6 Common Myths About Prostate Disease

Are you confused with the facts about the prostate?

If you are, then don’t worry. You’re not alone.

Indeed, there are opposing stories and myths about prostate health and prostate cancer.

One tells you that this causes it, and another tells you that this prevents it. Stories about the disease are told everywhere, and it’s very confusing. Often, it’s difficult to distinguish between prostate myths and half-truths from facts.

Take a look at the following statements and ask yourself…are these prostate myths what you believe?

A high PSA score means you have prostate cancer

MYTH: Prostate cancer may increase PSA levels, but it doesn’t happen in all cases. Some men with prostate cancer may even have low PSA scores. In addition, a high PSA score may be due to other conditions, like a non-cancerous, BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia).

The prostate-specific antigen is a protein made by cells of the prostate gland. High PSA levels trigger our normal immune response, and it is not exclusive to prostate cancer. The high levels can be due to inflammation and injury, which we can see in enlarged prostate glands and prostatitis.

The prostate-specific antigen can also be diluted in men who are overweight or obese. Because of their larger blood volume, PSA levels may appear normal even if there’s already a lot of PSA in the body.

If you want to know what causes your PSA levels to rise, a doctor will more than likely recommend a biopsy. However, be cautious and do your research, because there are many risks involved in invasive procedures such as a biopsy that you might not be aware of. You can read more about them here.

Regular PSA tests may also be bad for your health. In the past, many doctors urge yearly PSA screening for men aged 50 and above. However, studies find that frequent prostate cancer screening is harmful. Now, doctors inform their patients about it and get their consent before getting tested. And most screening tests today have insurance coverage.

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Getting prostate cancer is a death sentence

MYTH: Probably the worst thing about being diagnosed with prostate cancer is that we still react as though it’s a death sentence. But the truth is that you can live with prostate cancer. In fact, most men with prostate cancer actually die from other causes.

According to the Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, the cancer death rate has steadily declined since the 1990s. Five-year survival rates for prostate cancer now exceed 90 percent. Apart from traditional medical treatment, there are many natural, alternative ways to treat it.

Often, prostate cancer is contained within the prostate. Most MRI scans show that the disease doesn’t spread to other parts of the body.  Compared to other forms of cancer, this makes it manageable.

Recently, Cancer Research UK revealed that overall cancer survival rates were roughly one in four.

More people will survive prostate cancer rather than be killed by it. And by the 2030s, they estimate that three out of four people will survive. It is research that made it all possible, and now we are discovering newer, better ways to cure it.

However, bear in mind that these rates are based on data from large groups of people. The impact of one’s cancer depends on many factors.

Having sex is bad for your prostate

MYTH: For a long time, research suggested that frequent sex increased your risk of getting prostate cancer. But the fact is that frequent sex has not been linked to prostate cancer.

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association claims that ejaculation frequency is not related to an increased risk of prostate cancer. These included sexual intercourse, masturbation, and wet dreams.

They gathered information on the ejaculation frequency of men at different stages in their lives. Results even showed that frequent ejaculation protects the prostate. The research team also suggests that sex might be a marker of a healthier, more active lifestyle.

Here’s another fact: An active sex life has positive effects on our health. Aside from these myths about the prostate, experts claim that sex reduces the risk of many diseases. It brings us up to our feet and burns extra calories.

Sex helps the body to produce natural painkillers and boosts the immune system. This way, it protects the prostate from injury. Sex also trains your prostate and improves the motility of sperm.

Some say that you should abstain from sex to prevent prostate problems. This is not true. Not having sex is actually bad for your prostate. It affects sperm motility and increases the risk of prostatitis. It may also cause erection problems.

Testosterone causes prostate disease

MYTH: Again, this is not true. Testosterone, whether natural or as replacement therapy, does not cause prostate disease.  

