Prostate Cancer

For Mahon

 

Statistics show that  that men experience higher rates of heart disease, cancer, liver diseases, diabetes and chronic lung disorders than women.  These conditions however, are not unique to men; but when a doctor thinks of men's health they do look to the genitourinary organs.

Woman's health issues are spoken about in a far more public forum than a man's health issue, specifically if the problem is below the belt.  Why?  Society has trained its men to not communicate, as surely that is a sign of weakness in another's eyes.  He must be the picture of health so that he may find his equally healthy partner and thus procreate, provide and protect.  All this though, at the man's potential peril. 

While a woman will typically seek professional help almost immediately, a man will hide his problems, and very tragically for many - too late.  (this also applies to his mental health).  Why the difference between the genders? Women communicate, and men don't - exception to the rules of course, but as genders go, this is the case for the vast majority.

Sexual habits have considerably more influence on a man's overall health than previously understood.  It is actually necessary for a man to ejaculate regularly...this doesn't mean every day per se,  the emphasis is on the word "regularly" to maintain the overall well being of his body.

The most common male health concerns consist of impotence, benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), prostatitis, and prostrate cancer.

Here, we're going to discuss prostate cancer specifically.  Having said that, the lesser ailments mentioned above, can easily be precursors to prostate cancer. So I feel it is important to mention the other complaints.

Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy: -

It is estimated that by the age of 50 years old, approximately 30% of men will start to experience difficulties with urination, related to an enlarged prostate gland.  BPH increases in the number of times a man has to urinate, along with frequent sensations of having to urinate (especially at night) this is an early sign  of something more serious to come if not treated early,

In addition, a reduction in the force and caliber of urination is also characteristic of prostatic enlargement.  Instability of the detrusor muscle (the outer muscle layer of the bladder) can even result in urinary incontinence.

Enlargement of the prostate is usually caused  by an abnormal overgrowth or swelling of the tissue of the prostate, which then blocks the urethra (opening of the bladder).  Problems associated with this condition usually continue to worsen with age.

The growth of the prostate tissue that results in BPH occurs due to the hormone testosterone, which is produced by the testicles and the adrenal glands.  As a person ages, the conversion of testosterone to its more active form of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) becomes greater and ultimately leads to the obstruction of the urethra which passes through it.

The increased uptake of testosterone by the prostate appears to be related to the amount of another hormone called prolactin, which secreted in the pituitary gland in the brain.  Prolactin also increases the activity of the enzyme responsible for converting testosterone  to DHT. It is well documented that emotional stress, nutritional,  toxic (environment) lifestyle, career and ongoing alcoholic consumption (especially beer) play a significant role in the development of BPH, as over time the immune system is broken down, and the prostate being very sensitive takes the brunt of the  consequences of an overall stressful life. As with everyone; don't pay attention to life's "stop signs", and you keep pushing yourself, you're going to compromise your immune and endocrine systems, stress your adrenal glands, testes, and prostate.

Chronic constipation has been implicated as a contributing  factor to prostate discomfort when there is already enlarged gland. Naturally when constipation is relieved so is much of the discomfort, as the rectum doesn't put so much pressure on the enlarged prostate.

All in all, it is considered that BPH is, in  most cases, is a set up for prostate cancer waiting to happen, as it's a continuous stress on the prostate gland - hence inflammation,  that causes the the tissues to generate abnormal tissue and cancer begins.

Stats on Prostate cancer: is approximately responsible for 35,000 deaths every year in america.  In addition about 165,000 men developing the disease in the same period.  It is the most common cancer found in males over 50 years old; and the second most common cancer afflicting men in general.

It is documented that approximately 20% of enlarged prostates are the result of cancer, but 80% of these cancers either do not metastasize or are of the slow growing variety, often causing little if any problem.

A few of the classic symptoms of prostate cancer include:  weight loss, blood in the urine, urinary retention, pain, and/or the swelling of tissues (due to the accumulation of the lymph) are present early in the disease and may not actually show up at all until metastasis has occurred.

Precise factors that cause Prostate cancer is still unclear, genetic factors of course can play a role, (like breast cancer for women, although note that one in a thousand men can also be diagnosed with this cancer). 

Several studies have shown that men who have undergone a vasectomy have an increased risk of developing prostate and testicular cancers.  This may be due to the production of allosperm antibodies, which were formed after the procedure, these antibodies lower immune system response and the body's subsequent ability to destroy cancerous cells.

