Monthly Archives: February 2007

From the New England Journal of Medicine, OT, Humor

Great news for girl watchers: Ogling over women’s breasts is good for a man’s
health and can add years to his life, medical experts have discovered.

According to the New England Journal of Medicine, “Just 10 minutes of staring
at the charms of a well-endowed female is roughly equivalent to a
30-minute aerobics workout” declared gerontologist Dr. Karen Weatherby.

Dr. Weatherby and fellow researchers at three hospitals in Frankfurt, Germany,
reached the startling conclusion after comparing the health of 200 male
outpatients-half of whom were instructed to look at busty females daily, the
other half told to refrain from doing so.

The study revealed that after five years, the chest-watchers had lower blood
pressure, slower resting pulse rates and fewer instances of coronary artery
disease. “Sexual excitement gets the heart pumping and improves blood
circulation,” explains Dr. Weatherby. “There’s no question: Gazing at
breasts makes men healthier.” “Our study indicates that engaging in this
activity a few minutes daily cuts the risk of stroke and heart attack in half.
We believe that by doing so consistently, the average man can extend his life
four to five years.”

…So Ladies, help the “men,” bare your breasts today…

Lifting for fat loss – high reps/low weight? low reps/high weight?

Eat everything. Concentrate on whole grains. Drink milk. Balance
protein with carbohydrates. Avoid processed sugars. Do some exercise.
The idea that a diet book making such proposals comes as a pleasant
surprise shows just how far afield we’ve gone in the search for new
ways to be fit. The only thing new about this diet by the
editor-in-chief of Men’s Health is its name, and this, one can presume,
is because nowadays, a book simply called “Sensible Eating” wouldn’t
sell. The book’s title is indeed misleading; only the final chapter
deals solely with abs. The rest is full of rational recommendations for
a realistic diet plan: eat more and smaller meals; have oatmeal in the
morning for a nourishing breakfast; don’t starve yourself; drink plenty
of water; and stay away from sodas and foods that contain high-fructose
corn syrup. Whether readers will, in the end, walk away with abs of
steel is not really the point. They’ll control their weight in a
healthy way, without counting calories, cutting out whole food groups
or supporting the beef futures market. Best of all, this book tells
readers why it works: increase your body’s metabolism, gain some muscle
and fat burns away. The authors make this seem like a fresh and very
attainable ideal.

I was first introduced to the book courtesy of Amazing Abs,
a just-less-than-magazine-size book from Men’s Health and the good
people at Rodale Inc.

Amazing Abs has much the same info as The Abs Diet but with a lot more
pictures. The cover screams “LOSE YOUR GUT! Exclusive! Abs Diet
Excerpt” and has a pic of a guy displaying a cover model six-pack.

I liked the humor and no-nonsense approach used in that book. Diet and
exercise plans, visually appealing with tons of pics of male and female
models demonstrating correct exercise performance. Amazing Abs is a
collection of bits and pieces of other Rodale books edited together in
a truly artful way, imo. Informative, attractive, accessible.

Enjoying that book piqued my interest in The Abs Diet. Fwiw, it’s a New
York Times bestseller. It’s written in an engaging manner,
straightforward, intelligent, and, yes, again, with humor. Early in the
book, the message “Changing the Way You Think About the Word Diet” is
offered as a headline. The book does just that. The writers say it
better than I ever could:

“For years – or maybe for all your life – you’ve probably had one
notion about what dieting needs to be. Restrict your foods, eat like a
supermodel, sweat on the treadmill, and you’ll lose fat. In reality,
those could be the very reasons why you couldn’t lose weight. It’s why
you gained back what you lost. It’s the reason why your steamboat
metabolism may have geared down to that of an anchored barge. It’s why
you don’t see much progress when you try new weight-loss programs. And
it’s why the only real recipe many diet plans offer is a recipe for
pecan-encrusted failure.”

That’s some visual imagery. I like it. A lot. Yeah, it could probably
be boiled down to five or ten pages of text, but for ten bucks, this
book and its philosophy, imo, can’t be beat.

