"Fast Food Genocide"...Is the Massive Consumption of Processed Foods Destroying Our Health and Societal Progress? - An Interview with 6 time New York Times Best Selling Author Joel Fuhrman, MD

Kirk's video summary of his interview with Dr. Fuhrman (4:24 min)
Kirk's podcast interview with Dr. Fuhrman (50:39 min)

Joel Fuhrman, MD, (with Robert Phillips) six-time New York Times best-selling author, writes a different kind of health book in “Fast Food Genocide: How Processed Food is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It”.  He shares not only his vast nutritional knowledge and approach to the prevention and reversal of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity, bone loss, neurodegenerative diseases, etc. with his “Nutritarian” approach, but also explains how the high consumption of processed foods affects society’s general progress and functioning from inhibition of learn to increasing the risk to criminal behavior. He notes the high consumption of processed foods puts certain minority groups at a significant disadvantage to live  healthy and prosperous and lives.  Dr. Fuhrman uses the powerful word “Genocide” in his book title to emphasize that eating this way results in the deliberate destruction of an entire race or nation.

Highly processed, “fake” or “Franken Foods,” make up the primary source of U.S. calories and are the primary causes of the chronic disease epidemic in our country. Dr. Fuhrman reviews how we are addicted to these foods do to their high concentration of rapidly absorbed fat, sugar and large amounts of animal protein, probably by design by food manufacturers to increase consumption. When eating more of these “nutrient depleted” foods, food addiction comes the increase in dopamine and other neurochemicals secreted with their consumption, and, by the discomfort from their withdrawal, causing us to eat more of these foods, which compounds one’s health problems and risk. The good news is that the more high-nutrient foods you consume, the less low-nutrient foods you desire.  

Problems caused by this epidemic of Processed Food consumption include:

  • The modern epidemic of heart attacks, stroke, cancer, ADHD, autism, allergies and autoimmune disease
  • Reduced intelligence, learn disabilities, poor school performance and depression
  • Fast food malnutrition resulting in chronic inflammation, weight gain and micronutrient deficiencies that reduce optimal brain functioning
  • Increased addiction to drugs and more violence and crime
  • For African Americans disproportionately higher rates of high blood pressure, fatal stroke and heart attacks, diabetes, severe kidney disease, cancer death and Alzheimer’s disease

The “Great News” is that by applying Dr. Fuhrman’s “Nutritarian” approach of eating  whole, unprocessed foods that have the maximum amount of micronutrients per calorie consumed (Health = Nutrients/Calories) these health problems can not only be prevented but quickly reversed.  Whole food consumption with primarily unprocessed plant-foods is encouraged while using a significantly reduced amount of free-oils in the diet yet getting good fats from whole foods such as nuts, seeds, avocadoes, olives and selective supplementation with omega-3 fatty acid (DHA/EPA) supplementation. Animal foods can be consumed in small amounts as condiments or flavorings in those who just don’t want to give up these foods and excellent health can still be achieved.

Simple concepts and guidelines for Dr. Fuhrman’s “Nutritarian” approach include his recommendations for increased consumption of  G-BOMBS:

  • Greens
  • Beans
  • Onions
  • Mushrooms
  • Berries
  • Seeds

Dr. Fuhrman also discusses his use of water or juice fasting for certain medical conditions and how he personally will practice some extended overnight fasting as a form of health enhancement and to promote longevity. He believes that weight from added lean muscle in the aging process is a distinct health advantage over extra fat weight.

The book provides excellent self-help sections including:  A 2 week “Nutritarian” diet program; whole food substitutes for processed foods; Dr. Fuhrman’s top 20 “Super Foods”; a tasty but simple recipe section; and a “Frequently Asked Questions” section.

About the Authors:

JOEL FURHRMAN, M.D., is a board-certified family physician and nutritional researcher who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods. Dr. Fuhrman is the research director of the Nutritional Research Foundation. He is also the author of other New York Times bestsellers Eat to Live, Super Immunity, Eat to Live Cookbook, The End of Dieting and The End of Diabetes. More information, along with a membership website, can be found at www.drfuhrman. You may purchase “Fast Food Genocide: How Processed Food is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It” here. Joel Fuhrman, MD, 4 Walter Foran Blvd, Suite 408, Flemington, NJ 08822 (908) 237-0200

ROBERT PHILLIPS was a Vice President at Merrill Lynch with sarcoidosis and after following Dr. Fuhrman’s Nutritarian approach for six months had his condition completely reversed and subsequently quit his job at Merrill Lynch and helped Dr. Fuhrman create his membership supported website. Mr. Phillips continues to write and does research at Drexel University in the field of Social Energy.

