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Born on the 24th of June , 1985, there is something about him  making  him great against all odds and negative perception people have about holistic medical practitioners, what truly separates him from others- is that he is the same  Medical Practitioner when you meet him  and whom everyone would tell you pretty much the same good thing: medical brilliance, evidence-based, scholar and objectivity devoid of what he termed as practicing medicine based on emotions.

His level of medical brilliance and humility is astonishing.

Sometimes you are left wondering how God could deposit this set of qualities in one young man but he always gives credit to a prophesy he received from Prophet Christopher Yaw Annor at the Holy Ghost Temple of the International Central Gospel Church.

Personal Statement

“Service is the rent we pay to be living. It is the very purpose of life and not something you do in your spare time.” My role as a specialist in prostate cancer is to provide an invaluable service to patients of diverse backgrounds and beliefs using holistic medicine. Also as a policymaker, I want to use medical Politics’ to influence decisions in Government for total holistic healings in health care. I want to see a country where cancer treatment is not a luxury, a country where there is national recognition of all cancers as major health challenge and policies to address it. I want to see a rapid change and development in the Dangme land. The future you picture is the future you will feature, the ‘YOU’ you see is the ‘YOU’you will become. Therefore picture a great future to feature and desire a great ‘YOU’ to become and the almighty God will see to it that you have featured in the future you have pictured and have become the YOU” you have desired”

Dr Nyarkotey at 40under40awards

 

Biography

Dr Raphael Nyarkotey Obu was appointed a research Professor of Prostate Cancer and Holistic Medicine at Da Vinci College of Holistic Medicine, Larnaca City, Cyprus in 2016 at the age of 31.  He is an author, Health journalist, Editor, features writer and columnist for the Chronicle Newspaper. He is also a visiting Professor of Alternative Medicine at the Green Center for Alternative Medicine Practitioners, Lagos, Nigeria. He is the National President of the Alternative Medical Association of Ghana, (AMAG) and the Director of Dr Nyarkotey Alternative Medical College, Ghana, affiliated to Da Vinci College of Holistic Medicine in Cyprus. Dr Nyarkotey PhD in alternative Medicine revealed the rightful use of alternative medicine in men diagnosed with prostate cancer. His Postdoctoral research brought the Hibiscus tea into the medical limelight in Ghana as the best tea for Men’sProstate health. The second Postdoctoral research which was a short-term appointment work funded by Dangmemedia titled “ A Look At Dangme Community Parliamentary Voting Pattern: A Comparative Review Of Elections Held In The Various Constituencies And What Is Likely To Happen In 2016 BetweenNDc And NPP In The Dangme Constituency” also revealed a five shaky seats which predicts shaky for the National Democratic Congress brought the Dangme political terrain into the national focus. The research came to pass and the NPP won the first seat in the Dangme land.

Dr Nyarkotey pushed for the declaration of father’s day in Ghana as a national Prostate cancer awareness day which is at the implementation stage now at the Ministry of Health. He has also called for a new Ministry to take charge of Traditional and Alternative Medicine in Ghana. Dr Nyarkotey aims to find a cure and preventive medicine for prostate cancer using evidence-based alternative medicine which he coined the new medical term “Allopathic Alternative Medicine”

Dr Raphael Nyarkotey is a graduate of the India Board of Alternative Medicine, Kolkata, India. He received his Doctor of Philosophy in Holistic Medicine with research interest in Prostate Cancer with research topic: “The Impact of alternative medicines in Ghanaian men of African descent diagnosed with prostate cancer and the use of the local plant-Croton membranaceus-An observational study”

He has currently enrolled in his second Doctorate program: Doctoral of Science (DSc) in Holistic Medicine at Da Vinci College of Holistic Medicine, Larnaca City, Cyprus where he is also a faculty member as Research Professor of Prostate Cancer and Holistic Medicine with a research focus on “ Cancer and Immunology: The Role of Holistic Urology in the black community”

Dr Nyarkotey with the First Lady of Ghana

Clinical & Academic Positions

Research Professor of Prostate Cancer and Holistic Medicine

Da Vinci College of Holistic Medicine, Larnaca city, Cyprus

Visiting Professor of Alternative Medicine

Green Center for Alternative Medicine Practitioners, Lagos, Nigeria

Visiting Lecturer in Holistic Medicine

Global Doctors and Life Scientist International, Takoradi, Ghana

Appointed as the National President of the Alternative Medical Association of Ghana (AMAG)

Education & Training

Doctor of Science (DSc) in Holistic Medicine

Da Vinci College of Holistic Medicine, Larnaca City, Cyprus- Ongoing

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Alternative Medicine-India Board of Alternative Medicine Academy, Kolkata, India- 2016

