Men’s Health Week highlights issues that are more likely to occur or that are unique to men. Prostate Health and Cancer is certainly one of those.
Osteopath, Gayle Palmer D.O., from the Living Elements Clinic in Chichester explains what this is, how to get it diagnosed and even how to prevent it – or at least increase your chances of prevention.
The prostate is a walnut-sized organ at the base of the penis (but within the pelvic cavity), which surrounds the urethra ( the tube through which your urine passes). It produces fluid which makes up some of the constituents of ejaculation fluid.
Over time it is common for this organ to increase in size – most commonly from about 50 years old. This is “normal”. This “Hypertrophy” only becomes an issue if the increase in size squeezes on the urethra passing through it and reduces the flow of urine.
- Difficulty or slow passage of urine.
- Problems either starting to passing water or stopping.
- A strong tendency to leak afterwards.
- An increase in the frequency of passing water especially annoying at night!
Sometimes, especially if the pelvic health is not so good (eg there is a history of back injury / disc disease / localised trauma or cancer elsewhere in the body – the prostate enlarges due to malignancy (cancer) vs normal ageing increase in size.
This can be picked up with a blood test – a “PSA Test” which may not be 100% accurate but is often a good indicator of cancer, whereupon further investigations can be done. Your Doctor will almost always get this simple test done anyway just to make sure.
The “within normal limits” for a PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) value are between 0-2.5 ng/ml.
Levels above 2.5 ng/ml require further investigation. It does NOT necessarily mean that you have cancer though!
If there is no cancer – the oversized prostate and urethral tube pressure can be relieved by canalising it! The bore size can be increased and thereby let the fluid flow freely. Its not very comfortable but is a simple day procedure. Then usual function returns and all is well.
If cancer IS detected early, there is a super range of treatments available from surgery to chemotherapy, radiotherapy etc that the medics can undertake.
What can you do to help yourself?
If you want to help prevent problems yourself – like a life insurance policy – YOU can take some dietary and lifestyle precautions. They may not be 100% successful – each person is an individual – but why not tip the balance in YOUR favour?
Precautions to take can include:
- Increase your fruit and vegetable intake – at least 6-8 portions EACH day – or take a whole food supplement – I recommend GNLD supplements available from the clinic. eg Carotenoid, Flavonoid and Cruciferous Complexes
- Increase your daily intake of Omega-3 oils – Salmon Oil Plus is the only one I now recommend as it contains all 8 of the Omega-3 oils. They have been found to have strong anti-cancer effects, especially on the prostate and are also strongly anti-inflammatory – another benefit.
- Take regular exercise – a half hour fast walk a day at least.
- Get outside and have some fresh air – this undervalued free resource brings you energy and helps invigorate your mind and body
- Stay positive – YOU get to choose hat and how you think – if your brain comes up with something that doesn’t serve you – throw it out metaphorically speaking!
- Go to your well-man health checks regularly when advised to do so.
- Self examine your testicles every few months for unexpected lumps and bumps and learn how to do a simple health assessment. If you are worried – see your GP.
I have treated a number of prostate cancer patients over the years (sadly an increasing issue as we are all living longer and eat less healthily over time than in the past which are big risk factors). I have a mixed allopathic and alternative approach.
In addition to traditional techniques and treatments I also use energy medicine to help my clients regain their health – it can have surprising results.
I have also created this as a YouTube video – so have a look!
If you would like to book in for a chat, even a complimentary 10 minute one or a general “MOT” service – then either call Gayle or book online: https://living-elements-clinic.cliniko.com/bookings
Just don’t leave things – and hope they will go away!
If its bugging you – take action and pick up the phone. Life is too short to waste time and energy worrying when often the solution is simple – call Gayle! 01243 641665
© Gayle Palmer. Living Elements Clinic
Hi. This is Gayle Palmer, the osteopath from The Living Elements Clinic in Sidlesham, where Your health is my priority.
I wanted to make this video because men’s health is often overlooked and there were certain things unique to men that need to be addressed and often aren’t and I think that is partly because men do not have quite such the same support system, or sometimes the ability to talk about things that women perhaps find easier and more comfortable doing.
So, one of the biggest issues for men as they get older is prostate health and possibly prostate cancer as well which is a killer. It is quite a serious killer in this country. So, I wanted to make explain a bit more about what the prostate is, what it does, how to understand some of the symptoms that it may cause, and also what you can do about it; and the treatments that are available so that you can also increase your chances of preventing problems – which at the end of the day is so much easier to do than putting up with them.
So, the prostate is a walnut sized organ, is at the base of the penis but still within the pelvic cavity itself. It surrounds the urethra which goes through the middle of the gland and a result of which, if there is a change in the gland itself, sometimes the urethra gets pinched and that reduces or changes the flow of urine through that area. The prostate organ also produces the prostate fluid in the process and that makes a part of the ejaculation fluid as well. It is produced throughout life. It is not just produced during ejaculation but excess fluid just gets lost in the urine.