And, yes, David Zinczenko (with Ted Spiker) has a good bit of P.T.
Barnum or carnival barker in him, but, imo, this book is not for
suckers*. Zinczenko’s enthusiasm leaps from the page. Good information,
visually appealing, right price, and a motivational writing style all
equal a book I’m glad I purchased. Ymmv. ;o)


I also picked up The Abs Diet Eat Right Every Time Guide which includes
789 of what the authors call the best on-the-go food choices. It’s
offered as a complete supermarket survival guide and contains 60
six-minute meals for a six-pack.

Mediocre health care: Fact or truth?

Here’s another study that any patient could tell you the truth of. Health
care in the US is mediocre at best. What a new flash. It’s hard to know if
it’s comforting or not to know ethnicity, income and any of the other
categories they love to use to slice us in to are equally treated like crap.
Now lets see a survey as to the level of health care received by members of
congress compared to the public as a whole. That’s another $2,000,000 study
we all already know the answer to.
Thanks for paying the price of my editorial to get to the article–og

Study: Most Get Mediocre Health Care
By JEFF DONN, Associated Press WriterThu Mar 16, 9:48 AM ET

Startling research from the biggest study ever of U.S. health care quality
suggests that Americans – rich, poor, black, white – get roughly equal
treatment, but it’s woefully mediocre for all.

“This study shows that health care has equal-opportunity defects,” said Dr.
Donald Berwick, who runs the nonprofit Institute for Healthcare Improvement
in Cambridge, Mass.

The survey of nearly 7,000 patients, reported Thursday in the New England
Journal of Medicine, considered only urban-area dwellers who sought
treatment, but it still challenged some stereotypes: These blacks and
Hispanics actually got slightly better medical treatment than whites.

While the researchers acknowledged separate evidence that minorities fare
worse in some areas of expensive care and suffer more from some conditions
than whites, their study found that once in treatment, minorities’ overall
care appears similar to that of whites.

“It doesn’t matter who you are. It doesn’t matter whether you’re rich or
poor, white or black, insured or uninsured,” said chief author Dr. Steven
Asch, at the Rand Health research institute, in Santa Monica, Calif. “We all
get equally mediocre care.”

The researchers, who included U.S. Veterans Affairs personnel, first
published their findings for the general population in June 2003. They
reported the breakdown by racial, income, and other social groups on

They examined medical records and phone interviews from 6,712 randomly
picked patients who visited a medical office within a two-year period in 12
metropolitan areas from Boston to Miami to Seattle. The group was not
nationally representative but does convey a broad picture of the country’s
health care practices.

The survey examined whether people got the highest standard of treatment for
439 measures ranging across common chronic and acute conditions and disease
prevention. It looked at whether they got the right tests, drugs and

Overall, patients received only 55 percent of recommended steps for
top-quality care – and no group did much better or worse than that.

Blacks and Hispanics as a group each got 58 percent of the best care,
compared to 54 percent for whites. Those with annual household income over
$50,000 got 57 percent, 4 points more than people from households of less
than $15,000. Patients without insurance got 54 percent of recommended
steps, just one point less than those with managed care.

As to gender, women came out slightly ahead with 57 percent, compared to 52
percent for men. Young adults did slightly better than the elderly.

There were narrow snapshots of inequality: An insured white woman, for
example, got 57 percent of the best standard of care, while an uninsured
black man got just 51 percent.

“Though we are improving, disparities in health care still exist,” said Dr.
Garth Graham, director of the U.S. Office of Minority Health.

Graham, who is black, pointed to other data showing enduring inequality in
care, including a large federal study last year. He also said minorities go
without treatment more often than whites, and such people are missed
entirely by this survey.

Some experts took heart in the relative equality within the survey. “The
study did find some reassuring things,” said Dr. Tim Carey, who runs a
health service research center at the University of North Carolina-Chapel

But all health experts interviewed fretted about the uniformly low standard.
“Regardless of who you are or what group you’re in, there is a significant
gap between the care you deserve and the care you receive,” said Dr. Reed
Tuckson, who is black and a vice president of United HealthGroup, which runs
health plans and sells medical data.

