The Skin You’re In

Your skin is the largest organ in and on your body. Your skin. Yes, your skin. Some of you knew that, most of you didn’t. Every day it is exposed to the sun or air. It is exposed to and absorbs toxins from water, body products, pollution, artificial materials and other chemicals. It porous. It…

Championing Men on Father’s Day

The holiday that might never have been is coming this Sunday. Believe it or not, Father’s Day is a new holiday in the United States. Father’s Day originated in the middle ages promoted by the Franciscans. The Spanish and Portuguese brought the idea of father’s Day, though then called Saint Joseph’s day, to the New…

Meaningfulness & Permanency

Men seek meaningfulness. Does my life count? Do I matter? It can be religious or secular. Has my life had any meaning? It can be celestial or specific, a look forward or a look back. Think of the old man in the cemetery at the end of the film Saving Private Ryan; turning to his…

That Kiss!

To report this seems, at first, disappointing, almost cruel. Kissing didn’t start out as “upper persuasion for lower invasion” but as a way to share germs and build immunity. Yes, swapping spit has a biological function. It likely originated with moms, and maybe dads, feeding infants pre-chewed food (don’t gag—visualize birds feeding their brood in the…

The Older Man

Life has made us who we are. The loves, the rigors, the tragedies… By the time a man reaches 60 or 70, or 80, he’s been beaten and bruised—physically and mentally. Most of us would not trade our scars. They’re symbols of our tempering, of how we’ve been heated and hammered on the anvil of…

PSA

(Information on understanding your prostate, an excerpt from The Life of Men by Jeffrey Rabuffo, MD, chapter titled The Doctor Is In) PSAs As noted above, PSA, or prostate specific antigens, are produced in the outer or peripheral zone of the prostate gland. In guys, this antigen circulates throughout our bloodstream. The acronym PSA is…

Back to Basics (The Prostate)

(The following is an excerpt from my book, The Life of Men, from the section called The Doctor Is In.) Weighing in at all of one ounce (about 30 grams), it might seem that the prostate gland garners big attention for its size. Even its size grabs headlines. Located south of the bladder, north of…

Prostate Pain

As part of my mission to raise awareness among men, their families, and the general public about prostate health and cancer, which I do through my non-profit organization, the New England Men’s Health Initiative (NEMHI), I thought I’d share this section on prostate pain from my book, The Life of Men. The following excerpt is…

Health Care. Health Insurance. Medicare for All?

There’s nothing more indefinite these days then the interaction of Congress and what they call healthcare. In reality they’re trying to talk about health insurance, but they use the term healthcare to disguise the issues. There’s nothing really wrong with healthcare in America. It is by far the most effective healthcare that can be had…