" Living with Prostate" by Keith Greetham
After I wrote about prostate the other week, I received this e-mail from my client Keith...
The current view of my condition following the biopsy I had earlier is that I do not have prostate cancer, but I have a mild degree of atypia which is causing prostatitis
The standard approach is to do regular PSA tests, the reading should typically be below 4, anything between 4 and 10 is a grey area, anything over 10 is considered to be an indication of cancer. My PSA tests over the last fifteen months have been between 6.3 and 8.4 being the highest from my last test in September.
The plan is for me to have another PSA test in January 2014 and then meet with my consultant to decide what to do depending on the results of that test.
When I was first diagnosed early last year, I had several very painful episodes mainly after travelling, with extreme abdominal pain and generally feeling crap!
I was prescribed antibiotics, Ciprofloxacin 250 mg tablets considered to be the most effective way of dealing with the infection, it is a very powerful antibiotic. As was taking it for a number of months, I was switched to Doxycycline 100mg which is a drug that is used if you need to take antibiotics over a long period.
Also the other drug I was prescribed was Fuzatal, which helps the prostate to relax
I also have had a course of acupuncture starting in Autumn last year, since doing that course my symptoms have greatly diminished.
Since the beginning of the year I have also been taking daily health supplements;
1. Vitamin B complex
2. Zinc Picolinate
3. Calcium Magnesium Citrate
4. Fish Oil concentrate
5. Saw Palmetto
In March of this year, Clair at Therapy To Go also advised me to try and rebalance my body to be alkaline rather than acidic, while I have not followed all her advice.
I now no longer take caffeine, I drink lemon juice first thing every morning and I eat even more green vegetables than I used to, as you know I still drink alcohol.
I took the decision to come off all the drugs prescribed for my prostatitis in June and so far have not had further symptoms. However when I go away on holiday this week I will carry prostate drugs just in case.
Keith has made many changes to his lifestyle when this issue happened. Adjustment to Keith's workouts, nutrition, hydration, supplementation.
I want to thank Keith for writing and sending me this e-mail, I hope it might inspire others.
Thyroid : The Mother of Metabolism
I've heard lots of talk about Thyroid this week, so that got the grey matter thinking. Lets try and make sense of the little sucker...
The thyroid sits at the base of the throat, the thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate to basal metabolic rate, your BMR, the speed at which our bodies burn food for energy. The mother ship/the control panel is the " hypothalamus, it sits at the base of the brain, by means of the pituitary gland.(a small gland the size of a peanut) So the hypothalamus received a signal from the pituitary gland to send thyroid (TSH) into the bloodstream. It travels to the thyroid gland and causes the release of thyroxine T4, which is partly converted into triiodothyronine (T3)
It's the mother ship (hypothalamus) that decides when levels of T3 and T4 are low, and sends a message to the pituitary gland to release more supplies of TSH( Thyroid Stimulating Hormone)
The main role of thyroid in the endocrine system is to regulate your metabolism, your body's ability to break down foods and convert into energy as I said before. Food is first and foremost a fuel/energy for the body and everybody body burn fuel at different rates. Thyroid produces several hormones but T3 and T4 are the two key ones. These help get oxygen to the cells and regulate your metabolism, so the thyroid travel thorough the blood to reach the cells
Super simple ??, I wish it was.....
Ok... here we go
The body products on "average" 14 times as much T4 as T3, and it T3 that is the active form of thyroid.
Now lets add Iodine into the situation...(also selenium need to be present too as it too convert T4 to T3).
The release of Iodine and thyronine return to the thyroid gland for re-grouping of T3 and T4.
This conversion takes place in the liver.
Every cells in your body has thyroid hormone receptors
The function of the thyroid gland is to take iodine, found in foods and covert into thyroid hormones T4 and T3, release them into the bloodstream, and are then transported throughout the body where they control metabolism. (conversion of oxygen and nutrients (from foods) to energy)
The thyroid need iodine and amino acid L-tyrosine to make T4 and T3.
Rich Sources of Iodine
Saltwater fish, shellfish, seaweed-kelp.
Vitamin A is a must for iodine activity - offal - liver, carrots, leafy green veggie
Are you Hypothyroidism or Hyperthyroidism...
Hypo- too little or not working efficiently...
fatigues, weight gain, constipation, dry and itchy skin, feeling cold all the time, heavy menstrual periods,
hair loss, ** especially eyebrows, outside of your eyebrows are much thinner and vitiligo can also be a sign **.
Hyper - producing to much thyroid
increased heart rate, increased diastolic (resting)blood pressure, heart flutter - AF Atrial Fibrillation.
difficulty sleeping, concentrating, nervousness, irritability, change in vision, decreased menstrual flow, kidneys (leg Oedema- swelling) fluids.
OK to finish.
The liver needs to be in tip top condition, as it conversion takes place there. If you have a fatty liver, do something about it..detox it now.
Hydration is key, the Mother ship/hypothalamus and pituitary gland are located in the brain (the brain is 80% water) Dehydrated this will effect function, (check the colour of your pee, your looking for a pale straw colour.
An Alkaline body carries 20% more oxygen in the blood to the cells and thyroid travels via the blood. (Eat plenty of fresh veggie/fruits(raw is even better)/seeds/nuts/lean protein)
Can you see how everything relates back to "HEALTH".
What you eat and drink, I haven't written anything about fitness. If we haven't go our health fitness doesn't matter