Anxiety, Fertility, Sex

march madness yogic vasectomyMarch Madness and the Yogic Vasectomy

It’s time of the year again! A time of tournaments and TV, massive couch potatoing and a general dumbing down of fatherly responsibilities. All in the name of sports.

But men also tend to do something very unique during tournament month. They get snipped. A recent health insurance study found that during the first round of the NCAA tournament, 30% more vasectomies were done than any other week of the year. If you just look at the first Friday of NCAA tournament month, 41% more vasectomies are done than on the average Friday.

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Stress, Work

reduce workplace stressThree Ideas to Help Create a Less-Stressful Work Environment

As a business owner, you may at times feel like a circus performer trying to juggle several plates in the air at once while on a unicycle. While you’re doing everything in your power to not fall off the unicycle — or break any plates in the process — it’s almost inevitable that at least one plate will come crashing to the ground.

If this image seems all-too-familiar, it may be time to identify ways to reduce the nerves and pressure you’re feeling at the office. Fortunately, there are a number of business-savvy ways to make work feel less daunting, which, in turn, will reduce your stress levels — and that of your employees. Here are three ideas to help create a less stressful work environment.

1. Move Your Phone Service to the Cloud

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chicken and eggDoes Man Make the Sperm or Sperm Make the Man?

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? This ancient paradox filled the minds of the great philosophers Aristotle, Plutarch, Macrobius and Anaximander who all considered it a “great and weighty” problem. Not sure what else was going on back then, but even 2000 years later, it has not been satisfactorily solved.

Which came first? An ancient paradox. (Courtesy:

A Newer Paradox

I don’t pretend to know the answer to the chicken-egg conundrum, but I am proposing another, less-ancient paradox in my Reproductive Symposium Lecture at Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine later this month: “Does the man make the sperm or the sperm make the man?”

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Growing Up, Masculinity

White Boy: A Summer Job and the Making of Manhood, Part III


Mid-July was a transition point for me in the warehouse. For the first time, I now had something interesting to do over the lunch break. In addition, I had become expert in my work, and had already cut the size of the pile of damaged bags in half. I felt that I could actually recondition all of the bags by the end of August, a prospect that had seemed unlikely at the beginning of June. I was also gaining physical strength, and hoped that I might now be invited to help with other warehouse tasks. Most importantly, I seemed to have achieved a new level of acceptance, both among the men in the warehouse and within the front office.



The white foreman Bernie, for example, had seldom spoken to me since my first day at work. One morning in late July, however, he came out of his office and saw me reconditioning chemical bags. He called me over to him and asked if I wanted to go for a ride, explaining that the warehouse crew was short that morning, and that he needed to round up a few more hands. I joined him in the cab of a flat-bed truck that belonged to the company, and we sped out of the front gate into the warehouse district.
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Family Issues, Fatherhood, Parenting

Child Custody 101

Dear Mr. Dad: After three children and 16 years of marriage, my wife and I are splitting up. We’re getting along pretty well right now and are trying to figure out how to divide custody in a fair way. What are our options?

A: Start by taking a look at last week’s column on co-parenting plans. Among the most common questions I get from divorcing people are, “Where are the kids going to live?” and “With whom, and how much time will they be able to spend with each parent?” While the answers to both questions are critical, an equitable custody schedule is only one component of your overall post-marriage life.

As far as the law is concerned, there are only two types of custody: legal and physical. Everything else is details. The parent with legal custody is the one has the right—and responsibility—to make decisions about anything that affects the children’s health, education, and welfare. The parent with physical custody is the one with whom the child lives. Unfortunately, too many people (especially fathers) don’t understand the difference between legal and physical custody and, as a result, they end up with an unfair settlement. Within those two broad categories, there are a variety of different alternatives. Here are the most common:

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