The Australian edition of the hit British TV show Embarrassing Bodies airs on Tuesday, Oct 29. Among the medical cases to be discussed in Embarrassing Bodies Down Under are ugly white lumps coming out of the balls of a man named Simon.
Sydney general practitioner Sam Hay, one of the hosts of the programme, admits what comes out of Simon's scrotum won't be pretty. The TV show's format thrives on ailments that most people would rather hide because it is usually anatomical parts covered by undergarments.
However, what is rather unusual is that while these people are often too embarrassed to consult a doctor about these ailments, they are willing to bare all before the TV camera their inverted nipples, swollen anuses and other body parts usually hidden from public view.
In the case of Simon, the doctors found the cause of the white lumps on his scrotum were oil glands damaged while he was shaving his public hair. The recommended treatment for his ailment was to open the lumps and squeeze the contents out.
Melbourne GP Brad McKay was assigned the case of a man who had suspected anal fissure. Although the images these ailing body parts could be vomit-inducing for some viewers, producers of the Australian version of Embarrassing Bodies are hoping it would encourage viewers to seek treatment rather than silently suffer.
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Though their topics and images are gross, the creators of the show insist their aim is to make medical knowledge within the reach of ordinary folks and to heighten awareness of ailments that could be prevented by seeing a doctor at the first symptom.
The original UK show has been criticised for focusing on complaints, some of which are not real medical conditions such as facial veins, large mammary glands, discolored teeth and very bushy pubic region.
Dr Christian Jessen, one of the three hosts from UK, admitted the title of the show itself is gross.
"The title is something we regret because we're stuck with this idea of the embarrassing bodies ... We cover all diseases and all conditions and the complaints we get are 'How can you call cancer embarrassing?'" The Sydney Morning Herald quoted the Brit doctor.
He admits that occasionally, viewers could find some images funny, and he says it is OK to giggle at them such as penises and breasts, but they should learn as well to draw the fine line.
"You don't laugh at patients and you didn't laugh at diseases, but you can laugh at our body parts and things that people worry about and that's where the balance is," he said.
Proof that the show is not embarrassing for its suffering patients is that 140 were interviewed for the Australian edition, but many more applied to be featured.
Embarrassing Bodies Down Under premieres on Tuesday, Oct 29, 9:30 pm on LifeStyleYOU.