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23.08.2011 11.99 23.08.11
I am migrating from the YANANOW web site at http://www.yananow.org/display_story.php?id=943 with more detailed information at CA Care http://cacare.com/ (under "Success Story and Hard Truth", then Prostate) so I will provide a summary of my experiences up to now.

In June 2007 I was diagnosed with PCa, aged 61, in Bangkok, Thailand, where I live.
PSA = 19.6, Gleason Score = 3+3=6, Grade = T1c (supposedly confined to prostate).

I was offered either surgery (standard or DaVinci) or High Dose Brachytherapy, but after trying to educate myself about the problem I declined the standard treatments because (a) I was (and still am) not convinced they offer a significant survival advantage; (b) The high probability of adverse side effects (incontinence, impotence); and (c) Statistically, only 7.5% of men diagnosed with PCa die from it, so the odds are in my favour.

However, because my PSA at diagnosis was 19.6 and considered a "High Risk" patient, I felt I could not rely on Active Surveillance or holistic treatments, and consulted with Dr Steven Tucker in Singapore, a colleague of Dr Bob Leibowitz of Compassionate Oncology in the US. After a long discussion I agreed on a 1-year course of Intermittent Triple Androgen Blockade Therapy using Zoladex, 150 mg/day Casodex, and 0.5 mg/day Avodart. This brought my PSA down to a low point of 0.01 in October 2008.

I decided to try holistic and alternative methods to treat the PCa. Initially I tried the BUDWIG PROTOCOL, but my PSA continued to go up, and I became skeptical of some of the claims for this protocol, so in June 2009 I switched to the herbal treatment from CA CARE in Malaysia. Initially, this seemed to stabilize the PSA around the 4.0 level, but I decided to stop taking Proscar (since I don't want to take drugs for a long time and Proscar had some effects on my libido) and then the PSA continued to rise.

I then tried some THAI HERBS developed by a local university but my PSA continued to rise to 11.42 in October 2010.

Despite the above, for the last 18-months my main strategy has been to follow the protocol recommended by Roger Mason at www.youngagain.org. The 7-step plan involves 1. Vegetarian/macrobiotic diet (no meat, chicken, eggs, milk, processed or canned foods, trans-fats, etc); 2. Various vitamin and mineral supplements; 3. Hormone balancing with saliva tests from ZRT Labs; 4. Daily walking exercise; 5. Fasting one day a week; 6. No prescription drugs (I don't take any); 7. Limit bad habits (no coffee, recreational drugs, desserts, but I do like a glass of wine or beer).

My PSA over the last 18-months has been in a band between 7.79 and 11.99. It has recently gone up strongly from 8.0 three months ago to the current 11.99.
       
25.10.2011 12.57 24.10.11
For the last 2-months I have added GRAVIOLA on a trial basis, in addition to the vegetarian diet, vitamin & mineral supplements, hormone supplementation (testosterone/progesterone/DHEA), and exercise regime.
The GRAVIOLA dosage was 2.8 gm of tablets per day, plus three teaspoons of powder in about 1 litre of water to make 3 mugs of tea.
My PSA rose from 11.99 to 12,57 which, in view of the variability of PSA results, is essentially unchanged.

In view of the inconclusive result, I have decided to continue the GRAVIOLA for another 2/3 months, with a slightly increased dosage of 4.2 gm per day plus the same quantity of tea.

For information about GRAVIOLA see http://www.rain-tree.com/graviola.htm


       
27.12.2011 12.59 27.12.11
I continued the GRAVIOLA trial for another 2-months using the increased 4.2 grams/day of Graviola tablets plus a teaspoon of Graviola powder to make tea three times a day, except for the last week I increased the amount to 5.6 grams/day of Graviola tablets plus 3 teas.

December 2011 PSA = 12.59.
This is essentially unchanged from the 12.57 (October 2011) and up from 11.99 (August 2011).

So I'm not sure if the Graviola has done any good or not. Possibly it has stopped the PSA from rising (plateau on graph), but it's inconclusive. During this period I continued with my vegetarian/macrobiotic diet, various supplements (Beta Sitosterol, Vitamin D, etc) and hormone supplementation (testosterone/progesterone/DHEA/melatonin).

I have now stopped the GRAVIOLA and started a trial using MEDICAL MARIJUANA as a suppository.

Meanwhile, the latest ZRT Labs saliva tests show LOW/NORMAL Estradiol and Estrone (good), NORMAL range for Testosterone supplementation (good, but note this would be considered HIGH without supplementation), NORMAL for DHEA supplementation (good, more youthful level), but HIGH for Progesterone supplementation (not good and unexplained, but Roger Mason says there is no need to test and saliva won't test for Progesterone since it is fat soluble and needs a blood serum (not plasma) test).

Still no symptoms except the usual nocturia about 3-times a night.
       
23.03.2012 8.34 23.03.12
Over the last 3-months I have been using MEDICAL MARIJUANA as cannabis oil dissolved in virgin coconut oil using 1 ml a day as a suppository. The PSA has reduced 33.7% from the previous 12.59, but I realize one good PSA result does not make a trend. Nevertheless, I hope to continue the medical marijuana experiment if I can obtain the product. At these low levels there is no psychotic effect from the THC active ingredient.

My latest saliva hormone results from ZRT Labs in the USA are also generally good.

Testosterone = 1,083 pg/ml. I'm surprised this is still high because I reduced the testosterone supplementation to 5 mg from about 17 mg. Dr John Lee in "Hormone Balance For Men" recommends a level of 200 to 300 pg/ml. Never mind, I prefer testosterone on the high side, rather than the low side. So much for those docs who think testosterone supplementation is like "pouring oil on a burning fire."

