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Is "Peenuts" worth trying?
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skip30 posted:
A longtime friend and recently retired urologist says he has advised people to try the "Peenuts" herbal supplement to reduce PSA. He takes it.I called him because he did my last exam three years ago when my PSA was about 3. It recently jumped to 4.5. I'm 64 and will visit a new urologist next week for a digital exam and they are retesting my PSA in early August. Any views on the "Peenuts" value? Thanks.
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Galileo1962 responded:
Skip,
The bigger question would seem to be--what is the source of your
increasing PSA?
You need to find out, and if I were you, "finding out" would not include
an experiment with a supplement.
You could ask for a "free PSA" test, or fPSA. Any urologist worth
his salt will try it without your prompting.
fPSA can help determine if the source of elevated PSA is cancer
or a benign source like prostatitis.
And you haven't had a digital rectal exam yet? With a rising PSA?
You're only getting "half" the test, since you should be getting both.
Best wishes from an interested layperson.
 
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skip30 replied to Galileo1962's response:
Thank you, Galileo. I've had many digital exams over the years but none in last 3 yrs. Just learned of 4.5 last week, so am certain he will start wlth a digital check when I see him Tuesday. Good advice on fPSA, so will see if he orders another test to see what that fPSA shows. Am grateful for you taking the time to share your advice.
 
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Judd W Moul, MD responded:
I have never heard of Peenuts! The problem with these supplements is that we usually know exactly what they're made of but we don't know if they work, and the folks who market and sell them are making a lot of $$$. Look at the recent SELECT clinical trial run by the NIH that showed Vitamin E and Selenium did not work to prevent prostate cancer. I would be skeptical as some of this stuff may harm you or even promote cancer! I hate to sound so "ba humbug", but only properly designed randomized, double blind clinical trials can prove or disprove the true value of medications or supplements to treat disease.

If your PSA is repeated and is still 4.5, you probably need a prostate biopsy to rule out prostate cancer.

Best wishes, JWM
 
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nvinson replied to Judd W Moul, MD's response:
Oh yeah, that sounds like a plan. Let's poke a hole in an organ that we SUSPECT COULD POSSIBLY be malignant and then if it is, spew and spread it. That's the problem with medicine these days.
 
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AyeSail replied to nvinson's response:
I'm in complete agreement with you nvinson. I too had a rising PSA, from 1.5 to 4.5 over three years. I began a regiment of intensive reading/study on the subject. Fortunately, that paid off. The long and the short of it, I learned of the dangers of biopsies of the prostrate, and opted instead for a ultrasound followed by an MRI-S. I learned that most urologist recommend biopsies just based off their training and have done little further research or practice on the identification of prostrate disease, including cancer. Turns out what I had was BPH and the associated enlarged prostrate. I am now engaged in correcting those issues through Natural Chronic Disease Management. I recommend that all men read the book, "Men At Risk: the Dirty Little Secret - Prostate Biopsies Really Do Spread Prostate Cancer Cells," by Ronald E. Wheeler, MD. Prostate Cancer Specialist, and not internalize what some say on these forums about supplements not being helpful or go poke holes in your prostate, the more the better.
 
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jameshodge responded:
I'm not sure about Peenuts but according to the Super Beta Prostate supplement reviews that I've read, this supplement has had a good amount of success in promoting prostate health and reducing certain symptoms too. It not only contains beta-sitosterol but also a dozen trace minerals and other plant sterols. Hope you can look through their evidence and benefit from it.
 
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jameshodge responded:
I'm not sure about Peenuts but according to the Super Beta Prostate supplement reviews that I've read, this supplement has had a good amount of success in promoting prostate health and reducing certain symptoms too. It not only contains beta-sitosterol but also a dozen trace minerals and other plant sterols. Hope you can look through their evidence and benefit from it.


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