A male reader who wishes to be anonymous writes:
I am 53. When I was in my late 40s I started having to wake up to urinate in the middle of the night. Sometimes more than once. I complained to the physician. He said, “That’s BPH [= benign prostatic hyperplasia = enlarged prostate]. It’s what happens in middle age. Live with it.”
A couple years later on an airplane, I read an article about pygeum [a herbal remedy] as a cure for BPH. I started taking some. It helped, but not a lot. Reading about pygeum I stumbled across saw palmetto. I started taking a supplement that contained both of them. Now I was much improved, but there was still room for improvement.
A friend told me about magnesium supplementation. I started taking magnesium in addition, and I was cured. It’s like I’m in my 30s again. I only have to urinate in the middle of the night if I drink a lot of fluid right before bed.
Sleep is so important, this is really important. At a talk Thursday at the Ancestral Health Symposium, Robb Wolf quoted someone as saying, “If someone sleeps well, you can’t kill them; if they sleep badly, you can’t keep them alive.”