Be and Stay Well,

Kirk

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Mold, Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS), Damaging to Your Brain and Causes Chronic Immune and Inflammation Problems...

Mold can aggravate or cause a wide range of symptoms - including cognitive decline and Alzheimer's. Here, Dr. Carnahan who I have interviewed on the above topic, talks about how mold is a major cause of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS), a big term, but really means a chronic aggravation of our immune system which can create chronic inflammation and a wide variety of destructive health problems. Mold toxicity is not difficult to diagnose or treat really, the hardest part is finding and correcting the exposure.... That is the biggest and most difficult problem and most frustrating for me in trying to help patients. I have learned and am learning the hard way by doing work on my own home. I understand it better, but there is no perfect
approach yet.

Read this excellent blog by Dr. Carnahan and also listen to my podcasts with  Dr. Carnahan and Dr. Hausman Cohen on this subject. It effects many though controversial. 

Dr. Carnahan Interview  

Dr. Hausman-Cohen Interview

Dr. Shoemakers excellent site on Mold Illness and Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome  

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Alzheimer's Disease Prevention and Reversal...Is It Possible? Yes and Sometimes!

As I was updating my talk on "Alzheimer's Prevention and Reversal. Is It Possible?" for next week (Wednesday, 6:00 pm, 3/14/18, LA BioMed, CDCRC Bldg. 1124 W. Carson, Torrance, CA 310-803-5657 or info@calciumscan.com and Friday, 6:00 p.m. 3/16/18, Health Associates, 3301 Alta Arden, #3 Sacramento, CA - with plant-based potluck there) I came across an interview with Dan Buettner (Bluezones.com) and Mariva Shriver on this very topic of Alzheimer's, longevity and being happy. It is excellent but there is much more to share. (Summary and Video)

The bottom line is Alzheimer's is a lifestyle disease and many of the causes are the same as heart disease, diabetes, etc.. The BIG difference is we have technology to "temporarily" fix the "plumbing and wiring" needed to at least keep people functional with heart disease and diabetes (not the best approaches) even in mid to late stages of these diseases, BUT with Alzheimer's disease, which is a process developing over 20 years or so, if it gets to a certain level, there are ways to approach it, but it is so overwhelming for the family and caretakers, that even if there are valid integrative therapies beyond aggressive lifestyle change like hormones, nutrients, detoxification of environmental toxins, etc. the family/support people do not the energy and resources to "plug those holes".... You must start RIGHT NOW with EXERCISE; a whole-food, unprocessed mostly plant-based diet; SLEEP; community & family; a sense of purpose; continued learning; and avoidance of environmental toxins. The beauty is that everything the prevents heart disease, diabetes, etc. also helps prevent Alzheimer's. BUT start now! Go to this link for my podcasts, scientific papers and the THREE BOOKS I highly recommend you start reading NOW. 70-80%ish the books agree. We can talk about the differences at the talks. BUT get all three and read them (The End of Alzheimer's, The Alzheimer's Solution and Diet for the MIND). Go to my "Alzheimer's Prevention and Reversal" resource page where all the links to articles, podcasts and books are.

I hope to see you at one of these talks! If you are coming to the Sacramento talk bring a "plant" ingredient for a big salad or a whole-food plant-based dish. krhammer@surewest.net

Be and Stay Well,

Kirk

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Is Cholesterol Good or Bad for Alzheimer's Disease and Cognition?

The brain is 60% fat and 25% of the body's cholesterol is in the brain. But the brain's blood brain barrier blocks the uptake of cholesterol into the brain. So cholesterol is made by the brain to satisfy its enormous needs. HMGCoA reductase inhibitors (statins) block the liver and brain's production of cholesterol. Is that bad? Some say yes! Some aren't all that concerned!

