Dr. Kate Hunter is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor practising in Toronto, who specializes in Auricular & Bioenergetic Medicine, which is a unique combination of Naturopathy, Medical Intuition and Acupuncture.
My Movember Men's Health Handouts!
November 6, 2013
Here are 4 handouts that I made for Lululemon's Movember fundraising campaign to raise awareness for Men's Health and Men's related cancers.
Have a read and if you are a male be sure not to ignore any symptoms that could be problematic down the line!
MOVEMBER Handout #1
MEN’S HEALTH – What you need to know!!
CANCER --> Don’t mask your symptoms! Go see your Doctor!!
- More men die from cancer versus being diagnosed with Cancer, more women are diagnosed versus those who die from Cancer!
Top 3 male cancer killers?
#1 – Trachea, bronchus, and lung
#2a – Colon, rectum, and anus
#2b – Prostate- Combined, they cause ~ 50% of all male cancer deaths (1)
- There are more deaths each year from Prostate Cancer than from Breast Cancer (2)
What can YOU do?!
- Go to your Doctor or Naturopath!
- Know your family history and your risk factors
- Support the organs of elimination to expel dangerous toxins from your body
- Consume a variety of dark colourful foods (high in antioxidants!
- Consume cancer fighting foods -->
** Cruciferous vegetables!; They provide antioxidants and also I3C (a big cancer fighter!)
** Stick to the “Dirty Dozen” (The foods most important to eat Organic): Apples, Strawberries/Blueberries, Bell Peppers, Lettuce, Kale, Pears, Celery, Grapes, Potatoes, Cherries, Carrots, Peaches/Nectarines
- Consume Green and White Tea
- Consume foods high in Vitamin C! --> Vitamin C kills developing Cancer cells
MOVEMBER Handout #2
What is the normal size?
– Chestnut or walnut size
What should it feel like?
– Smooth, heart-shaped, firm (like tip of nose)
Most common Prostate pathologies:
Prostatitis: Related to an infection
– Incidence = 50% of men experience it during their lifetime
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia:
Incidence = about 50% of men over 50, 80% of men over 80
Incidence = 123 per 100,000, 2-3 times more likely if previous family history
– More prevalent in Tobacco users and those with High saturated fat diet and African Americans
Prostate Symptoms to watch out for:
- None!!!, Nocturia (waking from sleep to urinate), Erectile dysfunction, Blood in urine, Problems with starting, stopping, and strength of stream, Bone pain
What is PSA and why is it measured?:
Allows sperm to achieve max mobility, only found in prostate & seminal fluid and minimally in blood.
Normal levels < 4.0
What Can You Do??...... SEE YOUR DOCTOR OR NATUROPATH!!!
Prevention & Lifestyle:
- Cruciferous vegetables --> more than 500 g/day ß risk by 50%
- Indol-3-Carbinol (I3C) --> Prevents initiation and progression of Prostate Cancer- Tomato or lycopene --> 19 mg/day ßrisk 35%
- Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acid --> decreases inflammation and cell regeneration- Green tea (EGCG) --> inhibits initiation of prostate cancer and inflammation
- D3 --> decreases cancer risk
MOVEMBER Handout #3
- Worldwide 655,000 deaths/year
- #2 cancer deaths in western world, #3 cancer in entire world
From 1997-2006; men’s rates decreased about 1.7% per year --> reflects better screening and treatment improvements……BUT:
Men still had more deaths (22 males vs 14 females per 100,000)
Symptoms to watch out for!:
Change in bowel habits
Change in stool
What are the Risk Factors?:
Age: 60s -70s
History of Polyps
History of Cancer: Family History of colorectal Cancer AND Female History of ovarian, uterine or breast cancer
Smoking --> Female – increased risk by 40%, Male – increased risk by 30%
Hereditary familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) = 100% risk by 40 years old!
Diet: high in red meat and low in fruit, vegetables, fish, poultry & LOW FIBER!
Virus --> HPV and History of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
What YOU can do!
- DIET DIET DIET! Treat your body like the vessel it is! Eat low fat, high fibre, vegetable rich meals
- Avoid Red, cured and smoked meats!
- Eat foods that are high in glutamine that help heal the gut lining