Cancer is not a single disease with a single cause and a single type of treatment. There are more than 200 different types of cancer, each with its own name and treatment. Although cells in different parts of the body may look and work differently, most repair and reproduce themselves in the same way. Normally, cells divide in an orderly and controlled way. But if for some reason the process gets out of control, the cells carry on dividing and develop into a lump called a tumor. Tumors are either benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Doctors can tell if a tumor is benign or malignant by removing a piece of tissue (biopsy) and examining a small sample of cells under a microscope.
In a benign tumor the cells do not spread to other parts of the body and so are not cancerous. However, they may carry on growing at the original site, and may cause a problem by pressing on surrounding organs.
In a malignant tumor the cancer cells have the ability to spread beyond the original area of the body. If the tumor is left untreated, it may spread into surrounding tissue. Sometimes cells break away from the original (primary) cancer. They may spread to other organs in the body through the bloodstream or lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is part of the immune system – the body’s natural defence against infection and disease. It’s made up of organs such as bone marrow, the thymus, the spleen, and lymph nodes. The lymph nodes throughout the body are connected by a network of tiny lymphatic tubes (ducts). The lymphatic system has two main roles: it helps to protect the body from infection and it drains fluid from the tissues.
When the cancer cells reach a new area they may go on dividing and form a new tumor. This is known as a secondary cancer or a metastasis.
Prostate cancer kills an estimated 35,000 men in the United States each year and attacks another 165,000. Most cases of prostate cancer do not occur until after men turn 50, but in recent years there has been a steady rise in the percentage of men in their 30s and 40s with both prostate problems and prostate cancer, primarily as a result of poor diet and increasing environmental pollution. Overall, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in men over 50, and the second most common type of cancer with men in general. It is particularly common among male African-Americans, who have a 40 per cent higher risk of developing the disease compared to other men.
Treatment choices for prostate cancer vary according to how advanced the condition is, and the person’s age. For men 70 years old and above, if their cancer is localized, oftentimes a course of “watchful waiting” is adopted by their physicians, rather than aggressive treatment. In younger men, as well as men whose cancer shows signs of spreading into other areas of the body, conventional physicians will often suggest aggressive treatments. These include chemotherapy, radiation, surgical removal of the prostate gland (radical prostatectomy), internal seed radiation (in which radioactive seeds are surgically implanted into the prostate gland), synthetic hormone therapy, and cryosurgery, which literally freezes both the prostate gland and the cancer cells it contains to death. All of these conventional therapies are fraught with side effects and none of them can guarantee that cancer will not return at a later time. In addition, especially in older men, treatment may not be necessary, since, in 80 per cent of prostate cancer cases, the cancer is slow growing and does not spread beyond the prostate gland itself, thus causing few if any problems.
Prostate cancer: this is one of the commonest cancers in men, affecting the prostate, a small gland about the size of the walnut. It surrounds the first part of the tube (urethra) that carries urine from the bladder to the penis. In the early stages, men are unlikely to notice any symptoms as these only occur when the cancer is large enough to put pressure on the urethra. They include difficulty in starting to pass urine, a poor or weak flow of urine, urgently needing to pass urine, passing more urine than usual (especially at night), feeling of a full bladder due to the retention or urine, burning or painful sensation when urinating, tenderness over the bladder, dull ache in the pelvis or back, sometimes blood in the urine (but this is uncommon), pain in the genitalia, extreme fatigue, prostate enlargement (BHP) and unexplained weight loss. .
Caution: Because early-stage prostate cancer can often develop without presenting any sign of obvious symptoms. Making regular (annual) screening and physical check-ups is very important for men 50 and older, as well as for younger men whose families have a history of cancer.
Prevention is the best approach for dealing with prostate cancer, as well as for all other male health conditions associated with the prostate and male sex organs. This includes having a regular (yearly) physical examination that includes both a digital rectal exam and, for men over 40, a blood test to determine your PSA (prostate specific antigen) score, which also screens for signs of prostate enlargement. (Note: Although the PSA test is also commonly used to screen for prostate cancer, in recent years it has been found to be ineffective for this purpose, to the point where even its developer no longer recommends that it be used as a marker for prostate cancer.) Other useful diagnostic tests to consider, depending on your symptoms, include urinalysis, ultrasound, and other blood tests that can help determine your immune status. Hormone testing should also be considered for all men over 40 years old.
