During my self absorbed teenage years I didn’t make the connection between my dad and his regular night time toilet trips. These were an inconvenience to me, if I happened to still be awake and reading during the wee hours. I would be told to turn the light off and go to sleep. Nowadays, I am simply sad that I hadn’t the knowledge of the ways and means to heal prostatitis, before he died aged 83.
Quite apart from the bad effect of long term disturbed sleep, the last decade of his life was a constant worry about going on any journey. All car trips had to have a toilet route planned into them. We women can empathise with this difficulty, having similar issues during the menstrual years! This being in a constant state of anxiety, in case of an embarrassing accident occurring. Feeling like this takes the enjoyment from days out, but also exacerbates the prostate problems.
Prostatitis: the Low Down
1 in 3 men over the age of 40 have prostate related conditions. The most common symptoms are a frequent need to urinate, yet not being able to fully empty the bladder, erectile dysfunction, and pain on urinating and/or ejaculation. There may also be pain in the groin area, or referred elsewhere, such as the lower back.
However, there is more to it than this. Prostatitis is linked to further prostate problems as Dr Ronald E. Wheeler explains:
“Chronic prostatitis (inflammation or infection of the prostate) is common to virtually all adult men. Not surprisingly, Prostatitis is associated with virtually all cases of prostate cancer and present in every prostate biopsy, regardless of other findings. According to Urologists at the University of Washington, in Seattle, “All men either have prostatitis or will get prostatitis in their lifetime.”
We also know that all men eventually get prostate cancer if they live long enough… (studies suggest) prostate cancer is always associated with prostatitis.”
These facts are meant to inform not alarm, because there is much you can do to treat your condition, and the side effect is that your whole body will be well. This is the beauty of using nature over pharmaceuticals. Drugs just mask symptoms or give pain relief, but do not address the health issues at the root of the complaint.
An inflamed body is a body at war with itself. Prostatitis is an inflammation, as is any condition with an ‘itis’ end to its name. So looking for natural treatment for prostatitis, we are looking at ways to soothe, calm, and eradiate the inflammation. No matter the cause of the prostatitis, whether it is acute or chronic, it needs addressing in the same way. Holistically!
Refresh Your Diet
Change your diet to cut out grains and dairy, adding leafy greens and juices from fresh vegetables, including nettles (a natural aid to increasing/adjusting urinary flow). Adapt some meals of the day to all raw, (see my guidelines in the raw diet section), focus on including living foods such as sprouted seeds and freshly picked plant foods. This will serve to decrease the acidity that is always present in an inflamed body. Include pumpkin seeds daily, and also use the oil, these are beneficial as they are high in zinc. Take a small handful of brazil nuts, these have the selenium essential to aid prostate function. Add in bee pollen to smoothies, this is well known as beneficial for a healthy prostate and it is also anti bacterial. It is high in B vitamins, which incidentally aid in the absorption of zinc.
As well as altering our diet use iodine. This is highly respected across the holistic health world. It is noted that in Japan where much iodine is consumed naturally, the incidences of prostate problems are far lower.
Nutritionalist Robert Redfern suggests supplementing with nascent iodine in dropper format because this “is the same iodine that is recognised by the thyroid and is absorbed effortlessly by the body.”
Dr Davis Brownstein suggests using Lugals iodine. His protocol is clearly explained in the book, “The Iodine Crisis£, by Lynne Farrow. This gives you a choice of which is easier for you in terms of availability or cost. Dr Gabriel Cousens also writes of the role of iodine in treating inflammation, and of course reducing inflammatory responses is vital to good health. There are many testimonials on the benefits of using iodine as a natural treatment for prostatitis.
The Super Enzyme Serrapeptase
If you are a man reading this, (and not the sister, mother or wife of one), chances are you are going to want the easiest, least life changing option. In which case, Serrapeptase is the first thing to purchase and take. It is in capsule form so easy to pop. It will not interfere with any medications you may be taking. Why is this beneficial? Robert Redfern, author of, “The Miracle Enzyme” explains:.
“As an anti-inflammatory, nothing surpasses the ability of Serrapeptase to safely stop inappropriate (sometimes it is needed) inflammation in its tracks. No matter the cause or the location (it even crosses the blood brain barrier), Serrapeptase gets to work stopping the inflammation. If that is not enough, it has the ability to dissolve any dead or non-living tissue that may be gumming up the works, particularly mucus and inflammation associated with pain.”
So, there are many ways to combat the problem of prostatitis, and by healing this condition, you are also improving your general overall health, which in turn, will then prevent any reoccurrence. Job done!