Approximately one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cutaneous histiocytoma dog cancer at some point in their lifetime, and prostate cancer currently ranks as the third leading cause cutaneous histiocytoma dog of cancer death for men behind only lung and colorectal cutaneous histiocytoma dog cancer. Although this is a post about prostate inflammation and not cutaneous histiocytoma dog prostate cancer, the principal is the same: men need to take care of their prostates from a cutaneous histiocytoma dog relatively early age.
Yet, virtually all men will develop prostatitis at some point in cutaneous histiocytoma dog their adult lifetime, and with symptoms ranging from frequent urination, to pelvic pain, and even erectile dysfunction, this disease should be on every man’s radar. 1 When you take a deep dive into the literature, it becomes clear that the umbrella term “prostatitis” actually represents multiple different infections and sources of inflammation.
As you’ll see reading this post, we get into issues of PH and which bacteria thrive cutaneous histiocytoma dog in more acidic environments. For example, the PH of urine can dictate whether bacteria like E. coli can grow in the urinary tract. Similarly, the state of our dental hygiene also plays a role cutaneous histiocytoma dog in the pathogenic load placed on the body. The issue first came on my radar when visiting with cutaneous histiocytoma dog a holistic dentist recently. He developed a product that raises the PH of the cutaneous histiocytoma dog mouth to make it more alkaline.
But, here’s the kicker – gum disease and prostatitis go hand in hand. In fact, there are studies demonstrating significant improvement in prostate inflammation just cutaneous histiocytoma dog by treating the gums alone. So, if you’re reading this and you have prostatitis, the first step is to visit with a holistic dentist, make sure your gums are healthy, and pay attention the acidity of your saliva. Is prostatitis a sexually transmitted disease?
Interestingly, Trichomonas vaginalis, a parasite and STD, has been found in prostate biopsies of men with prostatitis, and although it seems that E. Coli is a much more regular culprit, the prostate’s susceptibility to Trichomonas vaginalis colonization has been linked to cutaneous histiocytoma dog zinc levels. The prostate is the number one home for zinc in cutaneous histiocytoma dog a man’s body, and when levels get low, studies have shown these types of pathogens can take a cutaneous histiocytoma dog greater foothold.
As an added benefit, zinc supplementation has also shown some promise in maintaining the cutaneous histiocytoma dog cell lining of the gut, which can prevent or help to heal leaky gut, a condition that often accompanies prostatitis, and that is marked by a breakdown of the “epithelial” wall of the gut lining, which allows pathogens and undigested food particles to enter the cutaneous histiocytoma dog blood stream. 8 9 I will touch more on leaky gut later cutaneous histiocytoma dog in this post.
Consider this study which appeared in the Central European Journal cutaneous histiocytoma dog of Urology. The authors found that most young men presenting with prostatitis, who also had low prostate specific antigen (PSA) numbers (higher PSA means greater likelihood of prostate cancer), were suffering from a yeast infection, not bacterial prostatitis, although E. Coli was thought to be the “bridge” that brought yeast to the prostate region in the first cutaneous histiocytoma dog place. Fungal study Type
I would also note that the mechanistic justification for the cutaneous histiocytoma dog low carbohydrate and anti-fungal diet in the Central European Journal of Urology could cutaneous histiocytoma dog actually justify two experiments. The one I list above is the anti-fungal-diet option (very low carb), which is proven in a well designed study, however, what seems to have been lost in that approach is cutaneous histiocytoma dog the suggestion that E. coli was the bridge that allowed for the invasion of cutaneous histiocytoma dog Candida in the first place. The low carbohydrate diet cuts off the fuel source for cutaneous histiocytoma dog Candida growth, but doesn’t address the possible source of the E. coli.
Based on the studies I cite below in the plant cutaneous histiocytoma dog based protocol section of this post, it could just as easily be argued that a diet, like many plant based protocols, that work to make the urine more alkaline could be cutaneous histiocytoma dog just as effective, if not more so, at healing cases of prostatitis, since the rise in urine PH would remove the fuel cutaneous histiocytoma dog source for E. coli (which thrives in acidic urine) and therefore remove the “fungal bridge” to the urogenital region. In the European study, the researchers gave the subjects potassium citrate to make urine cutaneous histiocytoma dog more alkaline. The prostate is prone to infection and inflammation
Infection causes inflammation. 10 When the prostate is inflamed, it can become enlarged, putting pressure on the urethra and, in some cases, making it more difficult to fully empty the bladder. Urine then gets trapped and backs up, which can contribute to lingering low grade infection, even where tests come back negative. The role of leaky gut
Presumably, this happens because gluten increases the production of zonulin, a protein that is responsible for breaking down the “intracellular tight junctions” that form the gut wall. 12 Removing gluten reduces levels of zonulin, which allows the gut to heal, stopping the release of irritants that had previously reached the cutaneous histiocytoma dog blood stream where they can cause autoimmune reactions.