Masters of Science (MSc)-Prostate Cancer

Sheffield Hallam University, UK, 2013

Diploma in Psychosocial Counseling- Akona School of Counseling Ghana, 2016

Certificate in Medical Sonography

Radford University, College, Ghana-2012

Bachelor of Arts in Theology- Systematic Bible Training School, Ghana,2012

Clinical Medicine Practice

Dr Raphael Nyarkotey Obu is a registered alternative Medical Practitioner with speciality in  Naturopathic Urology/Oncology by the Alternative Medical Practice Council, Ghana. He is also an ultrasound expert, renowned Prostate Cancer expert, ambassador, Policymaker and Cancer Psychologist focusing 100% on men’s prostate health. Dr Nyarkotey’s  holistic, naturopathic approach is exclusive for people combating Prostate Cancer and other cancers, Prostatitis, Bladder Pain / Pelvic Pain and Male sexual dysfunction. His research, writings and professional passion are exclusive to these conditions: Cancer of the prostate, Enlarged Prostate, Prostatitis, Male sexual dysfunction, Pain (specifically pelvic pain) and urinary incontinence. Treatments include medicinal herbs, individualized nutrition, supplements and massage.

“Dr Nyarkotey Integrative Approach to cancer management” specializes in integrative (Western &Eastern, Conventional & Natural) treatments for Prostate and other Cancers and Urological conditions have helped lots of patients diagnosed with prostate cancers in Ghana.Dr. Nyarkotey individualizes the treatments to the patients’ needs from least invasive to more aggressive. As a Prostate Cancer Planner for Patients, Dr Nyarkotey is passionate about staying up-to-date on cutting-edge prostate cancer research. With Dr Nyarkotey, you will know if doing nothing (or Active Surveillance) is best for you. If you need medical treatment, he knows all the main players and can facilitate a visit both in Ghana and abroad.Paramount of all, Dr Nyarkotey doesn’t do any of the medical treatments for prostate cancer. In other words, his recommendations are 100% objective and bias-free. An organized health summary and a strategic action plan facilitated appointments with treatment experts, a customized anti-cancer lifestyle  protocol

 

Academic Medicine

His research interests are black race and prostate cancer, Doppler for prostate cancer diagnosis, Holistic Urology, Naturopathic oncology and integrative approach to cancer management. Dr Raphael Nyarkotey Obu research on the Hibiscus tea brought the plant to the limelight of Medical Sciences. His research on Vitamin D deficiency as the main enemy in black men high incidence of prostate cancer also brought awareness of black race as major risk factors for prostate cancer in black men

Achievements

Dr Nyarkotey is the Director of   RNG Medicine Research Lab,  RNG Prostate Research Center and Holistic Hospital at Tema Community 18 and also doubles as the founder of Men’s Health Foundation Ghana, the peak national body of prostate cancer in Ghana creating awareness on prostate cancer. Dr Nyarkotey is also the director of Dangme Media, publishers of Dangme Newspaper, the first community-based newspaper in the Dangme community.

Dr Nyarkotey studied the first ever Program in Prostate Cancer organized by Sheffield Hallam University, UK and Prostate Cancer UK. Dr Nyarkotey reviewed the literature “Role of Safety and efficacy of active surveillance in the treatment of prostate cancer and critiqued the paper on grounds why it can be a calculated gamble for black men. As a masters student in prostate cancer, One of hisassignment in the prostate cancer module “TheProstate cancer screening debate looking at the potential harm and benefits of the PSA test and the introduction of the Prostate cancer risk management program (PCRMP) in the UK by the NHS as a  policy guidelines was regarded as outstanding by the course leader, Catherine Holbon of the faculty of health and Wellbeing and eventually I was made to get in touch with the regional ambassador for Topic of Cancer in South Yorkshire, Mr Denton Wilson, a prostate cancer community champion in the UK and he is also the director of Prostate Cancer Awareness UK. Concurrently with his work in Prostate cancer and medical ultrasound, he developed the concept of using mobile ultrasound as part of the prostate cancer screening in Ghana to assess prostate volume

 

Dr Nyarkotey in white suite at Health Legend Awards

 

Some selected Awards

  1. Rising Medical Star/Writer Personality Award –FN Business Awards 2017
  2. The social enterprise of the Year-Men’s Health Foundation Ghana FN Business Awards 2017.
  3. Young Health Researcher of the Year-Health Legend Foundation Africa 2017
  4. Nigeria Legend Award-Optimum Health Foundation, Nigeria, 2017
  5. 40under40 Ghana Achievers Nominee-2017

Some selected Publications

  1. Raphael Obu (2014)An Evaluation Of The Factors That Might Influence The Mortality And Qol Of Ghanaian Men; Including The Impact Of Cultural Issues And A Healthy Relationship. Global Research Journal Of Public Health And Epidemiology: Issn-2360-7920, Vol. 1(2) PP 012-017, February 2014
  2. Raphael Obu (2014). Men’s Health Foundation.International Research In Medical Sciences Vol.2(4), Pp. 039-046, September 2014
  3. Raphael Obu (2014) Investigating The Impact Of A Healthy Relationship On Ghanaian Men Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer And Cultural Issues In Ghana-A Discussion Paper On The Physical And Psychosocial Effects Of The Disease And Its Treatment. Grjphe, Vol. 1(1) Pp 001-007, January 2014

 

Patents

Dr Nyarkotey currently has filed for three patents for localized prostate cancer, women’s health and hypertension using natural compositions.

