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Working and almost finishing Part 3 of the prostate, this came to my attention and thought it good to share it with you.

SCIENTISTS DISCOVER LINK BETWEEN PROSTATE CANCER AND VITAMIN A

“A recent study published in the journal Nucleic Acids Research (Sept. 4 2012) has revealed that scientists, led my professor Norman Maitland from the University of York, have discovered a connection between vitamin A and prostate cancer.  His research has found a particular prostate cancer gene that is under the control of retinoic acid, a form of vitamin A”. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/249907.php 

Don’t panic…this is a relatively new report and there doesn’t seem to be a lot of information about it….I’m sure in the near future we’re going to definitely hear a lot more. 

 “Vitamin A is a fat-soluble compound [antioxidant], requiring fats and minerals for proper assimilation. Vitamin A consists of three biologically active molecules: retinol, retinal and retinoic acid. There are two forms of vitamin A, preformed vitamin A, (also called retinol and found in foods of animal origin) and provitamin A (derived from carotene, a pigment found in dark green, yellow and orange vegetables and fruits).  Beta-carotene is converted to usable vitamin A through the use of a hormone called thyroxine, produced by the thyroid gland…..when the diet lacks adequate vitamin A the body utilizes stores from the liver”. Barbara Bouyet

“Retinoic acid is a nutrient you need in small amounts for cell development and growth.”  http://www.livestrong.com/article/316999-sources-of-retinoic-acid/?utm_source=livestrong_opar&utm_medium=1

This very informative site and related topics, will help you to understand what retinoic acid is and its importance in the maintenance of our health. Retinol is also used in creams and gels for acne, skin-related problems and to reduce the look of wrinkles. 

Vitamin A, an antioxidant, protects the body against infection and offers us a greater immunity to overcomes diseases, inflammation and illness.  It is essential in the utilization of all vitamins and minerals, especially calcium and phosphorous.  Vitamin A is important for the health of your eyes.  Carotene is probably one of the best foods that is converted by the body, into vitamin A.  It usually takes about 6-7 hours for it to be absorbed and converted to Vitamin A.  A deficiency of vitamin A can cause eye problems (ie., night blindness, corneal ulcers), skin problems, fatigue, teeth and gum disorders, loss of appetite, reproductive problems and more….when in excess can cause nerve damage, bone and joint pain, headaches and in some cases birth defects.  

If you are consuming a number of different food groups and various colors of fruits and vegetables, then you’re getting enough natural vitamin A in your diet without the need of a supplement.  

Natural sources of vitamin A, dandelion greens, carrots, apricots, peach, cantaloupe, kale, collard, sweet potato, squash, parsley, spinach, lettuce, papaya, prune, pumpkin/pumpkin seeds, peach, asparagus, tomato, watermelon, green beans, okra, brussel sprouts, tangerine, soya bean, avocado, cucumber, celery, pistachio nuts, pecans, currants, blueberries, rasberries,  black currant, grapes, cashew nuts, rhubarb, apple, strawberries, figs, grapefruit and the list goes on!

Liver and fish also contain high levels of vitamin A – wild caught fish contains more of the omega oil 3 fats, protein, vitamins and minerals – farmed fish float lazily around a pool and are mostly grain-fed and lacking in essential anti-inflammatory omega 3s.  Our bodies are unable to produce essential fatty acids….we need these EFAs to help the body repair itself and create new cells.

Postives and negatives of eating fish http://www.livestrong.com/article/477156-vitamin-a-in-fish-and-seafood/

Warning:  If you are diabetic or have **thyroid problems—you may not be able to convert beta-carotene to vitamin A.  Apparently the hormone thyroxine, produced by the thyroid is needed to convert beta-carotene to vitamin A.   Could this cause a higher incidence of prostate cancer?  

**Your thyroid gland is like the gas pedal to your metabolism.  Similar to the adrenals, it produces and releases more of its hormones during times of stress.  If you’ve been under a lot of stress lately and find yourself exhausted to the point of feeling achy and depressed, you should get your thyroid checked.  Without enough thyroxine, the thyroid has trouble absorbing iodine—this protects you from various types of radiation—known to cause cancer.  Impotence can also be caused by an iodine deficiency, as well as irregular heart beat, hardening of the arteries, rapid pulse, nervousness, irritability, dry hair, obesity and even poor concentration. 

“Worldwide, the number one cause of hypothyroidism is low iodine in the diet.  Iodine is essential for the thyroid to produce hormone, as is tyrosine, a common amino acid that is broken down from protein but can also be manufactured by the body.  Because both tyrosine and iodine are in fair abundance in most American diets, the common problem of low thyroid is most likely related to our compromised immune systems.” Nisha Jackson Ph.D.

Vitamin A health newsletter http://www.alsearsmd.com/it-is-not-vitamin-a-it-is-not-beta-carotene/

Foods high in iodine http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/natural-foods-high-in-iodine.php

Thyroid function and prostate cancer http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17571964

Thyroid hormone and prostate cancer http://www.yourhealthbase.com/database/a136b.htm

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 “BLADDER problems, ANAL problems, VAGINITIES, and PROSTATE, and PENIS problems all come under the same area.  They stem from distorted beliefs about our bodies and the correctness of their functions……

I ask clients with sexual problems to begin to relate to their rectum, penis or vagina with a sense of love and appreciation for their function and their beauty.  If you are beginning to cringe or get irate as you read this, ask yourself why.  Who told you to deny any part of your body?  Certainly not God.  Our sexual organs were created as the most pleasurable part of our body to give pleasure.  To deny this is to create pain and punishment.  Sex is not only okay, it is glorious and wonderful.  It is as normal for us to have sex as it is for us to breathe or eat.” Louise L. Hay YOU CAN HEAL YOUR LIFE 

WHAT IS SEXUALITY ANYWAYS?

