Participants: Agatha Thrash (Host), Don Miller
Series Code: HYTH
Program Code: HYTH000198
00:01 We concentrate so much on women's disorders because
00:04 women tend to go to doctors more than men;
00:07 but actually, men have some very common and some very serious
00:11 problems as well.
00:13 So in this program, we'll be talking about
00:15 men's health issues... so we hope you will join us!
00:37 Welcome to "Help Yourself to Health"
00:39 with Dr. Agatha Thrash of Uchee Pines Institute
00:43 And now, here's your host, Dr. Thrash
00:46 Some of men's health issues are of a serious nature.
00:52 I'd like to start out talking about one of those
00:55 and that's the subject of prostatitis.
00:58 Prostatitis can be of 2 kinds;
01:01 it can be acute, or it can be chronic.
01:04 The acute form can be really quite serious...
01:08 so that it can cause high fevers and chills, loss of appetite,
01:14 backaches, perineal pain, the floor of the pelvis
01:19 can be really quite severe...
01:22 And such a man may be actually prostrate, just so weak
01:27 and so sick that he can't get out of bed.
01:30 There are a number of things that can be done for him,
01:32 and he needs to work diligently on applying these
01:37 because if he's careful in applying them,
01:40 it will be less likely that he will get a chronic prostatitis.
01:44 Some men describe the hot, tender, very painful
01:52 prostate with acute prostatitis as being
01:55 a hot stone in the rectum,
01:58 and that certainly could be a way to describe it.
02:03 Now since there are a number of germs that can be involved
02:08 in acute prostatitis, we almost always get something like
02:12 the colon bacteria that are so common in the colon.
02:17 We almost always get those.
02:20 Sometimes we need to massage the prostate in order to get
02:24 secretions to culture...
02:25 But most of the time, if we just wait a day or so
02:28 we can get from the urine, the same bacteria,
02:33 even sometimes from the very beginning,
02:35 we can get the pathogenic bacterium that's causing
02:39 the problem with the prostate from the urine...
02:43 which means that we don't have to massage the prostate
02:46 which, by massaging, can release germs into the
02:50 bloodstream which could cause the germs
02:54 to go all over the body.
02:55 Of course, we're always concerned in people who have
02:58 some kind of heart problem, that if the germs
03:01 go all over the body, then the individual has the possibility
03:06 although it's not very great, but it is a possibility,
03:10 that they will grow on the abnormal place in the heart.
03:15 Now, with prostatitis, there are certain antimicrobials
03:20 that are of a herbal nature that I'd like to tell you about
03:24 Of course, everybody is familiar with goldenseal, and Echinacea
03:29 as herbal antimicrobial agents, and I can recommend these
03:34 for people who have acute prostatitis.
03:39 Garlic is another antimicrobial, along with elderberry.
03:43 Myrrh is a very good antimicrobial.
03:48 Calendula is very good for the prostate.
03:52 And, one that I like very much is also grapefruit seed extract.
03:57 It's a very good antimicrobial substance that can be
04:02 used in acute prostatitis.
04:05 Now if one is very careful to treat oneself during the
04:09 acute phase, then there is a much less likelihood
04:13 that it will go on to the chronic phase of prostatitis.
04:17 The chronic phase gives a little pain,
04:20 sometimes a little pus in the urine,
04:23 sometimes a little sense of fullness in the pelvic area,
04:29 and often, it just sort of subdues the man's sense of
04:34 well-being somewhat.
04:35 So we want to avoid that if it's at all possible.
04:38 Now along with prostatitis, there is another topic that
04:45 men often suffer from, and I have asked Dr. Don Miller
04:49 to talk with you about that one, and that is the subject of
04:52 impotence in men.
04:54 It's getting to be a more common problem,
04:57 and I think that some of the issues that are involved
04:59 would be well to discuss at this time... Dr. Miller
05:02 Okay... You know, I get my VFW magazine,
05:07 and in every issue, there will be a whole large page
05:11 advertisement for this particular problem
05:13 They usually either cause it impotence,
05:15 or erectile dysfunction.
