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Male urological conditions

Geo Espinosa, N.D., L.Ac, C.N.S., is a naturopathic doctor recognized as an authority in integrative management of urological and prostate conditions. Dr. Geo is the founder and director of the Integrative Urology Center at NYU Langone Medical Center, and is the co-founder of XY Wellness, a company focused on integrative approaches to improving the health of men diagnosed with serious urological conditions. Dr. Geo is currently writing a book on prostate cancer. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Geo at NYU Langone, please call 646-744-1515.

Dr. Geo Blog

Prostate Cancer: How to Interpret a Rising PSA Post-treatment

The following is a clinical perspective from Dr. Geo, whose recent book on prostate cancer (Thrive Don’t Only Survive) is available and recommended. A 63-year-old patient who is one year after prostate cancer surgery recently came to see me at my clinic following his recent diagnosis of recurrence PSA. He looked at me strangely, so I asked him, “What’s wrong?” He responded with “I thought I didn’t have ever to worry about prostate cancer again since I had it taken out. I expected my PSA to be zero forever. I’m confused.”Men who opt for aggressive treatment of prostate cancer such as a radical prostatectomy, radiation therapy, and so on unfortunately believe they are...

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New Book on Integrative Prostate Cancer Treatment

Congratulations to our very own Dr. Geo on the publication of his book, Thrive Don't Only Survive: Dr.Geo's Guide to Living Your Best Life Before & After Prostate Cancer.This thoughtful, well-researched new book is an absolutely great resource for men over 50 and those who love them. We highly recommend that you pick up a copy, and once you have had a chance to read it, to then spread the good word by posting a review.Prostate cancer is a call to action. Rebuild, Reclaim, and Renew!

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Herbal Viagra: The Unfolding Lamar Odom Tragedy

Basketball is my favorite sport. I like all levels of basketball: college, professional, Olympic, even high school. Here in New York City, high school basketball is big, and as a result, we praise any high school kid who is really good at the sport and follow their career. One such player is Lamar Odom, who was a high school phenomenon at Christ the King high school in Queens, New York during the late ‘90s. He went on to have respectable a 10-year career on the NBA, although he may be better known to the masses as Khloe Kardashian’s ex-husband. Three days ago, he was found unconscious with white material oozing out of his mouth at a brothel near Las Vegas, Nevada. Today, October 15,...

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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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Exercise Fights Cancer

A new study (Bonn et al., 2014) published online in the journal of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention reported lower rates of all-cause and prostate cancer-specific mortality in men who engaged in regular exercise. Although these findings can’t prove causation, they are a good reminder to move your body with daily physical activity for long-term health – especially after cancer diagnosis. The details: This study used data from the National Prostate Cancer Register of Sweden Follow-up study. Subjects were 4623 men with localized prostate cancer. Men who biked or walked 20 minutes a day or exercised more than one hour per week had a 26% lower rate of mortality...

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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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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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What does PSA recurrence mean? And what you should know about it.

63 year old patient, one year after prostate cancer surgery, see’s me at the clinic for his recent diagnosis of recurrence PSA. He looks at me strangely. I ask him – what’s wrong? He responds, “ I thought I don’t have to ever worry about prostate cancer again since I had it taken out. I expect my PSA to be zero forever, no? I’m confused” – he says. The confusion with PSA recurrenceMen who opt for aggressive treatment of prostate cancer (i.e. Radical prostatectomy, Radiation Therapy, etc), unfortunately believe they are “home-free” after treatment. If this were to be true, why are patients required to return to their urologist every 3 to 6 months for a PSA test after...

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