the major risk factors associated with prostate cancer,
the critically important role of diet and nutrition, and
how to minimize damaging and cancer-feeding toxic build-up in our bodies
The information you learn today could quite literally save your life or the life of someone you love.
A diet rich in fiber can help fight obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. The Seven Countries Study found that people living in countries with high fiber intake weighed less than those living in countries where fiber intake is low. In the famous Nurses’ Health Study, those who ingested more dietary fiber consistently weighed less than those who consumed less fiber. Another study linked higher dietary fiber intake with lower body weight and waist-to-hip ratios, along with a reduction in markers of heart disease risk. Higher fiber consumption predicted less weight gain more strongly than did total or saturated fat consumption.
The Super Health Diet
While a variety of nutrients act to enhance detoxification and as essential cofactors in detoxification, four have been found to directly enhance it: curcumin, chlorophyllin, wasabi, and broccoli extract.
Curcumin, a phytonutrient derived from the Indian spice turmeric, the main ingredient in curry, is one of the most effective anti-mutagens. A member of the ginger family, turmeric has a reputation for quelling inflammation and healing various maladies ranging from ulcers to upset stomach to arthritis and has been shown to have numerous cardiovascular benefits, in part because it reduces total cholesterol levels and inhibits LDL (low density lipoprotein) oxidation. Researchers have discovered that curcumin can also help protect against the multitude of mutagens in our environment that are often a direct link to cancer development. As I discuss elsewhere in this book, hot peppers also assist in fat burning.
KC Craichy talks with Dr. Leonard Smith about what men can do if they think they may have prostate cancer.
KC: Welcome to Living Fuel TV. I’m KC Craichy with special guest, Dr. Leonard Smith. Leonard, it is awesome to have you back.
Leonard: It’s great to be here. Thanks, KC.
KC: You think you have prostate cancer, or you think you’re at risk for having prostate cancer, or you’re just getting older and you want to prevent prostate cancer. What do you do? That’s what we’re talking about here today. In the past segment, we talked to you about the issues, and I strongly encourage you to go back and watch that. But now Leonard, if someone’s got it, or someone’s just getting older because they’ve read all the news and they’ve heard all the situations, or they’ve got a blood test that tells them they have prostate cancer, or they have restricted urinary flow, or something that’s indicating that, really, the approach is pretty similar?
Leonard: Yes. It really is. As we were talking in the other segment, diet is really critical. Actually, the New England Journal of Medicine several years ago had an article showing that major risk factors are too much dairy and too much meat. They’re not saying you can’t have those in your diet, but they ought to be minimal, not maximal. I basically tell people that I see with any type of a health issue that 80 to 90% of their diet should be plant-based. That’s not just vegetables, it’s also some fruits, seeds and nuts, legumes, grains, but the legumes and grains need to be either soaked or sprouted in their more natural form. Then if you are going to eat animal products, they really do need to be organic free range in moderation.
KC: It’s interesting because there were a lot of researchers out there, and a lot of people today will tell you that high protein diets cause inflammation and all kinds of problems like that. The research has really come to show that really is not true, that people with a high protein diet score better in virtually every measurable way, but they’re thinking now that it might be high animal protein, that also has animal fats, that are soaked with toxins and so on and so forth. That’s not been proven yet, but it’s certainly an interesting perspective.
Leonard: There have been several brilliant researchers that have said that basically all protein isn’t created equal because of how it comes. You said it perfectly. The excess of saturated fat, of course, the other problem with animal protein that we really have to face is animals, just like we do, bio-concentrate the toxins. Whether is Bisphenol A, or PCBs, or phthalates, the fat soluble ones, or there’s lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, aluminum, these are getting concentrated in every body in very minor amounts. But as the planet gets more toxic, it becomes more of an issue. Plants also would concentrate some toxins, but nowhere near to the extent that animals do. Fish is a classic example of that. I think eating fish is probably the best animal protein to eat, but you want the little ones, like sardines, or krill, or something like that. I’m not saying you can’t eat a medium sized fish, but what we do know is that tuna, king fish, or king mackerel, sail fish, swordfish, the really big fish that are several hundred pounds, have definitely concentrated enough mercury in their tissue. Even if you go to EPA.gov, they’ll say that an eight ounce can of tuna fish is your week’s allowance for mercury.
KC: You mentioned krill. I’m not really a fan of shellfish like that because they basically are filters of toxins and so on and so forth, but I do agree on the other. The processes that we touched on the last segment, anti-oxidation, inflammation, glycation, angiogenesis. These really are interesting in that they are wildly different processes, but they’re all really regulated by the same dietary approaches.
Leonard: It’s that simple, isn’t it?
KC: It’s that simple.
