Archive for the 'Prostate cancer' Category

Choline and Prostate Cancer

© Eric Yarnell, ND, RH(AHG), Feb 2014 Prostate cancer cells, like many types of cancer (notably breast), have a different metabolic system than healthy cells. Healthy cells primarily use oxygen to make energy, which also requires a lot of the molecule known as citrate. Prostate cancer cells do not; instead they use a system that […]

Budwig diet for prostate cancer

The Budwig diet for prostate cancer has a certain cult following, despite a lack of study of it. Studies on flax oil do not look good in terms of cancer or hardening of the arteries. Flax oil removes many of the anti-cancer components of flax seeds, which do continually show benefits in studies. Because cow […]

PSA, CBC, Creatinine: Better Biopsy Decisions

A large study conducted at a Veteran’s Administration hospital in Tampla, Florida, found that by including information about hemoglobin, red blood cell count, and serum creatinine together with PSA, they could better predict the outcomes of prostate biopsies.

Artemisinin and Prostate Cancer

© Eric Yarnell, ND, Jan 2013 Artemisinin is a compound found in the herb Artemisia annua, known as sweet Annie in English or qing hao in Chinese. It became famous when it was shown to be an effective treatment for malaria. However, it also appears to have anticancer properties.

My PSA is elevated, what do I do?

© Eric Yarnell, ND, Mar 2011, updated Mar 2011 It’s a common scenario: you get a routine screening test for prostate cancer, the prostate-specific antigen or PSA test, and it comes back elevated. What to do?

Video of Talk on Prostate Cancer

Dr. Eric Yarnell discusses prostate cancer for patients and their loved ones.

Video Interview on Prostate Health

This is a July 30, 2007 recording of a live call-in show I was on regarding prostate health. Watch it for free any time by clicking on the link below. Naturopathic Perspective: Prostate Health

Radio Interview on Men’s Health

I was recently interviewed by Lauren Noel, ND of San Diego on her radio show online, and you can listen in to the recording of it now. We discussed prostate health and problems, sexual dysfunction, and many other topics, all from a naturopathic perspective of course. Check it out here.

Should I Have a Prostate Biopsy?

An extremely common scenario these days is that a screening PSA blood test is elevated, and a patient is told they need a prostate biopsy. However, up to a third of these biopsies do not find cancer, presumably because both benign enlargement of the prostate (BPH) and inflammation of the prostate (prostatitis) can both raise […]

PSA Screening Fails Miserably

© Eric Yarnell, ND, May, 2010. Two large randomized trials published in the New England Journal of Medicine dealt two further devastating blows to the idea of using the total prostate-specific antigen (tPSA) blood test to screen for cancer. I say tPSA to differentiate it from the less-commonly tested free PSA (fPSA) or complexed PSA (cPSA).

PSA Insufficient By Itself

PSA Test Mostly Useless Without Prostate Ultrasound © Eric Yarnell, ND, February 1, 2005. For decades now the prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test has been considered the best way to determine if a man has prostate cancer. There has long been concerned voiced about the overly simplistic idea that more PSA automatically meant dangerous […]