Special Prevention Requirements for Men's Health

Statistically, there is a gap in the average longevity of women and men. Women live longer. This might be explained by various biological differences, but there is a school of thought that also attributes the tendency of men to avoid addressing their health issues.

As a group, men smoke and drink more than women, and are exposed to considerable stress. They tend to consume more meat, and thus animal fat, which interacts with their male hormonal system differently than that of females.

It is recommended that men not only undergo regular physical examinations by an allopathic (traditional) healthcare provider, but also by a naturopathic (holistic) medical professional. All cells, tissues and organs are connected and work together. Holistic medicine focuses not just on separate organs, but the whole body. It is about the person, not the disease, and illness is a manifestation of a dysfunction of the whole body.

This dysfunction can be caused by emotional imbalances, a nutritional deficiency (vitamins and minerals) or the toxicity of genetically modified and industrially processed foods, chemicals, additives, cleaning supplies and personal care products—even environmental pollution. Naturopathic medicine concentrates on prevention because disease is easier to prevent than to treat.

The goal of a naturopathic doctor (ND) specialist is to properly evaluate a person’s health, find the root cause of a dysfunction and return the body to balance, or homeostasis. Then the body is able to replenish and repair itself.

A complete health assessment starts with questions about lifestyle, emotions, diet and symptoms the patient is experiencing. Health markers are present all over the body, so analysis of the eye (iridology), face, fingers, nails, tongue and pulse, as well as muscle testing, are all important indicators of the homeostatic condition of a patient, including tendencies toward inherited diseases and other problems. The assessment also includes measurement of whole body tissues and organ vibrations, using a Metatron apparatus, dry blood cell analysis and urine analysis.

These tests are able to reveal the first signs of disease on energetic, functional and ionic levels that are not revealed by traditional medical techniques. The multi-modal approach facilitates the early detection of diseases and also helps to evaluate chronic conditions. Common male complaints involve gastrointestinal tract dysfunction, low energy and emotional and hormonal disturbances, but of greatest concern is prostate health. Prostatitis is an issue for men of all ages; especially those aged 50 and older. Prostate health should be maintained with regular checkups and the proper customized supplements taken to support this gland.

A wide variety of supplements are available for purchase in the marketplace, but a supplementation regime should not be undertaken without the consultation of a holistic medical professional. Uncoordinated consumption of vitamins and other substances may be counterproductive and the best results are achieved with an individualized program, based on person-supplement vibrational analysis.

True, balanced health is not just about supplements; it should be combined with healthy eating, lifestyle and proper self-care for optimal results.

Dr. Alla Arutcheva, M.D., Ph.D., CNHP, ND, is an associate professor at Rush University Medical School, in Chicago and practices at Antalee Wellness Center, in Glenview, IL. She is a member of International Society for Complementary Research, American Society of Microbiology and Society of Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Three Ways Busy Moms Can Thrive

Life is constantly dishing up curveballs. Motherhood adds more, like mysterious rashes and toddler meltdowns in the middle of a crowded grocery store on a Saturday.

Give Children the Gift of Success

Each new school year brings opportunities for growth and learning, but these new experiences can also present challenges.

Science Backs Acupuncture for Pain

Recent studies have shown acupuncture to be more effective than painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants and physical therapy for relieving back pain in both short- and long-term cases.

Noted Physician

Kunwarjit Singh Duggal will deliver a talk, Eat Green, Get Lean, from 4 to 5 p.m., August 11, in the main tent of Veggie Fest, on the grounds of Danada South Park, in Lisle, at the Navistar Circle.

CranioSacral Therapy Helps Alleviate

A tongue-tie refers to the frenulum within the mouth, a thin, string-like tissue underneath the tongue that connects the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth.

Add your comment:
Edit ModuleShow Tags

See More »This Month

Vacuodermie Therapy Now Offered at re:sculpt

Glenview’s re:sculpt is now offering Vacuodermie therapy to help improve lymphatic flow and the immune system.

Win a Getaway Weekend at Lake Geneva

Geneva Ridge Resort, in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, will award an Ultimate Ridge Getaway to one lucky Natural Awakenings reader in our new Summer Escape contest.

Become Wellness-Savvy at Health Freedom Expo

Discover the latest natural health discoveries at the Health Freedom Expo from June 15 to 17, at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center.

Qigong Revolution Coming to Schaumburg

Qi Revolution is the largest qigong event ever to occur in Illinois and has been praised by experts of yoga, qigong and naturopathic medicine.

Reshape Your Reality with Robin Marvel

Author and motivational speaker Robin Marvel is presenting a workshop, Reshaping Reality Creating Your Life.

Weekend Seminar with Salzberg and Ram Dass

Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation, will host a day and evening of Equanimity: Spacious Stillness of Mind.