Leonard: It’s not just diet. I have many friends and patients that are moving more toward the plant-based diet that still have problems with inflammation and what not, and to some degree, I deal with that myself. We do have to look at genes. Genes do matter. There’s certain genetic testing people can do looking for these little single changes called SNIPs. That’s an acronym for Single Nucleotide Isolated Polymorphisms. All that’s saying, in the hundreds of millions of nucleic acids in the gene, you can have one admine [SP], go to thymidine, and that would be enough to change how you might process folate from regular folate to 5-methyl folate. As a matter of fact, 20% of the people may have problems with their B vitamin metabolism. If you know those, then you might actually consider supplementing with certain vitamins, in addition to eating a healthy diet. The other really, really big one is stress because our blessing is our curse. It’s computers, cell phones, telephones, televisions, too much information, too fast. Not enough down time. We can control that if we choose to.
KC: We talk about, in “Super Health,” the seven keys, hydration, nutrition, exercise, stress, sleep, environmental hazards, meditation and prayer, being really key in balance. It all comes back to balance there.
KC: We talk about, nutritionally speaking, to control the four markers, we talked about, the oxidation, inflammation, glycation, angiogenesis. The four corners really does address that when you’re talking about low calorie, nutrient density, high broad spectrum antioxidant intake, low sugar, low glycemic response and healthy fats, such as fish oil, and so on. It’s really important and really key in reversing these processes. These processes are a basis of diseases like prostate cancer and so on. So we’re trying to get the inflammation out, quench the oxidation. It really has a profound effect.
Leonard: The oils are so critical. If there’s one overview of the problem, it is the fact we got way too much Omega-6, not enough Omega-3, and we’re certainly not ingesting enough Omega-3. It’s actually been shown as a mechanism of inflammation that the Omega-3s literally get incorporated in the cell membranes of white blood cells, and at a time of challenge, which we’re going to be, the white blood cells actually will release the oils that are in their membranes. If there’s too much Omega-6, what they’re releasing is Omega-6 that didn’t convert to arachidonic acid. That’s the whole inflammatory pathway.
KC: Highly inflammatory. Incredible. We’ll talk about more of that in the next segment. Leonard, that was awesome.
Leonard: Thank you.
KC: We sure hope you enjoyed it and God bless you and have a great day.
KC Craichy talks with Dr. Leonard Smith about how to improve your prostate health. What should you do if your doctor says your blood levels are higher than normal?
KC: Welcome to Living Fuel TV. I’m KC Craichy with special guest, Leonard Smith. Leonard?
KC: Great to have you.
Leonard: It’s great to be here.
KC: Imagine you’ve just gotten your blood test results back from your doctor, and your PSA was ten. Your doctor tells you there’s potentially prostate cancer as an issue. What do you do? Well, that’s what we’re going to talk about today. Leonard, this situation happens more often than not. People get their test, they get a high score on their PSA . . .
KC: … and they really think that this is the end, because they’ve heard all the, you know, men are going to get prostate cancer.
KC: It’s going to be deadly, they’ve got to rush out and do a biopsy. Let’s talk about this a little.
Leonard: Well, I think you’re right about that. The media really blows things up and scares people, maybe beyond where they need to be. But on the other hand, you don’t want to ignore it, either. So I would say, if you got that, the first thing to do probably would see a physician and, at least, consider getting an ultrasound, maybe a rectal exam, see if there’s something that they could feel. And you can also measure what’s called the free PSA, which gives an indication as to whether this PSA could be related to cancer, it could be inflammation, swelling. There are a lot of things that can cause it. We know that now. So those are things to start with, and I think in the future, we’re going to really see – and the future is already here, in some sense, in terms of collecting data. It’s not available immediately, but there are urine tests that measure certain protein fractions in the urine that are even better than PSA for determining what’s going on with the prostate.
KC: And that’s not quite available yet, right?
Leonard: No. As far as I know, not, no.
KC: Recently, we both looked at a study a little while ago that talked about, PSA is really not predictive of whether it’s a lethal prostate cancer or not.
Leonard: Right. In and of itself, it isn’t. And then, you’ve got to look at the variability between people that show up with something like that. I’ve had patients before that actually were diagnosed with prostate cancer who had theirs go from ten, one patient in particular went from ten up to 70. And he switched his diet radically and his stress, and went more on a plant-based diet, better hydration, sleeping better, more psycho-emotional- spiritual connection, and it came all the way back into the low teens, and then even down under ten, where it had started. So I think there’s a lot you can do about it, and I don’t think you need to have a knee-jerk reaction to immediately look at radical surgery or even radical biopsy. And when I say “radical biopsy,” they frequently will stick anywhere from 5 to 20 times in the prostate, and that isn’t without problems, too. I’ve seen people, because you’re going through the rectum into the prostate, to get the biopsy, you’re introducing …
Leonard: … bacteria. Yeah. I had a patient end up in the intensive care unit for four days after multiple trans-rectal prostate biopsies. So I’d say if you start out with a high number, go ahead and, at least, get an ultrasound. Get connected with somebody, see what your options are, start learning more about what your options are, and then really work on diet, detoxification, all the good things you talk about in your whole Living Fuel program.