And while the Paleo community has done an excellent job cutaneous histiocytoma dog tagging grains as the cause of leaky gut, the reality is more complex for most men. Yes, grains, especially refined grains, can feed yeast and are contraindicated on an anti-fungal protocol, but some men will also do well to avoid saturated cutaneous histiocytoma dog fat, as saturated fat has been linked to intestinal permeability as cutaneous histiocytoma dog well. 13 While the saturated fat study I cite here was cutaneous histiocytoma dog a study performed in mice, it’s worth mentioning because many with mast cell issues don’t respond well to high fat diets and foods, and one of the theories I will advance later in cutaneous histiocytoma dog this post discusses the possibility that prostatitis is an autoimmune cutaneous histiocytoma dog condition for a good number of men.
While it is difficult to definitively extrapolate from animal models, antibiotic pharmokinetic studies with a murine model have suggested that cutaneous histiocytoma dog treatment failures in chronic prostatitis are probably a result of cutaneous histiocytoma dog the local microenvironment surrounding the persistent focal and well-protected small bacterial biofilms buried within the prostate gland. These conclusions support the molecular and culture data implicating bacteria cutaneous histiocytoma dog as a cause of chronic idiopathic prostatitis.
However, antibiotics cannot penetrate the prostate effectively. Forums are full of men who claim to have had cutaneous histiocytoma dog some temporary relief from antibiotic use, only to have symptoms return when antibiotics stop. This can likely be explained by the fact hat the cutaneous histiocytoma dog antibiotics temporarily lower the pathogenic load in the region, but don’t address the underlying cause of the disease in the cutaneous histiocytoma dog first place. Ironically, and as the studies on yeast infections above demonstrate, antibiotic use may be one of the primary contributing factors cutaneous histiocytoma dog to long battles with prostatitis.
So, in essence, an infected prostate loses the ability to receive NO because cutaneous histiocytoma dog the body uses BH4 to fight off the invaders, rather than to synthesize NO. The uric acid mediated disruption of NOS can come from cutaneous histiocytoma dog the activity of the fungal pathogen OR it can be cutaneous histiocytoma dog the result of a diet too high in animal protein cutaneous histiocytoma dog and sugar, as well as the result of certain genetic “mutations.” It’s likely all three factors combine to form the serum cutaneous histiocytoma dog uric acid levels of any given individual.
Therefore, mast cell production in the bladder and prostate is basically cutaneous histiocytoma dog an allergic response to inflammation that can increase the inflammatory cutaneous histiocytoma dog cycle and locally suppress the immune system. 22 Remember that when provoked by a stimulus perceived as cutaneous histiocytoma dog a threat to the immune system, mast cells release histamine, as well as a whole host of other inflammatory compounds. After a long period of inflammation, which has caused mast cells to pool in the prostate cutaneous histiocytoma dog area, seasonal allergies can contribute to symptoms. The mast cells are there in larger numbers and will cutaneous histiocytoma dog release their inflammatory cocktail in greater concentrations in areas of cutaneous histiocytoma dog the body that are perceived as under attack.