Other preventive measures include eating a healthy diet, the details of which are defined clearly below, along with proper nutritional supplementation, and regular (at least three times per week) exercise. In addition, to minimize exposure to infectious disease that could further compromise your immune system, choose to wear a condom for extra protection.
Conventional medicine uses a variety of diagnostic techniques to screen for prostate cancer. In addition to the PSA test, these include biopsy, digital rectal exam (DRE), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Other tests to be considered are bones scans and tests for determining if cancer has spread beyond the prostate, such as ACP, ALP, and (RT)-PCR. What follows is an overview of each screening methods, as well the limitations associated with each one.
Biopsy: Biopsy involves the physician cutting off a small piece of prostate tissue that is then sent to a medical laboratory for analysis. The procedure is performed by inserting a very thin needle into the rectum and through the lining separating the prostate from the colon.
Although biopsy can be helpful in determining whether or not cancer exists, it has two potential shortcomings. First, it is quite possible that the physician can miss cancerous areas of the prostate, coming away with a healthy tissue sample that will render a false-negative reading (a reading that indicates the patient is free of cancer, when in fact he is not). Just as significantly, biopsy procedures can cause existing cancers to spread because of how they can cause small pieces of cancer tumours to enter the bloodstream, where they can then travel undetected to other areas of the body, forming new tumours and possibly metastasizing. For this reason, holistic cancer specialists often prefer not to perform biopsies.
Bone Scan: Bones scans are performed by intravenously injecting patients with a radioactive substance. A few hours later, the patient’s body is scanned with a sophisticated diagnostic device that enables radiologists to capture specialized images of the patient’s body. These images are then examined by the radiologist, who looks for signs of disturbances that would suggest cancer has spread to the bone. In addition to being an expensive procedure, bone scans are not specific, and often other bone problems, such as arthritis or osteoporosis are mistaken for cancer, thereby causing undue stress and additional problems for the patient who is misdiagnosed.
Digital Rectal Exam (DRE): The DRE test involves a physician placing his or her gloved finger inside the patient’s rectum in order to check the prostate for possible cancer signs, such as changes in prostate size, shape, and hardness, as well as bumps or hardened nodules. The DRE is not sophisticated and the signs that may be detected are by no means definitive. Moreover, such signs can be mistaken for cancer when all they actually indicate is an enlarged prostate (BPH). Either way, should possible signs be detected, additional tests are almost always required.
MRI: This procedure enables physicians and radiologists to, in a sense, peer inside the body to look for possible signs of cancer. Typically, MRIs are used to detect the spread of cancer and are not usually useful for diagnosing cancer in its earlier stages. In addition, the procedure can be cost-prohibitive, especially for patients who lack health insurance.
ACP, ALP, and (RT)-PCR Tests: The ACP test, also known as the serum acid phospatase test, is a blood test that can help to detect if cancer has spread. However, it is not always accurate and can give a false-positive result (indicating a person has cancer when he does not) for a variety of reasons, especially if there was ever catheterization for urinary problems, recent digital rectal exams, or if the patient has other prostate problems.
The ALP, or alkaline phosphatase, test is another blood test that screens for a specific enzyme associated with the bones, liver, and other body parts. If the liver value is high (more than 90-239 units per liter of blood), it can indicate that cancer has spread into the bones. However, the test is far from conclusive, and can result in false positive readings due to such factors as bone breaks and fractures, as well as various pharmaceutical drugs, such as barbiturates.
(RT)-PCR stands for reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction. It is a fairly recently developed blood test that screens for the presence of cancer cells in the bloodstream. Unlike the ACP and ALP tests, it is much more accurate and can be highly useful for detecting cancer metastasis. However, it is far less accurate for detecting early stage cancer that is localized.
Nonconventional Cancer Tests
Holistic cancer specialists seek to diagnose prostate cancer at the earliest possible stage, using diagnostic methods that are both accurate and safe. To this end, they employ a variety of diagnostic methods, including electrodermal screening (EDS), thermography, ultrasound, and nonconventional blood tests, such as the Molecular Oncology Blood Test.
