Attn: International Customers and ordering Best Prostate.

Several months ago IMS Supplements, Inc. upgraded it’s servers and implemented software and monitoring by a third party company.  Some international customers who tried to order Best Prostate or any product from www.imsnaturally.com were banned as IMS Supplements, Inc. was not made aware that an entire country’s IP computer access were being blocked.  Users from countries on the list would see a  403 Forbidden error message.   Our Web server (or surrounding systems) have been configured to disallow certain patterns of HTTP traffic. In other words, HTTP communication from a well-known Web browser is allowed, but automated communication from other systems is rejected with an 403 error code. This is due to a very defensive security policy in regards to our Web server.  We apologize for this needed security however we seriously value our customers and the information that they input at our websites.  Please contact us via email at customerservice@imssupplements.com should you have problems.  We will attempt to resolve access issues for you.   Thank you.

Integrative Medicine and Prostate Health

The concept of integrative medicine is guided by the principle to use therapies that have some high-quality evidence to support them.  This would be inclusive of combining conventional Western medicine with alternative or complementary treatments, such as herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, biofeedback, yoga, and stress reduction techniques. 

Advocates of integrative care say that it’s crucial to hold alternative therapies up to scientific scrutiny, rather than dismissing them outright, because doctors and patients alike need answers.

It is just as important to find out what doesn’t work as it does to find out what does.  A great example is where the researchers affiliated with UCSF completed a study that showed that saw palmetto did not improve benign prostate hyperplasia, a noncancerous enlargement of the prostate gland.  The results were published in The New England Journal of Medicine. This was and is important as more than 2 million men in the U.S. take saw palmetto as an alternative to prescriptions. 

Despite these findings many physicians in North America know very little about beta-sitosterol, a therapy that has shown benefit, and its use by physicians for over three decades throughout the rest of the world for the symptoms of benign prostate hyperplasia, or an enlarged prostate.  A majority of physicians in North America rely almost exclusively on pharmacologic intervention as promoted by large pharmaceutical companies.  It’s easy for practitioners of western medicine to completely dismiss alternatives due to the sheer fact that training in the use of natural products is virtually almost non-existent in their training.  Afterall the big money and pressure is on from the giants in the pharmaceutical industry. 

Even I have to admit when I first heard about beta-sitosterol I dismissed it.  The primary reason was is that despite physicians receiving eight to ten medical journals per month delivered to their medical office or homes they rarely if ever read them cover to cover.  What they do read is often the result of the pharmaceutical industry drawing their attention to the latest study on this or that new pharmaceutical drug.   This can occur via peer to peer discusions again often influenced by pharmaceutical industry promotion. 

As western medicine has progressed the time for treating individual patients has decreased.  Physicians on average see twice as many patients due to managed care and benefit resource reimbursement management. This has decreased the time medical professionals have to actually learn about natural products that are published in the same medical journals that they are receiving.  A good example as in the case of ” beta-sitosterol ”  British Journal of Urology, Lancet, and Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. In addition to data made available through the NIH.GOV web site. 

The good news is that there are some organizations like the non-profit the International College of Integrative Medicine that actually exist and offer comprehensive education of physicians about the effectiveness of advanced medical care through advanced level trainings and conferences. The web site for this organization is http://www.icimed.com/.  On this site you can search for a practitioner that is trained in integrative medicine.

The maker of Best Prostate®, IMS Supplements, Inc. has made a donation to the International College of Integrative Medicine to support their educational efforts. 

Prostate Cancer Ed Randall’s Fans for the Cure

IMS Supplements, Inc. the makers of Best Prostate has made a donation to Ed Randall’s Fans for the Cure. Ed Randall’s Fans for the Cure  Logo

Ed Randall’s organization is dedicated to increasing prostate cancer awareness and education. 

The organization  increases awareness about prostate cancer through their Minor League Initiative – which entails events at minor league ballparks across the country staffed by our dedicated volunteers.

Ed Randall’s Fans for the Cure makes available important information about prostate cancer, and at some ballparks also offers free prostate cancer screenings , also known as a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test.

In 2012, Ed Randall’s Fans for the Cure launched its “Know Your Score” public awareness campaign with a simple message for men over forty years of age: Visit your doctor to check for prostate cancer, get your PSA score and stay in the game.

Ed Randall’s Fans for the Cure is a 501c3 charity.

“Click here” to see minor league ballparks across the country benefiting from Ed Randall’s Fans for the Cure.

Physicians and Supplements?

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Supplements and My Physician

Health and Fitness: Supplements • Published: November 18, 2011

Many physicians use and recommend supplements to their patients. Despite this, the general population of, health care providers have limited formal training and education with respect to supplement ingredients. The importance of clinical references with respect to supplement ingredients should be a priority for consumers. It is important to tell your health care provider when you initiate any supplement. It is also important to ascertain your health care provider’s knowledge of the supplement ingredients that you are discussing. Don’t assume.