Progesterone = 112 pg/ml. Previously it was 688 pg/ml (too high) so I reduced the progesterone supplementation to 5 mg twice a day from 20 mg once a day. The reason I use it twice a day is because I read a report saying that progesterone is absorbed quickly and results in spikes in the levels. So by using it twice a day I aim to smooth out the spikes. However, now the saliva progesterone level is too low according to Dr. Lee, but the Progesterone/Estradiol ratio of approx 224 is about right (Dr. Lee recommends a ratio of 200 to 1). Seems difficult to optimize the level, so I'm satisfied with the latest result.

Concerning my previous comment that Progesterone cannot be reliably checked using saliva testing, I have received alternative advice from the moderator of the Yahoo! HormonesandHealth Group at http://health.dir.groups.yahoo.com/group/HormonesandHealth-Naturally/ that saliva testing for Progesterone is in fact appropriate.

Estradiol = <0.5 pg.ml. Excellent result. I want it as low as possible because I think this is one of the main causes of prostate cancer.

DHEAS = 17.5 ng/ml. Average DHEAS for a 30-year old is about 12 ng/ml (range 7 to 23 ng/ml), so 17.5 ng/ml seems about right and I'll continue to use 25 mg per day of oral DHEA.

Estrone = <1.0 pg/ml. Excellent, I want this estrogen on the low side.

Besides the above, I also continue with the vegetarian/macrobiotic diet (no meat, chicken, eggs, milk, processed or packaged foods, soda drinks, refined sugar, cooking oil), daily walking exercise, various vitamin/mineral supplements (Vitamin D3, CoQ10, DIM, etc), weekly 24-hour fast. Since I can't give up everything I admit to the occasional beer and a couple of glasses of home-made red wine (no additives!) and a small quantity of cheese and crackers. I can't avoid cooking oil when I go out of Bangkok, and goodness knows what else they put in the Thai food. Normally I eat freshly prepared food at home.

I have no symptoms except nocturia (night time urination) about 2 or 3 times a night.

Latest blood pressure = 123/77. Weight = 71.4 Kg.
       
27.06.2012 12.25 27.06.12
Latest PSA = 12.25, a rise of 47% from 8.34 three months ago, and back to the where it was in December 2011 when it was 12.59. So perhaps the 8.34 was merely a rogue result showing that PSA is an unreliable indicator.

The PSA graph does not look so bad.

I'm disappointed (but hardly surprised) that the last 6-month trial of using MEDICAL MARIJUANA as a suppository has not been more successful, but I will continue using it for at least another 3-months to see what happens, while also continuing with the vegetarian/macrobiotic diet, hormone supplementation (with Testosterone, Progesterone, DHEA, Melatonin) and other measures described in previous postings.

Although I try to avoid all pharma drugs, in May I had a bad throat infection so I self-medicated with 500 mg Amoxicillin antibiotic for 10-days from 14/5/2012.

I feel fine with no symptoms except the same nocturia (night time urination) about 2 or 3 times a night.
Latest blood pressure = 122/67. Weight = 73.3 Kg (creeping up - must take action!!).

UPDATE 7/07/2012: Received latest saliva test report from ZRT Labs.

Estradiol = 0.9 pg/ml (Observed Range 0.5 to 2.2).

Estrone = 1.1 pg/ml (Observed Range 0 to 3.0).

Progesterone = 175 pg/ml (Observed Range 100 to 500 for 5-10 mg topical supplementation, after 24 hours).

Testosterone = 509 pg/ml (Observed Range 115 to 3,700 for 5-50 mg topical supplementation, after 12-24 hours).

DHEAS = 25.8 ng/ml (Observed Range 2-23 age dependant).

My take: I would prefer a lower Estradiol and Estrone level, as previous tests, but they are still at the lower end of the observed range (good).

For Testosterone, Dr John Lee recommends a level of 200 to 300 pg/ml and Testosterone/Estradiol ratio of 200 to 300 to 1, so I'm a bit high, even using a small dose of about 3.8 mg Testosterone per day.

For Progesterone, Dr Lee recommends a level of 400 pg/ml and Progesterone/Estradiol ratio of 200 to 300, so I'm somewhat low at 175 pg/ml, using 2 x 5 mg topical Progesterone per day. However, previous test results using 10 to 20 mg of Progesterone a day gave variable results in the range of 47 pg/ml to 688 pg/ml so I think the test may be unreliable making it difficult to find the correct dosage.

DHEAS is high, but it does vary between tests using the same 25 mg capsules per day. I may take a day off taking DHEA every third day.

Please note that ZRT Labs give observed ranges, not ideal ranges.
       
22.11.2012 15.53 22.11.12
Latest PSA = 15.53, up from 12.25 in June 2012.

For the last 2-1/2 months I added APRICOT KERNELS (Vitamin B17) to my regime, taking 40 kernels a day.
I will probably order 500 mg AMYGDALIN (Vitamin B17, Laetrile) tablets and take these according to the recommended dosage together with the APRICOT KERNELS. I think this is unlikely to succeed but I think I should follow the correct dosage and see what happens.

Also, for the last 11 months I have used MEDICAL MARIJUANA as a suppository, using a product made from a mixture of cannabis oil and virgin coconut oil. I believe this product had insufficient THC content which would account for the poor response. I would still like to try Rick Simpson's method of ingesting cannabis oil as per his video "Run From The Cure," but I cannot obtain the product locally.

I will continue with the VEGETARIAN/MACROBIOTIC diet, HORMONE SUPPLEMENTATION (testosterone, progesterone, DHEA, melatonin), various SUPPLEMENTS (Vitamin D3, CoQ10, DIM, etc), and daily walking EXERCISE.

