A Prostate Question and Prostate Cancer
Hi Bette, I am a 77 yr old male. Last PSA test was elevated-again. Number was about 7.02. Also exam showed enlarged prostrate. Many conflicting reports out there. Any help? Richardo
Let’s talk about this, Richardo.
First off, you’ll want to know that the doctor who developed the PSA test now wishes he hadn’t because it’s being misused.
And there’s so much kick-back from unreliable outcomes, inappropriate treatment and the like, labs now offer age-related results. Since PSA levels can rise as birthdays go by, this makes sense.
One lab gave the following levels:
• Younger than 50: PSA should be less than 2.5.
• 50 to 59: PSA should be less than 3.5.
• 60 to 69: PSA should be less than 4.5
• Older than 70: PSA should be less than 6.5
Those levels may or may not have anything to do with anything. But, even so, if the acceptable PSA level increases by 1 each decade, then you’re right about where you should be, less than 7.5. But nobody really knows.
Jeffrey Dach, MD, wrote, “PSA screening for prostate cancer is, in fact, a 20-year failed medical experiment which provides little or no benefit in saving lives.”
In terms of the enlarged prostate, age can increase prostate size, especially without good nutrition. The really inconvenient thing about an enlarged prostate is the time spent in the bathroom. Inconvenient, but not necessarily dangerous.
If bathroom visits include urgency and pain, it may be interstitial cystitis. Again, not dangerous, but certainly not a walk in the park. The fix is nutritional, not medical.
You’re wise to keep track of where your body’s going, but don’t be afraid of normal results, even if they’re presented as an invitation to doom.
And don’t accept them as inevitable and unchangeable, either.
For every health problem known to mankind, my first suggestion is (and always will be) to build a solid vitamin/mineral program for yourself. Not a little bit of this and a little bit of that, but a solid program that specifically fulfills your body’s needs.
Amino acids and other supplements work their specific wonders, too, but just getting vitamins and minerals right puts you ahead of the pack.
Anybody who bases their vitamin/mineral intake on what they read in magazines, hear on TV, etc. is going down. That’s why I wrote my books and programs.
There’s an herb that deals with enlarged prostates, Stinging Nettle root, usually just called Nettle Root. You can get Nettle Leaf supplements, too, but they don’t help the prostate.
Now let’s talk about the 500-pound gorilla in the room, prostate cancer. I cover prostate cancer in depth in my Moving to Health program, but let’s hit a big highlight.
Prostate cancer is a product of too much estrogen. Doctors still insist it’s about too much testosterone, but since teen-age boys aren’t dropping like flies, I don’t know how the docs keep a straight face with that one. Maybe that’s why they’re starting to come around ever so slowly.
You need to avoid anything that puts estrogen into your body. Such as:
• Grocery-store milk and meat.
• Soy, which is a cornucopia of health enemies.
• Canned foods from a BPA-lined can. BPA and its evil offsprings are synthetic forms of estrogen that leach into the food.
• Lotions and potions that include parabens or scents.
So there you have it: Give your body the nutrition it needs and avoid estrogen. It’s easier to say than do, but not complicated.
God is good,
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P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.
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