05:18 And this is a major problem usually having to do with
05:21 a man when he gets a little bit older.
05:24 And, I would say, probably it's not so much a
05:27 problem of itself, although it is a problem,
05:29 but it's more of a symptom of another problem...
05:32 And there are some rather simple things you can try
05:36 to take care of this problem.
05:38 Basically, the thing is going to be a circulation problem
05:43 For some reason, the circulation of the blood down in that
05:46 part of the body has been somehow impaired,
05:50 and when you have the impairment of the blood flow,
05:52 you have impotence.
05:54 There are various things that keep us from having good
05:56 circulation, and some of them we've done other programs on
06:00 ...something like diabetes.
06:02 A person who is diabetic is far more likely to be impotent
06:05 than the person who is not diabetic.
06:07 And so what should you do?
06:09 You should do the things in your life that will keep you
06:11 from being diabetic...
06:13 Eating the right foods, getting the exercise...
06:17 But also, another thing that keeps us from having good
06:20 blood flow in any part of the body...
06:22 We're not just talking about impotence here,
06:23 we're talking about the whole body!
06:25 Let me go back to one of the foundational health principles
06:29 I always... whenever I teach health principles,
06:32 I teach 2 foundational principles...
06:34 #1 is the life is in the blood, but the second one is...
06:38 Perfect health requires perfect circulation.
06:41 Anything that impairs circulation is going to cause
06:44 us not to be as healthy as we could be...
06:46 which is the problem with impotence.
06:47 So, drinking more water... a person who is impotent
06:52 maybe the fact that they just don't drink water enough...
06:54 their blood is too viscous
06:56 and, therefore, they're not getting the good blood flow
06:58 in that part of the body.
07:00 Another thing can be... tobacco
07:02 We realize that tobacco damages peripheral blood circulation.
07:07 You'll see many people who are really hooked on the tobacco
07:10 and if they go there long enough, they start to have
07:13 amputations because they started losing the
07:15 circulation in their periphery.
07:17 ALCOHOL certainly can be a potent cause of impotence
07:21 ...that's a funny way of putting it...
07:22 "a potent cause of impotence"
07:24 So, we need to stay away from the alcohol.
07:26 As a matter of fact, anything stimulating along those lines
07:29 are bad for the prostate, bad for the impotence.
07:33 Another thing you need to do is make sure that
07:36 you stay away from over-stimulation.
07:39 A person sometimes is impotent because they have,
07:42 for SO long stayed so over-stimulated
07:45 in the sexual areas.
07:47 Basically, you're talking about people who are into
07:50 let's say pornography, in any of its forms
07:54 A person so wears out their apparatus, that it just
07:58 doesn't work anymore.
07:59 It's best to sit there, and make sure you have a pure mind.
08:03 I would recommend to a person who is impotent...
08:06 and I've ran into these people in India
08:08 I want them to stay completely away from anything stimulating
08:12 for at least a month.
08:13 Stay away from their wives...
08:14 Stay away from anything that might stimulate them
08:16 Keep their minds in a higher level,
08:18 and perhaps sometimes through this time-out,
08:22 your body can recover enough.
08:23 But then I also recommend the other things
08:25 ...keep the blood flowing well.
08:28 You can do things called hot and cold sitz baths
08:31 Basically, sitting in a contrast bath.
08:34 You sit in hot water for 3 minutes,
08:36 go into cold water for 30 seconds, back to hot water
08:39 for 3 minutes, 30 seconds into cold.
08:41 This vasoconstriction vasodilatation can help to
08:45 increase blood flow.
08:47 We have them do that for things
08:48 like arthritis to the hand, and other things.
08:50 It can work the same way in the pelvic area.
08:52 It's also good for the prostate while you're at it.
08:54 So doing the hot and cold sitz baths
08:57 would be very beneficial for the person having this problem.
09:01 There are certain herbs that a person could take
09:03 And, almost anything to do with the prostate,
09:05 saw palmetto berries is extremely good.
09:08 So I would recommend a person try saw palmetto berries,
09:11 because sometimes impotence... some people consider that
09:15 also along the lines of male infertility...
