Prostatitis, Benign Prostate Hypertrophy (BPH), and Prostate Cancer are the most common types of prostate disease. Millions of men are diagnosed with one of these disorders every year. Most are given aggressive forms of therapy. The lucky ones are those with a solid sense of self worth, an enquiring mind and a determination to have the rest of their lives as whole functioning happy males. None of the radical prostatectomy outcome studies encompass depression, or survival beyond 5+ years, yet PCa has been with most men for many more years than that without being a problem.
Illustration courtesy of Department of Veterans’ Affairs
Prostatitis is chronic inflammation of the gland. This is due to low immunity allowing the infection of the gland to cause inflammation and swelling of the gland. This causes pain on urination, ejaculation, frequent urgent calls to empty the bladder, pain when evacuating the bowels. Usually the treatment is to administer strong antibiotics that also kill off the natural gut flora and further reduce your immune system, which is 90% derived from the food you digest, but cannot fully digest when the gut flora has been killed off. So unless you deliberately boost your immune system you will be worse off than before the antibiotics. Boosting your immune system was all that was required in the first place. Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also called benign enlargement of the prostate (BEP), adenofibromyomatous hyperplasia and benign prostatic hypertrophy, is an increase in size of the prostate. BPH involves hyperplasia of prostatic stromal and epithelial cells, resulting in the formation of large, fairly discrete nodules in the periurethral region of the prostate. When sufficiently large, the nodules compress the urethral canal to cause partial, or sometimes virtually complete, obstruction of the urethra, which interferes with the normal flow of urine. It leads to symptoms of urinary hesitancy, frequent urination, painful urination, increased risk of urinary tract infections, and urinary retention. Although prostate specific antigen levels may be elevated in these patients because of increased organ volume and inflammation due to urinary tract infections, BPH does not lead to cancer or increase the risk of cancer. BPH involves hyperplasia (an increase in the number of cells) rather than hypertrophy (a growth in the size of individual cells), but the two terms are often used interchangeably, even amongst urologists. If you consult an oncologist you will get hormones, chemotherapy; a radiologist – radiation; a urologist – surgery. None of them will tell you about other alternatives, most will say that alternatives are unproven, experimental, or dangerous. They will not tell you of the thousands of studies to the contrary, nor will they mention the growing number of current studies and government committee recommendations to stop aggressive treatment because it kills more men than it saves. This website is to tell you a little about the better, alternative ways, with only positive side effects, to rid yourself of these and other disorders by changing your lifestyle and food intake.
Prostate Enlargement Reduced With Magnesium
By Mervyn Penny Submitted On February 03, 2010
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia ( BPH) or enlargement of the Prostate Gland strikes more than 50% of all males over 50, most will have significant prostate enlargement and the rest of the male population over 50 will experience some discomfort.
It begins with urine flow that is hard to start, a weak or intermittent stream and a bladder that still feels partially full after urination.
Solutions range from surgery, drugs and dietary changes to nutritional therapy.
Surgery rarely produces any long term benefits, but seems to cause a lot of problems and distress.
Purpose of the Prostate
The prostate produces semen and secretes it into the urethra, the tube that runs from the bladder to the tip of the penis. The semen is the clear liquid that the sperm depends on for nourishment and to act as the vehicle to carry it out of the male body and to the intended target.
Problems commence when the prostate begins to enlarge, the prostate is a donut shaped gland that encircles the urethra, it squeezes on the urethra thus reducing the flow of urine, its enlargement is due to hormonal changes of old age.
Some dietary changes that are supposed to help are: weight loss, reduced intake of saturated fats, especially trans fatty acids, increased intake of fiber, essential fatty acids such as olive oil and flaxseed oil, also saw palmetto and zinc supplements.
Another treatment that shows great merit and can be performed at home is through the use of magnesium chloride (MC).
A world war one French Doctor by the name of Dr Joseph Favier discovered some amazing qualities of magnesium chloride which he called the Miracle Mineral.
Among many benefits he found from taking MC were its positive effects on the prostate gland.
He found that by giving magnesium tablets to patients with BPH he was significantly reducing their nocturnal urinations and not only that, after urination the urine retention problems were much reduced.
One patient who had complete urine retention and who was scheduled for operation was given four tablets (2grams) MC, spontaneous urination occurred, the operation was cancelled and the patient was subsequently sent home, the patient had no more trouble just as long as he continued to take MC.
Apparently it is difficult to overdose on MG as the body just dumps any surplus.
The author can certainly swear to the beneficial effect of (MC), I begin taking it about six years ago for this very same reason, the result was as Dr Favier stated, six years later and still taking (MC) daily, I have had no recurrence of any prostate problems, I am now 65 years old and when I urinate there is no hesitancy and definitely no retention whatsoever, as far as I am concerned, MC really works, also, sex is no problem.
Problems Some People Experienced After Prostate Removal.
Incontinence (urine leakage) Shrinkage of penis size. Inability to achieve an erection. (for some, erections never return) No ejaculation. No more natural (un-assisted) erections and certainly no more morning Glories. Most men who have undergone BPH surgery state: Sex is never the same again.
Magnesium Chloride is not readily available in health stores, for what reason I cannot guess, it is a common salt derived from sea water and cheap when you can find it, it is well worth the search. Magnesium Sulphate (Epsom salts) is not the same thing, nor does it work the same way. Nagari (Nigari) Flakes or Magnesium oil (liquid form) are both MC.