Electrodermal Screening (EDS): Electrodermal screening (EDS) is a non-invasive diagnostic technique that measures the electrical output of specific points on the hands, face, or feet that correlate to acupuncture meridian points at the beginning or end of energy meridians. The electrical signals given off at these points provide information about the health status of the body’s organs and organ systems, and can also be used to detect the presence of toxins, energy and hormonal imbalances, and harmful microorganisms, all of which can contribute to the onset of cancer in the body. In the hands of a highly skilled EDS practitioner, EDS can often detect cancer, as well as many other health conditions, even when other sophisticated testing methods fail to do so because of the fact that both health and disease are first and foremost the results of balanced or imbalanced energy.
Thermography: Thermography is both a safe and highly accurate method for detecting hidden cancers, including those in the prostate gland. It involves the detection of infrared heat emitted from various areas in the body. Infrared heat is emitted as a natural byproduct of cellular metabolism. However, cells and tissues associated with cancer usually emit greater levels of infrared heat compared to healthy, normal cells. Thermography devices are able to detect these differences in infrared heat emission, helping to pinpoint potential cancer problem areas in the body that might otherwise go undetected.
Ultrasound: Ultrasound is a highly effective diagnostic technique employed by both conventional and holistic healthcare practitioners. Many holistic cancer specialists prefer it over biopsy and PSA tests as a means of detecting prostate cancer because of its accuracy and the fact that, unlike biopsy, it offers no potential risk of cancer cells breaking off to enter into the blood stream.
The Molecular Oncology Blood Test: Developed by the researchers at the BioFocus Institute for Molecular Oncology and Laboratory Medicine in Recklinghausen, Germany, and widely used by physicians and oncologists throughout Germany and other European countries, the Molecular Oncology Blood Test is highly effective at detecting cancers of all types in their earliest stages, making successful treatment outcomes far more likely. The test works by identifying and isolating minute cancer cells in the bloodstream, often well before conventional diagnostic techniques can detect cancer. In addition, the test can be used to effectively match the most appropriate therapeutic anti-cancer agent with each patient’s unique treatment needs, significantly increasing the likelihood of a successful outcome.
The Molecular Oncology Blood Test is now available to patients in the United States and Canada. For more information, please visit www.biofocus.de and click the upper right corner of webpage for the English version.
There are many potential causes of prostate cancer. They include unresolved benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), congestion and the build-up of waste products in the lymphatic system, lack of exercise, poor diet, nutritional deficiencies, environmental toxins, chronic constipation and an impacted colon, hormone imbalances, parasites, sexually transmitted diseases (especially gonorrhea), stress, as well as genetic predisposition. Men who enter puberty later than normal also have a higher risk of developing prostate cancer.
Men who suffer from chronic autoimmune diseases are also at a greater risk of developing prostate cancer due to the way such conditions suppress immune function, thus allowing cancer cells to spread, forming tumours in the prostate gland, as well as other areas of the body. Often, prostate cancer in this circumstance can spread aggressively. In the case of compromised immune function, it is especially important to be aware of prostate health, receiving check-ups frequently.
Vasectomy can increase the risk for prostate and testicular cancer. This is most likely due to the production of antibodies known as allosperm, which are produced during vasectomies. Allosperm reduce the immune response, making it more difficult for the immune system to identify and attack cancer cells.
Chronic tightness in the muscles that surround the prostate gland can also contribute to prostate cancer because of how such tightness can restrict the flow of blood and oxygen into the prostate gland. This is particularly true of chronic tightness in the abductor muscles, which surround and overlay the prostate gland. (You can feel your abductor muscles by probing with your fingers where your inner thighs meet the area of your groin.) Tight abductor muscles can create added pressure on the prostate gland, causing it to become hardened, losing its natural softness. This further restricts the flow of oxygen and blood, minimizing the delivery of vital nutrients into the prostate cells and tissues.
