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By Healthy Living Liberty Lake 12 Oct, 2017
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer occurring in men. Approximately 230,000 men a year are diagnosed with the disease, while 29,000 of them will die from it - a 90% survival rate. We don't know if the 29,000 who die have died from the actual treatment of the disease, versus the cancer itself. The risk of prostate cancer increases with age, and most cases are diagnosed after age 65. It is rare under age 40.

There is much controversy regarding prostate cancer treatment. Most cases are indolent, meaning they don't spread outside of the prostate itself and that the patient will die from something else before prostate cancer becomes a mortal threat. Men with low risk prostate cancer need no treatment and are good candidates for active surveillance.  

If your PSA is between 1.5-4, you have a 15 times greater risk of prostate cancer than men with a PSA < 1.5. So if you're told that your PSA is high, or on exam you have a nodule that is suspicious, the only option that has been offered until now was a 3D color doppler or MRI, and prostate biopsy. However, there is concern that a biopsy may contribute to spread of the disease past the capsule of the prostate, and that if left alone it would have stayed encapsulated, causing no health issues. 80% of men who undergo biopsy, which is a painful and bloody procedure, have either no cancer or an indolent form of cancer.

This may explain why there have been studies showing that those who did nothing with a diagnosis of prostate cancer have the same survival as those who were treated.

What should you do if told you either have, or may have, prostate cancer?

Get a test called a 4K score (4Kscore.com). This is a specialized blood test that is sent to the 4K lab, and can help to differentiate if the tumor you have is one that is likely to be more indolent, or one that is more likely to be aggressive and requires treatment. If it comes back low risk, then you can talk to your doctor about active surveillance. Meaning, just watch it for now. And avoid the pain and possible risks of prostate biopsy.

The test is covered by insurances and Medicare, and is simple to do.

You can reduce your risk of ever developing prostate cancer, and also reduce the size of the prostate with a few simple measures:
    1) Take vitamin D, and have your levels checked -- it should be between 70-90. A low vitamin D is strongly associated with prostate cancer.  
    2) Have your testosterone and estrogen levels checked. A low testosterone is associated with prostate cancer, as is a high estrogen level. If your testosterone is low, get your levels up using bio-identical testosterone, and if the estrogens are high, you'll need to lower your levels. I often use a drug called anastrazole to lower estrogen in men.
    3) Use a supplement to reduce the size of the prostate and to reduce PSA. I like one by Xymogen, called Prostate Flo.
It's an excellent product for the prostate, a combination of zinc, saw palmetto, pygeum, cranberry fruit, B6, and beta-sitosterol. Zinc is highly concentrated in the prostate and a lack of zinc has been associated with a reduction in the repair of DNA damage in prostate tissue. Zinc is also necessary for the production of testosterone.

For a much more comprehensive review of alternative views in the treatment of prostate cancer, go to SurvivingProstateCancer.org.

By Dr. Susan Ashley, M.D.
By Healthy Living Liberty Lake 05 Oct, 2017
For anti-aging, nothing replaces activity and movement, and now another study out of Britain emphasizes this point. Men who played sports in mid-life were more likely to be active in old age than those who did other types of physical activity in mid-life. This was especially true for those who played sports for many years, the findings showed. For those that played sports for 25 years, they were nearly five times more likely to be physically active in old age than those who didn't play sports.

The research included 3500 men, ages 40-59, and followed them for 20 years.  Those who were physically active in mid-life were nearly three times more likely to be active at the end of the study period.

Men tended to take up walking as they aged. At the start of the study, just 27% reported high levels of walking. By the end of the study, that number was 62%.

It was felt that people's enjoyment of sport may be more likely to persist into old age than preferences for other types of activity. Sport participation in mid-life may help maintain physical function and physical activity in later life, increasing psychological and physical readiness in old age.

The bottom line?  Start being active early in life. Allow your children to play sports, run, jump, bike, and get in the habit of moving and exercising while playing. This habit will be more likely to follow them into mid-life, and then into later life.  
Your muscles and bone density will stay stronger, and the quality of life will drastically improve.  

When you walk, try to walk briskly, at a pace of 3-4 miles per hour. Many studies have shown that the faster the pace, the longer the life. And when the pace slows down, aging is accelerating.

Ligament, tendon and muscle injuries are more likely to occur as we age. To counter this, I keep a supplement made by Standard Process called Ligaplex at home. It works great for these injuries, to allow healing much more quickly. Stem cells of course also allow for a much faster healing rate for orthopedic injuries.

