SOURCE: UltraWellness

January 17, 2008 19:50 ET

Reverse Prostate Cancer and Aging by Changing Your Diet

Dr. Dean Ornish Explains How the Science of Nutrigenomics Can Slow, Stop and Even Reverse Prostate Cancer and Aging

LENOX, MA--(Marketwire - January 17, 2008) - Many people don't believe cancer and aging can be reversed, but in Dr. Dean Ornish's new book, "The Spectrum," he shows how and why cancer, chronic disease and aging can be reversed using nutrigenomics, a system of changing diet and lifestyle to switch different genes on or off.

"In his new book, Dr. Ornish explains how combining a whole-foods, low-glycemic, plant-based diet along with a bit of exercise, relaxation, stress management, and connecting to friends, family and community, can beneficially change genes," said Mark Hyman, M.D. of UltraWellness. "It is a system I talked a lot about in reference to weight in my book 'UltraMetabolism,' but it applies to any chronic disease such as cancer or heart disease as well."

To prove his system of nutrigenomics really works, Dr. Dean Ornish made a study of prostate cancer at his Preventive Medicine Research Institute. Dr. Ornish studied 93 men who decided not to have conventional treatment and divided them into two groups. One group didn't change their diet or lifestyle. The other group made the changes that Dr. Ornish describes in "The Spectrum."

Dr. Ornish found that the PSA levels (a marker of cancer) went down in the nutrigenomics group but went up in the control group, and that prostate cancer growth was reduced by 70 percent, therefore proving that early stage prostate cancer can be slowed, stopped, and even reversed through nutrigenomics.

Dr. Ornish also found that nutrigenomics can reverse the effects of stress by studying with Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn who had previously studied the effects of stress on telomeres (repair systems on the end of chromosomes that protect DNA). She found that stress shortened the telomeres, and the shorter the telomeres, the shorter your life.

Dr. Ornish applied the system of nutrigenomics described in his book, and found that with use of the program, telomerase (the enzyme that keeps your telomeres long and healthy) was raised, reversing the aging effects of chronic stress.

For more information on the proven program of reversing the aging process and the effects of stress on your genes with nutrigenomics, visit The UltraWellness Blog (www.ultrawellness.com/blog).

About UltraWellness:

UltraWellness -- lifelong health and vitality -- is based on the emerging field of functional medicine, which addresses health problems not by treating the symptoms, but by balancing the 7 core underlying biological processes that govern health. This is done by finding imbalances, getting rid of the things that cause those imbalances, and providing the necessary things to restore balance, which then allows the body's natural intelligence to facilitate healing and take care of the rest. Co-founder of UltraWellness, Mark Hyman, M.D., is a respected medical consultant, New York Times bestselling author, lecturer, practicing physician and leader in the emerging field of functional medicine.