Category Archives: Kidney

Prostate Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

Prostate Cancer is becoming increasingly common in men above 50 years age, and therefore men in this age group must remain very alert possible occurence of Prostate Cancer, and its diagnosis and treatment. It is the 4th most common cause of death from malignant diseases in males.

The Prostate is a glandular organ present only in males. It surrounds the neck of bladder and the first part of urethra and condributes a secretion to the semen. The gland is conical in shape and measures 3 cm in vertical diameter and 4 cm in transverse diameter. It has five lobes: anterior, posterior,two lateral and a median lobe. Since the first part of the male urethra passses through the prostate, any lesion in the prostate will produce difficulty in passing urine.

Diseases of the prostate gland:
1) Prostatitis: This is the inflamation of the prostate gland due to bacterial infection.
2) Benign enlargement of the prostate:  This is a non cancerous tumour of the prostate seen after the age of 50.
3) Prostate Cancer: Cancer of the prostate is directly linked with the male sex hormones (androgens). If the levels of sex hormone increases the growth rate of cancer also increases. It is found that after the removel of testes there is marked reduction in the size of tumor. Continue reading

Herbal Medicine Could be Effective for Period Pain

Chinese herbal medicine has been used to treat the condition for hundreds of years and women are increasingly looking for non-drug treatments. One recent survey involving 39 trials — 36 in China, and one each in Taiwan, Japan and the Netherlands– has reported interesting findings.

Participants given herbal concoctions were prescribed herbs that regulated their ‘qi’ (energy) and blood, warmed their bodies and boosted their kidney and liver functions.  Some of these include Chinese angelica root (danggui), Szechuan lovage root (chuanxiong), red peony root (chishao), white peony root (baishao), Chinese motherwort (yimucao), fennel fruit (huixiang), nut-grass rhizome (xiangfu), liquorice root (gancao) and cinnamon bark (rougui).

This Reuters report has more details. 

Dr Whiting on Indigestion, Heartburn, and Acid Reflux

When it comes to nourishing the body, you are not merely what you eat, but rather what you absorb. If you cannot properly and completely break down nutrients from food and food supplements, you can be starving for these essential factors even though you think you are eating reasonably well.

After the age of 40, many people find themselves suffering from indigestion, heartburn, bloating, constipation, and feelings of fullness after meals, especially evening meals. This is due to a breakdown in the production of natural hydrochloric acid production in the stomach. Without this acid, proteins cannot be properly digested. In the absence of these stomach acids, many enzymes, necessary for the digestion of other foods, become deficient as well. The end results are the many common complications of digestion, which include feelings of fullness, gas, bloating, heartburn and constipation.

The over-consumption of anti-acids such as Prilosec, Mylanta, Tums and others, in an attempt to correct what many people erroneously think is excess acid, has contributed greatly to such conditions as osteoporosis, arthritis, heal spurs, kidney and gall stones and calcium deposits on artery walls, leading to atherosclerosis. All of these conditions occur when the body becomes too alkaline and calcium crystallizes and falls out of fluid solution.

Those who have been suffering from long-term digestive problems such as indigestion, heartburn, bloating, constipation and feelings of fullness may have already set the stage for mineral depletion and protein deficiency. Digestive disturbances such as heartburn, bloating, constipation and feelings of fullness can be prevented by ensuring that your body is properly breaking down the vital nutrients necessary to health, found in the foods you eat and the supplements you take.

We use a broad-spectrum approach to digestion, covering protein, fats as well as carbohydrates. Our combination formula provides natural stomach acids and enzyme precursor agents to help the body manufacture all of the digestive enzymatic substances for complete digestion of all food groups.

Enzyme formulas should provide digestive components for protein, fats, and carbohydrates. This, together with natural digestive acids, will, over time, help the body to begin producing these enzymes once again on its own. In the beginning, digestive enzymes should be taken with every meal to help the body to balance its own production of these enzymes once again.

About the speaker: Dr. K. Steven Whiting is the founder of The Institute of Nutritional Science, with offices in the Netherlands, US and UK. Dr. Whiting is an Orthomolecular Nutritionist. His degrees include a Masters in Psychology as well as a Doctorate in Biochemistry earned at International Universities. His commitment and dedication within the nutrition field has led him into extensive research into such chronic conditions as Heart Disease, Arthritis, Diabetes,
Osteoporosis, Prostrate problems, Immune System to name but a few. His website is: