Prostate Health

  1. Tomatoes can prevent prostate cancer

    How tomatoes fight cancer

    An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but a tomato has a few tricks of its own packed under that bright, red skin.

    And gents, here's a reason to make sure you're eating tomatoes regularly: 10 servings a week will cut your risk of prostate cancer by 18 percent, according to the latest research.

    Tomatoes are loaded with lycopene, a potent antioxidant that can protect your DNA and fight cellular damage -- including the type of damage that leads to cancer.

    You'll also find lycopene in other reddish fruits and vegetables, including watermelon, guava and papaya -- and while these fruits are great, they're hard (and sometimes expensive) to eat daily.

    Tomatoes, on the other hand, are a quick and tasty addition to any meal and in most places are available all year around.

    But don't stop with tomatoes

    Make those juicy red beauties part of a delicious daily salad, because the study of some 20,000 British men between the ages of 50 and 69 finds that eating more vegetables will bring your cancer risk down even further.

    Eat five servings of fresh produce a day, for example, and your risk of prostate cancer risk drops by 24 percent when compared to men who eat less than 2.5 servings a day.

    The study also confirms that the trace mineral selenium and calcium can also help reduce the risk of prostate cancer -- and men who have optimal intakes of lycopene, selenium and calcium have the lowest cancer risk of all.

    You can get lycopene and calcium from a good and varied diet. Selenium is a little tougher since it depends not only on the types of food you eat, but also the soil conditions in which it's grown.

    A quality men's multivitamin will usually contain just the right amount.

    And if you're looking for a more personal approach to avoiding prostate cancer and other men's health conditions, make an appointment to see me at my clinic in the San Diego area.

    Not in the area? I can also come up with a plan that's right for you over the phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to set up a consultation.

  2. Doctors push needless treatments for prostate tumors

    Why you can’t always trust a doctor with your prostate

    Men, the conflicts begin the very moment you hear the words “you've got prostate cancer.”

    Once you've been diagnosed, nearly everyone you speak to in mainstream medicine has a vested interest in something other than what’s best for you.

    It’s in what’s best for their wallets -- and it starts with the urologist who makes that diagnosis.

    New research finds that 80 percent of men with the low-risk tumors that, by definition, almost never need treatment are getting treated anyway on the recommendations of urologists.

    Not at all surprisingly, these are the same docs who do the treatments -- and, wouldn't you know it, they almost always recommend the treatment they specialize in.

    Urologists who do surgery will recommend surgery, and urologists who specialize in radiation therapy are likely to recommend radiation -- and some of them recommend treatment for up to 98 percent of their patients with low-risk prostate tumors, according to the study.

    It’s outrageous, because while these low-risk tumors will almost never hurt you, the procedures sure will.

    Many men battle incontinence, impotence or both. And for too many, that damage is lasting or even permanent.

    That’s why scientists have been urging doctors to recommend “watchful waiting” instead.

    It’s a common-sense approach in which treatment is skipped in favor of regular examinations. If the tumor starts to grow, then you can start to talk about treatment options.

    In most cases, it’s a conversation you’ll never have to have, as the tumors grow so slowly that you’ll die of old age long before they ever turn harmful.

    But urologists aren't recommending “watchful waiting” at least 80 percent of the time despite its proven success rate.

    It’s a sad day when you can’t trust a doctor, but the numbers don’t lie -- so if you’re diagnosed with any type of cancer, always get a second and even a third opinion to help you make a more informed decision.

    Make sure one of those opinions is from a holistic medical doctor skilled in natural cancer treatments. If you choose watchful waiting, a holistic MD can recommend dietary changes and supplements proven to ensure that a low-risk tumor remains low-risk.

    And if you have one of the rare prostate tumors that need surgery, he can help limit the damage.

    For complete natural cancer care in the Southern California area, make an appointment to see me at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

    Not in the area? I’m also available by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

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