Green Tea: Prostate Cancer Silver Bullet?

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Drinking green tea has long been considered to have health benefits ranging from easing arthritis to lowering cholesterol to fighting infections to preventing Alzheimer’s disease. Now, researchers say that the active ingredients in green tea may indeed slow down the progression of prostate cancer. The disease is the second leading cause of cancer death among American men.

The study, conducted at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport and published in Cancer Prevention Research, an American Association for Cancer Research journal, found capsules made using green tea extracts called polyphenols lowered levels of proteins that tumors use to grow.

Twenty six already diagnosed prostate cancer patients, aged from 41 to 68, each took four capsules a day containing Polythenon E — equal to a dozen cups of green tea — for about a month before they had their prostates removed. The scientists found that levels of three proteins associated with the spread of prostate cancer fell. For some, the drop was as much as 30 percent.

Researchers warn that we are still in the early stages of discovery, that the LSU study is a small one, and that there is lots of work still to be done. Still, they say that green tea and other plant-derived substances are showing the potential for helping prevent certain cancers and for slowing the growth of certain cancers, if not actually being able to shrink tumors.

The American Cancer Society projects prostate cancer will be diagnosed this year in 192,280 men.

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Shock Therapy to Cure Impotence

There is a new treatment thought to offer a permanent cure for impotence, but at what cost?  The expensive procedure (£1,500) of shock therapy for erectile dysfunction was pioneered in Israel, and recently the Spire Murrayfield Hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland is the first in the UK to test this treatment.  Spreading across the globe, this low-intensity shock wave therapy is the first procedure believed to provide a permanent cure to the most common causes of impotence.

This electric shock therapy is thought to provide a permanent cause for impotence because it sends shock waves through the penis that stimulate the growth of new blood vessels. The treatment has been used in the past to treat other conditions such as kidney stones, joint inflammation, and improving blood flow in the heart.  According to urological surgeon Roland Donat, “It doesn’t cause any pain and, amazingly, there aren’t any known side- effects at this point in time.”

This revolutionary shock therapy, named ED1000, provides hope to men with impotence due to poor blood flow, diabetes, and even men who do not respond to drugs such as Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis, which only treat the symptoms of erectile dysfunction.

As for the effectiveness of this shock wave therapy for impotence, doctors have promising results for up to two years after treatment was received.  However, although the procedure worked for the majority of patients, the shock therapy did not work for everyone.

In October 2011 a study was published by Ilan Gruenwald MD, Boaz Appel MD, and Yoram Vardi MD, which tested the effectiveness of Low-Intensity Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy on erectile dysfunction patients.  29 men of an average age of 61 with erectile dysfunction that were unresponsive to medication, were the subjects of this study. Treatment involved multiple sessions throughout nine weeks treatment period, consisting of 300 shocks over a period of three minutes on five different points along the shaft of the penis.

Results showed that sexual function increased an average of 10 points on the scaling system (International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF)), with 8 of the 29 participants achieving normal sexual function.  This holds promise for the effectiveness of shock therapy as a permanent cure for men with erectile dysfunction, but larger studies will need to be analyzed before coming to a conclusion on the safety and effectiveness of c.

International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF)
• No erectile dysfunction = 26 – 30
• Mild erectile dysfunction = 22 – 25
• Mild to moderate erectile dysfunction = 17 – 21
• Moderate erectile dysfunction = 11 – 16
• Severe erectile dysfunction = 6 – 10.

Impotency Treatment – Studies Show Watermelon Treats Erectile Dysfunction

More studies are surfacing on the health benefits of watermelon, especially the benefits watermelon can have on impotency.  ”While watermelon has traditionally been seen as a natural vasodilator and libido enhancer, the new study reaffirms its potential as a potency fruit [for erectile dysfunction],” reports 121doc.  This one study in particular even went so far as to compare the impact of eating watermelon to taking Viagra.

Watermelon can be a powerful natural remedy for impotency because it contains an abundance phyto-nutrients, which are essential for the overall well-being and health of the human body.  In watermelons, these include lycopene, beta carotene, among many other. What has recently been discovered is the benefits of one phyto-nutrient for erectile dysfunction in particular – citrulline.

Citrulline is known to dilate blood vessels, which can increase the flow of blood to the penis. Citrulline has the potential to improve cardiovascular health as well and boost immunity by converting itself to arginine. Arginine is an amino acid that can help resolve problems with penile blood flow, which is the common cause of impotency and erectile dysfunction.

