Prostate (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia)
The prostate is one of the male sex glands and is located just below the bladder. The prostate gland is about the size and shape of a walnut. This gland produces a milky fluid (seminal fluid) that helps to protect and transport sperm and ensure fertility. It also helps to control the flow of urine. It surrounds the bladder outlet (urethra) like a doughnut. The urethra is the tube through which urine passes. Because the prostate gland expands as it's cells grow, it enlarges and often presses on the urethra. Urination problems may be a symptom of an enlarged prostate.
The prostate is composed of glandular and muscular tissue. It is common for the prostate gland to become enlarged as a man ages. With increasing age these tissues continue to grow, resulting in enlargement of the prostate. Doctors call the condition benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or benign prostatic hypertrophy. While the causes of BPH are not well understood, they appear to be related to age-dependent changes in hormone levels and tissue proliferation.
As a man matures, the prostate goes through two main periods of growth. The first occurs early in puberty, when the prostate doubles in size. At around age 25, the gland begins to grow again. This second growth phase often results, years later, in BPH. As you can see in the above picture, the inside of an enlarged prostate shuts off the urethra and pushes it into the bladder. (Cells multiply around the urine passageway through the prostate and squeeze it much like you could squeeze a straw in a cola.) The bladder wall becomes thicker and irritable. This can cause a build up of urine in the bladder, and in turn could eventually cause a back up into the kidneys. Subsequent kidney damage or failure could then occur. There is also a danger of weakening the bladder muscle so that it eventually it is un able expel urine at all. Eventually, the bladder weakens and loses the ability to empty itself. Urine remains in the bladder. The narrowing of the urethra and partial emptying of the bladder cause many of the problems associated with BPH. Before this would happen, a man would notice not only the weakening stream, but also more frequent visits to the bathroom, day and night. At night, during hormone shifts, the prostate becomes even bigger causing the person to get up more frequently to urinate. Endocrine Disruptors tend to have affinity for prostate tissue. They enlarge tissues as in fibroids in women and tumors in female breast tissue.
Though the prostate continues to grow during most of a man's life, the enlargement doesn't usually cause problems until late in life. BPH rarely causes symptoms before age 40, but more than half of men in their sixties and as many as 90 percent in their seventies and eighties may have some symptoms of BPH.
Symptoms of BPH
Not all men with BPH experience symptoms, but if the prostate enlargement presses on the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body), symptoms will result.
Diagnosis of non-cancerous benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). This condition is normally identified by its symptoms. The most common include:
* Getting up nights to go to the bathroom
* Sudden, almost irresistible need to urinate
* A weak, start-stop stream
* Problems getting the stream to start.
* Painful or bloody urination (i.e., hematuria), caused by straining to void
* Dribbling after voiding
* Feeling that the bladder has not emptied completely after urination (urgency to urinate)
* Frequent urination
* Interrupted, or weak urine stream caused by decreased pressure
* Leakage of urine (i.e., overflow incontinence) (no control)
* Pushing or straining to begin urination
* Low back pain
* In severe cases of BPH, another symptom, acute urinary retention (the inability to urinate)
Causes of Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy
It is possible that the condition is associated with hormonal changes that occur as men age. The testes produce the hormone testosterone, which can be converted to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and estradiol (estrogen) in certain tissues. High levels of dihydrotestosterone, a testosterone derivative involved in prostate growth, may accumulate and cause hyperplasia.
What causes prostate enlargement?
The following factors can contribute to the onset of prostate enlargements:
1. An accumulation of di-hydro-testosterone, DHT which stimulates the overproduction of prostate cells&BPH. Excess prolactin, a pituitary hormone that is stimulated by estrogen, beer and B6 deficiency, increases DHT synthesis.
2. Excessive estrogen!! From meat, milk, cheese, poultry, spray residues on food, beer, plastics and mostly from&.fat cells. Meaning that overweight men are prime candidates for BPH! Excessive estrogen inhibits the enzymes that metabolise DHT causing an increased accumulation.
3. Accelerated free radical activity&from unsaturated oils.
4 . Sinus infections&causing again excessive endotoxin invasion of all tissues.
5. Deficiencies of zinc, B6, B-12, folic acid, magnesium, manganese, selenium, boron, Vitamins A-C-D-E.
6. Infections anywhere from viruses, bacteria, Candida, flukes, parasites which pervade the systemic circulation and settle in a weakened prostate.
7. Toxicity from intestines, kidneys, liver, lymphatic system due to any of the above circumstances.
8. Endocrine imbalance:
* dysfunction of thyroid gland, adrenals, steroidal hormones
* under or overactive thyroid, auto-immune dysfunction or thyroiditis.