 

Religion

Dr Nyarkotey is a Christian and worship at the Holy Ghost Temple, Adenta-Fafraha.

Relationship.

Dr Nyarkotey is currently single

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FN Business Awards: Dr Raphael Nyarkotey Obu Receives Honorary Award http://fnnewsonline.com/fn-business-awards-dr-raphael-nyarkotey-obu-receives-honorary-award/ Mon, 04 Dec 2017 08:51:44 +0000 http://fnnewsonline.com/?p=7479 Dr Raphael Nyarkotey Obu has received an Honorary Award at the 1st FN Business Awards held on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at the Golf Suites Hotel, Kisseman. The Founder of Men’s Health Foundation received the ‘Rising Young Medical Star/Writer Personality Award’ for his unparalleled contributions to alternative medicine and Prostate Cancer National Policies. According to …

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Dr Nyarkotey Honored at FN Business Awards 2017

Dr Raphael Nyarkotey Obu has received an Honorary Award at the 1st FN Business Awards held on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at the Golf Suites Hotel, Kisseman.

The Founder of Men’s Health Foundation received the ‘Rising Young Medical Star/Writer Personality Award’ for his unparalleled contributions to alternative medicine and Prostate Cancer National Policies.

According to the organizers of the FN Business Awards, Dr Raphael Nyarkotey Obu through Men’s Health Foundation has contributed immensely to prostate cancer advocacy at the national level.

His citation reads;

“As a young prostate cancer Researcher and a registered Holistic Medical Practitioner you have made a mark for yourself in this country and beyond.

It is extraordinary at your young age to be appointed as a research professor of Prostate cancer and Alternative Medicine at Da Vinci College of Holistic Medicine, Larnaca city, Cyprus at age 31.

You have also proven beyond doubt that alternative medicine also has a feature and it is the new era of medicine bringing science to the medical community.

This you were also appointed the National president of the Alternative Medical Association of Ghana (AMAG) as you have become the household name in this field and prostate cancer

This is as a result of your extensive Prostate Cancer Research, awareness, advocacy and national policies. Your articles are widely read and have created immersed contributions towards prostate cancer in Ghana and beyond.

It is extraordinary as a young man from Dodowa to beats all odds to get to national recognition and nominated amongst Ghana40under40 young achievers for 2017.

You were also honoured with the Nigeria Legend Award and pick the Young Health Research Personality Award also in 2017.

This is a feat worth celebrating at Ghana 60years on.

We are at FN Business Award recognized your immersed contributions towards prostate cancer and holistic medicine in Ghana and we conferred on you this honorary award as the rising young medical personality star Award at Ghana at 60 celebrations.”

Dr Raphael Nyarkotey Obu who doubles as a writer and Researcher in his acceptance speech expressed his utmost gratitude to the organizers for the honour conferred on him.

He also advised all men to regularly check their prostate cancer status.

Meanwhile, the FN Business Awards is an annual scheme that has been instituted by FN Network to recognize and celebrate growing Ghanaian Businesses, SMEs, Startups, and Personalities making great impacts in Ghana.

Source: www.FNNewsonline.com

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The Kiss of the married woman that eventually scattered Mugabe’s kingdom http://fnnewsonline.com/kiss-married-woman-eventually-scattered-mugabes-kingdom/ Sat, 18 Nov 2017 16:50:46 +0000 http://fnnewsonline.com/?p=7341 It’s difficult to piece together what is going to become of Zimbabwe after now, however history gives us a peek at the key actors in the drama currently playing out. Now, this is the story you dont’t know. Mugabe the deposed President of Zimbabwe, Constantine Chiwenga the Head of the Zimbabwean Military and Mnangagwa the …

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Robert Mugabe with wife Grace Mugabe

It’s difficult to piece together what is going to become of Zimbabwe after now, however history gives us a peek at the key actors in the drama currently playing out.

Now, this is the story you dont’t know.

Mugabe the deposed President of Zimbabwe, Constantine Chiwenga the Head of the Zimbabwean Military and Mnangagwa the sacked Vice President of Zimbabwe are all friends, very good friends, they are comrades. The three men were in their 20’s when they entered the bushes and took part in the liberation struggle to free Zimbabwe from white rule. Mugabe who was initially the Sect General of ZANU PF, became the head of state, the other two men were equally given plum positions of power and have continued as the 3 musketeers presiding over the destiny of Zimbabwe for 37 years.

