Looking After Your Prostate

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Many of the health problems of today are the result of apathy, lack of interest, lack of knowledge and a disrespect and misunderstanding of the marvellous innate and built in wisdom and needs of the human body. Nature is slow. It takes years to cultivate ill health because the body can take much abuse, but it also takes years to undo all the damage heaped upon the body by ‘normal living’ Nature is slow but nature is sure.

Please draw your own conclusions after contemplating the effect of the radically health impeding, processed, refined, de-natured chemicalised, over sweetened diet that most of us are consuming. How can anyone expect a body and mind to function well when it is so completely out of tune with its natural requirements?

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Looking After Your Prostate: Diet

Of the three things (Diet, Hormones Supplementation) that contribute to prostate health, diet is by far the most important. Nothing is a substitute for a poor diet. Roger Mason in his book “The Natural Prostate Cure” says ‘Without healthy natural food, it doesn’t matter what else you do; you’re just not going to get well’

Food is the ultimate medicine. There is no drug, vitamin pill or herb or other nutritional supplement that can influence your health as profoundly as your diet. It is the foundation upon which your health is built.

Foods that you should be aware of :

  • Red meat and all processed meat products high in animal fat and preservatives.
  • Dairy products that are highly processed (cheeses etc) and products made with skimmed milk powder (which contains a dangerous oxidised form of cholesterol).
  • Milk that is homogenised. The new A2 milk is not homogenised.
  • All fried foods and the bad trans fatty acids that you find in most baked goods and soft spreads that are promoted some aggressively.
  • All products containing hydrogenated oils (the spreads sold as a healthy alternative to butter contain hydrogenated oils)
  • Vegetable oils in clear bottles (high in omega 6 fatty acids). These are likely to be rancid and oxidised.
  • Sugars in any form — jams, marmalade and other spreads high in sugar. There is no such thing as healthy sugar. Sugar is sugar.
  • All processed foods using refined grains - cakes, biscuits pies and all breads that are not wholegrain. Have you ever seen weevils in white flour?
  • Most breakfast cereals that are highly processed and loaded with sugar.
  • All ‘instant’ packaged foods — most often these are very high in sodium and contain many preservatives and unhealthy flavour enhancers.
  • Pasta (especially the processed forms — this is just starch and for the most part it is devoid of any nutritional value.
  • Alcohol (your liver doesn’t like alcohol) If you are going to have alcohol, limit it to red wine which contains a very powerful antioxidant known as Reseveratrol.
  • All commercial fruit drinks (these are heated to a high temp and contain lots of sugar)
  • All soft drinks (even diet drinks which contain aspartame).
  • Caffeine (see my story featured separately on this site)
  • Fluoridated Water

I recommend:

Lots of fresh vegetables especially cruciferous vegetables: Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cauliflower, and Cabbage.

The most wonderful way to enjoy vegetables and to experience the benefits of good health is to get into daily juicing. It’s a fiddly process, time consuming and it does cost money. However the rewards are well worth the hassles and the expense. Your body will love you for it. I consume 500 mls of fresh juice twice daily which I make 30 minutes prior to breakfast and prior to dinner.

If there is one thing that I would do for my body, it would be vegetable juicing. Vegetables are good carbohydrates.

Organic meat wherever possible, Chicken would be first choice. This like fresh fish is good protein. My choice of animal protein is anything that flies or swims.

Fresh fish (preferably steamed or grilled)

Whole fruits preferably pesticide free.

Brown rice instead of white rice.

Quinoa (pronounced Keenwa). A wonderful South American seed that is cooked like rice. Very high in protein and low on the glycemic index. Quinoa can be used for breakfast lunch and dinner. Quinoa contains all 8 essential amino acids so it can be regarded as complete protein. It’s cheap too.

Olive Oil preferably used as a dip or dressing in its raw natural state. Cooking with Olive Oil will change the molecular structure of the oil transforming it into an unhealthy fat. For cooking I use virgin unrefined, unbleached Coconut Oil, a very healthy saturated fat which is extremely stable even under high temps.

Nuts in the most natural state possible (walnuts and almonds are best).

If you must have some milk choose Goat Milk (non homogenised). If you like yoghurt, seek out yoghurt made with whole milk (not milk powder or homogenised milk) and unsweetened. Powdered milk contains a form of oxidised cholesterol.

Drink lots of filtered (non-chlorinated and non fluoridated) water every day (preferably room temperature). There are special filters available that remove fluoride.

Anyone serious about long term health should read: “The Metabolic Typing Diet” by William Wolcott and Trish Fahey. I recommend this book as the most comprehensive book ever written about how to eat (see the books section of this site)

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Looking After Your Prostate: Hormones

Hormone balancing should not be overlooked as something that you can investigate with the help of someone well versed in this. Roger Mason in his book “The Natural Prostate Cure” says: “Saliva Hormone testing is the greatest medical breakthrough in the last decade”.  While not used by many doctors in New Zealand it is highly likely that hormone testing will become mainstream in the not too distant future. 

Hormones that are important for Prostate Health are: DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone a natural steroid hormone produced from cholesterol by the adrenal glands).

Did you know that men need the hormone progesterone as much as women. Progesterone normally thought of as a women’s hormone can prevent and resolve prostate problems.  Progesterone counteracts the high levels of estrogen in our environment which is creating hormonal havoc in men and women.

Dr Joseph Mercola wrote in the ‘Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients’ (1998) “As a male ages, his Progesterone levels decrease, just like it does in women.  When Progesterone levels decrease the male’s 5 alpha reductase converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone which is useless at removing the prostate cancer cells that Estradiol stimulates”. Labelled the "female" hormone but also present in males Estradiol represents the major estrogen in humans.  Estradiol also stimulates the enlargement of the prostate.  The genes that regulate cell grow are P53 (the anti-cancer gene) and bc12 (the cancer gene).  Estradiol turns on the cancer gene and Progesterone turns on the anti-cancer gene”

Caution. Hormones are very powerful and they should not be used casually. They should not be taken at all without having first assessed your levels. 

There is a clinic in Tauranga - Patient Advocates Limited - specialising in Hormone balancing. Visit their website www.naturalhormonetherapy.co.nz or phone 07-577-1237. They can arrange for saliva testing and for consultation can either be at the clinic or by telephone.

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