Thursday, February 26, 2015

So Why Do All This Hiking

We had a great hiking group on Mt St Helena this week. The mountain can be seen from all over Sonoma, Napa & the Bay Area. It was a cold (for Northern California) windy day. We hiked 11+ miles in 6 hours, with an elevation gain of 2200'. A great workout and we all slept like babies that
So why do it? Because all the recent clinical studies on exercise and prostate cancer progression indicate that the men who get the most regular exercise have the slowest disease progression. Plus it's great for the heart as well. And don't forget about stress, a major factor in disease progression! What better way to reduce it than to get out with "Mother Nature"?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Lynda, Ed, Teri & Walter @ Pt Reyes Ntl. Seashore

A Digital Rectal Exam is very important to your prostate health. It is a way that your doctor can help determine if there is something suspicious going on in your prostate. It doesn't hurt, but it seems that a lot of doctors these days won't do one unless you ask. With the PSA test loosing favor, the PAF strongly recommends getting as many markers as possible. The DRE is one of these markers.
Just like Doctors are not quick to administer the exam, most guys don't look forward to getting them.
At a Give Back Tuesday event at the Rainbow Cattle Company bar in Guerneville,CA to benefit the PAF, Michael Collins, RN performed DRE's on those men wanting to participate. He tells us that a man came up to him the next week
and asked if he would administer the exam. It turns out this DRE indicated there could very well be problems and a visit with a medical specialist should be considered.
Get your DRE done every year after40!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A Food Disorder You May Not Know!

I have a reputation for eating a strict prostate friendly diet. In fact it has been the cornerstone of the protocol that has kept me away from conventional intervention for 20 years. I just heard lately there is a food disorder or call it a phobia! Some doctors are calling it Orthorexia. It's a pathological obsession for biologically pure and healthy nutrition. So am I being a food Nazi or Am I just being sensible? You tell me!
Checkout the picture. We just had some long overdue rain in Northern California. And most on the rocks and trees have been instantly rejuvenated. Taken at Jack London State Park. The Valley of the Moon, Sonoma County, CA

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Dying With Dignity

Dying from prostate cancer or any cancer for that matter is not a pretty sight. The long downward spiral is a painful process both physically and emotionally. It takes it's toll on family, friends and loved ones. Quality of life towards the end of this ordeal is a real issue. There are currently only 3 states that have in place a law that provides end of life options. California is not one of them. But this could change. SB 128 The End of Life Option Act has been proposed in Sacramento. Where do you stand on this important issue?