The only possible reason I can think of for the recent increase in PSA is that for the last several months I reduced the TESTOSTERONE supplementation to about 3.8 mg / day, because my saliva testosterone levels were quite high (see Graphics). All other things being equal (which they are not) then I appeared to do better with a higher testosterone level.

I still have no symptoms except nocturia (night time urination) about 3 times a night.
Latest BP = 125/74. Weight about 74 Kg.




       
21.01.2013 14.54 21.01.13
PSA = 14.52, slightly down from 15.53 in December 2012.
Weight = 74.4 Kg, BP = 125/84. Nocturia increased to 3~4 times from 2~3 times.

Over the last two months I've tried (a) a SEVEN DAY WATER FAST (for general health benefits), and (b) BAKING SODA and MOLASSES protocol, followed by (c) VITAMIN B-17 (LAETRILE).

I stopped hormone supplementation and most of the vitamin/mineral supplements (except those stated below) during this period, but continued the Vegetarian diet.

These protocols were carried out according to the recommended dosage levels.

For the BAKING SODA & MOLASSES protocol see http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/salud/salud_defeatcancer65.htm
In fact I used 2 full rounded teaspoons of Baking Soda (not level tsps as recommended) plus 2 tsps of Molasses mostly four times a day, building up to this dose over the first three days.
I did the BAKING SODA protocol concurrently with the SEVEN DAY WATER FAST since I thought the fasting might help the body to become more alkaline. This might have been a mistake since my Urine pH averaged 6.9 over the 7-day fast, but the pH increased to 7.8 over the remaining 5 days of the 12-day BAKING SODA protocol. Saliva pH remained in the range 6.0 to 7.0 throughout the 12-day course.

About 1-week after completing the BAKING SODA & MOLASSES protocol I started using VITAMIN B-17 (LAETRILE) and APRICOT SEEDS.
For recommended dosages see http://www.worldwithoutcancer.org.uk/protocols.html
I used 6 to 8 x 500 mg AMYGDALIN (Laetrile) tablets a day plus 20 to 40 APRICOT SEEDS for 30-days. I felt unwell on several days and used the reduced amounts as stated. The APRICOT SEEDS I used were from Australia and are claimed to have three times the Amygdalin as those from the USA. From day 31 I used 4 x 500 mg AMYGDALIN tablets per day, plus 30 APRICOT SEEDS.
I did not use the recommended "Metabolic Protocol" with various supplements, but I did use 6 gms Vitamin C, 2000 IU Vitamin D, 500 mg Beta-Sitosterol, and "Green Vibrance" which contains enzymes and probiotics.

In view of the small reduction in PSA from 15.53 to 14.52, it's hard to tell if this has done any good at all.
I'm inclined to repeat the BAKING SODA and MOLASSES and VITAMIN B-17 protocols.
I still feel fine with no symptoms, except the nocturia has increased.
       
03.03.2013 9.69 03.03.13
I decided NOT to repeat the BAKING SODA and MOLASSES protocol, but to continue with a lower dose of VITAMIN B-17 (2 x 500 mg AMYGDALIN tablets plus 20 APRICOT SEEDS daily), while continuing with the VEGETARIAN/MACROBIOTIC diet, HORMONE SUPPLEMENTATION (testosterone, progesterone, DHEA, melatonin), various SUPPLEMENTS (Vitamin D3, CoQ10, DIM, etc), and daily walking EXERCISE.
I did increase the TESTOSTERONE supplementation to 5 mg / day (from about 3.8 mg) because I thought my libido had declined, despite previous ZRT Labs saliva tests reading high (see Testosterone graph).

I also decided to try Dr Chris Teo's HERBS again (www.cacare.com), see report 23/08/2011, for 5+ weeks (actually 40-days) until I ran out of one of the herbs.
In addition, I added SUPPLEMENTS: 2 x 500 mg CURCUMIN (Bio-Curcumin Phytosome), 4 x 200 mg POMEGRANATE extract, and 2 x 100 mg NATTOKINASE.

PSA = 9.69.
Previous PSA (21/01/13) = 14,53, a reduction of 33.3%.
Other recent PSA values: 12.59 (27/12/11), 8.34 (23/03/12), 12.25 (26/06/12), 15.53 (22/11/12).

Weight = 72.7 Kg; BP #1 = 106/76, Pulse 61; BP #2 (after walking around for an hour) = 117/72, Pulse 57.
Nocturia steady at 2 x per night, possibly slightly reduced from 2 to 3 times a night.

While the reduction in PSA value is a good sign, I realize the test is unreliable and in fact, I'm not sure if it has any value at all.

Over the next few weeks I will use up my remaining stock of Chris Teo's HERBS, and continue with the above regime.
       
28.05.2013 14.56 28.05.13
Latest PSA (28/5/13) = 14.56, up from 9.69 three months ago and back to the 14.54 six months ago.

Weight = 72 Kg (159 Lb), BP = 126/75.

I continue as before with my main strategy of a VEG/MACROBIOTIC DIET, SUPPLEMENTS (DHEA, DIM, CoQ10, etc) , HORMONE SUPPLEMENTS (Testosterone, DHEA, Progesterone, Melatonin), DAILY WALKING EXERCISE, WEEKLY 24-HR FAST, NO MEDICATIONS policy.

The additional alternative treatments I’ve tried recently can be summarized with PSA values as follows:

Continue CANNABIS OIL as suppository.

23/03/12 = 8.34.

Continue CANNABIS OIL as suppository.