Health experts blame the overall poor care on an overburdened, fragmented
system that fails to keep close track of patients with an increasing number
of multiple conditions.

Quality specialists said improvements can come with more public reporting of
performance, more uniform training, more computerized checks and more
coordination by patients themselves.

Man With Small Penis Beaten Down In Court

Man with small penis loses health insurance enlargement battle

A Berlin man with a small penis has lost his battle to get his health
insurance company to pay for an enlargement operation.

A Potsdam court has ruled his condition isn’t an illness requiring medical

The judge did order the company to pay for psychological treatment.

Court reports show the man’s penis is a third smaller than average, but
don’t give details of the exact size.

Research at the University of California published in the journal Urology
suggests the average size of a non-erect penis is around 8.8cm (3.5ins).

The judge told the man: “Your penis is still fully functional and just
because it’s smaller than average, it doesn’t count as an abnormality
requiring an operation.”

Natural Hygiene References and Bibliography

Fit for Life – Harvey & Marilyn Diamond
Fit for Life Vol II, Living Health – Harvey & Marilyn Diamond
The Fine Art & Science of Natural Hygiene – Shelton
The Fine Art & Science of Food & Nutrition – Shelton
The Fine Art & Science of Fasting – Dr. Herbert M. Shelton
Superior Nutrition – Dr. Herbert M. Shelton
Health for All – Herbert Shelton
The Principles & History of Natural Hygiene – Herbert Shelton
Living Life to Live it Longer – Herbert Shelton
Yours For Health (autobiography of Herbert Shelton) Jean Oswald
The Myth of Medicine – Herbert Shelton
An Introduction to Natural Hygiene – Herbert Shelton
The Myth of Medicine – TC Fry
Fasting for the Health of It – Shelton & Oswald
The Homemaker’s Guide for Health & Pleasure – Hannah Allen
Maximizing Your Nutrition – Dennis Nelson
Meet Natural Hygiene, Your Key to Dynamic Health – TC Fry
The Revelation of Health – TC Fry
The High Energy Diet Recipe Guide – Dr Douglas Graham
The High Energy Diet Video – Dr Douglas Graham
Grain Damage – Dr Douglas Graham
Rhoda’s Vegetarian Cookbook – Rhoda Mozorosky
The Garden of Eden Raw Fruit & Vegetable Recipes – Phyllis Avery
Sweet Temptations, The Natural Dessert Book – Frances Kendall
Naked Empress – Hans Reusch
The Great AIDS Hoax – TC Fry
Simply Good, Recipes and More – Center for Conservative Therapy
The New World of Eating – Paula Duvall
Vegetarian Persuasion – Canadian Natural Hygiene Society
Please Don’t Smoke In Our House – Jack Dunn Tropp

