Prostate or Prostrate?
As you have undoubtedly surmised, this month’s topic is prostate health. Initially, when I received the news, I almost tapped out. I mean, seriously, a spiritual take on prostate health? Not wanting to give up, I kept staring at the word prostate and suddenly — I had it!
Several years ago, I was in a church service and the pastor’s sermon opened with these words, “Last night as I sought the Lord, prostate on the ground.” Yes…a humorous mispronunciation gave me the needed inspiration to tackle this month’s subject.
The English language is rife with faux pas, but perhaps none more confusing than homophones.A homophone is a word that sounds like another word, but is spelled different, i.e. very/vary, wait/weight, etc. So, prostate/prostrate offers a unique challenge in it’s own, right!?
The word “prostate” is a noun referring to a gland surrounding the neck of the bladder in the male species responsible for releasing prostatic fluid, while the word “prostrate” is an adjective referring to the action of laying flat on the ground, face down, in reverence or submission. The correlation is revelatory, if we have eyes to see the implication!
The Real PROSTATE Story
Over 30,000 men die of prostate cancer in the U.S. every year. There is mounting controversy over PSA testing, biopsies, surgery on elderly males, etc. Many doctors are now claiming that an overwhelming number of males over the age of 70 have cancer cells present in their prostate gland. However, the ones that bypassed biopsies or surgery lived normal lives and died of natural causes… not related to the prostate!
On the other hand, elderly men who received biopsies and/or surgery suffered from incontinence, impotence and severely compromised quality of life and died prematurely due to prostate cancer!
New evidence is proving that prostate cancer is quickly becoming the most over diagnosed and overly treated malady in America. I am NOT stating that this is always the case. However, I am saying that there are thousands of men who are suffering needlessly because they are misinformed.
The Real PROSTRATE Story
Every month, thousands of people visit this site looking for answers. I am honored to be a part of the consortium of minds offering advice from a myriad of modalities solely dedicated to their ultimate health and transformation.
As previously stated, sometimes it is the simple, unassuming, and unorthodox methods that yield the greatest results. To prostrate oneself means to lie down, to become humble, in an act of reverence or humility. This is the posture of prayer. I believe there are times when medicine is the appropriate solution to the problem. Sometimes a more “holistic” approach is necessary. Still other situations warrant psychological expertise.
Considering the fact that prostate health problems are solely male issues, coupled with the fact that men are “fixers” by nature, it stands to reason