27/06/12 = 12.25.

Complete CANNABIS OIL 22/11/12 (decided product not strong enough).

22/11/12 = 15.53.

SEVEN-DAY WATER FAST 23/11/12–30/11/12,

BAKING SODA protocol 24/11/12–5/12/12,

APRICOT SEEDS (40/day) from 5/12/12,

AMYGDALIN (Laetrile) 11/12/12–6/4/13.

21/01/13 = 14.54.

From 22/1/13 continue AMYGDALIN at reduced 2 x 500 mg/day, and APRICOT SEEDS at reduced 20/day.

Start CHRIS TEO HERBS 22/1/13,

From 22/1/13 Add 2 x 500 mg BIO-CURCUMIN (Now Foods), 2 x 100 mg NATTOKINASE (Now), 4 x 250 mg POMEGRANATE EXTRACT.

03/03/13 = 9.69.

Complete AMYGDALIN 6/4/13. Continue APRICOT SEEDS at 20/day.

Complete CHRIS TEO HERBS and continue with TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM) HERBS from 12/4/13–28/5/13.

From 4/3/13–11/5/13 Add 2 x 250 mg NETTLEROOT EXTRACT (Now), 2 x 160 mg SAW PALMETTO + 2 x 50 mg PYGEUM (Now), see comments below.

28/05/13 = 14.56.

On 11/5/13 stop NETTLEROOT, SAW-PALMETTO, PYGEUM, BETA-SITOSTEROL, see comments below.

Start MARIJUANA OIL (ingesting) from 29/5/13, see comments below.

Continue with BIO-CURCUMIN, NATTOKINASE, and POMEGRANATE EXTRACT.

So to be honest I cannot say if any of these (or previous) protocols has worked, but something may have helped to slow the PSA rise and keep it in a broad range between 8.34 and 15.53 over the last year or so. The PSA test does not seem at all useful in this situation because variations in test results are larger than the more supple (if any) changes which might be caused by alternative treatments which however, may work over the longer term. It is challenging and frustrating working with such unreliable data.

See my PSA graph on this site.

Also see an interesting article by Terry Herbert about PSA variability at . . .

http://www.yananow.org/PSAexperiment.shtml

Steve Evans from the Therapeutics Research Institute in Omaha, recommended adding NETTLEROOT, PYGEUM, SAW-PALMETTO (see note above) and 1 x 160 mg BETA-SITOSTEROL for my BPH nocturia symptoms. Since I’ve taken 500 mg BETA-SITOSTEROL for some years, I added the first three components. However, from my initial two or three bathroom trips per night, after about one week taking these supplements the nocturia increased to about four times, later reducing to about 3 times. After seeing no improvement after 9-weeks, I stopped taking all these supplements on 11/5/13. The nocturia seems to be slightly better now.

ZRT Labs checked my saliva hormone sample of 28/5/2013. Results were as follows:

ESTRADIOL = 0.6 pg/ml (ZRT observed range 0.5–2.2). Low, Good.

ESTRONE = 1.6 pg/ml (ZRT range 0–3.0). All previous tests came back as 1.1 pg/ml or less. Only reason I can think of for the rise is possible estrogen effect from the TCM HERBS, which I have now discontinued.

I continue with the strict Diet, Progesterone supplementation (5-alpha-reductase inhibitor), and DIM, to keep the Estrone at a low level.

PROGESTERONE = 351 pg/ml (ZRT range 100–500 with 5–10 mg topical Progesterone after 24 hours). A bit high, but I’ll continue with 5 mg Progesterone 2 x per day, 5-days per week.

TESTOSTERONE = 3231 pg/ml (ZRT range 115–3700 with 5–10 mg topical Testosterone after 12–24 hours). Surprisingly high after using only about 3.8 mg of Testosterone cream 6-days per week. I’ll watch the amount used more strictly and reduce the application to 5-days per week.

DHEAS = 13 ng/ml (ZRT range 2–23 age dependent). Youthful value, good. Continue taking 25 mg DHEA 5-days a week.

From 29/5/13 I’ve started on the MEDICAL MARIJUANA as cannabis oil to ingest according to Rick Simpson’s method.
       
28.08.2013 22.99 28.08.13
I completed using MEDICAL MARIJUANA (as CANNABIS OIL) on 12 August 2013.
Here is my report about it:

This is Rick Simpson’s cannabis oil protocol from his book Phoenix Tears: The Rick Simpson Story (PublishMyBook, 2012) in which he states:

“The standard treatment to reset your body to a good state of health is 60 grams of high-quality oil ingested in a three-month period. For those who have taken chemo and radiation, it is a good idea to ingest 120 to 180 grams of the oil as soon as possible. Usually, 60 g can cure a serious cancer, but for those who have been damaged by the medical system, often more is required to prevent the cancer from returning and to undo the damage these treatments have left behind.”

“Because this medication is so safe to use, we do not usually measure the doses exactly, but for those who like accurate measurements and own scales of sufficient accuracy, start with about 0.01 g three times a day for the first four days. Then, if you can, double it to 0.02 g for four days, then to 0.04 g for four days, 0.8 g for four days, 0.16 g and then 0.32 of a gram. This would be the ideal dosing schedule for those who can ingest this substance quickly.”

Rick Simpson also recommends patients eat hemp seeds, increasing the body’s pH by eating watermelon or lemon juice (I don’t think it can be done, but eating these is healthy), eat more raw fruits and vegetables and eat less meat (good), especially the processed variety (right on), juicing (don’t see the advantage over whole fruit/vegetables, and I don’t want the sugar in a lot of fruit), and large doses of Vitamin C (I’m not convinced), but he indicates that you can cure cancer by just taking the oil. However, since I follow a fairly strict vegetarian diet, I think most of this is covered. I take “Green Vibrance” from Vibrant Health, which is an enzyme/probiotic with additional vitamins, and also apricot seeds.