KC: We have a lot of people that are talking about benign prostate enlargement…
KC: … that’s causing them difficulty in urination.
KC: So we’re really talking about the same issue here, to some extent.
Leonard: Yes. Well, they say, and it probably is true, if men live long enough, they would get some prostate swelling, and that’s sort of hormonally related. I actually think it’s majorly hormonally related, because with age, men tend to, actually their estrogen goes up, their testosterone goes down, their conversion of regular testosterone to dihydrotestosterone – which is a more potent androgen, same one that causes you to lose your hair. All those things cause the prostate to swell and actually grow thicker. And that’s called BPH, or benign prostate hypertrophy.
KC: Interestingly, when someone gets older, their inflammatory cytokines rise as their body fat rises.
KC: Because people gain weight over time…
KC: And then that body fat actually becomes the largest endocrine organ in the body, creating Interleukin-6, TNF-alpha and aromatase which, as we know, converts the testosterone to estrogen.
Leonard: Into estrogen. Yeah, so.
KC: So it exacerbates the problem.
KC: So getting your testosterone levels optimized, getting your body fat levels optimized, eating anti-inflammatory nutrients and dealing with the major big four, the oxidation, inflammation, glycation, and as we recently are talking about, angiogenesis.
Leonard: Correct. And angiogenesis, really, is basically a response of the body, again, to something that’s out of balance or inflamed to some level. And the beauty is, all of the wonderful vegetables and fruits and things we have actually are anti-angiogenetic, and we can go back to probably the first physician, on some level, would be Genesis 1:29, “And God gave man the fruit-bearing trees, the seed-bearing plants of the earth, and they shall be his meat.” I had a dear friend who was more versed than I am in the Bible, he said, “Yes, but after the flood, they could eat some meat if it were clean.”
KC: Clean meat. [laughs] There’s a new one.
Leonard: I think that now we’re really saying a lot there. Here we are, thousands of years later, going back to where we started, looking at this. And I really do believe that that really is the recipe for health, is – what do you say, 80 or 90%? But I think 80 to 90% of our diet should be plant-based. Yeah.
KC: We’re going to talk about that in the next segment, because this is a tremendously important subject. Thank you, Dr. Smith.
Leonard: You’re welcome.
KC: And we sure hope that this is helpful to you. God bless you, and have a great day.
KC Craichy talks with Dr. Patrick Purdue about the dangers of medical radiation.
KC: Welcome to Living Fuel TV. I’m KC Craichy. Think about this, it’s the middle of the night, you’ve just learned that your child has banged his head in sports, and they have rushed him to the emergency room. And they prescribed for him 500 x-rays, so every 15 minutes or every five minutes he’s going to get an x-ray, until they’re finished with 500 x-rays. And this is just so they can get the information to make them feel comfortable that everything is OK. Are you OK with that? Well, I’m excited to have special guest, Dr. Patrick Purdue. Dr. Purdue?
Dr. Purdue: Thank you.
KC: Is that essentially what they’re telling us?
Dr. Purdue: A CAT scan would be equivalent roughly to 500 chest x-rays of the patient.
KC: Five hundred chest x-rays.
Dr. Purdue: Yes.
KC: So it is not so unusual that you hear that you’ve had headaches, you’ve had an injury and they’ve prescribed a CAT scan, a CT-scan or some other kind of major radiation test. So what’s this doing to people?
Dr. Purdue: We’ve known since the study of survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II, that radiation causes cancer. There is a very interesting fellow, who died a couple years ago, his name is Dr. John Gofman, most people have never heard of him. He is the man who invented the process for manufacturing plutonium. He worked on the atom bomb project in World War II and he’s the co-discoverer of Uranium 233. After the war, he became a cardiologist and is the man credited with discovering HDL and LDL cholesterol. So he’s not a scientific lightweight.
KC: MD, PhD.
Dr. Purdue: He published a study in 1999. I believe I wrote that down for you, and I think you’ve got a copy of it now. It’s an entire book, it’s not just a paper.
KC: I have a couple of text books from him. One of them you referred me to.
Dr. Purdue: Yes.
KC: It’s massive.
Dr. Purdue: And in that book he clearly demonstrated that there is a direct correlation between the increased rates of metastatic cancers of all type and ischemic heart disease that is equivalent to the level of exposure of radiation that you have. So, in other words, the more radiation, you have the higher the risk of cancer and heart disease.
KC: And we’re talking about a lifetime load?
Dr. Purdue: Life, it never goes away.
