January 24, 2017

The Prostate Cancer Prevention Plan

Aleef is a 50-year-old man who was having difficulty urinating.  He went to his doctor and was given a PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) test, which was a little high.  The doctor then sent him to a urologist for a biopsy.

Prostate Biopsy – Prevention is Key!

This procedure involves the urologist pushing twelve biopsy needles into a prostate gland the size of a walnut, hoping to hit a cancer cell that may be the size of a grain of sand.  The test was positive for cancer and Aleef was recommended to have his prostate removed.

After the surgery, Aleef continues to experience impotence, leaking of urine and difficulty urinating, which are all too common complications after removing the prostate gland.

Should you get the PSA test?

One prostate researcher stated that if men live long enough, then all men will get prostate cancer.

Thus, men are told to have an annual Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test  in order to find prostate cancer and perhaps get treatment to prevent an early demise from this disease.  What has been found instead is:

  • Much more cancer is detected, but the death rate does not go down.

The table below is the WHO (World Health Organization) prostate cancer statistics for 2008, per 1000 men.

  • The red lines are the incidence of cancer – or the number of cases of prostate cancer.
  • The blue represents the death rate from this cancer.

WHO Prostate Cancer Statistics, 2008

You will notice that in the “Less developed regions” there are about 10 times fewer prostate cancers found, but the death rate is only about half that of “More developed regions.”

For example, in Eastern Asia they find about 10 prostate cancers per thousand men and about 5 per thousand die of it.  However, in North America we find about 85 cancers per thousand men and 10 men die of it.  Part of this is because men don’t live as long in Eastern Asia; men die younger due to injuries, infections, and other causes. Where men live longer, they are more likely to develop this cancer.

In fact, the current recommendation (2011) from the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) reads:

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends against prostate-specific antigen (PSA)-based screening for prostate cancer. This is a grade D recommendation.”

The “grade D” recommendation indicates that it is a poor test for detecting and treating prostate cancer.  This is based on the fact that the test increases the detection of prostate cancer, but not mortality (death rate). As we see in the graph above, PSA screening and treatment causes significant harm to patients through unnecessary biopsies, surgeries and chemotherapy.

The PSA test itself is a harmless blood test. It only becomes dangerous when it leads to biopsies, surgeries and treatment.

You can do the PSA test for another reason, though.  It can tell you if you have inflammation in your prostate gland and are therefore more susceptible to prostate enlargement and cancer.  You may then treat the inflammation, as we will discuss below, for prevention of future problems.  Just don’t get scared and let well-meaning doctors talk you into a biopsy – which leads to complications…and possibly even death.

What can you do if you already have prostate cancer?


Obesity has been associated with an increased risk of developing prostate cancer. Those that are obese have a 1.27 times more likely to develop and die from the disease than non-obese men, especially those with greater belly fat.

The same graph above also indicates what has been found in multiple other studies:

  • Treatment for prostate cancer doesn’t decrease the death rate.

This is because the treatment is not effective, in part.

The other part is that the large majority of men with prostate cancer will die of something else before the cancer.

It is a rare cause of death.   In reality, the “cures” for the surgical, radiation, or chemotherapy treatment of prostate cancer would not have killed the patient anyway.  Thus, the first thing to do is… nothing!

Ideally, men should just keep their prostate healthy.  With the prostate gland, prevention is the key.  Even if you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, your best treatment is prevention.

Keeping your prostate healthy

The graph above also gives us some clues as to keeping a healthy prostate.  According to the WHO, those areas of the world that are “Less developed” have a much lower incidence of prostate cancer death rate.

Again, this is partly because they don’t live as long, but also because they eat significantly less process or prepared foods.  These foods, such as breakfast cereals, chips, and drinks, are high-calorie and low-nutrient, which causes inflammation in the body.

Did you know that just the color red in a tomato can help you prevent prostate enlargement and cancer?  Even the colors of natural foods are important for your health.  Artificial colors do not have this benefit.

Moreover, processed grains contain almost no minerals such as magnesium, selenium and zinc, which are essential for the function of the gland.  A majority of men in developed countries are deficient in zinc.

A recent study from Japan tells us another way to keep the prostate healthy – exercise!  It turns out that testosterone stimulates the growth of the prostate gland – and cancer.  Testosterone is made in the testicles, just south of this gland.  The veins from the prostate and testicles connect near the prostate gland and if there is “sluggish” flow, then it can backwash into the gland.  This blood contains a very high concentration of unbound testosterone and causes prostate enlargement.  The researchers then tied off the vein from the testicles (there are others that the gland uses) and the gland went back to normal.  As we exercise, we keep a normal flow through all our veins so this may prevent prostate problems.