We’ve experienced big changes in the way we relate to our sexuality.  We are and haven been in the midst of breaking old rules that have been governing our sexual truth for decades.  We are rejoining and healing old wounds that have told us over and over again that sex equates with sin.  Sex is all about giving and receiving, it’s about emotional energy, money, living space and creativity.  

“In the Bible, sexual intercourse is called having “knowledge’ of another.  We all have a deep desire to be fully known, not just emotionally or mentally, but also physically.  The body rejoices when it feels truly touched, recognized, and celebrated, and it grieves when we condemn it to remain forever unknown or unacknowledged.” Jalaja Bonheim

 In its most ecstatic sense, sexuality is linked to our creativity, co-creativity and empowerment.  It can release energy for projects at work, artistic ventures, sports, decision-making, writing and living creatively.  Sexuality keeps you flexible, fluid and sensitive to your health, you needs, your relationships with other people and your marriage to your Self. Sexuality has to do with our emotions, communication, creativity, the good and the bad, as well as setting boundaries and of love/hate, as well as suffering and of birth and death. 

“The second chakra is about friendliness, creativity, sexuality, and emotions and intuition.  The second chakra governs people’s sense of self-worth, their confidence in their own creativity and their ability to relate to others in an open and friendly way.  It’s influenced by how emotions were expressed or repressed in your family during your childhood.” Joy Gardner ~ COLORS AND CRYSTALS, A journey through the chakras

Sexual energy is where the life-force pours into existence.  When the electrical charge increases, our inner light brightens….sex isn’t just a high-voltage of energy, it is an undeniably, powerful, pleasurable and a healthy way of turning on.   

 

THE SEXUAL GENITAL AREA – SECOND CHAKRA

 In the lower abdominal area, we find the sexual genital area—the ovaries in women and the testes in men.  Both the ovaries and the testes are located in the sacral area or 2nd chakra—the place of emotions and sexuality—in fact your entire sexuality is located in this part of the body.  Your 2nd chakra contains your attitude about sexuality, your sexual attractiveness, what makes you attractive, if you believe money makes you attractive or that success makes you attractive—and—that you have to or need to accomplish something creatively in order to feel good about yourself sexually.  If you really believe this to be true, then you are losing large amounts of power and energy from your abdominal and sexual area—which includes the prostate.  

 “This [sacral] chakra is centered in the sexual organs and lower back region.  While the power inherent in the first chakra is part of a tribal family, or group energy, the energy in the second focuses on your individual ability to manage the power of sexuality, money, influence or control over other people, competition and self-defense…….

This is the “fight or flight” chakra that is another manifestation of your survival instincts.  It is also the center of your body that thrives on creativity and your need to give birth, either literally or figuratively, to creative projects.  But if birth is associated with this chakra, so is literal and figurative abortion.  When creative projects or activities in which you are involved cannot be completed, their premature death represents an energy abortion.  Given this perspective, men as well as women should recognize that they have abortions.  Many of the men I have read who were coping with prostate cancer had their creative projects “aborted” in midstream. Caroline Myss 

In  Part 1 of the Prostate the last paragraph read…..“It is in this part of the body [sexual area/2nd chakra] that we fear losing control and fear of losing our power. These fears could manifest as chronic pain in the lower back and in the pelvic area, arthritic conditions, prostate cancer, impotency and bladder problems. Problems with the prostate can also be associated with financial difficulties or losses and the fear of losing control of our sense of security and independence. There has been a tremendous increase in prostate cancer in the last 30 years, because we have unknowingly, unconsciously, connected the energies of sexuality and power with money.” 

FOR WHOM ARE YOU WORKING FOR?

Prostate Cancer – “Struggle with work and finances. Confusion,
overwhelm, indecisiveness. Feeling undesirable, rejected, ashamed, helpless. Fear of aging and of getting old. Allowing others to dictate your worth. Fear of failure”. THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF YOUR BODY: The Essential Guide to Health and Wellness ~ Inna Sega

“I’ve been spinning my wheels for years– rushing around trying to start businesses, etc, doing everything under the sun to ‘become successful’–only I was using other people’s definition of success, and not my own. I was spending hours upon hours of my day doing things I didn’t really care about, for people I’d rather not even be with, trying to live up to their expectations of me.

Recently, I came to a realization about my own perceptions towards salary and career. Somewhere along the line, I picked up the notion that if you advance too far and get paid too much eventually, you will create problems for yourself.” 

The above quote came directly from a gentleman who is, at the moment, in remission from prostate cancer.  Frank (not his real name) was very open and honest about his relentless and frustrating search for success and security.  “I’ve spent a good part of my life, constantly striving to achieve more and more….I’ve looked for success, influence, money and position in the hopes I’d be  accepted, approved and loved by others.  I can tell you right now, it didn’t work.” 

“Suffering is a natural by-product of a distorted sense of self.  When we identify with portions of our being and with circumstances, people, things and ideas outside us, we are ripe for suffering.  And to the extent our self-image is intimately identified with an object or event (be it an idea, person, or thing), we are more likely to suffer.” THE TWELVE STAGES of HEALING, Donald M. Epstein, D.C. 

Frank, now 59 years old, was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 52.   In 2001 he separated from his wife, who apparently complained ‘he was so busy with his work, he never had time to spend with her.  Confused and deeply hurt, Frank really thought he was doing it all for her, he tried to make amends but the more he approached her, the further she withdrew from him.  Frank left his home guilt-ridden.

