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Breakfast: The Best Fuel For the Engine

Breakfast: The Best Fuel For the Engine

Most Americans wake up, rub the sleep out of their eyes, clean up and rush out the door. Breakfast is an afterthought. But soon after that, stomachs start to growl for some food energy. But by now it’s gotten a bit too late, and no oatmeal or egg will suffice. It’s time for doughnuts, or […]

Pop Quiz on Men’s Sexual Health

Pop Quiz on Men’s Sexual Health

Ok, you have been reading about men’s health on this blog for months. Now it’s time for a little quiz. Number two pencil’s out? 1. True or False: Real men don’t cry or express emotion. False. Ever see Marlon Brando in Streetcar Named Desire, yelling Stella’s name in the streets? Too bad that men who […]

Testosterone, Steak and Eggs

Testosterone, Steak and Eggs

Testosterone is one misunderstood molecule. It has such great influence over the human body that it has gained a reputation, a mystique. Society associates testosterone with Arnold Schwarzenegger (circa 1980s), with strength, virility, aggression, violence, square jaws and six-pack abs. We also tend to blame it for certain male tendencies and traits in our society, […]

You Are The Pill That You Eat

You Are The Pill That You Eat

At some point as we evolved, well after the Neolithic period, we started thinking that there must be a better way to get nutrients, something faster and more efficient, than through the food we have eaten for tens of thousands of years. Our fantasy of the future was encapsulated with TV shows like The Jetsons […]

The Prostate: All You Ever Wanted to Know

The Prostate: All You Ever Wanted to Know

As a man ages, he is more likely to look at travel experiences as a series of restroom stops. He might begin navigating his way to the grocery store, the gas station or to a friend’s house for poker based on whether or not there’s a restroom conveniently located nearby. This may sound like the […]

How Are Stem Cells Like Wine Grapes?

How Are Stem Cells Like Wine Grapes?

Silicon Valley started in a small garage across the way from Stanford University by one man named Hewlett and another named Packard. There’s an historic plaque on that garage now, and a worldwide industry surrounds it. Stem cell research has just as much potential. Last week, I mentioned that I was a believer, that I […]

Stem Cells, Snake Oil and You

Stem Cells, Snake Oil and You

We’re way past bottled snake venom now. The new miracle medical cure lies deep within us, in our stem cells, if we can only figure out how to tap into them. 100 days into President Obama’s term, and it seems that the scientific community here in the U.S. might just be getting the fuel it […]

Ramirez: A Lesson in Steroid Biology

Ramirez: A Lesson in Steroid Biology

When a record-breaking athlete gets caught for doping, it’s not news anymore. It shouldn’t be. People have been taking drugs to increase physical prowess since ancient times. We’ve recently seen it with Barry Bonds, Jason Giambi, and now LA Dodger’s star Manny Ramirez, whose urine tested positive for a medication on MLB’s banned substance list. […]

No Sex? Get Some Sleep!

No Sex? Get Some Sleep!

As a men’s health specialist, I get to hear a lot of things that men wouldn’t tell their best friends. And a very common occurrence is their confession that they have lost some of their sex drive. “My partner is great and I used to want sex ALL the time, now it barely enters my […]

The Vasectomy Hoopla

The Vasectomy Hoopla

These are times fraught with uncertainty. A sunny day isn’t just a sunny day anymore; it’s evidence of global warming. America has been at war for almost a decade, trusted financial institutions are folding and our economy appears to be on the verge of collapse. It seems only natural that people would look at our […]