Sometime in the 90’s – Mugabe, the first musketeer fell in love with his personal secretary who happened to be another man’s wife at the time, the lady’s name was Grace and she became his mistress. While Mugabe was still married Grace had children for him. In 1996 they became man and wife after the death of Mugabe’s first spouse.

But Grace was no ordinary mistress turned wife, she was not ready to take a backseat, she turned herself into Mugabe’s political confidant, she used the bed and made her way to the very centre of Zimbabwean politics straining the relationship between Mugabe and his two comrades.

Mnangagwa the 2nd musketeer after many years of loyalty became Mugabe’s Vice President in 2014, paving the way for his eventual hold on power should Mugabe retire, resign or die. But Grace had other ideas she wangled her way into ZANU PF’s politburo and began her move to take out Mnangagwa and take power from her ailing husband.

In August 2017 Mnangagwa accused certain persons in the party of trying to poison him and made references to Grace. This didn’t go down well with Mugabe, how could anyone accuse his beautiful harmless Rose flower. What Mugabe forgot was that boys are allowed to fight but the brotherhood must stay strong and united. In a move that shocked everyone (but didn’t shock his beloved Grace) , he removed Mnangagwa from the position of Vice President, Mnangagwa not sure of what Grace will do to him fled to South Africa.

Now, in comes the 3rd musketeer Chiwenga Head of the Zimbabwaean military, a friend and brother of both Mugabe and Mnangagwa, “this is all the fault of one woman”, he is probably thinking in his mind, ” we were one until this woman came. I trust Mnangagwa to takeover, I don’t know this woman; by the way, where was she when we were sleeping in the bushes before the liberation”.

Chiwenga sends a warning to Mugabe advising him to put his house in order, the first time he has ever spoken this way to his senior comrade. Thinking Mugabe will take the signal, call him, negotiate and talk things over a cup of tea. NO! Mugabe does the exact opposite, he sends his Minister of Information to tell the Army General to stay out of State matters, Mugabe then finalises plans to sack Chiwenga. The military chief at this point knows his brother and comrade in arms has drunk deep from the strange woman’s bosom, it’s not him speaking anymore, so he rolls out his tanks early this morning. He’s therefore right when he says,”this is not a coup” ; when you really look at it, 3 friends have only fallen out over the ambitions of a woman.

Latest report? say Mnangagwa the 2nd Musketeer is on his way back from South Africa, i’ve just seen a report he’s been installed interim President. The 1st Musketter Mugabe is under house arrest. The 3rd Musketter is in the saddle promising calm and quick elections. The 3 men have held Zimbabwe under lock and key for 37yrs, this is nothing but a change of baton. Zimbabwe needs a real revolution out of the hands of the veterans of the liberation struggle. In the 21st century Zimbabwe is the frozen out Animal Farm in George Orwells celebrated work.

Meanwhile the woman Grace, who started the whole katakata, I hear has fled the country leaving her beloved husband who sacrificed everything to face an uncertain fate.

16 million Zimbabweans could not remove Mugabe but a woman did.

Mama was always right when she always told me, “son – be careful who you fall in love with and eventually marry”.
A lesson to all men.

Source: Ata Ikiddeh

 

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Eggs And Prostate Cancer Risk – Dr. Nyarkotey Obu http://fnnewsonline.com/eggs-prostate-cancer-risk-dr-nyarkotey-obu/ Mon, 09 Oct 2017 11:24:46 +0000 http://fnnewsonline.com/?p=6332 Prostate cancer and its prevention is the subject of interest currently. Researchers are finding ways and means to help men reduce their risk of the diseases especially black men as they have 60% chances of getting it. The disease is also more aggressive in this group. ….In this article I have reviewed the impact of …

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Eggs And Prostate Cancer Risk

Prostate cancer and its prevention is the subject of interest currently. Researchers are finding ways and means to help men reduce their risk of the diseases especially black men as they have 60% chances of getting it. The disease is also more aggressive in this group.

….In this article I have reviewed the impact of eggs and prostate cancer on men’s health. Much has been studied on the impact of diet on prostate cancer, including whether certain foods increase or decrease the overall risk, rate of progression, level of prostate-specific antigen (PSA), and more. One food that has been highlighted in these analyses is eggs, so a question that has risen is, can eggs increase prostate cancer risk was published in Men’s Health website?

In a Harvard study, investigators evaluated the diets of 1,294 men who had early stage prostate cancer. The two-year study included men who had participated in the Cancer of the Prostate Strategic Urologic Research Endeavor. The authors discovered that while red meat, fish, total poultry, and skinless poultry were not associated with the recurrence or progression of prostate cancer, egg intake was. When compared with men who rarely ate eggs at all, those who consumed eggs daily had a twofold increase in the risk of prostate cancer progression.

The reason for this increased risk was postulated to be the choline in eggs, which is present in significant amounts (although cholesterol also has been suggested). In fact, eggs are the richest source of choline. Previous research has shown that this water-soluble, vitamin-like nutrient has been associated with a higher risk of developing prostate cancer. Therefore, it could be extrapolated that the choline in eggs may increase the chances of both getting the disease and spreading it.