Prostate Cancer Prevention Recommendations:

  1. Check a PSA test to see if you have inflammation.  (If you do, follow these recommendations more strictly.)
  2. Eat only foods that aren’t processed or prepared.  Eat at restaurants only occasionally.
  3. Exercise three times per week, or more.
  4. Take 50 mg of zinc per week.  (If you take it every day, you may get a deficiency of copper!)
  5. Take 1 mg of selenium per week.  (If you take it every day, you may get low in Chromium!)
  6. Take 200-400 mg of magnesium per day.
  7. Take 5,000 to 10,000 IU of vitamin D3 per day.  Many doctors recommend 50,000 IU once per week.  Having enough vitamin D lowers the cancer rate by 30%.
  8. Take 12.5 mg of iodine per week.

Don’t become another WHO statistic.  Keeping a healthy prostate is the only way to prevent what so many men, like Aleef, suffer in our modern society.

Follow my doctor-approved recommended supplement program (zinc, selenium, magnesium, D3 and iodine) and don’t forget to exercise!  Most importantly, stay way from processed foods and stick to natural foods with color as the best prostate prevention plan!

The surgical, radiation, or chemotherapy treatment of prostate cancer is dangerous! Don’t put yourself at risk and start prostate cancer prevention today!  What will be your motivation to take preventative prostate care?


Dr. Scott D. Saunders, M.D. (Ask-an-MD) is a practicing physician, specializing in preventative healthcare, who utilizes eclectic health care for the whole family, including conventional, orthomolecular and natural medicine. He is also the medical director of The Integrative Medical Center of Santa Barbara in Lompoc, CA. He went to UCLA medical school and is board certified in family medicine. View natural remedies with Dr. Saunders at:http://drsaundersmd.com/


Longevity Miracle: Studies Prove Exercisers Live Longer

Cyclists for Longevity by Flickr dirkjankraan.com

A large study at the National Health Research Institutes in Zhunan, Taiwan, published in The Lancet, found that as little as 15 minutes of physical activity a day can reduce the risk of dying by 14% and increase lifespan by three years.

More exercise leads to greater life gains.

Every additional 15 minutes of daily exercise further reduced all-cause death rates by 4%. This trend continued until a person was exercising for 100 minutes a day.

High intensity exercise though, is the gold standard for fitness… and longevity. It was recently endorsed by the European Society of Cardiology. A study conducted among cyclists in Copenhagen, Denmark showed it’s the relative intensity, and not the duration of cycling, which is most important in relation to all-cause mortality. It’s even more pronounced for coronary heart disease mortality. The study concluded that men with fast intensity cycling survived 5.3 years longer, and men with average intensity 2.9 years longer than men with slow cycling intensity. For women, the figures were 3.9 and 2.2 years longer, respectively.

Exercise reduces disease and death dramatically for all major progressive diseases.

According to a research study involving over 13,000 participants cited by Ray Kurzweil in The Future of Aging, the overall death rate for moderate exercisers was 60% less than the sedentary group–and the high fitness group scored much better with longevity. Yet some 70% of Americans do not participate in any type of physical activity.

As Dona Folk, my close friend and breast cancer survivor will tell you, exercise can also treat serious diseases such as cancer. A new report issued by Macmillan Cancer Support argues that exercise should be part of standard cancer care. It recommends all patients getting cancer treatment should engage in moderate-intensity exercise for two and a half hours every week.

A previous Harvard Medical School study found that breast cancer patients who exercise moderately for three to five hours a week cut their odds of dying from cancer by about half. In fact, any amount of weekly exercise increased a patient’s odds of surviving breast cancer. This health benefit also remained constant regardless of whether women were diagnosed early on or after their cancer had spread. Finally, research has found that exercise reduces the risk of breast cancer recurrence by about 40 percent.

Research has also shown that exercise can reduce your risk of dying from prostate cancer by up to 30 percent.

If you have cancer or any other chronic disease, tailor your exercise routine to your individual scenario, taking into account your stamina and current health and physical activity level. Always listen to your body, and if you feel you need a break, take time to rest. But even exercising for just a few minutes a day for longevity is better than not exercising at all.

Exercise is critical to help dodge or reduce diabetes as well as most other diseases. According to the American Diabetes Association, exercising moderately for only thirty minutes a day coupled with a 5-10% reduction in body weight resulted in an astonishing 58% reduction in diabetes. They also report that 90% of all people with diabetes are overweight.

Any exercise that gets the heart pumping may even reduce the risk of dementia and slow the condition’s progression once it starts, reported a Mayo Clinic study published in the September 2011 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Improve your odds against prostate cancer by exercising. How can Home Cures That Work help you exercise more?


David Kekich is President/CEO of Maximum Life Foundation that focuses on aging research, a 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to curing aging-related diseases. For more information, visit: www.MaxLife.org. David contributes to our column Living Healthy to 120: Anti-Aging Breakthroughs. MaxLife is helping to make the anti-aging dream a reality with cutting edge Bio-Engineering research and products.

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