Physicians across the country who practice naturopathic treatments are working diligently to educate their male patients about prostate cancer. This should be taken as seriously as breast cancer by the female population. As with breast cancer, your chances of survival improve with regular screening. Unfortunately, many men don’t do this, putting men at risk of dying from this preventable disease.
If you’re unfamiliar with the prostate, it’s a walnut-sized organ located in the male reproductive system. A sign of tumorous growth is when the prostate becomes abnormally large, but by this time the disease is already well advanced. It is best to have regular check-ups to catch the cancer before it becomes life-threatening.
To date, there is no real evidence as to the cause of prostate cancer, but naturopathic doctors believe that living a healthy lifestyle and eating whole foods are key to keeping it at bay. Some have even had success in reversing the ill effects of this disease by combining diet and lifestyle changes with conventional medicine. Alternative cancer treatments have proven very effective for patients.
What is known so far about this type of cancer is that it has something to do with genetic, environmental and hormonal factors. Androgens are a hormone that plays an important role in its development. This hormone promotes tumor growth, so androgen deprivation therapy, also known as ADT, can be used to lower levels. Hormone replacement therapy is also an option for people struggling with imbalances.
Who is prone to prostate cancer?
This is a very common condition that usually affects men over the age of 50, especially if you are of African descent. Men who have been diagnosed with this disease in close relatives, such as B. father, son or brother, are at particular risk of this disease.
Research shows that African American men are 2.5 times more likely to die from this type of cancer compared to Caucasian men. In the US, it is the second leading cause of cancer death in the male population.
What are the symptoms to look out for?
It is difficult to detect prostate cancer early without being examined by a doctor. This can be done in different ways, e.g. B. with a digital rectum scan or a blood test that measures prostate-specific antigens or PSA. If you have high PSA levels, it likely means you have prostate infection, caused by either inflammation or cancer.
Can Vitamin D Help?
There are studies that show the positive effect of vitamin D on prostate cancer. Prostate cancer patients are more likely to be vitamin D deficient, while healthy men with adequate vitamin D levels are less likely to die from prostate cancer. These individuals also have fewer cases of aggressive cancers.
The recommended dose of vitamin D is less than 10,000 IU daily. You can receive IV vitamin therapy from an alternative cancer treatment center. There is still no concrete evidence that the links between prostate cancer and vitamin D are widespread, so more research is needed.
What we know so far
You can find vitamin D receptors along the surface of your cells. When vitamin D is consumed, it binds to these receptors. Once bound, vitamin D sends chemical signals that tell cells what to do, such as: B. die or divide.
The same receptors are found in the tissues of the prostate, so vitamin D also binds to them. This is believed to cause cancer cells to die, stop growing, or not spread to other areas of the system. For this reason, vitamin D is also considered to be helpful against prostate cancer.
Prostate cells are able to convert inactive forms of vitamin D into active ones. Many of the cancer cells lose this ability but still have receptors. For this reason, vitamin D supplementation is effective in slowing down the growth of cancer cells.
Prostate Cancer Prevention
Most cases of prostate cancer occur in the US, probably due to the fact that Americans are not exposed to sunlight. Most people today spend a majority of their time working indoors, be it at work or at home. You can talk to a naturopathic doctor about lifestyle and diet changes you can make to reduce your risk of prostate cancer. You should also inquire about your vitamin D levels to determine if IV vitamin therapy is right for you.
Thanks to Katie Spiess