‘Good Fats’ Always Good

February 9, 2010
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On January 19, 2010, the British Journal of Nutrition published a study that concluded that increased intakes of fats — whether from saturated, Manandburgermonounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats — might increase the risk of prostate cancer. Medical researchers who surveyed 512 men with prostate cancer and 838 healthy controls noted that men with the highest average-intake of total fat had an increase of 153 percent in prostate cancer compared with men with the lowest average-intake of total fat.
Must we conclude that a diet rich in a balance of Omega 3:Omega 6 fatty acids has the same effect as a diet laden with trans/hydrogenated fats? While admitting that the carbohydrates in a French-fries-and-soda combo are not identical to the carbohydrates in steamed broccoli, medicine has been slow to acknowledge that not all fats are the same. Total fat-consumption is important; but men at risk of prostate cancer would be wise to educate themselves about their intake of the essential fatty acids and the balance of omega 3:omega 6 in their diet, and to eliminate all “bad fats.” Demonizing fat is not a wise message for practitioners to give their patients wishing to prevent prostate cancer.

10 responses to “‘Good Fats’ Always Good”

  1. S S says:

    I wonder if this journal has been paid off by a big Pharma company to skew the results?

  2. Lou says:

    Right on!
    The total misunderstanding and medically promoted myth surrounding fat HAS to go if we are to reverse the death spiral we are in. The native Inuit men of old often in a hunting drought ate little but seal blubber for MONTHS. Seal blubber is almost pure SATURATED fat.
    Prostate cancer, in fact CANCER itself was unknown to the Inuit both men and women.
    Saturated Fat Protocol
    Eat Mother Nature’s healthy saturated fats. Avoid man-made unhealthy saturated fat.
    “What if you were to learn that every day, 25 percent of your calories came from a poison, disguised as a food? And what if you discovered that this chemical imposter was responsible for your insulin resistance and weight gain? And elevated blood pressure. And elevated triglycerides and LDL. And depletion of vitamins and minerals. And even gout, heart disease and liver damage? What if you were to discover that this toxic substance had been dumped into your food in gradually increasing quantities for the last thirty years, with the full knowledge and blessings of the American Heart Association, the American Medical Association, the USDA and the FDA? Doctor Robert H. Lustig MD UCSF Start of series, NOTE You MUST watch this nine part series, This video will help you kick the deadly sugar habit, Note sugar is often converted into fat and our “low fat diets” replace the fat with sugar/HFCS
    “Transfats are the most harmful fats in the food supply. Eating 40 calories of transfats a day raises your risk of CVD by 30%.” Doctor Dariush Mozaffarian MD, Note transfats, heavily used in processed foods and fast foods are the man made substitute for natures healthy saturated fats. Eat incorrectly and you can ingest many 100s of calories of this poison a day
    “Saturated fats play many important roles in the body. They provide integrity to the cell membrane, enhance the body’s use of essential fatty acids, enhance the immune system, protect the liver and contribute to strong bones. Saturated fats do not cause heart disease. In fact, saturated fats are the preferred food for the heart. Your body makes saturated fats out of carbohydrates.” Weston A. Price Foundation
    “The people of Kitava Island in Papua New Guinea eat LOTS of healthy saturated fat, mostly cocoanut oil, have higher serum cholesterol levels than most westerners and yet have almost NO cardiovascular disease. The Kitavans are relatively thin and have lower BP than westerners. A protective factor seems to be they also have high levels of omega 3 EFA.” Howard & Payne, Note their cholesterol levels are high IMO because their high fat diet requires it. Cholesterol is required to digest fat.
    “Among modern hunter-gatherers, the percentage of total protein and fat have been found to vary from 36% to 97% with total carbohydrates varying from 3% to 64% and the people at both extremes are equally disease-free.” Doctor Jonathan V. Wright MD, Note this is a mind blowing fact take some time to digest its implications
    “When people lowered their saturated fat intake from 15% to 6% of calories their Lipoprotein(a) rose by 15%.” Henry Ginsberg M.D. Columbia University, Note a Lp(a) rise indicates a rise in CVD risk, this is mind blowing in the context of today’s cardio myth
    “The type of fat is more important than the amount of fat. There are centuries of epidemiological evidence about the benefits of olive oil.” Walter Willett Ph. D. Harvard Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition
    “The amount of monounsaturated fat in three table spoons of olive oil a day could lower HBP about 9/6.” Stanford Research
    “Healthy postmenopausal women were put on a low fat (25% of calories), high carb diet or on a high fat (45% of calories), low carb diet. The fat was mostly monounsaturated. The women on the low fat, high carb diet had their triglycerides rise as did their insulin levels and blood sugar while their HDL dropped; dramatically increasing their chances of cardiovascular disease.” Doctor Gerald Reaven Standard University, Note left unsaid the high fat diet probably did not cause rises
    “Low levels of animal fat increased the rate of hemorrhagic stroke in hypertensive women 370% over those who ate more animal fat. Individuals with a very low intake of saturated fat may develop structural impairment of the arteries.” Circulation Journal, Note saturated fat is a component of arteries, Note hemorrhagic stroke is often caused by weak arteries