I get into a study focusing on an autoimmune model cutaneous histiocytoma dog of prostatitis in a couple paragraphs, but many people with mast cell issues don’t do well with red meat, pork, and high fat diets. If you have allergies, cutting out saturated fat and going on more of a cutaneous histiocytoma dog plant based diet for awhile could be helpful, especially, as we will see when you pair with certain antihistamines. Known prostatitis cures Applying the prostate facts
Knowing this, it’s not a surprise that studies show quercetin significantly reduces cutaneous histiocytoma dog symptoms of prostatitis, especially when it’s paired with bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple juice that increases the bioavailability cutaneous histiocytoma dog of quercetin. Both quercetin and bromelain act as natural antihistamines, which reduces mast cell count and eases symptoms. 23 Quercetin has also been shown to increase NO levels cutaneous histiocytoma dog and improve endothelial function. 24
To further advance this theory, this study in the Journal of Urology found that taking cutaneous histiocytoma dog H1 antagonists, like Zyrtec or Claritin, helped alleviate prostatitis. Why? Just as the quercetin did, the antihistamine reduced mast cell count, thus dialing back inflammation. Genetics wise, those with AOC1 “mutations” can be more prone to histamine issues. H1 anti-histamines study Type
This study out of the University of Washington in St. Louis found that people with more acidic urine had greater cutaneous histiocytoma dog likelihood of developing repeated urinary tract infections, especially those driven by E. Coli. Now think back to the yeast study I quoted above. The authors there believe that E. Coli was the bridge that allowed Candida and other pathogenic cutaneous histiocytoma dog yeast to infect the prostate. As we don’t currently know exactly what causes prostatitis, it’s not a reach to assume that urinary tract infections cutaneous histiocytoma dog could be present in symptomatic men. The UTI could then spread to the prostate or bladder, causing chronic problems. In fact, the urinary tract has its own microbiome, and certain strains of probiotics may play a role in cutaneous histiocytoma dog staving off infection. Plant based study Type
If too much animal protein causes acidity that proliferates E. Coli, and eventually Candida, a plant based diet that makes the urine more alkaline cutaneous histiocytoma dog could be a solution to prostate issues for some men. In fact, in addition to anti-fungal drugs, the yeast infection study gave subjects potassium citrate as a cutaneous histiocytoma dog means for making the urine more alkaline, and the success rate there was over 80%. For more on how potassium citrate makes the urine more cutaneous histiocytoma dog alkaline, see this University of Chicago article.
In this context, it is crucial to know your blood type. Although the blood type diet has largely been debunked, it contains one sound scientific principle, which is that blood type correlates to hydrochloric acid levels cutaneous histiocytoma dog in the stomach. Type A, and A+ blood types have the lowest levels of hydrochloric acid with cutaneous histiocytoma dog which to digest protein. A high protein diet in these individuals may leave undigested cutaneous histiocytoma dog meat fermenting in the gut, which leads to pathogens, like E. Coli, that can cause problems for the urinary tract and prostate. 27 28
Ejaculation “drains” the prostate of stored fluid. When the prostate is becoming inflamed, or has a low grade infection, ejaculation gets rid of the bad stuff that is lingering cutaneous histiocytoma dog and gives a “clean slate.” This is why you see some men with prostate issues cutaneous histiocytoma dog get a “massage” which is a more thorough draining of the gland performed cutaneous histiocytoma dog by a urologist, but those procedures come with risk of injury, so better to just have sex.
Having said that, the issue of draining the prostate cuts two ways. In one sense, getting rid of stored fluid has shown promise for many cutaneous histiocytoma dog men. However, let’s think back for a second to the discussion of cutaneous histiocytoma dog zinc and Trichomonas vaginalis infection of the prostate, which seems to hinge on the zinc levels in that cutaneous histiocytoma dog organ. You know what drains the prostate of zinc? You guessed it, ejaculating. So, it would seem, that at least for some men, excessive ejaculation, especially from masturbation since it offers very little in the cutaneous histiocytoma dog way of, well, “benefits,” could be doing more harm than good. We do have studies that show that the prostate drained cutaneous histiocytoma dog of zinc is more prone to infection.
Note: some urologists would disagree that abstention from ejaculation improves zinc cutaneous histiocytoma dog levels in the prostate. There are however, communities of men who swear by the practice, so I’ve offered the idea here as an experiment to consider cutaneous histiocytoma dog if you’re facing a chronic case of inflammation you can’t seem to shake. See also this Reddit thread. Top supplements for prostatitis Supplement
If PSA is elevated, more traditional paths are worth looking into, possibly even antibiotics, especially when they are paired with the nutrients listed above. But don’t rely on a pill of any kind. The goal is to change lifestyle factors that are contributing cutaneous histiocytoma dog to a low grade infection. On this path, understanding blood type is important as it may determine the cutaneous histiocytoma dog amount of animal protein you can handle.
Per the Washington University study, take a look at the acidity of your urine. If it’s highly acidic, you may have the perfect recipe for E. Coli colonization. Transitioning to a vegetarian diet could be what your body cutaneous histiocytoma dog needs to alkalize your urinary tract which will have the cutaneous histiocytoma dog effect of making it harder for pathogenic bacteria to thrive. You may also want to consider potassium citrate to accelerate cutaneous histiocytoma dog this goal, especially if you find yourself taking biofilm disrupting supplements, such as NAC, that are highly acidic.
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