Joe Torre-Led Campaign Informs Men about Prostate Cancer Treatment Options

In partnership with prostate cancer survivor and baseball Hall-of-Famer Joe Torre and Genomic Health, Men’s Health Network ( is pleased to participate in the Your Prostate Your Decision patient education campaign.

This nationwide effort aims to educate prostate cancer patients and their loved ones that every man is different and every cancer is unique, and that a genomic test can clarify the aggressiveness of one’s prostate cancer prior to invasive treatment. Your Prostate Your Decision is the first-of-its-kind collaboration to address the disturbing results of a recent, large national survey that found low general awareness

Consider these findings:
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Family, Fatherhood, Health

Welcome Home!

I was just about to leave the office for the day and take my leisurely bicycle ride home when my nurse Anna jumped in front of me, half smiling, and said “You really should call Mr. S before you go.”

“Can it wait till tomorrow?”
“Not really.”
“Well, OK.”

Come to find out Mr. S was tied up in what I call a “moment of truth,” trying to decide whether he should proceed with avasectomy or not. Not life threatening, but understandably important. After we spoke, he felt much better and his path was clearer. Continue Reading

Advocacy, Health, STDs

Playing Politics with HPV–Again

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the vast majority of a number of cancers are attributed to HPV. For girls, these include cancer of the cervix or anus (over 90%), vagina and throat (over 75%). Boys are also just as susceptible to anal and throat cancers, plus HPV causes nearly two thirds of cancers of the penis. HPV is also linked with nearly 100% of genital warts—an equal opportunity STD.

The HPV vaccine (Gardasil) has been proven to be extremely effective in preventing all of these conditions in boys as well as girls. The FDA just approved a new version of Gardasil. The old one protected against four strains of HPV. The new one, Gardasil 9, may prevent nearly 100% of genital warts, 90% of cervical, vaginal, and anal cancers, and a majority of other HPV-linked cancers.

But the FDA’s most recent clinical trials excluded boys completely, and, while pediatricians are routinely recommending the HPV vaccine to their young female patients (as young as 9), far too many aren’t making the same offer to their young male patients.

MHN advisor Armin Brott recently addressed these issues in one of his Ask Mr. Dad columns. Read it here.

Family, Health, Lifestyle, Nutrition, Well-being

8 Tips To Have A Healthy Hanukkah

1. Replace dairy with dairy-free or plant-based products
a. Soy, almond, hazelnut, coconut milk: Rich in calcium and proteins
b. Rich in calcium, proteins, vitamins and minerals
c. Can help protect against heart disease
d. Less fat and calories
2. Bake instead of fry
a. i.e. Latkes, sufganiyots (doughnuts)
b. Use less oil and/or use natural cooking oils
c. If not bake, at least pan-fry and use natural cooking oil sprays

3. Use healthy oils
a. Choose oils high in omega-3 fatty acids
b. Olive oil, canola oil, vegetable oil, coconut oil
c. Extra virgin olive oil: loaded with antioxidants and healthy fats
4. Choose lean meats
a. Choose the part of the meat with the least amount of fat
b. i.e. Brisket – flat, “first-cut” section
c. Better source of protein
d. Fewer calories
5. Latkes – sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes
a. Heart-healthy
b. Helps control blood sugar & maintain energy
c. Rich antioxidants & fiber (improves digestion)
d. Add some veggies (i.e. yellow squash, carrots, zucchini)
e. Try tzatziki (Greek yogurt-based sauce) instead of sour cream
6. Whole wheat or whole grain instead of white
a. i.e Challah, noodle kugel
i. For kugel, brown rice & quinoa are also good. Add some veggies.
b. Rich in fiber – improves digestion
c. Helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure – reduces risk for heart disease
d. Helps control weight by making you feel fuller longer
7. Unsweetened applesauce
a. Sweetened applesauce has twice the carbs
b. Added sugar provides no nutritional value
c. Add natural sweeteners or spices to unsweetened applesauce for flavor
i. i.e. honey, cinnamon
8. Desserts and pastries
a. Use dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate
b. Higher in flavanols and antioxidants
c. Small amount may lower blood pressure and improve vascular function
d. Not too much – chocolate is still high in calories
e. Rugelach
f. Use no or low-fat cream cheese
g. Whole wheat pastry flour

Nutrition, Other Cancers, Prostate

Broccoli May Help Fight Cancer

The human immune system is an amazing thing. At its most basic level, the immune system tries to remove things from your body that don’t belong there. That’s how it’s able to fight off infections and diseases. But some cancers have the ability to disguise themselves to keep the immune system from recognizing them. As a result, cancer cells continue to spread. Other cancers—including especially aggressive types of leukemia, melanoma, and prostate cancer—take a different approach, overloading the immune system and leaving it unable to do its job. But researchers at the University of Copenhagen have discovered that selenium, which is found in foods such as broccoli and garlic, may help fight those aggressive cancers.
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Health, Health

Measure Twice, Cut Once

The case of the year is an actual patient of The Turek Clinic (identity protected).

They hailed from Cairo, Egypt. Maybe it was a karma-thing but, as a couple, they were as gracious and timeless as the nearby Giza pyramids. They were also desperate to have children and exhausted by what they had gone through for his diagnosis of azoospermia.

The Beginning of Life

“You’re our last hope,” he exclaimed over the phone from Cairo almost two years ago. “I would like to take a Second Opinion Clinic for my diagnosis of sterility.” Indeed. Be happy to take a look at things and see if I might be able to help.

He sent his medical records. He had been through a lot. He had twisted one of his testicles as a young teen and almost lost it. He had it surgically untwisted and fixed in place so it wouldn’t happen again. The first fertility hit. A bit later he marries and is unable to conceive. His evaluation revealed no ejaculated sperm, hit two, and a high FSH level and low testosterone levels, for a combined 3rd hit. Classic nonobstructive azoospermia.

The fourth hit could have been a score but it wasn’t. He underwent sperm retrieval in London that involved sampling of the epididymis for sperm (none present) and an unsuccessful, 3-hour, microdissection testicular sperm extraction on both sides. Again no sperm. That’s when he called me.  Continue Reading


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