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Photo James OcchiogrossoMy full-time working career began in 1959 when I graduated college in NYC with an Electrical Engineering degree. I worked in that field for about 25 years. In 1971, I formed my own engineering consulting company and I have been a self-employed consultant since then.

My publishing experience began in the early 1970's with a  featured technical article in Research and Development magazine.  I continued to publish in the technical field (mostly computer programming) with numerous articles. In the early 1990s, I also published a few books on computer programming, some of which are still available.

I began studying natural health in the early 1990s due to some minor erectile dysfunction and urinary problems. At that time my PSA tests were coming back slightly below the threshold used by urologists to recommend a biopsy. (4.0 ng/pl)

Several years passed, but by 1995, my PSA exceeded the threshold and I was referred to a urologist. The diagnosis was a severely enlarged prostate.

By late 2000, my prostate symptoms were becoming difficult to ignore.  I was having more severe ED and urinary problems and often experienced periods of complete erectile failure.  My PSA at one point jumped to over 5.5 and a biopsy was recommended which I declined. 

Subsequent PSA tests over the next few months showed my PSA had risen to nearly 7.0, with a free PSA of about 14%. Both results pointed to a high probability of prostate cancer.  My urologist was quite sure I had prostate cancer but needed a biopsy to prove it.  At that point, I realized that I was possibly putting myself at  risk and continually refusing a biopsy was unwise. 

By then, my research into prostate problems was pretty intense, and I was also well into a formal program at the Trinity College of Natural Health in Warsaw, Indiana.

In March of 2001 I set a deadline whereby if I could not reverse or at least improve my condition, I would seek medical attention, including a biopsy. I gave myself nine months to the end of 2001 and started an intense program to modify my lifestyle and improve my diet. I used the results of my research to add specific nutrients and herbal supplements at doses proven effective in the studies I reviewed.

Five months later, in August of 2001, using nutrition, lifestyle changes, vitamins, minerals, and several herbs, I had reduced my PSA by more than half to 3.5, increased my free PSA slightly and considerably reduced my bouts of urinary urgency and erectile dysfunction.

Due to my steadfast refusal to submit to a biopsy, I was never conclusively diagnosed with prostate cancer. However, the urologists told me that cancer was a near certainty, and the diagnostic blood work concurred.

I continued my schooling and received diplomas from Trinity College of Natural Health as a Doctor of Naturopathy (N.D.), Master Herbalist (M.H.), along with a certificate in nutritional counseling (C.N.C.) To this day, I continue studying natural products both formally and informally, and I am a member in good standing of the Tampa, Florida chapter of the Certified Natural Health Professionals.

My total PSA remains roughly constant and within range for my age, and I maintain the same diet and lifestyle. My free PSA percentage has been increasing continuously (a very good sign,) over the past ten years with the most recent test indicating a free PSA greater than 30%, a number thatís puts the probability of having prostate cancer extremely low. My other prostate problems are mostly resolved and still improving.  

Friends Jim Occhiogrosso and Jim Milliken playing racquetball. (Photo by Lindsay Terry/news-press.com)My primary hobby is racquetball. I am an high-level racquetball player and have been playing several times a week for about 30 years. I also like to bike, swim, and occasionally scuba dive.  Click here or photo on the left to read the accompanying article in the Fort Myers News-Press.

My non-physical hobby is medical research as is obvious with the nearly 500 studies referenced in my book. 

I have been with my wife Gerry for about 37 years, and we have five children and twelve grandchildren. 

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