natural cures for prostate cancer

  1. Sleep disorder boosts prostate risk

    Insomnia can lead to deadly prostate tumors

    Men, if you're suffering from a sleep disorder link  insomnia, that last thing you need is more missed sleep -- so try not to let this keep you up at night: Poor sleep can double your risk of prostate cancer, according to new research out of Iceland.

    The more trouble you have sleeping, the higher your risk, according to the study of 2,102 men. And while that's already bad news, this one gets even worse -- because men who have a sleep disorders don't just have a higher risk of prostate cancer.

    They have a higher risk of advanced prostate cancer, according to the study in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

    As you may know, many cases of prostate cancer are treatable without drugs or surgery, and often with no treatment at all beyond "watchful waiting."

    But the advanced prostate cancers uncovered in the new study are the ones that can hurt you or worse. They're the cancers that kill more than 28,000 men per year in the United States alone.

    The study itself doesn't show why having a sleep disorder insomnia can increase the risk of prostate cancer, only that there's a link. But we know that poor sleep can disrupt the body's production of melatonin, the "sleep hormone" that can fight aging, boost the immune system, and keep disease at bay.

    More specifically, melatonin is also known to protect against cancer -- including prostate cancer in men, breast cancer in women, and other cancers in men and women alike.

    Insomnia is one way to fall short -- but it's not the only way. Other poor sleep habits can also disrupt melatonin production, and that includes shift work, which forces you to reverse the body's circadian rhythm and sleep during the day instead of the night.

    And once again, there's a link to cancer -- one so consistent that shift work is actually listed as a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization.

    (To find out more about how shift work can raise your cancer risk click here.)

    Melatonin supplements can often help ease a sleep disorder, especially over the short term. However, it is not necessarily a cure so much as a fix (and it won't do much for shift work -- that would require a new job, or at least new hours).

    There's no single answer for sleep problems because there's no single cause -- but a holistic doctor can help find the cause and correct it naturally, without resorting to dangerous sleep medications.

    I'm not done with sleep problems just yet. For more on a major sleep issue affecting millions of Americans every night, keep reading.

  2. Selenium benefits can stop prostate cancer

    Natural protection against the worst prostate tumors

    Let's face facts here: The current mainstream approach to prostate cancer has been an unmitigated disaster -- a failure of epic proportions that's left men battling urinary problems, sexual dysfunction, and more.

    And it's not because of the disease.

    It's because of the treatments -- or, more specifically, over-treatment, as men are routinely given harmful drugs instead of minerals with selenium benefits and put through risky surgeries to "treat" prostate tumors that likely never would have hurt them.

    So the real key to beating this cancer isn't in going after all those harmless tumors. It's in preventing the ones that really can hurt or kill you -- the aggressive tumors that lead to stage III and IV cancers.

    Don't look for a drug to help you here. It doesn't exist. But there's one nutrient that can do the job -- a simple mineral that might even be in your multivitamin right now.

    It's a proven cancer-beater called selenium, and new research of selenium benefits confirms that it's especially powerful when it comes to protecting you from aggressive prostate tumors.

    Selenium benefits can actually slash your risk of potentially deadly stage III and IV prostate tumors by as much as 63 percent, according to the study of more than 2,000 men.

    Now, I tell you all the time about the importance of getting as many nutrients as you can from food -- and in most cases, that should definitely be your goal.

    But when it comes to selenium benefits, it's not always possible or practical.

    The selenium content of food depends on the selenium content of the soil in which it's grown. And since the selenium content of soil can vary dramatically from region to region, there's no consistent way to make sure your food has what you need.

    And that's where your multivitamin comes in.

    So go ahead and check the label of your multi right now. If it contains selenium (ideally in the form of seleno-methionine), you're probably already getting what you need.

    If not, find one that does -- but whatever you do, don't stock up on selenium supplements unless your doctor tells you to. It's a trace mineral, so you only need very small amounts of it -- and it's possible to get too much.

    Ready to learn more? I'll have the full story on selenium benefits -- including how much you really need -- in the July issue of my Health Revelations newsletter. If you're not a subscriber, sign up today and you'll be one of the first to get it.

    I'm not done with men's health yet. Keep reading for the hormonal secret to avoiding arthritis.

    But before I go...

    Testosterone can keep your joints strong

    When most men think of testosterone, the first thing that comes to mind is sexual health.

    But the "manly hormone" is responsible for so much more than just giving you a boost in the bedroom. You need it for mood, memory, muscle, energy levels, heart health, and more.

    And now, new research confirms it's positively critical to joint health.

    Low levels of testosterone can dramatically increase your risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. It's such a reliable warning sign that new research shows a full three out of four men with the condition had low testosterone levels before their diagnosis.

    And not just right before the diagnosis, either. The study finds that hormone levels drop an average of 13 years before the rheumatoid itself kicks in.

    That's actually good news, because it means you have plenty of time to take action to delay or even prevent the onset of this painful, debilitating, and at times crippling joint condition.

    Start by limiting the other well-known risk factors for rheumatoid arthritis. If you smoke, it's time to quit. If you've put on some pounds over the years, it's time to finally re-start that diet. And if you've been battling stress, get it under control.

    In addition, look into food allergies and other conditions that can cause or worsen rheumatoid even if you're not showing the signs of the condition yet.

    But most importantly, have your hormone levels tested -- because if you're in your middle ages or older, odds are your own testosterone levels are starting to sink.

    (Low testosterone doesn't only affect your joints. Low levels of this critical hormone can aggravate some of the most trying symptoms of auto-immune diseases like multiple sclerosis. To read the full story click here.)

    This is nothing to be embarrassed about; it's basic biology. As we age, our bodies decrease testosterone production -- ironically, just when we start to need those hormones more than ever.

    A holistic physician can run some tests to determine your own hormone levels. More importantly, he can also help you to raise those levels naturally if necessary.

    If you're in the Southern California area, I run the most comprehensive hormone testing and natural replacement programs around, for men and women alike. Contact my clinic for more information or to make an appointment.

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