09:18 saw palmetto berries will help that.
09:21 Ginger will help that.
09:22 Dr. Thrash has mentioned ginger for the woman.
09:24 Ginger for the man could also be quite beneficial.
09:29 And then, I've read recently that people who are into
09:35 REALLY into bicycling, I mean getting on to the little
09:38 banana seats, and doing long term bicycling
09:41 they can become impotent because of the damage being done
09:44 to the vascular system leading into the area
09:49 that's under question here.
09:51 Also, any type of injury to that area.
09:53 You find many young people today out there playing
09:56 the soccer... They get kicked in the wrong places
09:58 THAT itself can lead to impotence in the future
10:01 because of damage to the vascular area.
10:04 So we need to protect EVERY part of our body,
10:07 and if you're concerned about impotence, protect that part
10:10 of your body.
10:11 Stay away from those little narrow seats.
10:14 Don't sit on hard surfaces.
10:15 You need good blood flow at all times
10:17 REMEMBER, perfect health requires perfect circulation
10:21 ...And that goes for your prostate,
10:22 that goes for EVERYTHING that you have, your eyes,
10:25 EVERYTHING needs to have good circulation.
10:26 I think as we keep the circulation going, Dr. Thrash,
10:29 we'll be a lot better off. Yes!
10:30 Now circulation is so important that it involves not only
10:35 the impotence thing, but it also involves infertility.
10:39 So if a man has impotence, it's probable that he will also
10:45 have infertility.
10:46 Now, infertility is fairly easy to study in a man,
10:51 not so with a woman.
10:53 It's much more difficult with women to study infertility,
10:56 but with men, usually a sample of the semen is
11:01 all that's needed and the answer is evident pretty shortly.
11:08 But there are some things about impotence that may be
11:11 correctible even surgically that a man should know about
11:15 and those are varicoceles, little tumors of the testes,
11:19 wearing tight pants, wearing tight shorts
11:24 ...taking hot baths as a regular thing.
11:28 A single hot bath can, after a few days, actually enhance
11:33 the production of spermatozoa,
11:36 but if these are regular, every day, every day, every day,
11:40 hot baths for 1/2 an hour to an hour,
11:43 then that can reduce the production of spermatozoa
11:47 and can make it so that the man is more or less impotent.
11:52 Then such things as smoking, and drinking...
11:55 they have their influence not only on impotence,
11:57 but also on infertility.
12:00 The influence of drugs is quite enormous;
12:03 that's even over-the-counter types of drugs.
12:05 These things can make so much of an influence on the man's
12:11 health, or on his fertility, that the couple can be infertile
12:17 Now a couple of things that don't directly deal with
12:21 infertility, but should be considered...
12:23 One is that it's child abuse to continue any kind of
12:30 indulgence that makes a problem in the prenatal area
12:35 for the child... such things as smoking.
12:38 A woman, and a man as well, because smoking in a man
12:42 can also involve the unborn child in an atmosphere
12:47 that makes it so that the child is less likely to be able to
12:50 develop a good blood vessel system.
12:53 And so, the man, as well as the woman, should not be
12:57 smoking during the pregnancy time, or ideally, for some time
13:01 PRIOR to the onset of the pregnancy.
13:06 And, the lifestyle does have a great influence on the
13:10 unborn child and should be carefully studied.
13:14 Probably the commonest affliction of older men
13:17 is that of benign prostatic hypertrophy.
13:20 This condition is not universal but nearly so,
13:25 as a man gets older...
13:27 And so, Dr. Miller is going to talk with you about some things
13:30 having to do with benign prostatic hypertrophy.
13:34 You know, sometimes when we study how not to get a disease
13:37 we like to study populations that don't have that disease.
13:40 If you want not to get osteoporosis,
13:44 find a population that does not get osteoporosis,
13:46 find out how they live... you won't get osteoporosis,
13:49 or at least-wise, you greatly lessen your opportunities
13:52 and your chances of getting osteoporosis.
