Schedule a prostate exam
The prostate a walnut size gland encircling the male urethra.
The prostate produces prostatic fluid, contributes to most of the males ejaculate and transports and nourishes sperm. According to the American Cancer Society prostate cancer is the second leading cause of death due to cancer among men.
For some, the disease may not create noticeable symptoms until the advance stages of cancer. Some may notice symptoms such as; blood in the urine, a consistent lower back pain, a burning sensation during urination, frequent urination, the
inability to urinate, a decrease in urine flow, or pain in the pelvic or supra pubic area. The American Cancer society recommends having an annual prostate exam starting at age forty. The blood test used for the screening of prostate cancer is called PSA(prostate-specific antigen). This test may also determine that you suffer from an enlarged prostate(BPH, benign prostatic hyperplasia) and not cancer.
To lower the risk of developing prostate cancer, avoid the intake of alcoholic beverages, coffee and other caffeinated drinks, junk foods, the use of excessive salt and sugar, white bleached flour, saturated fats and an excessive consumption of foods grown with pesticides. Also limit your
intake of dairy products and meat. Consume whole foods whenever possible. Foods that are important for the prevention of prostate cancer are; organic fruits and vegetables, organic whole grains, raw nuts and seeds; cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts,
cabbage and cauliflower; freshly made fruit and vegetable juices; foods high in zinc such as spinach, seafood, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and mushrooms; sources of omega
3 fatty acids such as herring, sardines, salmon and mackerel; eight ounces of distilled or alkaline water 4 to 8 times daily.
Treat your prostate as if it were your heart by utilizing basic organic living principles. Exercise at least 30 minutes four to five days per week along with a low fat diet rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber.
References: Balch, Phyllis A., CNC and Balch, James F., MD, Prescription for Nutritional Healing. New York, New York: Penguin Putnam Inc., 2000. Pitchford, Paul, Healing with Whole Foods. Berkeley, California: North Atlantic Books, 2002.