I obtained 60 grams of high quality cannabis oil from a source in the USA (who wishes to remain anonymous), supplied in three vacuum sealed 20 ml plastic syringes. The oil was a very dark green, almost black opaque colour, like a fairly thick motor oil at 30 deg C. room temperature. I kept unused syringes in the freezer.

As a measurement of amount of oil consumed I used the amount of oil in one small droplet which I could squeeze out of the syringes, putting the oil drops on whole-wheat crackers. After using the oil for some time, increasing the dose as quickly as possible, I calculated there would be roughly 45 drops of oil per gram (compared to Rick Simpson’s 56 grains of short-grained dry rice). I later converted the amount in drops of oil to grams and plotted the result on the Graph shown here:
http://tinyurl.com/cannabisoilgraph

If the link doesn’t work please email me.
The graph shows the total amount of oil consumed per day in grams, but in fact I divided the dose into three lots to be taken at about 8-hourly intervals.

As you can see from the graph, it took me 29-days to reach 1 gram a day, consuming 51 grams in the first 60-days and the full 60+ grams in 76-days (less than the three-month period suggested by Simpson). At times I had to cut back on consumption due to excessive “highs” which meant I had to take to the sofa or bed often, especially in the first month, but I never liked the heavy drowsy weight on my mind throughout the duration, and I was relieved to complete the protocol. The reduction on day 47 was due to my taking only two doses that day because I wanted to go out to meet a friend (but I felt unwell and returned home). I wanted to reduce consumption towards the end but (as shown on the graph) sped up again to complete the course well within 90-days, and because of certain family commitments.

I started the course on 29th May 2013, and completed it on 12th August 2013 (76-days).

I would like to add the following comments:

• I prefer freedom for the individual rather than control by government, and so I believe all drugs should be legalized starting with pot, although I don’t want to use it myself (alcohol is sufficient). However, this does not affect my judgement on whether cannabis oil works or not to cure cancer.

• Accidents – Be VERY careful when taking the oil. I was often wobbly on my feet, so driving a car or motorcycle (as per Rick Simpson) would be very foolish and dangerous in a city like Bangkok. Maybe acceptable in the country with nobody around. Also be very mindful of falling over in the bathroom, where an accident might be fatal. I think it’s much better to have someone around in case of difficulty; my wife rescued me once when I went out and could not get back home, and literally dragged me back to my apartment.

• Alcohol – I cut down on my already light beer consumption because it didn’t seem to go very well with the oil.

• Appetite – Rather than increase appetite, as I feared for my weight, the oil suppressed my appetite and it became difficult to eat a great deal. I was 73 Kg (161 Lb) at the start and 69.8 Kg (154 Lb) at the end, a loss of 3.2 Kg (7.1 Lb). Weight loss while on the program is noted in Phoenix Tears: The Rick Simpson Story (p. 30, 32, 166–167. Also see “After effects” below).

• BPH (Benign Prostate Hyperplasia, or enlarged prostate) Symptoms – The only symptom I have is nocturia (having to go for a pee at night) about two or three times a night. BPH was diagnosed together with Prostate Cancer when I was diagnosed in 2007. The symptoms remained the same throughout the course, sometimes increasing to three to four times a night (see “After Effects” below).

• Diet/Supplements etc. – I still tried to stick as best I could to the diet/supplement/exercise regime described previously, but I sometimes missed out, and I could only go for walking exercise at a much slower pace and for shorter periods (see “After Effects” below).

• Libido – At 67-years old I admit the last thing on my mind during the first month when I was heavily sedated with oil, but in the second month, during the period of highest oil use, I was surprised to find that in a two week period my libido actually increased markedly :). It now seems to have returned to “normal” (whatever that means).

• Personality Changes – Normally I am quite laid-back although I can appear animated in conversation, but during this period I became noticeable tetchy with less than normal patience in dealing with other people’s foibles.

• Prescription Drugs – For a number of years I have avoided ALL prescription drugs and over the counter medications, except rarely I have taken antibiotics to assist with an infection.

• Previous Treatments – Note that I’ve had no previous treatments involving surgery (except the biopsy) or radiation, so I should be a good candidate for the protocol.

• Short Term Memory Loss – I noticed a distinct short-term memory loss (e.g., why did I go to the fridge?), but this has mostly returned to “normal” after stopping the oil.

• After Effects – It is now 28 August 2013, sixteen days after completing the course, and I can still feel some very slight effects of the oil but hardly noticeable. I think the medicine will remain in the system for some time, similar to hormone therapy. My appetite has still not fully returned and I today weigh 69.8 Kg (154 Lb). 70 Kg is an ideal weight for me, but any less and I look like a scarecrow with my ribs showing! I thought it best to relax some of my diet restrictions and have consumed things like eggs and ice-cream but still no meat of any kind. Nocturia (BPH) symptoms have actually improved a little recently to about two times a night. For the last four days I’ve been back to my normal daily thirty-minute walking exercise. Mentally, I seem to have recovered well since I’ve started a number of “new” projects recently (to do with my record collection).

I circulated an incomplete DRAFT report as above, but without the “After Effects” information, to a number of people interested in the protocol, or who have various degrees of knowledge about it. I did not receive any negative comments except a minor (Yankee v. Queens English) language comment about the Graph. Nobody has said I have not followed the protocol correctly.

