My only brother “unsubscribes” from my blog…

…after reading my recent post about PSA testing.

Cancer is our most-feared disease and is somewhat of a lightning rod when it comes to people who’ve experienced any form of this horrible disease. Occasionally, people decide to “unsubscribe” from my blogs after reading some of my bold comments about cancer. This week, it was my one and only brother who lives in Birmingham, Alabama.

Birmingham, Alabama—home of my only brother. My three sisters all live in Florida.

I’m not sure why he unsubscribed, but it might be related to the depression he has suffered in recent years.  Since 2008, he has pretty much cut off communication with me and our three sisters. He may have unsubscribed because of my stating that our toxic diet is the primary driver of all forms of cancer (per T. Colin Campbell).

You see, his wife had breast cancer back in the 90’s and maybe he just prefers to believe—as most do—that cancer is simply a matter of bad luck.

On a brighter note, there are other cancer survivors who absolutely love my blog. They love the idea of learning all that they can about preventing cancer in the first place—or at least slowing, stopping or possibly reversing it. This week I heard from two of those blog readers—both on the same topic of the treatment of prostate cancers.

Two trusted resources provide the same input—over 24-hour period.

Sunset in Stonington, CT

On Saturday night, I was visiting with Wendy, one of my local friends at an exquisite sunset party by the harbor and she was telling me about how much she enjoyed my blogs.

She also shared a story about the non-conventional prostate cancer treatment that her husband had recently undergone—proton radiation at the Loma Linda Health Center. Then less than 24 hours later, I received this letter from John, a highly educated business executive in California:

Dear Jim, Thank you for continuing to keep me informed with your messages on “good health”.  As a prostate cancer survivor myself, I read with great interest the article on PSA screening.  and I would like to take a position on radiation’s side effects.

The side effects mentioned in the article are dependent on the type of radiation that is used and are most common with conventional radiation treatment.  Proton radiation treatment, however, which is available from a limited number of hospitals in the United States, including the Loma Linda Health Center in Loma Linda, California, is being used very successfully for prostate cancer and without the patient suffering from any serious side effects.

Whereas conventional radiation passes through the body, proton radiation is “pin-pointed” and stops at the exact location of the cancer.  The same type of radiation treatment is also being used for brain cancer and, more recently, breast cancer.  You can refer to the Loma Linda Health Center website for more information.

I’ll look forward to receiving your next informative message. To your health, John Kvicky, Brea, CA

My thanks to both Wendy and John for this helpful input. As you know, my focus is on helping people understand that they can completely prevent most chronic diseases—if they start taking charge of their health early enough in their life. But, when it’s too late for prevention—people need to have other options.

My recent post about PSA testing: Professor of medicine says NO to the PSA test…

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A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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5 Responses to My only brother “unsubscribes” from my blog…

  1. Jenny Miller says:

    My husband was diagnosed with a PSA “count” that way above normal according to his doctor. I told my husband I would research the numbers and try to get his down. After four weeks on concentrated cranberry juice (my husband hated it) his PSA count was back to normal. His doctor said, “I don’t know what you’re doing, but keep doing it!” My husband said, “Doc, I’m following the advice of my wife and drinking cranberry jiuce four times a day, that’s it!”

    • Leo S. says:

      Thanks for that info. It should be easy for someone to add that to their diet with the hope of reducing PSA.

      At 12:40 in the following link Dr. Ornish discusses results seen in treatment of the prostate.

  2. Denise says:

    Sorry to hear about your brother Jim – I know my sister is very threatened by this and I don’t try to discuss it with her. Leo, thanks for the links, and for your comments re nutrients and the cells.

  3. Leo S. says:

    Sorry to hear your brother unsubscribed. Sometimes information is hard for people to accept. Some are afraid to hear that something they might be doing is causing them problems. Changes occur at the level of the cell and cutting out cancer or irradiating the tumor will not stop the processes that will cause other cells to change in the future. There are people who have changed their diet and reversed cancer and/or tumors and other ailments. There are doctors and patients who have seen positive results after lifestyle changes are instituted.

    Dr. T. Colin Campbell has an interesting lecture.

    Dr. Ornish also shows at 12:40 results of work done on prostate cancer. He discusses other conditions throughout the video. It is a shame people want to learn about what might help a particular condition when the whole body is affected with a poor lifestyle and many times multiple conditions may occur as one grows older.

    Here is another person’s experience with prostate cancer and diet change.

    We should try to develop a philosophy of providing the nutrients our cells need by consuming whole plant-food diets and restrict those products which are detrimental to normal cell function. It is sometimes hard to change lifelong habits but there are more instances of improved health available today by means of books, DVDs, the Internet and of course informative blogs like yours which will make a difference, if people will take the time to read/see the messages.

    Wishing you and all you touch the very best in health and happiness.

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