“Guilt is the demon of the second chakra because it curtails the free flow of movement, largely by taking the pleasure out of it.  If I feel guilty about what I am doing, I do not fully enjoy it.  I cannot fully sense the experience as one part of me is frozen off, restricting or trying to control what I am doing…….We might say that guilt is the prison guard that keeps the shadow caged, keeping it from coming into the light of consciousness.  As a result, the caged shadow becomes even more insistent and the prison guard must tighten his control.”  EASTERN BODY WESTERN MIND, by Anodea Judith

Guilt has a way of contradicting everything you feel and think. Whenever you suddenly get an exciting thought or idea to do something for you, guilt will rush up and tell you why you can’t do it.  And then, after it’s stopped you from doing what you wanted to do, guilt will rush in again and say ‘why didn’t you do it?!? Guilt always tells you that you should be doing better than you are. It convinces you that you don’t have what it takes to pursue your dreams and that your dreams are inappropriate anyway.  Guilt as mentioned above, is the demon of the 2nd chakra.  It can drain so much energy from your prostate and lower back, that to keep these areas nourished, the body has to look for and steal energy from other cells and tissue.  

“According to Louise Hay in her book, You Can Heal Your Life, prostate problems are likely connected to mental fears that weaken one’s sense of their own masculinity. An enlarged prostate can also be related to “giving up” or sexual pressure and guilt. Prostate cancer, as with all cancers, relates to longstanding resentment, or a dark secret or grief literally eating away at oneself.”  http://www.proliberty.com/observer/20050104.htm 

Frank did everything he could to keep himself from being emotionally hurt again.  He kept himself distracted and busy to avoid getting involved in another relationship.  What he didn’t realize was that a relationship would be the greatest source of emotional healing for him.  The 2nd chakra is one of our most vulnerable areas and the home of some of our deepest fears (loneliness, betrayal, abuse, abandonement….).  The guilt and pain that he was avoiding was exactly what Frank needed to focus on to heal and let go and find in time a loving relationship.   And he did.  Frank met a lovely woman over the internet and they have both lived together for over 5 years and shared their most intimate pasts (good and bad) with each other.   

If you are unhappy with yourself and with what you are doing in life, you will reflect that dissatisfaction to those you care for and love the most. Then you’ll start thinking and believing that the relationship itself is the reason you’re so unhappy. So much true love is lost because people believe they are no longer free when they are in a relationship. In fact, the first thing we seem to do when love enters our lives is to place rules upon it and chains around it. But when two people love and trust each other and remain free and independent individuals, they reflect their personal satisfaction back to each other – and the love thrives. This is also true of relationships with our children, relatives, and friends, and especially with our significant other.

“There is no such thing as a perfect relationship, and the most successful ones are between people who regard themselves as individual, independent entities, rather than someone else’s appendage.”  Sally Brompton

ADDICTIONS AFFECT THE PROSTATE

 Addictions come in many forms, they aren’t just physical….addictions represent desires, attachments, demands, expectations, emotional programming and anything that causes you to live in the past, rather than the here and now.   Addictions disempower you by making you worried, anxious, resentful, uptight, afraid, angry, bored, and any other obsessive thought pattern that prevent you from taking responsibility for your life.

 “Through this energy center (2nd chakra) you are attached to your addictions, regardless of whether they are drugs, work, or other habits.  Having to be first in line or needing to have the last word in a discussion or debate with someone is a form of addiction as surely as alcoholism or overeating.  Addiction is the act of giving away your power to a substance that in turn controls you, a type of second-chakra tug-of-war.” Sacred Contracts, Caroline Myss

 Some addicts are so restless they’re unable to relax and enjoy life. They’ve developed an addiction to needing activity, of needing problems to solve and things to do all day long.  They’ve become so preoccupied with the search for success and security that, without realizing it, they’ve sacrificed their health and their peace of mind.

 “An addiction is the attempt to find fulfillment in something outside of ourselves, as the ability to fill that need from within is lacking.  Addiction may be to food, cigarettes, drugs, alcohol, sex and so on.  Whatever it might be, it is a means of filling the emptiness, the hopelessness, the meaninglessness of life that is like a deep hole inside, demanding satisfaction.  This is an issue of our relationship to ourselves; of resentment and anger at the world for not filling our desires’ of not being able to really love ourselves and to face our inadequacies and aloneness fearlessly.” THE BODYMIND WORKBOOK Deb Shapiro  

How do we heal our addictions?  By being aware of them, by being aware of where our thoughts keep going.  When we discover our thoughts wondering back to the past or forward to the future, we have the choice of bringing our awareness back to the present, to the now, to this very moment.  Living in the moment dissolves your restlessness, your intense likes and dislikes, and your attachments and fears.   Living in the moment is having the courage to live consciously and with awareness. 

“Acceptance means living in reality rather than in ideals, fantasies and projections, and have our wishes and our dreams cloud over our view.  If we accept that we are unhappy, we enter the path that leads us through that happiness and out of it.  If we do not accept and acknowledge what we have to feel grateful for, we cut ourselves off from our joy, from God, or Soul, or the Self, or that aspect of Energy that is the Highest—whichever name we give to it.” SOUL THERAPY by Joy Manne 

INSECURITIES, LOSS OF WORK /OR FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES CAN DIRECTLY AFFECT THE PROSTATE

“Think of the most threatening situation you have felt in the last day or two.  Are you about to lose your job? Is the person for whom you feel the most love paying more attention to someone else other than you? Do you have unpaid bills that you cannot take care of?  Do you have a pain that could be cancer?  Now these problems either have solutions—or they don’t.  Either you can do something here and now about them—or you can’t. If you can do something here and now about them, then do it—even if it’s just a first step.  It saps your energy to be worried or anxious about a problem. Do what you can do—but don’t be addicted to the results or you will create more worry for yourself.  If you can’t do anything about a problem here and now, then why make yourself uncomfortable and drain your energy by worrying it?  It is part of the here and nowness of your life.  That’s what is—here and now.  Worry, anxiety or other unpleasant emotions are absolutely unnecessary—and simply lowers your insight and the effectiveness of your actions.  Ken Keyes, Jr. Handbook to Higher Consciousness.