But the dangers of consuming eggs if you have prostate cancer doesn’t end there. Other research has shown that choline also significantly increases the risk of dying of prostate cancer; a “70% increased risk of lethal prostate cancer” to be exact. Another study quoted an even higher percentage: 81 percent higher risk of deadly prostate cancer among men who ate 2.5 or more eggs weekly.

Choline and cancer
The association between choline and cancer exists on several levels. One is the research showing that eggs, milk, and meat—all of which contain choline–have been linked to advanced prostate cancer. Another factor is that dietary choline is transformed into trimethylamine (TMAO) in the gut. The Harvard investigators suggested that the trimethylamine produced from high levels of dietary choline intake “may increase inflammation, and this may promote progression of prostate cancer to lethal disease.”

Further evidence pointing to the role of choline in prostate cancer was seen in a Cleveland Clinic study in which participants were fed hard-boiled eggs. This resulted in a significant rise in TMAO, and the researchers also noted a link between TMAO levels and heart attack, stroke, and death, even in individuals with low-risk levels of cholesterol. Therefore, it appears that consuming eggs may increase risk even if cholesterol is not an issue, and the reason seems to be the presence of choline. So as it stands for those diagnosed with prostate cancer eggs increases the diseases aggressiveness and general outlooks.

References
Gregor M. Eggs, choline and cancer. NutritionFacts.org. 2013 October 14

Richman EL et al. Egg, red meat, and poultry intake and risk of lethal prostate cancer in the prostate-specific antigen-era: incidence and survival. Cancer Prevention Research (Phila) 2011; 4(12): 2110-21

Richman EL et al. Intakes of meat, fish, poultry and eggs and risk of prostate cancer progression. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2010; 91(3): 712-21

Richman EL et al. Choline intake and risk of lethal prostate cancer: incidence and survival. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2012; 96(4): 855-63

Tang WHW et al. Intestinal microbial metabolism of phosphatidylcholine and cardiovascular risk. NEJM 2013 Apr 25; 368(17): 1575-84

Dr. Raphael Nyarkotey Obu is a research Professor of Prostate Cancer and Holistic Medicine at Da Vinci College of Holistic Medicine, Larnaca city, Cyprus and President of Men’s Health Foundation Ghana. You can reach him on 0541234556

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Cranberry and Hibiscus: An Effective Innovative UTI http://fnnewsonline.com/cranberry-hibiscus-effective-innovative-uti/ Wed, 04 Oct 2017 17:14:55 +0000 http://fnnewsonline.com/?p=6213 Cranberry and Hibiscus: AnEffectiveInnovative UTI Intervention….Novel Next-Generation Antimicrobial Defense- ….A new natural alternative to antibiotic is born. Recently in my practice as Holistic Medical Practitioner; I have introduced some women with recurrent urinary tract infections to cranberry and Hibiscus capsules. The hibiscus plant is one plant I have conducted extensive research on its medicine purposes. …

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Cranberry and Hibiscus: AnEffectiveInnovative UTI Intervention….Novel Next-Generation Antimicrobial Defense-

The author-Dr. Raphael NyarkoteyObu

….A new natural alternative to antibiotic is born. Recently in my practice as Holistic Medical Practitioner; I have introduced some women with recurrent urinary tract infections to cranberry and Hibiscus capsules.

The hibiscus plant is one plant I have conducted extensive research on its medicine purposes.

Some were done in the lab and soon will reveal the findings of this plant from the lab and it will be the first ever research conducted in this country on the Hibiscus and these medical conditions.

Urinary Tract infections are disturbing issues to women health and men as well. Urinary tract infections strike across several demographics, ranging from children to the elderly. Research indicates that almost 50 percent of all women during their lifetimes will develop a urinary tract infection (and if they believe in past lives, the odds are even higher). And 1-in-4 women who get a UTI will likely develop another according to the Life Extension Magazine. The good news is that conventional antibiotic is not the only answer and cranberry and hibiscus can impede UTIs.

Traditional medicine, such as trimethoprim, cephalexin, or ciprofloxacin, works as heavy-duty antibiotics to kill bacteria, but these compounds can lead to secondary infections. With persistent usage, antibiotics become less effective because bacteria become immune to the elements, turning UTIs into bothersomevisitors who refuse to go.

In this article, I bring you a review analysis of a potent novel alternative to antibiotic. Cranberries and hibiscus form a powerful anti-bacterial posse determined to fight against these Haram.

Extracts from the Hibiscus sabdariffa flower prevent bacteria from adhering to the urinary tract, and a recent six-month study involving forty women with a history of frequent UTIs revealed that the use of hibiscus extract decreased the likeliness of infection by 89 percent.