Human Life, It’s Philosophy & Laws
The Health Formula – TC Fry
Food Combining Made Easy – Herbert Shelton
Correct Food Combining – TC Fry
Toxemia Explained – John H. Tilden
The True Healing Art – Russell Thacker Trall
Dictionary of Natural Foods – William L. Esser
Health Seeker’s Yearbook – Victoria Bidwell
The Quintessence of Natural Living – Keki R. Sidhwa
Blueprint for Health – Annabelle Lee Warren, PhD and Jo Willard
Program for Dynamic Health – TC Fry
Medical Drugs on Trial: Verdict Guilty! – Keki R. Sidhwa
Fasting: Fastest Way to Super Health & Rejuvenation – Hannah Allen
How to Keep Your Body Pure – George S Weger, Herbert Shelton, & others
The Great Water Controversy – various contributors
Guide to the Joyous Life Vol I – Herbert Shelton and others
The Miracle of Living Foods – Kristine Nolfi, MD
My Experience with Living Foods – Kristine Nolfi, MD
Raw Food Treatment of Cancer – Kristine Nolfi, MD
The Curse of Cooking – TC Fry
Program for Perfect Health – TC Fry
Better Sleep for a Better Life – TC Fry
My God Heals, Does Yours? – Ralph A. Raschig
The Cruel Hoax Called Herpes Genitalis – Herbert Shelton, TC Fry & others
Quit for Good, How to Break a Bad Habit – Dr Ralph C. Cinque
The Original Natural Hygiene Weight Loss Diet Book – Shelton, Oswald,
The Great AIDS Hoax – TC Fry
Genuine Fruitarianism, or Eat Your Veggies Nuts & Seeds Too! – Vetrano
Doom Disease & Death, or Vim Vigor & Vitality? – Dr Vivian Virginia
Errors in Hygiene? – Dr Vivian Virginia Vetrano
The Life Science Health System – Compiled by TC Fry and others
Return to Nature – Adolf Just
The Salt Conspiracy – Victoria Bidwell
Syphilis, Werewolf of Medicine – Herbert M. Shelton
Herbert Shelton’s Hygienic Review – magazine published from 1939-1944
Popular Physiology – Dr. Russell Thacker Trall
Practical Cookbook (food combinations) – Dr. John H. Tilden
The Prevention of Incurable Disease – M. Bircher Benner
Rational Diet – Otto Carque
Natural Foods – Otto Carque
The Key to Rational Dietetics – Otto Carque
The Philosophy of Human Life – Isaac Jennings
Pocket Dietician – Dr John H. Tilden
Orthobionomics – Vol I of the Hygienic System – Herbert Shelton
The Natural Food of Man – Dr Hereward Carrington
The Hygienic Way of Life – Dr Hereward Carrington
Kitchen Companion – George S. Weger
Impaired Health, It’s Cause and Cure Vols I & II – Dr John H. Tilden
Health & Philosophical Epigrams – Dr John H. Tilden
Health & Diseases of Woman – Dr Russell Thacker Trall
Health Lessons – George S. Weger
Health Reformer Gleanings – a compilation by Marcia Terrell
The History of Natural Hygiene – Dr Hereward Carrington
Asthma, Catarrh, Hayfever & Sinusitis – compilation
Children, their Health & Happiness – Dr John H. Tilden
Diseases of the Throat and Lungs – Dr Russell Thacker Trall
Drug Medicines, the Hygienic System & Health Catechism – Dr Russell T.
Fruits & Farinacea; the Proper Food of Man – John Smith
The Genesis & Control of Disease – George S. Weger
Getting Well – Herbert Shelton
Gonorrhea & Syphilis – Dr John H Tilden
Handbook of Hygienic Practice – Dr. Russell Thacker Trall
The Fasting Cure – Upton Sinclair
Tumors, the Cause – JH Tilden
Fasting for Health & Long Life – Dr Hereward Carrington
Fasting & Man’s Correct Diet – RG Pearson
Hints on Fasting Well – Dr Hereward Carrington & Marie Phelps Sweet
The No Breakfast Plan and the Fasting Cure – Edward Hooker Dewey
The Philosophy of Fasting – Edward Earle Purinton
Scientific Fasting – Linda Burfield Hazzard
Vitality, Fasting & Nutrition – Dr Hereward Carrington
William Howard Hay – The Medical Millennium
Pasteur Plagiarist Imposter – RB Pearson
Vaccine & Serum Evils – Dr Herbert Shelton
The Fallacy of Medicine – Dr Hattie May Baker
The Physiological Enigma of Women – Dr Isaac Jennings
The Tree of Life – Dr Isaac Jennings, MD
The True Temperance Platform – Dr Russell Thacker Trall, MD
What is Disease? – George S. Weger, MD
Prostatic Disease – George Starr White, MD
The Principles of Nature, Her Divine Revelations – Andrew Jackson Davis
Lectures on the Science of Human Life – Sylvester Graham, MD
How Nature Cures – Emmet Densmore, MD
How to Treat the Sick Without Medicine – James C. Jackson, MD
Intestinal Normalizing & Pelvic Culture for Women – George Starr White, MD

