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Prostasan has 3 published clinical studies showing efficacy.

Enlarged Prostate

Most men will eventually develop Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), swelling of the prostate gland. In most cases it is not a life threatening condition. It is not prostate cancer. For most men it is an annoying intrusion into daily life. The good news is that Saw Palmetto herb extract has been shown in clinical studies to be effective. Sometimes as effective as prescription medication.

Let me be very clear about this, before going on: natural herbs support normal structure and function in the body. The natural molecules and compounds found in plants are not the same as chemical man-made compounds found in drugs. Natural plants provide the nutritional elements that the body uses to modulate, balance and support healthy functions. In this case it is the specific fatty acids in Saw Palmetto that have this effect. Do not confuse nutrients with drugs. Nutrients are not drugs and drugs are not nutrients. Targeted nutrition based on clinical science is how we build health.  

Following provided by Dr. Fortin:

Prostate is a gland the size of a nut at the base of the bladder that surrounds the urethra.  The role of the prostate is to produce a fluid that nourish and help transport sperm.  With age and under specific conditions, the prostate can increase in size: Benin Prostate Hypertrophy (BPH).  This increase in size is caused by a multiplication of the prostate cells and an increase in inflammation.  At age 50, half of men suffer from BPH and at age 80, 80-100% show sign of it.

BPH can reduce quality of life quite substantially.  BPH is characterized by an increase in size of the prostate that pushes the bladder up, creating a pocket where residual urine accumulates, becomes more irritating and increases the urge to urinate.  This also causes a constriction of the urethra slowing the evacuation of urine.  Symptoms of BPH are:

  • reduce urinary flow,
  • pain or discomfort during urination,
  • straining,
  • hesitancy,
  • dribbling,
  • incomplete emptying of the bladder,
  • increase urge to urinate,
  • increase need to urinate at night (nocturia)
  • pain in the lower back. 

Since the bladder never empties completely, there is a more frequent incidence of urinary tract infections. The extent and severity of the symptoms is not proportionate to the degree of the enlargement. Progression of BPH is usually slow with only 14% of men with moderate to severe symptoms deteriorating during a 5 year follow-up.  Surgery, acute urinary retention and renal insufficiency or failure is uncommon.

3 main causes for BPH

  • increase in DHT (dehydrotestosterone) because of an increase in activity of the 5 alpha-reductase
  • lack of essential fatty acids that increase inflammatory prostaglandins (LOX/COX)
  • increase of estrogen which affect the estrogen: testosterone ratio

In this interview Dr. Josée Fortin discusses the challenges that most men will face with swelling prostate. She discusses the reasons that men develop BPH and some of the lifestyles factors that can influence the state of prostate health. She also discusses Prostasan. Prostasan is a clinically studied form of Saw Palmetto extract. When searching for a prostate formula look for one where the clinical studies were done on that specific product. You want to know that you are buying the clinical form. Prostasan has 3 published clinical studies showing efficacy.

  • Prostasan supports healthy prostate function* and urinary flow*
  • Prostasan supports healthy sexual function*
  • Prostasan is produced with 100% organically certified Saw Palmetto berries
  • Holistically standardized to the whole plant
  • Potency preserved by an air-drying process

Prostasan from A.Vogel is a product made from saw palmetto, a plant well known for its positive effect on the hypertrophy of the prostate and urinary tract infections in men.  Usually there is a significant reduction in size within a period of 1 to 3 months.  It also normalizes the production of dehydrotestosterone (DHT).  Saw palmetto has been shown to reduce the activity of the 5-α-reductase, an enzyme that is shown to increase DHT levels.   

Saw PalmettoIn Germany and Switzerland, saw palmetto is extensively used as first line treatment, as an alternative to watchful waiting and drug treatment in mild to moderate cases of BPH.  Research proves that Prostasan is as efficient as some conventional medication (ex. finasteride), without the side-effects.   Research done with Prostasan from A.Vogel show that symptoms improves by 30-42% depending on the severity of the symptoms.  It is the only Saw Palmetto product on the market that has been shown to improve libido and erectile function (contrary to conventional medication that cause libido and erectile problems).

