How an active sex life can help keep you cancer-free

How getting frisky 5 times a week could help you stay cancer-free

In my profession, I end up giving bad news to patients more often than I’d like. When diagnosing someone with a condition, I always try to look on the bright side because once we know what the root cause of their symptoms is, we can do something about it.

And I’ve usually got a lot of very good options in my arsenal of therapies that will make them feel better soon enough (or, at least, eventually). But today I’ve got some news that may actually BRIGHTEN your day!

Now, be forewarned: you might find it a little risqué.

But hopefully, it will also give you (and your partner) some motivation and provide compelling and motivational scientific evidence to focus more on achieving a healthy and active sex life.

It turns out that safe sexual activity (and lots of it) is a very enjoyable way of detoxifying your body!

And it can be so good for your prostate health that it can even reduce your risk of prostate cancer.

Time to get some more satisfaction

Late last year, some highly-regarded institutions published a very well-executed study in the European Journal of Urology that points to an unusual and intriguing aspect of your love life that correlates with a reduced risk of prostate cancer.

Basically, the study shows that the more that a man releases his reproductive fluids, the lower the risk of prostate cancer!

This should put a smile on the faces of most men in this world, because it tackles two major ‘birds’ with one stone. It’s no secret that most men not only enjoy orgasms but also fear prostate cancer.

Therefore, being able to prevent a disease and have some enjoyment in the process may make you feel like you’ve just hit the jackpot!

The great news about this study is that it was done properly, with a large volume of patients (32,000) and a significantly lengthy follow-up period (18 years – from 1992 to 2010).

The data showed that men who climaxed at least 21 times per month (the so-called ‘high frequency’ group) were 20 per cent less likely to get prostate cancer than those whose ejaculations were limited to four to seven times per month (which, I was glad to hear, was more or less the minimum that a statistically significant number of men would have).

In an interview with Medscape, one of the lead researchers in this study aptly noted: “We shouldn’t dwell on the exact numbers… but instead should focus on the dose response relation.”

It’s the same thing we look for when studies show that getting more nitric oxide reduces your risk of glaucoma… or eating more eggs reduces your risk of stroke. (If you’ve been reading my Health eTips, you know that both of these are true!)

This basically means that the evidence was pretty solid in showing that the more frequently you ‘get it on’ (and ‘finish’), the less your risk of prostate cancer.

This so-called ‘myth’ is a legendary fact

This hypothesis is not, in fact, new. But up until the point that this solid data was published, the correlation had been considered more of an urban myth than scientific fact.

There have been about 25 previous studies done on this subject from all over the world, but pretty much all of them were flawed, so their results could be dismissed easily.

The biggest flaw that I see is that most of the previous studies asked older men AFTER getting diagnosed with prostate cancer what their sexual activity and ejaculatory rate had been in their younger years.
Well, if there’s one area where men are prone to stretch the truth, it’s with their sexual appetite!

In addition, some of the previous studies only considered partner activity in their data rather than ALL semen-producing activities (including masturbation and nocturnal emissions).

As a result, even though a little more than half of them did show a positive correlation with a reduced risk, some of them showed no risk or benefit and some even showed that intercourse RAISED the risk of prostate cancer.

In contrast, this new study anonymously asked patients at three different intervals along the 18-year stretch, starting in their 20s, which dramatically improved the relevance and reliability of the data and brought a lot more clarity to this fascinating subject.

On top of that, the researchers did an amazing job at controlling for other confounding variables such as diet, weight, exercise, certain key prostate supplements, smoking, alcohol, sexually transmitted diseases, marital status, and even PSA, which all have a bearing on prostate health.

Expel the toxic load hiding in your trousers

Several reasons may point to why increased ejaculation leads to less cancer.

There’s the mental stress relief… or the varying testosterone levels… but what makes the most sense is the ‘clean the pipes’ theory. In more medical terms, that’s the ‘prostate stagnation hypothesis’.

Data shows that toxins can readily accumulate in the prostate, but those toxins can clear out with a few good bursts of seminal fluid.

The prostate stagnation hypothesis and the acknowledgement that toxins can cause cancer is particularly important to the integrative medical world because doctors like myself are well-versed in removing toxins from the body.

Some integrative medical doctors have been stating for a long time that the prostate is a like a ‘trash dump’ for some of the body’s waste.

So, take doctor’s orders and become like one of those ‘high frequency’ men in the study. It’s a great excuse to have fun!

And remember: if you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with (even if that’s just yourself).

But why stop at just ‘cleaning the pipes’? This study gives credence to the common integrative approach of removing toxins from the body by other means, so that they don’t even get a chance to get to the prostate.

Adopting a detoxifying diet like the Paleo diet that includes lots of prostate-protecting nuts and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, sweating the toxins out through exercise and sauna, and detox supplements should all do the trick.

Work with a doctor who’s well-versed in integrative medicine on putting together the right detox plan that will meet your health needs and requirements.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing

Full references and citations for this article are available in the downloadable PDF version of the monthly Nutrition and Healing issue in which this article appears.

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