The Cause and Cure of All Disease – Ramus Alsaker, MD
Cursed Before Birth – JH Tilden
Bechamp or Pasteur? – E. Douglas Hume
The Blood & It’s Third Anatomical Element – Antoin Bechamp
Unfired Food & Tropho-therapy – Dr George J. Drews
Vital Facts about Foods – Otto Carque
Vitamin & Mineral Deficiencies – Robert E. Cornish
Unfired Food Diet Simplified – James Faulkner
Uncooked Foods & How to Use Them – Eugene Christian & Mollie Griswold
Superior Health Through Nutrition – William Howard Hay
The Scientific Basis of Vegetarianism – Dr Russell Thacker Trall
Raw Food Menu & Recipe Book – Dr E.L. Moraine Estes
Raw Food & Health – Dr St. Louis Estes
Nature the Healer – John T. Richter & Vera M. Richter
Mrs Richter’s Cook-less Book – Vera M. Richter
Dietetic Disappointments & Failures – George S. Weger
The Improved Mono Diet – Dr George T. Drews
Food Science for All, A New Sunlight Theory of Nutrition – M.
Facts of Nutrition – George Clements (Prof Hilton Hotema)
Composition & Facts about Foods – Ford Heritage
Foods that Alkalinize and Heal – Mary C. Hoagle
Advantage of Raw Food – Dr. Julian Thomas
The Black Art of Cooking – Dr. Carl Loeb
Discourses on the Sober Life, How to Live 100 Years – Luigi Cornaro
In Search of the Ultimate Diet – Dr. Stanley S. Bass

Over 115 articles (indexed by topic, or keyword with an on-site
search engine) plus hundreds of scientific references on nutritional
therapeutics are posted at Links to other
clinical nutrition and alternative medicine sites are provided.

Canadian Gay Men’s Health

Whose health is it anyway?
EDITORIAL / Understanding health risks in the gay community

story by Brian Gallant, Publisher and Editor-in-chief / Capital Xtra!
Sep 27 2002

It shouldn¡¯t be too difficult to convince you that gay men face
greater health risks than our heterosexual counterparts. And if
you¡¯re a sexually active gay man, there are health risks in our
culture or subculture that healthcare providers simply don¡¯t
understand, unless you¡¯re one of the more fortunate.

¡°Health providers need to be informed and patients need to be
more proactive in their relationship with their caregivers,¡±
according to a survey of members of the Gay and Lesbian Medical
Association (GLMA) released just weeks ago.

How I am reminded, on reading this survey, of hallways travelled at
the Ottawa General Hospital, those shuttling between the modules of
ostensibly caring health specialists and the pharmacists who
diligently dispense prescribed treatments that, you have to trust,
will work in favour of the patients¡¯ health. And of families and
friends whose loved ones are whisked from here to there in search of
answers ¨C perhaps that proverbial silver bullet.

The GLMA¡¯s most valid claim, however, is how patients and
providers may both not know what to ask.

¡°Clinicians providing health care to gay and bisexual men may
not be aware of all of the things that should be discussed during the
visit,¡± says GLMA president Christopher Harris. ¡°We are
concerned that physicians and other health care providers who do not
understand the health risks in the gay community cannot provide
competent care.¡±

Consider, for the sake of your own health, dealing more proactively
with some of these highlights from the survey results.

Problems with body image are more common among gay men than their
straight counterparts, and gay men are much more likely to experience
an eating disorder such as bulimia or anorexia nervosa. While regular
exercise is very good for cardiovascular health and in other areas,
too much of a good thing can be harmful. The use of substances such as
anabolic steroids and certain supplements can adversely affect health.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, being overweight or even obese is
a problem that also affects a large subset of the gay community. This
can cause a number of health problems, including diabetes, high blood
pressure and heart disease.

Although more recent studies have improved our understanding of
alcohol use in the gay community, it is still thought that gay men
have higher rates of alcohol dependence and abuse than straight men.
One drink daily may not adversely affect health, however,
alcohol-related illnesses can also occur with low levels of

Recent studies seem to support the notion that gay men use tobacco at
much higher rates than straight men, reaching nearly 50 percent in
several studies. Tobacco-related health problems include lung disease
and lung cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure and a whole host
of other serious problems. All gay men should be screened for and
offered culturally sensitive prevention and cessation programs for
tobacco use.