13:54 So I read an interesting study not long ago about a
13:58 certain class that do not get prostate problems,
14:01 especially this one that Dr. Thrash has just mentioned
14:04 and that is "wild dogs"
14:07 Wild dogs are found not to have this enlargement
14:11 of the prostate.
14:13 But domestic dogs almost all have the enlargement
14:18 of the prostate... What's the difference?
14:20 Well, I've been down in Africa, and I've seen the wild
14:23 dogs, the real wild dogs.
14:25 And basically when a wild dog gets the urge,
14:28 the wild dog takes care of the urge.
14:30 But a domestic dog, locked up in that house all day long,
14:34 he feels the urge... saying, "I've really got to go to the
14:37 bathroom," but he remembers when he was 3 months old
14:41 having his nose pushed down into the carpet where he piddled
14:47 and being beat by a newspaper, and told...
14:49 "You've got to do it over here"
14:51 And that dog will hold itself the entire day long.
14:54 I remember I used to come home when I was a child,
14:57 and take our dog for a walk, and wondering why
14:59 that dog would go to the bathroom 27 times from
15:02 our house to the corner and back.
15:03 It's because that dog was retaining it's urine,
15:06 and the retention of the urine has been placed with
15:10 the problem with benign prostate hyperplasia,
15:13 or hypertrophy... however you want to put it.
15:16 And so, we need to make sure that when we get the urge
15:18 we go to the bathroom right then.
15:21 But we're in a society right now that we hold it, and we hold it,
15:24 and hold it, and it's the holding of it that's going
15:26 to cause lots of different types of problems.
15:33 Well, let's talk about what's causing this problem...
15:35 it's over-engorgement of the prostate on a regular basis.
15:39 Again this gets back to the point of over-stimulation
15:43 A person who continually keeps himself sexually aroused
15:48 will have an engorgement because basically, the prostate
15:51 is a part of the reproductive system.
15:54 It provides some of the fluids, that propels the semen,
15:58 and so it becomes engorged every time a man gets aroused.
16:03 It's sort of like a balloon...
16:04 You know, when you take a balloon, and you blow it up
16:08 for the first time, it's pretty tough to blow up
16:10 but every time you blow it, it gets a little bit easier.
16:13 And, it gets a little bit distended,
16:15 it sort of stays larger as you're doing this.
16:17 The same thing with the prostate.
16:20 The prostate is about the size of a walnut,
16:22 and basically, it's an organ that has a hole
16:27 through the middle through which the urethra comes.
16:29 And, when you start to get this engorgement, it swells.
16:34 Now when it swells, much like the appendix,
16:37 it swells out, and it swells in, and it pinches down,
16:41 and that's why many people who have this problem
16:43 have the process, or the problem of urgency...
16:47 They feel like they've got to go to the bathroom,
16:49 but they're not able to produce much urine.
16:51 They've got frequency because they're not voiding all the way
16:54 their bladder is staying full.
16:55 They have many, many trips to the bathroom,
16:58 but only void a small amount...
17:00 So the frequency and the urgency are signs that you've got
17:03 prostate problems.
17:04 So what can you do about this?
17:06 #1... Don't become over-stimulated all the time.
17:09 Stay away from those things that stimulate you, or arouse you.
17:12 ...they're very bad.
17:14 As a matter of fact, even taking stimulating foods,
17:16 spices, alcohol, taking tobacco,
17:20 ALL will affect that prostate gland.
17:22 It's in a very innocuous place, BUT it's down there where
17:25 it's going to get into some problems with your lifestyle.
17:28 You can also make sure that your blood flow is good...
17:32 keeping the blood less viscous by drinking plenty of water.
17:36 But there are some good things you can do to take care of it.
17:39 I've already mentioned... saw palmetto is probably
17:41 one of the best things you can do for the prostate.
17:45 Eating red and orange fruits and vegetables... extremely good
17:49 prostate food.
17:50 Zinc is a food that the prostate needs a lot of.
17:54 So where do you get the zinc?
17:55 Well, you can buy the little pills, but you can also
17:58 take things like popcorn, and you can take things like
18:01 pumpkin seeds both of which are very good forms of zinc.
