The first thing I did after being told I had prostate cancer was to consult with Dr. LaBeau and Dr. Kellas at the Center for Advanced Medicine, a BNI Chapter member in Encinitas, CA. Beth was actually there for her own appointment when I called her on Wednesday to break the news. Dr. Kellas’ reassurance that they would be able to guide us through this process was invaluable. I was extremely grateful to them for getting me in right away on Friday and for Dr. Kellas taking time that Sunday to see me in his beautiful Carlsbad home.
Dr. La Beau and Dr. Nelson did a lot of tests in the clinic to establish the baseline for my current health condition and the state of my immune system. Then Dr. Kellas explained to me thoroughly why I needed to consider changing my dietary habits and lifestyle. He also took time to answer a lot of my own questions.
After these initial appointments, Beth outlined three options for me to consider when making the changes I knew I was going to have to make. These three options were based on the advice from the doctors. Beth was great at taking all the overwhelming instructions and distilling them down into a Good, Better, Best scenario for me. Her background as both a chiropractic assistant and a certified sports nutritionist helped us immensely in making these changes. Some of the things I was advised to do were too extreme for my life and/or were not realistic for me. Other things were “no brainers” and went without saying. From the three categories, Good, Better and Best, I chose the things I would commit to and developed my own plan. Please understand that this is my plan and is not intended to treat your condition. You should consult a medical professional before adopting any part of this for yourself.
Ivan’s Health Plan
- 8-day Cleanse
- Avoid most of the inflammatory response foods, including red meat, wheat, dairy (except yogurt), sugar, and minimize wine/alcohol (one glass red wine every other day)
- Drink 6 glasses of filtered and alkaline water per day (48 oz.) working up to 8 glasses (64 oz.) or, based on my body weight, 100 oz. including pomegranate juice and green tea
- Chiropractic adjustment once a week
- Lymphatic massage once a week
- Two vitamin and mineral IVs per week
- Supplements recommended
- Deep breathing exercise during evening sauna
- Cardio exercise 5 of 7 days
- Resistance training twice a week
- Spring mineral salts baths every other day
- Sun therapy 10 minutes each day for Vitamin D
- Regular meditation 15 minutes per day
I felt like this plan would maximize my body’s ability to build a strong immune system, which would stand me in good stead when I moved into the next phase of treatment, which might have been radiation, cryotherapy or some other focal therapy. At this point, I was not considering that these changes could move me into remission. I also adopted an Active Surveillance protocol to keep an eye on the tumor.
Active Surveillance included regular PSA tests and high-definition, color Doppler ultrasounds. I had my PSA measured about once a month and had bi-monthly or monthly ultrasounds. That was a bit more than I would have done if I had not entered into a clinical study for a phytonutrient concentrate developed by Dr. John Grinstein in Cambridge, England. The monthly ultrasounds allowed me to watch as my tumor literally faded until the point where it was virtually undetectable.
The next thing I did was to share with our BNI world about my diagnosis in order to avoid rumors and speculation. Knowing that I run the world’s largest word-of-mouth organization, I understood that people were going to talk. I wanted to control the message from the outset to minimize worry and fear. My blog posts are reposted on this site for historical perspective.
Best to You!