- Prostate cancer in the news again…
- The problem with prostate cancer drugs
- Beta-sitosterol plant oil makes cancer cells self-destruct
Last Tuesday, the journalist George Monbiot announced in the Guardian that he had prostate cancer.
‘It would be easy to curse my luck and start to ask “why me?”. I have never smoked and hardly drink; I have a ridiculously healthy diet and follow a severe fitness regime.’
Just goes to show, doesn’t it? Even when we behave as we’re told to, and follow all the health rules, disaster can still strike.
Another reminder that life isn’t fair.
He’s now another one of the almost 50,000 men diagnosed with it every year in the UK. Estimates are that one man will die from it every hour.
Most cases are diagnosed when men reach their 60s but Monbiot’s experience, as a fairly young man, shows that you just never know what is around the corner.
So is there anything you can do to prevent it?
The good and bad news about this prostate cancer drug
Back in 2004, there was a landmark prostate cancer study.
Research published in the New England Journal Of Medicine showed that the same chemical which causes hair to fall out also stimulates the growth of prostate cancer.
So the subjects were give a treatment for hair loss, known as finasteride.
This inhibits the action of a substance called 5-alpha-reductase, which produces hormones than can encourage prostate cancer cells to grow.
Men who took this drug reduced their chances of prostate cancer by 25%.
It wasn’t that clear cut.
While these findings a decade ago showed that finasteride reduced the risk of prostate cancer, it was linked to an INCREASE in the risk of a high-grade prostate cancer in those men who did get ill.
In other words, if you took finasteride and developed cancer, it could be worse.
However, in 2013, more research showed that this did not translate into an increased risk of death overall.
It’s by no means a major lifeline.
And finasteride had been linked with other problems…
For instance, in 2012, research in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, found that men who developed sexual side effects while on finasteride had a high rate of depressive symptoms and suicidal thoughts.
However, we do have some suggestions for natural alternatives that you can look into.
This plant oil makes cancer cells self-destruct
Beta-sitosterol is an oil derived from plants. it can be used to treat benign swelling of the prostate (also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH).
It works by blocking the 5-alpha-reductase from degrading testosterone… which is exactly how finasteride works.
But Beta-sitosterol goes a little further…
Because it also triggers a self-destruct’ mechanism in prostate cancer cells, causing a decrease in number.
To get this stuff into your system, you can take a supplement or natural extracts rich in Beta-sitosterol, for instance:
• Saw palmetto – native to the southern USA, this plant’s berries are rich in omega 3 fatty acids and natural beta-sitosterol. In studies, saw palmetto extract has inhibited the growth of prostate cancer cells.
• Pygeium – this is an African evergreen. It works like saw palmetto, though it is slightly less potent.
• Pumpkin seeds – these are loaded with beta-sitosterol, as well as vitamins A, C, D, E, B6 and K – and they’re really easy to add to food or much on as a snack.
You can also try this…
If You’ve Tried Everything To Fix Your Prostate Problems, But Still Can’t Get Relief…
Androlistica is a supplement that can help your prostate stave off disease, eliminate the nasty symptoms of poorly-functioning prostate keep it in better condition well into your 60s and beyond.
It contains marrow seed oil, lauric acid, onion concentrate, saltwater fish oi, borage oil (with 20% gamma-linolenic acid), whole yam extract, sea lettuce and vitamin E.
To try it out, click here.
As well as these natural supplements, you can make some changes to your diet.
The foods that protect your prostate
Firstly, consider upping your intake of broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and brussels sprouts.
These have been linked to lower risk of prostate cancer.
Some scientists have proposed that sulforaphane, a phytochemical found in cruciferous vegetables, selects and kills cancer cells while leaving normal cells unaffected.
Vegetables like these also help lower oestrogen levels. Oestrogen has been linked to increased rates of prostate cancer.
Tomatoes are a good prostate protector too. They contain high doses of lycopene, which helps fight off the causes of cancer.
You should also try some of these lifestyle changes…
• Keep the weight down by trying to eat whole natural foods in home cooked meals (no processed foods, junk foods or carb-heavy meals)
• Avoid eating too much red meat or high-fat dairy products, as this is linked with a higher chance of getting prostate cancer.
• Exercise – do 30 minutes of moderate exercise like walking or swimming, five times a week.
• Keep up the sex life, as this is shown to protect the prostate too
For more information on good prostate health, check out these previous issues of The People’s Doctor, all freely available for you on our website:
Finally, you might be interested in what the author Ray Collins has to say on this subject.
He writes: “Rates of colon, breast, prostate and lung cancer in India were 15 times LESS than in the USA during the 1950s. And Americans were four times more likely than Indians to develop Alzheimer’s.”
The reason, says Ray, might be the widespread use of curcumin, the ingredient in turmeric. You can find out more about how turmeric can help you here: The Spice Healer
That’s it for today, I’ll be back with more soon – until next time, stay healthy.