WORK is an expression of our energy, our bodies, our minds, our hearts, our souls, our creative potential.  It’s no wonder it deserves our attention.

 “Most men have put their entire life into their work.  To cross the line into retirement, become idle, leave one’s job or give up a passion is extremely difficult.  Etienne is employed by the local town hall.  He says to himself:  “It’s not a very prestigious job.” But he is also the conductor of the town band and puts his entire soul into this hobby.  He can’t count the hours he’s spent at parades, concerts, and rehearsals.  He gives all his free time to the band, which has caused some family problems along the way, but the people in his town like him.  Etienne has status.

One day, the mayor and his new team decide to put someone else in charge of the band.  They tell Etienne without beating out the bush, adding, “You’ll always be welcome in the band.”  A few weeks later, Etienne comes to see me because of the lumbago, lower abdominal pain and pain in his left leg.  “I need to go to the toilet all the time—I have to get up several times a night.” A scan reveals benign hypertrophy of the prostate, a logical consequence of the loss he experienced.” UNDERSTANDING THE MESSAGES OF YOUR BODY Jean-Pierre Barral D.O.  

Many of us look outside ourselves for appreciation, encouragement and self-esteem—we look to others to mirror our value back to us, to keep us energized and in top form.  One of the ways we give ourselves and our energy away is in trying to be everything to everybody…one of the most crippling things we can do to ourselves is to let an outside source make us feel useful and loved. 

Many of us have worked for years at the same job and plan to continue until retirement. We’ve put the belief that once we retire, the company will continue paying us a pension—a form of payment for all our years of service. Then without notice, the company you’ve worked for suddenly closes its doors and you’ve lost not only your job but your well-deserved pension.  The trauma of believing this company would take care of you is felt as a form of violation and betrayal.  You’re in your 50’s now and unable to find another job.  

 “So this person had invested his energy was let go at the age of 50 some, couldn’t find another job, the trauma that millions of people are finding themselves in and the consequences that they are feeling violated and betrayed and the trauma is hitting them in the prostate system.  There is a tremendous increase in prostate cancer. Because this is where violations of that level hit.  Why?  Because we have connected the energetics of sexuality, power and money” Caroline Myss

Links

Prostate Cancer my journey http://danielsencier.blogspot.ca/

Prostate Health http://www.peacefulmind.com/prostate.htm 

The Power of the Prostate – Research Project – Barbara Brennan students http://www.barbarabrennan.com/studentsalumni/sample_yr4_projects/E_Stillwell.pdf

Nourishing the Energy Body http://www.tldp.com/issue/175-6/Nourishing%20the%20Energy%20Body.html

 

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Enlarged Prostate and Prostate Cancer – How the Body Works by Susan L. Arieli, M.D.

This is a three-part series on the physical symptoms, metaphysical causes and nutritional treatments regarding the prostate gland and its functions.  Although I tried to keep this section ‘physical’, the dividing line between the workings of the mind and the working of the body is much too thin.  Our active minds can have an incredible impact on our spirit, health, metabolism and endocrine system.    

“Our physical body is where all the other levels—the spiritual, mental and emotional aspects of our being—reside in this life.  Our bodies mirror and express our state of well-being or lack thereof on all the levels.  A block or imbalance on the spiritual, mental or emotional level eventually shows up in the physical body.  So not only is the body constantly communicating its own needs, it is frequently trying to communicate the needs of the other three levels as well.

If we have unmet needs on any level that we are unconscious of or ignoring, eventually our bodies try to let us know about it.  For example, if you are pushing yourself to work so hard that your spiritual and emotional needs are going unmet, your body may get sick as a way of forcing you to slow down and go inside.” THE FOUR LEVELS OF HEALING ~ Shakti Gawain

Our body’s health reflects how much we honor our values and abilities as well as our deepest feelings.  If, for whatever reason we resist change or our true calling, our hormones, affected by every thought, feeling, attitude etc., can change in an instant.  Even negative feedback from others or in the environment can cause the whole endocrine system to go haywire and run amok! 

“All sex hormones, including progesterone, estrogens, androgens, can affect mood, memory, and cognition in complex and interrelated ways.  Receptor sites for these hormones are found throughout the brain and nervous system, and nerve tissue itself has been found to produce them”. Christiane Northrup

Male sex hormones are called androgens and the most important of these is testosterone.  Male hormones take a much more linear approach then the constant ebb and flow of females.  They rise in adolescence, level out at maturity and fall after middle age.  The prostate is the weak link at middle age, also known as andropause, as it reacts to the many stresses and changes man goes through after reaching his fifties.  Hormones form a closely interconnected web where a change in one affects them all.  

“The gonads, located in the male and female sex organs, release the sex hormones testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone.  These hormones influence, among other things, sex drive and secondary sexual characteristics, including the ratio of muscle to body fat.  One of the reasons men tend to gain weight as they age is that their declining testosterone levels allow fat storage to increase, and lean muscle mass to decrease.  This decline of testosterone appears to be reversible, however.  

Sex hormones also have a powerful influence on the mind.  They influence how efficiently we think, how well we remember, how well we perform physical tasks, and how we feel emotionally.” BRAIN LONGEVITY ~ Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D. with Cameron Stauth

HOW THE PROSTATE WORKS

The prostate is a spongy male sex gland shaped similar to the texture of the fruit of a plum and located just under the bladder.  It actually wraps itself like a doughnut around the urethra, which carries urine from the bladder out through the penis.    Through several ducts, the prostate secretes fluid that passes into the urethra to nourish and increase the speed of the sperm.  The prostate actually has muscles that contract, squeezing out fluid that makes up the bulk of semen in the urethra.  

