AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine


Eric Yarnell

Eric Yarnell

Prostate Cancer: Myths and Realities

Sunday, Feb. 16th, 2014

Course Description:

The truth has finally become unavoidable: convention medicine is massively overdiagnosing anad overtreating prostate cancer. In this course, the basic biology of prostate cancer will be reviewed, and that fact that multiple types of prostate cancer exist (“turtles”/indolent vs “rabbits”/aggressive vs “birds”/metastatic) posited to explain the problems of overdiagnosis and overtreatment. Various natural treatments for prostate cancer will be highlighted, either for use on their own in low-grade disease or as adjuncts in high-grade disease. Steps that need to be taken by younger men to prevent prostate cancer will also be reviewed (since screening of any kind is still too late). The ultimate goal is that practitioners can best help their patients navigate the complicated issues surrounding prostate cancer, avoiding unnecessary treatment and getting appropriate natural treatments or adjunct treatments to conventional care when it becomes necessary.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Yarnell graduated from Bastyr University in 1996. He completed a two year residency with Silena Heron, ND in Sedona, AZ in naturopathic family care and herbal medicine. He then worked as chair of the department of botanical medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ for 1.5 years. While there he supervised students in the teaching clinic. After a time in Oregon he returned to Seattle and began his specialized practice in 2002. He is now an assistant professor in the department of botanical medicine at Bastyr University, and also supervises a student training shift at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health focusing on urology and men’s health.

Dr. Yarnell received a training grant through Bastyr University and funded by the National Institutes of Health (grant R25AT002876) to complete a basic certificate in clinical research at the University of Washington. He has nearly completed this, focusing on research in men with prostate cancer. He is now staff physician at the Bastyr Integrative Oncology Research Center working with patients with prostate, bladder, and kidney cancers continuing this research.

Dr. Yarnell has published numerous articles and textbooks in urology and related fields. His most recent text is Clinical Botanical Medicine 2nd ed which he co-authored. He is author of Naturopathic Urology and Men’s Health, the only textbook of its kind. He has lectured around the world.

To learn more about Dr. Yarnell visit his clinic webpage.