Tomato Prostate

Prostate gland health

Keywords; tomato prostate, chiropractic, beta sitosterol.

This page is about preventing prostate cancer and infection, and the management of an enlarged prostate .

The prostate gland is usually described as being the size and shape of a walnut. It surrounds the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the exterior. Its function is to produce the white fluid that carries the sperm cells.

Three main problems can occur in the prostate gland:

  • enlargement, called benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH.
  • prostate cancer.
  • prostate inflammation or infection, called prostatitis.

Tomato Prostate

An enlarged prostate gland , bulging into the bladder and blocking the urethra, the tube that carries urine via the penis to the exterior.

Why on a chiropractic website?

Prostate cancer and impotency

Prostate cancer is the most common serious malignancy in men; more than a quarter. Usually it is life threatening and, because it often metastasizes to the bones of the pelvis and spine, it can be extremely painful way to the end of a man's days. Surgery often leaves the poor victim impotent, that very emotion laden word that those from Mars avoid thinking about.

Every chiropractor has to be on the lookout. Lower back and pelvic pain takes up 60% of his or her day.

No one gets prostate trouble, right? Wrong.

Instead, shall we focus today on prevention and tomato prostate? If the family ostrich is blithely convinced that he will never get it, the most common cancer affecting men, then perhaps you, the good wife, should be doing the thinking instead. If you don't want an impotent, or worse, husband, that is.

The first sign of prostate cancer is usually problems having a tinkle; urinating more frequently because of not being able to empty the bladder properly; and difficulty maintaining a full strong stream.

But that sign also goes commonly with a another condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia.

Prostate tissue is particularly vulnerable to free radical damage which is what makes it prone to malignant tumors. That's where our tomato comes in; and raw or cooked broccoli too.

Research proves that men low in selenium, a powerful anti oxidant, have a massive five times greater chance of getting prostate cancer. Broccoli is particularly rich in the element; 1.6mg per 100g. Tomato also has some; nearly half as much.

What are phytosterols, and why are they vital? Having a healthy prostate when you are my age, mid sixties, need not be problematic, if you start doing the right things now when you are a young man. Simple changes, like enjoying a tomato a day, fatty fish several times a week, and regularly eating foods like broccoli, fresh spinach recipes and apple avocado salad.

Benign prostatic hyperplasia is an enlarged, but non malignant condition.

BPH is a common affliction in older men. The prostate swells, shutting off the tube that carries urine from the bladder. The first sign of trouble is having to get up more frequently at night to pee, dribbling, air locks, and a weak stream.

It's controversial, but we think that an occasional prostate massage has all the benefits, with none of the horrible side effects of radical surgery.

Prostatic massage is not painful, though obviously awkward as it is done rectally; ask your doctor. Some chiropractors too have been trained to perform this very useful technique. A good time to have it done is at your annual checkup when you have to drop your britches in any case; and more frequently, as needed.

Personally, I would choose the indignity of a monthly prostate massage over surgery any day. The actual procedure takes no more than two minutes.

And now a few words about prevention.

To screen for prostate cancer, or not to, is the perennial medical question. There is no simple answer, and the debate rages on, for it seems that early detection may not actually be saving men's lives.

What is agreed is that men should learn all they can about early detection and treatment for prostate cancer, so that they can make their own informed decisions.

That is basically what our website is about anyway; helping you make informed decisions. And firmly placing the chiropractic emphasis on prevention where it belongs; it's worth more than a pound of cure. We think it wise that after age 45, every man should have

  1. a PSA blood test and
  2. a rectal examination every year.

It's not very pleasant, though far more sensible than being faced with a common, extremely painful disease that leaves men impotent. If your doctor doesn't insist on it, then you should. Your second ounce of prevention is tomato prostate.

The good news is that there's very strong evidence that a delicious tomato eaten every day, actually halves the rate of prostate cancer. Hence the monsoons, as my grandmother used to say whenever the word science was mentioned.

It was originally noticed that Italian men had far less prostate cancer. Scientists agree that it's the humble tomato which acts to help fight the battle.

There's one bit of bad news. If you've had a vasectomy, you are at slightly higher risk.

Researchers at the University of Illinois found that it comes from both lycopene, the substance that makes tomatoes red, and other unknown biochemicals in the fruit.

Says researcher Prof. Erdman; this study shows that taking lycopene as a supplement is not as effective in preventing prostate cancer as eating whole tomatoes.

Lycopene is a carotenoid, that group of substances that make tomatoes red and carrots orange. They are anti oxidants, a powerful group of substances in coloured foods that improve health by curtailing free radicals.

While there is much research showing the value of eating raw food, there are some studies now that show that cooking tomatoes actually triggers the effect of lycopene making it even more effective.

Other good sources of lycopenes are watermelon and pawpaws.

"The remedy oft in thyself doth lie."

- William Shakespeare.

