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    Prostate Enlargement

    "For most men, the "golden years" mean difficult urination. Seventy-five percent (75%) of men over the age of 50 have measurable enlargement of the prostate gland, called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). As the gland enlarges, it constricts the urethra, blocking the passage of urine from the bladder. Urination becomes painful, the stream is weak, there is dribbling and men often have to get up three to five times a night.

    The most common treatment for this is surgery, a transurethral resection (TUR) in which the central core of the prostate gland is removed, taking the pressure off the urethra. Roughly 400,000 of these procedures are done per year, and the results are far from satisfactory. According to Dr. John Weinberg, of Dartmouth Medical School, the death rate has been as high as 1.8% (one death per 56 procedures), 8% are hospitalized within three months, because of complications, 5% (one out of 20) become impotent, and about 20% (one out of 5) will need another resection".
    -Dr. Julian Whitaker, Health & Healing, March 1992.

    Prescription Drugs Used To Treat An Enlarged Prostate (BPH)

    There are many drugs in use today that shrink an enlarged prostate gland, but like surgery, they too can have undesirable and dangerous side effects, including decreased libido, premature ejaculation and impotence. One of these drugs can even cause severe birth defects.

    Proscar: The most widely used has been shown to be moderately successful in reducing prostate size in some men and in addressing some of the urinary symptoms associated with BPH. However, it can take as long as six months before it shows results, and the drug has negative side-effects that certainly give any thinking man pause. Among others, it has the potential to decrease libido, cause premature ejaculation and impotence. Not results any man who values his love life cares to contemplate!

    There are even more alarming aspects to this drug, both for men and for women. It can cause birth defects in pregnant women who come in contact with the drug or possibly even with the sperm of a man who has taken Proscar. It can also artificially lower a man's PSA levels by as much as 60 percent. This is very important to note, because it can interfere with the results of a PSA test in detecting prostate cancer.

    In many men, Proscar may not be effective at all. Proscar is designed to shrink greatly expanded glandular tissue of the prostate. However, not all BPH problems come from expansion of glandular tissue. Some men have prostate glands that are normal in size, but because the smooth-muscle tissue in their prostates has begun to contract around the urethra, they too suffer from painful BPH symptoms.

    Hytrin: Another category of drugs called alpha-blockers is prescribed in such cases. They act by relaxing the smooth muscle of the prostate gland and neck of the bladder to improve urine flow. One such drug, terazosin, is marketed under the name Hytrin. Unfortunately, alpha-blockers can also have undesirable side effects, including headaches, fatigue, nasal congestion, dizziness and syncope-a sudden loss of consciousness.

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