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Dysfunction in the Medical Industry

Our medical industry is suffering from systemic dysfunction. The drivers behind much of this dysfunction are two-fold: conflict of interest and lack of transparency. The net result is eroded trust and reduced effectiveness. As a society, we can and must do better. Doing so will require us to collectively demand more from the various participants in the system. Today I would like to share with you our perspective here at XY Wellness on what the core issues are, and on what reforms we would like to see take place. To begin, we believe that the potential side effects of a recommended course of treatment should never be more serious than the health condition now being treated. We believe...

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Anti-tumor Activity: How To Encourage It

Let’s start with some definitions: Abberant cell growth (or cancer) occurs in the absence of natural cell death causing cells to grow and divide without end. Tumor formation is the process where cells divide and form a neoplasm. Not all tumors are malignant. Malignant tumors are comprised of cancer cells that are potentially life-threatening. Angiogenesis is the process where new blood vessels grow from existing ones. It is a normal process in the body, but is also involved in the process where a dormant or benign tumor changes into a malignant one. Metastasis is the process where cancer cells spread, typically through the lymphatic system. How is prostate cancer different than...

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Cancer: How to Talk to the Newly Diagnosed

How do you talk to the newly diagnosed? There is no more a potent reminder of how fragile and fleeting life is than being diagnosed with cancer. You may have family or friends who have been affected by cancer. Based on that, you may think that you understand what they are going through and how best to support and help them. You don’t. Unless you have had the words “you have cancer” directed at you, you have no idea.And I know this first-hand. I thought I understood, but apparently mortality is nothing more than an abstract concept until it is not. Today, I want to share with you three suggestions on how best to talk to and help a loved one who is newly diagnosed with prostate or...

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Choosing the Right Prostate Cancer Treatment

I sat down with Dr. Geo to discuss a variety of subjects that matter greatly to our XY Wellness community. The following excerpt pertains to those initial, confusing days following a prostate cancer diagnosis: David: In my opinion, there is such a wide range of choice in treatment options that newly diagnosed men need to take the time to properly profile their prostate cancer, examine the various treatment alternatives, and then make an informed choice based on prognosis and quality of life. Dr. Geo: Yes. When you were going through this same decision process way back in 2004, the range of options was more limited than it is today. What did you end up choosing? David: Based on the...

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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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Natural Remedies for Heartburn and GERD

One of the most over-prescribed and profitable medications (for Big Pharma) are acid suppressing drugs used to treat heartburn and gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD). These strong medications should be used as a short-term therapy (a few weeks) rather than for years as people often do. Long term use of these medications make them difficult to stop, lead to increased susceptibility to infections such as clostridium difficile and pneumonia, and increase the risk arrhythmias and bone fractures due to decreased mineral absorption. Fortunately, there are other safer, healthier and natural solutions to relieve heartburn and GERD. Our Stomach Produces Acid For A Reason Why is the...

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Tips to Enhance Immunity

The kids are back at school and a chill is in the air, which means Fall is quickly approaching. The following are my recommendations for staying healthy through the upcoming months. 1. Get Your Vitamin D Checked Vitamin D has been shown to enhance immune function and provide protection against many other conditions. Since Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, it should be monitored with blood testing. Healthy levels of Vitamin D should be in the 30-55 ng/mL range. If your levels are low you can replace with it 1000-5000 IU/daily for 8 weeks followed by a retest. Make sure your Vitamin D supplement is D3 (cholecalciferol) rather than Vitamin D2, which is poorly absorbed. Additionally,...

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Over-treatment of Prostate Cancer Boosting Impotence Rates

According to a study that was published the in the New England Journal of Medicine, the over-treatment of prostate cancer is leading to a disturbing increase in post-treatment impotence. This study found that 15 years after invasive cancer treatment, only 10% of men still possess the ability to achieve and maintain an erection. Although the age of the men in the study explains a portion of this finding, the issue of sexual side-effects remains a significant area of concern.A concise overview of this study is offered by Bloomberg News: Sex Impossible for Most Men After Prostate Therapy.As we discussed in our post on how to go about making thoughtful, best fit choices for treating...

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