So there is no consensus yet. Though the "leaning" would be to keep cholesterol low by a whole food diet and exercise, and not by the use of statins for brain health.

A lot of my integrative medicine colleagues are against trying to lower cholesterol by any means, especially with statins, because there have been some cases of statin-induced cognitive dysfunction. This could occur not just from the cholesterol lowering ability of the statin, but the statins s ability to reduce mitochondrial energy production in every cell, including the brain. So it might NOT be the cholesterol lowering ability of the statin that causes the problem with statins but the reduction in cellular energy that causes the cognitive decline in the brain cells because statins block CoQ10 production.

So here is my point. You will read/watch in the links below regarding the concerning role of elevated cholesterol in Alzheimer's disease and the vascular disease link to Alzheimer's disease. My take is this. I wouldn't take a statin drug to lower cholesterol, especially if cognitive decline was an issue. But if I had to take a statin I would surely take at least 200-400 mg of ubiquinol (CoQ10) daily with food when taking the statin AND I would get my CoQ10 level measured to make sure it was at least 2.5 μg/ml.

That said, I do believe in lowering cholesterol by a whole food, UNPROCESSED, FIBER RICH, phytonutrient and antioxidant dense, mostly plant based diet which I believe gives the best of all worlds in reducing cholesterol without using a statin, and, has been shown to reverse proven atherosclerosis which affects not only the blood vessels to the heart but everywhere blood vessels go, including the brain! Also elevated cholesterol might increase beta amyloid deposition in the brain a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease.

I do believe in good fats, but they should be obtained mostly, if not all, in whole foods. Eat olives, avocado, raw nuts and seeds, especially flax or chia, and GREENS for brain health. Take a DHA rich omega-3 fatty acid product getting at least 200-300 mg of DHA from algal (algae) oil. They are less contaminated than getting the oil from whole fish and helps maintain fish stocks.

I probably confused you more than I helped..but it is not a clear topic and a work in progress with very strong feelings on both sides.

Here is an outstanding video by Dr. Greger on the topic of "Cholesterol and Alzheimer's Disease".

"Can Low Cholesterol Keep the Brain Healthy" (article WebMD)

"Cholesterol, the Mind, and the Brain" (article Harvard Health Publishing)

Be and Stay Well,

Kirk
P.S. Those of you with heart disease of any kind go to THIS LINK   and click on the "Heart Disease" tab and you will have many "heart disease reversing" resources at your finger tips!

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To "Mammogram or NOT to Mammogram" That Is The Question?

The following links to Dr. Greger's review of mammograms, breast cancer screening and treatment is an invaluable review and should be shared with every female struggling with how to screen for breast cancer.  Watch Video 

Should women start getting mammograms at age 40? Should they do self-breast exams (No!)? Mammograms at 50 and every other year? Maybe!... Why not focus on heart disease the #1 killer of women instead of breast cancer? Watch Video

Do mammograms really save lives? Overall mortality - death from breast cancer, has not shown to be reduced! Though 1 in a 1000 may be saved by mammography more may die from over-diagnosis and unnecessary treatment (2-10 over-treated)! Screening may increase the likelihood of an unnecessary mastectomy! Watch Video

Is there a problem with over-treatment with false positives with breast cancer? Yes! American radiologists may be afraid of being sued and "over-diagnose" breast cancer... Watch Video

Why are there conflicting mammogram screening guidelines? Is it because of professional self-interest? Economic self-interest? Provided the evidence should women then have the right to be screened or not screened? Yes... Watch Video

Understanding the mammogram paradox? Is over-diagnosis of breast cancer a greater health risk than the cancer itself...probably! Radiation for breast cancer increases heart disease risk the number 1 killer in women anyway! But the same diet that reverses heart disease is the same diet that reduced breast cancer risk! Watch Video

Yes women deserve to know the truth about breast cancer! Watch Video

Over-treatment of Stage 0 Breast Cancer DCIS?... 10 year survival of those treated with mastectomy or lumpectomy for DCIS versus NO TREATMENT was NO DIFFERENT! Avoiding over-diagnosis of breast cancer (and treatment) is not to get screened at all by mammograms or self-breast checks! Watch Video

