Friday, June 23, 2017

5 Simple Exercise Hacks Anyone Can Do!

No time to exercise? Try these simple exercise hacks and say goodbye to excuses. We all have busy lives and unfortunately one of the most important thing we can do for ourselves, exercise gets bumped in lieu of more pressing things. But try these hacks and you'll be surprise how easy it is to add a quick workout to your day.

1. Bathroom Workout: Every time you go to the bathroom do 10 standing wall pushups and 10 squats. By the end of the day if you're like me you could end up with 70-100 reps each.

2. Standing in Line Deep Breathing: I hate standing inline, but try this and relax. Breath through your nose to the count of four, hold for four seconds and slowly release agin to the count of four.

3. Sitting Stomach Tuck: We all sit much too long. But now you can work those abs will you work. Just suck in your stomach as far as comfortable, hold for a few seconds, release and repeat.

4. Steering Wheel Grip: Commuting back in forth to work can be a nightmare. Try this to lessen the tension and improve your grip. Every time you stop squeeze the steering wheel hard then release and repeat.

5. Sitting Leg Raise: Alternate this exercise with the sitting tummy tuck and you're have a six pack in no time. While sitting with your back straight up against the back of you chair extend your legs out and slowly raise them, hold for a few seconds, lower your legs and repeat.

There you have it. Five simple exercise hacks when combined will give you a great workout.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Can An Everyday Spice Cure My Prostate Cancer?


 Can An Everyday Spice Cure My Prostate Cancer?

WARNING: The views and/or opinions about Prostate Cancer and treatments are mine and mine alone. I am not a doctor or health care professional. I am just one man recording his experience with Prostate Cancer in the hopes it may help some one facing the same decision I faced.

Is it possible that spices most people have in their kitchen be as effective a cancer killer as radiation/chemo? If so then why isn't it recommended by doctors?  The answer to the first question is a strong maybe. To answer the second question you only have to ask yourself could Big Pharma patent it and make a profit? The answer is no!

The spices were talking about are Ginger and Tumeric. What so special about these spices and how do they kill cancer cells? For centuries these spices have been use in traditional eastern medicines to cure a wide variety of aliments. More recently modern western medicine has been taking a hard look at Ginger and Tumeric's ability to inhibit and kill cancer cells.

Here are some key points and results.

1. American Cancer Societ: Curcumin the active ingredient in Tumeric interferes with  development, growth and spread of cancer cells and even killing cancer cellsand shrinking tumors.

2. Tumerice/Curcumin can enhance the effectiveness of chemo treatment.

3.  A study presented at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting in 2006 found ginger to be effective against prostate and ovarian cancer, too. The research, conducted at the University of Michigan’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, showed that ginger kills cancer cells and also prevents them from building up resistance to cancer treatment. (


4.  Researchers at Georgia State University also found that ginger can be helpful in fighting prostate cancer. Their study, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, showed that whole ginger extract can help shrink prostate tumor size by as much as 56% in mice.

Here are some links:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21849094

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/41747.php

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22969274

Although most of the test were on animals and more human tests need to be done the conclusions so far are very encouraging. As I said earlier if Big Pharma could figure out a way to sell these spices and make a profit I'm sure research would be heavily funded and a new drug would be released selling for many times what the spice and supplements now cost.

The bottom line to me is there are no or few side effects from taking high doses of ginger and tumeric. You can buy them in supplement form and/or add the spices to the foods you now eat. I believe that humans have developed over the course of thousands of years thru trial and error many natural foods that do cure many diseases.

Of course you need to discuss this with your doctor before taking these spices and don't stop taking any prescribed drugs unless the doctor tells you to.

My opinion and the treatment I'm now taking is Active Surveillance and Three 500 mg of Tumeric and 150 mg of ginger in supplement form as well as adding to my foods as a spice. I strongly believe that for me this is a safe way to proceed. I'm scheduled to go for further testing in late July and will update on my progress on this blog.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Prostate Cancer: Is Active Surveilance A Good Option for Me?


 Prostate Cancer: Is Active Surveillance A Good Option for Me?

WARNING: The views and/or opinions about Prostate Cancer and treatments are mine and mine alone. I am not a doctor or health care professional. I am just one man recording his experience with Prostate Cancer in the hopes it may help some one facing the same decision I faced.

In previous posts I have briefly describe two major treatment plans for  the treatment of Prostate Cancer. Radical Prostatecomy and Radiation. Both of these treatments are effective in treating and curing Prostate Cancer. But what if I told you there was a third treatment option that is non-evasive and has none of the side affects or risks of surgery/radiation?

The good new is there is a viable option called Active Surveillance.  Simply put Active Surveillance is the close monitoring of your cancer and if/when the cancer spreads and your PSA show a steady raise begin more aggressive treatments.

So the question is whose a good candidate for Active Surveillance and what are the survival rate?

A good candidate for Active Surveillance is one with the following:

1. Older men with other medical problems.
2. Low risk men with a Gleason score of 6 or less and a PSA less than 10.
3. Healthy younger men who want to avoid the side effects of surgery/radiation and are willing to carefully monitor their cancer.