A meta-analysis published in BJU International collected various data from past cohort studies about endogenous testosterone and randomized controlled trials about testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).  Results show that there’s no link between this male hormone and prostate cancer and that it doesn’t always lead to high PSA levels.

Lead author Peter Boyle says that the results of the study are encouraging and that further studies need 15 to 20 years of follow-up to confirm the results.

This is also good news for people who are looking for natural ways to treat prostate cancer. Currently, testosterone therapy is commonly prescribed and rakes in billions of dollars for drug companies. The study only shows that prostate cancer can be treated even without tinkering with the male hormone.

Doctors routinely use a whole range of treatments to destroy testosterone, which they believe causes the disease. This is a mistake. Independent studies show that huge amounts of testosterone can, in fact, “shock” prostate tumor cells and cause them to die.

Sam Denmeade, an expert from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, claims that prostate cancer can be cured by exposing cells rapidly to very high, followed by deficient levels of testosterone in the blood. The results were very positive.

I’ve written about over 50 studies in my prostate health guide, All About The Prostate, which shows that testosterone is actually GOOD for your prostate. I’ve also written about it here.

Prostate cancer requires surgery or chemotherapy

MYTH: This might sometimes be the case for aggressive and advanced forms of cancer, but it doesn’t automatically mean that you should undergo surgery or chemotherapy when you have it. Not all types of prostate cancer require these treatments.

This myth is thrust on us by drug companies and some medical experts. After all, cancer treatment is a big business. A $200 billion a year business. Despite the aggressive campaign for conventional cancer treatments, 98 percent of such treatments fail to deliver. Worse, it makes some cancer patients sicker.

Instead of surgery and drugs, you can try the “active surveillance” approach to prostate cancer treatment. It’s a viable alternative, where you keep an active eye on the disease’s progress. And you only decide on drugs and invasive surgery / minimally invasive surgery if there is no other option.

Note the word “active.”  It’s not the same as “watchful waiting,” where a man with prostate cancer didn’t have the cancer removed or treated, and just lived his life until he developed symptoms.

Active surveillance is not that. You can be eligible for active surveillance if your cancer shows all signs of being the “good” kind. That means it’s not aggressive, slow-growing, and low volume (localized prostate cancer).

If you have slow-growing, low-volume prostate cancer, you can treat it without drugs or surgery.

Prostate disease is incurable

MYTH: Just like many forms of chronic disease, prostate disease is caused by many factors we can change. These include a poor diet, lifestyle choices, and lack of exercise.

You can turn this around by eating a better, more nutritious diet, exercising and avoiding cancer-causing substances.

There are a lot of natural foods that can help you cure your prostate disease. Certain fruits and vegetables naturally contain antioxidants that boost your immune system and decrease cell injury. Foods like garlic have anti-inflammatory properties that help control pain and swelling in your prostate.

Staying active and regular exercise significantly improves your prostate’s health. Simple exercises like walking and swimming improve circulation and oxygen supply to our cells and release natural painkillers called endorphins.

Exercise also boosts the immune system and helps combat the invasive properties of prostate cancer cells.

Natural solutions to healing your prostate are also becoming more and more popular. Men are looking for side-effect free solutions that not only clear your symptoms but heal your prostate over the long-term.

Remember to stay away from carcinogens as well. Substances like tobacco and other chemicals injure your cells and produce free radicals which damage their DNA. This is the root cause of all cancers. Avoiding cancer-causing substances will help you control the disease’s progress.

Conclusion

The Bottom Line is that prostate cancer can be cured, and there are natural ways to stop its growth and spread.

It is common to misunderstand prostate health and cancer, so it’s important that we know the truth behind it and understand the difference between myths and facts. Doing this will help us seek the real ways to treat it.

Something you’re unsure about? Share your prostate myths and facts with us below, and I’ll let you know whether they are true…or false.

