And every single one of them may have an increased risk of developing an aggressive form of prostate cancer.
Yep, it’s one of those classic “cut off your nose to spite your face” scenarios so common to mainstream medicine.
Of course, the FDA is merely calling for new warning labels, suggesting fighting a serious problem (and one that can be treated naturally, of course!) with mere words. Somewhat surprisingly, they are actually cautioning doctors against giving the drugs until other urological conditions are ruled out…though with the other options out there, I wonder why the drugs need to be given at all.
The drugs named in the report include Proscar, Propecia, Avodart, and Jalyn. The report is based on two large trials of prostate cancer drugs. Propecia (which is used to treat hair loss) wasn’t actually studied in the trials, but its label is also being updated as it’s in the same class of drug as the others (in fact, it’s simply a watered down version of Proscar).
Of course, the drug makers are going for the “move along, nothing to see here” method of dealing with this, emphasizing that their drugs are oh-so-safe and have been used for oh-so-long. And in a bit of an ironic twist, GlaxoSmithKline, which makes Avodart, actually used one of these very same trials to support their (failed) attempt to get FDA approval for the drug’s use to treat prostate cancer.
As always, Dr. Wright has suggestions for treating an enlarged prostate, and not a single one of them involves a drug.
Getting plenty of essential fatty acids can help prevent an enlarged prostate (they also prevent cardiovascular disease, regulate inflammation, and help maintain soft skin).
He also has found in his practice that men suffering from an enlarged prostate are often deficient in zinc.
He recommends 30 milligrams of zinc (in the picolinate or citrate form) along with 2 milligrams of copper three times a day to start, tapering down the dose as symptoms improve. He also recommends taking 1 tablespoon of fish oil (for its high essential fatty acid content) along with 400 IU of vitamin E each day.
Ms. O’Brien has written for Nutrition & Healing, Healthier Talk and a variety of other natural and alternative health outlets. She believes in the power of natural medicine and her goal is to open people’s eyes to the benefits of alternative and integrative medicine.
Christine is passionate about helping people help themselves without having to turn to harsh drugs or invasive surgeries.
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