Best Prostate Health

Making sense of prostate health and making the best choice. What causes an enlarged prostate? What role does testosterone play in prostate health? What is the best prostate supplement? Is Soy a concern for men and prostate health?

Difficulty urinating and reduced flow are common signs of an enlarged prostate. Equally common is waking multiple times in the night to urinate. Often men feel run down and they may or may not have reduced sexual desire or even impotence. An understanding of testosterone and your prostate is both important and can help you when you communicate with your health care provider.

Generally when you see your physician and complain of feeling decreased sex drive in addition to feeling no energy the first thing physicians turn to is a simple blood test to check testosterone levels.

Throughout a man’s life his body produces testosterone. As a man ages, the amount of circulating testosterone begins to decline steadily after the age of forty. The decrease is relatively small and occurs at a rate of 1% or 2% per year. Virtually all men experience a decline in testosterone. There are a small percentage of men that have testosterone levels below what is considered normal for their age. Low testosterone is defined by the medical community as less than 300 nanograms per deciliter of blood. Only one-half to two-thirds of all men with low testosterone report symptoms. The symptoms include low sex drive, erectile dysfunction, mood problems, fatigue, and sleep disturbances. Generally the decline of testosterone in men occurs over years and the symptoms often go unnoticed. Some men may experience symptoms and yet not recognize the decline in their sex drive due to the fact that they still have a sex drive. The symptoms of low testosterone can significantly impair a man’s quality of life.

Many in the medical community believe that low testosterone should be treated and it is becoming common for medical professionals to prescribe: a testosterone gel that is applied to the skin on a daily basis; a testosterone patch that is applied to the skin and worn throughout the day; oral testosterone tablets; or testosterone injections. There is some controversy to long-term testosterone supplementation in that when testosterone is supplemented the body will actually recognize all this testosterone and normal testosterone production by the testis will actually decrease or cease and the individual may experience testicle shrinkage. Infertility physicians commonly address decreased testosterone levels with an injectable hormone known as hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin). hCG is not anabolic or androgenic however in men hCG increases the testosterone production in the testes very quickly and reliably. It may be beneficial to discuss intermittent testosterone supplementation with periodic hCG treatments with your physician to ensure that your normal testosterone production is not destroyed.

Uniquely many men do produce adequate levels of testosterone however a significant number of men may have reduced testosterone due to the increased activity of the natural enzyme 5α-reductace. When testosterone is subjected to the enzyme 5α-reductase it is converted into DHT (dihydrotestosterone). In adult males DHT acts as the primary androgen in the prostate and hair follicles. [1] In men DHT is the primary contributing factor in male pattern baldness.[2] In addition DHT plays a role in the development and exacerbation of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), as well as prostate cancer, by enlarging the prostate gland.[3] Prostate growth or enlargement is dependent on the level of DHT.[4]

The actual cause of BPH is debated by the medical community. One school of thought believes that as men age and testosterone levels decline there is an increased amount of estrogen in the blood. All men produce small amounts of estrogen (female hormone) in addition to testosterone. Studies performed in animals suggest that this increased amount of estrogen within the prostate gland may increase the activity of substances that promote cell growth.[5] If this is true then men who consume additional sources of estrogen may wish to take note. Since the early 1960s soybean, which are high in estrogen, have become increasingly common as a human food source. Research shows that prior to the 21st Century soy was rarely if ever used in the production of food for human consumption. Even in the Asian culture soy usage was limited to times of extreme food shortages. When it was used Asians carefully prepared the soy by using a long fermentation process (6 to 9 months) to remove soy toxins. In 1998 soy consumption by Asians was validated and it was found that Asian men consumed 8.00 ± 4.95 g of soy/day and that Asian women consumed 6.88 ± 4.06 g of soy/day.[6] The soy products consumed were tofu (plain, fried, deep-fried, or dried), miso, fermented soybeans, soy milk, and boiled soybeans. Soy consumption today in English speaking countries is approaching 220 G of soy/day which far exceeds what Asians typically consume. Clinical research has shown that soy decreases testosterone levels. In one study a 76% reduction in testosterone production in men was documented.[7] Another study by Nagata C, et al. “Inverse association of soy product intake with serum androgen and estrogen concentrations in Japanese men.” Nutr Cancer 2000; 36(1):14-8. This study in Japanese men showed that increased soy intake was related to decreased testosterone levels. An additional study in healthy adult males compared a diet containing soy to one using meat as a source of protein. Testosterone levels were significantly lower in the group with a soy diet. In addition the amount of “free” testosterone was reduced by 7% in the soy diet group. [8]

The other school of thought focuses on dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Most animals lose their ability to produce DHT as they age. Unfortunately this is not true in human beings. Research shows that even with a drop in the blood’s testosterone level, older men continue to produce and accumulate high levels of DHT in the prostate. Accumulation of DHT may encourage prostate enlargement. Scientists have also noted that men who do not produce DHT do not develop BPH.

