Prostatitis

Bacterial infection of the prostate may be acute or chronic. A nonbacterial prostatitis is actually more common.

Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy or Hyperplasia (BPH)

Surgery is regarded as “definitive” therapy for this common condition. Medication is now commonly prescribed first, one of the more popular being finasteride (“Proscar”). Proscar is actually a somewhat dangerous substitute for an herbal remedy, as at least half of all pharmaceuticals are. The classic herb pirated in this case is the saw palmetto berry.

Zinc is as helpful with enlarged prostates as it is with inflamed ones, since zinc deficiency results in prostate enlargement. Very few men obtain even the low US RDA of 15 milligrams of zinc a day, and this would explain a lot.

Prostate Cancer

This is the one everyone is worried about, and there is much that can be done to prevent this number two cancer killer of American men (Wall Street Journal, April 22, 1992). Adequate zinc and abundant vitamin C both help to strengthen the body’s immune system and prevent cancer. As mentioned above, optimum prostate health requires these nutrients in particular.

Diet has a major role in allowing – or preventing – prostate cancer. A Harvard University School of Public Health study indicates that you are 250% more likely to suffer advanced prostate cancer if you eat red meat every day than if you eat red meat only once a week. The message is clear and generally ignored: move your diet in the direction of vegetarianism.

Soy products appear to have a special benefit against prostate cancer. Japanese men have especially low death rates from prostate cancer, even thought they get the disease as often as American men do. The Japanese eat a lot of tofu, tempeh, miso, soy milk and other soy foods. Even animals fed a lot of soybeans have far less prostate cancer than others. There are at least two specific substances in soybeans that seem to help fight cancer: genistein and isoflavinoids. These natural chemicals are especially effective against the hormone-dependent cancers, which includes prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer is very slow growing. Because of this, radical measures such as radiation or surgery are often reasonably postponed. This “watchful waiting,” to see if surgery is truly needed, is advocated by more and more doctors. Obviously, regular medical examination and follow-up is important. Although there is question as to whether it actually saves lives, the Prostatic Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test is one way to monitor the prostate’s condition. The actual benefits of surgery and radiation therapy are statistically quite small. After ten years, only slightly more of the treated patients are still alive than those that did nothing at all. So in short, a good diet and appropriately generous use of supplements may positively influence the situation. It certainly cannot hurt to have lots of raw salad foods, sprouts, and fresh vegetable juices every day. Natural health research has continually emphasized these measures to help fight cancer. More recently, eating a lot of lycopene-rich, fresh tomatoes has been shown to radically reduce your prostate cancer risk.

Several Key Factors are used to determine the course of treatment

-age and general health of the patient
-severity of symptoms
-evidence of kidney or bladder damage from benign enlargement of the prostate.

Prevention is always better than cure and the same applies to prostate health problems. The biggest area for improvement is in diet.

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