Education, Growing Up, Masculinity, Sex, testosterone

Late Life Sex

He was an elegant man in his late-80s and he came to see me for help. Widowed for 20 years, he recently met a younger woman; she was in her 70’s. He hadn’t had a sex life for many years and also noted “erection issues” for during that time.

Still Dreaming

“I would really like to have sex with my new lady friend, but I don’t think the system works anymore,” he stated.

“Sir, let me get this straight. You have lived a full and productive life, one that included fighting in wars, raising children, and living through several great depressions and 14 US Presidents. You have also loved and lost love and now you seek to love again. Getting your erection back really matters to you right now, doesn’t it?”

“Yes, very much, Doc.”

“Sir, you inspire me. Let’s get you that erection!”

The ultimate weathered celebrity and mid-octogenarian, Clint Eastwood. (Courtesy: neofundi.com)

The ultimate weathered celebrity and mid-octogenarian, Clint Eastwood. (Courtesy: neofundi.com)

Cocktail of Love

We devised a simple cocktail of medications to get his erections back and he called me back several weeks later, very excited:

“Doc, thank you so very much. Last weekend, I had the best sex of my life. I didn’t know it was still possible! I felt like I was 18 years old. And I’m going to see her again next weekend!”

Late Life Sex

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Education, Health, Masculinity, Prostate, testosterone

Treatment Options For Prostate Cancer

Active Surveillance/Watchful Waiting

These are not types of treatment, but ways to monitor prostate cancer when it is very low-risk or slow growing. During active surveillance or watchful waiting, your doctor will keep track of the prostate cancer using various tests including a PSA blood test, digital rectal exam, and ultrasound. If the prostate cancer becomes more aggressive, your doctor may recommend other treatment options.

Biologic Therapy/Immunotherapy

Biologic Therapy/Immunotherapy includes therapeutic cancer vaccines, checkpoint immune modulators, and adoptive T cell therapies. These work by improving the body’s natural immune system in order to destroy the cancer cells within the prostate gland as well as those that have spread.

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Brachytherapy (Internal Radiation Therapy)

Brachytherapy is a type of radiation treatment that uses radioactive pellets or seeds that are inserted directly into the prostate gland to kill the cancer cells. Short-term hormonal therapy may also be used in combination with brachytherapy to help reduce the size of the tumor.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy involves taking certain drugs that work to kill the cancer cells. Chemo usually lasts for a couple of weeks and may involve having more than one round. This type of treatment is usually used when the cancer has spread beyond the prostate and to other areas of the body. Continue Reading

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Excessive Sweating

According to healthline.com, Sweating is a bodily function that helps regulate your body temperature by releasing salt-based fluid from your sweat glands. But sometimes, your body produces too much sweat which causes a condition known as hyperhidrosis. This condition can affect the sweat glands in your palms, feet, underarms, face, hairline or any combination of these areas. But hyperhidrosis mostly effects the sweat glands of the underarms.

tamh - excessive sweatingIt’s estimated that excess sweating affects approximately 7.8 million in the world and more than 4 million in the United States. According to the National Institute of Health, a normal amount of sweat is one quart of liquid per day. People suffering from hyperhidrosis can sweat up to two to eight times more!

If you feel like you are suffering from hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating, there are several different treatment options available to you ranging from over the counter drugs, prescription treatments, natural remedies and cosmetic procedures. But with each type of treatment come certain pros and cons.

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Boys, Family, Family Issues, Health, Parenting, Well-being

Wrestling With the Witch

The other night I had a dream: I was running down a dark street. I had a lot of money in my wallet, and knew it was dangerous to be in that part of the city. Some young gang members started running beside me. I was afraid they would hurt me. I ran faster but found them to be completely uninterested in me or my money. Suddenly I found myself on the front porch of a house. A hideously ugly, unkempt woman Breaking The Mother-Son Dynamicappeared, speaking horrible words and snatching at my money. I managed to escape. But I knew I hadn’t “wrestled” with her and won. I had merely run away. Something told me I would have to face her again in the future.

In dreams and fairy tales, as in life, Man wants Woman—beautiful, sensuous, desirable Woman. He runs away from the “ugly sister” or the “hideous damsel” or the “witch” who appear in fairy tales and dreams often as princesses. Yet many old tales feature scenes in which a young man must embrace the less than attractive, usually aging woman as part of his rite of passage into manhood. He must not be afraid of her grotesqueness or the possible power she may possess. Disney’s version of Beauty and the Beast opens with just such a scene; because the prince shuns the hag, she turns him into a grotesque monster.

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Family, Fatherhood, Growing Up, Health, Lifestyle, Masculinity, Parenting, Well-being

Are New Fathers Fatter?

“It’s not about me anymore, is it Doc?” I hear this all the time from men I helped to become new Dads. New responsibility, new priorities, new love. Maybe that’s why having children has been called one of few “vertical moves” in life.

While fatherhood changes many a life, it’s also no bed of roses. Sleepless nights, startling, middle-of-the-night cries, unpredictable poops and random behavior. Any doubt who’s really the boss? And now, to top things off, a new study suggests that new fathers are fatter than their childless buddies.

Jack LaLanne: the “godfather of fitness.” (Courtesy: wikipedia)

Jack LaLanne: the “godfather of fitness.” (Courtesy: wikipedia)

Yup, new Dad’s gain an average of 4 lbs. after the little one arrives whereas non-fathers of the same age tend to lose weight (1.5 lbs.). Not a very pleasant finding from a large and highly believable study of 10,253 U.S. men followed for an average of 20 years. Sad but true, longitudinal studies like this one are particularly powerful when it comes to revealing life’s little truths.

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