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What is the Prostate?
The prostate is a walnut-shaped gland located under the bladder and around the upper half of the urethra, the tube which moves urine from the bladder. The prostate creates most of the semen that carries sperm.
BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia)
BPH is known as an enlarged prostate gland. With changes in hormone balance and cell growth, the prostate begins to grow. Eventually the enlarged prostate partially cuts off the urethra and causes trouble urinating. Symptoms of BPH include feeling of wanting to urinate often, weak urine stream, or a sensation that the bladder is not completely empty after urination.
Avoiding alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, sugar, and animal protein can help lessen BPH symptoms. Medications, like over-the-counter anti-histamines, decongestants, and allergy pills can make urination more difficult and worsen BPH symptoms.
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer in men, behind only lung cancer. Prostate cancer typically occurs after age 50 with most elderly men having traces of this cancer but not even being aware of it. Most men with prostate cancer typically die from other causes.
It is a very slow growing cancer which typically has no signs or symptoms until it reaches advanced stages. Since only 12% of men die from prostate cancer relative to the high number of men diagnosed, treatment varies from aggressive to active surveillance depending on the patient’s risk factors.
What Causes Prostate Cancer?
Prostate cancer is mostly triggered by a diet rich in animal protein (i.e., meat, dairy products). It is commonly not seen in countries where the diet is rich in vegetables. The reason is the animal protein is full of toxins and saturated fats which damage the liver. The liver subsequently metabolizes hormones like testosterone and estrogen into toxic forms which stimulate prostate growth and damage the immune system.
A plant-based diet rich in dark leafy greens with little consumption of processed foods, sugar-laden items, alcohol, nicotine, animal protein and seafood can dramatically reduce the prostate size and kill prostate cancer cells.
If you suspect that you or a loved one may have prostate cancer or BPH, we can help. Our clinic can help improve overall health and well-being by first addressing the root cause of the problem. By defining a personalized treatment plan tailored around nutrition, lifestyle, exercise, stress and medication management, we can deliver the results you are looking for.
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