Why do women not know that screening for breast cancer may be more risky because of over-diagnosis and treatment of questionable breast cancer????? Are they being told that radiation may increase the risk of heart disease by 25%?! Lung cancer by 50%?! Watch Video

The approach to breast cancer should be like prostate cancer in my opinion. I believe very strongly in the PSA test (prostatic specific antigen) and annual prostate exams (digital rectal exams). Then if an elevated or a specific irregularity is noted upon prostate exam one can get a color Doppler ultrasound by a skilled clinician or a prostate MRI. Then and only then get a "guided biopsy" with the ultrasound or MRI if there is a suspicious lesion to reduce the amount of biopsy "pokes or stabs" from the shotgun 12 samples to 2-4 maximum guided samples. Then there is an actual standard medical treatment for low grade prostate cancer, which is called "Watchful Waiting" or "Active Surveillance" where the patient is followed with non-invasive type testing as mentioned above (or minimal biopsies) AND they are screened for heart disease, colon cancer, diabetes with appropriate LIFESTYLE MEDICINE PRACTICES - diet and exercise are recommended to reduce the risk of the above, including the prostate cancer, reducing unnecessary treatment (and pain, suffering and medical expense). That is why I send ALL MY prostate cancer patients for at least a 1 time visit to Prostate Oncology Specialists so they can be accessed in this fashion and treated with the least amount of invasive therapy which many times is "Watchful Waiting" with chronic disease screening and lifestyle change! And for men the Dean Ornish diet that is low fat plant based that has been proven to reverse heart disease has also been used successfully to treat low grade prostate cancer. Ornish Prostate Article   Since prostate and breast cancer are hormone responsive cancers the same diet would be very reasonable to apply to breast cancer.  

For women the breast cancer journey is not yet there unfortunately! BUT the bottom line is the same diet that reverses the number one killer in women - is same diet that will reduce breast cancer risk significantly.... A whole food plant based diet!

Share this link with your female friends and relatives. It could easily save their lives. Dr. Greger has done a great service putting these excellent educational and factual videos together!

Be and Stay Well,

Kirk
P.S. Those of you with heart disease of any kind go to THIS LINK   and click on the "Heart Disease" tab and you will have many "heart disease reversing" resources at your finger tips!

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REVERSE HEART DISEASE NOW! - Just Bring a Plant-Based Salad Ingredient!

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REVERSE HEAR DISEASE NOW! Ever wonder why heart disease plummeted in Norway (and other Allied countries) during World War II and then came back dramatically after WWII ended? I''ll give you an hint...It had to do with their sparse diet during WWII versus after it... The Nazis actually showed us how to reverse heart disease by accident... I have a slide that shows this clear as day!

It's time for my monthly "Chronic Disease Reversal" talk. The month is..... (See Flyer )

                                   "REVERSE HEART DISEASE NOW!"
                                         
Heart disease is mainly a food borne illness that need not exist. So if you would like to come for an hour  talk, Q & A and learning about resources at your fingertips to reverse yours or a loved ones heart disease please come.

I don't want to scare anyone away when I said plant-based potluck. You don't have to bring a "Plant-Based, No Oil Added" dish.... just bring one PLANT-BASED SALAD INGREDIENT and we'll throw it into the salad I am bringing! Anyone can do that!

Now if you want to bring a plant-based dish (no oil added) your are welcome to do so! Keep it Simple, Simple, Simple! :-))!

My presentation lasts an hour, but I will stay as long as people have questions. I did this same talk at LA BIOMED where I spend my Wednesdays at the Diagnostic and Wellness Center (Torrance, LA) and people stayed a half hour asking questions. It's my favorite part! So bring lots of them! A presentation's information means nothing if it isn't relevant and usable for those who come!

My goal for everyone coming is that "if you want to", you will now how to access information and support at your fingertips so you can REVERSE your heart disease!  The most important things is to feel support in a way of eating that will reverse your disease!

Just email me if you are coming. Look forward to your questions, sharing information and a bit of food. Friends outside the practice are very welcome to come.

