Category: Military

Family, Fatherhood, Fertility, Health, Military, Sex, Testicular, testosterone, Veterans, Well-being

Helping Wounded Veterans Live and Love

His kidney harbored a cancer and it needed to be removed. As a first year surgeon-in-training, I was consenting him for surgery at the Veterans Hospital in Philadelphia. Unlike most patients, he was unusually calm as I talked him through the procedure and its potentially life threatening complications. At one point, he gently put his […]

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Advocacy, Boys, Depression, Education, Family, Fatherhood, Health, Health, Legislative, Lifestyle, Mental Health, Military, Others, Policy, Public Policy, Sports, Suicide, Well-being

A trip to the White HouseA trip to the White House

It was a “seminal” event, and by White House invitation. The topic? The future of men’s health. Why are men medically underserved in America? What cultural factors are at play that we can change? Who should be involved? Seeds of Change An impressive array of stakeholders was present for the dialogue. Hats off to the […]

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Anxiety, Family, Family Issues, Health, Lifestyle, Mental Health, Psychology, Relationships, Stress

female ghostGhost Mothers and Ghost Lovers

Editor’s note: This post is part 3 in a 3 part series on the Mother-Son dynamic. Click here for the other posts in the series. The child who finds out, all too abruptly and too soon, that he cannot count on his mother’s strength to be there for him . . . feels he has only […]

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Anxiety, Cardio, Family, Family, Health, Well-being

FROZEN

October 26, 2010 is a date that radically changed my life forever. It was my mother’s 80th birthday and I planned a big party for her in Mexico. We had lots of wonderful food. I made arrangements for a mariachi band to sing her favorite romantic ballads or boleros and I ordered 80 red roses […]

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Anxiety, Deployment, Depression, Family, Family, Family Issues, Fatherhood, Mental Health, Military, Others, Parenting, Psychology, Relationships, Stress, Suicide, Veterans, Well-being

PTSD: Affects Vets’ Spouses Too

According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), about 25 percent of vets returning from the recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq are suffering from PTSD. That’s about 500,000 veterans. If we include family members, that number more than doubles.  Not surprisingly, returning veterans—particularly those with PTSD—have a higher divorce rate than non-veterans. And […]

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