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9 Comments

  1. Michael Howard

    I found Ben’s “All About The Prostate” good and interesting reading. The statistics on Prostate Cancer from other countries is actually fascinating. In the above article, which I very much appreciate, it was indicated that frequent PSA tests are unhealthy. I just wanted to ask why since it is a simple blood test? Thanks.

    • Ben's Natural Health Team

      Hi Micheal, thank you for your great feedback! It is great to hear you enjoyed ‘All About The Prostate’ and we appreciate your comment. In relation to the PSA test, PSA is only a very rough indicator. It certainly does not predict prostate cancer, but it may give you an early indication. Some of the drawbacks of a PSA test is that it does not distinguish between different causes of PSA increases. Also, a PSA test will not determine which men would benefit from prostate cancer treatment. Those with elevated PSA are likely to undergo a biopsy. Nearly 70% of men that are offered a biopsy will have no sign of prostate cancer. As a result, the PSA test can lead to having an unnecessary invasive procedure that can cause a serious infection. We hope that answers your question and if you would like to discuss this in further detail, please get in touch with our team via [email protected]. Wishing you good health, The Ben’s Natural Health Team.

  2. nick

    Ben tried the prostate healer it was horrible made me feel woozy think i will stick with total health do you still do the more stronger version

    • Ben's Natural Health Team

      Hi Nick, sorry to hear about your experience. Prostate healer does contain alcohol which may account for the strong taste. For best results take 1 teaspoon of Prostate Healer with food once a day. If you feel you require a larger dosage, you may amend this to 2 teaspoons a day which you can take all at once or 1 teaspoon per meal, two meals a day. It is recommended to add Prostate Healer to half an inch of water to dilute before taking it and to follow up with a glass of water. If you have any further questions please get in touch with our team via [email protected] and we will be happy to help. Best wishes, The Ben’s Natural Health Team.

  3. Roderick Gabbert

    I did your treatment with tincture, my psa went from 11 to 8 and the prostate seemed better to the urologist. I gave you all the credit!

    • Ben's Natural Health Team

      Hi Roderick, thank you for your comment. It is great to hear that your PSA has improved! Please keep us updated on your progress and if you require any support feel free to get in touch with our team. Wishing you good health, The Ben’s Natural Health Team.

  4. Richard Lettelier

    I have been reading medical journals about heavy metals and how they affect the prostate. First of all dental fillings containing mercury and also Nickel, years ago, were recommended as being replaced by composite fillings containing no heavy metals which was good for number of us and I think by now most of us have done this. But we still absorb, especially nickel, in our stainless steel pots and pans and utensils (stainless steel contains about 8% nickel). The prostate as I understand is like a garbage site and has the property of collecting trash, pollutants and toxins. For some reason the metal nickel seems to be drawn to the prostate when absorbed by the body. An examination of the tissue of an enlarged prostate finds the metal nickel prevalent. The studies I’m reading indicate that a lot of nickel in the prostate causes bacterial invasion and that causes the prostate to swell and enlarge. It also states that without nickel in the prostate, bacteria will not survive. Bacteria use urea as their food and bacteria use the enzyme urease to digest it and nickel is required to do the job. It looks like your supplement Total Health has herbs to eliminate toxins from the prostate. My question here is why is nickel (100 mcg) added to your Total Health supplement if it supports bacterial infection of the prostate? Your supplement has other metals too, but nickel seems to be the most harmful and prevelant, especially inorganic nickel, organic nickel absorbed by plants from the earth don’t seem to be a problem. I would like your comments back regarding especially the inorganic metal nickel and does your supplement contain organic nickel or inorganic nickel (like from stainless steel)?

    • Ben's Natural Health Team

      Hi Richard, thanks for getting in touch, we will get back to you with a response shortly. The Ben’s Natural Health Team

    • Ben's Natural Health Team

      Hi Richard,

      There are a number of different concerns that you raise in your comment, many of which are valid, but some may be the result of online scaremongering. Always be careful who you read online; there are a lot of charlatans and misinformation out there.

