Contributed by- Dr. Pooja Chaudhary
Prostate cancer is a form of cancer which affects only men and grows in the prostate gland. It is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among males, especially in the large Indian cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore and Mumbai. The incidence rates of this cancer are constantly and rapidly increasing. As per the cancer projection data, the number of cases will double by 2020.
Natural Treatment vs. Conventional Treatment
The standard treatment for prostate cancer includes medication, radiation, and surgery. This mostly comes with unwanted side effects. For these side effects, a lot of men wonder if alternative therapy that does not involve costly and hazardous surgery, drugs, or radiation, yet is effective; is available. The alternative approach (natural treatment) for the management and treatment of prostate cancer is quite different from the conventional approach and perhaps is more beneficial for some patients.
The alternative cancer therapy includes, dietary changes, oral nutritional supplements, possible hormonal balancing, possible intravenous vitamin and mineral drips, an exercise program, fresh air and some sunlight exposure, stress management training if necessary, detoxification, and possibly various other immune enhancing activities, such as chiropractic, massage, acupuncture or dental treatment.
How Natural Therapy Works
If the prostate cancer has not spread to other parts of the body and is confined within the prostate then natural treatment is the best option. The reason being that prostate cancer cells multiply very slowly. This gives time to the natural treatments to act on these cancer cells, by killing them or reversing them into normal cells. Natural therapy completely stops the growth or replication of cancer cells in the initial stages only. This is an easier, safer and far more effective way to prevent and reverse prostate cancer than the regular conventional methods.
Let’s have a look at the steps which can help in treating prostate cancer naturally:
Various blood tests to identify the nutritional deficiency and inflammation levels are crucial for treatment.
- Vitamin D: Vitamin D deficiency is strongly associated with prostate cancer. In cancer cases, 70-100 ng/ml levels need to be maintained. Hence, if a Vitamin D deficiency is identified, then supplements are suggested to correct it.
- Insulin: If a patient is insulin resistant, then he/she must cut down on sugar, ideally limiting the total fructose consumption from all sources to less than 15 grams per day.
It is recommended to look for toxins in the body by using urine and faecal analysis. For any toxicity, a detoxification program will be required. Apart from heavy metals, calcium is an important factor as many men have calcification in the prostate, which needs to be eliminated.
A saliva panel is advised to check for the following hormones:
- Testosterone: This may be suggested if the testosterone levels are low or
- Estragon: An estragon elimination programs is suggested if the levels are excessive.
A close look at the diet, in general, is also important.
- Avoid processed animal foods as they are high in hormones and antibiotics.
- It has been seen that individuals with higher intakes of antioxidants such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and the trace mineral selenium have lower chances of prostate cancer.
To treat cancer successfully a holistic approach is required. Besides the above, emotional strength and support is also crucial.
Why Are People Opting For Natural Treatment?
This shift in the treatment strategies ie. from conventional to natural treatment makes a world of difference for the treatment of all chronic degenerative disease, especially cancer. Conventional treatment is losing the war on cancer with the alternative treatments. This is because many patients die from the conventional treatment plan. These patients don’t die because of cancer but because of the treatment they are going through. Also, the costs of conventional treatment are very high which a person may not be able to afford. All medical insurance plans also do not necessarily cover prostate cancer. Hence, the percentage of people opting for natural or alternative methods of treatment for prostate cancer has considerably increased as compared to the regular conventional methods.
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