While BPH can be asymptomatic, when symptoms occur, they range from bothersome to life-threatening. LUTS (lower urinary tract symptoms) are produced when the prostate, which encircles the urethra, begins squeezing it, interfering with urinary function. Symptoms can include a weak, interrupted urine stream; a sense of incomplete bladder emptying; dribbling; difficulty starting or stopping urination; frequent urination, especially at night; a painful, burning sensation during urination; and sudden urgent needs to urinate. Damage to the urethral lining encourages urinary tract infections.
BPH sometimes gets progressively worse, causing bladder stones, incontinence, pain during intercourse, impotence and even life-threatening conditions such as complete blockage of urine flow or irreversible bladder or kidney damage.
Although modern medicine hasn’t determined what causes BPH, hormonal shifts at “andropause” are believed to be involved.
At Beyond Health, we don’t believe in inevitable or irreversible disease. We believe all disease has two causes: deficiency and toxicity, and if you correct the cause, healing occurs.
Renowned alternative physician Jonathan V. Wright considers BPH primarily a nutritional deficiency disease. He has successfully treated men with LUTS within 2-3 months using large amounts of zinc (60-90 mg balanced with 6 mg of copper daily) and the fatty acid GLA (600-900 mg daily). After maximum effects are achieved, usually in 4-6 months, he tapers these amounts down.
The prostate uses more zinc than any other organ or gland in the body, yet zinc deficiencies are common, especially in older folk. As we age, we absorb less, and almost half our elderly population is deficient. Modern soils are zinc deficient, and cooking and processing further decrease what we get from food. Zinc needs Vitamin B6 to convert to a form that is readily absorbed by the prostate; yet B6 deficiencies are also common.
An unfavorable ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids (too little omega-3 and too much omega-6) is also implicated in BPH and prostate cancer. (Omega-3s are high in fish and flax seed oils; omega-6s in vegetable oils and meat.
Address deficiencies with a healthy diet and a high-quality basic supplement program, like one of Beyond Health’s Wellness Kits. (Kit#4 if you already have a chronic disease.)
Another prominent alternative physician, Dr. John R. Lee, suggested that toxicity is at the heart of BPH and other prostate disease, specifically environmental xenoestrogens—estrogen-mimicking chemicals found in pesticides, plastics and elsewhere. As men age, their estrogen levels increase naturally. These copycat estrogen increase the estrogen load, leading to hormone imbalance and disease, including BPH.
Minimize xenoestrogens by eating organic and storing food in glass rather than plastic containers, and eat plenty of fiber, which helps the body eliminate excess estrogen. Lose excess body fat—it’s a source of more estrogen. Dr. Lee also found topical progesterone cream helpful in patients with LUTS and prostate cancer.
More recently, BPH has been linked with insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome. Weight loss, exercise, and moderate carbohydrate diets can help here, as well as herbal formulas like Beyond Health’s Glucose Control.
Finally, Beyond Health’s new and improved Prostate Support product can make a critical difference.
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