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Dave Foreman

PROSTATITIS


by Dave Foreman
Volume 7, Issue 4
- Repair And Recovery
- Homeopathy May Be The Relief You Are Looking For
- Antioxidants For Serious Health Concerns
- Acne (And Other Acne Related Skin Issues)
- Arrhythmias
- Using Tonics To Improve Your Health
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
Archives
- Herbal Pharmacist Health Update
- Smart Weight Loss Options
- Allergy Relief Alternatives
- Focus: Women's Health
- Menopause Symptom Relief
- Focus: Men's Healths
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Antioxidants for Blood Sugar Control
- Bone Health 101
- The Basics for Healthy Eyes
- Uterine Fibroids (revisited)
- Wait Before You Cut!

- Holiday Travel Tips
- Time for a Tune Up
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Energy: Who needs more?
- PCOS-Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Heavy Legs
- Stay Hydrated this Summer
- Lower Back Problems-Sciatica
- Antioxidants for Cardiovascular Health
- Prostate Health: not just an old manís concern
- Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Fats? Good for you?
- Prostatitis
- Superfoods
- Timing your Training Supplements
- Juice Up Your Life with Superjuices
- Infant Corner-Homeopathy
- Foundational Health
- Top Toxins
- Fall Cleansing
- Heart Health
- Protein Recovery and Repair
- High Blood Pressure
- Tart Cherries
- Infant Corner: DHA
- Healthy Digestion: Is it possible?
- Holiday Gift Ideas
- Herbal Tea
- Tired, moody, canít sleep? It might be STRESS.
- Infant Corner: Healthy Digestion
- Healthy Aging
- Breast Cancer
- Get a Jump on the Winter Cold and Flu Season
- Children's Essentials: No-Guilt Popsicles
- Infant Corner: Breastfeeding - Energize Yourself
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Hot Health Tip: Swimmer's Ear
- Infant Corner: Teething
- Understanding Homeopathy
- Green Foods Supplements
- Amino Acids
- Dry Eyes
- Infant Corner: Diaper Rash
- Blood Sugar Control
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Blood Sugar Concerns & More
- Sciatic Issues?
- Separating Myths From The Facts About Probiotics
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Infant Corner: Cradle Cap
- Swine Flu and Flu Season Worries:
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Weight Loss
- Quick Tips For Hypertension
- New Year's Resolutions
- A Natural Approach to Ear Infections
- Unraveling The Vitamin D Story
- Infant Corner: Prenatal Care
- Protein-Hype Or Hope
- Drug-Nutrient Interactions
- PMS-Something New
- Guide To Designing Your Supplement Regimen
- Why Can't I Sleep?
- Infant Corner: Developmental Support
- Hints for a Clearer Complexion
- Dental Tips
- Infant Corner
- Breast Cancer
- Healthy Aging
- Infant health corner
- Immune Support
- Secrets of Healthy Fats Revealed
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 4
- Chia seeds part II
- Healthy fats revisited
- Prostate health
- Infant health corner
- Fish oil & coq10
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 3
- Quick Tips for Women
- Bone Health
- Skin Health
- Quick Tips for Men
- Quick Fix For Allergy Sufferers
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 2
- Beauty Sleep
- Eye Health
- Weight Loss
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You
- Holiday Digestion
- Winter Dry Skin Tips
- Alzheimer's Disease
- TMJ Syndrome
- Breast Cancer Facts
- Bone Health
- Healthy Aging
- Children's Supplements
- Chia Seed the new superfood
- Understanding Chromium
- Water perhaps the most critical nutrient
- Stress! Tips to relax
- Allergy Tips
- There's A New CoQ10 In Town
- Tired? Quick tips for getting your energy level up
- Fats: Good For You?
- Flu Season
- Go Away Aches & Pains
- Oh!!My Aching Back
- Ear Infections
- How Sporty Are You
- No Bones About It
- Nattokinase
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- IBS
- Fiber
- Skin Cancer
- Sleep Problems
- Specific Herbs For Men
- Cleansing
- Nails
- PMS
- Probiotics
- Specific Herbs for Women
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Your Breath Stinks
- Blood Pressure
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS)
- Colorectal Cancer
- Uterine Fibroid
- The Eyes Have It
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
-Putting Out the Fire
- Solving America's Energy Crisis
- Natural Gum Care
- Jazz Up Your Life with Juice
- Natural Relief for SAD
- Immunity Know-How
- Stop Smoking!!
- Let's Talk About Irregularity
- Free Radicals
- Asthma
- Memory Problems
- L-Carnitine
- Men's Health
- Women's Health
- The Four Pillars of Great Health
- Blood Sugar Control
- Probiotics
- Supplement Interactions
- Are You Consumer Smart?
- Digestive Blues
- Taking Control of Stress
- Heart Health
- Pycnogenol®
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Greens
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Happy (and Healthy) Trails to You!

