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To PSA or Not to PSA: A guide to PSA testing      
In This Issue
To PSA or Not to PSA
About the PSA Test
Recommendation Against Routine PSA Screening
Transdermal Testosterone Doesn't Boost PSA Levels
Smaller Penis May Follow Prostate Cancer Treatment
Most prostate cancers detected by screening aren't dangerous
Anti-prostate cancer properties of Modified Citrus Pectin
PSA tests do more harm than good
Cautions about Proscar and Propecia
Jim's New Year's Eve Resolution
A Survey
 
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Jan. 25, 2013   

Last May, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force triggered a firestorm of debate by recommending against prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing as a screen for prostate cancer.

By discouraging PSA screening, the aim is to diminish harm caused by prostate cancer over-treatment. Unfortunately, this also might delay diagnosis of more serious agressive cancers. It is a two-edged sword, that many men will need to deal with as they age.

Enjoy! ........... Jim  

Important note: Raintree Nutrition that has provided me with herbal supplements for many years has closed. They have been forced out of business by constant hounding and regulations of the FDA.  I still have many of their products in stock, and will make them available on the website until we run out of stock. Leslie Taylor (the owner of Raintree) has vowed to publish her formulas in an update to her book so many of these wonderful products will still be available, albeit a little hard to get.     
  
To PSA or Not to PSA: A Guide for the Over Fifty Male
At an annual physical, most men over 50 are automatically sent for routine blood work that includes a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test. For men with minor prostate problems, this sometimes results in additional testing, anxiety, and sometimes, aggressive treatments.

Facts about the Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Test
PSA is a blood protein produced in the human body only by the prostate gland. Men with prostate cancer often have an elevated PSA level, but the level can be elevated from many other conditions.

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Recommendation Against Routine PSA Screening

Routine screening for prostate cancer using the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test will no longer be recommended in the United States, where it is currently used more than in any other country in the world, according to a draft recommendation.

     

Transdermal Testosterone Doesn't Boost PSA Levels or Prostate Cancer Risks

Long-term transdermal testosterone treatment did not increase prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels nor influence prostate cancer risk in a six-year European study.

 

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Smaller Penis (And Regret) May Follow Prostate Cancer Treatment

Treatments for prostate cancer can result in a little-mentioned adverse effect - a smaller penis, according to a new study.

In addition, men with reduced penile size were significantly more likely to regret treatment than those without size loss.

 

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Most prostate cancers detected by screening aren't dangerous

Only about one in 10 prostate cancers detected by screening actually poses a threat to a man's life, according to a new analysis conducted by researchers from the University if Cambridge.

 

Study demonstrates anti-prostate cancer properties of Modified Citrus Pectin.
Researchers at Columbia University recently analyzed the positive effects of Modified Citrus Pectin (MCP) on human and mouse prostate cancer cell lines. The results, as reported by lead researcher Dr. Aaron Katz in the online-first publication of Integrative Cancer Therapies, show that MCP inhibits cell proliferation and induces apoptosis (programmed cell death) in both androgen-dependent and androgen-independent cancer cells in a time and dose-dependent manner. 

 
Another screening fraud exposed: PSA tests do more harm than good.
Health experts are becoming increasingly vocal in warning that prostate cancer screening may often do more harm than good. Doctors screen for prostate cancer by measuring levels of the prostate specific antigen (PSA), a marker of prostate cancer.

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 Caution: If you take the medications Propecia or Proscar -- Read this

 

These products contain the drug Finasteride in different doses, and are used to treat an enlarged prostate and hair loss.  The problem is that they can cause some serious sexual side effects. This is a MUST READ if you are using these drugs.

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A New - New Year's Eve Resolution

Almost all of us make New Year's Eve resolutions, don't we? -- And, by mid-Jan they've all gone down the tube.

I've been vowing to improve my website, add more articles and products to it, and get more informative national articles out for several years.


One step you may have already noticed is that I'm writing articles for several well-known websites as well as Natural Awakenings, a national natural health magazine. Check it out, it is a great magazine with a large nationwide distribution.

I've also vowed to get my newsletter out more often, with informative, (and often controversial) articles about natural health issues. So, if my newsletter doesn't appear at least once per month, I expect you guys to start bugging me via email.

My website will have some major modifications over the next few weeks as I add more well-researched products to help you with your health. The easiest way to order from the site is to use the quick order form on the entry page or, if I have your CC info on file, simply order via email. Keep in mind, I have many items in stock that are not on the website, and I will also be happy to special order anything you would like. As always, feel free to email me if I can assist you. 

Jim

A Survey

If you would like to have an input into what I put in this newsletter, please email me directly.  This is your newsletter and I want to provide you with information that is useful and helpful to you. So, send me an email with your suggestions and I will try to address subjects you want in future issues.

 

 

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