* adrenal exhaustion from stress, mental, emotional or physical
* immune inadequacy or failure
* diminished levels of DHEA
* excess estrogen and prolactin; low thyroid, low progesterone [estrogen dominance]
I NTERESTINGLY, ALL OF THE ABOVE CAN MIMICK HORMONES IN THE BODY. THEY ARE CALLED ENDOCRINE DISRUPTORS.
MOST IMPORTANTLY!! It is well known that estrogen and estrogen-like substances, Endocrine Disruptors (EDs), enlarge tissues. We have found that an enlarged prostate is not some mysterious condition, it is simply the same situation that happening to women with fibroids or slow thyroids. ED's are enlarging tissues and cells in the prostate area.
With Body Restoration Technique (BRT), we don't give a person hormones; we instead deal with
cleaning up the EDs from the receptor sites to improve the situation. We've isolated the most common disruptors that show up in the prostate gland most frequently.
You should know that benign tumors are not cancer and don't spread through y
our body or harm you. Benign prostate hyperplasia is the abnormal growth of benign (harmless) cells. This form of prostate growth affects more than half of men aged 60 to 70.
So prostate enlargement is NOT simply a case of too many prostate cells. This growth involves hormones and Endocrine Disruptors that mimick hormones.
What about this kind of growth and prostate cancer? People sometimes ask if an enlarging prostate increases the risk of prostate cancer. There is NO connection. A man can have prostate growth with no cancer. He can have prostate growth with cancer. And he can have prostate cancer with no enlargement.
Not Me, I don't have a Prostate problem
Each of us carries a time bomb ticking away inside - yes, even you. As we progress through life 80% of us will eventually come up against a Prostate problem, the nightly trudge to the toilet, can't go anywhere without planning the pit stops, the embarrassment of being caught short. But worse still the mental anguish of not knowing - of fearing 'could it be cancer?' - the lonely "I don't want to think about it" syndrome.
But it doesn't have to be like that, only 3% of men tested have cancer, the other 97% of us have a problem called Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH), an enlarged Prostate gland restricting urination by constricting the urethra, and this does not necessarily lead to cancer.
But the good news is that this condition is easily alleviated and controlled without drugs or invasive treatments, but by simple natural BRT treatments. If you would like to turn your life around, start to reclaim your life and your peace of mind then Body Restoration Technique is for you.
What can I do to promote a healthy prostate?
There are several steps you can take to encourage a healthy prostate.
* Eat a low fat diet.
* Avoid spicy foods, caffeine, alcohol and tobacco.
* Eat whole grains, nuts, seeds and vegetables.
What supplements are beneficial?
* Vitamin C - High amounts are found in the prostate gland and are believed to be important for prostate function.
* Vitamin E - Acts as an antioxidant, which slows aging and hardening of tissue through oxidation. Essential fatty acids such as olive oil and evening primrose oil - Required by the prostate gland to perform properly and help reduce the amount of urine left in the bladder.
What herbal therapies are beneficial?
* Saw palmetto - Clinical studies show remarkable results when 320 mg. of Saw palmetto are taken daily for 30 days. Studies indicate success in approximately 80-90% in the BPH patients tested. Unlike some conventional drugs, Saw palmetto does not cause impotence and shows no significant side effects. Saw Palmetto berry has been shown to effectively diminish pain, inflammation and enlargement of the prostate. It may work by inhibiting dihydrotestosterone DHT, thereby reducing its stimulation for cell multiplication. Saw palmetto has been used for centuries and is also thought to have a mild aphrodisiac effect, as well as increasing sperm production and sexual vitality.
* Garlic - Provides the body with vitamins and minerals and may provide a normalizing effect on the prostate.
* Pumpkin seed oil - Contains high levels of zinc, proven to be helpful for most prostate problems.
* Pygeum - The bark of the Pygeum africanus tree has been used for centuries in Europe to treat urinary problems. In France, 81% of doctors prescriptions for BPH are for Pygeum. Clinical studies have not revealed any side effects with Pygeum.
BRT FOR BENIGN PROSTATIC HYPERTROPHY
Doing BRT may assist in relieving the swelling in the prostate lobes, creating more space in the bladder and decrease the feeling of urgency. By restoring the prostate gland, it is also possible to improve low back pain, difficulty urinating, sexual dysfunction and frequent urination at night.
Ask your doctor. This information is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice or treatment of prostate problems. If you suspect prostate problems, check with your health care provider.