Over time, it is common for this organ to increase in size – most commonly from about 50 years onwards and this is considered “normal”. It may or may not be normal but it is common. This increasing growth is called “hypertrophy” and it only really becomes a problem in a few, if the increase in size starts squeezing on that urethra and changes how urine flow is able to take place.
So, signs and symptoms of prostate problem include difficulty or slow passage of urine. It includes difficulty starting passing water or stopping and that might include travelling later in such a way which is very common. As I say, there is really a strong tendency to leak afterwards. An increased frequency in needing to go to the toilet, particularly at night, this can be quite disturbing. It rarely gives you pain. Sometimes, especially if the pelvic health is not great, for instance there can be damage from a back injury, a disc injury or localized trauma – I had cyclist in the past who had prostate problems because of where the prostate sits in relationship to the bicycle seat. This can cause local abrasions over time. It can also create the conditions in the body which will allow metastasis to take place or produce secondary cancer lesions in the prostate gland. The prostate gland enlarges due to malignancy. Firstly though it is a normal part of the aging process at that point.
A lot of these problems can be picked up by doing simple blood test. The Prostate Specific Antigen Test, the PSA test. It may not be 100% accurate but it is a good indicator of possibly cancer and does it require further investigations. So your GP will almost always do this simple test just to make sure what is happening.
The normal limits for a PSA test are between 0 and 2.5 nanograms per milliliter. It is a tiny, tiny amount. So, that is considered normal.
Levels above 2.5 nanograms per milliliter require further investigation.
It does not necessarily mean though that you have cancer. There can be other reasons for having an increased PSA test but it does need further investigation.
So, men, know your figures!
It is really important because then you know what to do about it. If there is no cancer, the oversized prostate causes urethral tube pressure first, this can then be release by creating an increase diameter by increasing hole diameter of the tube or bore. It is a bit uncomfortable but it is a day surgery procedure and within a day or two, life returns to normal. You can pass water freely. It is nice, quick and simple.
If cancer is detected early, there is also a simple range of treatments that are available from surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy also as better option that make it someone to take.
But, what can you do for yourself to help your own prostate health and your general health improve.
There are some very simple guidelines.
- Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables to at least six to eight portions each and every day. The fruits and vegetables I call it as you know. Those produced chemicals which are anti-cancer so they will go round, mopping up cancer cells as they are produced – and you produce millions of them every day! The adage of “An Apple a day” is a good thing! It is actually quite rare for a cancer to be produced and maintains itself.
- I recommend for some of my patients, if they really struggle with starting to eat more fruits and vegetables, that they take some supplements – they cause your body to work better and I have some fantastic ones in the clinic called Carotenoid, Flavonoid and Cruciferous Complex. They are brilliant.
- Second thing, take either a high quality fish oil supplement or eat large amounts of wild oil fish. That could be salmon, tuna, mackerel, pilchards, sardines and anchovies. Okay? Those contains Omega-3 oils which are essential for their anti-inflammatory effects. Any inflammation increases the likelihood of cancer. They also have strong anti-cancer effects – particularly on prostate but also breast cancer which is a risk factor for men as well as women.
- Number 3, take regular exercise- at least half an hour a day of fast walking, if you can. Other exercise is also fabulous.
- Four, get out in the fresh air. Go and enjoy life! That is what we are here to do. Your health and breath invigorates your mind, it gets your circulation moving. It is particularly important for moving your pelvis and pelvic organs, legs and circulation down there and makes a big effect on your pelvis and your prostate gland and your pelvic function.
- Five, stay positive. Even if you have a cancer diagnosis, it does not mean you are going to die, okay? So, stay positive. If you have a negative thought, thank it for its contribution, throw it out. Okay? Keep that maintenance of your mind because your mind makes a difference to how your body works and that makes a difference to how you are in life.
- Six, go to your well man clinics regularly when you are called in, okay? Simple, quick and easy, do it.
- Seven, do a self-examination regularly. It does not have to be more than every two months or so. Self-examine your testicles, self-examine your penis, have a good old rummage with your hand down there. Look for lumps and bumps that are a little bit unusual. Best time to do is if you are sitting in the bath, you are relaxed and it is just gentle, okay? If you are worried about anything, go to your general practitioner please, as soon as possible.
So I had treated a number of patients with prostate cancer over the years and I have to say prostate cancer is increasing over time and that is partly because we are living longer but that is also great. I have a mixed allopathic or traditional approach and authentic approach. So, in addition to Osteopathic techniques to help your low back, pelvic and abdominal health and circulation improved, I also work on energetic and spiritual level and I find that is quite effective for pelvic problems.
If you are interested in finding out more, you are welcome to booking to a free ten minute complimentary consultation or you can book online by the website. Just hit the “book now” button or by The Living Elements Clinic Facebook Page. There will be more posts about men’s health coming soon. But for now, that is all from me.
Your health is my priority. Place your healing in my hands. Take care. Bye-bye.