Conversations with Warren Farrell

warren farrellWarren Farrell, author, activist, thinker.
Topic:
The career and passions of a pioneer in men’s issues, women’s issues, and men’s health.
Issues: How the women’s movement backtracked on its goal of gender equality; the differences between fathers and mothers–and the advantages to children of having both; the need for a commission on men and boys, the need for a federally funded (and supported) Office of Men’s Health. Click to sign the petition to create the Office of Men’s Health.

Children with Sensory Integration Issues + Warren Farrell


Sally Freyer Dietz, author of When Kids Fly!
Topic:
Solutions for Children with Sensory Integration Challenges.
Issues: How to know whenyou should worry whether there’s something wrong with your child; making sense of your child’s senses–and what they have to do with his or her development; how to be your child’s advocate; treatments to improve your child’s sensory motor development and function; the journey ahead.

warren farrellWarren Farrell, author, activist, thinker.
Topic:
The career and passions of a pioneer in men’s issues, women’s issues, and men’s health.
Issues: How the women’s movement backtracked on its goal of gender equality; the differences between fathers and mothers–and the advantages to children of having both; the need for a commission on men and boys, the need for a federally funded (and supported) Office of Men’s Health. Click to sign the petition to create the Office of Men’s Health.

Beyond DadBod: Why Men’s Health is a Women’s Issue

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Dear Mr. Dad: My husband doesn’t exercise, he eats tons of fried foods and sugary drinks, and hasn’t been to see a doctor in years. Worse than that, our two sons, ages 8 and 10 are following in their dad’s footsteps. I’m really worried. Why won’t my husband take better care of himself?

A: I really wish I had an answer to that question, but the closest I can come is, “It’s complicated.” Part of the problem is the messages we send to boys and men: “Big boys don’t cry,” “Take it like a man,” “Man up and stop complaining,” “Real men play through it,” and my favorite, “Pain is just weakness leaving your body.”

Once those messages get into our head, they’re nearly impossible to get out. So it’s no wonder that like your husband, we don’t get regular checkups, don’t do much preventive care, we ignore our symptoms, and generally stay as far away from healthcare providers as we can unless the pain is unbearable—and even then, we often hold off, hoping it’ll go away. On average, we’re half as likely as women to have seen a healthcare provider in the previous year—and that’s after taking out women’s prenatal visits.

Instead of “Why won’t he take care of himself,” the real question you should be asking is, “What can I do to help?” I know that doesn’t seem very fair. You’ve got enough to worry about already and you’re probably tempted to tell him to “Man up” (and you’d be right). But the bottom line is that his health affects you in a pretty significant way.

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Men’s Health Month is Here–How Will You Celebrate?

men's health monthEach year Men’s Health Month is celebrated on the national, state, and local levels. Governors and mayors issue proclamations for Men’s Health Week in their jurisdictions, the week leading up to and including Fathers Day (June 15 – June 21, 2015). Private businesses, government agencies, churches, fraternities, and other organizations host health screenings, educational, and other awareness events. And, most importantly, individual men and women make a commitment toward a healthier lifestyle.

You can start your Men’s Health Month celebration by joining Men’s Health Network @Menshlthnetwork for two Twitter chats during the month.

The first one is TODAY! Just log in to Twitter and follow the hashtag, #MensHealthMonth.

6/2/15 — Chat on men and heart health. Use #MensHealthMonth to join the conversation. From 1PM to 2PM ET.
6/23/15– Chat on men and mental health. #ShowUsYourBlue to join the conversation. From 1PM to 2PM ET.

 

Wear Blue in June
#ShowUsYourBlue
We wear blue to support men’s health and encourage men to make health a priority. Join millions of men and women across the country by wearing blue this June. Send in pictures all month, especially on June 19th for the #ShowUsYourBlue storm.

Take selfies, or pose with co-workers, friends, family, and pets! 

Post photos on social media using #ShowUsYourBlue.

Join the Prostate Cancer Twitter Chat Monday

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In recognition of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month (September 2014), Patients and Research, Men’s Health Network and Ward Health will host a prostate cancer Twitter chat:

When: Monday, September 22nd
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am EDT
Where: Twitter using #ProstateQA or via Patients and Research
Topics: Prostate cancer screening, risk factors, symptoms, and research

You can submit questions in advance by sending a Twitter message to @PatientMatters or through this form.

Joining the discussion will be David Taylor, Professor Emeritus UCL London and Men’s Health Network.

During the hour-long conversation you will learn about:

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Aspirin May Reduce Pancreatic Cancer Risk

If you’ve had a heart attack or a stroke or your medical professional thinks you may be at risk of having one, he or she may have prescribed daily aspirin therapy. Even at very low doses, aspirin thins your blood, which makes clots less likely to happen. That can be either bad news or good. On the bad side, if you cut yourself, scabs (a type of blood clot) would take longer to form and you might bleed longer. On the good side, blood clots that block arteries can lead directly to a heart attack and/or a stroke.

Now there may be another reason to regularly take aspirin: it may reduce your risk of developing pancreatic cancer by 50%–and the longer you take the aspirin, the lower your risk, according to a new study done at Yale University, published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.
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