Other research done at the University of Chicago studied a group of thirty two prostate cancer patients who ate every day a cooked tomato based dish; their Prostate Specific Antigen marker dropped by 18 percent in less than a month.

In conclusion @ Tomato Prostate

Eat raw tomatoes, eat cooked tomatoes, eat more tomatoes, by whatever means use tomato prostate. Also note that whilst this research has been done on the prostate gland, it make good sense that the cancer resistant properties of tomato probably applies to all cancers, in men and women and not only tomato prostate.

If one tomato a day reduces prostate cancer by 50%, perhaps two tomatoes ... there is alas so much that we still know so little about.

For a delicious dish, tomato recipes go very nicely with a vegetable protein dish called Tofu Nutrition.

Fresh tomato recipes

Fresh tomatoes fit beautifully in with our slogan: delicious healthy slow food, made fast. For example, this tomato relish takes only five minutes of preparation time, and thirty minutes cooking. Perfect for your Sunday morning healthy breakfast menu. Tomato Prostate could be the most important page for men at Chiropractic Help.


Chronic infection and inflammation of the prostate gland is a miserable, and currently untreatable condition. Antibiotics don't help. Since it has a very negative impact on a man's sex life (pain during and after ejaculation), it may cut to the very heart of every man's being. Say Johns Hopkins University medical authorities:

" A quality of life survey shows that the impact of chronic prostatitis is often as devastating as that of an MI or DM. The irritation may be so severe that patients often have to take indefinite disability leave from their work.

But the illness is not life threatening; it doesn’t kill men. Unfortunately, since there are no known cures for prostatitis, doctors often feel helpless and prescribe an antibiotic just to get the patient out of the office. It's regrettable but that’s how this disease is often treated by many doctors."

The best and only advice concerning prostatis is prevention. In short, condomise if you (or, you suspect your spouse) have several partners, and eat those anti inflammatory foods that greatly reduce the incidence.


A 2010 report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition states:

The research provides

  • no strong evidence of any protection from fish consumption against prostate cancer incidence but
  • conclusively proved a more than sixty percent reduction in death from prostatic CA. 

For more about the role of the omega 3 fatty acids in reducing prostate inflammation, follow this link from the official site of The Prostate Cancer Institute (Healthy Living for Men):

BPH and exercise

Researchers from University of California did a review of the literature from the last fifty odd years, and their conclusion is that

  • moderate exercise doesn't seem to do much for men suffering from prostate conditions, but
  • moderate to vigorous exercise reduces BPH by 25%. That's significant. (Eur Urology; 2008)

The prostate gland and incontinence.

There are 16 million American MEN suffering from incontinence, most of them after medical treatment for prostate cancer or Benign Prostate Hyperplasia. Prevention? Don't just assume it's your neighbour who is going to get it.

Add-on effect

Remember that these effects all are additive: Eat little, or no fish, do no exercise, avoid tomatoes, have no pleasure in your greens, couldn't be bothered with pumpkin seeds... you're set up to get the nastiest of male afflictions.

The only difficult one of all these is the exercise, and that we owe to our hearts, joints, muscles, brains to do anyway.

Bee pollen

There are numerous studies showing the benefit of pollen on the health of the prostate gland, and in fact some showing dramatic improvement. There are a variety of pollen extracts on the market (talk to your pharmacist), but one other interesting alternative is to keep a beehive.

There are few more delights than watching these little creatures get on with their work of bringing you honey for the table, and health for your prostate; and lightly filtered, raw honey (to include the pollen) is a taste without equal.

Pumpkin seeds

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Prevention magazine explains why the zinc in pumpkin seeds is so beneficial for the prostate gland. This is confirmed by research done by the noted Linus Pauling institute. Oregon State University ... zinc

Red meat and Green bean recipes

There is strong research proving that a diet high in red meat, especially overcooked BBQ meat, and processed meats, dramatically increases the rate of prostate cancer.

Think rather of more fish and fowl, and legumes like green beans and hummus for your protein.

Tomatoes and green beans make a remarkably fine salad dish. Easy, quick, delish, it fits in well with our motto of SLOW FOOD, MADE FAST. The beans are also full of phytosterols.

Take the PROSTATE questionaire

  1. How often have you sensed that you have not emptied your bladder completely after finishing your sweet pee?
  2. Do you stop and start several times?
  3. Must you sometimes pee NOW?
  4. Is the stream weak?
  5. Do you have difficulty getting started?
  6. Do you have to get up several times at night to pee?
  7. Do you sometimes have to pee again in less than two hours?

Take the International Prostate Symptom test ... Copy and paste in your browser: mptom-test/?xid=nl_EverydayHealthHeartHealth_20111001

Pain in the upper leg and groin is a common complaint at the Chiropractic Coalface. Usually it's related to an upper lumbar subluxation, or a hip condition like Femoro Acetabular Impingement syndrome, but always the astute clinician is on the look our for swollen lymph nodes. The prostate can be a very nasty gland, when neglected! Have a tomato and an avocado today!