    “Medium chain fatty acids (As in Cocoanut oil) are rapidly burned as energy and actually promote the burning of long chain fatty acids (As in body fat stores).” Baba et al
    “The assimilation and utilization of vitamin D is influenced by the kinds of fats we consume. Increasing levels of both polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids in the diet decrease the binding of vitamin D to D-binding proteins. Saturated fats, the kind found in butter, tallow and coconut oil, do not have this effect. Nor do the omega-3 fats.” Bouillon et al, Note this tells us the order of fats eaten should be EFA, saturated, monounsaturated
    “Animal fats contain many nutrients that protect against cancer and heart disease; elevated rates of cancer and heart disease are associated with consumption of large amounts of vegetable oils.” Fed Proc July 1978 37:2215
    “As a result of being misled, we have a consuming public terrified of natural fats and oils–a public, which, by its avoidance of these natural fats and oils, and consumption of fabricated, man-manipulated fat and oil replacements, such as the transfats and the unstable polyunsaturates, is becoming increasingly obese and ill. This attempt by the FDA to tar the wholesome saturated fats with the sins of the transfats so as to promote in the minds of the consumers the idea that they are both the same, is not supported by real science. Biologically, the saturates and the transfats have totally opposite effects; the effects of the saturates are good and those of the transfats are undesirable.” Mary Enig PhD Food Scientist
    “Did this patient’s health fail as a result of her new eating habits, or was it mere coincidence that her recent health decline followed the adoption of an extremely low-fat, low-cholesterol, low-animal-protein diet? I believe it was the latter and the scientific literature confirms my beliefs. The patient’s reduction in cholesterol and total serum protein had made her vulnerable to bacterial and viral infection by promoting T-cell suppression. This is especially so in the presence of mercury, which has been shown to reduce resistance to viruses, cancer and autoimmune disease. Low levels of cholesterol also make T-cell proliferation more difficult and the excretion of mercury nearly impossible”. Eric Davis, DDS
    “Neurotoxins are transported throughout the body attached to protein components of lipoproteins, and therefore require cholesterol for their transport and elimination. These neurotoxins also have a strong affinity for lipoidal tissue of the nervous system and brain. A rise in cholesterol levels and triglycerides in response to neurotoxins protects by preventing permanent attachment of the neurotoxin to the nerve and brain cells. Symptoms of neurotoxicity are most likely to occur when the cholesterol is lowered suddenly or when the affected patient goes on a low-fat, low-cholesterol, low-protein diet.” Eric Davis, DDS
    “Since saturated fats (from animal foods and the tropical oils) and monounsaturated oils (from olive oil and cold-pressed nut oils) are more chemically stable, they are much less susceptible to oxidation and rancidity than their polyunsaturated cousins, which are mostly found in vegetable oils. As a general rule, then, although the body does require a small amount of naturally occurring polyunsaturated oils in the diet each day, it’s best not to consume too much of them as they are more prone to free radical attack in the body. As Linus Pauling, PhD noted: “A diet high in unsaturated fatty acids, especially the polyunsaturated ones, can destroy the body’s supply of vitamin E and cause muscular lesions, brain lesions, and degeneration of blood vessels.” Care must be taken not to include a large amount of polyunsaturated oil in the diet” Stephen Byrnes
    “Experiments with a variety of fats showed that saturated fats did not cause tumors but when small amounts of polyunsaturated vegetable oil or linoleic acid itself was added, this greatly increased the promotion of breast cancer.” Carroll K K, Dietary fats and cancer. Am J Clin Nutr 1991; 53: 1064S
    “Saturated fats and animal fats are usually blamed for all manner of diseases in Western society. But look at the facts: In the 19th-century, when animal fats were all that was available, cancers were rare (as was heart disease). In this last century there has been a change in favor of vegetable polyunsaturated fats and oils — and cancer rates have soared.” Polyunsaturated Oils Increase Cancer Risk
    “Since 1974, the increase of polyunsaturated fats has been blamed for the alarming increase in malignant melanoma (skin cancer) in Australia. (12) We are all told that the sun causes it. Are Australians going out in the sun any more now than they were fifty years ago? They are certainly eating more polyunsaturated oils: in Australia in 1995 I saw that even the cream on milk was removed and replaced with vegetable oil. Victims of the disease have been found to have polyunsaturated oils in their skin cells. Polyunsaturated oils are oxidized readily by ultra-violet radiation from the sun and form harmful ‘free radicals’. These are known to damage the cell’s DNA and this can lead to the deregulation we call cancer. Saturated fats are stable. They do not oxidize and form free radicals.” Polyunsaturated Oils Increase Cancer Risk
    “There is no correspondence between coronary mortality and fat consumption.” Michael Gurr PhD, Molecular Sciences, Oxford
    “The Masai are sheepherders who live in the highlands of Kenya. For centuries their diet has consisted almost exclusively of blood, meat, and milk. A diet higher in cholesterol could scarcely be imagined, unless of course we consider the diet of another isolated group: Eskimos. The Eskimos subsist on diets of meat, fish, and blubber. When no meat or fish is available they can live for months on blubber alone – almost 100% cholesterol. So if the diet/heart/cholesterol myth of organized medicine were true, these two groups should be dying of hypertension and heart attack in high numbers. Instead, the exact opposite is true – heart disease is unknown in both these societies.” The Doctor Within
    “Since fat has the most calories per gram, it is logical to limit fat intake if one wants to lose weight. Certainly, this hypothesis appears to make perfect sense on the surface. Clinical trials on obesity, conducted through the last century, fail to support this theory. In fact, the opposite is true. The amount of weight loss appears to be inversely proportional to the carbohydrate content of the food. When a high-fat, lower carbohydrate diet is taken, the rate of weight loss is greater. The converse is also true. Despite this, the medical profession continues to turn its head away from this truth.” Doctor Michael Lam MD, Note yep to lose fat ya got to eat fat
    “People in North India consume 17 times more animal fat but have 7 times fewer incidences of heart disease compared to people in southern India.” Doctor Michael Lam MD
    “When comparing the Greenland Inuit and the Dutch, the former exhibit a significantly lower death rate from acute myocardial infarction despite only moderate differences in their blood cholesterol levels. This is because the Inuit’s diet is high in fat and provides up to several grams of omega-3 fatty acid daily, primarily in the form of marine mammals, wildfowl and various fish.” Doctor Michael Lam MD
    “Changes to diet and nutritional lifestyle must be implemented, to achieve a better balance of protein and natural unprocessed fats, and a much lower intake of carbohydrates. This requires less consumption of processed foods that contain trans fats and oxidized fats.” Brian Peskin PhD
    “Animal fats contain many nutrients that protect against cancer and heart disease; elevated rates of cancer and heart disease are associated with consumption of large amounts of vegetable oils.” Fed Proc July 1978 37:2215, Note folks can it be any clearer?
    Saturated Fat is Quite Healthy
    “The assimilation and utilization of vitamin D is influenced by the kinds of fats we consume. Increasing levels of both polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids in the diet decrease the binding of vitamin D to D-binding proteins. Saturated fats, the kind found in butter, tallow and coconut oil, do not have this effect. Nor do the omega-3 fats.” Bouillon et al
    These hunter-gatherers intuitively knew that saturated fat was good for them. When big game was scarce and the only fresh meat were small animals with low body fat, like squirrel or rabbit, they developed something called “fat-hunger,” also known as rabbit-starvation. Symptoms include headache, lassitude and vague discomfort… and no matter how much they ate they felt dissatisfied. Sounds like the effects of our modern low-fat diet, doesn’t it?” Doctor Al Sears MD
    Saturated fat is easy to recognize because it is usually solid at room temperature. Humans have eaten animal products for most of their existence on earth and therefore they have consumed saturated fats for their entire existence. To say these saturated animal fats are harmful to humans is just plain silly. Folks ya got remember one thing WE ARE ANIMALS! We are constructed of saturated fatty acids in part. When an animal eats us it ingests plenty of saturated fat.
    Either Eat Saturated Fat or Your Body will Make It
    Mother’s milk contains the saturated fatty acids butyric, caproic, caprylic, capric, lauric, myristic, palmitic and stearic. These saturated fats provide a source of nourishment to ensure the growth, development and survival of human offspring. Saturated fat is your hearts and other organs preferred energy source. Your body can manufacture all the saturated fatty acids and does because IT NEEDS them. Eating a good natural healthy saturated fat just saves your body a little manufacturing work. Incidentally what do you suppose your body will use to manufacture those saturated fatty acids it needs? Yep the carbs you ate to avoid eating saturated fat. This can hurt you in many ways; sugar diabetes is but one.
    Your body needs Healthy Saturated Fats in order to
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    Your lungs cannot function without a continuous supply of saturated fats
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    Add structural stability to the cell, intestinal wall, arteries and other structures
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    Preferred food for your heart and other vital organs
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    Raise HDL levels
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    Provide a good energy source
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    Stimulate your immune system
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    Proper calcium utilization in the bones
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    Properly utilize essential fatty acids
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    Biological regulation of cellular proteins (myristic acid)
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    Immune system component anti-microbial (lauric acid)
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    Modulate genetic regulation and prevent cancer (butyric acid)
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    Anticaries, antiplaque and anti fungal agents (lauric acid and caprylic acid)
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    Beneficial circulation and heart health (stearic acid)
    Saturated Fat is Essential