When hibiscus is used in conjunction with cranberry in pill form (cheaper than pure juice) it is a potent, low-cost natural intervention. And according to professorItzhakOfek, a researcher at Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine, has positively indicated that cranberries ably combat urinary tract infections.

 

Lifestyle changes may also be in order. Creating a healthy urinary system is dependant on keeping your salt intake at a minimum, as high sodium elevates blood pressure, which can affect kidney function.

Some experts believe that the hibiscus has a more potent “antimicrobial effect” than cranberry, and that using the two together to fight infection forges a compelling synthesis.

Cranberries contain substances that may be able to treat or prevent UTIs. Cranberry juice and powders made from cranberry extract have been used for decades to prevent or treat UTIs. Originally, it was hypothesized that one of the components in cranberry – quinic acid – increased the levels of a natural antibacterial agent in the urine, known as hippuric acid. However, it is not clear if there is a significant increase in hippuric acid levels in the urine after cranberry consumption (Jepson 2007, 2012).

Evidence suggests that substances known as proanthocyanidins, which are found in cranberries, may interfere with the adhesion of bacteria (particularly E. coli) to the walls of the urinary tract (Jepson 2007, 2012; McMurdo 2005). By preventing E. coli from binding to the urinary tract cells, proanthocyanidins can keep bacteria from fully colonizing and invading the urinary tract. One of the advantages of using cranberry juice or related products is that cranberries are relatively inexpensive, natural, and should not contribute to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance (McMurdo 2005).

One study found that both cranberry juice and cranberry tablets were effective at reducing urinary tract infections (compared to placebo) in women who developed at least one UTI per year. This study also found that cranberry tablets were a more cost-effective option compared to cranberry juice (Stothers 2002). Another study found that consuming cranberry juice three times per day produced a trend towards reducing the incidence of UTIs during pregnancy (Wing 2008). Yet another study compared cranberry extract to low-dose trimethoprim (a commonly used antibiotic) for prevention of recurrent UTIs in older women. This study found that regular use of trimethoprim was only slightly better than 500 mg of cranberry extract daily for preventing the recurrence of UTIs. It also found that women taking trimethoprim were more likely to withdraw from the study due to side effects (McMurdo 2009).

Cranberry

Although there are many studies that have examined the potential benefits of cranberry for UTIs, a recent comprehensive review concluded that the benefits of consuming cranberry juice for UTIs were minimal. However, many of the studies included in this review used sugar-laden cranberry juice cocktails; the high sugar content and the fact that many of these beverages are blends of different juices (reducing the proanthocyanidin content) may also obscure the benefits of cranberries (Jepson 2012).

Hibiscussabdarriffa

Native to Africa and Asia, Hibiscus sabdariffa has been used in some cultures to support bladder and kidney health. Traditional African practitioners use tea brewed from hibiscus calyxes (the green floral envelope of the blossom) as an acidic and anti-bacterial, both to acidify and deodorize urine and protect against UTIs and kidney stone formation.

Hibiscus boasts a range of powerful compounds that prevent E. coli from adhering to the urinary tract and bladder wall linings. Both the flower and calyx are abundant in bacteriostatic polyphenols, including flavonoids, sambubiosides, and proanthocyanidins. In particular, the flavonoid gossypetin (-hexahydroxy flavone) found in hibiscus has been identified as a distinct antimicrobial compound with powerful effects.

Together these natural agents have been shown to inhibit the activity of a host of microbes responsible for UTIs, including E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. In fact, hibiscus’s mode of prophylaxis (prevention) and high concentration of bacteriostatic compounds may exert bacteriocidal (bacteria-killing) effects comparable to the antibiotic chloramphenicol—with none of the risks.

In a double-blind, placebo-controlled, clinical trial, women taking hibiscus experienced a 77% reduction in UTIs. Sixty-one women participated in the 6-month study, and 59 women completed the entire study. All of them had a history of frequent UTIs (more than four per year, including one or more in the three months prior to the start of the study). The women were randomly assigned to one of three groups receiving a daily dose of 200 mg of hibiscus extract standardized to 90% polyphenols; 200 mg of hibiscus extract standardized to 60% polyphenols; or placebo. Compared to the control group, women taking the hibiscus concentrations experienced a 77% decrease in infections, as well as overall improvement in urinary comfort.

In 2009, a group of researchers compared antibiotics head-to-head with daily supplements of cranberry extract in women suffering from recurrent infection.16 Cranberry (500 mg) and antibiotics (100 mg trimethoprin) were shown to be almost equally effective in preventing UTIs.

According to in vitro research, hibiscus also reduces contamination of both E. coli and Candida albicans, the fungus responsible for yeast infections. The antimicrobial effect was found to be immediate and complete after only one day. In addition, when hibiscus was compared to cranberry in vitro, the hibiscus had a stronger antimicrobial effect, particularly against Candida albicans.

Hibiscus’s bacteriostatic/bacteriocidal compounds are excreted through urine in high concentrations, enabling them to reach the bladder and urinary tract intact, where they disable infectious bacteria.