Depression and anxiety appear to affect gay men at a higher rate than
in the general population. The likelihood of depression or anxiety may
be greater, and the problem may be more severe for those men who
remain in the closet or who do not have adequate social supports.

Gay men use substances at a higher rate than the general population.
These include a number of substances ranging from amyl nitrate
(poppers) to marijuana, Ecstasy and amphetamines. The long-term
effects of many of these substances are unknown; however, current
wisdom suggests potentially serious consequences as we age.

And we all know that men who have sex with men are at an increased
risk of HIV infection, and one of the gay community¡¯s great
success stories is the effectiveness of safer sex in reducing the rate
of HIV infections. However, the last few years have seen the return of
many unsafe sex practices. While effective HIV treatments may be on
the horizon, there is no substitute for preventing infection.

Salons cater to men

Salons cater to men
Nick Schulz
Published 11/27/2002

Pressing 45-pound iron plates on a bench and sculpting pectorals
and triceps is the average American male’s idea of getting “buff.” It
does not mean burnishing his fingernails to a glassy sheen.
But that may be changing as men take a few grooming cues from the
fairer sex.
The beauty parlor is an oasis where a woman can relax and escape
the pressures of life or simply improve her appearance. A high-end
salon can pamper her with a facial, waxing, hair and nail treatments,
a glass of wine and a massage.

American men traditionally have shunned extravagant (read:
“girly”) salons, with French-sounding names, pastel walls, magazines
that smell like perfume and people walking around with cotton between
their toes.
Men felt more welcome at places with poles spinning outside,
combs immersed in mysterious blue liquid, and magazines with titles
beginning with “Sports” or ending in “boy,” and where the barber
— not a “stylist” — went by a name like Spiro.
But why did guys’ barbershops need to be so spartan, so stuck in
the 1950s? Their wives and girlfriends seemed to live to spend half a
day at the salon. Surely they knew something guys didn’t.
At least that’s what Michael Gilman believed. In March, he and a
friend, Pirooz Sarshar, opened the Grooming Lounge in the District, a
kind of souped-up barbershop offering haircuts, shaves, manicures,
massages and even waxing services for men.
Most important, Mr. Gilman wanted to create a “club-type
atmosphere where guys could feel secure in themselves.”
On one Friday afternoon, the Grooming Lounge was doing a brisk
business. The small waiting room was encased by dark-stained wood
walls; plush leather couches and chairs were filled with
thirtysomething men dressed smartly in business-casual attire. The
lawyers, bankers and lobbyists nursed Heinekens while reading
newspapers and the latest Esquire with Pierce Brosnan as James Bond on
the cover. Smokey Robinson classics flowed from the sound system.
The idea for a men’s salon came to Mr. Gilman out of personal
necessity. Over lunch with his fiancee, Mr. Gilman was told his hands
and nails looked terrible and that he should get a manicure before the
He went to a salon where he was “surrounded by about 30 women and
felt like an idiot.” But he liked the manicure, and he figured other
guys might like them, too — provided they were in a setting that
felt more like the ESPN Zone than Salon Jean Michel.
Men spend $3.5 billion on grooming products per year, the October
issue of American Salon magazine reports. A 2001 survey from shows men spend about the same amount of daily time
grooming themselves (51 minutes) as women (55 minutes).
But in order to get Joe Six-pack to try grooming services and
supplies, providers are quick to counter the stigma associated with
“beauty treatments.”
The Grooming Lounge offers several packages, all with properly
macho names: “The Senator” (shave, haircut, manicure and shoeshine) or
“The Commander in Chief” (a manicure and foot treatment).
Refreshments, including beer, are served.
American Male, another grooming services and supplies provider
catering to men, with locations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, eases
men’s inhibitions by terming manicures and pedicures as “hand
detailing” and “foot detailing.”
Author and culture critic Virginia Postrel says the trend is both
economic and cultural. “For people in the beauty business, getting men
is the best way to expand the market,” she says.
“They may be unlikely to sell them polish or other cosmetics, but
there’s no reason men shouldn’t care about their skin as much as
women,” she says. “So why not sell them skin care products?”
She is completing a book titled “Look and Feel: How Style Became
Substance,” which examines the economic and cultural trends in
American life, the rise of the importance of aesthetics and the way
“we communicate through the senses.”
Male grooming fits this “new aesthetic.”
“The most dramatic indicators of the new aesthetic age relate not
to product design or environments,” she writes, “but to personal
appearance — the crossroads of individual expression, social
expectations and universal aesthetic standards.”
Mrs. Postrel says the once-dominant, “WASPy idea that men paying
attention to their appearance is somehow unmanly” is diminishing in
the United States. Part of this has to do with “the browning of
America,” or the increased influence of black, Hispanic and Asian
Another factor may be a British invasion of sorts. Male-grooming
Web sites and salons that have popped up in Britain in recent years
— including Jason Shankey ( and Mankind
( default.asp) — target a new generation of
Mr. Gilman went to London before opening the Grooming Lounge to
study traditional techniques that fostered the notion and reality of
the proper British gentleman.
Austin Silver, who covers men’s fashion for, says such
attention to appearance won’t make men any less manly.
“We love looking good, but it’s still a secret we like to keep,”
Mr. Silver wrote on the site. “Admitting this truth will take years of
evolution; I’m talking eons — not decades. But one day, we will
all swing open the door of our personal closets and admit to using
Lubriderm Moisturizing Lotion.”
Maybe not eons. Mr. Gilman plans to open a new shop in 2003 in
Philadelphia or San Francisco.

