Preventing Prostrate Problems

Research has shown that prostate problems are increasing dramatically. One man in two will develop enlargement of the prostate gland between the ages of 40 and 60. At the turn of the century these problems were rare. Now it is a common complaint. This would imply that there is a direct relationship between lifestyle and diet, and dysfunction of the prostate.

The problems

The problems include enlargement of the prostate (known as benign prostatic hypertrophy), infection, and congestion. The symptoms are frequent or urgent need to urinate, discomfort or pain during urination, and/or pain in the pelvic or rectal area. Enlargement occurs after the age of 40. Infections are caused by bacteria that have traveled from other sites such as teeth, sinuses, tonsils, or a past venereal disease. Congestion can develop from various causes, among them, a minor change in sexual habits.

The consequences of enlargement are two fold. First, any swelling squeezes the urethra causing difficulty in passing urine. Secondly, the enlargement may restrict spermatic fluid resulting in problems with fertility.

Cancer of the prostate is, of course, a cause for more concern than all other prostate problems. Women have been trained to have annual PAP smears for early detection of cancer and men, especially those over 40, should request an annual rectal examination of the prostate. Fear of the unknown prevents many men from consulting a physician. The preventive measures outlined in this article will halt the gland degeneration from simple enlargement to a state of malignancy. Enlargement does not necessarily mean one will develop a malignancy, but malignancies seldom occur without prior enlargement of the prostate gland. Prostate cancer is the third largest cause of death for men between the ages of 55 and 74, exceeded only by lung and colorectal cancer. As life spans increase, so does the risk of prostate cancer.

Preventive measures

There are a number of nonsurgical methods which have proven extremely effective in preventing and treating prostate problems. The following nutrients, which should be used together, are essential in dealing with normalizing the prostate gland. The prostate is a very complex gland and an enlarged prostate indicates an imbalance in its function.

Zinc is the single most important element in improving prostate function. Dr. Carl Pfeiffer points out in Mental and Elemental Nutrients, "where inflammation of the prostate exists, the local zinc levels often drop to as low as one-tenth of normal levels."

The prostate contains more zinc than any other organ in the body. In order to reduce the incidence of prostate enlargement and specifically prostate cancer, researchers at the Chicago Medical School found that zinc reduced prostate swelling in those with benign prostactic hypertrophy. They found that high zinc levels keep the prostate glandular tissue from enlarging in an effort to produce more zinc.

It has been shown that individuals with benign prostatic hypertrophy also have an imbalance in the quantities and ratios of essential fatty acids. In the 1940's two California physicians, Drs. Hart and Cooper, conducted a clinical trial using essential fatty acids with pro-static patients. The results of this study were impressive. All cases showed reduction in the size of the prostate and subsequently in their symptoms. The study also showed that effects of the essential fatty acids do not stop with the prostate. They aid in preventing cholesterol deposits forming in the arteries, they support glandular function, and aid in metabolism of calcium. The best sources of essential fatty acids are unrefined, cold-processed flax seed oil, sunflower and pumpkin oil, and evening primrose oil.

Studies in Sweden and Japan indicate that Bee Pollen is another beneficial supplement rich in both protein and essential fatty acids. Ensure you use an unlocked bee pollen or fermented bee pollen as contained in Melbrosia for Men.

Ginseng, known for its enhancement of testosterone production, is an essential nutritional support in prostate treatment. In those suffering with benign prostatic hypertrophy, the decreased levels of testosterone ultimately result in enlargement of the prostate gland. Look for high quality ginseng in your health food store.

The three amino acids, alinine, glycine, and glutamic acid are also effective in treating benign prostatic hypertrophy.

There is one very important herb that must be included in every prostate treatment program--the Small Flowered Willow herb. This herb, in tea form, effectively reduces swelling of the prostate and also eases symptoms of cystitis which accompany prostate problems. Coffee should be avoided and replaced with this health-restoring tea.

Alcohol should be eliminated in all cases of prostate problems.

When there is retention of urine, common in benign prostatic hypertrophy, there is a danger of infection and inflammation of the bladder. There is a decomposition of ammonia in the urine. This increases the tendency for the urine to become more alkaline which can result in crystals forming in the urine. High doses of Vitamin C act effectively as an anti-infection agent. The misconception that high doses of Vitamin C cause crystals in the urine is unfounded and in actuality the opposite is true.

Hydrotherapy is a simple but extremely effective method of reducing local congestion and the painful symptoms of prostate enlargement. Alternating immersion of the pelvis in water as hot as tolerable for one minute then transferring to cold water for another minute, then repeating this pattern twice on a daily basis will have a most beneficial effect on local circulation and thus on the prostatic hypertrophy.

Prevention is by far the best form of treatment for prostate problems. Surgery should be the last resort. The problems of the prostate are the result of years of inadequate diet, among other factors. For a more detailed protocol, read Prostate Troubles by Leon Chaitow, ND, DO, available from your local health food store or from alive books.


Prostate Troubles, Leon Chaitow, ND, DO

What Every Man Should Know About His Prostate, Monroe E. Greenberger, MD, Mary Ellen Siegel, MSW.


By Lorna VanderHaeghe

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