Dr. Laura: PSA Rising? Read This.

Recent research and clinical evidence shows we can slow the doubling time of PSA and reduce the risks of prostate cancer.

What’s so Important About PSA?

The role of Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) in the prostate gland is not clear. In addition to a digital rectal exam, the level of PSA is used to screen and monitor risk of prostate cancer.

Overall the PSA specific activity within the prostate gland is relatively low. However, when the amount of this enzyme starts to rise, the activity is significant.

PSA can break apart the Galactin 3 molecule. So, the more the PSA, the more Gal -3 cleaved, the more tumour activity of Gal-3 that occurs.

Experimental data available today demonstrate an association between galectin-3 (Gal-3) levels and numerous pathological conditions such as heart failure, infection with microorganisms, diabetes, and tumour progression- including that of prostate cancer.

  • The cancer-free control patients have lower levels of galectin-3 in the serum.
  • Serum galectin-3 concentrations were uniformly higher in patients with metastatic prostate cancer.

A large and fast-growing body of clinical research shows that controlling Gal-3 is an essential strategy for long-term health. Gal-3 is an active biomarker that impacts organ function, normal cell replication, immunity, joint mobility and more.

According to the research, Modified Citrus Pectin (MCP) is the only available solution that can successfully block the effects of elevated Gal-3 throughout the body. By providing a safe and effective Gal-3 blockade, MCP is shown to safeguard and support the health of numerous organs and systems. This is the reason independent researchers and health professionals are increasingly interested in this nutritional supplement.

MCP appears to pretend it is Galactin -3 for the Galectin-3 receptor sites, keeping the real Galactin -3 from activating the receptor. In effect it keeps the tumour cells from building up and growing. This is reflected in the slow rate of rise of the PSA marker, and a reduced risk of tumour development.

References available upon request.

From the research of Dr. Laura M. Brown, ND

Prostate Cancer: Signs, Facts and Risk Factors

Signs and Symptoms of Prostate Cancer

By the time a man reaches 70 years old, the size of his prostate has doubled. Between the ages of 50 and 70, benign prostatic hypertrophy can lead to urination challenges.

Urination challenges like  difficulty urinating, urgency, frequency, burning or pain or painful ejaculation or blood in the urine or semen can also be signs of prostate cancer. So can low back pain, hip pain or enlarged lymph nodes in the groin.

Your annual digital rectal exam (DRE) can help identify any nodules or changes in the landscape of the prostatic tissue. A PSA test is now considered more controversial in its quality for screening for prostate cancer, however is an effective tool for monitoring the progress of prostate cancer treatment.

Prostate Cancer Facts

  • 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in Canada
  • The second most common diagnosed cancer in men.
  • 85% of all diagnosis of localized cancers are more often curable
  • Over 50% of prostate cancer death are in men diagnosed after the age of 75
  • PSA screening reduce death by approximately 30%

  

Prostate Cancer Risk Factors

  • High fat diet
  • Elevated diet in omega-6 vs. omega-3 (high diet of fried or processed foods)
  • Trans fats found in baked goods and margarines
  • Red meat, processed meats, organ meats (liver, kidney- “gizzzards”)
  • Choline from egg yolk and chicken skin and far strongly stimulates inflammation and growth of prostate cancer , doubling risk of re-occurrence. Choline is used in place of glucose in prostate cell PET scans, as it is taken up more rapidly
  • High sugar and glycemic load, such as refined grains and soft drinks
  • Insulin Growth factor (IGF-1) affected by high glycemic and the hormones in milk and milk based products. IGF-1 is considered to be 4x greater stimulator of prostate cancer than testosterone.
  • Low intake of antioxidants (Vit A, C, E, Selenium & Zinc)
  • Exposure to estrogen and environmental estrogen promoters such as Xenobiotics found in pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers and plastics – wash vegetables and fruits well and buy organic wherever possible, avoid plastic containers for foods and drinks.
  • Low status of vitamin D
  • Handling batteries – cadmium exposure
  • Smoking tobacco
  • Poor sleep
  • Family history of prostate cancer
  • Inflammation as Cox-1 and Cox-2 create PGE2 which in turn stimulates aromatase

Risk Assessment

Keep in mind most prostate cancers are slow growing and may not cause any trouble, but current technology cannot tell the difference.

Personal risk of developing prostate cancer can include the following:

  • Average risk: Healthy men with no known risk factors (start testing at 50)
  • Increased risk: African American men or men who have a father or brother who was diagnosed before they were 65 (start testing at 45)
  • High risk: Men with more than one relative who was affected at an early age (start testing at 40)

More information available http://www.prostatecancer.ca/Prostate-Cancer 

Supportive Treatment

Naturopathic Medicine offers supportive treatment for benign prostatic hypertrophy and patients living with and treating prostate cancer. Dr. Laura has experience to help you make better lifestyle choices, boost your nutrition and reduce side effects of radiation and chemotherapy.

Yours in Health,

Dr. Laura M. Brown, ND

Recipe for Classic Tomato Sauce

Classic Tomato Saucetomato

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 2 teaspoons salt or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • Two 26-ounce boxes Pomi Chopped Tomatoes or two 28-ounce cans whole plum tomatoes, chopped with their liquid

PREPARATION

Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions, bay leaf, oregano, garlic, and salt and cook, stirring often, until the onions are soft and translucent, about 10 minutes.

Add the tomato paste and continue cooking for 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and stir constantly until the sauce begins to boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 1 hour, stirring every 5 minutes or so to prevent the sauce on the bottom of the pot from burning. Taste and season with additional salt, if desired. Remove the bay leaf before serving.

Recipe shared by Dr. Laura from: Epicurious.com

Did you know?

From a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, tomatoes provide an abundance of health. Here are just a few ways tomatoes are described:

Very cooling

Sour and sweet flavor

Builds Yin fluids

Relieves dryness and thirst

Tonifies the stomach

Purifies blood and detoxifies general body

Encourages digestion: useful for anorexia, food retention, indigestion, constipation

Relieve liver heat and high blood pressure, red eyes, headache

Treats areas of stagnant blood

Acidic fruit, after digestion is alkaline in the body: useful for gout

Vine ripened best, when picked green and falsely ripened, tends to weaken the kidney-adrenal function

Too many is not healthy – max 1-2 twice a day

Avoid in arthritis, may exacerbate inflammation.

What is it about the tomato that is so good?

Tomato and tomato products have lots of phytonutrients, namely 9 different carotenoids and are the predominant source of lycopene, neurosporene, gama-carotene, phytoene and phytofluene. It is lycopene’s potent antioxidant effect that prizes it for anticancer properties, especially prostate cancer. There are more than a half a dozen major studies that support a 30-40% reduction in prostate cancer risk with consistent intake of tomatoes (especially cooked and when taken with a healthy fat like olive oil).  There is also evidence for lycopene to support the fight against cardiovascular disease, BPH, and cancers of the breast, cervix, ovarian, pancreatic, lung and colon.

This is  likely a strong contributing factor as to why the Mediterranean diet is considered so healthful. More information on the Mediterranean diet is available here.

Yours in Health,

Dr. Laura M. Brown, ND