“…the prostate contains a network of internal piping (ducts) and supporting muscle and fibrous cells (stroma).  When ejaculation occurs the muscular stroma contracts like a pumping fist, deploying the seminal fluid out through the penis, along with the sperm it is charged to preserve and defend.  

[I’d like to interject for just a moment and mention that biologically, sperm are manufactured in the testicles, each of which contains a maze of narrow tubes where sperm grow and develop for 8 to 9 weeks.  The sperm then move into a wider, coiled tube (the epididymis) where they spend another two weeks maturing.  Interestingly this tube where sperm mature (epididymis) would be about 20 feet (6 m) long if it was stretched out, but instead the tubes are coiled on top of each testicle, fitting into a space the size of a bean!]

“In young boys, the prostate is miniscule.  It lies dormant until puberty, when, stimulated by a surge of male hormones, the gland grows and begins its lifelong task of churning out seminal fluid (semen). The seminal vesicles  (attached just above the prostate) and Cowper’s glands (along the urethra just below the prostate) also add to the seminal fluid that is released during ejaculation.  Within the prostate, fluid manufacturing occurs in the epithelial cells that line the microscopic glands and ducts.” DR. PETER SCARDINO’S PROSTATE BOOK, Revised Edition by Peter T. Scardino, M.D., Judith Kelmen

PROSTATE GLAND PROBLEMS

The prostate is, as mentioned earlier, very hormone-dependent and reacts very strongly to any imbalance (hormonal or otherwise).  Your brain plays a major role in regulating your hormones and the development of your sperm. It is the hypothalamus and the pituitary that start the process….

If there are problems with the prostate it will directly affect the bladder.  If you’ve found yourself scurrying to the washroom in the middle of the night and during the day at the most inconvenient of times, you could blame your bladder but in all probability, the prostate is the problem. Other symptoms of prostate ailments could include blood in the urine, trouble starting the flow, a weak flow and even when you’re done or think your are, it feels like you’ve still got to go.  

“Men have urinary-tract problems, too—they could be suffering from an enlarged prostrate gland, which presses on the urethra, thus affecting their urine flow or stream.” THE BODY KNOWS…HOW TO STAY YOUNG Caroline Sutherland, Louise Hay

PROSTATE SYMPTOMS

*Some of the most uncomfortable symptoms of a prostate problem are:

1)     An unpleasant feeling in the lower abdomen.

2)     Low back pain

3)     A frequent need to urinate

4)     Difficulties in urinating and emptying the bladder

5)     Difficulties ejaculating

6)     Problems keeping an erection

7)     A decrease in libido (low sex drive)

*See the “great links” below that go into these symptoms in great detail.

PROSTATIC HYPERTHROPHY (BPH)

“The prostate gland grows rapidly during puberty and is essentially fully formed in most men by about the age of twenty five. However, at this stage it does not stop growing as you might imagine but continues growing very slowly throughout the remainder of your life. Later in life however, and typically at some point after the age of about forty-five, hormonal changes which are part of the normal ageing process can result in a slight ‘speeding up’ in the growth of the prostate gland.

As a result, once you pass the age of forty-five you begin to run the risk of your now enlarging prostate beginning to cause a series of problems. For most men sufficient enlargement to cause symptoms does not occur until after the age of sixty and some men will never experience a problem at all. Nevertheless, all men are at risk of developing problems after the age of about forty-five. http://www.disabled-world.com/health/cancer/prostate/prostate-gland.php

The prostate gland is the only organ in men that continues to grow after twenty-five.  This growth can put pressure on and affect the outflow of urine, a condition called benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH).  When the prostate puts too much pressure on the urethra, the muscular walls of the bladder have to work harder to help the body urinate.  The stronger the contractions, the thicker the bladder wall becomes actually decreasing the size of the bladder and the amount of urine it can hold. If the prostate continues to squeeze the urethra, it may cause the bladder to work harder and harder, holding smaller and smaller amounts of urine until working harder and harder will hold smaller and smaller amounts of urine and possibly causing urinary retention. 

“What triggers BPH is not well understood, but aging and testosterone (the predominant male sex hormone) are believed to be the primary influences on its development.  Animal studies suggest that the female sex hormone estrogen (produced in small amounts in men) may also play a role, perhaps when a man’s testosterone production declines and the balance of the two hormones is altered.” PROSTATE DISORDERS H. Ballentine Carter (John Hopkins Health)

Usually an enlarged prostate occurs in half of men over 60 and even more (75%) in men over 70.  Although the enlarged prostate is not cancerous, it can interfere with urination by obstructing the urethral canal, putting pressure on the kidneys, encouraging bladder infections, and creating frequent burning urination and incontinence. 

 “There has also been some research done on the effects of cycling, where there are extended periods of sitting on a hard, narrow bicycle seat. Numbness and pressure on the testicles, prostate and urethra have resulted in prostate problems, impotence or tumors…..the recommendation is that hard bicycle saddles should be avoided, padded cycling shorts should be worn, the saddle should be correctly adjusted—either horizontal or pointing downwards at the front—and men should make sure to get off the saddle regularly.” Zita West

In middle-aged men, sitting on the tailbone in a recliner for hours watching television can affect the prostate enough to make it hard to urinate.  Nearby muscles can also aggravate prostate trouble.  Heavy lifting also affects the prostate by adversely affecting muscles in the area.  