      Firstly dental fillings. The FDA has extensively studied the subject of whether or not dental amalgam fillings are safe. While it’s true that these types of fillings contain elemental mercury, they are actually safe. When the filling is being fitted, it can release, low levels of mercury in the form of a vapor that can be inhaled and absorbed by the lungs. However, these levels are so low that they pose very limited risk to human health. This is obviously not the case with higher concentrations of mercury vapor exposure, which can cause adverse effects in the brain and the kidneys. See the FDA quote below.

      [The] “FDA has reviewed the best available scientific evidence to determine whether the low levels of mercury vapor associated with dental amalgam fillings are a cause for concern. Based on this evidence, the FDA considers dental amalgam fillings safe for adults and children ages 6 and above. The weight of credible scientific evidence reviewed by FDA does not establish an association between dental amalgam use and adverse health effects in the general population. Clinical studies in adults and children ages 6 and above have found no link between dental amalgam fillings and health problems.”

      However, if you want to, you can opt for a resin composite filling. Be aware these fillings are less durable than amalgam fillings, often lasting only half as long. They can also be more expensive than the traditional filling. They are generally only used if a person has an allergy to the metals in an amalgam filling.

      Next onto stainless steel pots and cookware.

      There are only a few studies on whether or not stainless steel pots leech heavy metals and the degree to which they do. 

      For a good overview, you can read the following studies. (Kumar et al 1994, Accominotti et al 1998, Jellesen et al 2006, Herting et al 2008, Herting et al 2009, Kamerud et al 2013, Chiavari et al 2014).

      However, to summarize the findings.

      Stainless steel cooking utensils can contribute significantly to the levels of Ni in cooked food, sometimes exceeding 1 mg/kg in meat or acidic foods. The 1mg/kg number is relevant as the tolerable upper intake level (UL) for Nickel, (the highest amount per day at which no unwanted side effects would be expected), is 1 mg/day for adults. Meaning if you cook a kilo or more of acidic or meat-based food in stainless steel, you may well exceed your safe daily amount of Nickel. 

      The main risk of ingesting Nickel are dermatitis and other skin conditions. However, while inhaling nickel vapors has been linked (in some studies), to an increased risk of developing some cancers, there is a lack of evidence of carcinogenic risk from oral ingestion of Nickel. 

      If you are concerned about ingesting Nickel, then your best bet is to use cast iron, enamel-coated cast iron, non-lead ceramic pans or glass cookware. All of which are safe and non toxic.

      Next up there are a number of misunderstandings in your original comment. Firstly the prostate is not like a garbage site and does not collect toxins or pollutants. The issue is that the prostate sits under the bladder, and urine flows through it. This makes it’s susceptible to bacteria, waste, or pollutants that are in your urine. Nor is Nickel drawn to the prostate, in fact, Nickel is primarily excreted in feces, bypassing the prostate entirely. Only a small amount of Nickel is excreted via urine or sweat. The exception to this is seen in people who suffer occupational exposure to Nickel, as the urinary concentration of nickel scales with high exposure.

      As for bacteria needing Nickel to survive, This is an issue of microbiology outside of my expertise so I can’t address it.

      Your last question is, why does Total health contain Nickel.

      Firstly the quantity of Nickel in Total Health is 100mcg, or to make it clearer 0.0001g. Which is both far below the 1g UL of Nickel, the 1g/kg figure for cookware or even the 0.005–0.025 mg you get from drinking water on a daily basis (WHO, 2007).

      As for why include Nickel, its because it is a vital trace element that we need a small amount of to maintain, optimal blood and bone health and the very small quantity of it in total health is provided as nickel sulfate, which is a highly bioavailable and safe form of chelated Nickel.

      I hope that this answers your questions. If you have any further questions please feel free to get in touch with out team via [email protected]. Wishing you good health, The Ben’s Natural Health Team.

 
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