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  • Dr. Jay Pennock

Prostate Health


The prostate is a muscular gland in men that is responsible for adding fluid to the ejaculate during an orgasm. This fluid helps spermatic mobility and balances the female vaginal fluid to assist in fertilization. The prostate is located below the bladder and just in front of the end of the colon and rectum. Because of its proximity to the colon, intestinal issues are easily transmittable to the gland and inflammation of the prostate can influence the rectum. It has been called the nerve and emotional center of a man’s sex life and sexuality. In eastern medicine paradigms of disease, the prostate holds on to our stresses related to sexual pleasures and feelings of inadequacy, so issues with any of these feelings cause problems in the prostate.

Diseases of the prostate include:

  • Enlargement (BPH)

  • Currently, around 50% of men will get BPH by the age of 60 and 90% by age 85

  • Symptoms include difficulty starting a stream, reduced urinary flow and frequent urination

  • Infection (prostatitis)

  • Symptoms include rectal pain, painful urination and frequent urination

  • Cancer

  • Studies show that up to 30% of all men will have prostate cancer by age 50, albeit undetected

  • Greater than 40% of all prostate cancers have metastasized before detection

Causes of prostate diseases come from physical, emotional and toxic effects of our lifestyle and exposure history

  • Physical

  • Family history and genetics

  • Decreased circulation of blood and lymph to and from the gland

  • Tightness in the surrounding muscles of the hip and pelvic girdle

  • Hormonal issues

  • Excess dihydrotestosterone (DHT)

  • Increase in estrogen levels

  • Converted by adipose tissue from testosterone

  • Lifestyle

  • Emotional distress effecting the 2nd or Sacral Chakra

  • Poor diet lacking in key nutrients

  • Lack of fruits and vegetables

  • Excessive meat and animal fat ingestion

  • Smoking and alcohol consumption

  • Limited sexual activity

  • Tight underwear and pants

  • Exposure

  • Medications

  • Anticholinergics

  • Antihistamines

  • Antidepressants

  • Toxins

  • Pesticides

  • Caffeine

  • Food preservatives

  • Tobacco

  • Aluminum

  • Radiation from electric blankets

  • Magnetic fields from belt buckles

Diagnostic testing for an enlarged or cancerous prostate is important. Make sure you have a good relationship with your primary care doctor and that they offer these screening tools.

  • Digital rectal exam should be done yearly in men over 40

  • Finds abnormal enlargement, bogginess or tenderness of infection or inflammation or masses

  • Some primary care physicians not doing this in favor of the PSA test only

  • PSA (prostate specific antigen) testing should begin at age 40

  • Gradually rises with age so make sure it is in optimal range

  • Should be <0.6

  • 20% of men with levels >2.5 may have cancer

  • Elevated with cancer and BPH

  • Relying on PSA alone will miss up to 15% of cancers

  • Level can be affected by medications and other conditions

  • Biopsy can confirm presence of cancer in the gland

  • Done through the rectum

  • Many samples taken and sent for analysis

  • Serum albumin levels are usually drawn with a comprehensive metabolic panel or liver panel and should be around 5 g/dl.

  • Arguably the most important protein in the body

  • Important for hydration and tissue pH

  • Binds toxins, drugs and waste products in tissues and blood

  • Transports major hormones such as cortisol, thyroid

  • Level less than 4 is a major indicator of disease including cancer

Western medicine has specific treatments for prostatic diseases. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, but just an outline of what is available. Please consult your Urologist for your best options. But, see your Navigator so that he can help you decide on the course of treatment that works for YOU, as well as help you with supplemental therapies to maximize your results!

  • BPH

  • TURP is a roto-rooter treatment thru the urethra to open up the passage through the prostate to improve flow and reduce symptoms

  • Can cause infections, bleeding and other side effects

  • Medications

  • Have many side effects

  • May not be effective

  • Reduces conversion of testosterone to DHT

  • Cancer

  • Prostatectomy

  • Can be partial or radical

  • Has many side effects

  • Should be considered only after all other options weighed

  • Radiation

  • External beams

  • Internal seeds

  • Hot/cold therapy

  • Cryosurgery

  • Microwave Thermotherapy

  • Chemotherapy

  • Watchful waiting

  • May be good for some

  • Hormone therapy

  • Testosterone blockers for sensitive cancers

Functional and Integrative medical treatments are based on the idea that diseases flourish when the body is out of balance or the tissues have become susceptible to infection or cancer. This can happen when the “milieu” of the tissue is too acidic, there is reduced blood flow, reduced lymph drainage or a lack of nutrients for the body to heal itself (the goal of therapy here at Navigator).

  • Nutritional concepts

  • Increase water consumption

  • Pure, filtered water

  • More than 8 glasses a day

  • Flushes out toxins

  • Keeps tissues hydrated

  • Avoid during meals so not to dilute stomach acids

  • Decrease animal proteins

  • Meat

  • Milk products

  • Decrease fried foods

  • Increase vegetable proteins

  • Soy products

  • Non-fermented tofu, soy milk, edamame

  • Helps to reduce DHT

  • Light alcohol consumption

  • Hormonal Balancing

  • Achieve optimal testosterone levels

  • Talk to your Navigator about safe and bio-identical hormone replacement

  • Reduce elevated DHT levels that are associated with BPH and cancer

  • Reduce excess estrogen

  • Decrease conversion of testosterone by losing weight, changing your diet and possible herbal therapy

  • Supplements – this is an incomplete list just to get you started

  • Amino acids glycine, alanine and glutamic acid

  • Kelp has iodine and minerals

  • Saw palmetto shrinks prostate and lowers PSA levels by blocking testosterone to DHT

  • Stinging nettle is high in Vitamin C and nutrients

  • Chrysin

  • Milk thistle

  • Pygeum helps with urinary support and reduces prostate enlargement

  • Green tea extract reduces risk of cancer

  • Beta-Sitosterol – a phytosterol found in most plants and vegetables

  • Omega-3 fatty acids

  • Zinc is a major mineral in the prostate

  • Vitamins – a good multivitamin should contain most of these, but may need to be supplemented if you have prostate problems so that you have optimal therapy

  • Vitamin C 1-3 grams daily

  • Vitamin D3 1,000 to 3,000 IU daily

  • Vitamin E 400-800 IU daily of mixed types

  • Therapies are aimed at improving the health of the surrounding tissues including the colon, increasing blood and lymph circulation in the prostate gland, and exercising the gland and muscles within it!

  • Rectal massage and prostate massage

  • Releases muscle tension and improves blood flow and lymph drainage

  • Reducing cholesterol to normal levels

  • Accumulate in the prostate and associated with cancer

  • Colon cleansing

  • Fasting

  • Chelation therapies

  • Salt water ingestion enemas

  • Bentonite to remove plaque from the walls of the intestines and colon

  • Balancing tissue pH levels

  • Estimated that over 90% of Americans have acidic tissues that lead to disease and cancers

  • Emotional healing

  • Removes harmful stress within the prostate by opening up the healthy flow of energy thru the 2nd Chakra

  • Opens up constrictions with tension held due to sexual or emotional issues

  • Homeopathy

  • Supports the pancreas which has control over the function and health of the prostate

  • Sexual activity

  • Flushes the prostate

  • Strengthens the prostatic muscle tissue

  • Releases pent up energy

  • Creates healthy bonds between partners

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