“….although some prostatitis may be caused by Chlamydia or other organisms, most of these cases involve muscle tension.” Dr. Ira Sharlip

Many of our joints, muscles and ligaments are connected to thousands of tiny nerves that flow to different glands and organs.  In particular, the intrapelvic muscles are hidden deep within the floor of the pelvis and not at all that easy to get at.  Pain in this area can affect the genitals, perineum, bladder, urethra, anus, tailbone, and on the upper back of your thighs.  When these muscles have been stressed, they can pull the bones of the sacroiliac joint out of position, resulting in pain in the lower back and groin. (The sacroiliac joints are where the wings of the pelvis—the hip bones—attach to the sacrum, the large bone at the base of the spine. 

“The pelvis is the pivot of the body, aligning the upward movement of the chest and head that is most exposed to the world, and the movement that goes out and down into the feet giving direction and grounding.  It is from here that we go out to meet the world, and it is here that we meet the reaction of the world to us.” Deb Shapiro THE BODY/MIND WORKBOOK

PROSTATITIS

“Chronic prostatitis is one of the most common chronic infections in men of the middle and later years. On examination, the prostate gland feels enlarged, soft, and extremely tender and its surface out-line is irregular. This disease frequently produces no symptoms, but the prostate is believed to harbor infectious microorganisms responsible for some allergic conditions, arthritis, and inflammation of the nerves (neuritis), muscle [soreness] (myositis) and the iris [eye inflammation] (iritis).” SARUP’S DICTIONARY OF ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY, by Poly Mary

Prostatitis is caused by bacteria or hormonal changes, which cause inflammation of the prostate gland.  Bacteria prostatitis can affect men of all ages. It’s usually caused by the spread of infection in the bladder or urethra.  Doctors aren’t quite sure how the infection enters the urinary tract but some suspect an obstruction in the urethra or unprotected anal sex could be the cause. This inflammation can cause urine retention, bladder infection, or kidney infection.  

“Bacteria prostatitis is often an uncomplicated illness, but if an infected prostate clamps down on the urethra and prevents the bladder from completely empyting, the infection can spread to the bladder and cause cystitis.  The symptoms of cystitis and prostatitis are similar—pain and/or burning on urination, urinary urgency and hesitancy with scant urine flow.  With cystitis, however, a urinalysis shows the presence of bacteria.  If left untreated, cystitis can progress to a kidney infection, which is considerably more serious and often requires hospitalization” Dr. Ira Sharlip

Acute prostatitis symptoms can cause pain between the rectum and scrotum, frequent burning urination, fullness of the bladder, fever, chills, back pain and blood in the urine.  Chronic prostatitis symptoms can also cause burning urination, blood in the urine and lower back pain but the symptoms are milder than acute prostatitis.  

Prostate congestion can also be caused when the prostatic fluid (low or no ejaculation) backs up in the prostate causing some calcium deposits almost small little stones in the prostate which can cause inflammation.  There is the possibility that there is some correlation between chronic prostate problems and prostate cancer. 

PROSTATE PROBLEMS = AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE?

“Another theory under investigation is that prostatitis is an auto-immune disorder, in which the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy prostate tissue and promotes inflammation—not unlike the way the immune system targets the joints in rheumatoid arthritis.  In fact, researchers recently found that men with chronic prostatitis had increased levels of the same inflammation-related substances that are elevated in the joint tissue of people with rheumatoid arthritis.” PROSTATE DISORDERS H. Ballentine Carter

When an infection causes inflammation in the body, it can quickly spread through and affect other parts of the body.  Any inflammation is seen as a dangerous predator and puts the immune system on high alert to attack and release white blood cells to protect your physical body.   White blood cells are extremely important in attacking infections and thus begin the process of healing.  But if the inflammation is constant and on-going, the stressed-out immune system will begin to fatigue/burnout losing its purpose and momentum.  Feeling the pressure to make things right it can overextend itself and start attacking things it normally wouldn’t.  

“This immune hypersensitivity can lead to a gut of problems ranging from simple allergies and weight gain to cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, prostate problems, and autoimmune diseases. 

Many of these happen because as the immune stays on higher alert longer than it should, its agents begin to fatigue and make bad decisions, possibly leading to autoimmune disease or not destroying mutated cells, leading to cancer formation with more frequency. This can easily give way to cancer, getting a foothold it won’t relinquish.” REVERSING DIABETES – Don Colbert

PROSTATE CANCER

“The PSA (prostate-specific antigen) blood test, widely used to screen for prostate cancer in men, illustrates another kind of deficiency. It often gives false positives, but even when it does detect cancers, it gives no information about their nature—specifically, how aggressive they are and how likely they are to metastasize. That is really what we need to know, because most older men develop prostate cancer, and in most cases, the risk of spread is low. A man can live to be a ripe old age, enjoy good general health, and die with cancer contained in his prostate. The problem here is that a positive PSA test is often the first step down the road ending in radical prostatectomy, an operation that has many risks and may be completely unnecessary. Until we have a reliable follow-up test that can clearly distinguish aggressive from non-aggressive tumors, I have doubts about the wisdom of using the PSA as a general screening tool, except for those at high risk on the basis of family history and lifestyle.” Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to your Well-being ~ Andrew Weil, M.D.

There is mounting evidence that prostate infections and prostate cancer can follow after prolonged periods of severe stress.  The stress hormones epinephrine, norepinephrine, and cortisol are being looked at as the major players in the progression of prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men over 50 and the second leading killer among cancers in men in North America.  Prostate cancer is rare in men younger than 45 but it can happen, especially to those with a family history of this disease.  It is curable if detected early.  Often this cancer grows silently within the gland without any symptoms until it has spread to the surrounding bone and tissue.  This is why it is so important for men over 50 to get a digital rectal exam that lets the doctor feel for lumps on the prostate and a prostate antigen blood test that detects a protein that seeps out of the prostate when there is a tumor present.  A urine test can point to problems in the prostate too. 