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Results

On 28 August 2013 I had a PSA test. The result was 22.99, up from 14.56 three months ago.

Please see the before and after PSA test results at:
http://tinyurl.com/PSAtestresults
Also, please refer to my historical PSA Graph on this site.

My blood pressure today was 132/89 compared to 126/75 previously, but see comments below.

Comments

It has always been my intention to present the facts in a logical manner, but I would like to make some comments about the unfavourable PSA result, for people who may not be very familiar with Prostate Cancer.

• The PSA test is unreliable and no treatment decision should be based on a single test. The variability of test results has been shown by Terry Herbert in his report at:
http://www.yananow.net/PSAexperiment.shtml

It is best to use the same lab when comparing results, but unfortunately the hospital I usually go to said they have a “new rule” (groan) and I have to see a doctor after the test. I refused because I do not want to pay for a “service” I do not want, while increasing their profits. So I went to a different hospital for the test and it’s possible there may be differences in lab methodology.

Since I will never again have another biopsy (I think they may exacerbate the cancer), the only other way that I know of to see what’s happening is an MRI scan, with all its limitations. I have found that one government hospital in Bangkok has the latest 3-TESLA MRI machine, better than the previous 1.5 TESLA machine. But an MRI scan would probably cost around USD 600, and I’m not sure if they have skilled radiologists who can interpret the results. Unfortunately, I do not have anything to compare it with, because in 2007 the doctors made a mistake of doing the MRI scan AFTER the biopsy. It should be done prior to the biopsy, or wait twelve weeks for the damage caused by the biopsy to heal.

• The rise in blood pressure may have had something to do with the stressful situation I found myself in with the first hospital, and because I had to walk a fair distance to find another hospital. Otherwise I feel fine.

• For several years I have followed Roger Mason’s recommendations “Seven Steps To Natural Health” here:
http://www.youngagain.org/s23.html
I continued with this throughout the course to the present time, including hormone supplementation. However, I could not keep up this regime as well as I would have liked while consuming the oil.

• Some readers may doubt the quality of the oil I used. I cannot provide details of the supplier in the USA but I (and an intermediary knowledgeable about the oil, who uses it for a relative) are sure it is the “real deal.” Initially, even a small droplet of oil would have a strong stone effect sending me to the couch or bed, indicating the oil contains a high concentration of THC.

• And lastly a plea – If we are saying that “Big Pharma” are enriching themselves at the expense of the people (which I think is true), then surely this “alternative” community can come up with something better than speeches and anecdotal evidence. I challenge you to conduct tests on a small group of cancer patients (preferably prostate cancer patients without prior medical interventions like myself) and present the test results in an acceptable form (as above). I am not asking for “double-blind” tests, but something better (much better) than has presented to date. Perhaps Rick Simpson may like to comment?

If anyone would like to comment on the above, please email me at taiping.org>

Also, if someone is able to send me high quality (Rick Simpson) oil by post, please let me know.

Steve Taylor.
Bangkok, Thailand.
       
30.08.2013 22.99 28.08.13
Please contact me at email cloudnine (a_t) taiping (d_o_t) org, or through this web site.
       
27.09.2013 14.48 27.09.13
Following the 58 % rise in PSA from 14.56 (28/05/13) to 22.99 (28/08/13) in only three months (see last report), and because of more frequent nocturia recently from 2 to 3 times a night to up to 5 times a night (which has now subsided to the previous level), I decided to see a Thai urologist at one of the major hospitals in Bangkok to request a repeat PSA test and also a check for prostate infection (Prostatitis) including STD infections.

The PSA result was 14.48 (27/09/13) - test repeated to check result, i.e. back to where it was before the recent medical marijuana trial.
Prostatitis/STD were negative using a prostate massage to obtain some prostatic fluid, and also a urine test.

I had an interesting chat with the doctor, who said he does not recommend hormone therapy as a first-line treatment because the medication will kill the cancer cells which are sensitive to the medication, but leave the non-sensitive cancer cells unaffected, which may eventually lead to more aggressive cancer from these non-sensitive cells.
This is similar to the explanation of Dr “Snuffy” Myers in his video “Confusion about PSA” at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONVNuBYp4ew

We discussed other treatments, but he did not recommend Focussed HIFU (High Intensity Focussed Ultrasound), where they use MRI to find tumors in order to blast them with HIFU, because he said that the MRI is too insensitive to see other cancer cells lurking in the prostate, so he prefers to treat the entire prostate.
I agreed, but pointed out the same argument applies to any standard treatment method, since we never know for sure if cancer cells have escaped the prostate (although radiation can also be applied to the surrounding tissue).

I pressed the doctor on clinical studies showing the advantages for life expectancy using standard treatments compared to “Active Surveillance,” but he said that some studies show an improvement while others do not. I have never seen convincing evidence that these interventions work (of course, they might do for individual cases).

I will probably have less frequent PSA tests from now on, because the PSA graph does not really tell me anything which affects my treatment decisions. I will go more on how I feel, and right now I feel fine with no symptoms except the nocturia.
       
13.04.2014 14.48 27.09.13
I've put together an analysis of the data from men who have died from prostate cancer on the YANA web site, about the relationship between PSA test results and actual survival time.
www.tinyurl.com/PSAandSurvival
There does not seem to be any correlation between Initial PSA at Diagnosis, or PSA Doubling Time, and Survival Time.
The medical profession might have severe indigestion about this, and would no doubt "throw up" all sorts of objections to the report.
Comments welcome.

