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…

The American Healthcare Conversation Continues

The country is once again involved in a tortured discussion about what many people call healthcare and how to provide it to the American people. But the discussion is not really about healthcare itself (the United States probably has the best in the world). The discussion is really about health insurance. Health insurance is a…

Testosterone Therapy & Older Men

A few days ago CBS News reported on new findings about testosterone use. The focus seems to be the use of testosterone and its relationship to the “fountain of youth.” Reports stated there was no benefit in cognitive capacity and very little benefit in libido. The physician reporting did say, once again, that there are…

Valentine’s Day Performance

Valentine’s Day will arrive in a few days. If there is one event that is dedicated to love, romance, and sex, Valentine’s Day is the designated national holiday. Men will spend close to $200 to purchase flowers, jewelry, candy, and lingerie for the woman they love, or think they love. In order to maintain peak…