One evening, after giving a talk at the local health food store on cancer prevention, a man in the audience approached me with a question. He introduced himself as Wade and said that he was concerned about prostate cancer. His father and uncle had both been diagnosed with the disease. Now that he’d seen the effects of their prostatectomies, he was convinced there had to be a better way.
Since he was already experiencing prostate discomfort, Wade, who was only in his 40s, was hoping I could help him avoid further problems down the road. But, during several appointments, he made it clear he wasn’t interested in making lifestyle changes that could improve his condition. I explained that his only problem so far was an enlarged prostate, and that could be improved by reducing inflammation through diet and supplements. But Wade was stubborn.
“I thought you might have a pill that would fix this,” he said. “I just don’t have time to do all the things you’re telling me to do.”
I didn’t see Wade again for nearly a year, but, when I did see him again, he was finally ready to listen to my advice. It turns out Wade took his wife and teenagers to a dude ranch for a vacation. During a long trail ride, he resisted the increasing urge to urinate, hoping to make it back to the ranch’s bathrooms. But, when they returned to the ranch, Wade found that he literally could not urinate.
The medical term for his condition is “retention,” which simply means Wade was unable to empty his bladder. The resulting pain led to a trip to the nearest emergency facility, where a catheter was inserted to give Wade some relief. But the doctor there told Wayne that retention could recur anytime, so he finally had the motivation he needed to do something.
“I never want to go through an experience like that again,” he told me. “Just tell me what I need to do, and I’ll do it!”
A few months after Wade started following my diet, exercise, and supplement recommendations, he returned for a check-up. Not only was his PSA score back in healthy territory (below 1 after being elevated to nearly 3), but Wade was no longer troubled by repeatedly waking during the night to urinate.
“I can’t tell you what a relief it is to sleep through the night,” he explained. “The whole experience has really shown me that a lot of the discomfort we put up with can be fixed with some pretty easy changes. From now on, instead of looking for a pill, I’ll take the lifestyle changes. The results are better, and they’re not nearly as hard to make as I expected.”