When compared to cranberry in vitro, hibiscus had a stronger antimicrobial effect, particularly against Candida albicans.

 

Cranberry with Hibiscus Side Effects

continued pain or burning when you urinate;

vomiting, severe stomach pain; or

signs of a kidney stone–painful or difficult urination, pink or red urine, nausea, vomiting, and waves of sharp pain in your side or back spreading to your lower stomach and groin.

Cranberry with Hibiscus Interactions

Avoid drinking more than 1 liter (34 ounces) of cranberry juice daily over a long period of time. You could develop kidney stones with long-term use of cranberry juice in large amounts.

Do not take cranberry without medical advice if you are taking warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven).

Other drugs may interact with cranberry, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Cranberry with Hibiscus Dosage

Before using herbal supplements, consult a practitioner who is trained in the use of herbal/health supplements or always contact me on this.Drink plenty of liquids while you are taking cranberry.The chewable tablet must be chewed before you swallow it.

Do not use different forms (juice, tablets, capsules, etc) of cranberry at the same time without medical advice. Using different formulations together can ultimately increases your risk of an overdose.

Dr. Raphael NyarkoteyObu is a research Professor of Prostate Cancer and Holistic Medicine at Da Vinci College of Holistic Medicine, Larnaca city, Cyprus and President of Men’s Health Foundation Ghana. You can reach him on 0541234556

 

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Men’s Health:Prostate Cancer Life Expectancy is not universal; The Deception (I) http://fnnewsonline.com/mens-healthprostate-cancer-life-expectancy-not-universal-deception/ Tue, 12 Sep 2017 19:39:11 +0000 http://fnnewsonline.com/?p=5462 Every man has a prostate, but every prostate doesn’t have to make every man’s life miserable. This all-too commonly bothersome gland is the source of a lot of grief as men age. Still, there are steps that can be taken to help it last a lifetime. Prostate problems are common in men over 50 years …

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Dr. Raphael Nyarkotey Obu

Every man has a prostate, but every prostate doesn’t have to make every man’s life miserable. This all-too commonly bothersome gland is the source of a lot of grief as men age. Still, there are steps that can be taken to help it last a lifetime. Prostate problems are common in men over 50 years of age. They can affect your daily routine adversely. A person who has health has a hundred goals; a person who doesn’t have health has but one goal.

Every day, I challenge this cancer to find its causes and potential cure using diverse modalities and survival for patients with better national policies and ultimate victory for me.I realized that you beat prostate cancer by how you live, where you live and in the manner in which you live.  What exist in book is totally different from the reality. Now, before I proceed; let’s look at these Facts and figures of prostate cancer: Ghana and the UK case studies.

A global cancer database compiled in 2010 for the International Agency for Research on Cancer indicated that Ghana records an estimated number of 921 new prostate cancer cases every year while an estimated prostate cancer related death of 758 deaths are recorded every year. Remember, in Ghana we do not have a well-defined National Cancer register. Now across the UK, the Prostate Cancer UK (2016) revealed that Over 46,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year – that’s 128 men every day. Every hour one man dies from prostate cancer – that’s more than 11,000 men every year. Let’s me break it down further per territory in the UK. In Scotland, More than 3,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in Scotland.  900 men die from prostate cancer every year in Scotland. In England, Almost 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in England.9,500 men die from prostate cancer every year in England.

In Wales, More than 2,500 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in Wales.  600 men die every year from prostate cancer in Wales. In Northern Ireland, 1,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in Northern Ireland. 200 men die every year from prostate cancer in Northern Ireland.

Comparing the Prostate Cancer Incidence/Mortality Rates

Between Ghana and UK Territories.

 

 

So what is my prostate cancer life expectancy?

From the research, this is the very important question I believe we need to ask ourselves as Ghanaians. Upon hearing the word ‘cancer’ in a diagnosis, it is natural for our immediate focus to be concentrated on mortality and to pose the question “How long do I have to live?” in fact, lots of factors determine your life expectancy. The expertise of the Doctor, the treatment regime, managing post treatment, dealing with side effects of the treatment, support receive et al. individual biochemistry also accounts for all these.

Many doctors will avoid a clear response to this question, instead recommending aggressive and methods that can lead to the cancer becoming more active and can cause other side effects like incontinence, impotence, and bowel problems.

There is plenty of evidence to suggest that ‘watchful waiting’, changing your diet and seeking alternative, natural cures will produce benefits that far outweigh conventional medical procedures. In fact, statistics show that a high percentage of men diagnosed with prostate cancer ultimately die with it and not from it and as such aggressive treatment is unnecessary. Integrative treatment plays a key role also here for life expectancy.  Other studies also opined that active waiting or active surveillance could be a calculated gamble for black men. So life expectancy also varies between black and white men; there are cancer disparities.

