Dear Readers, The following is Part 2 of my lengthy, but I hope informative articles on a very common problem you guys, and gals of guys worry about. Take care of yourselves, and always check with a Doc before doing anything about a serious matter such as prostate health. Best of luck, Dr. Jo
THE ABC'S OF GOOD HEALTH
By Joanne T. Gjelsten, Chiropractor
Prostate Part II Things To Consider Doing
Whether for good health, preventive maintenance, or for the newly diagnosed, Information is good to have, but do all with Doctors advise and knowledge. This is not by any means a complete list of all that can be done, but it's a start for those bewildered by the enormous amount of information out there. Good luck to all who have to deal with this, and know that there is much on the horizon to be hopeful about.
Lower chronic inflammation
Promote immunity, especially natural killer cell activity
Enhance detoxification, do chelation if you can
Protect against oxidative stress
Maintain Healthy insulin and blood sugar control, especially of overweight ..see below re: Obesity and Prostate
Some of the following have affect of some or all of the above.
Eat Good Foods
Eat Organic, and in good combo's, for example, Broccoli and tomatoes should be eaten together. One has precursor to DIM, see below, and the other lycopene. Eat red veggies.
Pomegranate juice- Study showed it increased doubling time of prostate cancer
(PrCa), ie slowed it down.
Flaxseed freshly ground 1/4 cup day
Reishi mushroom extracts as the data is compelling in terms of Cochrane report. It is very useful for increased immune function and natural killer cell activity in cancer patients.
Turkey Tail Mushroom Austrailian Studies shows it can "hinder prostate cancer growth and spread"
Sexual activity can boost immune system lymphocytes by 20 percent; you’re welcome.
Exercise to keep endorphins high, and weight down. Fat and sugar promote cancer.
Some supporting Supplements and Herbs ONLY with a Doc's guidance.
Curcumin, boswellia and grape seed extract/GSE for their anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and immune boosting effects. You might be surprised by GSE recommendation but research shows a 24% decrease in incidences of PrCA in men who consume GSE.
Milk thistle to help safely metabolize hormones om the liver, your detoxifier organ
Rhodiola, up to 500mg/day but start with 200 mg in am. Adaptogen, to support mood and energy.
Supplements as per your Doc's recommendation. A PARTIAL LIST
Iodine as per Doc
Magnesium chloride oil
Vitamin C: 500 mg daily
Zinc: 15-30 mg daily
Alpha lipoic acid: 100 mg daily
Selenium (selenized yeast form): 200 mcg daily
Vitamin E with mixed high gamma tocopherols 200 IUs daily Without the gamma you may make things worse with vitamin E
Lycopene V8 juice ok 8oz/day also cooked tomatoes
Reduce calcium to 500 MG/day and cut down on Dairy which is inflammatory
Modified Citrus Pectin Pectasol C 15 grams/day study increased doubling time of PrCa &
Soy isoflavones 90mg/day-Japan study reduced 58% reduction in PrCa risk
ASK YOUR DOC ABOUT:
See a DO or MD who practices Functional Medicine about Low dose Naltrexone , Rx by Doc 3-5.5 mg/day at bedtime, not something a Chiropractor (like me) is licensed to prescribe, so ask them. Said by Dr. Whitaker MD, to increase endorphin mfg to increase natural killer cells, macrophages, and other immune system cells. Not to be taken with narcotics. Dr. Whitaker is, a California MD with great knowledge of alternative treatments. He treats his patients with this. He is a great Doc who I had the pleasure once of speaking to about CoQ10 and statins.
Hormones salivary, all hormones including estradiol, higher in aging men, and a risk factor in heart health
Blood analysis for nutritional deficiencies
Insulin resistance test
Sodium bicarbonate decreases acidity & "Helps to destroy cancer cells and acts as a chelate of heavy metals ". Vegetables help to alkalize too but not as good as sodium bicarbonate.
OTHER TREATMENTS to explore
HIFU High Density Focused Ultrasound
Non-invasive fractionated stereotactic radiosurgery Gil Lederman MD, NYC www.rsny.org
On The Horizon, So To Speak
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
Dual-receptor Targeting Tracers
Summary of above On the Horizon:
"Currently, doctors use a variety of imaging techniques and tests to diagnose and monitor prostate cancer including PSA blood tests, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), positron emission tomography (PET), and computerized tomography (CT) scans. Each method has strengths and weaknesses, but there is no single method that is able to successfully identify and monitor primary tumors, metastatic lymph nodes, and bone lesions."
"Xiaoyuan Chen, Ph.D., Chief of the Laboratory of Molecular Imaging and Nanomedicine at NIBIB, and his team attempted to solve this problem by developing a radiotracer that could identify prostate cancer at all stages."
"Chen believes that dual-receptor targeting tracers could one day be the primary method for diagnosing and monitoring prostate cancer reducing the amount of medical scans a patient would be forced to undergo and streamlining the diagnostic and therapeutic process."
"is the first non-invasive liquid biopsy which measures gene expression levels in both blood and urine, reducing the need for painful biopsies. Results are analyzed in an algorithm containing this biomarker data along with age and sPSA to distinguish between patients who have an increased likelihood for clinically significant prostate cancer from those without. Utilizing these test results, along with additional clinical information can reduce the need for unnecessary biopsies and equally important, identify those patients that do need additional evaluation and/or a prostate biopsy."
See just above: Not recommended for patients:
Who are taking 5-alpha reductase inhibitors within the last 6 months
Who have received a prostate massage or who have ejaculated within 24 hours of sample collection
Men who have had an invasive urologic procedure within the last six months
"A team of scientists led by Irwin Gelman, PhD, Professor of Oncology in the Department of Cancer Genetics at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, has identified an 11-gene signature unique to advanced recurrent prostate cancer that they believe will help to identify these aggressive and potentially fatal prostate cancers sooner. The findings have been published online ahead of print in the journal Oncotarget."
"The researchers also characterized how the Src oncogene drives recurrent prostate cancer through direct activation of the androgen receptor, thereby allowing it to function even after therapy has removed detectable levels of serum androgens. They found that this 11-gene pattern is a biomarker that correlates with a more rapid progress to metastasis and decreased overall survival from prostate cancer."
"This study adds to our understanding of why some men experience metastatic progressive disease after androgen-deprivation therapy," says Dr. Gelman. "Our data strengthen the idea that combining therapies that inhibit the oncogene Src with those that constrain the androgen receptor may help prevent recurrence of aggressive, lethal prostate cancer."
And, another reason to lose weight..
CNRS. "Why prostate cancer is more aggressive in obese patients." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 12 January 2016.
"Obesity has direct consequences on health and is associated with the onset of aggressive cancers, but the mechanisms underlying this phenomenon are little known. Researchers have recently elucidated one of these mechanisms in prostate cancer, one of the most common cancers in men: in obese patients, the adipose tissue surrounding the prostate gland facilitates the propagation of tumor cells outside the prostate." "The researchers showed that adipocyte (fat Cell) secretions can attract prostate tumor cells." "They showed that in obese mice who had been fed a high-fat diet, tumor progression and dissemination outside the prostate is greater than in mice with normal body weight. "
Copper levels. Increase can mean a recurrence or treatment not working well. Copper can promote angiogenesis, or the creation of new blood vessels to feed a tumor.
More about monitoring as information is available. I think the above is a lot to digest, so get a digestive enzyme already!
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