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    Q: A friend of mine has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He doesn’t have any symptoms, but the doctor said he had to either cut it or have radiation. Can you suggest anything that might help him… that doesn’t involve lots of side effects?

    GR: I’m sorry to hear about your friend. This can be a scary time for any guy — as well as his friends and loved ones.

    Unfortunately, the treatments of the mainstream medical community aren’t the best first line of defense, since they can translate into a lifetime of having trouble “down there.”

    Many men don’t need to do something so radical — at least not right away. Most prostate cancers grow pretty slowly… and they may NEVER require going under the knife or getting zapped!

    In my practice, I look at a whole combination of factors in my patients — including hormones, toxins, immune systems, and nutrition.

    First off, since any elevation of estrogen can lead to prostate cancer (and certainly won’t help if you’ve already been diagnosed), I have my patients naturally reduce their levels of it by:

    • Switching to Paleo. Less fat will make less extra estrogen!
    • Supplementing with DIM and I3C. The two best supplements that reduce estrogen in your bloodstream are both extracts from cruciferous vegetables (such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, etc.).
    • Limiting exposure. Limit the use of plastics, a common source of xenoestrogens and other toxins. The thousands of toxic chemicals in our environment have been linked to EXPLODING cancer rates.

    As well, I often recommend one of the best immune boosters out there: intravenous vitamin C (IVC) therapy. But IVC can be expensive — especially with repeated treatments — and, depending on where you live, it can be difficult to find a practitioner who offers it.

    I also recommend supplementing with quercetin, a polyphenol. Among the polyphenols, quercetin has been one of the most studied… and yet somehow overlooked!

    It packs a one-two punch when it comes to knocking out cancer. First, it’s a powerful antioxidant that helps control the inflammation that damages your tissues — something that’s essential to any battle with cancer.

    And second, it helps cut off communication between cancer cells — which kills them DEAD.

    And that means it can slow its progression, even if you’ve already got prostate cancer.

    Eating a diet that’s rich in fruits and vegetables will give you a fair amount of quercetin — but maybe not enough to make a difference. Supplements are available in common doses like 500 mg for less than $20 a month.

    Several recent studies have demonstrated that quercetin with green tea extract can be even more effective than either alone, and others have looked at quercetin combined with the soy flavone genistein. All combinations have shown positive activity against prostate cancer.

    Want me to answer your question next? Email me at askdrrothfeld@nutritionandhealing.com and keep an eye on your inbox for more Q&As in the future.

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