Infertility: Is it also a man’s responsibility to have himself checked?

Infertility:  Is it also a man’s  responsibility to have himself checked?

By Jean-Marc Sobczyk, MD ND

Should we consider testing Men for MTHFR mutations ? 

Why is it important and what is the function of the MTHFR enzyme? 
MTHFR (Methylene Tetra Hydro Folate Reductase) converts (contained in high amount in Dark Leafy Greens) into its active form, known as methylfolate. Methylfolate is then used to create news cells or repair the damaged ones, provides the material to make DNA , helps our body getting rid of toxins. 

When trying to conceive, it is crucial ...

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The Gift of Being a Present Dad

The Gift of Being a Present Dad

“When a baby is born, so is a father.”

By Edison de Mello, MD, PHD

Being a dad is so much more than passing on genes to our offspring. It’s about compassion, patience, and careful listening. It is about being present.  And so, for this Father’s Day, I want to honor the people who taught me those invaluable skills: my kids. 

As we continue to evolve past the stereotype of the traditional meaning of fatherhood – breadwinner, strong, hardworking, man-of-the-house – we have come to understand ...

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Healthy Aging Men: Would You Like a Spot of T?

Healthy Aging Men: Would You Like a Spot of T?

By Bren Boston, MD

Aging in men does not carry the same taboo as it does for women.  There is not the same pressure to dye your gray hair and botox your wrinkles if you are a guy. But men have the same desire for longevityand prolonging the feeling of vitalityas women.  

Healthy aging requires a whole lifestyle approach:

  • Anti-inflammatory foods that promote cellular health 
  • Exercise to increase lean muscle mass
  • Stretching to maintain elasticity 
  • Stress reduction
  • Detoxification with healthy liver & kidneys
  • Avoiding environmental toxins
  • Mood boosting with meditation, mindfulness, and altruism

As ...

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Masculinity: Developing Warrior-like Emotional Intelligence

Masculinity:  Developing Warrior-like Emotional Intelligence

 

By Kevin Kunkel, MA, CMT, CYT, LMFT

A part of me can cringe at the phrase “get in touch with your feelings.”   The words can be associated with an image of someone who is too soft, docile, or a pushover.  A part believes the traditional image of the Marlboro Man will always be the real masculine:  sturdy, tough, nonreactive, and non-emotional.  Childhood images, or the ways of our own fathers, can be hard to die.  This can make the hype ...

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June is Men’s Health Month: Spotlight on Heart Disease

June is Men’s Health Month: Spotlight on Heart Disease

 

By Bren Boston, MD

Per the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the US, causing 1 in every 4 male deaths. The American Heart Association states that 1 in 9 men, compared to 1 in 30 women, will experience sudden cardiac death. Half of the men who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms.

Half of Americans have at least 1 of the top 3 risk factors for cardiovascular disease: high blood pressure, ...

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Men: Are You Controlling Your Stress, or Is It Controlling You?

Men: Are You Controlling Your Stress, or Is It Controlling You?

By David Laramie, Ph.D.

You know that stress is supposed to be bad, but do you know what to do about it? To make this even more complicated, did you know that all stress is not bad and that it can even be helpful? A number of recent news stories have seemingly turned the conventional narrative on its head and suggested that we should befriend stress, rather than get rid of it. (MacMillan, 2014) How do we ...

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Fatherhood

Fatherhood

 

By Edison de Mello, MD, PhD, DAD (3)

As we evolve past the stereotype of the traditional meaning of fatherhood – breadwinner, strong, hard working, man-of-the-house – we have come to understand that being a great father is so much more than that. It is having the ability to realize how as fathers, father figures, and male role models, we can help shape a child’s life. Taking an active role in a child’s physical, emotional, and spiritual development allows the child to feel secure, thus strengthening confidence ...

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Rewriting The Definition of Strength For Men

Rewriting The Definition of Strength For Men

 

By Kevin Kunkel

Awareness is key to making a change, especially with our health.  For optimal  health, we must be able to listen and learn from our body’s signals  in order to adapt and make the needed changes before these signals become debilitating symptoms or wreak havoc in our relationships.  Unfortunately many men are encouraged to learn skills of denial and toughening up rather then awareness and acceptance of how they feel and what they sense on the inside.

Men have an interesting ...

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Why Men Have Trouble Showing Love

Why Men Have Trouble Showing Love

 

By Dr. David Laramie

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and with it comes countless customs for displaying love. Lets take up the popular trope that men do not show love as much as women. In the conventional discourse active listening and intimate, expressive, emotional, talk are the standard for what love is supposed to look like. Contemporary pop psychology and many psychotherapies often hold them up as the ideal method of communicating affect. In turn, men are often deemed ...

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The Thanksgiving Conundrum For Men

The Thanksgiving Conundrum For Men

 

By Dr. David Laramie

With Thanksgiving upon us, there is lots of talk these days about gratitude and giving thanks.  In fact, gratitude has become a year-round, prominent feature in the public discourse.  It is increasingly normal for patients to come into my practice who already include gratitude practices as part of their daily routines, not just a once a year practice done before turkey and mashed potatoes.

However, not many people discuss the big differences between men and women when ...

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