How to avoid the horror of a missing Santa

Sunday 13th December, 2015  

As much as I love to share stories and jokes with you, I'm going to cut right to the chase today.

Because this is IMPORTANT...

Over the last few weeks I’ve been looking into natural foods and links to national diets and this one has hit home for me – don’t ignore the facts.

You really need to read this amazing piece about how and why our western diet is causing the cases of prostate cancer to skyrocket.

Please don’t believe that this one is just for the men either – it took a while for me to understand the implications of what I discovered and I’m a total convert to being a ‘New Man’!

Nope that’s not it, I’m the same pig headed, stubborn ostrich most men are when it comes to issues that affect just us.

For years I’ve been sticking my head in the sand and ignoring the news and views of those around me...

...until my daughter pointed out that if I contracted the most common cancer affecting men I wouldn’t be around to see her children.

That’s what it took for me to take note chaps.

Make sure that you, or the man in your life, do the same.

Discover how to stop prostate problems coming between you and your grandchildren

The French woman who is making a difference

I know I’ve been banging on about eating the right things for a while now and for that I make no apology.

It remains a simple and honest truth that we are what we eat.

In the West that means quite simply a potential death trap – a diet higher in red and processed meat, high-sugar foods and over-refined grains is fuelling so many health problems.

In particular the so-called western diet leads to a higher risk of prostate cancer-related mortality according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health.

In a comparison with those in the East where a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, fish, whole grains and healthy oils is more common our rates of developing problems with the seemingly insignificant gland are 30% higher.

Having seen this horrifying statistic a French scientist called Ghislaine Gerber decided to do something about it.

She was aware that France was topping the table of mainland European nations for prostate cancer incidence (the UK isn’t far down the list by the way!) and decided to do something about it.

Using a blend of vitally important omega 3, 6 and 9 plus three other health giving natural oils she has formulated an antidote to the excesses of our lifestyles – and quite probably a lifesaver for many men.

Is there something even more important for all men to find under their tree than socks?

The horrific roll call

A sobering thought is the list of those who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, and those whose life it took, here’s a sample of that list:

Harry Belafonte: He was diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer in 1996 and successfully treated. He is now a prostate cancer advocate, raising awareness of the disease in men.

Robert DeNiro: The Academy Award winner was diagnosed with early-stage cancer in 2003 at the age of 60. He has kept details of his treatment private. His father died of prostate cancer at the age of 71.

Denis Law: Former Manchester United and Scotland striker Denis Law told the Daily Mail that he fainted when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014.

Johnny Ramone: The Ramones guitarist died in 2004 at the age of 55 after a five-year battle with the disease.

Telly Savalas: The “Kojak” star died of the disease in 1994 at the age of 70.

Earl Woods: Tiger Woods’ father was diagnosed in 1998 and successfully treated with radiation, but the cancer returned more aggressively in 2004. Woods died on May 3, 2006 at the age of 74.

Frank Zappa: Died of complications from the disease on December 4, 1993 at the age of 52.

This is far from a hidden health problem and one that could be significantly reduced if men didn’t act like ostriches.

Recognising the early signs of changes to the prostate is key to taking control and avoiding the same fate as those in the list above.

Before cancer is even a possibility the prostate naturally begins to enlarge – something that will begin in your forties or fifties.

An enlarged prostate automatically puts pressure on your urethra, which results in problems when you urinate like increasing your need to urinate more frequently (especially at night) and leaving you feeling like you haven't emptied your bladder properly.

This is a condition described by specialists as Benign Prostate Hypertrophy (BPH).

Whilst this can be treated by mainstream medications, harmful side-effects are common.

For example, the drug Finasteride helps reduce the size of the prostate over time but it can also cause impotence, decreased libido and testicle pain.

Another BPH drug, terazosin, can cause palpitations, fainting, low blood pressure, nausea, sleepiness and blurred vision.

If you have begun to experience some of the tell-tale early signs of prostate change such as:

  • Having to get up 2 or 3 times a night to pee
  • Unexplained lower back pain
  • Urinary dribbling or, at best, only a weak flow when you go to the toilet
  • Weak erections and a lack of stamina

Then it’s time you began to take this seriously – after all if you are anything like me this won’t have been the first time you heard about it.

We are entering the classic time for being with your family, a time when dads everywhere become magical mystical figures.

The night when Santa works his magic, sneaking into rooms to put a pillowcase of presents at the foot of a bed...

...I want to do that for my grandchildren too – don’t you?

Ensure your Christmas fun continues for another generation

Yours, as always








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