Meanwhile, since I'm sticking my head in the sand and avoiding PSA tests for a year (5+ months to go), there is not much else to report. Still feel fine and sticking to the "Seven Steps To Natural Health" - see:
www.tinyurl.com/sevenstepstonaturalhealth

I have been trying 5 mg/day generic CIALIS for BPH symptoms (nocturia), but does not seem to have any effect.
The nocturia remains at about 3 times a night. CIALIS has recently been approved by the FDA to treat BPH symptoms.

Keep smiling.

       
31.07.2014 14.48 27.09.13
I was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in 2007 and for the last several years have attempted to balance my hormones using saliva hormone testing from ZRT Labs, and adjusting the hormone supplementation (Testosterone/Progesterone/DHEA) accordingly, to try to bring them to more youthful levels. The theory being that younger men don't as a rule get Prostate Cancer.
See pdf file at http://tinyurl.com/ZRTtest20133107 with the latest ZRT Lab test results.

According to Dr. John Lee in his book Hormone Balance For Men, the typical values for men over 60 are:
Estradiol at 2.0 to 2.7 pg/ml
Progesterone at 20 to 30 pg/ml
Testosterone at 20-30 pg/ml

My test results are:
Estradiol = 0.9 pg/ml [Observed Range 0.5 to 2.3] - Very good, I want this estrogen low.
Progesterone = 149 pg/ml [Observed Range 100 to 500 using 5-10 mg topical Progesterone] - Very Good, within Observed range. I use 2 x 5 mg / day Progesterone cream on the scrotum 5 days a week. I read somewhere that applying topical Progesterone causes spikes in absorption so I hope using a smaller amount twice a day will reduce the spikes. There seems to be some disagreement that saliva Progesterone testing gives reliable results although ZRT Labs disagree.
Testosterone = 1224 pg/ml [Observed Range 115 to 3700 using 5 to 50 mg topical Testosterone] - High compared to about 100 pg/ml for a 25-year old man. I used an estimated 2 mg/day of Testosterone (a small drop of 5% Testosterone cream) applied to the upper arm and shoulder, reduced from the previous 3.8 mg / day.
Estrone = <1.0 pg/ml [Observed Range 0-3.0] - Very good, I want this estrogen low.
DHEAS = 4.7 ng/ml [Observed Range 2 to 23] - A bit low compared to a youthful 15 ng/ml at age 25, but previous tests using the same 25 mg / day oral DHEA gave satisfactory results.

Please note that the ZRT Labs ranges are actual Observed Ranges from thousands of men, not Optimum values.
See the Testosterone and DHEA graphs in the ZRT Labs report to see how levels reduce with age.

Dr John Lee considers Optimum values as follows (quote with my comments):
Saliva Progesterone levels that are 200 to 300 times that of Estradiol or around 400 pg/ml (in a
two-ounce jar or tube of cream containing 960 mg of progesterone, this would be a bit less than 1/8
tsp of cream daily) - My Progesterone/Estradiol ratio is about 166, about right considering variability of test results.
The ratio of saliva Testosterone to Estradiol should be about 200 to 300 to 1 ) - My Testosterone/ Estradiol ratio is 1360 which is high.
The saliva Testosterone level should be approximately 200 to 300 pg/ml. Creams with the proper
testosterone content are not readily available, so ask your doctor to write a prescription for the cream,
then take it to a compounding pharmacist. It is essential that the pharmacist use real testosterone, and
not one of the synthetic versions such as methyltestosterone - My Testosterone level is 1224 pg/ml which is high.
General dosages for men deficient in progesterone and/or testosterone:
Transdermal progesterone . . . . . . 5 to 8 mg/day - I use about 10 mg/day (2 x 5 mg).
Transdermal testosterone . . . . . . . 1 to 2 mg/day - I currently use about 2 mg/day.

As shown in the ZRT test results for previous testing, the results are very variable, so I think they should be used only as a rough guide, rather than be taken too literally.

I would like to emphasize that this is for information only and I’m not suggesting that others follow this path. For one thing, hormone supplementation for those diagnosed with prostate cancer is highly controversial, and most doctors would not agree with it.
My next PSA test will probably be in late September.
       
09.09.2014 22.43 09.09.14
PSA = 22.43, up from 14.40 almost a year ago on 27/09/2013.
Maximum PSA was 22.99 in August 2013.

Disappointing result because of my strong dedication to a VEGAN DIET over the last year. For about 95% of the time I've cooked my own vegetarian food at home, and for most of the remaining time eat vegetarian Thai or Indian restaurant food. I've had fried fish or tuna maybe a dozen times, but no meat, chicken, eggs, dairy products, and try to avoid processed foods, sugar and refined salt, and cooking oils (except virgin coconut oil) as much as possible.
I've continued as before with the EXERCISE, various SUPPLEMENTS (Vitamin D3, DIM, CoQ10, etc), HORMONE SALIVA TESTING AND SUPPLEMENTATION (Testosterone, Progesterone, DHEA), and weekly 24-hour water FAST.
I feel fine with no symptoms except nocturia which has increased to about 4 times a night from 2~3 times previously.

Some months ago I did experiment with a high 50 mg / day dose of LUGOL'S IODINE, but stopped after a few weeks since my gums were becoming sore. Symptoms disappeared after I stopped.
I also tried generic CIALIS (Ceebis) at 5 mg / day for BPH symptoms (nocturia) but this had no effect so I stopped. The FDA has approved CIALIS for treating BPH.
Since May 2014 I've added about 2.5~3 gm / day of 95% CURCUMIN. I started off dissolving the bulk curcumin powder in a couple of tbs of coconut oil, but later switched to a similar quantity of vodka, plus a pinch of black pepper.

