Always consult your doctor before taking any action that could affect your health.
"Selenium is a mineral that is being considered a crucial antioxidant which lowers your chance of getting Prostate cancer significanty. Countries like Canada whose soils have low levels of selenium also have higher rates of cancer including prostate cancer. A study done in the USA more than 14 years ago strongly supports the selenium-prostate cancer link. In a random group of men with skin cancer, half were given selenium and half were given a placebo. Although scientists found hat the mineral didn't decrease skin cancer recurrence, they discovered a 70% reduction in prostate cancer in men taking selenium! Since then, other researchers are finding similar results.
Caution: doses higher that 200 mcg of selenium a day may be toxic and cause extra health problems". Brazil Nuts (the food) has the highest content of selenium and it is always better to get your vitamins and minerals naturally.
Source: "Eating Right for Life - Prostate Cancer Nutrition & you" ISBN O-9698972-8-6
To see what is in any food for calories, calcium, folate, saturated fat or jsut about any other nutrient check out www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp. The US Department of Agriculture has been collecting data on what is in food for more than a 100 years.
To look up scientific studies. The world's largest database of published medical research is at www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi. You can search through more than nine million scientific articles (most just have abstracts; a few hav the full text.
To participate in a clinical study: At www.clinicaltrials.gov you'll find which US government-sponsored studies are recruiteing (in Canada as well as the US) and what the requirements are. In early 2003, forexample, 162 clinical trials on prostate cancer and six on osteoarthritis were looking for volunteers.
Desease Facts? How about checking out www.healthyontario.com which was set up in 2002 by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term care as a way to provide Ontarians with a world-class Web site for Health Information. Even if you don''t live in Ontario, Canada, this site is well worth a vist if you want reliable, useful articles on just about any health conditio, from "abnormal heart rhythms to 'zits'. Do you have a question about the drug you are taking? You can se how hundreds of prescription medications work, when to take(and nottake) them, what their side effects are and which other drugs you should not mix them with. There are also a half dozen interactive tools that help you assess your ideal weight; the calories you burn every day; the fat, sodium and other nutrients in the foods you eat; and even the prospects for a long life.
Medical enclyclopedia; Medical Dictionary; Facts on Drugs; Info on alternative therapies: Then check out www.medlineplus.gov which is maintained by the National Institute of Health, the world's largest medical research institute.
US Government gateway to health info: Check www.healthfinder.gov. Go to the "Just for you" directory and click on "Men" and the "prostate cancer," for example, and you will be linked to 20 articles on prevention, screening, and treatment.