Your Prostate Introduction

by John Appleton

Until recently men have seemed reluctant to talk about the small gland that surrounds the neck of the bladder and the urethra; the walnut sized piece of the male anatomy that is the cause of so much misery for aging males and is the second leading cause of death from cancer in New Zealand men.

This website is designed to create awareness of prostate issues and contains information about protocols that may assist in promoting prostate health

I first became really aware of my own prostate when at a medical check up at the age of 53, I was told by my doctor that my prostate was enlarged. A pharmaceutical medication prescribed for the condition caused considerable alarm, for me, and my wife, when it lowered my blood pressure so much that I nearly collapsed when getting out of bed.

This experience caused me to think deeply about what I had been given. Subsequent research that I undertook revealed that the medication would at best only relax the muscle tissue of the urethra. It was not a cure for the condition which is known as Benign Prostate Hypertrophy (which simply means non malignant enlargement of the Prostate).

CrossSectionThereafter I was only interested in finding a non invasive and natural way to resolve the problem and restore my prostate to a more healthy state. Interestingly I discovered that a protocol I was following for cardiovascular health was in fact a similar protocol that I would be advised to follow for a healthy prostate. Futhermore, I learned that the same nutritional therapy was in fact a one stop shop for all manner of health issues. See “Looking After Your Prostate”.

Many men take a Prostate support supplement with the principal ingredient being Saw Pametto. I have gone a bit further and I take a formulation which is based on the active ingredient in Saw Palmetto (Beta Sitosterol). Beta Sitosterol has been used in Europe for many years and there have been some helpful studies confirming the effectiveness of it (Download information about BPH and Beta Sitosterol) Other key nutrients that support normal prostate function are included: Zinc ñ Selenium ñ Chrysin (aromatase inhibitor) ñ Green Tea Catechins - Bromelain ñ Quercitin and Stinging Nettle. This product is available from my website.

Please take the opportunity to learn as much as you can about your prostate. It’s important that you do.

Don’t wait for symptoms of prostate problems to manifest. The old saying “An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure” is very appropriate. I urge you to consult your doctor on a regular basis and thus ensure that you become aware of any problem at the earliest possible stage.

In 1995 a British survey reported in ‘TheTimes’ found that 89% of men who took part in the survey didn’t know where their prostate is located.

For the human male, statistics in New Zealand (which are practically identical to the USA and most northern European developed countries) indicate an 80% probability of BPH (Benign Prostate Hyperplasia) or Prostate enlargement symptoms. In my case, this equates with the nightly ritual of at least one trip to the toilet during sleeping hours.

Additionally there is a one-in-three chance, of having prostate cancer at this age. With every passing year, the risk factor for this condition increases inexorably
In fact, for men with our lifestyle and diet, it is not a question of whether you will, but when, you will suffer from this scourge of aging manhood.

Did you know that, by age 50, three out of four men already have enlarged prostates and one out of three has cancer cells in his prostate gland? If a man lives long enough, he will eventually die from prostate cancer.

It has taken a long time for this awareness to penetrate the average male psyche.

We do not talk about it as much, or as publicly, as women do, about their breast cancer (which is closely related to prostate cancer). Perhaps, if we had a Ministry and Minister of Men’s Affairs in Wellington, we might get some of our tax dollars back, to help us treat this awful condition.

The underlying problem with any mainstream, medicine treatment protocol, is, that very little progress has been made by the medical establishment, in learning of and adapting to the results of recent scientific studies. This is true in a general sense and it is most poignant with regard to the prevention and treatment of Prostate disease and Prostate Cancer in particular.

In fact, most of today’s medical evaluation of the Etiology and Prognosis of the disease is steeped in Pseudo science, harking back to dogma, attributed, inter alia, to the notorious Dr.Huggins, half a century ago!

The pharmacological/pharmaceutical industry has come up with only one drug, “Proscar” (Finasteride). It is designed to inhibit the 5-Alpha reductase Enzyme, which is indicated in the transformation of Testosterone to “Dihydrotestosterone” (DHT). It is very slow acting, on average about six months before any reduction of symptoms becomes noticeable.
Unlike women’s hormone and other related therapies, it is not in any way subsidized by our government. Probably, because of it’s exaggeratedly high price. Needless to say, even the men who do give it a try, seldom persist in using it long enough to experience meaningful results.

DHT binds to Sex Hormone Binding Globulins (SHBG) which are peptides with particular affinity for our so called sex hormones, which include both Androgenic (male) and Estrogenic (female) hormones in our blood. In essence, this means that most of these hormones are ‘bound’; as high as 98% of all steroid hormones in our bloodstream.

The older you become the more chance you have of your Testosterone being converted to DHT or even worse, to Estrogens, particularly Estradiol.

The latter scenario is called ‘Aromatisation’ and involves the enzyme ‘Aromatase’. Both 5-Alpha reductase and Aromatase become more plentiful and active with the passing years. Ironically these pejorative enzymes are manufactured in some of our fat cells, thus contributing to increased risk of Prostate problems in obese men.

Scientists believe these are part of our inbuilt accelerated aging/genetic transcription, to sabotage the life and youth promoting hormones, once our effective reproductive capacity comes to an end.

There are a number of other sabotaging enzymatic processes that help speed us on our way out, after we attain the age of 40. For instance, the conversion of the enzyme Mono Amine Oxidase “A” (MAOA) to MAO”B”, which causes Parkinson’s disease and leads to Senile Dementia (SD) or Alzheimer’s, as it is known today.

However, the sabotage affected on the prostate, is the most insidious, since it attacks the male where it hurts most, both physically and psychologically.

As more and more prostate cells become receptor hosts for both the DHT and Estradiol SHGB in the core of the prostate (the Stroma), the prostate will experience growth stimuli, resulting in pressure, not only on the urine emptying vessel (Urethra) but also on a number of small vessels which carry the seminal fluid (Semen) produced by the prostate and released with the Gonadal sperm at the time of Ejaculation.

Ejaculation is the prime mover and duration limiter of the Male Orgasm.

As the prostate becomes more and more enlarged and possibly cancerous, the supply of semen gradually dries up altogether. Feed back loops reduce the production and quality of sperm. In the absence of Ejaculation, there is no Orgasm and Libido declines.

Reduced and eventually minimal production of Nitric Oxide affects the hydraulics of the Erectile process in the penis with a steep decline of Erectile function. As a result of these cumulative calamities, we could say that sex life, and certainly sexual satisfaction, is now at an end.

In the NZ Herald of 4th September 2004, a report on the devastating effect of prostate surgery, was dismissed by the spokesman for the New Zealand College of Urology, saying: “There has always been some whining by prostatectomy patients complaining about the loss of their sex life”. Their concerns were sniffily dismissed with a gruesomely arcane reference to: “Having a choice between ending up in a coffin with an erection, and being alive without sex”. He forgot to mention that prostatecomy patients almost always die within 5 years after undergoing surgery.

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The information on this site is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. You should always seek the advice and guidance of a qualified health provider.