Fertility, Testicular

testicles like wine bottleHow are Testicles Like Bottles of Wine?

Some wines cellar well and some don’t. Which ones do you keep and which do you drink? There aren’t hard and fast rules here. Just know that 99% of wines should be drunk immediately as only 1% of wines age well. One of the oldest wines every drunk was from a 1200-year old winery in Wurzburger, Germany: it was 421 years old when consumed, but quickly turned to vinegar after opening. In the works of Pope John XXIII; “Men are like wine – some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age.”

A Good Vintage

I thought of this when my patient asked me: “How long will it last?” He was referring to the sperm FNA Mapping procedure that I had done that showed that he had testicular sperm despite having no ejaculated sperm (azoospermia).

From our early published experience, the average time from sperm FNA Mapping to sperm retrieval was 4.9 months with a range of 2 weeks to 13 months. More recently, we reported an average time of 7.5 months(range 4 to 21 months) in men who were Mapped after failed microdissection TESE before they proceeded with sperm retrieval. If you were to ask me what the longest time a couple waited from sperm FNA Mapping to sperm retrieval procedure, the answer is 14 years!  So the testicle is really like a good bottle of wine.

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Aging, Stress

alzheimer's diagnosisPromising Techniques for Earlier Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

Recent technologies allow doctors to diagnose the degenerative brain disease earlier.

A dense forest of 100 billion nerve cells flourishes deep within each of our brains. Each of those nerve cells has about 15,000 dendrites that branch out to connect with dendrites from other nerve cells at more than 100 trillion points. Electrical signals race from cell to cell at a rate of 200 times a second, sparking thoughts, memories, actions and feelings. These signals create pathways that transmit 4 billion pieces of information. All of this occurs in the time it takes to blink.

But imagine that the roots of this forest begin to tangle. Gunk begins to build up between the “trees,” slowing down electrical activity, causing nerve cells to shrivel and die. It’s easy to picture how a once lively ecosystem would begin to go silent.

This is what happens in the brain of a patient with Alzheimer’s disease.

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Masculinity, Mental Health, Relationships

pinocchioMan or Marionette? Pinocchio and the Metamorphosis of Manhood

Since it was published in 1883, The Adventures of Pinocchio by Italian writer, Carlo Collodi, has become one of the most widely read and adapted fairy tales of all time.  This may be because the character of Pinocchio represents the archetype of the classic hero- one who experiences a metamorphosis and rebirth as a result of overcoming internal and external challenges.  Whether we know it or not, adults and children alike have been drawn to Pinocchio for 134 years because we subconsciously understand the marionette’s struggle to break free of his tethers and become his own person is our struggle, too.


Lies, Libido & Leverage

Through my professional mentorship services, I’ve worked with men from all walks of life.  It doesn’t matter how powerful or wealthy a client happens to be, the struggle to find peace and satisfaction within oneself and an intimate relationship is a common challenge.  In these cases, I always share the deeper lessons of Pinocchio that can teach us how men lie to themselves and hold their lives back.

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Anxiety, Cardio, Depression, Family Issues, Substance Abuse

effects of divorce on menEffects of Divorce on Men

Tough, resilient, and confident – this is the way men are portrayed in the media. Men are not pictured as being weak or needing help, especially when it comes to the family unit. But, according to a study published in the Journal of Men’s Health, men are more susceptible to health issues following a divorce than women.

Compared to non-divorced men, men who have experienced a divorce have a 250 percent higher mortality rate. Divorced men are more prone to several diseases including common colds, cancer, cardiovascular disease, heart attacks and suicide.

Stephen Vertucci, a Colorado divorce attorney with over 16 years of experience, points out that post-divorce health effects don’t discriminate on age, social status, income, or any other factor; “I have seen the toll divorce can on even the most disciplined personality,” he says.

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Editorials, Health

healthcare insurance fraudHow to Protect Your Family from Healthcare Fraud

Most savvy consumers are already on the lookout for online identity theft and are proactive about protecting their finances, but medical identity theft is an overlooked but pervasive crime that’s on the rise. The number of patients impacted by medical identity theft has increased nearly 22 percent in the last year alone.

Untangling medical identity theft is messy and difficult, especially if your children become victims. It’s not always obvious that your medical identity has been stolen until it’s too late. Here are the signs to look for and how to take an aggressive approach to protecting your family from health care fraud.

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