Protect Your Prostate

Increasing longevity has caused the evolvement of prostate enlargement (benign prostate hypertrophy [BPH]), prostate cancer and the evolvement of a male cancer industry.

Conventional medicine in the United States has nothing to offer for BPH or prostate cancer except surgery leading to impotence and incontinence (constant leaking) in many, many cases. Also, conventional medicine has no therapy for prostate cancer other than radiation, chemotherapy and surgery, their same “approved” solution to all other cancer.

Conventional medicine has a basic procedure in prostate cancer that defies logic, common sense and biochemistry. It’s called androgen blockage. It is the killing or blocking of testosterone production, which is essentially ineffective against prostate cancer.

Progesterone And Testosterone

Hormone Balance For Men by John R. Lee, M.D., at http://www.johnleemd.com, states: “Conventional medicine ignores the fact that at the age of highest testosterone levels (age 18 to 50) prostate cancer rarely, if ever, occurs. Prostate cancer occurs because testosterone and progesterone levels fall (this is why we recommend progesterone for men and women) with age as estrodial (estrogen) levels rise, leading to estrogen dominance in older men. The same mechanism that causes breast and endometrial cancer in women causes prostate cancer in men.”

It is not testosterone, “the substance of life,” that causes prostate cancer but the lack of it with aging. It is the rise in estrogen levels with aging that causes prostate swelling and prostate cancer. Estrogen begins to dominate, and testosterone depletes with age. This is the key to understanding BPH and prostate cancer as a hormone imbalance.

It’s estrogen dominance that causes the proliferation of prostate cells, BPH and cancer. And what causes estrogen dominance with aging? Estrogen dominance is caused by diet and lack of proper nutrition (i.e., specific prostate nutrition).

We can safely say that estrogen dominance is caused by the same diet that causes insulin resistance (which leads to estrogen dominance) and, in most cases, obesity. The more obese we are, the more estrogen dominant we become because fat makes estrogen — although lean people are not exempt.

The bad diet leading to estrogen dominance and insulin resistance consists of sugar, trans fatty acids, white flour bread and grains as well as predominant carbohydrate diets. In other words, the American diet is killing us.

Progesterone stimulates the action of the cancer preventive gene p53 and helps maintain testosterone, which is a direct antagonist to estrogen. Enlarged men’s breasts with aging is a signal of estrogen dominance and low progesterone and testosterone. All studies show that estrogen rises in men and women with age. This must be balanced with progesterone and testosterone along with diet for both sexes and specific prostate nutrients for men. Note: Testosterone for women is important, but only 1/10 as much as for men is needed.

Victim Of Imbalance

The prostate gland is the first victim of hormone imbalance and nutritional deficiency, but the same hormone imbalance that causes prostate cancer also causes breast cancer.

The decline of testosterone and progesterone with age brings on heart disease, higher LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, lower HDL cholesterol, high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms and angina, insulin resistance, muscle and bone weakness, depression, loss of mental acuity, abdominal weight gain and of course prostate disease.

The protocol for hormone balance calls only for physiological doses of testosterone (androsome) and progesterone. No synthetic hormones at all are recommended and no drugs. The nutritional protocol for cancer is also all natural.

It is testosterone that makes men different from women and little boys. And it is the decline of testosterone with age that turns strong, vital, healthy, alert men into fragile, chronically ill, mentally dull old codgers who haven’t had an erection in decades and couldn’t care less.

Specific Prostate Nutrition

Many urologists consider disease of the prostate among the most neglected male diseases in the U.S. The presence of non-cancerous prostate growth is a condition in which the prostate begins to enlarge. This is most common in men as they enter their 40s. For more than 80 percent of adult men, it becomes a significant issue. Once this growth starts, it continues throughout life. The effects of this growth may vary, but for most men the symptoms most common include:

  • Frequently getting up at night to go to the bathroom.
  • Sudden, almost irresistible need to urinate.
  • A weak, start-stop stream.
  • Problems getting the stream to start.

In addition to progesterone and testosterone, vital nutrients that are specific to prostate health include: zinc, copper, saw palmetto, red clover, stinging nettle, pygeum, lycopene and beta sitosterol.

Let’s take a look at each nutrient and what it specifically does for prostate health.

Zinc

The prostate contains a higher concentration of zinc than any other organ in the body. Numerous studies have clearly shown that a zinc deficiency will adversely affect the condition of your prostate.

Zinc helps tissues grow and repair themselves. In addition to helping heal wounds faster, zinc is probably the most important mineral for keeping the immune system strong. Too little zinc can lead to a drop in infection-fighting white blood cells, which can increase your risk of getting sick. On the other hand, too much zinc may interfere with the workings of another trace mineral you need: copper.

Copper

Zinc blocks the absorption and enhances the excretion of copper when taken over time. So when zinc is recommended long term (over many months) for any condition from arthritis to prostate problems or even Alzheimer’s, it’s important to get some copper as well. A combination product will help prevent a copper deficiency and the anemia that can develop as a result. As a rule of thumb, every 30 mg of zinc needs to be balanced by 2 mg of copper. High-quality zinc products will automatically provide the extra copper you need.

