Surviving prostate cancer by Dr Mercola

  • Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. In the US, about 230,000 men get diagnosed every year but only about 29,000 die each year from the disease. What we don’t know is how many of those 20,000 died of the disease and how many died because of the treatment
  • Conventional diagnosis and treatment include PSA testing, biopsy, surgery, drugs, and radiation—all of which have their drawbacks and health risks
  • There are other less invasive, safer ways to diagnose and treat prostate cancer, and filmmaker Peter Starr, a prostate cancer survivor, reveals how

Four Steps to Healing Prostate Cancer Naturally

1.Blood: As a first step, Peter recommends doing a 62 blood analysis. If a nutritional deficiency is identified, supplements are suggested to correct it. Vitamin D is particularly noteworthy here, as vitamin D deficiency is strongly associated with prostate cancer. Ideally, you’ll want your level to be around 70-100 ng/ml if you have cancer.

“If you’re down in the 20-30 ng/ml and you have cancer, that’s the first thing you’ve got to get up. I prefer to get people out into the sunshine,” Peter says.

Checking for insulin resistance is also important. If you’re insulin resistant, you need to be particularly careful about cutting down on sugar, ideally limiting your total fructose consumption from all sources to less than 15 grams per day. You also need to take a close look at your diet in general, whether you’re insulin resistant or not.

Avoid animal products from confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs), as these animals are raised with hormones, antibiotics, and glyphosate-contaminated GMO grains. Processed foods in general are an anathema to good health, but particularly when you’re trying to heal cancer.

Peter also recommends fasting, which I believe is good advice—especially if you’re insulin resistant. I recommend intermittent fasting, and it doesn’t have to be a lifelong commitment. Once your insulin resistance has resolved, you can go back to eating normally.

2.Toxins: Next, he recommends looking for toxins, using urine and fecal analysis. If toxicity is found, a detoxification program is put together. While heavy metals are a concern, calcium is also a factor here, as many men have calcification in the prostate that needs to be eliminated. Strategies for decalcifying the prostate include vitamin K2 or a product called Detoxamin.

“Some of the doctors that I talked to have different ways of doing it. I don’t so much get into telling a doctor what he should be doing. I let him do his own research. I just send him patients who’d work with him in terms of integrating what I’ve learned into what they do,” Peter explains.

3.Hormones: A saliva panel is done to check hormones. Testosterone may be suggested if your testosterone levels are low or estrogen elimination programs if your estrogen levels are excessive.

4.Emotions: The fourth and final step is to address emotional traumas. Men don’t like to deal with their emotions, but they really need to. While there are many alternatives, one of my favorites, which has been scientifically verified effective, is the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). This non-invasive and simple-to-learn tapping technique can help you release emotions locked in your body—even if you’re not clear on the origin of the trauma.


Connie’s comments: Email motherhealth@gmail.com for whole blood panel for male and female.


4 tips for coping with an enlarged prostate


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When a man reaches about age 25, his prostate begins to grow. This natural growth is called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and it is the most common cause of prostate enlargement. BPH is a benign condition that does not lead to prostate cancer, though the two problems can coexist.

Although 50% to 60% of men with BPH may never develop any symptoms, others find that BPH can make life miserable. The symptoms of BPH include:

  • a hesitant, interrupted, weak urine stream
  • urgency, leaking, or dribbling
  • a sense of incomplete emptying
  • more frequent urination, especially at night.

As a result, many men seek treatment. The good news is that treatments are constantly being improved. Patients and their physicians now have more medications to choose from, so if one doesn’t do the trick, another can be prescribed. And thanks to some refinements, surgical treatments are more effective and have fewer side effects than ever before.

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But there are some things men dealing with BPH can do on their own. When symptoms are not particularly bothersome, watchful waiting may be the best way to proceed. This involves regular monitoring to make sure complications aren’t developing, but no treatment. For more troubling symptoms, most doctors begin by recommending a combination of lifestyle changes and medication. Often this will be enough to relieve the worst symptoms and prevent the need for surgery.

Tips for relieving BPH symptoms

Four simple steps can help relieve some of the symptoms of BPH:

  1. Some men who are nervous and tense urinate more frequently. Reduce stress by exercising regularly and practicing relaxation techniques such as meditation.
  2. When you go to the bathroom, take the time to empty your bladder completely. This will reduce the need for subsequent trips to the toilet.
  3. Talk with your doctor about all prescription and over-the-counter medications you’re taking; some may contribute to the problem. Your doctor may be able to adjust dosages or change your schedule for taking these drugs, or he or she may prescribe different medications that cause fewer urinary problems.
  4. Avoid drinking fluids in the evening, particularly caffeinated and alcoholic beverages. Both can affect the muscle tone of the bladder, and both stimulate the kidneys to produce urine, leading to nighttime urination.

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