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Naturopathic Methods to Combat Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is a leading cancer among men. Naturopathic medicine can increase recovery and slow its progression.

Here are some of the things I do in my practice:

Increase antioxidant intake – Antioxidants are substances that prevent damage to cells caused by free radicals. Free radicals basically steal electrons from other cells in effort to heal themselves, ultimately creating new free radicals in the process. By stealing electrons, it can cause damage to DNA, leading to the possible development of cancer.

Try following a plant-based diet, consuming three to six servings of lightly steamed or raw fruits and vegetables. The vegetables and fruits more likely to be beneficial are the greens and all berries.

Reduce systemic inflammation - Inflammation has been shown to contribute to cancer and heart disease. Foods that contribute to inflammation include: non-organic, non-grass-fed meats, hydrogenated oils (fried foods, some baking goods, most junk foods), simple sugars and sometimes dairy and wheat.

Detoxification – deep in our tissues we store toxins that can interfere with our ability to heal. Old and new toxins should be let out from our bodies in a balanced way without inducing any damage. Removing toxins from our bodies can be accomplished by optimal nourishment, sweating, regular bowel movements, mild exercise, and herbs that assist in liver health. A naturopathic physician should be sought out for proper guidance in detoxifying.

Limit exposure to environmental toxins:

  • Consuming or working with foods contaminated with pesticides.

  • Cadmium – highest levels caused by cigarette smoking and some occupational exposures such as welders, metal workers, or those who make cadmium products such as batteries or plastics.

  • Red meat consumption seems to contribute to prostate cancer, although the use of organic, grass-fed meats has never been looked at objectively.

  • Bisphosphenal A – an “environmental estrogen,” bisphenol A is found in polycarbonate plastic and dental sealants to which the general population is exposed at low levels. Bisphenol A can also be found in farm-raised fish.

Increase the immune system - Cancer therapies like chemotherapy severely weaken the immune system. A plant-based diet consisting of mostly whole grains, fruits, nuts and vegetables contains essential immune boosting nutrients.

Proper protein consumption is also important for healthy immunity and to properly sustain adequate weight.

Consume anti-cancer substances – some natural chemicals have shown to inhibit cancer cells, induce cell death (apoptosis), or inhibit metastasis.

As a naturopathic physician, I guide my patients through information and inform them of how they can improve their life using natural medicine. I provide clinical nutrition counseling, nutritional supplementation, and herbal botanicals at my clinic. If you have been recently diagnosed, are currently under active treatment, have been in remission for years, or have a strong family history of cancer, then I can help you!

Call 704-543-5540 for a free 15 minute phone consultation!

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