Saw Palmetto

Recent clinical studies involving more than 2,000 men confirmed the effectiveness of saw palmetto to promote prostate health, remedy the excessive need to urinate, especially at night, and enhance urinary flow. In fact, research has proven that saw palmetto is as effective as a commonly prescribed pharmaceutical drug, without the cost or dangerous side effects. Saw palmetto is a key nutrient that inhibits estrogen and helps reduce prostate swelling.

Red Clover

The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine recently published an article by Dr. Aaron Katz, M.D., director of the Center for Holistic Urology, New York Presbyterian Hospital. The peer-reviewed article finds that, based on current scientific evidence, isoflavones from red clover extract appear to be the best alternative treatment for prostate health and to relieve the symptoms of BPH.

Nettle

Stinging nettle has been used for hundreds of years to treat rheumatism, eczema, arthritis, gout and anemia. Today, many people use it to treat urinary problems during the early stages of enlarged prostate or BPH. The flavonoids and potassium in nettle leaves are most likely responsible for their diuretic action. No harmful drug interactions have been reported.

Pygeum

Pygeum is an evergreen tree found in the higher elevations of central and southern Africa. Historically, the powdered bark was used as a tea for relief of bladder and urinary disorders. Successfully researched in Europe, studies show pygeum to be exceptional in helping to maintain a healthy prostate. Recently, numerous clinical trials have demonstrated the usefulness of pygeum for prostatic hyperplasia, particularly benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). BPH and other cases of enlarged prostates are characterized by containing abnormally high levels of cholesterol. All studies indicate that this herb works differently than saw palmetto, so the cumulative effect of using both may be to your advantage. Clinical trials have found that men tolerate pygeum treatment well. Consumption of Pygeum resulted in significant reduction of symptoms.

Lycopene

Studies spanning more than seven years at the Harvard School of Public Medicine and Health, which examined the diets of more than 47,000 subjects, indicated that only tomato products, which contain high levels of lycopene, could reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

Beta-Sitosterol

This is called “Natural Prostate Miracle.” It is the miraculous common denominator in saw palmetto, Pygeum africanum, pumpkinseed oil, stinging nettles and other natural prostate remedies. Numerous international scientific journals have published scientific studies that prove that beta-sitosterol is the most effective remedy known for prostate problems.

Beta-sitosterol is already in your diet in common foods we eat every day, but only in small amounts. It is completely safe and without side effects.

The real facts about prostate problems include:

  • Each year, more than 400,000 men in the United States alone undergo prostate surgery, and more than $1 billion a year is spent on prostate treatment. Proscar®, the leading drug, is highly dangerous and, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, is no more effective than sugar pills. Surgery often results in incontinence and impotence. Are you ready to wear diapers, suffer castration and never have sex again?
  • Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of death for men after lung cancer. Ninety percent of prostate cancer goes undetected until it is untreatable and has spread to the lymphatic system. By the age of 50, 35 percent of men have cancer cells in their prostate.
  • Odds are 2-1 you’ll have prostate problems by the time you are 60. By age 65, most men have enlarged prostates. The first signs are night urination and difficult urination. Literally 97 percent of all men will be affected with prostate problems during their lifetime.

Pharmaceutical companies do not offer any solutions. They cannot patent herbal extracts and charge the $5 or more a tablet they do for highly dangerous and ineffective treatments like Proscar®. The answer is simply greed and indifference to your health.

Has your doctor told you of the side effects of frequently prescribed drugs like Proscar®, Hytrin® and Flomax®? Proscar® has been shown to be moderately successful in reducing prostate size in some men and in addressing some of the urinary symptoms associated with BPH. However, it can take as long as six months before it shows results. And the drug has negative side effects, including a substantial increase in prostate cancer risk.

In fact, men who take this drug have their prostate cancer risk increased 300 percent, according to a 1999 clinical study conducted by the prestigious Norris Cancer Institute of the University of Southern California (USC). It also has the potential to decrease libido and to cause premature ejaculation and impotence.

It can even cause birth defects in pregnant women who come in contact with the drug or possibly even with the sperm of a man who has taken Proscar®. It can also artificially lower a man’s prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels by as much as 60 percent. This is very important to note, because it can interfere with the results of a PSA test in detecting prostate cancer.

Another category of drugs called alpha blockers is prescribed for symptoms of BPH. They act by relaxing the smooth muscle of the prostate gland and neck of the bladder to improve urine flow. One such drug, terazosin, is marketed under the name Hytrin®. Unfortunately, alpha blockers can also have undesirable side effects, including headaches, fatigue, nasal congestion, dizziness and even sudden loss of consciousness. What is more important than these potentially dangerous side effects is that these alpha blockers do nothing but temporarily relieve BPH symptoms. You cannot get well by treating symptoms.

What’s The Alternative?

The alternative is to treat your prostate problems naturally with supplements that have been clinically shown to reverse prostate problems and that also have numerous health benefits like lower cholesterol, greater vitality, life extension, reduction in bone loss and even a slowing of hair loss.

All disease originates with diet that leads to metabolic imbalance. Metabolic imbalance specifically relates to estrogen dominance and testosterone deficiency. Only preventive care in terms of diet and specific prostate nutrients coupled with progesterone and testosterone (androsome) supplementation will maintain metabolic balance and prostate health.

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Bob Livingston

By Bob Livingston

Bob Livingston has been writing most of his adult life on matters of health, nutritional supplements, natural alternatives and social importance.

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