Explore the health and wellbeing issues concerning probiotics and prostate cancer.
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Narrator: Probiotics are the latest and greatest in hail food fads, but is the current trend in beneficial bacteria just a flash in the pan? Although probiotics proved itself an essential part of your daily diet. Unlike antibiotics, probiotics don’t kill everything in sight. They are microscopic organisms that are similar to the friendly bacteria you already have in your gut and they just hang out in there lending a helping hand with digestion and good digestion is key to good health. Dr. Jonathan Brostoff: It think there is a natural skepticism that eating good bacteria can help heath because we’re very scientifically organized these days in medical profession. But the clinical trials showed that in some patients with osteocolitis, some with irritable bowel, some patients with diarrhea, eczema children can be helped by giving these probiotic bacteria. Narrator: Probiotics occur naturally in foods like yogurt, tempei, fermented milk and miso. As an alternative, you can take a number of how did all the liquid probiotic supplements that are popping out on supermarket shelves. A major trauma hospital recently researched the impact of probiotics by administering 100 grams of yogurt to severe burn victims. Their rate of skin regeneration noticeably improved. Probiotics looks poised for medical success. If you’re over 50 and you haven’t been tested for prostate cancer, it’s time to pick up the phone. Aside from skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men over 50. The tricky thing is early prostate cancer shows no symptoms because the cancer usually begins on the outside sheath of the prostate. Ian Liston: There is no cure as there isn’t any for any cancer at the moment. But what is available is something that can certainly keep the cancer at bay and give you a very decent quality of life. Narrator: If you’re having trouble emptying your bladder or noticed blooding your urine or semen, or you’re feeling pain in the lower back or abdomen you may have advanced prostate cancer. This is why routine testing is crucial. If caught in the early stages, prostate cancer can be terminated with surgery and radio therapy. If left unchecked, prostate cancer may spread to other areas of the body requiring hormone therapy, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy to eliminate it. Any prostate cancer survival will agree, a PSA test and a rectal examination is just what you‘ve always wanted for your 40th birthday. Dr. Colin Cooper: The dilemma is that do you treat the patient unnecessarily to remove all the prostate cancer. You could do that but if you do that then you’re unnecessarily making men impotent which is the major side effect of removing prostate or treating it with radiotherapy. Narrator: The older you get, the more at risk you are of developing prostate cancer. For example, one in 1,000 men at the age of 40 will get prostate cancer compared to 81 in 1,000 men who contracted in their 70s. This is why testing must be part of your routine if you’re male and older 50. Ian Liston: If you’ve got any problem with your water works, with the pressure or you’re getting up too much in the night, or you’re feeling that you’re not voiding when you’re going to empty your bladder then for heavens sake go to a doctor and talk to him about it. Narrator: A PSA test is a simple blood test to measure the amounts of prostate produced protein in the blood. It’s not painful or embarrassing and it could save your life. Some supermarkets stock probiotic ice cream and sausages way more interesting than dried powder.