Tight clothing, especially tight underwear and belts that put pressure on that area of the body, can also restrict the flow of blood and oxygen to the prostate. Moreover, according to researchers in the field of energy medicine, belt buckles—especially buckles that contain nickel create an energy blockage when worn over the centre of the waist. The reason for this is because the vital energy pathway, known in traditional Chinese medicine as the conception vessel, travels through the centre of the body into the prostate. To avoid creating such energy blockages, avoid wearing belts with nickel buckles and position the buckle off-centre.
In addition to wearing loose underclothing, choose breathable natural fibres, such as cotton or silk, rather than synthetic materials.
Radiation, including the radiation emitted by microwave cooking units, can also increase the risk of prostate cancer, even when such units are not in use.
Avoid all foods that are high in unhealthy saturated and trans fats, hydrogenated and partially-hydrogenated fats and oils, margarine, and shortening. Eliminate refined white flour, which is found in the majority of foods found on a typical grocery store shelf, including bread, bagels, crackers, cakes, cookies, and other baked good, pasta. Also avoid alcohol, caffeine, simple carbohydrates, sugars and sugar products, foods that are overly spicy, and all processed and commercial “junk” food. Stay clear of all inorganic pasteurized milk and dairy products, including yogurt and cheese; best to eat only raw, organic dairy products.
Empower yourself, and choose a diet emphasizing organic whole foods, including plenty of fresh, raw fruits and vegetables, oats, whole grains, such as brown rice, quinoa and buckwheat. Include a variety of preferably soaked, nuts and seeds, especially pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Minimize your intake of red meat; though be sure to consume adequate amounts of organic, free-range poultry, bison and wild-caught fish. Eat generous quantities of both raw and lightly steamed organic vegetables and large fresh salads daily. Preferably, cook with virgin coconut butter/oil and use extra virgin olive oil, high lignin flax seed oil and hemp seed oil as condiments on veggies and as the base for your daily salad dressing. Throughout the day, drink plenty of pure, filtered water, and avoid drinking—as well as bathing, and showering in—unfiltered tap water, as tap water contains heavy metals and pesticide residues that can settle in high concentrations in the prostate gland.
The raw food diet is a food plan that can be of great benefit if you suffer from Prostate Cancer. Using the guidelines outlined above as a base camp for a clean and healthy diet, one can then transition into a raw food diet as desired. Raw food generates rapid results because of its ability to thoroughly detoxify and liberate your body’s previously untapped energy.
The diet mainly consists of raw fruits, vegetables, and soaked and sprouted nuts and seeds, supplemented with daily consumption of fresh green juices made from a variety of vegetables such as celery, romaine lettuce, spinach, carrot, kale, parsley, and an ever rotating seasonal selection of other organic veggies. Raw foodists enjoy salads, dehydrated flax crackers, seed and nut patés, blended soups, smoothies, and marinated veggies, often mixed with soaked sea vegetables. Since little to no cooked food is consumed, the raw diet has the advantage of instantly eliminating many common allergens. No cooked wheat or wheat by-products are consumed, and generally dairy is omitted, though some might choose to eat moderate quantities of raw goat or sheep milk products, often in the form of a fermented food, such as homemade raw kefir or yogurt.
Dr Gabriel Cousins, at the Tree of Life Center, endorses the raw food plan as the ultimate healing diet, and offers 100% raw food meals at his healing retreat in Patagonia, Arizona. An important note when choosing a raw food diet: there is an issue of trade-offs. You might miss cooked foods, though you will not miss Prostate Cancer. More times than not the raw food diet presents itself as an incredible tool that can be used to quickly transition from a serious health challenge into a healing process, ultimately resulting in greater health and well-being.
Useful nutrients for treating and preventing prostate cancer include vitamin A, beta-carotene, vitamin B3 (niacin), B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium, manganese, and zinc. The amino acid L-arginine is recommended, as are alpha-lipoic acid and a trace mineral formula, as well as omega-3 oils, flaxseed oil, evening primrose oil, and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Garlic capsules, acidophilus, and hydrochloric acid (HCl) can be helpful, as can Wobenzyme, a proteolytic enzyme formula than helps protect against inflammation. Other nutrients include the amino acids alanine, glutamic acid, and glycine, as well as beta-sitosterol and quercitin. Modified citrus pectin is also recommended because of its ability to reduce the risk of prostate cancer becoming metastasized. Additionally, the nutrient IP6 (inositol hexaphosphate) is suggested for its potent immune-enhancement properties.
