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Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Human Touch’s Wellness Council is committed to educating professionals, sports-enthusiasts, back pain sufferers and consumers alike on the importance and benefits of taking control of their daily lives, maintaining a healthy balance of mind, body and spirit and maximizing their overall health and wellness lifestyle by incorporating regular massage into their “wellness” routine through the use of personal massage products.

Each Human Touch® Wellness Council Member serves as an ambassador for the importance of daily massage, communicating their key wellness messages through online and offline media, community events and public forums.

Human Touch Wellness Council Member Dr. James Rouse, A.K.A “Dr. James” is a naturopathic physician with extensive credentials in the wellness field including post-doctorate work in acupuncture, Chinese medicine and transpersonal psychology. He is also a healthcare consultant to broadcast news stations, an iron man triathlete, a certified yoga instructor and an author. He owns a Human Touch massage chair and talks often about the wellness benefits of using his chair. This month he helps promote Men’s Health Month with Human Touch to share his expertise on men’s health.
Best Foods for Prostate Health with a Human Touch®
by Dr. James Rouse

This month we honor the men in our lives – fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, godfathers, brothers and uncles and those who have been father figures in our lives. Naturally it is the time of year when we think of men’s health and making sure the men in our lives are taking the best possible care of themselves. Prostate cancer remains one of the most predominant cancers (in addition to skin and lung cancer) in American men. In 2010, statistics revealed over 200,000 new cases of prostate cancer and over 30,000 deaths relating to prostate cancer. There are over 2 million men currently living with prostate cancer in the United States alone.

Prostate cancer is most common in men over the age of 50. There is a higher incidence in men with a family history of prostate cancer and in African American men. These are risk factors that cannot be changed. Still, there are other things men can control that may benefit prostate health and decrease the risk of prostate cancer. These are the lifestyle factors like daily exercise, tobacco-free living, limited alcohol consumption and of course a healthy diet.

Thus far there are no definitive nutritional guidelines for prostate cancer prevention. There are, however, epidemiological studies and recommendations that have come from many years of clinical observations. Two of the best diets associated with decreased risk of prostate cancer and overall longevity include the Mediterranean-style diet and Japanese diet. The Mediterranean Diet includes plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits, fish, garlic, tomatoes, olive oil and red wine. The Japanese diet is high in fish, green tea, soy, and vegetables; it is also low in fat and calories. Both diets are low in red meat.

Here’s another suggestion for men looking to reduce their risk of prostate cancer. Limit your calorie intake. We’re not talking about a starvation diet, yet excess calories may encourage cancer growth. Also limiting sugar since cancer cells also thrive on sugar.

If you are more of a list person, here is a list of the top foods for a healthy prostate:
1. Fresh fish, high in omega-3 fatty acids: Wild salmon, lake trout, sardines, anchovies, halibut. Eat fish two to three times a week maximum to help prevent the possibility of mercury build up. Avoid fried fish.

2. Green tea. Many studies show the powerful antioxidant activity of green tea. Cultures that drink the most green tea also have the lowest incidence of many cancers. Aim for at least 2 cups daily.

3. Tomatoes – Lycopene has been shown to have anticancer effects and to be especially beneficial for prostate health. Tomato paste, in particular, has the best research behind it.

4. Olive oil – rich in vitamin E and antioxidants. Avoid partially or fully hydrogenated oils. Also avoid corn oil, which may be pro-inflammatory.

5. Eat like a bird – Nuts and Seeds – Brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, walnuts – all have beneficial nutrients that support prostate health.

6. Love your legumes – Soybeans and other legumes contain phytoestrogens, which might help to prevent prostate cancer. Studies have shown a modest amount of protection from prostate cancer development was gained with increased soy consumption.

7. Yogurt – The probiotics in yogurt (preferably plain, Greek-style yogurt) may benefit the immune system and help prevent certain infections.

8.Dark, leafy greens and crucifers such as spinach, kale, and broccoli all contain a significant amount of phytonutrients and antioxidants that may help protect the body from free radical damage.

9. Pomegranate seeds and/or juice – There is enough evidence to support drinking about 4 to 6 ounces of unsweetened pomegranate juice daily. Studies have shown that it may inhibit or slow the development of certain cancers including that of the prostate.

10. Garlic and onions – Compounds in garlic and onions have been shown to prevent prostate cancer.

Everyday you are blessed with the wisdom to leverage your connection to wellness and put into action loving self-care. Choosing to be a proactive participant in your well-being and standing in your creative power can be truly transformational. Wellness isn’t about perfection. It is about a state of being. Be well. Be your best.

Peace and positivity,
Drs. James and Debra Rouse