Another very important question and I want you to answer or insteadwrite down the answers to these questions before moving on further with me:

What is your opinion when you hear that someone has “gone into remission,”?Because chemotherapy causes so much pain and suffering, what statistic would justify its use?

“Cure rate” any mean?”

This is a very important question men diagnosed with prostate cancer do ask and even those concerned about the disease also do. Additionally, the key question to be dealt with is this: how do we determine which treatment plan is “best?”  Based on my research I think a normal person would judge the effectiveness of a treatment plan (or lack of effectiveness) on the basis of three criteria:

Treatment Decision Criteria

The First decision criteria you need to consider is, “length of life since diagnosis” (quantity of life, meaning how long do they live between diagnosis and death), Secondly, “quality of life since diagnosis” (lack of pain and sickness). Thirdly, “strength of the immune system during and after treatments” (this is a measure of the body’s ability to fight future cancer events).

One very important case study I chanced on was derived from the Cancer tutor.com. let’s look at this case study and what they  say: For example, suppose Treatment A and Treatment B have identical “length of life since diagnosis” figures, but Treatment A patients have extreme suffering during treatment and patients of Treatment B have very little pain and suffering. I suspect that everyone would judge Treatment B as being the better or preferred of the two treatment plans.

These three treatment decision criteria can lead to some subjective evaluations. For example, suppose the patients on Treatment Plan C have a “length of life since diagnosis” of 12 months, and the patients on Treatment Plan D have a “length of life since diagnosis” of 11 months, but have far, far less pain, suffering and sickness during treatment. Which treatment plan is best? The answer is subjective, but I think most people would favor Treatment Plan D.

In short, we can intuitively define a treatment plan as “best” if it is the most desirable treatment plan, given the data of the three treatment decision criteria statistics. In other words, the plan picked by the most number of people who have accurate treatment decision criteria information about the treatment options would be judged the “best” plan.

For example, suppose a person had a list of all possible treatment options (even the 100 alternative treatments) and for each treatment option they had accurate data for all three treatment decision criteria (e.g. quantity, quality and immune system) for their type of newly diagnosed cancer at the stage in which they are in at the time of diagnosis. The person could look at the chart and within a few minutes pick their treatment protocol. It would be easy to decide which option to choose.

But here lies the problem, what is the accurate data for the above treatment options for the three treatment decision criteria, for a specific type of cancer diagnosed at a specific stage? None of this data is available. You might be interested to know “why” this data is not available.

 

About the columnist: Dr. Raphael NyarkoteyObu is a research professor of Prostate Cancer and Alternative Medicine at Da Vinci College of Holistic Medicine, Larnaca city, Cyprus and President of Men’s Health Foundation Ghana.

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Dr. Nyarkotey blogs for FNNewsOnline http://fnnewsonline.com/dr-nyarkotey-blogs-fnnewsonline/ Sun, 10 Sep 2017 19:03:52 +0000 http://fnnewsonline.com/?p=5356 Renowned Ghanaian Dr. Raphael Nyarkotey Obu, well known for his fight against prostate cancer and men’s health will be blogging for fnnewsonline. The blog will focus on men’s health issues. He is the president of men’s health foundation Ghana and a research professor of prostate cancer and holistic medicine at Da Vinci College of holistic …

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Dr. Raphael Nyarkotey Obu

Renowned Ghanaian Dr. Raphael Nyarkotey Obu, well known for his fight against prostate cancer and men’s health will be blogging for fnnewsonline.

The blog will focus on men’s health issues. He is the president of men’s health foundation Ghana and a research professor of prostate cancer and holistic medicine at Da Vinci College of holistic medicine, larnaca city, Cyprus.

Educational Qualification:

MASTERS PROSTATE PROSTATE CANCER: SHEFFIELD HALLAM UNIVERSITY UK

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE & PROSTATE CANCER- IBAM ACADEMY KOLKATA, INDIA

Currently enrolled also in Second doctorate – DOCTOR OF SCIENCE IN HOLISTIC MEDICINE – DA VINCI COLLEGE OF HOLISTIC MEDICINE, LARNACA CITY, CYPRUS

DIPLOMA IN PSYCHOSOCIAL COUNSELLING- AKONA SCHOOL OF COUNSELLING GHANA

CERTIFICATE IN MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY – RADFORD UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, GHANA

BACHELOR OF ARTS THEOLOGY AND BIBLICAL STUDIES -TWO WITNESS INC. USA

Dr. Nyarkotey has been columnist for major and credible newspapers and online portals in Ghana such as Ghanaweb.com, ModernGhana.com and has featured in Statesman, Chronicle, and Graphic.

The multiple awards winning Medical practitioner brings on board of FNNewsOnline his rich experience in prostate cancer, writing, and communications.

He was also recently nominated for the 40 under 40 achievers award. Please read his full Curriculum Vitae (CV)

FNNewsOnline is highly pleased to such a high profile, Dr. Nyarkotey on board.

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