Dr. Russell Blaylock, M.D. is a nationally recognized board-certified neurosurgeon, health practitioner, author, and lecturer. He attended the Louisiana State University School of Medicine and completed his internship and neurological residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. For 26 years, practiced neurosurgery in addition to having a nutritional practice. He recently retired from his neurosurgical duties to devote his full attention to nutritional research. Dr. Blaylock writes The Blaylock Wellness Report newsletter and has authored four books, Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, Health and Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life, Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients, and his most recent work, Cellular and Molecular Biology of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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Alternative Treatments for Prostate Cancer

Friday, 24 Jan 2014 11:51 AM

By Russell Blaylock, M.D.

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Q: Are there any alternative treatments you can recommend for elevated PSA (prostate specific antigens)?
— Harry S., Henderson, Nev.
 
A: A number of studies have shown that radiation treatments for prostate cancer have very little effectiveness, along with a number of complications.Recent studies, including human and animal studies, indicate two important things. First, following the PSA is unreliable. Any irritation of the prostate or retained prostate tissue — even an infection — can elevate the PSA.
 
Interestingly, nutraceutical flavonoids have been shown to have similar cancer-inhibiting effects on prostate cancer as seen with breast cancer. Curcumin, quercetin, ellagic acid, hesperidin, resveratrol, and DHA have all been shown to suppress prostate cancer growth, invasion, and metastasis. Modified citrus pectin has been shown in a number of studies to powerfully suppress prostate cancer spread.
 
Q: Is there anything you can suggest to alleviate lymphedema after surgery to remove a cancerous lump in the breast?
— Wynn B., Richmond, Va.
 
A: Lymphedema, also called lymphatic obstruction, is a condition of localized (usually in the arms or legs) fluid retention caused by a compromised lymphatic system. This can be a significant problem with some surgeries. While massage can help, exercises that involve the muscles of the arm and chest, as well as deep breathing exercises are also necessary.
 
Dr. Larry Lamole, a cardiovascular surgery professor, wrote a very informative book on lymph circulation-promoting exercises. There are a few supplements that also may improve lymph flow. These include hesperidin, curcumin, resveratrol, and grape seed extract (proanthocyanadins). The two most powerful are hesperidin and proanthocyanadins.

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