18:04 And, there are other herbs that you can take,
18:08 and you can look up in a herb book, and try to find
18:11 some of these whatever herbs are available in your area.
18:13 Herbs that will help you diurese a little bit more
18:16 would also be good for the prostate.
18:18 And, trying to eliminate the congestion in the prostate area
18:22 I would recommend again the hot sitz baths...
18:24 sitting in the hot water, and in the cold water...
18:27 this fluxion of the water in and out.
18:29 Now, I've had patients before that needed, basically
18:32 on a daily basis, while they were under my care,
18:36 a prostate massage.
18:37 Basically, inserting a digit into the anus,
18:42 and then into the rectum, and massaging that prostate
18:46 to try to expel some of the fluid in there,
18:48 and we find that sometimes this is effective in lessening
18:52 the size of the prostate and letting it go down to where it's
18:57 not going to be such a problem with the rest of the body.
19:00 So those are some simple things you can do for the prostate.
19:02 Very simple, very nice things and recently,
19:06 there have been these probes that can be inserted into the
19:10 rectum that deliver heat, and that can help to soothe
19:15 the prostate and sometimes in acute prostatitis,
19:19 in chronic prostatitis, in benign prostatic hypertrophy,
19:23 and in cancer of the prostate, all of these conditions
19:27 will sometimes respond to the heated probe that
19:32 is now available on the market.
19:34 I'd like to talk to you a little bit about cancer of the
19:37 prostate in men.
19:38 This is a fairly common disorder in men,
19:43 and a moderately serious problem.
19:46 There are 2 general types of prostatic cancer...
19:50 One is a fast-growing type, and the other is a
19:53 very slow-growing type.
19:55 Generally, men in the Orient, in Asia,
20:00 they tend to have the slow-growing kind;
20:04 whereas, in the Western world, men generally tend to have
20:10 more the fast-growing type, or the faster-growing
20:14 than that in Asia.
20:16 An Asian man may get cancer of the prostate,
20:19 and may die of something else after 15 or 20 years of knowing
20:23 that he has cancer of the prostate.
20:25 So it grows very slowly... is what we might call
20:29 almost innocuous.
20:30 It CAN pickup speed, and eventually kill the man,
20:34 but most of the time in Asia, the disease is not
20:40 as rapid-growing as it is in the Western world.
20:43 Past the age of 65, the commonest cancer in man
20:48 is prostate cancer.
20:50 Now with proper treatment, most men can expect
20:53 ...or at least 65% of men, can expect that they can survive
20:58 10 years or more.
20:59 They may still have cancer of the prostate,
21:02 but it has been so slow-growing, and the treatment has been
21:08 the kind that can help a good bit with the prostate cancer.
21:12 If a man gets prostate cancer, he should study the kinds of
21:17 treatments that are available.
21:18 There are many different kinds, all the way from
21:21 natural treatments, to VERY high-tech types of treatment
21:25 for cancer of the prostate.
21:27 With most of these, or many of these,
21:30 he can expect a good 10-year survival rate
21:33 without serious problems with the cancer.
21:39 Now, an interesting feature about cancer of the prostate
21:42 is that it can metastasize quite widely throughout
21:46 a lot of the bones, the liver, and other areas,
21:50 and still not cause a lot of symptoms.
21:53 That's an interesting feature about cancer of the prostate.
21:57 The first cancer of the prostate that I ever saw,
21:59 when I was in medical school, was just such a cancer.
22:03 The man had metastases everywhere by the time he died.
22:07 And, he died at quite an OLD age.
22:10 As I recall, he was well into his 80s, and still had good
22:17 function and very few symptoms.
22:19 Now, what are the causes of cancer of the prostate?
22:22 Generally speaking, experts in this area will say that
22:26 we don't know what causes cancer of the prostate.
22:29 But inactivity is one of those things that we can feel pretty
22:33 certain is a problem with cancer of the prostate...
22:38 And some people feel that the massaging action of the
22:41 muscles of the pelvic floor, and the muscles of the
22:45 buttocks, may be a part of that that keeps the prostate
22:49 in very good health.
