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Saw palmetto oil is an accepted medical treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in New Zealand and in France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, and other European countries.
Typical symptoms of BPH include difficulty starting urination, weak urinary stream, frequent urination, dribbling after urination, and waking up several times at night to urinate. Research suggests that saw palmetto can markedly improve all these symptoms. Benefits require approximately 4 to 6 weeks of treatment to develop. It appears that about two-thirds of men respond reasonably well.
Furthermore, while the prostate tends to continue to grow when left untreated, 1 saw palmetto causes a small but definite shrinkage. 2–4 In other words, it isn't just relieving symptoms, but may actually be retarding prostate enlargement. The drug Proscar does this too (and to even a greater extent than saw palmetto) but other standard medications for BPH have no effect on prostate size.
Research tells us that saw palmetto is equally effective to Proscar, but it has one great advantage: It leaves PSA (prostate-specific antigen) levels unchanged. Cancer raises PSA levels, and lab tests that measure PSA are used to screen for prostate cancer. Because Proscar lowers PSA measurements, its use may have the unintended effect of masking prostate cancer. Saw palmetto won't do this. On the other hand, Proscar has been shown to reduce the need for surgery, unlike saw palmetto or any of the other drugs used for BPH.
Saw palmetto also appears to be equally effective as another class of standard drugs known as alpha blockers, but may cause fewer side effects.
Note: Before self-treating with saw palmetto, be sure to get a proper medical evaluation to rule out prostate cancer.
Saw palmetto is also widely used to treat chronic prostatitis. An open trial that compared saw palmetto to the drug Proscar for the treatment of chronic nonbacterial prostatitis found that while the drug was effective, the herb was not. 5 However, these results do not mean that saw palmetto is ineffective for prostatis. Because this was an open study, researchers and participants knew who was getting saw palmetto and who was getting the drug. If there was any expectation that the drug would be more powerful than the herb, this in itself would be sufficient to skew the results toward that outcome.
Saw palmetto is sometimes recommended as a treatment for hair loss, but there is no evidence as yet that it is effective for this purpose.
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Cancer cells hide after Chemotherapy
After the initial doses of radiation and/or chemotherapy, cancer cells start hiding.
" They develop a slime coating, and they become like Stealth bombers, and they can hide from future doses of radiation and chemotherapy. This is why repeated dose of radiation and chemotherapy become less effective".Dr. John Maras, Nu-Gen Educational Library.
" The way to get rid of this "slime coating" is to use large doses of plant and animal enzymes- especially bromelain and pancreatin. This allows an 'access point' for the immune system to attack the cancer cells".....Dr. John Maras, Nu-Gen Educational Library
What doctors say about Chemo Therapy ?
"The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it."
A Sad day for Alternative healing
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