(If you are in LA you can make a free consult with me at the Diagnostic and Wellness Center, Torrance, CA on "Wednesdays" at THIS LINK )

Hope to see some of you (and friends) Sacramento "Locals" this Friday, February 16, 2018 at Health Associates Medical Group at 6:00 p.m. 3301 Alta Arden Suite 3, Sacramento, CA 95819

Be and Stay Well,

Kirk
P.S. Those of you with heart disease of any kind go to THIS LINK   and click on the "Heart Disease" tab and you will have many "heart disease reversing" resources at your finger tips!

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Reverse Diabetes Today! "Food Is the Medicine" Program to Reverse Chronic Diseases

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For those of you who couldn't come to my talk and plant-based potluck I will bring it to you! (Well the information, not the food!)  You can reverse type 2 diabetes if you want to and reduce insulin need and side effects in type 1 diabetes.

Flyer for Chronic Disease Reversal Series
Diabetes Reversal "Quick Start" Handout
Reverse Diabetes Today! (slide presentation with audio recording of talk)

Maybe I'll see you for my next talk and potluck "live" on February 16th for "Reverse Heart Disease Now!" 

Just bring some plant-food to "throw" into the salad! You don’t have to bring a plant-based dish!

Be and Stay Well,

Kirk

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The Keys To Diagnosing, Treating and Living Vibrantly with Prostate Cancer

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An Interview with Medical Oncologist Mark Scholz, MD from Prostate Oncology Specialist By Kirk Hamilton PA-C. (***KIRK'S NOTE: I have interviewed Dr. Mark Scholz, Medical Director of Prostate Oncology Specialists, since 2009 about his medical group's work in treating prostate cancer with the most up-to-date medical therapies with an emphasis on preserving quality of life and the patient's physical constitution. I refer all my prostate cancer patients to Prostate Oncology Specialists for treatment, or at least a second opinion. I have never had anyone come back and not thank me and say it wasn't worth it. Also, I have never had any patient have to get prostate cancer surgery. Between the most up-to-date medical therapies AND  diet and lifestyle change the vast majority of prostate cancers are cured or treated as a chronic disease. Listen to this podcast (below) I recently did with Dr. Scholz on his new book "The Key to Prostate Cancer" where he has 30 experts contribute to this self-help guide for prostate cancer patients and their families.

Kirk's Video Summary of Interview (9:58 min)

Listen to Kirk's Podcast/Interview with Mark Scholz, MD (38:23 min) - What Are The Keys to Successful Prostate Cancer Detection, Prevention and Treatment?

The purpose of Dr. Scholz's second book was to help patients take the diagnostic information available to them through biopsies, scans and other testing and identify the stage of their cancers so the patient, in a more focused and simplified manner, could better decide on the appropriate therapies and risks for their particular type and stage of prostate cancer.

In most prostate cancers cases the patient can take up to several months, even 6-12 months to evaluate their current cancer situation before therapy should be initiated without any difference in outcome.

Instead of the traditional stages of prostate cancer being identified as Low, Medium or High Risk, or Relapsing or Metastatic Disease Dr. Scholz uses different shades of "Blue" for prostate cancer (in contrast to pink being for breast cancer). These five "Blue" stages are called Sky, Teal,  Azure, Indigo and Royal. This system is labeled by the acronym STAIR.

The patient can read about their specific stage, or what "Shade of Blue" they fall into, reasonable therapies and tests for each stage ("shade"), and the expertise from 30 prostate cancer specialists who contribute to this book. Dr. Scholz makes clarifying commentaries on many of these chapters to simplify the essence for the reader to make it more user friendly and applicable. The end goal is helping the patient be more in control of their disease with informed and focused decision making.

Unlike other cancers, prostate cancer is generally a slow growing disease, and  if treated early by either appropriate and specific treatment or "non-treatment" (active surveillance), should result in few men dying from prostate cancer. Men with prostate cancer as a whole are at a greater risk of dying from vascular diseases (heart attacks, stroke, hypertension, etc.), diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, other types of cancers (colon, lung, etc.) and other chronic diseases.

Prostate Cancer Incidence

It is difficult to determine if prostate cancer is really increasing since there is better detection techniques like color Doppler ultrasound and prostate MRI, and, the male population is growing older so more prostate cancers are being detected in this ever-growing group of adults. There was a slowing of the incidence of prostate cancer because of negative publicity of the PSA's value in diagnosing the disease, thus resulting in less routine screening for PSA levels several years ago. That said, the survival of prostate cancer patients is better and the therapies to treat prostate cancer are getting much better leading to longer survival, less side effects and better quality of life.

PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) Levels

PSA levels are a valuable test and should start being assessed in high risk patients in their 40s and in the 50s for the average male. A high PSA level doesn't necessarily mean prostate cancer. A large prostate volume in a non-cancerous prostate will lead  to a higher "normal" PSA level. For example and 80cc prostate volume should  result in an approximate PSA of 8. That is normal for that person with that prostate volume and is non-cancerous even though the upper range of normal for PSA levels is 4. Prostate volume can be determined by a skillfully administered color Doppler ultrasound (which Prostate Oncology Specialists doctors are expert in) or prostate MRI. Therefore this person with a PSA level outside the high normal range of 4 has a normal, non-cancerous prostate. Prostate volume will go up with age as will the PSA level.

PSA levels that rise quickly (1-2 points) over 6 months to a year should be investigated  by either of these techniques, or by a skilled and experienced prostate examiner doing a digital rectal exam (DRE).

PSA levels are extremely valuable in following cancer treatment because they are the only way to really know if the cancer is gone or coming back.

How Prostate Biopsies Should Be Done!

Dr. Scholz does not believe that prostate biopsies spread prostate cancer because  millions of biopsies have been done and there does not appear to be a correlated increase in prostate cancer incidence. That said, PSA levels are relied on too much for  diagnosis of prostate cancer, and with the advent of the prostate MRI, one should never have done a "non-guided" or "shot-gun" biospy of prostate. Biospies should always be "guided" either by a skilled physician using color Doppler ultrasound (like the physicians at Prostate Oncology Specialists) or with the prostate MRI. IN ADDITION, if your physician is using a prostate MRI to guide the biopsy you should ask the radiologist, or whoever is conducting the biopsy, how many samples they are going to take from the prostate. They should know from the MRI or color Doppler results where they are going to take the biopsy and there should only be 1 or 2 samples, maybe up to 4 samples, but never 12 samples as the standard has been in the past. If "they" say 12 samples are needed you should find another  radiologist/physician to do the biopsy in a guided way with only 2-4 samples taken at most.

Unnecessary Prostate Cancer Surgery - Get A Second Opinion First!

In Dr. Scholz's view there is almost never a need to do a prostatectomy. Even though there are well marketed robotic surgery programs, this is a therapy whose time has passed, as well as all the side effects that have and can occur. I always plead with my patients, their friends and my friends, before you ever consider prostate cancer surgery go visit Prostate Oncology Specialists for a second opinion first and....FAST (prostateoncology.com)!

"Watchful Waiting" or "Active Surveillance"

Almost 50% of prostate cancer patients may receive "active surveillance". This is a well established medical treatment for prostate cancer. You would be "watched" by periodic, or at least yearly PSA levels, and probably some monitoring with either a  prostate MRI and color Doppler ultrasound of the prostate.

Lifestyle, Hormones and Prostate Cancer Patients

Prostate cancer is a unique cancer that should be diagnosed and treated according to  the stage you are in, but are something that most men will live out the rest of their lives with and die of other causes such as heart disease, stroke or other vascular disease, other cancers, Alzheimer's, diabetes or some other chronic diseases.

Eating to keep from being overweight and more whole food plant-based if you can do it  (see Dean Ornish, MD, prostate cancer and diet studies) would reduce prostate cancer risk and is a treatment for low level prostate cancer. Dr. Scholz strongly feels exercise, especially weight or resistance training 3 x  eek during cancer therapy, especially with androgen suppression therapy, is strongly recommended and highly beneficial and helps the individual maintain their muscle mass and helps improve their low energy.

After successful prostate cancer treatment testosterone replacement therapy can be recommended and is not contraindicated. It will not cause the prostate cancer to "regrow".

Finding a Physician to Treat Prostate Cancer

Ideally you would find a medical oncologist (cancer doctors) who specializes in prostate  cancer treatment such as Prostate Oncology Specialists. Urologist are surgeons generally and still treat most prostate cancer. You want to find someone who is  experienced in treating prostate cancer; who doesn't recommend "unguided biopsies"  as a means of diagnosis; who does not recommend a surgical approach as their primary therapy (or at all); is  open and supportive of active surveillance; who is open to hormone replacement therapy after treatment if indicated; and who talks about lifestyle (diet and exercise) and reducing the risk to chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, bone loss, and other chronic conditions as a very important component of the total care of the prostate cancer patient.