“The citrulline-arginine relationship helps heart health, the immune system and may prove to be very helpful for those who suffer from obesity and type 2 diabetes,” said Dr. Bhimu Patil. “Arginine boosts nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels, the same basic effect that Viagra has, to treat erectile dysfunction and maybe even prevent it.”

These studies have also shown that deep red varieties of watermelon have displaced the tomato as the lycopene fruit. Almost 92 percent of watermelon is water, but the remaining 8 percent is loaded with lycopene, an anti-oxidant that protects the human heart, prostate and skin health. Lycopene, however, is fat-soluble, meaning that it needs certain fats in the blood for better absorption by the body. Try to eat watermelon with other oily vegetables, like avocado or spinach, in order to absorb as much lycopene possible.

 

Review Erectile Dysfunction Drugs – Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, Staxyn

Viagra is prescribed to treat erectile dysfunction.  This is not news to anyone.  There are other drugs used to treat impotence including Cialis, Levitra and Staxyn.  I have tried all five of these medications – Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, Staxyn – and I live to tell the tale.  I don’t like to rely heavily on drugs and medication to treat ED, which is why many of my other posts focus more on the natural remedies that I have found to be beneficial for my condition.  However these prescriptions do work and are good to take on an occasional basis.  Below I’ve review these three impotence drugs for men looking to weigh the pros and cons of each prescription.

Common Side Effects of Erectile Dysfunction Drugs – Viagra, Cialis, Levitra and Staxyn

Viagra

Viagra, composed of Sildenafil, and is usually effective for up to four hours.  It takes about 30 minutes to an hour to notice the effects of Viagra.

Common Side Effects of Viagra Include (from most to least common):

  • Headache
  • Flushing
  • Upset Stomach and Indegestion
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Abnormal Vision (Color Tinge/”Blue Vision”/Blurred Vision)
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Rash

Cialis

Cialis, composed of tadalafil, and is effective for up to 36 hours.  The effects of Cialis can be noticed in about 15 minutes.

Common Side Effects of Cialis Include (from most to least common):

  • Headache
  • Indigestion
  • Back Pain
  • Flushing
  • Muscle Ache
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Pain in limb

Levitra

Levitra, composed of vardenafil, and is usually effective for about five hours. You can notice the effects of Levitra after about 30 minutes.

Common Side Effects of Levitra Include (from most to least common):

  • Headache
  • Flushing
  • Nasal congestion
  • Upset Stomach
  • Accidental Injury
  • Flu symptoms
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness

Staxyn

Staxyn is similar to Levitra, but can be taken discretely as it comes in the form of a dissoluble tablet that you can just slip right under your tongue.  You will also begin to notice the effects of Staxyn more quickly than Levitra.

Common Side Effects of Staxyn Include (from most to least common):

  • Headache
  • Flushing
  • Nasal congestion
  • Upset stomach
  • Dizziness
  • Back Pain

 

 

Erectile Dysfunction and Heart Disease

I’m not saying that if you have Erectile Dysfunction you should panic about heart disease, but you should be aware of how the two conditions are correlated.  iTriage posted an interesting article yesterday, “How Erectile Dysfunction Might Just Save Your Life.”  The article is about a man who saw a doctor for his erectile dysfunction, and after several tests they discovered the man had coronary artery disease and had to have a five vessel coronary artery bypass procedure.

After reading this article by iTriage I was reminded how important it is to understand the cause of your impotence. Erectile Dysfunction is a result of narrowed blood vessels and poor blood flow to the penis, and narrowed blood vessels are a result of heart disease.  The arteries that supply blood to the penis, called the internal pudendal arteries, are very small and are often blocked before the more vital coronary arteries.  So erectile dysfunction and impotence can be a warning sign for a serious heart disease and life threatening heart attack.  Therefore all men with ED, and all men in general, should see their doctor and request an EKG to make sure that you are free of heart disease and lower your risk of heart attack.

As I said before, you shouldn’t worry too much about having a heart condition if you are impotent.  There are several causes other than heart disease for impotency.  Some other causes of impotency include:

  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Atherosclerosis (clogged blood vessels)
  • Smoking
  • Alcoholism
  • Injuries
  • Prostate cancer
  • Certain medications – diuretics, high blood pressure drugs, anti-depressants, anti-anxieties, anti epileptic drugs, antihistamines, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, Parkinson’s drugs, antiarrythmics, muscle relaxants, prostate cancer drugs, histamine H2-receptor antagonists, chemotherapy drugs
  • Low testosterone
  • Parkinson’s
  • Multiple sclerosis

 

 

Impotency And Diet

Impotency is a blood vessel issue, and diet has a lot to do with your blood vessels.  Eating a healthy, well balanced diet is vital to blood flow and can improve erectile dysfunction.  Below are a few tips and suggestions for maintaining a diet that can help with impotency.