The relationship between the Prostate gland and health:

This gland lies at the base of the bladder, surrounding the urethra, and weighs less than an ounce.  The size of a Walnut, it is bordered by the rectum, bladder, pubic bone and pelvic muscles.   It s purpose is to secret substances that protect or enhance the functional properties of sperm cells and provide a fluid support system.  It does this by secreting a thin milky alkaline fluid during ejaculation to enhance delivery and fertility of the sperm.  In addition, the prostate acts as the genitourinary system's first line of defense against  infection and disease.

This elixir fluid of life holds the highest concentration of zinc in the male body, and is believed to be responsible for its ability to defend against infection and disease.

Other ingredients are: Citric acid, potassium, fructose, prostaglandins, proteolytic enzymes, prostate specific antigen (PSA), and acid phosphatase.  Levels of the last two substances, when elevated, are considered reliable indicators of prostate cancer.

Some will argue that some diseases are simply hereditary, and accept their fate.  I would argue that; yes indeed we are passed along hereditary traits, but to accept potential illnesses is so defeatist!  Know your family history, and take caution, educate yourself on what to eat and what to avoid; exercise is a no brainer of course.  Don't know your family history? That's ok, go to your Kinesiologist and have him test your body for levels of things like potassium, zinc,  carbon dioxide, neutrophils, creatinine, chloride, triglycerides, total protein, total bilirubin etc etc...he'll know what to do, and you'll have an amazing opportunity to learn about your body.  A simple urine and/or blood test at a conventional doctor's won't reveal your overall health.

Poor nutrition always seems to head the list for any of our disorders; and that generally goes for health and condition of the genitourinary tract as well. It goes without saying that a good balanced and nutritional diet is essential for normal function.

Staying away from tobacco, caffeine, spicy foods, alcohol, foods high in fat and certain carbohydrates is imperative to the treatment of any disease of the prostate, as these factors can and do serve as irritants of, negating the effects of essential nutrients such as vitamin C, E, and zinc.  Supplements of these nutrients are essential for combating prostate disorders.

Vitamin C is a major component of the seminal vesicles and prostate gland, and high amounts are found in prostatic secretions.  Vitamin E is also present and acts as an antioxidant, stabilizing membranes and lipids.  Zinc has long been used in the treatment of prostate disease by health professionals that understand the body as a whole, zinc plays a prominent role in the metabolism of prostate tissue as well as its sterilizing effect, which  keeps the gland and urethra free of microorganisms.

Garlic in its natural clove form can also help supply the body with vitamins and minerals and, most importantly, help to prevent infection. Vitamin B and magnesium are contributors to the male health issues as well.  Essential fatty acids, such as fish oils, olive oil, evening primrose oil and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) are also needed in large amounts by the prostate gland.  They're even more important if there is a high level of sexual activity, as the gland can become quite depleted of the nutrients it needs to function properly.  These nutrients can also act to reduce blood clotting associated with prostate cancer, thus lowering the potential for the spreading of tumors.

Something as simple and basic as water is another extremely important factor, water should be as pure as possible, as the government allows horribly high amounts of toxins, heavy metals and pesticide residues into our drinking systems.  These dangerous toxins love to settle in the body's fatty tissues, specifically the prostate gland!

Herbal treatments:  As everyone is unique, so are the recommendations for herbal treatments, this isn't the case for a person to go to the health store and just pick up bottles of this and that, let your Kinesiologist test your body to find out the course of action to take as there are loads of formulas to take, and of course you don't want to waste any time using one that isn't totally efficient for your body and condition.

For prostate cancer specifically these herbs are invaluable, and come with a long history of success; and remember, natural healing treats the body as a whole to get it back in balance and harmony, so the herbs work at your core to get your immune system back on track.  Herbal medications perform a variety of functions when attacking cancerous tissue.  They act to stimulate production and activation of T and B lymphocytes (white blood cells). Additionally,  herbal preparations will adhere to the tumor cell surface, making it easier for the lymphocytes to attach and destroy the cell.  Certain components of herbal medicines will also enter the tumor cell to disrupt its function, making it more vulnerable to destruction by the immune system.

Because of their ability to inhibit testosterone conversion, Saw Palmetto and Pygeum africanus are great herbs for a programme to combat prostate cancer; they decrease swelling, and provide increased blood flow to the prostate.  Pokeroot, periwinkle, mistletoe, colchicine, hemlock, foxglove and Burdock are other healing herbs that have proven their worth in fighting this disorder.

More to be written...

 

Courtesy of, and credit to:
Dr. Tom Kruzel. N.D. Scottsdale, Arizona.
Dr. Gary S. Ross. M.D San Francisco, California.