“These prostate problems are to men what breast cancer is to women, as there is a strong relationship of the prostate to the flow of semen and therefore to a man’s sense of personal power, sexuality and fertility.  All these issues become more pertinent as the body ages.  After retirement it is not unusual to find a man feeling worthless and powerless; financial pressures can be worrisome and stressful, and relationships habitual and boring.  If you find it hard to connect to your emotions and have used sex as a means to communicate, you may become even more emotionally isolated at this time. 

An enlarged prostate or prostate cancer is indicative of these issues of expression and worthiness.  The increase in the desire to urinate, even if there is nothing to pass, indicates a difficulty with expressing the inner conflicts and longings. Deb Shapiro YOU BODY SPEAKS YOUR MIND

Animation—testosterone and prostate cancer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zg3j5Ig4dJY

Bacteria, environmental chemicals (e.g., pesticides), tight underwear and diet are other possible physical causes of an enlarged prostate.  A high fat, high sugar, high sodium diet can also affect the prostate, causing an anti-inflammatory response.  High levels of cholesterol not only increase your risk of heart disease it has also been linked to prostate cancer.  As well, body fat in a man or woman is a major producer of a hormone called estrogen.  This hormone can interfere with the action of insulin which can cause excess sugar in the blood, and it has been well documented that cancer is a “sugar feeder”.

TESTOSTERONE

Approximately every ninety minutes a specialized area in the brain (hypothalamus) secretes GnRH (gonadotrophin-releasing hormone).  GnRH signals the pituitary gland, located at the base of the brain, to produce LH (Luteinsizing hormone) and FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone).  The LH tells the testes to secrete the male hormone testosterone.  Testosterone stimulates the sexual desires and develops and maintains male secondary sex characteristics such as hair growth and deep voice.  Together, testosterone and FSH stimulate the testes to produce sperm (spermatogenesis). The body’s ability to make and regulate these hormones is vital for maintaining virility and sperm production.” Textbook of Medical Laboratory Technology ~ Sood

During puberty LH is secreted only at night but as a boy matures later on in adolescence, the LH levels start rising during the day causing secretions of testosterone to be secreted 24 hours a day.  It’s around this time that boys usually go girl-crazy and start to produce sperm. 

Skin changes during puberty occur at this time too and male sex hormones called androgens can stimulate the sebaceous glands in the skin to secrete an oily, waxy substance called sebum. If the glands secrete too much sebum, the skin will react by breaking out in acne or pimples.  

We know now that testosterone is produced by the male testes and is known to give men their maleness:  It makes hair grow on their face and bodies, it makes their voices deepen at puberty and it is instrumental in the production of sperm.  

“Testosterone causes the larynx to enlarge and the vocal cords to increase in length and thickness. These changes cause a boy’s voice to break and become deeper.  At around the same time a beard begins to appear, with a growth of chest, underarm and pubic hair. The amount of body hair also increases over the whole body.  All androgens have what is called an anabolic effect, that is, they raise the rate of protein synthesis and lower the rate at which protein is broken down.  The effect is to increase muscle bulk, especially in the chest and shoulders, and to accelerate growth of the long bones (in the arms and legs), especially during early puberty.  When puberty is finished testosterone stops the growth of the long bones by ossifying the cartilage plates (epiphyses) at the end of the bones.” Encyclopedia of Family Health ~ David B. Jacoby,  R.M. Youngson

But too much testosterone produced in the body can potentially cause reckless behavior, liver damage, acne, cholesterol problems, create tumors in the body and also cause the production of a liver protein that cause clusters of cholesterol to attach in the arterial walls.  And as seen below, testosterone can cause prostate and circulatory problems. 

“According to a Journal of Behavioral Medicine study, men with higher than normal amounts of testosterone were much more likely to engage in risky behaviors. Those slightly above normal levels were 24% more likely to have had an injury, 32% more likely to drink heavily, 35% more likely to have an STD, and 151% more likely to smoke. As the amount of testosterone increased above that point, so did the men’s chances of risky behaviors. Decision making abilities can also be negatively impacted by higher than normal levels of testosterone.

Other symptoms men may face as result of elevated testosterone levels include aggressiveness and mood swings, acne, and testicular shrinkage. It can also cause hair loss and lowered fertility. Too high levels of testosterone maintained over a longer period of time can lead to an enlarged prostate and problems with the circulatory system.” http://blog.americanlongevitycenter.com/tag/high-testosterone/

Low testosterone symptoms – dry and/or thinning skin, heart disease, erectile dysfunction, andropause, loss of morning erection, fatigue, poor tolerance of exercise, lack of exercise, heart palpitations, loss of muscle tone in arms and legs, poor memory or concentration, loss of libido, depression or anxiety, loss of motivation or competitive edge, low self-esteem, difficulty making decisions, headaches or migraines, gaining fat around abdomen, difficulty building or maintaining muscle, loss of bone density or osteoporosis, sleep apnea, use of corticosteroids

Excessive testosterone levels – testicular shrinkage, acne, hair loss, infertility, hardening of the arteries, prostate enlargement, intense mood swings, irritability, aggression, agitation, an overpowering, controlling personality.   