The Best Diet For Impotency

Foods to Increase

  • Fresh Fruit – Not only are fruits healthy and free of any added junk, fruits are also known to increase libido. The best fruits to eat (and drink) in order to increase libido and sex drive include:
    • Pomegranate - pomegranate helps the body to produce (NO) or nitric oxide, which helps to open up blood vessels and increase blood flow, and consequently the libido.
    • Figs – figs contain high levels of amino acids. Amino acids play a vital role in normal sexual function and will help increase levels of nitric oxide in the body.
    • Avocados - Avocados contains high levels of folic acid to help metabolize proteins giving you an energy boost. Avocados also contain vitamin B6 which help fight stress and give you the energy to keep going and also help with the production of testosterone.
    • Bananas - boost your libido with the bromelain enzyme it contains. It has one of the highest levels of potassium to help regulate energy levels as well as B vitamins.
    • Dates - amino acids for sexual stamina as well as a good dose of fruity sugars which make them sweet and an amazing pickup.
  • Nuts – All types of nuts are good for erectile dysfunction, but here are a few in particular:
    • Pistachio nuts – pistachios are a very good source of the nonessential amino acid arginine, which seems to maintain flexible arteries and improve blood flow by enhancing the ability of nitric oxide to relax blood vessels.
  • Grains and vegetables
  • Special rejuvenative foods – whey, sour milk- particularly goat’s mailk, millet , garlic , honey, cold-pressed vegetable oils, and brewer’s yeast
Foods to Avoid
  • Caffeine – Coffee, tea, soda, restricts blood vessels
  • Fried Food
  • Animal Fats
  • Avoid processed, canned, denatured, and refined foods (e.g. white sugar and white flour).  This includes foods that are made with these ingredients as well.
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol intake
  • Lower intake of animal products.  A vegetarian diet has been shown to improve impotence.

Yoga Poses for Impotency

I don’t want to rely on my medication, such as Viagra and Cialis, to cure my impotence condition.  There are many natural remedies and exercises that I have adopted in order to treat erectile dysfunction.  Yoga is a popular treatment for ED, and is therapeutic to the mind as well.  Below you will find several yoga poses for impotence that help to exercise and open your hip joints, restore sexual energy and desire, increase blood flow and strengthening the muscles in your genital area.