Contact Prostate Oncology Specialists

You can go to ProstateOncology.com and self refer yourself. People come from all over  the country to be treated by this group. Their office is 20-30 minutes of north of Los Angeles International Airport.

Past Interviews with Dr. Scholz on Prostate Cancer Prevention and Treatment

Preventing and Curing Prostate Cancer (and Avoiding Unnecessary Biopsies and Prostatectomies) and Enhancing Quality of Life – An Interview with Mark Scholz, MD

Prostate Oncology Specialists, 4676 Admiralty Way, Suite 101 Marina del Rey, CA 90292, (310) 827-7707, (310) 574-4002 (FAX) www.prostateoncology.com

You can order the book, "The Key to Prostate Cancer" from prostateoncology.com and soon it  will be available on Amazon.

Be and Stay Well,

Kirk

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Plant-Based Potlucks Can Teach You To Reverse Chronic Diseases!

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I believe plant-based potlucks are a cost-effective solution to our health care crisis.

We know that whole food plant-based diets can reverse heart disease, diabetes and obesity and 90-95% of the diets of the "Blue Zone" cultures are plant-based. We know the importance of eating lots of whole plant foods in the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's disease. And we know people do things when they learn in a non-threatening way that is supportive and instills confidence.

So if people follow some simple rules and bring in whole plant-based foods they will be teachers and students and really the "doctors" of the best medicine which is using whole food to prevent and reverse chronic diseases.

Join me and let's have some "productive" fun in Sacramento starting January 19 and monthly through May, 2018.

Watch my introductory You Tube Video "Food As Medicine - Plant-Based Potlucks Reverse Chronic Disease" explaining why I want to do this series and potlucks.

See "Flyer" for the event:   http://bit.ly/2CTRHOC

Watch This Awesome Video about the use of whole plant food in the hospital to treat diabetes, heart disease and critically ill patients by cardiologist Baxter Montgomery, MD.

Call or email me if you are coming. Space will be limited so let me know soon. If you have a loved one with heart disease, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer's disease or getting old they/you should come!

Let's have some fun! Bring a plant-based dish with no oil used and learn, teach and enjoy!

Kirk's email - kirkhamilton@prescription2000.com

Call Kirk - (916) 489-4400 8-9 a.m. M-T-Th-Fr PST Be and Stay Well,

Be and Stay Well,

Kirk

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Whole Soy Foods Reduce Hot Flashes!

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Most integrative physicians (generalization) will give you a negative view on soy. It is very popular to "bash" soy foods and lump all soy foods into the GMO category.  But Asian societies have eaten whole soy foods for 1000s of years and have been healthy. Here (video), whole soy foods reduce hot flashes and are cardioprotective. If you want to avoid GMO soy foods it's easy. Walk across the street and buy organic, non-GMO tofu AND DON'T eat factory farmed animal foods which are fed GMO soy and corn, or, just stop eating animal food all together.

I have read/listened to Dr.  Steven Gundry's "The Plant Paradox" where lectin containing foods, especially soy  and other beans are restricted or omitted from his diet plan. What is interesting is how he frequently talks about the excellent health and longevity of Blue Zone societies and protective foods they eat, including the Okinawans, but he never mentions that the Okinawan elders probably ate/eat more soy foods than any other area of the world, and, that one of the most consistent food groups eaten in all five of the long-living Blue Zone societies are beans. I enjoyed Dr. Grundy's book, who is a very well credentialed cardiovascular surgeon, but some these facts he chooses to exclude or not mention in his interesting book.

I think some people can react to beans but these long living cultures have thrived on them for hundreds if not thousands of years. If you cook your own beans make sure you soak them overnight, rinse them, then cook them and that usually destroys the lectins and solves most of the adverse reactions.   Watch Video "Soy Phytoestrogens for Menopause Hot Flashes" Here 

P.S. Whole soy foods are also good for men's prostates....

 

Be and Stay Well,

Kirk

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