a tumor intact, the cancer may not ever
metastasize. Of course, the tumor will kill you--so it has to go. This is a
conundrum for cancer doctors, but some have figured it out. There are
several good books on holistic cancer treatment centers that provide health
care in addition to tumor removal. Rates of metastases are profoundly lower
than in traditional settings. Their basic approach? Limit carbohydrate
intake to starve the cancer, while also reducing overall calories to reduce
the patient's body fat level while preserving lean mass.
Note that we are not talking about starving to "get thin." The starvation
effect, in fact, is a problem for cancer victims. They waste away. We are
talking about proper feeding to keep the body strong but the cancer weak.
Any serious bodybuilder knows exactly how to do this. You'll find plenty of
free information on it at
Why standard prostate cancer treatment perpetuates the cancer
As all serious body builders know, testosterone signals the body to
reduce body fat. Any practicing endocrinologist will tell you the same
thing. Testosterone also signals the body to store calcium in the bones and
to add lean muscle mass.
Standard prostate cancer treatment focuses on
managing the Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) number around some imaginary
ideal. Many, many experts say this is idiotic at best. Yet, it's what
patients get subjected to. A quick way to lower PSA is to administer drugs
that feminize the man, lowering his testosterone to levels that are
dangerous even for a woman and raising his estrogen. Nobody can say why this
works, because, frankly, it doesn't.
Some results of this approach:
- The body accumulates fat, thus promoting the generation of new
prostatic cancer cells and other kinds of cancer.
- Muscles waste away (actually, the body is digesting these tissues in
this hormonal environment).
- New bone doesn't get laid down properly (the body is continually
digesting and rebuilding its bones; shutting down testosterone
diminishes that second process).
- Calcium is not being stored in the bones.
- The man becomes excessively emotional, which he is aware of. That
awareness produces embarrassment and shame. This raises cortisol, the
stress hormone, further exacerbating the bone loss and other problems.
Some other effects of standard prostate cancer treatment
Nearly everyone is aware of the risks involved in doing anything to
the prostate. Infertility and incontinence are real possibilities. If a
tumor needs to be removed, well, that's pretty risky. You can probably
get by with it once. But going back after the cancer has gotten a new
life due to the factors identified above means yet another chance of
destroying a guy's plumbing. This game of Russian roulette is standard
protocol in standard prostate cancer treatment.
Rather than curing the patient of the cancer, the doctors just keep (mis)treating
the patient for new cancer. This inevitably reduces a man to wearing
diapers. The consequences of this condition are far from minor. The
diapers are not odor free, so social activities become off-limits. The
management of diapers is costly in terms of time and money, plus
accidents happen. This situation requires an iron will to deal with, but
by the time a man gets there he's been worn down by everything else.
Curing the cancer
Rather than depress testosterone and perpetuate the cancer, the
solution is to raise testosterone as part of an aggressive fat loss
strategy. There is no reason any man cannot get his body fat down to 6%,
unless, of course, doctors are holding his testosterone down.
Many people, having tried various diets and potions, think getting to
6% body fat, or even 9%, is not possible for them. But the
evidence to the contrary is overwhelming. Many people in the medical
industry think 6% is super-lean. It's not. Serious body builders get
much leaner than this.
If you are being treated for prostate cancer now, your treatments
probably work against the cure. Trying to continue standard protocol and
cure the cancer is like putting one foot on the gas and one foot on the
brake at the same time. Trying to cure the prostate cancer by yourself
is courting disaster, for the same reasons you got this cancer in the
Don't reject your doctor outright, thinking you can handle this
yourself. Handled properly, your doctor can be a wonderful resource for
defeating this disease.
Tell your doctor you know that body fat is the single greatest risk
factor for prostate cancer and you want to get down to single digit body
fat as quickly as possible. To do that requires not depressing
testosterone. You also know that PSA doesn't provide a reliable
indicator, so you want to avoid doing anything based on it. Work out a
plan with your doctor for monitoring some other way. Continue with the
other treatments, if those cannot wait.
Discuss with your doctor some means of temporarily elevating your
testosterone (with shots or supervised supplementation) so that you can
experience a very rapid change in your body composition. Your doctor, if
brainwashed in the PSA school of treatment, won't go for this. Find
another doctor. Some actually do think about what they are doing.
We do sell testosterone test kits at Mindconnection. These are, unlike
the blood test, actually accurate. The blood test measures total
testosterone, which is a meaningless number because the protein-bound
component is inert. The saliva test measures free testosterone, which is
a meaningful number. You will need to monitor your actual testosterone
level if you want to cure your prostate cancer.
Now, just so you don't have any illusions. What we are talking about
is a very intense (OK, since we mentioned the prostate we can say "balls
out" here) program of fat loss. Not weight loss. Fat loss.
Don't take any dietary advice from your doctor; s/he has no more diet
expertise than your plumber. Really. You can agree with your doctor that
you will work with a registered dietician (who does have expertise).
Your program will focus on diet and exercise.
- Six small meals a day. This is not negotiable. Do it. For more
- Eat greens, not grains. Do not eat any corn or wheat products.
Not that corn and wheat are necessarily toxic, but most products
containing them are. Eliminating them from your diet simplifies
- No fruit juices. Ask any endocrinologist why.
- No sodas. This stuff isn't fit for human consumption. It's
osteoporosis in a can, and it has other health-adverse effects.
- Consume about 0.75 grams of protein per pound of lean body
weight. Most people have no idea what their lean body weight should
be, but it's a whole lot less than you probably think it is. Ask
your personal trainer (more on that, shortly) for advice. Rule of
thumb: A man who is 5'10" and of average build has a lean mass of
about 120 to 130 lbs. Use a body fat scale to get an accurate number.