Yoga Poses for Impotency

Sun Salutations

  1. Stand with your feet together. Place the palms of your hands together in prayer position.
  2. Inhale and raise your arms upward. Slowly stretch your arms backwards over your head.
  3. Exhale and slowly bend forward, let your hands touch your feet or the ground.
  4. Inhale and move your right leg back into a lunge position. Keep your hands and feet firmly on the ground and head looking up.
  5. Exhaling and bring your left foot back towards the right into the plank position.
  6. Continue to exhale as you slowly lower your body to the floor until your feet, knees, and hands are touching the floor.
  7. Inhale and stretch forward and up, using your arms to lift your torso into the cobra position.
  8. Exhale and lift from the hips pushing back and up into downward dog.
  9. Inhale and step your right foot forward into the lunge position.
  10. Exhale and bring your feet together trying to bring your head to your knees.
  11. Inhale and rise one vertebrae at a time. Keep your arms extended as you raise them above your head. Lean slightly back.
  12. Exhale and slowly let your arms drop your sides. Bring your hands back into prayer position.
  13. Repeat this sequence starting with your left foot.
  1. Lie flat on your back in the shava-asana pose.
  2. Inhale and bend your right knee, pulling it into your torso with both hands interlocking your fingers below your knee. Keep your left leg flat on the floor.
  3. Hold the inhaled breath for a few seconds then slowly exhale, lifting your back, shoulders and head off of the food and touching your knee to your forehead.
  4. Hold the exhaled breath then slowly inhale, returning your back, shoulder and head to the floor.  Remain holding your right knee.
  5. Exhale and bring your right leg to the floor.
  6. Lie flat on your back in shava-asana before repeating the sequence with your left leg.
  1. Lie on the back with the feet on the floor with knees bent, or stand.
  2. Inhale, pause, and as you begin to exhale, contract the genital and anal region.
  3. Pull it in tightly, pause, and release as you exhale.
  4. Do this five times twice a day.
  1. First Method – While standing with your feet about a foot apart and your knees slightly bent, lean forwards a little from the waist and place your hands just above your knees.  Inhale deeply by pushing your abdomen forwards, and then exhale by pushing your stomach in. Don’t take another breath; instead, push in your stomach even more, so that it becomes hollow, and hold your breath for about ten seconds.
  2. Second Method – Do the same as above but, instead of holding your Stomach in after exhaling, rapidly push your stomach in and out ten times without taking another breath.
  1. Lie on your stomach, spreading your hands on the floor underneath your shoulders.  Hug your elbows up and back towards your body.
  2. Press the tops of the feet and thighs and the pubis firmly into the floor.
  3. Inhale and straighten your arms, lifting your chest off the floor.  Lift only to the point that you are maintaining a connection through your pubis to your legs.
  4. Firm the shoulder blades against the back, puffing the side ribs forward.
  5. Hold for 15 to 30 seconds, breathing easily.
  6. Exhale and release back to the floor.
  1. Lie down with your back on a Yoga Mat.
  2. Lift your legs up to a 90 degree angle with your torso. Your shoulders and head should lie flay on the mat.
  3. Lift your hips off the floor and bring your legs over your head.
  4. Lift your entire back, bringing your legs farther over your head so that they touch the floor behind you.
  5. Place your arms against your upper back and try to place your hands as near as possible to the shoulder blades. Try to place your elbows at shoulder-width.
  6. Push your back upwards with your hands. You will get a force upwards coming from the seventh neck-vertebra.Use your hands to push the back forward with the result that it gets narrower and straighter and there is an increased pressure on your shoulders. At the same time, this requires more power of the muscles of the lower back. Rest your weight on the back side of the shoulders. See to it that you do not bend the upper back and the chest.
  7. Lift up your legs, one at a time, and see to it that the pelvis is placed straight over your back and your hands. Your legs are placed a little forward. Divide the weight of your legs between the hands and the shoulders. Build up strength in the upper lower back and give space to your chest and shoulder muscles.A slight bending of the legs sees to it that the back remains straight and that the dynamism from the sacrum and the hip is maintained.Wait until your shoulders start to relax more. Try to increase the right dynamism through the angle of the legs and via the hands.
  1. From shoulder stand, exhale and bend from the hips, slowly lower your toes to the floor above and beyond your head. Try to keep your torso perpendicular to the floor and your legs fully extended.
  2. With your toes on the floor, lift your thighs and tailbone toward the ceiling and draw your inner groins deep into the pelvis. Draw your chin away from your sternum.
  3. You can continue to press your hands against the back torso, pushing the back up toward the ceiling as you press the backs of the upper arms down, onto your support. Or you can release your hands away from your back and stretch the arms out behind you on the floor, opposite the legs. Clasp the hands and press the arms actively down on the support as you lift the thighs toward the ceiling.
  4. Hold this position for 1 to 5 minutes. Then exhale and lift back into a shoulder stand.  Roll down onto your back on an exhalation.
  1. From shoulder stand, fold both legs in the knees, then the waist.  Press the thighs against the stomach.
  2. Contract and expands the anus muscles while continue to breath normally.
  3. Hold this position for 1 to 5 minutes.  Exhale and lift back into a shoulder stand.  Roll down onto your back on an exhalation.
THUNDERBOLT ATTITUDE
  1. Sit erect in either Padmasana or Sidhasana so that the spine is straight.
  2. Inhale slowly, focusing on the muscles near the pubic bone.
  3. With the air retained, contract the abdomen and pull it towards the spine.
  4. Now gradually contract and release
  5. When you start feeling that you cannot retain the breath, gradually exhale with release of the muscle and release the abdomen also.

KHANDASANA (Advanced Yogis)

  1. Sit on the floor with the legs stretched straight in front. Bend the knees, widen the thighs, bring the feet towards the trunk until the heels are close to the perineum and keep the knees on the floor. The position is similar to Baddhakonasana.

  2. Hold the right foot with the right palm and the left foot with the left palm.

  3. With the help of the hands, draw the feet up towards the trunk, invert the ankle, pull the knees and thighs, and place the heels and the outer sides of the feet against the navel and chest. To start with the feet are likely to slip down. Practice the pose for a few weeks, holding the feet firmly against the chest.

  4. Release the hands, and either stretch the arms straight and rest the back of the hands on the knees or join the palms in front of the chest. Keep the back erect and stay I n the pose for about 30 seconds with deep breathing.

  5. Advanced pupils may raise the hands, palms together, above the head. Then try to join the palms behind the back and balance: this is the most difficult part of the asana.

  6. Hold the feet with the hands, lower them to the floor and rest.

  7. As the pelvic and other joints of the legs are rotated it takes a long time to master the pose.