Bean researchers at Colorado State University, after following half a million people, found that the risk of cancer, in particularly of the digestive tract, was greatly reduced in those who regularly ate beans, tomatoes and carrots.

Our authentic hummus recipe opens the way for you to cheaply and easily have a good spoonful of garbanzo bean spread every day. Perfect with any salad.

Loma Linda University researchers (published in the respected journal "Nutrition and Cancer") found that folk who ate beans three times a week were at third less likely to develop colon polyps, the precursors to bowel cancer. Brown rice too was protective, but white rice is a fattening junk food. Colon cancer is the second biggest cause of cancer death in the USA.

Why on a tomato prostate page? I don't believe it's stretching logic to assume that foods that reduce prostate cancer, will also reduce breast and uterine cancer. And foods that reduce stomach cancer will reduce prostate cancer too. It's just not proven. Yet...

Bladder Cancer

Obviously cancers of the prostate and the bladder go hand in hand. The breakdown products of all chemicals and foods that we eat pass through the bladder before being excreted via the urine. Prostate enlargement means that many of these toxic products remain longer in the bladder, with their nefarious effects.

Researcher Dr Marko Babjuk, from the Dept of Urology at Prague university, shows that a meta-analysis of many research studies proves that 66% of bladder cancers in men are caused by the breakdown products of smoking (30% in women).

However, he also outlines the effect of many chemicals, most notably aniline derivatives, used extensively in paints, petrochemical industry, pesticides and even certain analgesics, which cause about 25% of bladder cancers. 130,000 new cases of bladder cancer were diagnosed in the European Union in 2004.

He reports on current interest in the protective effect of carrots and fruits on bladder cancer. Carotenoids and certain vitamins are now known to be protective.


Cancer quite obviously is a highly complex subject, and it behooves all of us to take whatever steps we can to prevent it. Over and above tomato prostate you might like to spend the time looking at these links.

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Interesting challenges of the day

1. Mrs B has had one of the nastiest of conditions; vertigo caused by a disturbance in the inner ear. Falling repeatedly and vomiting she consulted her doctor but medication didn't help. After two sessions of the Epley manoeuvres she was 50 percent better. After two weeks she was 75 percent improved; no longer vomiting or falling. She's not enjoying the Brandt Daroff home exercises.

2. Mr S, a 48 year old man, has right low back pain, groin pain and a numb feeling in his lower leg when he sports. For six months he's been off football. He too has two problems; a very treatable lumbar facet syndrome and a very serious blocked artery in the groin; it's called intermittent claudication. Smokers beware.  

3. Mr S looks like the leaning tower of Pisa; he has a slipped disc at L5 making him lean towards the opposite side. It's called the postero lateral disc hernia; we'll fix it, but he has to stop for a week or two. Antalgias are serious so take them seriously. 

4. Mrs V too has two conditions; a chronic low grade sciatica giving her an ache in the right leg, and a threatening Morton's neuroma. She's glad I'm back in Holland; chiropractic fixed it before, and we'll fix it again. 

5. Mrs W is one of the lucky ones, says her doctor. I agree. He says only 40% of patients with lumbar stenosis have a successful operation. We fixed a nasty slipped disc three years ago, but it came back two years later; the surgeon did a fine job but she has a weak ankle now giving her subtalar joint pain; it's routine stuff. 

6. I myself had an acute exacerbation of a femoral nerve lesion last year. One immediate treatment of the new strain by my colleague has fixed the pain in the lower back, but there's some residual numbness in the lower leg; no soaring tomorrow alas.

7. This lady is a 86 year old woman with a 63 scoliosis. Chronic lower back has been her lot in life but she's well pleased with chiropractic and comes for chiropractic help once a month; some conditions you can never cure.

8. She is an 78 year old woman, is doing remarkably well with a bad sciatica. But over 200 pounds she is not losing weight; in fact, gaining despite my suggestions. She's high risk for a stroke. I have referred her to a dietician to crack the whip.

9. A 61 year old man with upper cervical pain yesterday; it's not severe but also not getting better of its own accord. He's afraid it may turn very acute as when I treated him three years ago. Since then it's been fine. 

10. A 64 year old woman has had scheuermanns disease; it's left her with a spinal kyphosis and chronic middorsal pain. She responds well to chiropractic treatment provides she come every six weeks or so for maintenance treatment.

11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It's a non complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she's doing well.

12. Mrs D, a middle aged woman with hip pain of one year duration, despite other treatment. Xrays reveal an impingement syndrome and early hip arthritis. There's much to be done.

13. Mr D, a 71 year old man, has a severe ache in the shoulder and midback since working above his head. Trapped nerve tests are negative but he has advanced degenerative joints of Luschka; after just two treatments he is 50 percent better. Can we reach 90?

And so the day goes; chiropractors shouldn't be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that's so much bunkum.

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