The risks? Well like all treatment programs there are risks. Sooner of later your Prostate Cancer will probably grow. At that point surgery or radiation become the choices of treatment. But in the mean time you can live a normal active life

By Active Surveillance it's vital to realized that this doesn't mean just forgetting about the cancer or putting off keeping an eye on it. You need to work closely with your Urologist. Regular PSA testing, Prostate Biopsy and possibly MRI and Bone scans are an important part of the monitoring program.

So what are the survival rate?

According to most studies 50-66% of men during the 10 years after their diagnosis stay on active surveillance and don’t warrant treatment. Younger men with low Gleason score are better candidates than older men whose cancer can me more aggressive.

If you meet the guidelines and are willing to work closely with your Urologist than Active Surveillance is a real and effective option; avoiding more aggressive treatment and for the rest of the men a delay in having to experience the side effects of treatment.

 Please don't use this article as your sole source of info. Do your research, talk to your doctor and partner and make the decision  that best suits your age, progression of cancer and health.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Prostate Cancer: Is Radiation the Treatment for You?

WARNING: The views and/or opinions about Prostate Cancer and treatments are mine and mine alone. I am not a doctor or health care professional. I am just one man recording his experience with Prostate Cancer in the hopes it may help some one facing the same decision I faced.

As I mentioned in the last post, there are three major treatments for prostate cancer: Surgery, Radiation and Active Surveillance. I outline the pros and cons of surgery (Radical Prostatectomy). Today I'd like to provide you with somw information on radiation as a viable treatment to cure prostate cancer.

There are two forms of radiation: External Beam and  Brachytherapy (internal radiation). External radiation basically is bombardment of the prostate with radiation waves. Usually this is performed five days a week for eight weeks. There are several types of external radiation available and as with all treatments these procedures are constantly being refined and approved.

Internal Radiation or Brachytherapy involves place radioactive seeds in the prostate. Pellets (seeds) of radioactive material (such as iodine-125 or palladium-103) are placed inside thin needles, which are inserted through the skin in the area between the scrotum and anus and into the prostate. Ouch!

Usually 100 seeds are placed in the area depending on the size of the prostate.

The possible side effects of both of these treatments are the same as with surgery. Except with the addition of bowel problems. Inmy experience talking to guys who have had these treatments everyone of them has experienced and/or is experiencing urinary problems (leakage) and erection problems.

The only advantage with the seeds is you don't have to give up eight weeks of your life getting zapped five days a week.

I should point out one other issue and that is, as I understand it that once you have undergone radiation and the cancer comes back surgery is not an option.

Radiacal Prostectomy  on the other hand carries the same risks as any surgery and the recover period can extend over sevearl weeks/months.

For me one of the biggest side effects was/is fatigue. Usually this is common with radiation, but after my surgery I found that I tired easily and needed naps. Now I realize I'm 70+ years old and at this age I can expect some slowing down, but for me the change was pretty dramatic, like turning off a switch. So bear in mind that whatever procedure you choose It will affect your lifestyle.

Also the "cure" rate on all these treatments is about the same.

Please don't use this article as your sole source of info. Do your research, talk to your doctor and partner and make the decision  that best suits your age, progression of cancer and health.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Prostate Cancer: Radical Prostectomy

WARNING: The views and/or opinions about Prostate Cancer and treatments are mine and mine alone. I am not a doctor or health care professional. I am just one man recording his experience with Prostate Cancer in the hopes it may help some one facing the same decision I faced.

As I said in the previous post. The Prostate Biopsy showed cancer in three of the four sections of my prostate (Gleason Score 7). I was now faced with a decision, which of the three common treatments for Prostate Cancer do I want to under go?

The three treatments are:

 1. Radical Prostectomy: complete removal of the prostate.

 2. Radiation: Usually eight weeks, five days a week of radiation of pelvic area and/or hormone treatment. A subset of this is radioactive seeds.

3. Active Surveillance.

In this article we'll look at the first option, Radical Prostectomy. At first this seemed the most invasive. During the operation the surgeon removes the complete prostate and hopefully all the cancer. Of course this surgery works only if the cancer is contained within the prostate. If after removal of the prostate there is evidence that the cancer has spread then radiation and/or chemo are your next options.

The operation is done my robotics. The surgeon manipulates tiny flexible instruments that are move flexible than the human hand. These instruments are insert through small incisions. The prostate is cut free and removed. The small incision and the use of the robotics mean that recovery and healing is faster than traditional surgery.

The operation usually requires at least one over night hospital stay.

Now for the bad news: The after effects of this operation.

1. Lost of prostrate means you are sterile. The prostate produces semen without it you can't "delivery".
2. More than not you will be impotent, at least for a little while. Most men will recover and with the help of a tiny blue pill be able to have an erection. For some men an erection may become a distant memory.
3. You will have to wear a catheter for at least a couple of weeks.

These are the "Big Three" side effects. Suffice it to say your lifestyle and sexual life will be forever changed.

In the next article we'll look at radiation. For now please don't use this article as your sole source of info. Do your research, talk to your doctor and partner and make the decision  that best suits your age, progression of cancer and health.