1. “A Survivor’s Guide To Successful Aging”
This book entitled “A Survivor’s Guide To Successful Aging” is about how to slow down the aging process. At the same time it is about how to prevent arthritis, heart disease, strokes, Alzheimer’s and disabilities. It is for everybody who is willing to work on this. The science behind the aging process is explained in detail in my book. The tools of changing the expected deterioration of our health in the golden years of our lives are explained in detail: it starts by cutting out sugar and starchy foods as they oxidize LDL cholesterol and would lead to hardening of the arteries resulting in heart attacks and strokes. Instead you eat plenty of vegetables and other complex carbs. Eat more omega-3 fats like in fish and nuts. Just to clarify: I suggest to mostly eat organic foods and to avoid GMO foods until we will know whether they are safe of not. This will take several decades as formal toxicity trials have not been done. Start a regular exercise program, which is described in detail. This alone prevents 50% of all of the degenerative diseases including cancer. Have your hormone levels checked and replace what is missing with bioidentical hormones with the help of a knowledgeable health care provider. This can add up to 20 years to your life. Ensure that your free radicals that would destroy your joints and the lining of your arteries are neutralized by a well balanced mix of antioxidant vitamins and supplements, which adds another 9 years to your life. Add to this a relaxation program like yoga, meditation and self hypnosis to counter the stress response, which will preserve the function of your adrenal glands. When you take all of this together a life expectation of 100 to 120 years would not be unreasonable to expect as you are keeping epigenetic factors at bay that would have otherwise shortened your life. It is entirely up to you how much of this suggested program you adopt.
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2. “Healing Gone Wrong – Healing Done Right”
This book entitled “Healing Gone Wrong – Healing Done Right” (Amazon, March 18, 2016) is dealing with the practice of medicine then and now.
Medical errors, false diagnoses and wrong treatments are nothing new in the history of medicine. It happened in the past, and it is happening now.
Chapter 1 describes that famous people like President Kennedy, Elvis Presley, Churchill, Beethoven or more recently Michael Jackson have something in common: all of them suffered the consequences of blatant medical mistakes. In Beethoven’s time lead containing salves to plug the drainage holes from removing fluid from his abdomen caused lead poisoning. In this chapter I review also how the illnesses of the above-mentioned celebrities were treated, but then ask the question: “What could have been done better to prevent some of the disastrous treatment outcomes?”
Chapter 2 deals with how modern drugs seem to come and go. We learn that twenty-first century medications that are touted as the latest therapeutic agents are having their potentially deadly consequences too: COX-2 inhibitors, the second generation of “improved” arthritis drugs cause strokes and heart attacks! Your doctor may still prescribe some of these dangerous drugs for arthritis now.
Chapter 3 deals with the fact that medical treatments for people’s diseases may be inappropriate when the doctor treats only symptoms, but nothing is done about the causes of their illnesses. This is a scary thought.
Chapter 4 asks the question whether we could learn something from these poor health outcomes in the past, so that we will be able to prevent any disastrous outcomes pertaining to our own health care in the present and future. As we will see, the problem today is still the same as it was in the past, namely that many physicians still like to treat symptoms instead of the underlying cause of an illness. Even though Big Pharma has the seducing concept of a pill for every ill, it is not always in your best interest, when these medications have a slew of side effects. “Gastric reflux” means a mouthful of stomach acid. This is a fact the suffering patient knows already! Big Pharma simply offers the patient with the symptom of gastric reflux a multitude of medications to suppress this symptom. But it is more important to dig deeper to find the reason for the illness and treat the underlying cause.
Chapter 5 concentrates on the brain and how we can keep our brains functioning optimally until a ripe old age. This review spans from prevention of head concussions to avoiding type 3diabetes (insulin sensitivity from overconsumption of sugar). It manifests itself in Alzheimer’s disease. It is a form of diabetes of the brain that leads to deposits of a gooey substance. Prevention of this condition is also reviewed.
Chapter 6 reviews what we now know about how to keep a healthy heart. Certain ingredients are necessary such as regular exercise, a healthy Mediterranean diet, supplements etc. The good part is that what is good for the heart is also good for the brain. You are preventing two problems (brain and heart disease) at the same time.
Chapter 7 delves into the question why healthy food intake matters. Without the right ingredients of our body fuel, the body machinery will not work properly. The Mediterranean diet is an anti-inflammatory diet that is particularly useful.
Chapter 8 talks about healthy limbs, bones and joints. We are meant to stay active in our eighties and nineties and beyond. No osteoporosis, no joint replacements, no balance problems that result in falls! Learn about how to deal with problems like these in this chapter.
