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Prostate Cancer


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Prostate Cancer is most common in men over 50. Most men over 80 have had or currently have some form of prostate cancer. Married men are more likely to develop this type of cancer, as are men who have someone in their immediate family with prostate cancer, men who are of African descent, and men over 65. Many treatment options are available for this type of cancer.


Notes
  • Make sure you are taking supplements for overall good health. If you are not taking these basic supplements, we recommend Enfuz from Vitabase. When you take a small packet of pills each day, you get all the basic nutrition you need. Each packet contains a multi-vitamin, CoQ10 (for heart health), Omega 3, Vitamin D-3, a probiotic, and a powerful set of antioxidants to help your body fight off disease.
  • Aged garlic extract can produce s-allyl-mercaptocysteine (SAMC), which may be beneficial in slowing the growth of prostate cancer. SAMC helps break apart testosterone.
  • Alternative clinics have been known to incorporate fresh cabbage and carrot juices into their cancer treatments.
  • Carnivora has been used to help people with prostate cancer.
  • Cryosurgery (freezing cancer cells), neoadjuvent therapy (radiation and hormone treatment), and brachytherapy (a method of radiation) are other ways to treat confined prostate cancer.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet. Include the following in your dietary routine: brown rice, fresh juices, fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, raw nuts and seed, and legumes. Avoid alcohol, refined carbohydrates, coffee, and strong tea. Fifty milligrams of zinc daily is recommended. Safflower oil, olive oil, and sesame oil are good sources of essential fatty acids.
  • Eating too much fat and not enough fiber may contribute to development of prostate cancer. The following foods may also affect the development of this disease: excessive amounts of red meat, coffee, milk, and butter.
  • Finasteride, a possible drug to help prostate cancer, is still being researched.
  • For those who have lost sexual potency, penile prostheses and other methods may be available to help a man stay sexually active.
  • Genetics may play a role in prostate cancer development. Research is being done to determine if this is possible.
  • Incorporate soybeans and soy products (tofu, tempeh, soymilk, soy flour, etc.) into your diet to help slow the growth of tumors.
  • Know what treatments are available for treating prostate cancer if you are diagnosed with it. Your partner should also be involved in making treatment decisions with you.
  • Prevent damage to DNA by eating berries.
  • Radiation therapy may be necessary if cancer is present in the capsule of the prostate gland. Some side effects include impotence in about half the men who have radiation therapy, rectal problems, and bladder problems.
  • Research is ongoing to determine if angiogenesis (using microvessels to create new blood vessels) will be beneficial in treating prostate cancer.
  • Shark cartilage may be beneficial in stopping the formation of new blood vessels.
  • Some men have been treated with estrogens. Side effects may include breast developments, feminizing characteristics, and cardiac problems.
  • Some men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer, choose to be treated in a natural way know as "watchful waiting." In this method, careful monitoring, nutrition, and lifestyle are the key for supporting someone with prostate cancer. A radical prostatectomy is often performed on healthy men under 70, but there are side effects linked to this method. Talk to your doctor and educate yourself about all available options.
  • Some physicians encourage men over 50 to have their prostate checked for early prostate cancer detection. Discuss this with your physician if you are interested. Also ask him about side effects, benefits of early detection, and available treatments.
  • The goal of treating those with non-confined cancer (spread beyond the gland) is to stop testosterone from being produced. Injections, hormone therapy, surgery, or oral medication are possible ways to stop testosterone production. Ask your doctor about possible side effects of each method.
  • The hormone prolactin may contribute to prostate cancer. In order to determine proper treatment, prolactin levels should be checked if you have prostate cancer.
  • The more confined the cancer is, the higher chances you have of survival. Treatments are more readily available for confined cancer.
  • The transformation of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) may be increased by the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase. If a man has too much in his system, prostate cancer may develop.
  • Those who are diagnosed with prostate cancer should surround themselves with people (doctors, family, and friends) and resources who will help them deal with the ramifications of having prostate cancer - possible sexual impotency, treatments, etc.
  • Vitamin D can be helpful for preventing prostate problems. Too much calcium may decrease vitamin D levels.


Advice
  • Avoid dairy products, red meats alcoholic beverages, teas and coffee.
  • Cancer fighting foods are Berries, apples, cantaloupe, grapes, cherries, legumes, and chick peas. Tomato products, grapefruit, watermelon have lycopene which aids in fighting prostate cancer.
  • Contact your doctor if you have trouble urinating or constantly urinating (waking up at night).
  • Diet should be a whole food diet.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Eat foods with High Zinc qualities that will nourish the prostate gland.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Keep regular sexual activity.
  • Omega 3 fatty acids can lower prostate cancer.
  • Stay away from processed foods, tobacco, junk food, white flour, saturated fats, salt, sugar, vegetable oils, or salt.
  • Take vitamin E before each meal.



