What's With That Zencookbook Thing?

What goes on with that, anyway?  Well, in late 2005 I was diagnosed with prostate problems that included unusually high PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) levels in a blood test, a lot of pain down in the nether regions, and (as a rather painful biopsy discovered) about 60% of the cells of my prostate gland were in the process that could eventually turn them cancerous.  The only remedies available at that time were chemotherapy or surgery.  I checked out both, and discovered that they both had effects that I didn't care for, mainly that either method had an 80% - 90% chance of rendering the patient incontinent or impotent or both.  And when that means it could happen to YOU, well you begin to freak out just a little bit.

I did.

I asked my urologist if there were alternatives and he mentioned pomegranate syrup and tomato paste and red wine.  It sounded a helluva lot better than impotence and incontinence.  I discovered also that the pain had been due to prostatitis (general inflammation of the prostate, in my case a mild infection) and it was lucky that it had, because generally at my age they don't do PSA checks and I might have gone for a few more years before anyone found anything amiss.  (One important thing comes out of this - DO have regular prostate checks, either by blood test or by examination, because if it's caught earlier, then you have a better chance of surviving.)

And so, over the next few months, I scoured the Internet and my local Library for information on diet-related prostate cancer treatments.  Since I am not a specialist, I read up everything I could find on the subject of diets and the various foods, and made a few discoveries that the specialists wouldn't even have thought to look for.   As a result, my diet ended up being up to ten times more effective than just using the individual ingredients all together.

For example, I found that if you use a Vitamin E rich oil with tomato paste, then you only need one fifth to one tenth as much for the same effect.  Or, to put it another way, the same amount of tomato paste could give you five to ten times as much benefit from the lycopene and other antioxidants if you mixed a bit of grapeseed oil with it.

And in seven months, I went back for follow-up checks - and all the symptoms and indicators had gone.  Just like that.  Since it's not a very rigorous or difficult diet, I still use it to this day (over three years later at the time of this writing) and my PSA levels are still lower than a man half my age might expect, and show every indication of staying that way.

The Body Friendly Zen Cookbook was the result of that research and trialling, and quite a few people downloaded the e-book from the original website. But I was giving away copies faster than I was selling them, and so I re-drafted it as a series of E-Books as a Second Edition, and placed those on this website where they're available for FREE. I realise that there are now a range of drug and surgical treatments for prostate cancer which are much safer than what existed in 2005, but the fact remains that with just minor changes in your diet, you can avoid the harsh medical methods, and if you have as much success as I did, probably never have to worry about recurrences ever again.  Also, the diet I've developed is less a stringent regime and more a good guideline for healthy living, so it's more beneficial overall than a single-purpose medical cure for one thing. 

The Body Friendly Zen Cookbook is now less of a diet (not that it was ever restrictive or regimented before) and more of a series of E-books on the health effects of food, and how to combine foods together to maximise benefits and minimise detrimental interactions. (You can, for example, take five spoonfuls of tomato paste, or just one spoonful that has been mixed with grapeseed oil, and your body will experience the same benefits from either dose.)