KC: So I believe it’s Gofman’s textbook talks about dosage for 16 frames for a dental x-ray and then regular x-rays and then CT-scans and so on, that over a lifetime just a woman over a 20 year period that does annual mammography, it’s an equivalent dose to being one mile from Hiroshima when the bomb went off.
Dr. Purdue: Yeah. Dr. Samuel Epstein, who’s the Dean of the University of Illinois School of Public Health, published a study in the Journal of Applied Radiation several years ago, that showed that a woman who gets ten mammograms has one half the radiation equivalent of standing one mile from the center of the Hiroshima bomb blast. So that can’t be good. A lot of what I hear from patients is that they’re told by their physicians who are prescribing mammograms that it’s really not that bad. One mammogram is roughly equivalent to the radiation you would get if you fly from Tampa to Los Angeles. That’s true, but the problem is total load, it’s the accumulation over a lifetime, so flying, plus mammograms, plus whatever x-rays you’ve had, it’s all plus, plus, plus, no one knows what dosage level you have. When I began to look into all this stuff a number of years ago and began to do some research on it and so forth, I finally became convinced that it would be a very rare day that I would recommend a radiological study to a patient. So now, everything I do is either MRI or ultrasound, which are safe. The’s no radiation involved.
KC: Or thermography.
Dr. Purdue: Or thermography, exactly. To back up some of these numbers, like Dr. Samuel Epstein, Dr. Gofman, in the Archives of Internal Medicine two years ago a study was published that showed that out of a group of women who avoided mammograms, there was 25% fewer breast cancers. So when you just look at the accumulation of literature, study after study, it begins to add up to saying, “Well, gee whiz, maybe that’s not really a good idea to give so much radiation.”
KC: Clearly. I mean you really have to take this into your own hands. This is so important that you understand that medical radiation is no benign. It’s not OK to get 16 frame dental x-ray every time your child goes to the dentist. This adds up over a lifetime. We talked about mammography. You know recently they changed the recommendation from every year to every other year. From after age 40 it was every year and now it’s after age 50 every other year. Is that correct?
Dr. Purdue: That’s true. Based on data that’s over ten years old, by the way.
KC: Well, the outrage was amazing to me. The outrage was you’re taking away our tests. All the news reporters, including some of the ones that I respect, they came out with this outrage that it’s just the medical system trying to save money, that they’re trying to save money by pushing off our mammograms to age 50 and giving it every other year at that point. But the truth is, it was an independent scientific council that came to that conclusion with overwhelming evidence of harm.
Dr. Purdue: Exactly.
KC: So what’s a woman to do? Thermography really is a very good thing to do after age what?
Dr. Purdue: Obviously after age 40, unless there’s other risk factors involved.
KC: Well, breast thermography is more widely available now if you just Google it in your area or any search engine. You’ll generally find some practitioners with breast thermography. Now it isn’t a single test that gives you an outcome, it’s a series that just shows the changes, right? So thermography actually shows the heat of growth of a foreign object growing in the breast.
Dr. Purdue: Yeah. Thermography does not image the tissue in the breast, but it’s a very good screening tool because it’s totally safe, and it gives us an idea of whether there’s an area that may be a problem that we need to investigate further. If that shows up, then we can image safely at the tissue in the breast with either a diagnostic breast ultrasound or breast MRI. Both of which are totally safe, no radiation involved. And I certainly negotiated with providers in my area to where we can get the cost of these imagining services way down. It doesn’t have to be expensive.
KC: That’s really important. So when you have a choice, listen, when you think about a CT-scan, a PET scan, a CAT scan, these things are hundreds of times the radiation dose of a conventional x-ray.
Dr. Purdue: Correct.
KC: A chest x-ray no less, hundreds of times. So if you’re having headaches and you’re doctor says, “Well, let’s get you a CT-scan.” You run to a different doctor because this is very dangerous. So if you’re told to get a CT-scan, ask yourself if you’re OK with running down to the imaging center and getting 500 x-rays to your head. If you’re not OK with that, then you probably ought to demand MRI, or ultrasound, or thermography, depending on which is clinically accurate. And this is really important, this is not you practicing medicine on your own, this is using wisdom. And this is the doctor’s own medical journals that are saying this. I know a lot of MDs who agree with this, who know that this is over prescribed. In fact, I’ll finish by saying that Bottom Line Health came out with something this week where they actually reduced the dose 90% of a CT-scan, and they were able to get the same information, 90% reduction. Now we had talked on this show a year ago about dialing it down 50%, and we know that in California there was a medical center who, when people were getting a CT- scan, after the scan their hair was falling out. They realized that it was dialed up way beyond what was OK. And they did 600 more patients with that before they turned it back down even though they knew this was going on. So this is a really important subject. We have a section on our site for medical radiation which you can look at our past shows on the subject and links and so on. We strongly encourage you to do that. Hope you enjoyed it. God bless you.
Dr. Purdue: Thank you very much.
KC: And God bless you. Have a great day.