Sounds good to me. I quit going to barber shops a couple of
decades ago because the idiots who worked there, in every barber
shop in my town, invariably cut it exactly how they wanted and
ignored what I had asked them to do. The barber shops of the 50s
were regimentation that would have made a marine drill sergeant
pleased with the way men were treated. Young men all got “crew
cuts” to be “good little soldiers.” The “long hair” revolution
of the duck tail or Beetles style freaked the “crew cut”

I don’t care for women’s or “unisex” shops either. Far too many
women customers. In the 1800s men used to hang out in the barber
shops, get beards trimmed, have a bath, get rubbed down by a
female attendant, and have an enjoyable time. That men’s club
atmosphere was gone by the middle of the feminist century, along
with most other places where men could hang out with other men.

It would be great if some clubs could be opened. All we have now
are women’s health and fitness spas, etc. A men’s club, spa, and
fitness place that featured baths, washes, hair styles, etc.,
would be a great place to go for men.

Want Beginner Book/Guide, weight training just for health

I’d like a good program, book, or URL for a beginning weightlifter who
is interested in a minimal program for health, general fitness and
weight loss. I’m a fat old man who used to weight train for sports.
Now, I just want to minimize the amount of time and expense — okay,
and effort 😉 — but I’d like to do some weight training for general
health. Weight loss, strength and muscle volume. My aim is to
increase BMR, look better, and simply get stronger and have more
endurance for everyday tasks like yardwork, painting the house, and
carrying luggage.

My overall goals are to decrease body fat, increase health, and
improve day to day functioning. I have good sound slow-loss diet,
stretching, and cardio training in effect.

Can I manage on one warmup set and one main set per exercise? I can
probably do 3 days per week, plus Pilates on one day. Also, full-body
or one session per week each of chest, back, legs?

I’m thinking 8-12 reps to exhaustion, but open to advice.
Mason Barge – a kettlebell workout that focuses on
strength/endurance will do what you want but it’s hard work. It’s no
chest, back, etc. – it’s work yourself from head to toe doing repetition
kettlebell snatches, swings, and jerks. The combination of a relatively
light but still heavy enough weights and high reps tends to build lean
bodies with just a bit of muscle, and lots of endurance as well.