Prostasan is the product that has the highest concentration of organic saw palmetto.  It contains 2280-3840 mg of the fruits in a ratio of 10:1, which explains why most men only need to take one capsule a day of this supplement.  Organic saw palmetto is also very rare but it is very important since Prostasan capsules are composed of 85% of fatty acids and that most chemicals (pesticides and insecticides that imitate estrogen in the body) concentrate in fats and are very detrimental to the prostate health.

If you experience BPH then try Prostasan, one per day, for 3 months. This is how you will know if it works for you. At the same time you can look to modify you lifestyle to accommodate your goals. Dr. Fortin recommends the following to help prostate health:

  • keep the lower abdomen area warm
  • reduce consumption of coffee, alcohol and tobacco
  • increase intake of fibers, fruits and vegetables to reduce risks of constipation (put pressure on the prostate)
  • reduce intake of saturated fats to improve circulation
  • eat raw pumpkin seeds every day, they contain zinc and essential fatty acids that are important for prostate health
  • drink at least 8 big glasses of water every day to flush out irritants
  • empty the bladder as much as possible
  • do exercise as frequently as possible (minimum 45 minutes 3 times a week)
  • drink Stinging Nettle tea to help alleviate the urge to go and bring it back to a more normal rate faster

About Josée Fortin, ND
Dr. Josée Fortin is a Naturopath and Biochemist with a degree in Biochemistry from University of Ottawa and is a member of the Association des Naturopathes Agréés du Québec (ANAQ). She has over 21 years of experience in the field of naturopathy and gives talks on a range of holistic health topics in natural product stores.



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Beneficial Mushrooms Support All Body Systems


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Mushrooms have been used as food and medicine for thousands of years. We now live in a time when we all have access to the amazing mushrooms from around the world. We also have the scientific ability to understand why mushrooms are so beneficial. Paul Stamets is considered one of the world’s leading mycologist. He has spent a lifetime researching mushroom and developing them for commercial applications. Thanks to Paul, we have a greater understanding and appreciation of the health benefits of these amazing mushrooms.

In this podcast I am interviewing Jerry Angelini. Jerry is the National Science Educator for Host Defense Organic Mushrooms. We will discuss the broader topic of beneficial mushrooms. Of the hundreds of mushrooms that have been identified there are only a few that we consider as beneficial. Most of the mushrooms considered beneficial are the ones that have been used for centuries in traditional cultures. So with the anecdotal knowledge and today’s scientific capabilities we can now consider these mushroom as serious contributors to human health. 

So how do we get from raw mushrooms in the environment to the capsules you take? Most people don’t ever give a second thought as to who makes their supplements. Consumers like to be confident that the products they purchase are safe and effective. But how is it that we should have confidence in any or every product in the marketplace? The sad fact is that consumers have to become savvy buyers because there are many inferior products and many companies who care very little about the quality of the products they produce. In this first interview with Jerry, we are going to explore the unique products and processes of Host Defense Organic Mushrooms.

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“Some mushrooms and their benefits:

  • Cordyceps: Energy, breathing, muscles and libido.
  • Reishi: Stress support, cardiovascular support.
  • Lion’s Mane: Memory and nerve support.
  • Maitake: Supports healthy blood sugar within the normal range.
  • Chaga: Antioxidant and gastrointestinal support.
  • Mesima: Overall immune support.
  • Royal Sun Blazei: Overall immune support.
  • Agarikon: Supports probiotic microflora.
  • Turkey Tail: Digestive, liver and immune support.
  • Mushrooms Offer Support for a Multitude of Body Systems  

Examples include support for:

  • Cardiovascular System
  • Digestive System
  • Neurological System
  • Immune System
  • Reproductive System
  • Integumentary (Skin) System
  • Skeletal System
  • Muscular System

Multiple Mushroom Species As a Wellness Strategy
Research by Paul Stamets demonstrates that a combination of mushroom species increased immune activity compared to single mushroom species. In 2003, a study was published in the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, “Potentiation of Cell-Mediated Host Defense Using Fruit Bodies and Mycelium of Medicinal Mushrooms.” Used cross-culturally for thousands of years, ancient people utilized beneficial mushrooms for health and as sources of food. Modern science continues to recognize the array of health-supporting compounds found in mushrooms.* Stamets 7, is highly active in immune markers, and can be taken everyday like a multiple. Mushrooms are functional food, can be used everyday and have a full-spectrum of constituents which:

  • support a multitude of body systems*
  • augment the body’s immune system*
  • provide building blocks for our systems on a cellular level*
  • contain enzymes to support digestion and assimilation of nutrients*
  • contain polysaccharides to increase the activity & effectiveness of natural killer cells and macrophages*
  • neutralizes free radicals with antioxidant activity*
  • contain prebiotics and are food sources for probiotic microflora in the intestinal tract
  • support stress and fatigue reduction*
  • provide support for daily metabolic and environmental assaults*
  • offer a food source of nutrition that is readily digestible and absorbable* (Above content from

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

When you are looking for a supplement company, you should always look beyond the product. You need to know something about their mission and their corporate commitments. One emerging way for you to have confidence in companies is to look at their certifications. It first has to be the intent of the company to do these things, then they must ask others to confirm what they are doing. Third party certifications are an increasingly important identifier for consumers. Host Defense Organic Mushrooms are highly certified.

About Jerry Angelini, MS, LRC, LMT
Jerry has a private practice as an integrative practitioner and is the Education Director for Host Defense® Organic Mushrooms™. In his role as an integrative practitioner, Jerry draws from over 30 years of training in various modalities including Western Psychotherapy, Planetary Herbalism (including Western, Ayurvedic and Chinese Clinical Herbalism), Clinical Aromatherapy, NeuroMuscular Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage therapy, CranioSacral Therapy, Reiki, Qi Gong and Tui Na to name a few.

For the past four years, Jerry has been the National Science Educator for Host Defense Organic Mushrooms. Working closely with Dr. Paul Stamets, Hon, Jerry has been teaching and training in the United States and Canada. Reaching out to all levels of learners including medical professionals, retail staff and consumers, the educational opportunities focus on the benefits that various mushroom and herbal preparations can have on our immune functioning as well as our overall health and wellness.


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What are proteins and why are they important?
What are amino acids?
What are the recommended levels of protein?
What are differences between sources of protein?
What happens if protein is deficient?
What adversely affects protein digestion?
What improves protein digestion?

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251 – Predictive Biomarker High Sensitivity CRP – My Interview with Dr. Russell Jaffe

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One of the reasons that inflammation is so devastating is that chronic, highly active inflammation from one cause will adversely affect many other structures and functions in the body. One problem will lead to others. The drugs used to treat the disease will likely contribute to additional problems. The drugs cannot heal chronic inflammation. Only your body can do that and only if you put into place that which leads to healing. The good news is that even serious chronic condition can be dramatically improved in a few months with the serious application of healing lifestyle, diet, and supplementation.

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250 – Is CBD Oil a Drug or Nutrient? Or Both? – My Interview with Dr. Hector Lopez

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There is a great deal of excitement over CBD Oil. With good reason. It’s safe and effective for everyday use by consumers and it has properties that can be exploited pharmaceutically. In fact there is ongoing clinical research using CBD for serious health conditions. In this interview with Dr. Hector Lopez, we will explore the difference between the drug development and research and the consumer applications of CBD.

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249 – Behind the Scenes at NutriGold Supplements – My Interview with Chad Kelly

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I have often said companies need two things to succeed; image and substance. A company with image but no substance is selling you fluff. A company with substance and no image, gets lost because no one knows about them or what they do. You want to buy from companies that have substance first as that is the most important thing. It is when you want to look deeper into the substance of a company that the distinctions become clearer. That’s what this interview is exploring with Chad Kelly, Senior Educator for NutriGold Supplements.

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248 – The Benefits of Whey Protein – My Interview with Tracy Kreider, N.D.

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Many people don’t pay much attention to the protein they consume. Athletes understand the importance of protein but many consumers often focus on fats, carbohydrates and supplements and don’t understand how proteins exert their effects in human health. As more of consumers are focused on improving their health supplemental proteins are gaining in popularity.

In this interview with Tracy Kreider we will discuss the benefits of protein in human health. We will also discuss whey protein, one of the best supplemental sources of protein. We will explore the distinctions between sources of protein, and especially the benefits of whey protein produced in America. Like most things, not all protein and supplements are equal. 

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247 – Choosing a Woman’s Multi-Vitamin – My Interview with Erin Stokes

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246 – Chemical Free Baby Care with e-cloth – My Interview with Al Coviello

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245 – Predictive Bio-marker Test – Vitamin D – My Interview with Dr. Russell Jaffe

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