Our bodies are meant for motion - don't let yourself slow down when you reach your 40s and 50s and beyond!

By Dr. Susan Ashley, M.D.
By Healthy Living Liberty Lake 28 Sep, 2017
One in three seniors will die of dementia. One in three!! If you think one-third of all seniors will die with dementia isn't shocking enough, below are some more terrifying facts about what happens to our minds as we get older:

  • One in eight over 65 years old in the USA has Alzheimer’s
  • In 2014, an estimated 5.2 million in the USA have Alzheimer’s
  • Women are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s than men
  • One in six Women will develop Alzheimer’s
  • Just five years ago in 2012 the United States alone spent $200 billion with Medicare, Medicaid and Out of Pocket Expense for Alzheimer’s and other Dementia care not including Private Health Insurance. This number is projected to go to $1 trillion.
  • Alzheimer’s can start as early as the 30s, 40s, and 50s.
Remember this if you still can, as the population starts to age we have to be ready for what is rapidly going to be one of our biggest healthcare problems, if not THE biggest healthcare problem, dementia in all its forms. We now know that one-third of our aging population will die with a form of dementia and one-sixth of all women will die with the most common form -- Alzheimer's. This epidemic can become an unimaginable burden on the family and loved ones that take care of the afflicted.  

Dementia will soon become the biggest cost of the healthcare system. This is a larger problem than AIDs in the 1980s, and just as serious as cancer and heart disease. As over 10,000 people a day, projected to go to 15,000 people a day, turn 65 in the USA, dementia will soon be the number one health risk.
  
There are many types of dementia, with Alzheimer's being the most common. Two other forms of dementia are multi-infarct - or small strokes - and Parkinson's disease. It is basically any condition that develops when nerve cells in the brain die or no longer function normally. The death of the nerve cells causes changes in memory, behavior, and ability to think clearly. In Alzheimer's, the brain changes eventually impair an individual's ability to carry out such basic bodily functions as walking and swallowing, and is ultimately fatal.

So what are we to do?  In our clinic if any of our patients are complaining of their memory, or "senior moments", we obtain the most sensitive indicator of brain functioning, a QEEG, or quantitative EEG. Covered by Medicare and most insurances, this will tell us how the brain is working in every lobe, and what can be done to improve brain functioning. I use a number of specific brain supplements to nourish the brain, including omega 3s and the B vitamins, depending on what the QEEG shows. Neurofeedback can be used to help brain functioning, and exercise performed regularly is known to improve our brains. Diabetes should be well controlled, since high blood sugars are devastating to the brain cells and create more inflammation. And recently we've started Stem Cell therapy to help slow Alzheimer's or dementia from any cause.

If you want to read more, buy the book The End of Alzheimers by Dale Bredesen, M.D. It's a wonderful book that is highly informative and should be a must-read by everyone over the age of 50.  

By Dr. Susan Ashley, M.D.
By Healthy Living Liberty Lake 22 Sep, 2017
Did you know that you have a dominant ear? Yes, it's true. Most of us prefer to listen with our right ears than our left.  And, what's really interesting, is that we are more likely to perform a favor when the request is made in the right ear instead of the left.

Not only do humans prefer to hear in the right ear, we actually hear information better in our right ears. In order to report from the left ear, the signal has to travel from the right auditory cortex, via the corpus callosum, to the language dominant area in the left temporal region.  

In other words, if you listen with your right ear, the information goes directly to the listening center in the left side of the brain and you only have to hear it once. However, if you listen with the left ear, the information goes to the right side of the brain.  You must then send the information to the left side of the brain to actually understand it. This is an extra step.
  
If you are giving more than one instruction at a time, you can see how someone would have difficulty transferring what you told them. They might get the message scrambled, or they might miss the message completely.

But kids with ADHD are different. They are almost always left ear dominant. Which can contribute to difficulty following instructions. Studies have shown that if you can get a child listening with the right ear instead of the left, their ability to learn will improve.

How is this done? Through sensory integration involving auditory and visual processing. There's a program called SAVE - sensory-motor, auditory visual education - that has been successful. Parents and teachers have observed subjective changes of improved listening when the kids converted to right ear dominance.

And if you're trying to make a point to your spouse, co-worker or child?  Make sure you're talking into the right ear - you'll be  more likely to see results!
By Healthy Living Liberty Lake 15 Sep, 2017
Here we go again. It's getting to be cold and flu season, and the government is urging all of us to get our flu shots, especially the elderly, even though the flu shot has not proven to be effective in reducing the incidence of the flu, or influenza.