Another thing to consider (the Wizard’s suggestions all sound good to
me, too, BTW) is Bryce Lane’s 50/20 idea – pick a single compound lift
and try to get 50 reps in 20 minutes. Bryce has a board at

Male AND Female sexual health

Male Sexual Dysfunction is a problem found in a very large number of
adult males. Until recently there has not been a medical treatment for
the most common type of sexual dysfunction-Erectile Dysfunction.
Viagra is the leading prescribed treatment for Erectile Dysfunction,
also known as Impotence.

ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION is the impairment of the erectile reflex. The man
is unable to have or maintain an erection. Like other dysfunctions,
erectile dysfunction can be either life long or acquired, situational
or generalized. Life long erectile dysfunction is when a man has never
had an erection. Acquired is when a man has in the past had an
erection but no longer is able to have or maintain an erection either
in certain situations or at all. As a situational dysfunction,
erectile dysfunction is very common, almost universal. At some time in
a man’s life he will be unable to have an erection even though he is
being sufficiently stimulated. In its situational form, there is a
variety of ways it occurs. For some men they are unable to have an
erection during foreplay, while others have difficulty only attempting
intercourse. Still other men only have difficulty with specific
partners but no dysfunction with other partners. Viagra® is the
leading medication for this type of sexual dysfunction.


MALE ORGASMIC DISORDER is an involuntary inhibition of the male
orgasmic reflex. As with the other dysfunctions, the man can
experience either life long or acquired, situational or generalized
Male Orgasmic Disorder. What constitutes a life long dysfunction is
controversial. It usually constitutes never having been able to
ejaculate in the vagina or a life long ejaculatory inhibition refers
to men who have never been able to experience intravaginal ejaculation.


PREMATURE EJACULATION is the third type of male sexual dysfunction.
Exactly what constitutes premature ejaculation is unclear, usually a
man is considered to ejaculate prematurely if his partner wasn’t
orgasmic in at least 50 percent of their coital episodes or
ejaculation occurred if the male did not have voluntary control over
when he ejaculated.

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Why is Collagen So Important To Your Health and Dieting

Collagen is the universal structural protein
found in all animals. Clinical analysis suggests that it
accounts for roughly a third of the total
body protein and is its major structural constituent. It
is located in the connective tissue, providing
strength and conferring form, while promoting
mobility. It is invariably found in the extracellular matrices of
skeletal tissues such as cartilage and bone. Collagen
is principally extracted from the bones and skin of
animals. It is a protein which contains a high
proportion of Hydroxyproline, Hydroxylysine, Arginine
and L-Glycine. These amino acids are the principal
substances for the synthesis of collagen and
proteoglycans in cartilage tissue(GDC-1986).

The use of collagen for the treatment of a range of
disorders has been well documented and dates back to
the twelfth century when Saint Hildegard of Bingen

“He who has stabbing pains in his limbs and bones, as
well as stomach and intestinal pain, should
frequently eat plenty of well cooked beef trotters
including fat and calluses. That soon gets rid of the
pain. ” (Bauer 1992).

Enzymatic hydrolysis breaks the protein down enabling
absorption via the small intestine. Thereby making
the new agent, COLLAGEN HYDROLYSATE (purified
Polypeptides of differing chain lengths, that are
isolated from animal derived collagen by chemical,
physical or biochemical hydrolysis) more effective in
the treatment of arthroses.

Interesting to see all the hype and hatred on Calorad. I had never heard of
this product so I did a web search. What I found (outside of the sales pages)
was that several pharmaceutical co’s are going for FDA approval on collagen
products, similar to Calorad. Not for losing weight, but for RA and other
immune diseases and one company is dedicated to dental uses.

I also found out Calorad was invented at Abbott labs. I’ve since talked to
several people about their experiences – none of whom sell it. One man swears
he would have lost his teeth had it not been for this product which he’s taken
for several years. One woman told me it caused heart palpitations and she
thought she was going to die. Another said it made her body ache. Another
woman swears it made her skin have less wrinkles and helped her lose weight.
Another woman feels she has increased energy.

An unscientific sampling – but interesting. I do suggest if you are interested,
do a web search. I used key word collagen on Infoseek, (I’m pretty sure) and
found my information there.