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Self-Care for Prostate

Research has shown the following may be helpful for keeping the prostate healthy:

1.  Eating soy beans and drinking green tea can have an anti-inflammatory effect on the prostate Exp Biol Med (Maywood). 2010 Jun;235(6):659-67.

2.  The Chinese herb, cornsilk, has been used for hundreds of years
to treat prostate problems and has been shown to be safe. J Ethnopharmacol. 2011 Mar 21.

3.  Grapeseed supplements have a positive effect on the prostate Nutr Cancer. 2011 May;63(4):573-82.

4.  Saw palmetto has a positive effect on sexual function and urinary obstruction Urol Int. 2011;86(3):284-9. Epub 2011 Feb 8; Minerva Urol Nefrol. 2010 Dec;62(4):335-40, and can reduce surgical complications after prostate surgery Minerva Urol Nefrol. 2010 Sep;62(3):219-
23. Eighty-five percent of participants in one study had reductions in pain, urgency to urinate, and urinating at night Urologia. 2010 Jan-Mar;77(1):43-51.

5. Pumpkin seed oil can increase urinary flow Nutr Res Pract. 2009 Winter;3(4):323-7.  

6. Green and yellow vegetables and kelp and seaweed protect the prostate Cancer Res. 1988 Mar 1;48(5):1331-6. 

7. Men who don't eat meat, fish or fowl have a lower rate of prostate cancer Can J Diet Pract Res. 2003 Summer;64(2):62-81.

8. Red ginseng extract powder (1 gram/week) for 3 years can provide a highly significant statistical protection against prostate cancer and may protect against other cancers as well J Med Food. 2010 Jun;13(3):489-94.

9.Consumption of edible herbs rosemary, sage, parsley, fenugreek and oregano fresh, in cooking, or as a tea provides anti-cancer results for prostate and other cancers, Cancer Lett. 2011 Jun 1;305(1):1-7;Cancer Biol Ther. 2009 Feb;8(3):272-8.

10. High levels of HDL cholesterol are significantly associated with prostate cancer Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis. 2011 Jul 5; to reduce this risk, stop eating foods or drinks that contain sugar, alcohol, animal products, or saturated fats and reduce your stress. Go to http://www.carolynchambersclark.com/id108.html for simple ways to reduce your stress.

11. Taking a multivitamin can significantly reduce the change of prostate cancer
JAMA. 2012 Nov 14;308(18):1871-80. Multivitamins in the prevention of cancer in men: the Physicians' Health Study II randomized controlled trial. Gaziano JM, Sesso HD, Christen WG, Bubes V, Smith JP, MacFadyen J, Schvartz M, Manson JE, Glynn RJ, Buring JE.

12. Obesity dramatically increases the death rate from prostate cancer. If you're overweight, lose weight. (Press release, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.)

13. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, garlic and onions linked to lowered prostate cancer risk. Eat garlic and onions daily and cook with them. scallions chives and leeks also reduce the risk.
14. A glass of red wine a day or a handful of red grapes with their skin, peanuts or raspberries may prevent prostate cancer, according to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. The decrease in cancer risk in their study of 752 newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients and controls showed the decrease in cancer risk associated with these items is more than that found with finasteride (Proscar) in a study involving 19,000 men.

15. Eat lots of tomatoes and tomato products daily. The frequent consumption of tomato products is associated with a lower risk of prostate cancer. Biovannucci, Rimm, Liu, Stampfer, and Willett, A prospective studyu of tomato products, lycopene, and prostate cancer risk, J Natl Cancer Inst 2002 Mach 6 pp. 391-398.

16. Fish oil (as capsules or by eating oily fish) can prevent the development and progression of prostate cancer according to Aronson, Glaspy, Reddy, Reese, Heber, and Bagga. Modulation of omega-3/omega-6 polyunsaturated rtios with dietary fish oils in men with prostate cancer. Urology 2001. August, pp. 283-288.

17.  Limit your intake of dairy products. Men consuming more than 2.5 daily servings of dairy products (milk, yogurt, cheese, cream, etc.) had a 34% greater risk of developing prostate cancer. Chan, Stampfer, Ma et al. Dairy products, alcium and prostate cancer risk in the Physicians' Health Study. American Journal of Clincial Nutrition, 2001, volume 74, pp. 549-554. 

18.  Take beta carotene to lower prostate cancer risk. In the high-risk group of one Harve Medical Study, supplementing with 50 milligrams of beta carotene on alternate days reduced this group's risk of prostate cancer by 32 percent. Stampfer and colleagues. Effects of beta carotene supplemention on total and prostate cancer indcidence among randomized participants with lower baseline plasma levels, Proceeedings of the Annual Meeting of the American Society of clincial oncology, 1997.

19. Eat more baked beans and garden peas. A study or approximately 700 men, reported in the British Journal of Cancer, reported these two foods as well as vitamin B6 supplemements were associated with the risk for prostate cancer.