“The relationship between testosterone and prostate cancer isn’t as clear as we would like it to be.  It is true, however, that patients with existing prostate cancer should not receive testosterone replacement therapy, as it could make matters worse.  Scientists are beginning to consider the possibility that estrogen plays a role in the hormonal regulation of the prostate.  If that proves true, there could a connection between prostate cancer and high dietary and environmental estrogen levels.”  THE PROSTATE HEALTH PROGRAM – Daniel Nixen, Max Gemex, The Reference Works  

ESTROGEN AND XENOESTROGENS

In men, the testicles produce testosterone and very small quantities of estrogen.  Unfortunately estrogen-like substances in hormone-fed meats and poultry, plastic bottles, detergents and petroleum-like chemicals, are creating toxins in the body.  Our bodies were not designed to cope with and be exposed to these hazardous substances.  These estrogen-like substances are interfering with the absorption, metabolism and transportation of nutrients in the body. Xenoestrogens are known as potent carcinogens and are causing many health problems to erupt, especially prostrate problems.  

Scientists and other medical media have emphasized the dangers of these estrogens and their relation to low sperms counts as well as prostate and breast cancer in men.  Men, like women have a tendency to gain weight and as they age these xenoestrogens are known to attach themselves to the fatty tissues of the body causing an array of hormonal problems. The reason being, we are unable to excrete them and so they are accumulating in our bodies, disrupting enzyme function and throwing our bio-chemistry out of balance.    

As well, too much estrogen can produce an excessive amount of serotonin, raising stress levels and sugar levels in the blood and depleting an important hormone created from the pineal gland known as melatonin.    

(Part III of this series goes into depth about the benefits of melatonin and its ability to strengthen the immune system and inhibit prostate cancer.) 

ANDROPAUSE

Andropause, is another of saying ‘male menopause’.  And similar to menopause in women, it’s a turning point in a man’s life. It’s literally where we take ourselves apart and put ourselves together again…but in a different way.

“Personality changes which take place in middle age generally involve what are known in psychology as ‘cross-sex issues.  This means that men start exploring qualities in themselves which are traditionally associated with ‘feminine’ urges’ and women turn to spheres and issues which are more conventionally classed under ‘masculine’ drives.  Exactly what this entails is worth exploring in a little more detail.” Howard Sasportas

Physically andropause is a term used when a man’s production of testosterone begins to fall and his sexual urges diminish.  It’s a time when his muscles start losing their mass, skin starts to lose its tightness, and crows-feet may start appearing.  In some men, it may feel like their power is draining away and they may try to regain their youth by being overly active and seductive to remain young. This is their way of reassuring themselves their still in the race.  

Retirement is supposed to be a time of doing what we want rather than what we think or what others think we should be doing.  It’s not a time of being obsessed with the past, or mourning over lost opportunities.   

STRESS

Stress is more prevalent today than it has ever been before.  Some stress is good, because it helps us to grow and motivates us to keep moving forward.  In fact, every action or reaction we experience comes from stress.  But too much stress can impair every cell, tissue and organ in your body—it can affect your sexual expression and stifle your creativity.  Stress can affect normal everyday mental processes, causing either an overactive or inactive mind.  Your outer behavior may express these by overdoing or underdoing things—creating clutter in your life—or by avoiding situations or becoming too aggressive.  Mental stress can increase muscular tension, leading to stiffness, clumsiness and aching limbs and joints.  It can cause inflammation in the body, emotional breakdowns, depression and illness.   

Stresses that impact the prostate are related to middle-age fears and insecurities, relationship crisis, competitiveness, jealousy—and of course the ‘old age’ concept. It’s a time when you may lose confidence in yourself or feel that somehow you have failed.  Prostate problems can arise from, giving up, nailing the lid on the coffin so-to-speak and resigning into the mode ‘I’ll just make do’. 

Competition and jealousy can lead to fear and insecurity, which in turn adds more stress as you feel pressured to work more efficiently at a job your spirit just doesn’t feel invested in.  OR you may be an addictive workaholic—which means you need the constant roar of adrenaline and cortisol racing through your bloodstream.  But if that project stops or suddenly ends, you’re faced with exhaustion, depression and a sense it was all a worthless production.  

“Men’s Prostrate problems have a lot to do with self-worth and also believing that as he gets older he becomes less of a man. IMPOTENCE adds fear and is sometimes even related to spite against a previous mate”.  YOU CAN HEAL YOUR LIFE ~ Louise Hay

It is in this part of the body that we fear losing control and fear of losing our power.  These fears could manifest as chronic pain in the lower back and in the pelvic area, arthritic conditions, prostate cancer, impotency and bladder problems.  Problems with the prostate can also be associated with financial difficulties or losses and the fear of losing control of our sense of security and independence.  There has been a tremendous increase in prostate cancer in the last 20 years, because we have unknowingly, unconsciously, connected the energies of sexuality and power with money. 

Join me in Part II of this series, where we really dive into the psychological and metaphysical causes of prostate ailments. 

to be continued….

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Great links

Low back pain http://www.ehow.com/how-does_5514576_back-pain-caused-prostate.html

Ejaculation frequency http://cure-erectile-dysfunction.org/ejaculation-frequency

Histamine and sexual exhaustion http://cure-erectile-dysfunction.org/histamine-and-sexual-exhaustion%20

Antidepressants and sexual function http://cure-erectile-dysfunction.org/antidepressants-and-sexual-function

Premature ejaculation http://cure-erectile-dysfunction.org/premature-ejaculation%20

High levels of testosterone  http://blog.americanlongevitycenter.com/tag/high-testosterone/

Animation – Testosterone and prostate cancer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zg3j5Ig4dJY

Andropause http://www.mastersmensclinic.com/male_sexual_function.htm

http://www.prostateaction.org.uk/prostate-information/understanding-prostate-gland

Candida http://www.yeastinfectionadvisor.com/yeastinfectiontreatment.html

http://www.herbalextractsplus.com/

http://www.disabled-world.com/health/cancer/prostate/prostate-gland.php

http://www.menstuff.org/issues/byissue/semen.html

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