    “Saturated fats play many important roles in the body. They provide integrity to the cell membrane, enhance the body’s use of essential fatty acids, enhance the immune system, protect the liver and contribute to strong bones. Saturated fats do not cause heart disease. In fact, saturated fats are the preferred food for the heart. Your body makes saturated fats out of carbohydrates.” Weston A. Price Foundation
    “Low levels of animal fat increased the rate of hemorrhagic stroke in hypertensive women 370% over those who ate more animal fat. Individuals with a very low intake of saturated fat may develop structural impairment of the arteries.” Circulation Journal, Note the lack of saturated fat provided weakly constructed blood vessels
    “When people lowered their saturated fat intake from 15% to 6% of calories their Lipoprotein(a) rose by 15%.” Henry Ginsberg M.D. Columbia University, Note a Lp(a) rise indicates a rise in CVD risk, this is mind blowing in the context of today’s anti-saturated fat cardio myth
    If you do not eat enough saturated fat in your diet your body will manufacture the saturated fat it NEEDS. I tend to eat at least 20 – 25% or so of my total calories as healthy saturated fat. Hey this is about what the average person eats as sugar; so you could say I substitute saturated fat for sugar; not a bad trade IMO. Clearly you do not want to be much under 15%; as we see low saturated fat can injure your arteries just as does low vitamin C. Your arteries are constructed in large part of saturated fat and vitamin C.
    IMO at Least 50% of your Fat Calories should be from Healthy Saturated Fat
    “Medium chain fatty acids (As in Cocoanut oil) are rapidly burned as energy and actually promote the burning of long chain fatty acids (As in body fat stores).” Baba et al
    “Experiments with a variety of fats showed that saturated fats did not cause tumors but when small amounts of polyunsaturated vegetable oil or linoleic acid itself was added, this greatly increased the promotion of breast cancer.” Carroll K K, Dietary fats and cancer. Am J Clin Nutr 1991; 53: 1064S
    “Saturated fats and animal fats are usually blamed for all manner of diseases in Western society. But look at the facts: In the 19th-century, when animal fats were all that was available, cancers were rare (as was heart disease). In this last century there has been a change in favor of vegetable polyunsaturated fats and oils — and cancer rates have soared.” Polyunsaturated Oils Increase Cancer Risk
    During the 1970s, researchers from Canada found that animals fed rapeseed oil and canola oil developed heart lesions. This problem was corrected when they added saturated fat to the animal’s diets. On the basis of this and other research, they ultimately determined that the diet should contain at least 25 percent of the total fat as saturated fat. Among the food fats that they tested, the one found to have the best proportion of saturated fat was lard, the very fat we are told to avoid under all circumstances!
    Saturated fats and monounsaturated fats may be eaten freely in almost any reasonable amount, provided you have first eaten your required omega EFAs. When I hike in the winter I often go for weeks on nuts and seeds, cheese, dark chocolate and little else besides water. It’s energy dense nutritious saturated fat food.
    Healthy Saturated Fats
    “Animal fats contain many nutrients that protect against cancer and heart disease; elevated rates of cancer and heart disease are associated with consumption of large amounts of vegetable oils.” Fed Proc July 1978 37:2215
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    Butter (See Butter Protocol) everything’s better with butter in moderation
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    Coconut Oil a super weight loss aid
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    Eggs (See Egg Protocol) a nutrition powerhouse
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    Fatty cold water fish
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    Free range Meat high in omega 3 EFAs low in toxins
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    Lard (See Lard Protocol) want healthy pies, here they are
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    Palm Oil (See Palm Oil Protocol) here are your tocotrienols
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    Salmon (See Salmon Protocol) here is your DHA and EPA essential fats
    Avoid man-made unhealthy Saturated Fat
    “Transfats are the most harmful fats in the food supply. Eating 40 calories of transfats a day raises your risk of CVD by 30%.” Doctor Dariush Mozaffarian MD, Note transfats, heavily used in processed foods and fast foods are the man made substitute for natures healthy saturated fats.
    They tell us to avoid saturated fat. They are half correct. Avoid man-made unhealthy saturated fat. Eat Mother Nature’s healthy saturated fats. Eating onions or garlic with your Saturated Fats will help the saturated fats you eat stay liquid until fully distributed in your body. It is important to do this.
    Avoid these Unhealthy Man-made Saturated Fats
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    Commercial Meat this saturated fat will likely contain antibiotics, hormones and pesticides
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    Margarine
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    Transfats
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    Shortening
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    Supermarket Oils (See Supermarket Oils Protocol) except for olive oil
    Healthy Monounsaturated fats (See Monounsaturated Fat Protocol)
    More
    http://www.westonaprice.org/knowyourfats/import_sat_fat.html
    http://www.cyberlipid.org/fa/acid0001.htm

