Guys, what to do about leaking, dribbling and urgent bathroom dashes!

Does waking up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom sound familiar? If you’re a man and you’re over 40, chances are you’ve experienced the all-too-common symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), even if you don’t recognize it by name. Frequent urination, especially in the middle of the night, is the signature of this annoying but essentially harmless condition. So is a hesitant, interrupted or weak stream of urine, a pressing urgency to urinate, leaking or dribbling.

The prostate continues to grow as we age, often resulting in BPH. More than half of men in their 60s and as many as 90 percent in their 70s and 80s have BPH symptoms, so you younger guys need to start taking care of your prostate now.

Annoying as it is, BPH is not usually dangerous. However you need to be aware of two things. One, urine retention and strain on the bladder can lead to more serious problems, including bladder damage, kidney damage, bladder stones, urinary tract infection and the inability to control urination. Two, if you catch BPH early, there’s a much lower risk of such complications. And fortunately, there are some easy and natural ways to bring relief.

BPH is one of those conditions where using nutritional and herbal supplements can really make a noticeable difference. Herbal medicines for BPH are used widely in Europe, and for very good reason.

The people at Pharmacare asked me to share my professional opinion about their original Prostate Formula and their new Prostate Complete formula. I am impressed with the formulas because they contain nearly all of the ingredients I typically recommend for prostate health.

Nutritional Supplements

Saw palmetto. When people think of BPH, saw palmetto is often the first herb that pops up. A great deal of research has been done on the supplement, with a German study finding that saw palmetto extract reduced nighttime urination and improved urinary flow.

Beta-sitosterol. This plant sterol is found in almost all plants, but especially in rice bran, wheat germ, corn oils and soybeans. In clinical research, it’s been shown to reduce BPH symptoms.

Nettles (stinging nettles). Nettles have long been believed to benefit prostate health. A study in the Journal of Herb Pharmacotherapy (2005; 5 (4): 1-11) found that it improved urinary flow. Those patients undergoing stinging nettle treatment for BPH also had a somewhat smaller prostate gland size.

Pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seed extract is thought to be prostate-friendly and is frequently found in prostate health supplements.

Zinc. The research is incomplete on zinc for BPH, although it is often recommended by holistic health practitioners. The best-absorbed forms of zinc are zinc picolinate and zinc citrate.

Essential fatty acids. The fact that a great deal of research has shown that essential fatty acids are helpful for many conditions means that they might help with BPH if for no other reason than that they’re anti-inflammatory.

Amino acids (glycine, alanine and glutamic acid). Two studies showed that a mix of these three amino acids in a dose of 750 mg three times daily were beneficial for BPH.

In general, diet is also important to the health of the prostate gland, so the “cleaner” you eat the better. A diet of protein from uncontaminated fish and grass-fed meat; tons of vegetables, fruits, nuts and beans; Malaysian palm oil, avocado oil, ghee or grass-fed butter, is also a good idea.


Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, also known as “The Nutrition Myth Buster” ™ is a nationally known board-certified nutritionist and expert on diet and weight loss. He has appeared on the Dr. Oz Show, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, and CBS as an expert on nutrition has contributed to articles in The New York Times, Forbes, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, Vanity Fair Online, Men’s Health, Prevention, and dozens of other print and online publications.

Dr. Jonny is the best-selling author of 15 books including The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, Living Low Carb (now in its fourth edition), and is the co-author, with cardiologist Stephen Sinatra, of the controversial best-seller, “The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won’t Prevent Heart Disease and the Statin-Free Plan that Will”. His latest book, Smart Fat: Eat More Fat, Lose More Weight, Get Healthy Now!– written with PBS star Steven Masley, MD— was published by Harper Collins in January 2016.

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Prostate cancer testing: has the bubble burst?

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Two new studies are bursting the bubble about the value of screening men for prostate cancer.

Simon Chapman, University of Sydney

In 2010, I wrote a free book on prostate cancer testing with two colleagues, Alex Barratt (an epidemiologist) and Martin Stockler (a clinical oncologist), Let sleeping dogs lie? What men should know before getting tested for prostate cancer. It has been downloaded just short of 38,000 times, the highest of any item in Sydney University’s open access repository.

Clearly, there is understandably immense concern about prostate cancer. In 2014, 3,102 Australian men died from the disease, making it the second leading cause of cancer death in males after lung cancer (4,947 deaths). Read more …

Brett Montgomery, University of Western Australia

Three prime ministers and nearly three years ago, “first bloke” Tim Mathieson caused a brouhaha with his advice on prostate cancer screening:

We can get a blood test for it, but the digital examination is the only true way to get a correct reading on your prostate, so make sure you go and do that, and perhaps look for a small Asian female doctor is probably the best way.

It was the “small Asian female” part of this statement that attracted criticism, but what of the rest of his advice?


It correctly identifies the two common ways GPs screen for prostate cancer: a blood test (for a protein called prostate-specific antigen, or PSA) and the digital rectal examination, in which a doctor feels the prostate gland by inserting a gloved finger (“digit”) into a man’s rectum.

But rectal examination is less accurate than the PSA blood test, missing more cancer and causing more false alarm. Read more …

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Have you any experience with such therapies? We could love to hear from you.

Information on some prostate cancer treatments is readily available, but for 2015 there is new book on ten treatments that your doctor may not have told you about.  Right up to date, it is written by a prostate cancer patient who searched four continents to find a cure.  In 2013 the writer underwent Proton Beam Therapy in South Korea.

Written by a layman for laymen, it nevertheless comes with recommendations from specialists and is highly rated on Amazon. This book has been three times the best seller in the urology category.

As well as the authors own story and analysis of treatments, the latest diagnostic tests are discussed, as well as lots of questions you can ask your doctor.

Did your doctor tell you about these prostate cancer treatments?

Are PSA tests not worth the risk in checking for prostate cancer?  is it worth getting a psa test or not? Until recently this was a no brainer. Every man over the age of 50 was strongly encouraged to get a psa test in case there was a high psa count or there was a rapid increase in psa. Recently there has been a change in thinking now that the numbers have been crunched.

Read more …

Why do doctors keep silent about their own prostate cancer testing decisions?

By Simon Chapman, University of Sydney

DoctorsAcross 38 years in tobacco control, I have been asked countless times in media interviews if I ever smoked. It’s often an early question. I always unhesitatingly explain that I did: I stopped in my mid 20s. The tone of the interview immediately relaxes because the sub-text of the question is about authenticity. If this person has never smoked, what would he really know about quitting? If I chose to stammer something about it being private or “not the point here”, most would become preoccupied with my evasiveness. Fudging and equivocal replies tend to suggest disingenuousness or lack of personal conviction aboutthe information being given. Read more …

Barry is thankful for Prostate Cancer Survival. Here is his story:

It began for mPsalm 91v2e with going for a routine blood test about a year ago. This showed my PSA level to be somewhat high at 13.6. I was advised to have a biopsy, the results of which showed that of the nine samples taken three had cancer growths. The Gleason score was 8 out of 10, which is somewhat aggressive. This was quite a shock to my wife and me. Read more …

Four reasons I won’t have a prostate cancer blood test

By Ian Haines, Monash University

psa blood test or notCancer Council Australia and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia yesterday released new draft guidelines to help GPs counsel men who ask about prostate cancer tests. They advise GPs to explain the pros and cons of testing and, if the man wants to proceed, to give him a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test every two years between the ages of 50 to 69. Read more …