- No meat, unless it's organic. Reason: the meat supply in the USA
(and in many other countries) is horrendously contaminated.
- No bread. It contains enriched flour, which is helpful to
prostate cancer but not to you.
- No cereals. See the note about bread.
- Load up on brassicas (kale, broccoli, cabbage, etc.), eggplant
(raw and cubed, added to other things), bell peppers, squashes, and
sweet potatoes. These foods are antagonistic to cancer and very good
for the human body. Except for the sweet potatoes, eat all of this
- You can dice things up and flavor with a dressing you make in a
cruet using only olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, and
Dijon mustard. Very delicious. If you really want to put something on
the sweet potato, cinnamon is fine.
- Eggs from properly-treated chickens (those not kept in tiny
cages and fed corn) are high in omega 3 and do not raise your
cholesterol. Two hardboiled eggs will give you 14g of protein and
make any veggie mix a complete meal. Just slice them into quarters
and you are all set. Contrary to what some people say, egg yolks are
not bad for you. Eat the whole egg; it was designed that way.
- Generally, avoid food with labels. If you read corn syrup or
hydrogenated oil on a label, do not ingest what's in the container.
- No restaurants. If travel makes eating out necessary, then order
plain beans and plain vegetables. No meat, no sauces, no bread. A
little black pepper can make these taste just fine.
- Avoid fish. It's at the top of the food chain, generally. That
means you get a concentrated dose of toxins in each meal. Remember,
the goal here is to get well rather than to get sick. So, no fish.
- No alcohol. Period. This isn't negotiable, and you can't do it
"in moderation." Health claims about wine are false. Adding
nutrients to, say, gasoline, does not make it a health beverage.
It's still toxic. Same with booze of any sort.
- Find a personal trainer who thinks front squats are a
necessary part of everyone's program. This is a person who knows
what s/he is doing. Don't worry about the cost of a trainer; we
are talking about your life here. If you already have your own
equipment, visit a gym anyhow. Pay the guest fee and look around
or inquire about a trainer.
- Do not hire someone who thinks weight machines are better
than free weights. They aren't. Do not hire someone who thinks
doing cardio training before weight training makes any sense. It
doesn't. You have only so much energy and you need to expend it
in a burst to make your workout intense. Please note that "warm
up cardio" and "cardio training" are not the same thing.
- Get your trainer to put you on a "split routine." Any good
trainer knows what this is. Any great trainer will insist on it.
- Go for intensity, not volume. Share this article with your
http://www.supplecity.com/articles/intensity.htm. This is a
hard concept for most people to grasp. You will need to embrace
- Make every workout count. Don't cheat. Each workout is your
chance to win one small battle against the cancer.
- Read every article at
www.supplecity.com. Really. You will understand the
principles behind destroying body fat and building a lean,
strong, healthy body in which cancer must struggle very hard for
You can find some great promises if you read the claims in
supplement ads. Some of these are true. Most are not. Don't
start in with the supplements until you are at least four weeks
into your intense training program. The exception would be to
get a high quality Meal Replacement Powder. Most MRPs are junk.
Look for one that doesn't contain all the sugar (Mindconnection
sells good MRPs, but we aren't linking to them there because the
purpose of this article isn't to sell you stuff but to stop
prostate cancer cold).
A good multivitamin is a good idea. We sell those, also.
Some supplements to avoid:
- Do not consume whey protein isolate powders. You are
gain, not lose fat, with these. If you supplement with
protein powders, get a blend. And don't just add it to your
current calorie load, either. Exception: you add the whey
isolate to some other protein source, effectively making
your own blend.
- Do not consume fish oil or other oil supplements. These
have calories. Use olive oil in food preparation, and leave
it at that. Consuming extra calories in capsule form will
work against you.
- Do not use any prohormones, unless doing so as part of
your doctor's plan.
- Do not use those liquid MRPs like Ensure. These are
loaded with cancer-feeding, fat-feeding, diabetes-inducing,
tumor-metastasizing sugar. OK, I understated. The sugar most
of these use is corn syrup. Ask any endocrinologist why you
should never put this into your body, and you'll get either
an incredulous "why don't you know that" look or a lecture
on the health horrors of endocrine modifiers.
- Multivitamins with excessive levels of specific
nutrients. Typically, this will be buttloads of vitamin A.
If you're eating the veggies mentioned above, especially if
you're growing your own in the summer (organically, no
chemical fertilizers), the multivitamin is just insurance
(strongly advised, though).
It's unlikely you have a deficiency of vitamin A, so no need
to overdose on it.
Generally, you don't want to take any supplements that
affect your metabolism unless you have worked this out with
your doctor. Many supplements interfere with the drugs
administered to cancer patients, sometimes reducing the
positive effects and sometimes multiplying the negative
Some supplements, if taken prior to surgery, interfere
with anesthesia. Unless dying on the operating table is your
goal, don't take any fat loss supplements, decongestants, aspirin, or
anything else from a bottle within three days of your
surgery. Consult the anesthesiologist (not anyone else) if
you have any questions.
You now have a good basis for curing, not merely
treating, prostate cancer. Keep in mind that this is a
basis for further growth in your mastery of this topic. Reading just this one article doesn't make you an
expert. It gives you insight into what steps to take along a
journey that will require you sprint rather than stroll.
If you already have cancer, you don't have room for
error. You don't have time to fart around with half-hearted
efforts, pansy-type workouts, or dietary mistakes. If you
put 100% effort into this, you can cure your prostate
cancer. If you put only 99% effort into it, your prostate
cancer will cure you. It's really that simple. You decide.