    • Avi Saha says:

      Whoops, I just read your post Lou, and I totally didn’t mention I agree with everything you wrote. I feel the people who go out to inform themselves like yourself will enjoy the benefits of eating higher fat and saturated fat. But it’s important to note that when you combine fats with carbohydrates, your intestines swell, which is probably what happened to the people in this study.
      When I eat just fats in a meal, nuts for example, my stomach does not bulge as it does on carbs. If I eat carbs, then eat fat, i feel much more bloated and I think that is the effect that in the long term could contribute to prostate issues, like enlargement for sure, but not necessarily cancer is often misdiagnosed as a prostate enlargement from improperly combining fats in the diet.
      ALso I’d like to mention since you taked about saturated fats. . . try cacao beans. I get my saturated fat from dried coconut, and raw chocolate. Since i’m vegan. Great stuff there. I also feel like saturated fats are a great testosterone booster as well. By the way do you have more information on how certain organs manufacture saturated fats for fuel/? Thats very interseting to me

      • Lou says:

        I believe saturated fat is manufactured in your liver.
        So when you eat a lot of carbs you force your liver to manufacture the saturated fat you could be eating. By eating the saturated fat you will lower the triglycerides and insulin in your blood and we should KNOW this is a good thing. Your organs run on saturated fat energy if at all possible. Of course with our artificial screw up diet we force a lot of bad things on our bodies.
        Our fear of ALL saturated fat is just another medical myth with no backing in evidence. Yes the man made trans-fats are proven to be harmful and the man made processed polyunsaturated vegetable oils are perhaps the most destructive element in our SAD diet. These vegetable oils are the feed stocks for fast food, junk food, processed food and all the other garbage we should not be eating.
        But the good saturated fats by mother nature are to to eaten and enjoyed.

  3. CJ Clemens says:

    The study sounds a little unscientific to me. So far no one has figured out what causes so many Americans to have problems with their prostates. Why do Japanese men who come to the states have trouble when they don”t have it in Japan? Perhaps it is some chemical in our food supply; maybe GM food. In Japan they eat a lot of fat. But, as far as I know they watch the additives, chemicals etc.

  4. This was a very unhelpful article and not very scientific.
    The argument was to not demonize certian types of fats, but where is the evidence?
    If the study had flaws or was biased in interpretation of the data, why not say that?
    Instead, the study is not challenged on any substantive grounds, but rather a simple nod to the whole omega 3 to 6 balance is offered.
    It is sad to see these myths on all sides of the arguments – saturated fat is bad, omega 3 fatty acids are always good, monounsaturated is good, all fat is bad.
    As blanket statements, these are all incorrect, though they may be correct in certain situations. Certainly most modern diets are deficient in omega 3 compared to 6, but that doesn’t mean that excessive fat of any kind is not capable of causing problems. The omega 3 to 6 ratio has nothing to do with quantity of fat, just the balance.
    I have not had time to review this study, but maybe all types of fat increase risk of prostate cancer. So what? why be afraid of the data?
    There are absolutely various types of medical disorders which worsen by increasing omega 3 content in the diet – such as pyroluric schizophrenics and bipolar patients.
    Low fat may also increase risk of other diseases.
    There is no one size fits all solution to diet. Each person must know their strengths and weaknesses and make decisions based on that.
    I would appreciate a simple factual and scientific criticism of the study if it is flawed. That is the only relevant response.

  5. Avi Saha says:

    Dr. Brian Clement talked about this in this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWMT47a8MQU,
    eating a lot of fat causes the small intestine to swell, which in turn does something to the prostate which is located near it

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