Daily management of environmental toxins, which show up in the body as excess heavy metals, is an important preventative measure. Take a recommended dose of Chlorella, EDTA, and Zeolite drops. Additionally, eat fresh cilantro, or take cilantro capsules each day that fish – fresh, frozen or canned – is consumed.
Vitamin D (classed as a hormone) has been shown to have cancer-killing properties. Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day http:/// for a period of up to 4 weeks.
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually dis-ease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com, Faster EFT orwww.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
Natural breakthroughs in prostate cancer: www.naturalnews.com/027743_prostate_cancer_alternative_medicine.html
Baking soda cure for prostate cancer: www.naturalnews.com/027481_prostate_cancer_baking_soda.html
The healing power of kombucha: www.naturalcures.com/food-and-beverages/1357-kombucha-1
Heal Your Body, Raise Your Consciousness (qigong for cancer) – NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
The cause of all illness and disease: NC_Newsletter_10-07.pdf
Anti-cancer diet – NC_Newsletter_08-05.pdf
Guided imagery and visualisations – low cost solutions for pain relief: NC_Newsletter_07-04.pdf
Alkalinize your diet to get well now – book review NC_Newsletter_07-01.pdf
Live cell therapy (the fountain of youth is real) NC_Newsletter_06-11.pdf
Fluorinated water and cancer linked NC_Newsletter_06-09.pdf
Emotional Freedom Technique and Prostate Cancer: www.healingcancernaturally.com/eft-cancer-pain-treatment.html
Curing cancer using our own technology of emotion: www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmMNlmn1DPc
Red meat dangers: www.examiner.com/video/study-red-meat-increases-risk-of-premature-death
Every cancer can be cured in weeks: www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgbdNNfotwM
Natural dietary supplements and prostate cancer : www.prostate-cancer.org/pcricms/node/111
Beehive extract beneficial in treating prostate cancer: www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120504110402.htm
Vitamin K2 lowers risks of getting prostate cancer: www.naturalcancerreports.com/Prostate-Cancer-Vitamin-Vitamin-K2-Reduces-the-Risk-of-Prostate-Cancer.html
Lifestyle changes may affect progression of prostate cancer: www.jurology.com/article/S0022-5347(01)68518-5/abstract
Complementary and alternative therapies in managing cancer: onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.3322/canjclin.49.6.362/full
Rye Bread as a preventative measure: www.renalandurologynews.com/eating-rye-bread-in-adolescence-may-cut-prostate-cancer-risk/article/226047/
Walnuts reduce risk of prostate cancer: www.naturalnews.com/028584_walnuts_prostate_cancer.html
Ginger effective against cancer: www.digitaljournal.com/pr/819219
DMSO and cancer: www.naturalnews.com/037485_DMSO_inflammation_muscle_pain.html
Benefits of Sharon fruit: www.livestrong.com/article/292411-vitamins-in-sharon-fruit/
Further Information (links and books)
Eat to Beat Prostate Cancer Cookbook by David Ricketts; You Can Heal Your Life – Louise L. Hay; Heal Your Body by Louise L. Hay; The Journey – Brandon Bays; The Acid Alkaline Food Guide – Dr Susan Brown and Larry Trivieri, Jr; How I Said Bah! to cancer by Stephanie Butland; Thrive by Stephanie Butland; Dying To Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing – By Anita Moorjani; A Survivor’s Guide to Kicking Cancer’s Ass by Dena Mendes ; Cancer [Audio Book] by Louise L. Hay; Deep Meditation for Healing [Audio Book]by Anita Moorjani; Cancer-Free: Your Guide to Gentle, Non-toxic Healing by Bill Henderson.
Andrea Butje | Aromahead firstname.lastname@example.org – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt email@example.com – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA firstname.lastname@example.org – meditation, stress
Judith Hoad email@example.com – herbalist.
Kath May firstname.lastname@example.org – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges email@example.com – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika firstname.lastname@example.org – aromatherapy.
Rakesh GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic Practitioner.