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Special Prevention Requirements for Men's Health

May 25, 2012 08:50AM ● By Dr. Alla Arutcheva

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.