Magnesium oil is available in many health stores but expensive. Magnesium oil is just MC dissolved in hot distilled water until saturation point is reached (water will absorb no more magnesium chloride), Google magnesium Chloride flakes or Nagari Flakes which is Japanese for MC, find a supplier on the net, purchase and make your own magnesium oil. MC really is “The Magic Mineral”
Transdermal application, that is applying the MC oil to soft areas of the skin, such as underarms, thighs, belly etc is the best method of introducing magnesium into the body. Soft skin areas absorb MC much better than taking it by mouth as it by-passes the stomach and liver, going directly into the blood stream. The body in its own wisdom knows exactly where to send it to do the most good, if the Prostate needs magnesium, that is where it sends some, if the heart muscles need magnesium, it looks after that also. The Doctor within is a far better Doctor as it knows precisely what minerals, vitamins etc it needs intuitively, trust it, listen to it, it really does know best.
Mervyn Penny is a retired Australian living in the southern Philippines. He produces a website called healthyoldcodger which is dedicated to health issues effecting the elderly and those approaching old age. He publishes the website under the “nom de plume” Mervyn Ballinger.
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|Enlarged Prostate? Don’t Get the Standard Treatment|
|It’s a surgery no man would ever want. But for decades, it’s been the standard treatment for a severely enlarged prostate.
When a man’s prostate expands to the point that he can’t urinate, his doctor usually recommends a procedure called TURP. It stands for transurethral resection of the prostate.
During a TURP operation, men are given a general anesthesia. The surgeon gains access to the prostate by inserting an instrument into the tip of the penis. It is pushed up into the urethra. Once there, a cutting tool removes pieces of the prostate. Then the area is cauterized. This means electric current is used to burn the part of the prostate that was cut. It seals blood vessels to minimize bleeding.
Afterward, the patient gets a urinary catheter that is left in place for about a week. This keeps the urethra open to allow urination when post-surgical swelling occurs.
All of this sounds awful enough. But the worst is yet to come…
After TURP, many men are never able to have sex again. Some are left incontinent. They can’t hold back their urine. About 5% of TURP patients have severe bleeding and need a blood transfusion. About 10% of them have complications that require another surgery.
A new European study offers a safer, less invasive alternative. It’s called prostate artery embolization (PAE).
Instead of cutting away the prostate, PAE shrinks the gland by reducing its blood supply. It’s an outpatient procedure.
A tiny incision is made in either the groin or wrist. A catheter about the width of a spaghetti strand is pushed through the arteries to the prostate. The doctor then inserts microscopic beads to both sides of the prostate, blocking part of the blood flow to the gland. This causes the prostate to shrink.
The study looked at 1,000 men who had PAE. It was effective more than 80% of the time. And the prostate kept its reduced size for the duration of the study, which was three years.
And here’s the best part: The men did not suffer sexual problems or incontinence.
Dr. Joao Martins Pisco is an interventional radiologist at St. Louis Hospital in Lisbon, Portugal. He led the PAE study.
“Our results demonstrate that this minimally invasive treatment is successful in the long term and should always be presented to patients who are exploring options to resolve their BPH (enlarged prostate),” Dr. Pisco said.
While PAE is better than the standard treatment, it’s still not without risks. In rare cases, patients suffer painful urination or blood in the urine.
That’s why it’s best to stop your prostate from enlarging to the point that you need the procedure. Here are five solutions for a healthy prostate:
1. Green Tea: It’s loaded with polyphenols, like EGCG. This polyphenol is unique to green tea. It prevents inflammation that leads to an enlarged prostate. It also kills prostate cancer cells.
To get the highest concentration of EGCG, choose matcha green tea. It has 137 times more EGCG than regular green tea.
2. Lycopene: Research shows this antioxidant-rich carotenoid from yellow and red plants lowers prostate-specific antigen (PSA) scores in men with an enlarged prostate. PSA is a marker for prostate cancer and enlarged prostate.
To get the most protection, you need 15 mg of lycopene a day. One medium tomato contains about 4 mg. So you may want to take a quality supplement.
3. Vitamin D3: In one study, men with prostate cancer were given either 4,000 IU of vitamin D3 a day or a placebo. After 60 days, prostate tumors improved in men taking the vitamin. Scientists believe this is because D3 lowers inflammation.
If you’re fair-skinned, being outside in the sun with shorts and a tank top for 10 minutes a day will give you all the vitamin D you need. Darker-skinned people need a bit more exposure. If that’s not an option—especially in the winter—a whole-food supplement will do the trick. We recommend 5,000 IUs a day.
4. Stinging nettle: In addition to taming allergies, stinging nettle is widely used to treat prostate disorders. The herb has been shown to alleviate decreased urinary flow and post urination dripping.
You can find tea preparations of stinging nettle, but it’s most effective when taken as a supplement made from the roots of the plant. Look for one with .8% beta sitosterol. It’s a plant sterol responsible for stinging nettle’s prostate-supportive effects.
5. Avocados: They’re rich in beta sitosterol. (As are pumpkin seeds and pecans.) Avocados are also great sources of healthy, inflammation-fighting monounsaturated fats. That makes them a double defense against a growing prostate—they fight the causes and the symptoms of an enlarged prostate.
The prostate gland begins to grow around age 30. Half of men suffer symptoms by age 50. But how big is your prostate?
There’s a simple way to find out. Take this 2-minute quiz.
In Good Health,