Dave Foreman, RPh, ND is a pharmacist, Naturopathic Doctor, author, television commentator, radio host and practitioner of natural living and holistic approaches to better health. His weekly radio program is broadcast throughout North America. Dave is currently a contributing columnist for Pharmacy Today magazine and several other natural health publications.

In the past year, I was unfortunate enough to experience prostatitis. If you are a woman and reading this article, please understand that this condition is very uncomfortable. Just as we men can’t necessarily understand what it feels like to have menstrual cramps or the pain of delivery, you may not realize what prostatitis feels to men. Taking a close look at this condition, you can see that it can have many different symptoms and impact men in different ways. In order to explain to my wife what I was experiencing, I printed information from the Internet describing the symptoms, and joked that next to the definition would be a great place for my picture.

The symptoms of this condition are not just uncomfortable, they are humbling, – and at times embarrassing. My condition was not caused by the more common cause – infection – but was caused by riding my bike. Please check out the information below for more help.

Prostatitis is an inflammatory condition of the prostate gland. It is often, but not always, accompanied by pain. The condition impacts men of all ages and is most common in men below the age of 50. It is often diagnosed by a digital rectal exam and the symptoms you may exhibit. Prostatitis should not be confused with BPH, which is a benign enlargement of the prostate gland. The following are some of the more common symptoms you may experience:

• A frequent urge to urinate
• Excessive urinating at night
• A burning sensation when urinating
• Dribbling after urinating
• Difficulty starting urination
• Interrupted flow
• Weaker-than-normal urine flow
• A sensation of not completely emptying your bladder
• Pain or discomfort :
  o lower back
  o area between the testicles and anus
  o lower abdomen or upper thighs
  o above the pubic area
  o tip of your penis
  o after ejaculation

What increases your risk:

• A recent urinary tract infection
• Sexually transmitted diseases
• Injury, such as from riding a bicycle or horse
• Insertion of a urinary catheter or having a cystoscopy

Natural treatment options are generally much different with prostatitis. Since prostatitis can be either bacterial or non-bacterial, you may wish to try a more shotgun approach and utilize several supplements. The one I prefer to start with is the use of a standardized flower pollen extract (not bee pollen). Flower pollen extract has been studied with regard to supporting prostate health. I believe this supplement possesses anti-inflammatory and immune support properties all in one package. Other supplements such as quercetin and bromelain can provide added anti-inflammatory support.

If infection is an issue, zinc seems to be an important nutrient for prostatitis sufferers. Remember, zinc is a metal, and too much of a good thing is not always good. I prefer you try to limit your zinc intake to around 50mg per day. Higher doses can be taken, but only with guidance of your health care provider. Vitamin C can also be helpful. Vitamin C can inhibit the growth of certain inflammation-causing bacteria. My usual favorites for long-term immune support can also be helpful

if infections are the cause of your prostatitis. The medicinalmushroommaitake or AHCC will provide the added support your immune system needs. Remember, treating yourself for this condition is only advised if you have a diagnosis. Just assuming you have prostatitis would be foolish. You might have BPH or even worse—prostate cancer. Get your diagnosis and then try to “go natural.” Long-term supplementation is usually regarded as safe. Combining supplementation with sound diet, activity and mind/spirit will go a long way to supporting your health care needs.

Other prostate support nutrients that can help reduce symptoms are:

• Saw palmetto
• Pygeum
• Beta-sitosterol

 
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