It is very important to tell your doctor about urinary problems. In eight out of 10 cases, these common symptoms (a hesitant, interrupted, weak stream, urgency and leaking or dribbling, more frequent urination, especially at night) suggest BPH, but they also can signal other, more serious conditions that require prompt treatment. These conditions, including prostate cancer, can be ruled out only by a doctor’s examination.

Pharmacologic treatment of BPH is the most common. The FDA has approved six prescription medications to relieve the common symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate. These prescription medications are not natural and they are either semi-synthetic or synthetic in origin. All of these prescription medications have side effects associated with them. Recently in June 2011, the FDA issued a warning to physicians regarding prescription medications classified as 5-alpha reductase inhibitors (5-ARIs). Per the FDA, “drugs in the 5-ARI class are finasteride and dutasteride. These drugs are marketed under the brand-names Proscar, Propecia, Avodart, and Jalyn.” The FDA’s review of two large clinical trials: “The Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial “(PCPT) and “Reduction by Dutasteride of Prostate Cancer Events” (REDUCE) trial. Both trials showed an increased incidence of high-grade prostate cancer with finasteride and dutasteride treatment.

Outside North America, physicians and health care professionals rely more heavily on natural products, known in the U.S. as dietary supplements. Worldwide plant sterols or beta-sitosterol have been relied upon for the relief the symptoms of an enlarged prostate for decades. The efficacy of beta-sitosterol has been published in British Journal of Urology, The Lancet, and in the Cochrane Reviews. In the United States and Canada tens of thousands of men have discovered that the natural ingredient beta-sitosterol can actually address these symptoms without the side effects of prescription medications. For years the medical community recommended saw palmetto to address the symptoms of an enlarged prostate. However, in 2006 a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine demonstrated that taking saw palmetto for an enlarged prostate was no more effective than a placebo.

Is all beta-sitosterol equal? Well the most prevalent beta-sitosterol found in most Prostate Supplements is derived from soy. Soy (estrogen) does not make sense for use in a male prostate supplement. In addition 93% of all soy in North America is GMO. There is a non-soy beta-sitosterol prostate formula made by IMS (It Make’s Sense) Supplements, Inc. The product Best Prostate uses a vegetable capsule with 310 mg of Non-soy, Non-GMO Beta-sitosterol (from Pine). In addition there is 15 mg of Zinc (as citrate), and 15 mcg of Selenium (as selenium chelate). Information about Best Prostate can be found at http://www.bestprostate.com.

1. National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) | The Effect of 5α-Reductase Inhibition With Dutasteride and Finasteride on Bone Mineral Density, Serum Lipoproteins, Hemoglobin, Prostate Specific Antigen and Sexual Function in Healthy Young Men

2. What Is DHT? What is its Role in Hair Loss? | Medical News TODAY

3. Prostate Enlargement (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia | ehealthMD

4. Prostate Size and Risk of High-Grade, Advanced Prostate Cancer and Biochemical Progression After Radical Prostatectomy: A Search Database Study, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Vol 23, No 30 (October 20), 2005: pp. 7546-7554

5. Prostate Enlargement: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, kidney.niddk.nih.gov

6. Nagata C, Takatsuka N, Kurisu Y, Shimizu H; J Nutr 1998, 128:209-13

7. Zhong, et al. “Effects of dietary supplement of soy protein isolate and low fat diet on prostate cancer.” FASEB J 2000;14(4):a531.11

8. Habito RC, et al. “Effects of replacing meat with soyabean in the diet on sex hormone concentrations in healthy adult males.” Br J Nutr 2000 Oct;84(4):557-63

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The purpose of this article is to help men understand prostate health. It is my intention to continue to provide additional men’s health articles in the future to increase understanding of health issues that men face.

Prostate Massage

Prostate Massage was once a very popular therapy for prostatitis in the Western culture. This was prior to the predominence of antibiotic therapy. Today it is still practiced as a non-pharmacologic approach for chronic prostatitis throughout China. More information can be found at: http://www.bestprostate.com/prostate_massage.php

Before initiating any treatment modality such as prostate massage it is best to consult with your health care provider. There are health risks associated with prostate massage.

This blog and/or affiliated link(s) does not endorse the practice of prostate massage. The purpose is to provide relevant information on the topic that you can discuss with your medical doctor.

Prostate Pill Reports by Institutes that do not exist.