Helpful nutrients for this condition.

Coenzyme Q10
Importance: Very High
Comments: Enhances oxygen flow.


Dimethylglycine (DMG)
Importance: Very High
Comments: Improves use of oxygen.


Proteolytic enzymes
Importance: Very High
Comments: Controls inflammation. Kills free radicals.


Selenium
Importance: Very High
Comments: Free radical scavenger. Helps break down proteins.


Shark Cartilage
Importance: Very High
Comments: Stops growth of the tumor. Boosts immune system.


Superoxide dismutase (SOD)
Importance: Very High
Comments: Kills free radicals. Injections are available under a physician's care.


Vitamin A
Importance: Very High
Comments: Potent antioxidant. Kills free radicals. Emulsion form is recommended when using in high doses.


Beta carotene
Importance: Very High
Comments: Potent antioxidant. Kills free radicals. Emulsion form is recommended when using in high doses.


Carotenoid complex (Betatene)
Importance: Very High
Comments: Potent antioxidant. Kills free radicals. Emulsion form is recommended when using in high doses.


Vitamin E
Importance: Very High
Comments: Potent antioxidant. Kills free radicals. Emulsion form is recommended when using in high doses.


Vitamin B complex
Importance: Very High
Comments: Helps with cell division. Enhances circulation. Good for construction of red blood cells. Improves function of the liver.


Vitamin B3 (niacin)
Importance: Very High
Comments: Helps with cell division. Enhances circulation. Good for construction of red blood cells. Improves function of the liver. Caution: Those with gout, high blood pressure, or liver disorder should not take niacin.


Choline
Importance: Very High
Comments: Helps with cell division. Enhances circulation. Good for construction of red blood cells. Improves function of the liver.


Folic acid
Importance: Very High
Comments: Helps with cell division. Enhances circulation. Good for construction of red blood cells. Improves function of the liver.


Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
Importance: Very High
Comments: Improves effectiveness of zinc.


Vitamin B12
Importance: Very High
Comments: Protects against anemia. Lozenge or sublingual form is recommended. Injections under a physician's care are available.


Vitamin C
Importance: Very High
Comments: Fights cancer.


Garlic
Importance: Very High
Comments: Boosts immune system.


Maitake
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Stops cancerous tumors from growing and spreading. Enhances immune system.



Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Black Radish
Type: Internal
Purposes: Purifies the liver and blood.

Dandelion
Type: Internal
Purposes: Purifies the liver and blood.

Milk thistle
Type: Internal
Purposes: Purifies the liver and blood.

Red Clover
Type: Internal
Purposes: Purifies the liver and blood.

Buchu
Type: Internal
Purposes: Mix with carnivora, echinacea, goldenseal, pau d'arco, or suma in various ways.
Dosage: Drink as a tea.

Carnivora
Type: Internal
Purposes: Mix with buchu, echinacea, goldenseal, pau d'arco, or suma in various ways.
Dosage: Drink as a tea.

Echinacea
Type: Internal
Purposes: Mix with carnivora, buchu, goldenseal, pau d'arco, or suma in various ways.
Dosage: Drink as a tea.

Goldenseal
Type: Internal
Purposes: Mix with carnivora, echinacea, buchu, pau d'arco, or suma in various ways.
Dosage: Drink as a tea.

Pau d'arco
Type: Internal
Purposes: Mix with carnivora, echinacea, goldenseal, buchu, or suma in various ways.
Dosage: Drink as a tea.

Suma
Type: Internal
Purposes: Mix with carnivora, echinacea, goldenseal, pau d'arco, or buchu in various ways.
Dosage: Drink as a tea.

Damiana
Type: Internal
Purposes: Helps with hormonal balance. Controls function of glands.

Licorice
Type: Internal
Purposes: Helps with hormonal balance. Controls function of glands.

Gravel Root
Type: Internal
Purposes: Diuretic. Helps break apart waste.

Hydrangea
Type: Internal
Purposes: Diuretic. Helps break apart waste.

Oat Straw
Type: Internal
Purposes: Diuretic. Helps break apart waste.

Parsley Root
Type: Internal
Purposes: Diuretic. Helps break apart waste.

Uva Ursi
Type: Internal
Purposes: Diuretic. Helps break apart waste.

Yarrow
Type: Internal
Purposes: Diuretic. Helps break apart waste.

Green Tea
Type: Internal
Purposes: Promotes healing. May help decrease risk of development.

Citrus Pectin
Type: Internal
Purposes: Promotes healing.

Pygeum (Pygeum africanum)
Type: Internal
Purposes: Promotes healing.

Saw Palmetto
Type: Internal
Purposes: Promotes healing.

Turmeric (Curcumin)
Type: Internal
Purposes: Provides an antioxidant, curcumin.