I have obtained some more medical marijuana in the form of CANNABIS OIL which I will start soon.I intend to take this in a dose of 2 x 0.25 mg / day, with the second dose dissolved in coconut oil as a suppository.


       
12.06.2015 18.64 12.06.15
I continue with the cannabis oil. PSA results to date are variable and do not show a strong trend one way or the other. See PSA graph.
I will continue with the oil until I can determine with some degree of confidence whether the oil is working or not, and report back later in greater detail.
       
06.09.2015 15.63 06.09.15
Having completed 1-year on my second experiment using Medical Marijuana (Cannabis Oil), here are the PSA results:

September 2014 = 22.43 [Start cannabis oil].
December 2014 = 16.64.
March 2015 = 14.07.
June 2015 = 18.64.
September 2015 = 15.63.

Full report at http://tinyurl.com/stcannabisoilreport-2

In September 2014, one year ago, I stopped all hormone supplements and most vitamin/mineral supplements.
I decided to get another ZRT Labs saliva hormone test, to get a base record.
Results were Testosterone = 48 pg/mL (lower end of range, probably accounts for low libido); DHEAS = 1.8 ng/mL (low); Progesterone = 32 pg/mL (within normal range); Estradiol = 0.5 pg/mL (low end of range, good); Estrone = <1.0 pg/mL (low end of range, good).
I will now restart the testosterone, progesterone, DHEA supplementation, as before.





       
21.12.2015 20.52 21.12.15
PSA Test Result @ December 2015 = 20.52.
A disappointing result (see previous PSA results), but I’m still below the PSA of 22.43 at the start of the trial in September 2014.
Estimated cannabis oil usage 10/09/2014 ~ 20/12/2015 (= 467 days) was 192.5 mL, or 0.41 mL/day.
I calculated the Specific Gravity of the oil as about 0.94, so 0.41 mL/day is approx. 0.39 grams/day.
I think it’s a mistake to change anything on one bad PSA result, so I will continue the same regime for another 3-months. I still don’t have any symptoms except nocturia which is a minor inconvenience.
Continue with the cannabis oil by mouth and as a suppository.
Perhaps prudent to stop the testosterone/progesterone/DHEA supplements (from September 2015).
       
13.03.2016 18.70 13.03.16
Please refer to my cannabis oil report updated March 2016 at http://tinyurl.com/stcannabisoilreport-2
I did not stop the hormone supplementation, but reduced it by half.
       
12.06.2016 19.78 12.06.16
Please refer to my cannabis oil report updated June 2016 at http://tinyurl.com/stcannabisoilreport-2
Tried using the herbal supplement CRILA for BPH nocturia symptoms, which has reduced the night time trips to the bathroom, so I will continue using it to see if the improvement can be maintained.
Still continuing with the mainly VEGETARIAN DIET, CANNABIS OIL (by mouth only), HORMONE SUPPLEMENTATION (at a reduced amount), VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTS, EXERCISE, and avoiding pharma drugs.
       
10.12.2016 29.37 10.12.16
My latest PSA is 29.37, up strongly from 19.78 six months ago.
Not good news and it looks as if the cancer is getting worse.
This sort of number indicates the cancer might have metastasized, and if that’s the case I’m well and truly doomed.

It would appear that the small amount of CANNABIS OIL I take daily by mouth in the evening has not worked, but might (just might) have helped somewhat. Who knows?
Similarly for the TESTOSTERONE/PROGESTERONE/DHEA supplementation which I’ve been using for years.

Any “normal” person would see the doc and submit to all sorts of MRI, CT, Bone scans, and the usual treatment recommendations (surgery/radiation/hormone therapy).
The problem is that everyone I know with cancer who has gone that route has not survived and has only succeeded in reducing their bank balance significantly. Those drugs ain’t cheap!
I am not convinced that lowering PSA by hormone therapy or whatever leads to better outcomes, but I know many would disagree.

At least right now I have no symptoms to speak of, except the nocturia has not improved and if anything is getting worse (4/5 times a night). Might try CRILA herbs again which did appear to reduce the nocturia when I last tried it.
[Update] I did try the CRILA product from Swanson's again and it worked immediately, reducing the nocturia to 2 times a night. But I only want to use it for a few days at a time, not continuously.
But hey, I can still walk, talk, and look at my mobile phone, all at the same time (really!), which is better than many others.

I have decided to try a KETOGENIC DIET for 3-months, and stop the CANNABIS OIL and HORMONE SUPPLEMENTATION.



       
19.01.2017 38.03 19.01.17
A steep increase in PSA from 6-weeks ago. The test was from a different lab than usual.
I did stop the CANNABIS OIL and HORMONE SUPPLEMENTATION and start MODIFIED KETOGENIC DIET which I will continue at least for another 6-weeks. I have been strictly adhering to the diet.
I will write a separate report about the diet in due course.
       
16.03.2017 25.81 15.03.17
Since December 2016 I tried an experiment using a RESTRICTED CALORIE KETOGENIC DIET (RC-KD) plus for the last four weeks, 20-sessions of HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY, as suggested by Prof. Thomas Seyfried of Boston College, an expert in the metabolic theory of cancer.

An MRI scan using the latest 3-TESLA MRI machine yielded surprising results -- "no definite evidence" of cancer anywhere! My urologist thought that two faint greyish areas on the scans were indicative of "low grade" cancer but not more than Gleason 3. This after 10-years since diagnosis and avoiding the usual treatments.

At the start of the RC-KD in December 2016 my PSA was 29.37, rising to 38.03 in January 2017, 38.20 in February 2017 at the start of HBOT, and 25.81 on completion of RC-KD + HBOT.

For further information, see my report at http://tinyurl.com/stketodietreport