Prostate cancer is highest in Jamaican men.
I have stated that many times over. So if it sounds like I am beating a dead donkey so what! if I am beating a dead donkey, do I expect the dead donkey to get up and kick me? Not necessarily. However a fly on that dead donkey might escape to warn the others that this delusional person is beating the dead donkey. And that they should keep clear before they get squashed. All said and done, some good could come from beating a dead donkey.
So the statement is by virtue to warn people. To inform those that might take heed. To send the smoke signal to the unwary, that indeed the fire is here.
Today I am comparing the Jamaican men and Trinidadian men with prostate cancer.
I am married to a Trinidadian and that give me some right I suppose to look into Trinidad as a comparison with Jamaica, as I am a kin, like it or not, to both countries.
Trinidadian men have less prostate cancer.
I can say that irrevocably as there is the confirmed fact that Jamaican men have the highest Prostate Cancer rate in the world (See a previous blog). Some Jamaican men will sit complacently with this fact and say No Problem Mon. But me! No dice, I have a big mouth from years of shutting up as a child, I am also one of them who have been affected by prostate cancer, and survived. Ah yes, I am the pig that squeals when the rock is thrown in the sty, because I got hit hard you see.
At the bottom of this I hope I can prevent another man whether it be Jamaican or otherwise from being hit by another cancer rock. So please bear with me as I squeal on.
I have not seen any definite study on the two islands that will give statistics of the topic. However, I had to look far and wide to find a Trinidadian with prostate cancer. I readily find Jamaicans with it though from my doctor’s office to the death of Jamaican premier, Namely Michael Manley, from prostate cancer. As we dissect this animal certain things become readily apparent such as the fundamental difference of the diet of the countries and its men.
In Trinidad wild meat is and continued to be a phenomenon. Hunting is a precipitated and established facet of the men there. They hunt for food and not for sport it should be noted.
They hunt and consume Agouti (Rodent-like animal), Armadillo (Tatto), Possum (Manikoo), Iguana Lizard (Guana) in the main, with the scarcer wild boar, deer and birds. The hunting industry or pastime is highly regulated with prohibitive fines levied against offenders who break the rules. Trinidadian men prefer this good meat and have immortalized this way of life in songs and dances. As a treat I have included this funny hunting video: ClickVideo.
Now this by itself is very interesting compared to Jamaica and the eating habits of its men.
It is a shame and disgrace that Jamaica is a bigger island with more forest ranges, and because of unconscionable hunting, every wild boar was hunted out before I was born. Some wildlife species indigenous to Jamaica have been totally wiped out. Recently actions have to be taken to protect the Bald Pate, a delicious wild bird from extinction. As a matter of fact the most wild thing you may find now in Jamaica is mongoose and snake.
I have nothing but praise and honor for the Trinidadian men who have preserved this wild meat reservoir in Trinidad. Hadn’t it been for that fact I would not know that stewed Possum and ground provisions was so tasty.
Wild meat is treat in Trinidad so much so that long returning residents are greeted with all varieties on their alighting. Special occasions such as weddings and anniversaries and Christmas, are bedecked with special cuts of meats from the wild.
Another adjoining phenomenon to the more healthy life style is not necessarily the jumping and carrying-on of Carnival, but more so the fact that Trinidadian men still cultivate their own chicken, ducks and eat shark.
A Trinidadian stewed duck or curried duck or roast duck is something to boast about, especially if it is done by my Trinidadian step mother. As a side note on the shark thing, Jamaican men do not eat shark, one of the healthiest fish in the sea. I never ate shark until I tasted what they call in trini language “bake and shark” one of the best fish sandwich! Sometimes the “bake” which is the bread is made with coconut. That sandwich is so good that you cannot eat one only. Andrew Zimmern of Bizarre Foods on The Discovery channel have attested to that. (click to see video)
Significantly too while Jamaica was extolling big belly and propagating that you should “get some belly” Trinidadian men were singing the tunes of “bony man” (bony man song).
And maybe one final dagger in this beast! Trinidad import less food (junk) from America.
It is no wonder that Trinidadian men are healthier than Jamaican men, at least from my observation! And yes it is my opinion!
I remember going to Trinidad for the second time and my grandfather- in- law said we were going down town (Down the road). So we got up the road, to me, to take a taxi. However he kept on walking. After we walked for a distance I asked if we weren’t going to take a taxi. “I don’t take taxi boy; I walk wi (yes)” he told me.
My grandfather- in- law and I walked to his clinic and almost everywhere in San Fernando after that, when he learned I could walk. I, nor no man today would have done that in Jamaica. My grandfather-in-Law is now diseased and died at 84 years. He loved wild meat, and loved to walk. (As a matter it was him who skinned my first possum that was stewed by his wife).
So there you have it another possible reason why Jamaican men have the highest incidence of prostate cancer in the world as opposed to, Trinidad! If this rock hits you, squeal if you have to. If you should study the Jamaican case with Trinidad as the control, you might end up with the same conclusion. But make no bones about it your diet and life style is directly related to your health and longevity.
Eat well my friend. And until no resident will say I am sick, take care of yourself. See my survival story from prostate cancer in Prostate Cancer and me Or You, The Two Stages (Man To Man) and inspirational and encouraging expressions in Its On Now and The Face Of Faces all at this link: Amazon Author Central.
Until next time walk good and pack light.