An April Fool’s issue that is no laughing matter

The Good Life Letter 

1st April 2018

Happy Easter!

I hope you are all enjoying a pleasant day with plans to join friends and family for a convivial meal and maybe a chocolate egg or two into the bargain.

Our own home hosts both sets of Grandparents for the day with the promise of slow roast lamb, vibrant kale and the first of the Jersey Royal new potatoes ahead of us, I think today will be a good day.

Lara has left the preparation of the meal to me, so I will be busy about my task for the next few hours with a pot of coffee, Radio 4 (can’t resist the Archers omnibus when I’m cooking) and a casual flick at the Sunday papers in my brief periods of respite.

She, on the other hand, is preparing the guest room for her mum and dad, laying down the law to the children about smart dress and being visible for conversation and charm.

I had been wondering what I could talk about in the newsletter today with any passion as my mind is full of recipes for mint sauce, blackcurrant jelly, rich gravy and honey roasted parsnips.

But an exchange I have just had with my dearly beloved has given me the focus I needed...

“Where is the old toilet pedestal mat Ray?” she yells from the upstairs, “I need to double protect the carpet if Dad is coming.”

My mind boggles.

What on earth could she be talking about? Did the dear old chap have a habit of wearing his hobnailed boots around the house during the night?

On enquiring what all of this meant Lara reddened slightly as she said, “Dad has a control problem when he goes to the loo for a wee, it is not his fault but it can be embarrassing.”

All became clear, as did the topic I must cover today.

So, apologies if this doesn’t quite fit in with the celebrations of the day, but it is a topic that every man and their partners and family must think about – the prostate, scourge of the aging gentleman.

Discover how you can prevent embarrassment and boost prostate health naturally

Time for the embarrassment to end

Every male has a prostate gland and it sits under the bladder with the common tube for semen and urine flow passing through it. Over time the gland changes and can enlarge, a harmless condition known as benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) and for many men this doesn’t cause any issues at all.

But for others there can be pain, restricted urine flow and a constant feeling that you need to go. This results in disturbed sleep, embarrassment and unhappiness.

Enlargement of the prostate is something most men of a certain age suffer from to some degree. But it's not something that's easily talked about.

In fact, anything that falls into the 'down there' category is quite often swept under the carpet (even if the carpet in question is at risk from unintentional dribbles!). Men still tend to suffer in silence.

But it's something that NEEDS to be talked about – and dealt with – because the need to urinate more frequently is one of the signs of BPH.

Like I said, nearly all men of a certain age will suffer from this because after years of sitting still the prostate suddenly bursts into life when men hit 40 and starts growing again.

More worryingly, it can also be a sign of prostate cancer. So it's something you need to get checked.

This was a topic I covered earlier this year when research showed that men were less likely to seek help from their doctors for urinary or sexual problems than women were, and that this was contributing to a significant increase in undiagnosed cancer deaths.

In the piece I explained why I was going to start getting a regular blood test to look for the early warning signs of changes to the prostate, known as a PSA test.

This prompted many readers to write in to me explaining how inaccurate and flawed the results of these tests might be with many false positive findings being produced – to each of these I said that I understood all this but that I would prefer to have a chance to deal with the joy of finding out the test was wrong rather than the horror of telling my kids I was dying because I was too arrogant to take the test.

But I also knew that there was a way to help support my prostate function and significantly reduce the risk of any problems developing – and that is what I want to share with you today.

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Understand and support

If your prostate is beginning to change there are a range of obvious symptoms which are basically to do with urination:

  • making it difficult for you to start urinating and causing a weakened flow of urine, or cause 'stopping and starting'

  • cause you to strain to pass urine and to make it feel like you haven’t fully emptied your bladder

  • cause you to frequently need to urinate especially if you wake regularly in the night needing to go to the toilet

  • cause a sudden urge to urinate, which can result in incontinence if you cannot find a toilet quickly enough

Of course, if you are noticing any of these symptoms you need to go to your GP as soon as possible, but for many of us this isn’t the case as we are not aware of any problems, so we might think we have nothing to worry about.

But there are steps that you can take to help change the way the gland works and grows, and by following a simple daily supplement regime you can even avoid the problems occurring at all.

Like most natural approaches a good healthy diet based upon fresh seasonal foods is a good start, especially if it is rich in vitamins C & E, loaded with simple oils that balance out omega 3, 6 & 9 plus a supply of good plant anti-oxidants.

Our French cousins are ahead of the game on this one, with their traditional recipes combining herbs, onions, garlic and fresh vegetables into delicious fare...

But they also know a thing or two about natural supplements – and today I want you all to consider the part that a simple, natural and healthy product from one of our best partners at the Good Life Letter can offer.

It’s called Androlistica and combines the good oils of cold pressed marrow seeds with responsibly sourced fish oils as well as onion, carotene and beeswax to provide a full support programme for the prostate.

On this most valuable of family days I urge you to start to protect yourselves from any unwanted unpleasant surprises.

Do the right thing for you and those who love you – Androlistica the prostate protector


Yours, as always


Ray














 


 



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