20.Eating food high in myricetin (parsley and blueberries was associated with lower prostate cancer risk in a study of 10,000 participants reported in the American J Clinical Nutrition, 2002, September, pp. 560-569.

21. In a study of more than 3,000 men, yellow-orange vegetables and cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, watercress, cabbage, bok choy and other similar green leafy vegetables), may protect against prostate cancer.

22. Take milk thistle, which acts as an antiproliferative agent against malignant cells. Zi and colleagues. Cancer Research, 200, October 15, pp. 5617-5620.

23. Always get at least a second and better yet, a third, opinion by a physician in a different practice from your physician. The PSA test is not reliable. Up to 30 percent of men diagnosed with prostate cancer were over-diagnosed and their cancer would never have progressed so far that it threatened their life according to a study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
 Etzioni and colleagues, Overdiagnosis due to prostate-specific antigen screening: lessons from US prostate cancer incidence trends. 2002, volume 94, pp. 981-990. Realize that medical diagnoses often are matters of judgment, not right and wrong. Even when practitioners agree on the diagnosis, the treatment can vary widely. Seeking a second opinion can often be the difference between radical surgery or more conservative watchful waiting. Sometimes doctors even disagree on whether a specimen is bening or malignant and disagree on the gradin of cancerous prostate cells obtained through n eedle biopsies. Sometimes labs make mistakes. Human error is always present, so protect yourself. Ninety percent of those diagnosed with prostate cancer are still alive five years later. A 10-year study following men who had either prostate removal sugery (prostatectomy) or nothing, showed essentially no difference in lifespan! One phsyician diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer embarked on a low-fat vegetarian diet and went into remission with no cancer present on his CAT or bone scans. This is an example of the power of vegetables in beating prostate cancer. (Recalled by Life, Anthony Sattilaro, M.D.)

24. Expose your face and arms to sun at least 15 minutes a day; 45 if dark-skinned. Vitamin D protects against various cancers and conditions.

25. To relieve prostatitis, take a warm Sitz bath (sit in a bath with water up to your hips), drink 8 lasses of water a day, eliminate coffee, don't drink alcohol or eat spicy foods, walk vigorously fopr 30 minutes each day (it stimulates the prostate and can eliminate congestion in the prostate), eat a handful of pumpkin seeds (contain healing zinc ) daily or try sesame and sunflower seeds, or almonds. Lie on a slant board with your feet up 15-20 minutes a day with feet above your head. This causes your internal organs to move away from your prostate and allow for better circulation. Vigorously massage the outside of your thighs and then the back of your waist on either side of your spinal column, rotating your fingertips for 30 to 45 seconds. This helps increase your lymphatic drained to the prostate. Hit a wall with your hips and buttocks, but not hard enough to hurt yourself or the wall.  Or, hit your buttocks with your fists (Dr. David G. Williams, Alternatives for the Health-Conscious Individual, Speicla Report, 2004.)

26. Eliminate all simple sugars (sugar, fructose, sucrose, honey, maple syrup, etc.) from your diet. Sugar feeds cancer. Dietary sugars increase the production of insulin, which is a pwoerful growth hormone, and a risk factor for prostate cancer.

27. Eat grapefruit, especially the white framework in between sections. This can bind to tumor cells and take them out of your body. The research is in early stages, but it can't hurt to try it.

28. Eat avocado daily. It has been shown to reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
Cancer Causes Control. 2012 Jan;23(1):23-33. doi: 10.1007/s10552-011-9850-4. Epub 2011 Oct 9.Associations of whole-blood fatty acids and dietary intakes with prostate cancer in Jamaica. Jackson MD, Walker SP, Simpson-Smith CM, Lindsay CM, Smith G, McFarlane-Anderson N, Bennett FI, Coard KC, Aiken WD, Tulloch T, Paul TJ, Wan RL.

Other actions that can help:

Exercise can reduce stress and help the prostate. Do not bike, though, as this puts undue stress on the prostate.

Kegel exercises are excellent for men to keep their prostate healthy and for women to keep their bladders healthy. They require daily practice of up to 200 contractions/day. First, locate the muscles that control your stream of urine. Now contract them,  hold for serveral seconds, and relax the muscles. Repeat, preferably while not on the toilet. You can do Kegels while seated, standing, or lying down. Just contract, hold, and release. Find the right number for you that allows you to control your urine flow. This can also assist with sexual and urination problems due to other causes.  Like the muscles in your arm, this pelvis muscle requires a regular workout to become and stay strong. Do not contract the muscles in your abdomen, only in your pelvis. You can do them while watching TV, preparing a meal, working at your computer, before you go to bed or arise in the morning, at stop lights, etc.

Forgive yourself and others. Cancers are an "eating away of the self." Picture the anger in your body; collect it in a visual container of your choice, lock it up so no one and nothing can get inside the container, then send it to a place where it can never touch you.

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Updated: September, 2015.


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