Today the prostate supplement market is constantly being targeted by false non-accredited Institutes “Fischer Urological Institute” and / or Pill reports brought to you by organizations like MDhealthreports.com that literally portray themselves as credible sources. The fact is that these organizations are not accredited and these so called pill reporting agencies are a fraud. Simple searches on the name of the organization at Better Business Bureau, and Dunn & Bradstreet websites clearly shows that these so called expert agencies are nothing more that a false front to get the consumer to purchased their alleged highly rated product. We encourage consumers to report these to the Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, collects complaints about companies, business practices, and identity theft. Complaints can be filed at: https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/

www.prostatepillreport.com

prostatepillreport.com is now brought to you by a company entitled MDHealthReports.com (web site registered 2/2010) www.mdhealthreports.com DBA Stigwood Research Institute. Sounds official doesn’t it. You may wish to click on the link to see all the credentials of the medical personnel and all the health reports they have published. MDHealthReports.com makes you think that they provide authentic doctor approved or endorsed health reports on numerous products. The truth is they provide one report that promotes the expensive product “Prostavar”. The website posts pictures and/or logos of Duke Medicine, and the “James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute” – John Hopkins Medicine as endorsements.

Best Prostate is manufactured in Torrance, California. The state-of-the-art facility in Torrance is one of the few facilities in the United States that carries GMP (good manmufacturing practices) certifications from both NSF International, NPA (Natural Products Association, formerly NNFA), as well as QAI (Quality Assurance International) organic certification.

Maybe MDhealthreports.com (Stigwood) can provide you with a photo of the facility in Torrance, CA.

The Offices of Best Prostate are in North Hollywood, CA. Personally the owners of Best Prostate did not see fit to spend resources on expensive offices in Beverly Hills, CA that would increase the price of our product for consumers.

The following photograph is from the facility in Torrance where Best Prostate is manufactured.

This is a machine used in putting product into capsules.


Be advised that the lab tests provided by MDHealthReports.com can not and do not infer either efficacy or safety. A laboratory measurement can only confirm the identity of a specific compound and the amount of it present in the sample being tested. MDHealthReports.com discusses the benefit of the mineral zinc but fails to discuss why zinc is in a supplement.

Best Prostate contains zinc due to the findings published by Leake A, et al. “The effect of zinc on the 5 alpha-reduction of testosterone by the hyperplastic human prostate gland.” J Steroid Biochem. Feb1984;2092:651-655.and Pavon Maganto E. “Zinc in prostatic physiopathology. I. Role of zinc in the physiology and biochemistry of the prostatic gland”. Arch Esp Urol. Mar1979;32(2):143-52. and the fact that scientists have known for decades that Zinc may play an important part in prostate health. Additional data on Zinc and Prostate Health has been completed by Irving Bush, M.D., senior consultant at the Center for Study of Genitourinary Diseases in West Dundee, Illinois, and former chairman of the Food and Drug Administration panels on gastroenterology, urology and dialysis. Dr. Irving Bush of the Chicago Medical School and researchers from Cook County Hospital studied over 5,000 patients and the effects of zinc on enlarged prostates. An additional study was conducted at the University of Edinburgh Medical School in Scotland where they discovered high doses of zinc inhibited the activity of the enzyme that converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone in test tube prostate tissues.

Why does Best Prostate™ have only 3 ingredients?

The three ingredients in Best Prostate™ have been studied and published in multiple clinical trials that have shown benefit with respect to relieving the symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate.
Best Prostate™ was purposefully created without all those other ingredients and fillers primarily due to the fact that all those other ingredients have not been studied in well controlled clinical studies. In addition it was important to consider that 53 million Americans currently take a multi-vitamin and adding additional ingredients may subject individuals who do take a multi-vitamin to ingest unnecessary and very high levels of a respective nutrient or supplement. Best Prostate™ allows you to choose a multi-vitamin that is appropriate for you, if you choose to take one.
Another primary concern was prescription medications. The more ingredients that you have in a dietary supplement the more you need to consider possible interactions with prescription medications. This is why it is very important to inform your health care provider when you choose to take a dietary supplement in addition to any prescription medication that he or she may have been prescribed by their health care provider.
Best Prostate™ is manufactured using a vegetable capsule. In addition Best Prostate™ lists all other ingredients in the supplement facts table. You will note that a lubricant is used and that lubricant is also of “strict vegetable origin”. Since Best Prostate™ is a capsule it was not necessary to use a binder or filler in order to make the product stick together in a tablet of caplet form. Above you will see the “Supplement Facts” portion from the label for Best Prostate™.

If you have additional questions please feel free to contact Nature’s Healthy Supplements, Inc. regarding Best Prostate™ at 888-768-3836 or 818-509-0612. You can also visit: http://www.bestprostate.com/