Prostate Cancer & Alternative Medicines Print

Prostate cancer is a form of cancer that develops in the prostate, a gland in the male reproductive system.


Men with prostate cancer may some of the symptoms below:

  • ?        Frequent need to pass urine, especially at night.
  • ?        Difficulty in starting or holding back urine.
  • ?        Weak or interrupted urine flow.
  • ?        Painful or burning urination.
  • ?        Difficulty having an erection.
  • ?        Painful ejaculation.
  • ?        Blood in urine or semen.
  • ?        Frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips or upper thighs.

These symptoms may also relate to other health problems. It is therefore prudent to always consult a health care practitioner. Men over 40 should have themselves regularly checked.


Max Gerson in his book, Cancer Therapy: Results of 50 Cases describes how he uses a diet of mostly raw food and fresh vegetable juices for cancer patients, with remarkably good results. It seems that lycopene-rich fresh tomatoes also reduce prostate cancer risk.


Fermented soy products appear to be particularly beneficial. Japanese men who eat a diet of tofu, tempeh, miso, soy milk and other soy foods have the same rate of prostate cancer as other populations, but with a much lower death rate from the cancer. It seems that at least two specific substances in soybeans help to fight cancer, namely isoflavonoids and genistein.


Zinc is helpful if you have an enlarged or inflamed prostate. Zinc toxicity is very unlikely, with the side-effects of diarrhoea and anaemia beginning at about 500mg daily, vastly more than the required amount. Research at the Centre for the Study of Prostatic Cancer in Chicago showed that 50-100 mg of zinc daily contributed to improvement in 70% of cases of benign enlargement of the prostate.


Vitamin B6 is necessary for adequate zinc absorption. Together with beta carotene, antioxidants, vitamins C and E, selenium, calcium and magnesium, it makes a beneficial and nutritional cocktail for good prostate health.

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