In about the latter half of 2004 I noticed some blood in my semen. Went to see my GP who carried out a rectal examination of the prostate and had a urine analysis. Both these tests were inconclusive as to the cause. A PSA test was the next test which resulted in a PSA of 4.0. I was then referred to a Urology Consultant who suggested a biopsy to actually see if the prostate was cancerous.
The biopsy was very painful. The results were negative. However it was also suggested that I six monthly blood tests and a yearly biopsy. The biopsies turned out to be more frequent than this as I discovered and related to the Consultant, that my father had prostate cancer, so did his brothers. I reluctantly agreed.
In the mean time I had joined the local Prostate Cancer Support Group and discovered much more about this condition and its available treatment. I refused to have any more biopsies in 2006, though carried on with the blood tests.
In Jan 2007 the PSA was 19.0 (a time of great relationship stress) and was advised to have a mass biopsy this time, thankfully under general anaesthetic. In March I was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer.
The PSA readings are as follows;-
2005 Jan 4.1, Jul 3.5, Sep 3.4
2006 Jul 3.7
2007 Jan 19, Feb 7.7, Aug 4.1, Nov 5.1
2008 Feb 5.3, Nov 5.3
2009 Apr 7.7
I opted for Watchful Waiting though my Consultant heavily stressed a radical prostatectomy.
I started with Chinese herbs in March 2007, then started to change diet, though I have not eaten meat for about 20 years now. Fish, yes. I finished the Chinese Herbs at the end of 2007 and turned to Ayurvedic tablets in 2008 and in March started to learn more about an Alkaline diet and Lifestyle through reading Sick & Tired by Dr. Robert Young. I attended his Nutritional Microscopy Courses to be able to be able to monitor my progress on the choices I have made.
I was able to see the developing acidic condition and the marker for a Reproductive Challenge. The latest PSA reading, Apr 2009, is now indicative to me of a certain size and level of acidity of the internal environment. I am working on the bottom line that one's internal environment has to be at a certain Alkaline level to be in a healthy state.
Key for me, is my emotional and mental states, which I have found has a bigger impact on my acidity level, than diet. There is also a yearly ebb and flow cycle. I do not consider myself to have cancer, it is my body that has this condition. A very big difference to me.
The experimenting goes on.
Ian reports that his PSA is now 5.5 ng/ml.
PSA reading in May 2010 is 6.5, up from 5.5 six months ago.
Latest PSA reading - November 2010 is 7.0.
PSA reading in May 2011 was 7.9.
This PSA reading is for December 2011.
If it is possible can my treatment be changed from Alkaline Diet to Alkaline Lifestyle (this includes diet and is more inclusive of attitude, outlook on life, etc.)
My current PSA taken in Jan 2013, is 13.2
Previous PSA taken in August 2012, is 13.16
An MRI scan shows the prostate has nearly doubled in size. Am not aware of any symptoms that is usually associated with this. I have not been too strict with my Alkaline Lifestyle, so am now looking to change that - this includes the food that I eat. Will continue with this regime until the next blood test in six months time.
PSA for May 2103 is 14.44
PSA for Aug 2013 is 17.08
Have now changed to a new herbal regime and a stricter diet.
PSA at Jan 2014 was 18.76. Now at June 2014 it is 20.06.
Since the June results I have started on another regime, focusing more on hormone balancing. Taking a herbal tonic for balancing the progestorene and testosterone and also supplementing a little with zinc and selenium. I am not too concerned about the rise of the PSA. A recent testosterone test has shown it to be in the lower end of the range, which may well account for my lower sense of well-being, noticeable, but not that serious. Need to eliminate low testosterone as a cause first. My daily herbal nutripowder is still being taken.
I have opted not to have any medical intervention and have changed my herbal remedies. The experiment goes on. I am quite comfortable within myself about this.
PSA in June 2015 was 31.6. Decided no to follow any particular diet or supplement, but try to minimise the usual sugar, dairy, etc. So adopted a "don't care" attitude. In October 2015 was diagnosed with atrial fibrilation and lack of Vit B12, which may account for lack of energy/concentration (B12). I follow a vegetarian diet - not strict. A couple of events that caused high mental stress has occurred during June and October and worked through. A life growing process.
Am now taking a Multi Vitamin and feeling much better. Looking back over the years, there was a time of PSA decline, so may perhaps see what the regimen was and think about trying that again. My frequency of urination has not changed over the last three years, which is interesting. I am not too concerned with the rise in PSA as I continue to feel well and enjoy life. Proceeding cautiously, not paying too much attention to the physical body.
My PSA as of October 2016 is 47.0. Previously in June 2016 it was 41.0. Continuing with the supplement regime.
Continuing with the present regime and now also actively looking at ways to reduce emotional and mental stress.
Ian's e-mail address is: ian.ywood AT pirantas.co.uk (replace "AT" with "@")