Firstly, I couldn’t change my genetic make-up, my DNA – albeit latest nutrition science challenges that concept. (On that subject, I’ll expand in a later chapter.) As far as I knew, no male in my family had contracted prostate cancer. Father died of lung cancer, though. Hmm. Food for thought, mate.
Secondly, regarding my environment which seemed healthy enough – Chiang Mai (outside the annual three-month pollution haze) wasn’t as bad as Chernobyl, and if I had contracted an ongoing disease or infection, I’d need to continue with medical intervention. But I hadn’t.
However, what I could change, and maybe deflect, or even prevent prostate cancer, would be lifestyle changes – which had progressed a long way towards a more healthy approach from when I first arrived in Thailand.
Exercise and nutrition.
IMO, the best 'medicine' is prevention, not treatment. Unfortunately, the Pharma industry - as well as the junk food industry - promotes the opposite, owing to their bottom line financial benefit.
Improved nutrition - which should be the No 1 key component - is ignored, disregarded, and vastly underfunded. So is promotion of regular exercise – which is scientifically proven to have health benefits – unless you break a leg doing it.
Encouraged by what I had read, I made a key decision to eliminate ALL dairy from my diet - I don't eat meat - and as an addition, to refrain from eggs and fish for three months to my next PSA and Urine test at the end of October.
And this was the book that met my immediate needs and rejuvenated my nutrition regime.
The China Study (revised and expanded version), T Colin Campbell / Thomas M Campbell. Probably the ultimate scientifically proven nutrition guide on the planet. Enter into the Whole Food Plant Based (WFPB) diet.
Purely a materially vegetable diet, including nuts, seeds, and (limited) sliced fruit based mainly on a traditional Chinese nutrition regime. My starter for ten.
Next week, if you sign in to my blog, I’ll continue my journey…