22:51 We know, also, that a high fat diet, a diet high in animal
22:56 products... these are also likely to be a part of
23:00 what we can consider could be a part of the cause
23:05 of prostate cancer.
23:06 Now from a natural standpoint, there are a number of things
23:09 that will enhance the treatment of cancer of the prostate,
23:13 and many of these are what can be called "hormone modulators"
23:18 There are a number of herbal-types of hormone
23:22 modulators, and the best known of these for men is
23:26 saw palmetto berry.
23:29 This herb has a very good ability to inhibit the
23:38 functioning of 5-alpha-reductase which, of course, then gives it
23:43 some inhibition of the growth of prostate cancer.
23:47 Now, there are also some antineoplastic herbs
23:54 and one of those is soy.
23:58 I'm very interested in the new research that's going on
24:02 in many university centers about soy.
24:06 And, one of things that we know about soy is that it has
24:11 antineoplastic properties.
24:14 We know that breast cancer is definitely inhibited by the
24:19 various constituents of soy.
24:22 Some of these constituents, the most common is
24:25 isoflavone, but then in addition to isoflavones,
24:30 there are some others like protease inhibitors,
24:33 and saponins, and inositol phosphohexate...
24:38 all of these are constituents of soybeans that make them
24:42 very beneficial as an antineoplastic agent.
24:47 Now, in addition to the soy, there are other antineoplastic
24:53 or anticancer types of foods, such as flaxseed.
24:59 Now the isoflavones are largely responsible in soy,
25:02 but the lignans are responsible in flaxseed
25:07 for the antimalignancy, or antineoplastic factors,
25:12 and they are phytoestrogens, just like the isoflavones,
25:17 but they work in a slightly different way.
25:20 So, if one mixes both flaxseed and soybeans, and it is soyBEANS
25:25 I prefer the soybeans to any kind of product made
25:28 from soybeans when we were treating cancer,
25:31 or treating any other kind of serious problem.
25:34 So I'd use the flaxseed freshly ground...
25:37 Don't grind a quart of flaxseed and put that in the refrigerator
25:42 even in a dark jar...
25:43 Just wait until the very time that you're ready to eat them
25:46 and then grind the flaxseed.
25:49 With flaxseed, the androgen levels fall.
25:52 Now androgens are male sex hormones,
25:55 and we know for certain that male sex hormones are
25:59 involved in the production of benign prostatic hypertrophy
26:03 and prostate cancer.
26:06 There are a number of other hormone modulators
26:10 in the herbal world, and I'd just like to
26:13 read you a list of some of these...
26:17 Licorice is one of those.
26:19 The glycyrrhiza compounds in licorice root
26:24 makes it so that it's a very good antineoplastic,
26:28 and hormone modulator which can be beneficial in
26:32 cancer of the prostate.
26:34 Skullcap, Asian and American ginseng, both of them
26:38 are very helpful.
26:40 Chaste tree, which we usually think of in dealing with women's
26:44 problems, but chaste tree is also EXTREMELY good
26:47 for men with prostate cancer.
26:50 ...Partridgeberry, false unicorn and vitamin D.
26:56 Vitamin D is almost always low in men who have
27:01 cancer of the prostate.
27:03 So, take a good dose of vitamin D as a supplement
27:07 and that can be helpful in cancer of the prostate.
27:10 Now, anything that will boost the immune system in a man
27:14 with cancer of the prostate is quite helpful.
27:17 Exercise, hydrotherapy... that means hot baths,
27:22 or this probe that I was mentioning, can be helpful.
27:26 And, of course, Echinacea is very good.
27:30 Eupatorium, Venus flytrap, comfrey, and we don't recommend
27:34 taking comfrey more than 3 months at one stretch
27:38 because of the possibility, I'm not sure that it's a probability
27:42 but the possibility of some kind of liver damage.
27:45 And then astragalus, ashwagandha, zinc and selenium.
27:52 Now, I hope with this very brief discussion,
27:55 that you have received some information that will help you
27:58 with prostate cancer
27:59 and all other men's problems.