Now we have unearthed a government study done nearly a decade ago which got little attention because the results were not what was expected or wanted. It found that after decades and literally billions of dollars spent promoting flu shots for the elderly, the mass vaccination schedule did not result in saving lives. In fact, the death rate among the elderly increased substantially!

The authors of the study assumed flu shots were effective in the elderly, but up to that point all the studies failed to demonstrate this. Instead of considering that they, the experts, were wrong, they assumed the   studies   were wrong.  
So the NIH launced an effort to do "the " definitive study that would actually prove, for the first time, once and for all, that flu shots were beneficial to the elderly.
 
The problem is, when they finished, no matter how they crunched the numbers the data kept telling the same story: flu shots were of no benefit to the elderly. In fact, quite the opposite. The death rate had increased markedly since widespread flu vaccination among the elderly. Over 20 years, the percentage of seniors getting flu shots increased sharply from 15% to 65%. But instead of flu deaths decreasing, the flu deaths among the elderly continued to climb. They finally had to acknowledge that decades of public health thought had been mistaken.

After this study, many international studies arrived at the same conclusion. This includes from countries such as Australia, France Canada and the UK.  

So what's a senior to do? The CDC says they should still get their flu shots. And they don't discuss this study, or the many side effects of the shot. Many flu shots still contain mercury and aluminum, and can cause a flu-like illness for several days.
   
And as I'm writing this, a news story just reported that pregnant women who were given flu shots were more likely to have a miscarriage. I never, ever recommend a pregnant woman getting the flu shot, or any vaccine, and exposing her unborn child to the heavy metals in the vaccine. It is not safe, and do not let your doctor convince you otherwise.
   
There is much you can do to reduce your risk of colds and the flu, including taking vitamin D, C and zinc. We often use another supplement called Immuplex, taken daily for prevention and it has worked very well, much more than any flu shot.

By Dr. Susan Ashley, M.D.
By Healthy Living Liberty Lake 08 Sep, 2017
In an article by Jim Kozubek on August 17, 2017 titled, “We've Already Got Socialized Medicine… Unfortunately, the biggest recipients of government help are the pharmaceutical companies, not patients,” he discussed approval of genetically engineered T-Cells for commercial sale. “On July 12, an FDA pane recommended approval of the first genetically engineered T-Cell for commercial sale to treat childhood leukemia.”

Engineered T-Cells will no doubt be in high demand as they become available. Unfortunately, this drug could eventually cost up to $300,000 per patient; a price that only multi-millionaires could afford. As with any new drug, Medicare and regular insurance companies will never pay such prices.

This author wonders … what ever happened to doing good for good sake? Whatever happened to sharing knowledge for the good of all mankind? The trend in the pharmaceutical world today is to see what the market will bear and then readjust over the time it takes for the patent to run out.

Of course, our hope is that as time goes on the price will come down. A prime example is the drug Prilosec originally marketing in the mid-nineties retailed for $150-$225 (about $5-6 per pill) for a 30-day supply. Today one can purchase a 90-day supply over the counter for about $18-22 or $0.22 per pill.

Cancer therapy has always been a big business not only for the pharmaceutical companies, but for the enormous institutions that have built up around it. It’s no wonder the powers that be are not interested in any alternative therapy ideas (such as CBDs) that may prove to be more effective and far less expensive that what we have now.

With prices even at a fraction of what some companies charge as well as hospitals (e.g. $750,000 for a Quadruple by-pass) it’s no wonder more and more people are forced into poverty and therefore have to rely on welfare to exist.

For instance, the National Health Services in Britain will be hard-pressed to reimburse for six-figure biologics. If so, the only ethical action would be to use the power of the state to force down the cost of such cancer drugs.

Novartis manufactures a new gene editing system drug spent only $25,000 to produce it; then resells for $300,000. While there is no harm in profit, there should be limit when it comes to death and dying.

And wonder why there are so many commercials promoting the idea of universal screening for Hepatitis C? These are paid for by the drug company that makes the drug to cure Hep C, at a cost of $1000 per pill! The dose is one pill per day for 3 months, costing on average of $90,000 per treatment.

President Trump told the pharmaceutical industry that they are next to be reigned in. Let's hope so, or our healthcare costs will continue to spiral.
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