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Exercise is Crucial in the Fight Against Prostate Cancer

What follows is an excerpt from my upcoming book on the integrative treatment of prostate cancer: We are simply not made to sit for long periods. We are built to move. Humans need to exercise, plain and simple. It does not matter what exercise you choose as long as you do something. However, the key is to get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself. You may already be familiar with many of the common benefits of regular exercise—lower stress, weight loss, better sleep, and a plenty of other advantages. However, in terms of prostate cancer, research has shown that fitness can help you reduce your risk of developing prostate cancer, prevent it from returning, or lower the chance...

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Modified Citrus Pectin and Prostate Cancer

The Takeaway First One should not take supplements to cure a disease as they generally do not do that by themselves. What the right supplement combination do is either protect against oxidative stress, reduce inflammation or strengthen immunity – at least that what they can often do. Modified Citrus Pectin (MCP) is one of those unknown ingredients found in dietary supplements with pretty good scientific research behind it. A recent study in a chemistry journal confirms that MCP and similar compounds had strong antiproliferative effects. So, while MCP or no other supplement cures cancer or any disease, I often recommend MCP in carefully designed formula. What is Modified Citrus...

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Get to Know your Prostate

“Know thyself.” No one knows exactly who came up with this wise phrase (it was definitely a Greek, but which one is uncertain), but I think we all agree that there’s something to it. Knowing yourself is powerful because it’s an ability that other animals don’t have. While they live blissfully ignorant in the moment, subject to their impulses, we can act intelligently in order to achieve the best possible outcome for ourselves. Specifically, we can have knowledge about how our bodies work, and we can use this knowledge to live for maximum health. So, here’s my question: do you know what your prostate gland does (or did if it was removed)? If you don’t know what the prostate...

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The Link between Baldness and Prostate Cancer

A recent article on FoxNews.com caught my eye a few days ago. According to a “new” study, says Fox author Dr. David B. Samadi, some kinds of male pattern baldness increases a man’s risk of prostate cancer. Now, I’m a bald man—a bald naturopathic urologist. Of course these things are interesting to me. But Dr. Samadi, who’s a top robotic surgeon and a friend of natural and integrative medicine, isn’t saying anything new. The scientific community has recognized a link between male pattern baldness and an increased risk of prostate cancer for at least 15 years (Denmark-Wahnefried et al., 2000). Balding is a fact of male life. When did your hair start thinning? In your late...

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The Science Behind ImmunoPCTN

At XY Wellness, we seek to support the natural strengths of your body. To do this, we provide information and recommendations for choices of lifestyle and supplements. One of our most popular products is called ImmunoPCTN. This blend of botanicals (ingredients listed below) is designed to help support a healthy immune system as well as healthy cells. All of the ingredients in ImmunoPCTN are documented by good science that shows their potential positive effects in the growth and maintenance of healthy cells, particularly your immune system. In this post, I’ll give some examples of the support behind our product. Modified Citrus Pectin Don’t balk when you see the word...

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An Overview of Rhodiola Rosea

Imagine if there were a non-toxic plant that could improve your stamina, endurance, and sexual performance. You could ingest this plant in a tiny capsule with your breakfast, and not only would it confer the benefits I just mentioned, but it would also lower your physical and mental stress. By counteracting the physical effects of stress, the plant would keep you vital and stave off the fatigue that we typically associate with aging. One more thing: imagine that eating this plant will have no known negative side effects. Many benefits, with little to no risks. As it turns out, there is such a plant, and it’s called Rhodiola rosea. * This herb thrives in high altitudes in Arctic...

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The Straight Scoop on Vitamin K2

The body requires an “alphabet soup” of vitamins, some of which get more attention than others. We all know vitamins A, C, and D, and lately vitamin B12 has become a household term. One vitamin that hasn’t received the attention it deserves is vitamin K2, also known as menaquinone (men-uh-QUINE-own). Vitamin K1 is well known for its role in blood clotting, but the mainstream application of this knowledge is incomplete. Daily Recommended Values for vitamin K are based only on the known effects of vitamin K1, phylloquinone. Research suggests that vitamin K2 is even more important than K1 in the prevention of heart disease (Beulens et al., 2013).* Vitamins K1 and K2 are both...

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Treat People, Not Just Disease!

The Takeaway First No two people are the same, and the only way to treat disease effectively is to see that there is noone way. Treatment is usually better when personalized. Standardized Medicine? Dr. Kathy Miller, MD put up a video online last month in which she raised a provocative question: “Will clinical pathways go the way of the dinosaur?” Clinical pathways, if you don’t know, are sets of standard methods or guidelines (you might call them road maps) for the treatment of disease. They were first invented in the ‘80s as a way to make the healthcare industry more efficient. These systems have proven to cut costs and shorten hospital stays (Chang et al., 1999; Chen et...

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Is it true that aspirin reduces prostate cancer risk?

New research published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that a low dose of aspirin (81mg a day) may decrease the risk of prostate cancer in men who are high risk. According to the study, high-risk men who took aspirin or another NSAID lowered their risk for overall prostate cancer by 13% and potentially deadly prostate cancer by 17%. This association (not causation) is thought to be a result of reducing the inflammatory marker Cyclooxygenase 2 (COX-2) in the body. Over six thousand men between the ages of 50 and 75 participated in the study. They included men from North American and Europe. It would seem like this is great news. After all, anything that reduces one’s...

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Organic Food is Simply Better: A New Study

Doggy Bag Message First Organic food is seemingly more nutritious; contain more protective antioxidants, contain 4 times less pesticides and lower amounts of unhealthy metals like cadmium. While not everything that’s labeled organic is healthy or local, buying organic produce, especially the dirty dozen is worth the extra buck. Like I tell my patients; don’t be skimpy with your food. Study Details A meta-analyses based on 343 peer-reviewed publications were carried out • A meaningful differences in antioxidant content between organic and non-organic crops/crop-based foods. • Types of antioxidants to be higher in organic foods were; phenolic acids, flavanones, stilbenes,...

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