Family, Fatherhood, Fertility, Masculinity

A Tale of Three Testicles

Its funny what people think about every day. Some decide exactly where to paint the lines in our streets. Others, called Gumbusters, remove gum stuck to park benches. Jelly Doughnut Fillers do precisely that, and Golf Ball Divers find stray golf balls that land underwater. And what would casinos do without certified Dice Inspectors? Better yet, how would you like to be a “Sexecutive” who tests sex toys?

A Two-Testicle Life

Scoring 3 times in a game. Now that’s a hat trick!

Scoring 3 times in a game. Now that’s a hat trick!

For me, I like to create and build things. Specifically, testicles. Right now I am on my second one. The first one hit the U.S. market after FDA approval in 2002 and it’s been a real showstopper, I must say. If you were missing a testicle due to injury or cancer, or simply wanted one to change your look, you had no options for a decade or so before this champ came out. Designed and shaped to feel like the real thing, it’s a simple, nonfunctioning silicone and saltwater implant that takes the place of the missing item. But, gees it does the job well; very few besides the owners are able to tell that it’s fake. As a result, men stop worrying about how they look down there and turn their minds onward and upward. Mission accomplished. Continue Reading

Anxiety, Cardio, Depression, Fatherhood, Others, Sex, Well-being

9.5 Reasons You Should Sleep Nude

sleep in the nudeAccording to a recent study, only eight percent of adults sleep naked. If you’re not among the 8%, here are 9 ½ reasons why you should donate your PJs and anything else you wear to bed at night to the nearest thrift store. These include:



  • You’ll sleep better.
  • You’ll burn more calories
  • It’s cheaper
  • It reduces stress
  • It’s good for your sperm
  • And more…

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Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms Linked to Poor Sleep

tamh - samadi - urinary tract - bed - unsplash - quin stevenson2Researchers at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston suggest that sleep quality may affect the severity of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) in some men.

The researchers investigated the prevalence of LUTS among men working non-standard hours to figure out whether the quality of sleep has an impact on the symptoms. Working non-standard hours was defined as ‘starting work before 7 am or after 2 pm, rotating, or regularly including hours outside of the standard 7 am to 6 pm work day.’

The study included 239 men who worked non-standard shift work. The researchers analyzed responses of the men about their work hours, sleep quality and symptoms. The results showed that the men who reported having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep had more severe LUTS compared to men who did not have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. Additionally, men who reported feeling a reduction in their sense of well-being or a reduction in their physical and/or mental function, as a result of their work, also experienced more severe LUTS.

According to the study’s author, Dr. Adler, “These findings indicate that sleep quality may play a significant role in the development or worsening of urinary symptoms.” He also said, “Physicians with patients with LUTS may want to consider including a discussion about sleep factors when assessing and treating these patients.” Dr. Adler is an associate professor of Urology and medical director of the Prostate Care Program at Stony Brook Medicine in Stony Brook, New York.

Lower urinary tract symptoms are a common problem among men. It usually affects older men. They can have a significant impact on their quality of life. LUTS can include symptoms such as frequency or urgency of urination, painful urination, or difficulty urinating. Men with LUTS may have a more serious underlying condition, likely within the urogenital tract, that is causing the symptoms. If men are experiencing multiple lower urinary tract symptoms, they may have several conditions such as benign prostatic hyperplasia with obstruction, nocturnal polynocturia, detrusor muscle weakness or instability, urinary tract infection, chronic prostatitis, urinary stone, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, or a neurological disease such as multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injury.

The International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) can be used to determine the severity of the symptoms, along with an examination. Other tests may include the PSA (Prostate-specific antigen) test, urinalysis, ultrasound, urinary flow studies, imaging, temporary prostatic stent placement, prostate biopsy and/or cystoscopy.

One method to diagnose LUTS is by placing a temporary prostatic stent which can help identify whether LUTS symptoms are directly related to obstruction of the prostate or to other factors to need to be looked in to.

Treatment for lower urinary tract symptoms depends on what is causing the condition. The first option for treatment is usually with medications, such as alpha-1 blockade and antiandrogens. If medications fail to improve the condition, surgery is usually the next option. Surgery techniques include:

  • Trans-urethral resection of the prostate (TURP)
  • Transurethral microwave thermotherapy
  • Thermal ablation
  • High intensity focused ultrasonography (HIFU)
  • Transurethral needle ablation
  • Prostatectomy (for prostate cancer)
  • Intraurethral prostatic stenting and balloon dilatation of the prostate

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Fitness, Nutrition, Well-being

The No-Food Diet: Could Be the Best One Ever

The perfect diet is kind of like a unicorn–a nice-sounding, mythical creature that lots of people claim to have seen but doesn’t actually exist. However, it turns out that there may actually be a perfect diet (could unicorns be far behind?), but there’s a catch: this diet doesn’t include any food at all–at least for long stretches of time.

It’s called intermittent fasting and although the science behind it is still a little, well, thin (most of the existing research has been done on animals), the benefits to humans discovered thus far have been nothing short of amazing. Let me give you a few examples. Intermittent fasting (we’ll talk about what, exactly, that means below) may…..

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Family Issues, Mental Health, Others

On Turning 50

A milestone is a mark for life’s pathways that is to be a road sign that reminds us of a destination, detour, or danger. My 50th birthday arrived with several signs that provided me with a reminder of the miles that I have traveled; the detours that brought me back to the right direction; and the hazards of forgetting the destination. I can’t rely on a GPS that tells me which roads are congested; warns me of speed cameras; or reminds me that I need to go through a re-routing.

Instead, I rely on the trust of good friends and the wisdom of family members who have been on their own journeys to some place special.

turning 50I have been blessed in many ways. I had a map drawn out early in my life. I knew I wanted to be a teacher since my grade school years when I used to play with my siblings and niece and nephew a game of schoolhouse. I always played the role of the teacher and I always provided homework.
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