I hope you’ve found this series focused on the prostate illuminating and useful. This has included:
• Herbs for Men’s Prostate
• DHT’s Role in Prostate Issues, Hair Loss and Acne
• If I were to be Diagnosed with Cancer
• The Great Prostate Hoax (PSA Screening)
• Beware Prostate Cancer Diagnosis
• Sexual Activity and Prostate Cancer
• The Corrupt Prostate Industry
• Customers Results with Prostate Cancer, BPH and More
• Post-Finasteride Syndrome
There’s been lots of focus on the problems surrounding the prostate-medical complex, and how reductive science and perverse financial incentives led us down this path. Sadly, this causes more misery than it cures.
There’s also been a fair amount regarding alternatives. And in this wrap up I want to share a bit more of the big picture on that, with a few more comments from customers.
“One of the challenges is that if one is doing watch & wait (active surveillance), then they really do not want you to increase your testosterone, as it may feed the cancer. If one has surgery, then PSA should be zero and then the herbal approach could make sense.”
– John V.
Please make sure you read the previous articles. While active surveillance is better than going straight under the knife, that testosterone or DHT is bad for the prostate, while there certainly is a role they play, is easily falsifiable. If this truly were the case, then 20 year old men (when testosterone levels are highest) would suffer BPH or prostate cancer. That is literally never the case!
Estrogen is more implicated, older guys typically losing testosterone and increasing in estrogen. And, in my opinion, chemical toxicity from xeno-estrogens and the like are probably playing one of the bigger roles. Some of the literature backs this up…
“BPA is known for many negative effects on the human body; for instance it acts as an xenoestrogen and influences fertility and gestation and might also have carcinogenic effects, causing breast and prostate cancer.” (study)
“The global rise in antiperspirant use parallels rises in breast and prostate cancer incidence and mortality rates.” (study)
Of course, we couldn’t possibly stop using chemicals so lets blame a natural hormone you need to be and feel healthy instead. Yep, our world has some things backwards.
Onto the next comment…
“I am a 77 yo white man with BPH considering PAE (prostatectomy artery embolism).”
Now, with everything I’ve said in the previous articles it may sound like I’m saying to never do such a thing. Of course, I’m not a doctor so I’m not recommending one treatment over another or to not get treatment. That’s not my place.
Without more details I can’t give any advice for John’s particular case.
But I will state my philosophical opinion. Surgeries should always be seen as a last resort.
Yet to surgeons, who get paid to do cut, it is often the first recommendation. When you’ve got a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
Your choices really depends on how bad the BPH is. In some cases, surgery may be useful. But have you exhausted other options first?
Have you tried all the herbs that may help with BPH? Have you tightened up your nutrition? Have you tried other less invasive healing modalities first?
If you’ve tried all these things, and the symptoms of BPH are horrible, then the surgery is worth considering.
If you haven’t tried all the other things, and the symptoms aren’t that urgent, then I would certainly look into some second opinions (and from non-surgeons). There are many more possibilities than most people think.
This isn’t the case just in prostate surgery. This is my stance on surgery in general. Too many people are too quick to go under the knife. Because this is so invasive, a calm and considered is the way to approach it unless it is an emergency.
“I would like to know more about testosterone after radical prostatectomy. I’m 71 and I had radical prostatectomy 15 years ago. I was put on an anti androgen drug before surgery which lowered my testosterone to “0”. I’ve been talking supplements to raise my testosterone for the last 5 years, and am using your pine pollen tincture for 9 months or so. Last month my testosterone score was 825, that’s good but don’t seem to have any more get up and go. I fear that testosterone is converting to estrogen just by the way my body feels and looks. I also have fibromyalgia which takes a lot of energy from me which might have an influence on testosterone and estrogen balance and usage. Any information would be greatly appreciated.”
This speaks to the fact that testosterone is not the end-all be-all that many think it is. Human biology is complex.
Many men would kill for a total testosterone of 825…but in Dana’s case it is insufficient for feeling good. What that means is that testosterone itself is not the issue.
This may be because of aromatase converting it into estrogen. That is one possibility. And there are several others.
In this way I would encourage the experimenting with other herbs and supplements. DIM/I3C can be useful for lowering aromatase. Nettle Root and Tongkat Ali both do that as well, along with many other areas they work on.
And herbs and supplements may not give you everything you need. You’ll also need to take a look at many other lifestyle factors. How’s your sleep? How’s your diet and nutrition overall? What’s your purpose in life?
Fibromyalgia being a complex disease have you looked deeply in correcting this? The mitochondria, the powerhouses of the cells, have a lot to do with this disease. And energy, your get up and go, will certainly be affected.
I haven’t looked too deeply into this, but I have seen some interviews with Dr. Terry Wahls who says she cured her fibromyalgia, so that’s a good place to start looking for more.
And this speaks to the bigger picture to wrap up with. As I’ve said a few times throughout this series, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Whether treating or preventing the solution is often the same. Get healthier! This requires a holistic approach.
Health does not come from a pill and certainly not from a knife or a syringe.
The “American way” is these quick fixes. And we’ve been sold that bill of goods for decades now which is why our health is so poor. It is not working.
The true solution is not as easy nor as quick, but it comes with many side benefits instead of side effects.
The healthier you are throughout your life the less likely prostate problems are to come up.
For specific problems you can dial in your healthy living to some specifics.
Like I said in my book, Upgrade Your Testosterone, it is a healthy living plan, which allows your natural healthy testosterone to express itself. There is a focus on that, but it is still an overall healthy living plan at is base. Focusing on the prostate is much the same, obviously having some overlap with the hormones involved too.
Being healthy boils down to a few different things:
- Sleep well
- Eat real food, supplemented with herbs and more as most all diets are deficient
- Breathe deeply
- Quality hydration
- Cultivate your microbiome
- Move frequently in many ways
- Get nature in the form of sunlight, grounding, etc
- Have good social connections
- Have purpose in your life
- Reduce toxic exposure as much as possible
Most of these are covered in much more detail inside of Powered By Nature.
If you do these things well, literally that is 90% of health. So many health issues would disappear from concern with these steps done well.
This doesn’t mean there will never be health issues. Part of being healthy is recognizing and accepting our mortality. Something has to take each of us out. But there is plenty you can do for your lifespan and healthspan along the way.