Likely Problems with Men’s Prostate

| July 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

The prostate gland is a walnut sized gland just behind the male bladder. Normally, it produces a fluid that serves as an incubator for sperm. Developmentally, the prostate contains cells that in the female make up the uterus. Both organs are estrogen and insulin sensitive. I’ll discuss the primary problems a man is likely to experience with the prostate gland.

  1. Acute bacterial prostatitis – If bacteria overgrow in the prostate, there can be an acute onset of frequent/painful urination, pelvic pain, and fever. Acute prostatitis is not subtle. You will seek treatment. This condition is appropriately treated with a course of antibiotics. This condition can become chronic with repeated bladder infections. A doctor who specializes in urology is the person to see for bacterial prostatitis.
  2. Chronic non-bacterial prostatitis – This is the most common form of prostatitis. The symptoms are less severe if they appear at all. This type of prostatitis is caused by fungal overgrowth similar to vaginal yeast infections in women. While this type of prostatitis can be treated with anti-fungal drugs such as Diflucan, the long-term resolution of the problems is achieved by lifestyle changes that keep the fungus (Candida albicans) from overgrowing. This is done with a BALi style eating plan and addressing hormonal/nutritional deficiencies. The inflammation caused by chronic prostatitis starts the process that causes normal cells to turn to cancer cells.
  3. Elevated PSA – Most doctors are conflicted these days on whether to use the PSA blood test as a screening tool for prostate cancer. I’m not. You should have a PSA blood test done each year starting at age 50. If you have prostate cancer in your family or you are an African American male, testing should start at age 40. PSA (Prostatic Specific Antigen) is a protein normally produced by prostate cells. A level of 0-2.0 is normal to find. A level above 2.0 indicates prostate cells have been damaged or the number of prostate cells has increased. Damage can be due to occupations such as truck driving or recreational activity such as long distance cycling. Sexual intercourse can also cause an elevated PSA. Cell damage from the inflammation of a prostate infection or overgrowth can also raise your PSA level. An increase in the number of prostate cells indicates either a condition termed “benign prostatic hypertrophy” or prostate cancer. The annual PSA should be accompanied by the dreaded digital rectal exam. The picture below shows how your doctor will use a gloved finger to assess your prostate for size and irregularities.
  4. Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) – This common condition occurs from overgrowth of prostate cells due to inflammation and an excess of insulin and estrogen (Remember, the prostate is the male uterus and is sensitive to estrogens). With age, thyroid levels decline. In order to keep blood sugar levels normal, you start producing more insulin. Insulin makes you produce more fat, especially around your middle. These fat cells produce an estrogen called “estrone”. The combination of estrone, insulin and inflammation causes your prostate and your belly to get bigger with age. The pictures below show how a swollen prostate can reduce your ability to empty your bladder. This will cause frequent urination, a strong urge to urinate, and waking from sleep several times/night to urinate. If not addressed, BPH can completely shut off urine flow. Conventionally, surgery or drugs are used to treat this condition. It is easily reversed by the BALi Eating Plan. The size of the belly and prostate will reduce.
  5. Prostate cancer – When there is chronic inflammation anywhere in the body, cells may respond to this toxic situation by transitioning into a cell form that can survive toxic situations. These are cancer cells. The first stage of this transition is “hyperplasia”. This simply means there are too many normal cells in reaction to some type of stress. A callus on you hand is a type of hyperplasia. Colon polyps, breast fibrocysts, uterine fibroids and endometriosis are other types of hyperplasia. The next stage of the transition to cancer is “metaplasia”. Under the DNA microscope, hyperplastic cells look the same as normal cells, just an increased number. Metaplastic cells have a change in the DNA. These are pre-cancer cells. On the prostate biopsy, these cells will be termed “prostatic inflammatory neoplasia”. In the colon, they will be called “pre-cancerous polyps”. After metaplasia, the transition will complete with the DNA totally changing to allow the cell to survive a toxic environment. This is how cancer happens. Once this transition happens, we start to see a rise in the PSA. How fast the PSA rises indicates how serious the cancer is. If prostate cancer is caught early, there are a variety of treatments that prevent death from prostate cancer. These options are discussed the first 2 books below. Lifestyle changes alone can reverse prostate cancer. This option is discussed in the third book. Once prostate cancer has spread, as in my case in 2006, conventional therapies will not cure it.

These books can be found on Amazon.

Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer by Dr. Patrick Walsh

The Prostate Cancer Protection Plan by Dr. Bob Arnot

New Guidelines for Surviving Prostate Cancer by James Lewis, Jr., Ph.D. and E. Roy Berger, M.D.

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