“Of the 180,000 men with prostate cancer in the U.S., 31,000 die annually. Fortunately there are many practical things we can do to reduce the risk.”
More women are diagnosed with breast cancer, but did you know more men die of prostate cancer? Of the 180,000 men with prostate cancer in the US, 31,000 die annually. These are serious numbers. Fortunately there are many practical things we can do to reduce the risk.
Think of the prostate as the gatekeeper for the semen and urine. It’s located beneath the urinary bladder where it surrounds the superior part of the urethra. Secretions from the prostate contribute to sperm motility and viability.
Any prostate infection, enlargement or tumor can obstruct the flow. Prolonged obstruction may result in serious changes in the urinary bladder, urethra, and kidneys and may perpetuate urinary tract infections.
It’s estimated that half of men over 50 and three quarters of men over 70 have swollen prostates, a condition called benign prostatic hypertrophy. Benign prostatic hypertrophy is characterized by urination difficulty, frequent night urination, pain on the inside of legs or heels, feeling of incomplete bowel evacuation, leg nervousness at night, tiring easily, reduced sex drive, depression, and migrating aches and pains.
Why is prostate cancer becoming more common? From a wellness perspective let’s look at some of the causative factors. What about vitamin, mineral and essential fatty acid deficient foods? The prostate gland is very dependent upon zinc and essential fatty acids to function properly.
Many post-mortem studies have shown that enlarged prostate glands and prostate glands with cancer were high in cadmium.
So how do you reduce cadmium? To illustrate how amazing the body is, zinc and the trace mineral selenium displace or push out cadmium. It’s no surprise that both zinc and selenium are deficient in western diets. Deficiencies in zinc and selenium allows for the accumulation of cadmium in the tissues.
Next, widespread toxicity in the environment, a serious concern, not only from pesticides and chemicals but plasticizers that are unavoidable in our air, food, toiletries, clothes, cosmetics, medicines, dental sealants, detergents and water. Many of these chemicals mimic estrogen and affect estrogen receptor sites causing a shift in the estrogen/ testosterone ratio.
Another cause is “Lack of Fiber and vegetables.” A research team using 1,745 men with cancer studied men’s fiber intake according to the type and source of fiber. Results showed that soluble fiber from vegetables reduced prostate cancer risk by 18 %. However, the fiber from fruits or grains showed NO decrease in prostate cancer risk. Remember, fiber in vegetables serve as a buffer necessary to alkalize the acidic chemistry most Americans experience.
Next “dairy products” This may surprise you but “dairy is perhaps the greatest risk factor for prostate health.” A 2001 Harvard review of the research concerning dairy products and prostate cancer is staggering. Let me quote from the study “12 of 14 case-controlled studies and 7 of 9 cohort studies observed a positive association for dairy products and prostate cancer.
This is one of the most consistent dietary predictors for prostate cancer in the published literature. In these studies, men with the highest dairy intakes had approximately doubled the risk of prostate cancer and up to a fourfold increase in risk of metastatic or fatal prostate cancer relative to low dairy consumers.”
I’ve just got to repeat this stunning quote from the Harvard Prostate Study, “Dairy is one of the most consistent dietary predictors for prostate cancer in published literature and those who consume the most dairy have quadruple the risk for metastatic or fatal prostate cancer.”
Hopefully you are beginning to understand why prostate cancer is so common and rising. If you are concerned about your risk or the risk for someone you know, a wellness approach to prostate health is natural and effective.
Talk to Dr. Godo and get evaluated. Ask him about a simple test for zinc, about essential oils and how to make changes in your diet and lifestyle as well as natural supplements for prostate health.
Don’t wait until the symptoms become severe. Beware of the risk, notice the warning signs, and seek expert advice from a wellness professional. Begin your journey to better prostate health; and before you know it, you just might discover better OVERALL health.
Dr. Jason Godo, DC