Chapter 9 deals with detoxification. What do we do as we are confronted with pollution, with radiation in the environment and poisons in our daily food? A combination of organic foods, intravenous chelation treatments and taking supplements can help us in that regard.
Chapter 10 deals with reducing the impact of cancer in our lives. A lot of facts have come out in the past 10 years telling us that reduction of sugar and starchy food intake reduces cancer. Curcumin, resveratrol and vitamin D3 supplements also reduce cancer rates as does exercise and stress management. All of this is reviewed here.
Chapter 11 checks out your hormone status. Women need to avoid estrogen dominance; both sexes need to replace the hormones that are missing. By paying attention to your hormonal status and replacing the missing natural hormones with bioidentical ones, most people can add 10 to 15 years of useful, active life!
Chapter 12 is refining some of the thoughts about anti-aging. You will learn about the importance to keep your mitochondrial DNA healthy. Apart from that there are ways how to keep your telomeres longer; certain supplements that are reviewed will help. Also your lifestyle does make a big difference in how old you can turn.
Chapter 13 investigates the limits of supplements. Many supplements are useful, but you do not want to overdo it and get into toxic levels. More is not necessarily better!
Chapter 14 reviews an alternative approach to treating ADHD. Attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder has been over diagnosed, has been neglected and has been over treated with dangerous drugs. An alternative treatment plan is discussed, which includes a combination of therapeutic steps.
Chapter 15 gives you a brief summary of the book.
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The FDA approved the PSA test in 1986 as a “monitor for treatment response and disease recurrence”. Later in 1994 the FDA approved the PSA test as a screening tool for prostate cancer. But the question remained: what was the best treatment tool? I am reviewing 9 different treatment approaches in this book. They are all currently in use by different physicians. But they do not necessarily serve the patient best. Brachytherapy does not quite do it. It improves the cancer for a period of time, and after a few years it returns with a vengeance. The radical prostatectomy and the robotic prostatectomy have helped a significant amount of patients. But long-term studies show that there can be a recurrence rate of as much as 25 to 30%. In addition there are significant side effects like a killed sex life and involuntary dribbling of urine, if the bladder outlet was injured during the surgery. Quite often urologists recommend “active surveillance”. This approach to prostate cancer means that a 71 to 75 year old prostate cancer sufferer is kept in suspense by the urologist. An initial rectal biopsy is done with a histology assessment where a Gleason score is analyzed. If this score is 6 or less, the cancer is presumed to be less aggressive and active surveillance is done. Another biopsy is done 1 year later and this could go on until the patient dies of a heart attack or a stroke. I think that prostate cancer should be treated early before metastases develop and the cancer gets out of control. There are other methods that actually can get rid of the prostate cancer, for instance cryoablation therapy following a mapping biopsy. In this latter method 60 biopsies are placed like a grid through the entire prostate gland to identify the exact location where prostate cancer has developed. This is done through the perineum (between the scrotum and the anal opening). Prostate cancer can often be multifocal: there may be two or three areas where prostate cancer is located. One month after the mapping procedure probes are introduced in the same way, through the perineum and the identified cancer lesions are treated with cryotherapy twice. I am explaining this in chapter 15 in more detail. According to Dr. Onik, an interventional radiologist in Ft. Lauderdale, active surveillance is something that should be abandoned. Instead the following treatment approach should be adopted. 1. A rising PSA or single PSA above 30 should trigger a referral for a mapping biopsy through the perineal approach under a general anesthetic. The treating physician can sterilize the area and perform biopsies in a sterile fashion, which prevents infection. This is a huge advantage above the standard transrectal approach, which can lead to infections like prostatitis and blood poisoning. 2. Based on the result of the mapping biopsy targeted ablation cryotherapy is performed one month later eradicating all the cancer foci determined through the mapping biopsy. 3. Follow-up PSA levels are obtained every three months for 2 years. If the PSA is less than 3.0, the patient is considered cured. If there is a rising PSA level point 1 and 2 above are repeated until a cure is achieved. Dr. Gary Onik published a 10-year follow-up study that had a 100% survival rate and a 94% cure rate in 70 men with prostate cancer. The reason for such good results is that attention is paid to detail, to the exact location of the cancer and that all cancer is completely eradicated. In my opinion this is the new blueprint of a common sense approach to prostate cancer. Read more details about this in chapter 15. Apart from the above mentioned treatment methods I reviewed external beam radiotherapy, laser ablation therapy and high-intensity focused ultrasound treatment. I noticed that the long-term cure rates over 10 years differ considerably from one treatment modality to the next. All of this is reviewed in detail in this book.