Avoid This Newly Discovered Prostate Risk
I’ve never put much stock in the so-called “safe” levels of chemicals. Exposure to a small amount of one chemical or another may not be a big health risk. But what happens when you combine “safe” amounts of a bunch of those chemicals?
That’s why I urge my patients to limit their exposure to all manmade chemicals… and to trust Nature for good health. But as cautious as I am, I have to admit I didn’t see this one coming.
Researchers at Texas Tech University looked at two common chemicals: arsenic and estrogen. This may seem like a strange combination, but here’s why it’s not…
We usually think of arsenic as something out of a murder mystery novel. But it’s actually quite common in the environment. In fact, many areas of the county have fairly high levels of arsenic in their groundwater.
If you live in the Northeast, the upper Midwest, much of the West or Texas, there’s a good chance your water contains levels of arsenic high enough to be a concern. The same holds true for water in parts of every state.
Estrogen can be a problem for men over 40. That’s because, as we get older, our levels of the “male” hormone, testosterone, tend to drop. At the same time, the levels of estrogen in our bodies go way up.
This change is gradual. But over time, it can be dramatic. It’s not uncommon for levels of the “female” hormone, estrogen, to be higher than testosterone levels in men approaching retirement age.
And here’s where the Texas Tech study comes in. The researchers discovered that combining “safe” levels of these two chemicals can spell bad news for men. When they combined safe levels of arsenic and estrogen with human prostate cells, the cells began to change and pide rapidly.1
Exposing prostate cells to either chemical had the same effect over time… but it was far less dramatic. Together, the two chemicals caused a riot of abnormal growth in the prostate cells.
Since your chances of prostate trouble eventually approach 90%, anything that may cause even more trouble is bad news. Fortunately, you can fight back.
- Nutritional supplements such as rye pollen extract, lycopene and Beta-sitosterol promote overall prostate health.
- Two other nutritional supplements – Diindolemethane (DIM) and Indole-3-Carbinol (I3C) – help your body naturally rid itself of excess estrogen.
- DMSA can help your body get rid of heavy metals and other toxins. It’s been safely used since the 1960’s. However, DMSA can cause your body to lose essential minerals… so it’s safest to use it only under a doctor’s supervision.
- Arsenic’s action in your body creates a lot of free radicals. Getting plenty of antioxidants may help minimize any damage.
You can easily find out if your local water supply is high in arsenic. Federal rules require regular testing of municipal water supplies. You can get the results of the latest tests – including arsenic levels – from your city or local water authority.
If you have your own well, you can buy home test kits for arsenic. Prices start at under $15.00. You can also buy filtration systems to remove arsenic from your well water. Several types are available, with prices starting at around $500.00.
Yours in continued good health,
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
1 Treas, J., et al, “Chronic exposure to arsenic, estrogen, and their combination causes increased growth and transformation in human prostate epithelial cells potentially by hypermethylation-mediated silencing of MLH1,” The Prostate. Jun 26, 2013; DOI: 10.1002/pros.22701.
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