- Good news for me…
- Remission for HALF the patients treated for prostate cancer in recent trials…
- All thanks to this tiny unsung hero on the bottom of the ocean
The oceans are full of wondrous creatures..
Hammerhead sharks, glowing jellyfish, ancient whales and octopuses…
But there are lesser-known heroes of the deep…
Creatures that aren’t about to appear on Blue Planet.
They won’t feature as characters in a Disney animated film.
And that’s because they’re tiny bacteria – invisible to the human eye.
These single celled organisms exist everywhere on earth, even inside you. However, at the bottom of the ocean they have a bit of a problem.
They don’t get much light.
So they’ve evolved a special ability to convert the barest amount of light into a lot of energy.
It doesn’t sound like much to write home about, but at the end of last year scientists revealed that they have harnessed the unusual power of oceanic bacteria to treat prostate cancer in a revolutionary new way.
A tiny solution to a huge health problem
If you’re a man reading this, I probably don’t need to tell you how serious prostate cancer is.
A staggering 47,300 men in the UK are diagnosed each year, and one man will die from it every hour.
Most men get diagnosed in their late 60s but even if you’re young, bear in mind that you have a 1 in 8 chance of developing it during your lifetime.
Sorry to be so grim – I just want to emphasise the scale of the problem.
The good news is, the race is on to find new treatments.
And as with many recent health breakthroughs, the world’s oceans might have the answer.
In December last year results of a new trial were published in The Lancet Oncology. It revealed that scientists have used the bacteria from the ocean floor to create a compound called WST11. It releases free radicals that can destroy cancer cells when activated by laser light.
First, scientists seek out the tumour using MRI scans.
Next, they inject the patient with the light-sensitive drug. This only becomes active when it’s in the precise location of the tumour cells.
When the lasers are turned on, the compound gets to work, attacking the tumour.
The beauty of this treatment is that the healthy tissue goes unscathed.
In the trials, around half patients with low-risk prostate cancer went into remission compared with 13.5% of those given no treatment.
Professor Mark Emberton, Dean of UCL Medical Sciences and Consultant Urologist at UCLH said: “This is truly a huge leap forward for prostate cancer treatment.”
This is far superior to the current situation where men need to undergo “radical therapy”. This requires removal of healthy tissue OR irradiation of their entire prostate. Side effects include erectile dysfunction and incontinence.
So this is an amazing piece of news – a way to avoid these side-effects and boost survival rates.
It’s one of two major recent breakthroughs, including this one, which I posted on the site last year.
New Breakthrough: using SOUND to kill cancer
Back in March 2016 I told you of a new therapy known as “high-intensity focused ultrasound” or “HIFU”. It can deliver a 93% survival rate at five years.
This form of therapy also means you can avoid the side-effects of impotence or incontinence.
There are other things you can do to protect your prostate, or help your recovery alongside others treatments.
For instance, try getting these three ingredients into your diet…
Author of The Spice Healer Ray Collins, writes: “Rates of colon, breast, prostate and lung cancer in India were 15 times LESS than in the USA during the 1950s. And Americans were four times more likely than Indians to develop Alzheimer’s.”
The culprit might be the widespread use of curcumin, the ingredient in turmeric.
You can find out more about how turmeric can help you here: The Spice Healer
These are crystalline compounds found in many plants especially pulses. Eating these regularly has been linked to a reduced risk of prostate cancer. Foods to try include:
• soy beans
You should eat more tomato-based foods. They owe their colour to an antioxidant called lycopene. Studies show that men who regularly consume this substance have a lower risk of prostate cancer.
Weirdly, this is one of those ingredients that gets better for you when you cook it as your body absorbs it more easily.
Oh, and for the best results always look for the reddest tomatoes!
Eat more raw food
This goes for all of us really….
You should get more raw food into your diet, trying a wide variety of fruit and vegetables to get a healthy balance of nutrients.
Here are some top prostate protectors:
* Beet – contains compounds that inhibit the growth of tumours
* Carrot – carotenoids in carrots have anti-cancer effects
* Celery – a substance called Apigenin in celery has been associated with reduction of cancers of the skin, prostate, breast, and digestive tract
* Potato – contains a high concentration of vitamin C to help slow a tumour’s growth
* Radish – these are packed with fibre, folate, vitamin C, antioxidants, and minerals
Many sufferers of prostate problems experience sexual dysfunction, including premature ejaculation, losing gratification and other related issues.
So for a potential solution to this, take a look at this post on our website: A Surprisingly Fruity Solution for this Embarrassing Bedroom Problem
Talking of creatures from the sea with amazing medical powers, look out for an email from me on Thursday.
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