It always makes for a fantastic story when someone can beat the odds. Especially, when it is life or death that are the options before us. Many are not able to gather the will to decide, allowing destiny to choose instead. Those who do, often find themselves on the winning side.
Mike Milken, born July 4, 1946, is a former participant in capital markets. He shot to fame for the high-yield bonds, also known as junk bonds that he helped develop. In 1989 he was indicted for violating United States securities law. In 1993, only 46, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, a disease that will afflict 17% of all males in the world, many of who will succumb. Mike, not willing to be beaten, conducted his research and made significant lifestyle changes. These changes included eating fruits rich in anti-oxidants, vegetables, matcha green tea, cooked tomatoes which contains lycopene.
He also gave up eating red meats, dairy products, and polyunsaturated fats. He also learned to breathe from Ayurveda and the benefits of massages which can activate T-cells in your body which fight cancer. He even began to interact with Chi doctors in China, who helped him channelize his energies. His primary treatment involved an androgen deprivation therapy which involved taking pills thrice daily and a monthly injection to deprive cancer cells of the hormones they needed to multiply. The procedure was conducted under the guidance of his urologist Stuart Holden. Herein lies the key to cancer – it requires energy (food) and hormones to grow, and if you can deprive it of this fuel, it is unable to show its signature growth.
Since then he has gone on to found several Foundations focused on helping people with Prostate cancer. He remains cancer-free until today at the age of seventy-one.