Kriewaldt used to frequent all-you-can-eat buffets and pass on the vegetables. But after a prostate cancer and candida diagnosis, he went on the Body Ecology alkaline diet and recovered his health, lost weight and lowered his cholesterol. Here, he shares his journey.
Jim Kreiwaldt’s first experience with prostate cancer was in the early 1990s, when his father received a grim diagnosis.
In 1992, doctors told Jim’s father that he had a 40% chance to survive four years. He lived until 2006.
Jim – a semi-retired, outdoorsman who removes invasive species and does beach and water clean-ups – attributes his dad’s surprising longevity to diet.
So, when Jim was diagnosed with prostate cancer in December 2008, he opted for a similar treatment plan: an alkaline diet that would solve his yeast problem and restore his body to healthy pH levels. This way, his body would be most effective at attacking the cancer.
Here’s Jim’s remarkable story about how the Body Ecology Diet has aided his recovery from prostate cancer.
Q. When were you diagnosed with prostate cancer?
A. In December 2008. In my particular case, I had my first PSA test (Prostate-specific antigen test) when I was 50. It was 1.7 ng/mL and remained there for four years. While a “normal” PSA test result is considered at or below 4.0 ng/mL, studies are now showing that even results at or below 4.0 ng/mL do not guarantee a “normal” result.
Then, out of the blue, it jumped to nearly 7 ng/mL in the summer of 2006. As far as I know, the PSA test is a barometer for prostate cancer, but everyone is different.
Q. What was your diet like before getting the diagnosis?
A. My wife and I would go to all-you-can-eat buffets at least once a week, and I didn’t care about vegetables.
I’d eat piles of meat and potatoes and visit the desert bar several times. I normally came out of the establishment looking like I was eight months pregnant!
Because I work outdoors in the Florida heat, I drank lots of Gatorade and Powerade, figuring I needed theelectrolytes.
Q. When did you begin to feel “off” and what did you do about it?
A. Sometime during the fall, I realized that no matter how much sleep I got (in between pee breaks), I still felt groggy. I also had a persistent ache in my right ear. I assumed that it was due to that one last wisdom tooth that wasn’t taken out while on active duty creating havoc.
Rashes started developing and not going away for days.
My prostate cancer was caught pretty early and was non-aggressive (T1, Gleason 3+3). That was December 23, 2008. I was 56.
Q. How did you react to the diagnosis? What were your first steps?
A. The initial approach was the gather all the information.
My son, told me about an institution in Mexico that has had much success with non-traditional treatment methods. Not the voodoo type cures, but just “basic” diet that is heavy on the alkaline side.
My wife and I went to a local health food store to see what literature was available. What we found was truly amazing.
As I started reading The Body Ecology Diet book, I thought I was reading my health biography, so we bought it.
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At-home tests proved I had candida, a bad yeast problem, and a pH 200 times more acidic than your body wants or needs to be.
Q. How did you discuss your diet and treatment plan with your doctors?
A. I thoroughly agree with the statement that you are what you eat. I was hoping that if I could screw my body up, then I could fix my body and reverse the damage. My doctor agreed that diet was a good preventative but not a curative, and I thought, “I’ll show you.”
The urologists gave me two options: surgery and radiation.
I was scheduled to have a cryo procedure completed July 10. But because I’d been keeping track of my blood work and PSA for the past few months (due to the diet), mid-June was about time for another check. My PSA had been a 3.72 in January, 3.25 in March, so I figured it may drop a bit more. When I saw the results on June 24th, I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was 1.88.
After discussions with my doctor, he postponed the procedure and we went back on “watchful waiting” mode.
In September, my PSA was at 1.91, which was considered holding steady.
Q. Are there other ways in which you feel better due to the Body Ecology Diet?
A. I feel 1000% better now than I did this time last year. I’ve also recently done the “spit test” for candida and saw not one flake or tendril in over an hour.
I feel better and look better on the diet. Besides the fact that I felt like The Body Ecology Diet was written about me, I’d done a lot of research, and this book seemed to put meaning into the diet and it made sense to me.
I dropped 30 pounds in the first two months. After a month on the diet, I stopped taking glucosamine for my rheumatoid arthritis.
My cholesterol is 122 now. I’m sure it was well over 200.
Before, with the candida, I felt fatigued, lethargic, and suffered from a lack of sleep and lack of energy. I had earaches. I was always plugged up.
Now, I have a lot more energy, I’m sleeping well, and for the most part, I’m stable.
Q. How have you adapted the Body Ecology Diet to your lifestyle?
A. My wife and I have followed the Body Ecology Diet explicitly for the past six months, with two major exceptions. I’m not giving up everything (coffee and smoking) but I’ve very much modified it.
I knew I had to kill the candida off, though I’ve added some things in like kiwi occasionally. The biggest factor, I feel, is that we have stuck to the prescribed foods, in the proper proportions outlined in the Body Ecology program.
I now make my own cultured cabbage. It’s a bit pungent, but it tastes great. I just use standard white cabbage, and add some ginger and garlic. It’s awesome stuff!
I also used the Body Ecology probiotic liquids early on, and they all taste pretty good.
Q. Where do you stand now?
A. If my body is now fighting off the cancer because my immune system is better, then it’ll be another year until my biopsy is negative. The biopsy results are definitive, but it’s an invasive procedure.
This has been more of a lifestyle change, which is what I needed. If the cancer develops in an acidic environment, then if I get rid of that, I can get rid of the cancer.
Q. Any words of wisdom for others fighting against cancer?
A. Listen to your body. It’s talking to you. You need to step back, get out of the noise and really listen. Good luck.
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