Prostate Cancer: What To Avoid!

Lots of men are living with prostate cancer today
— which is a whole lot better than dying from it. If
the cancer is caught while still localised within
the prostate, experts believe the chances of it
killing you within the following five years are
practically nil. However, if the cancer spreads,
your chances of surviving five years may be as
low as one in three. For this reason, scientists
have been desperate to identify factors that help
cause prostate cancer to spread. These include:
Eggs and poultry: Harvard University researchers
recruited more than 1,000 men with early-stage
prostate cancer and followed them for several
years. The results were astonishing. Compared
with men who rarely eat eggs, men who ate even
a small part of an egg a day appeared to have
twice the risk of their prostate cancer spreading—
for instance, into the bones. The only thing
potentially worse than eggs was poultry. Another
trial found that men with more aggressive cancer
who regularly ate chicken and turkey had up to
four times the risk of prostate cancer

Scientists suggest that the link between
consuming poultry and cancer spread may be
due to carcinogens in cooked meat. For unknown
reasons, these carcinogens build up more in the
muscles of chickens and turkeys than in those of
other animals. But what about eggs—how could
eating less than one a day double the risk of
cancer spreading? The reason may be choline, a
compound found in eggs. Indeed, higher levels of
choline in the blood have been associated with an
increased risk of developing prostate cancer in
the first place. Another study discovered that men
who consumed two-and-a-half or move eggs
per week —basically an egg every three days—
may have an 81 per cent increased risk of dying
from prostate cancer..

Milk: It contains growth hormones designed by
Mother Nature to put a few hundred pounds on a
baby calf within a few months. But are they good
for us? Leading Harvard University nutrition
experts have warned that the hormones in doing
products could stimulate the growth of hormone—
sensitive tumours—such as prostate cancer. Not
only that, but experimental evidence suggests
that doing may also promote the conversion of
pre-cancerous lesions or mutated cells into
invasive cancers. To date, there have been 14
studies in which organic cow’s milk was dripped
into human prostate cancer cells in a laboratory
Petri dish. In each experiment, the milk stimulated
the growth of human prostate cancer cells,
producing an average increase in growth rate of
more than 30 per cent.

In contrast, almond milk suppressed the growth
of the cancer cells by more than 30 per cent.
What happens in a test-tube or Petri dish, though,
doesn’t necessarily happen in people.

Nevertheless, a compilation of studies has
concluded that cow’s milk consumption is a risk
factor for prostate cancer. But, you may be
wondering, if you can’t drink milk, what will
happen to your bones? Doesn’t milk help prevent
Osteoporosis? It turns out that the promised
benefit may be just another marketing ploy. An
analysis of many studies shows no significant
protection. Even if you were to start drinking milk
during adolescence in an attempt to bolster peak
one mass, it probably wouldn’t reduce your
chances of fracture later in life.

Can you reverse prostate cancer?

Experts believe eating a varied plant-based diet,
and avoiding all meat, fish, chicken and dairy
products—may have much to recommend it, but
it’s certainly not for everyone. With this in mind, a
group of researchers at the University of
Massachusetts did a study on prostate cancer
patients who agreed to get only half their protein
from plant sources. Happily, this half-vegan diet
did, indeed appear to slow down the growth of
cancer. Instead of doubling in size within 21
months, their tumours took 58 months to grow to
the same dimensions. So, even tweaking your
daily diet is well worth the effort.

Half a serving a day of broccoli, brussels sprouts,
cabbage, cauliflower or kale, for instance, can cut
the risk of cancer progression by more than half.
For another study, a research team recruited 93
men with prostate cancer who had chosen not to
undergo conventional treatment. One group
wasn’t given any diet or lifestyle advice. The
other prescribed a strict diet centred of fruit,
whole grains and bears, and told to walk 30
minutes a day. Cancer progression was then
tracked using PSA levels (a protein in the blood.)
So what happened? In the people who did nothing,
PSA levels increased by 6 per cent in a year.
That’s what cancer tends to do—grow over
times. But healthy-living group, PSA levels
decreased by 4 per cent, suggesting their
tumours were shrinking.

A year after the study ended, the cancers in the
control group patients had grown so much that 10
per cent of them needed surgery. By contrast,
none in the plant-based diet and life-style group
ended up on the operating table. Does that mean
men suffering from prostate cancer merely need
to change their diets? No—it is not recommended
that they ignore medical advice. They have
nothing to lose and much to gain however, by also
changing what they eat. Other research has
shown that the blood of people on plant-based
diets are able to fight cancer eight times better
than the blood of people of a typical Western diet.
But what if the benefits are down to exercise? To
find out, a research team compared three groups
of men: a plant-based diet and exercise group, an
exercise— only group and a group of sedentary
people eating standard fare. Would people who
exercise hard enough and for long enough
develop cancer-fighting abilities that rival that of
strolling plant-eaters? To find out, blood from
each of the groups was dripped onto human
prostate cancer cells growing in Petri dish. Well,
the blood of the sedentary lot wasn’t completely
danceless. Even if you’re a chip-eating couch
potato, your blood may still be able to kill off 1 -2
per cent of cancer cells.

But the blood of those who had exercised
strenuously for 15 years killed 2,000 per cent
more cancer cells than the blood of the couch
potatoes—a fantastic result. Even better was the
blood of those in the plant-based diet and
moderate exercise group, which wiped out an
astounding 4,000 per cent more cancer cells than
that of the blood of the couch potatoes. In other
words, thousand of hours in the gym appeared to
be no match for a plant-based diet. 

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