Putting the Power of Nutrition to Work for You
If you’re tired of diet and exercise programs that just don’t work, and you can use some practical advice on staying fit, enhancing your sex life, overcoming an addiction, or protecting your heart and prostate naturally, then this website is for you; based on cutting-edge research and my own clinical experience over twenty years, is for men from eighteen to eighty.
Within these first few posts, you’ll discover how cutting down on carbohydrates and increasing your intake of the right fats will turn your body into a fat-burning machine. You’ll learn about the latest wave in getting fit fast—the 40/30/30 plan—used by world-class athletes to significantly improve athletic performance and recovery from exercise. The good news about the 40/30/30 plan is that it allows even the couch potato to use stored body fat for fuel. This plan helps boost energy, improve concentration and attention span, increase lean muscle mass, and curb food cravings.
You’ll begin to look at food from a whole new perspective—as fuel for both the body and the mind. You will learn how food affects hormone levels, and how the right foods can positively impact peak performance, mood, and overall health.
Outlined in these pages are many innovative programs for protecting your prostate, healing your heart, super-charging sex, reducing hair loss, overcoming addictions, and eating right—at home and on the go. All of these programs can fit into busy schedules. Most of them require minor adjustments in the way you live. Some may not be quite as simple, but the rewards will be worth the effort!
We try to find answers to the questions most frequently asked by my male clients, such as:
- Is it really possible to avoid prostate problems?
- Can I still eat healthy if I’m a meat and potatoes man?
- If heart disease runs in the family, are there natural therapies I can use to prevent it?
- Is there anything I can do about my thinning hair?
- Are there any secrets I should know that can help me improve my sex life?
- What’s the latest on drugless treatments to get off caffeine and nicotine? How about marijuana and cocaine?
This website is unique, different than anything you’ve ever read before on men’s health. You will learn all the formulas for staying on top—formulas that you haven’t read about in any other place, or seen on TV And the programs I suggest are derived from the research of some of the most respected authorities around the world.
And, by the way, this category is not just for men. It’s for the women who love them So, don’t be afraid to have your wife, girlfriend, or significant other peruse these pages with you. Better still, buy her a copy.
WHERE MEN STAND
Men lead in eight of the ten top causes of death in the United States. They are generally reluctant to seek medical care, and when they finally do decide to see a physician, their illnesses have often progressed to a more critical state.
Although heart disease remains the number one killer among men, only one-third of those in the forty-five to sixty-four age group have ever had their cholesterol levels checked. Among men over fifty, only one out of two knows the warning signs of prostate or colorectal cancer, and one out of five reports being too embarrassed to discuss the matter with his doctor. A mere 22 percent of men over forty report having had a digital rectal exam (DRE) to check for prostate problems in the previous year, despite the fact that annual DRE exams are recommended by authorities for all middle-aged men.
Men are equally reluctant to seek counseling and emotional support, and they constitute only 30 percent of the patients who consult psychologists and psychiatrists. This is despite the fact that men commit over 90 percent of violent crime, abuse alcohol and drugs three times as much as women do, and commit suicide three times as often.
While men are far less likely to go on diets or join weight-loss programs, they’re no less likely to be overweight. In fact, statistics reveal that more American men are obese than are American women— 26.1 percent compared with 25.1 percent. Maybe this has something to do with the fact that only 47 percent of men pay attention to food’s nutritional content.
Male pattern obesity, in which weight is concentrated in the middle of the body, is more dangerous than female pattern obesity because it increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Obesity is also a risk factor for diabetes and is linked to the development of certain forms of cancer, gall bladder disease, hypertension, musculoskeletal problems, sleep apnea, and stroke. According to Dr. Morton Shaevitz, Director of Eating Disorders Programs at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, the bottom line is that “fat men die young.”
And yet, men lose weight more easily than women for reasons that are largely physiological. While men are less likely to take overt steps to control their weight, there’s strong evidence that they do care about their appearance, and a growing number are choosing to have aesthetic, or plastic, surgery. Over the past twenty-five years, 30 percent of such surgeries have been performed on men. Procedures commonly sought by men include liposuction, eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty (nose job), and face lift.
The good news is that losing weight and keeping it off will increase longevity. In fact, losing only 10 percent or less of body weight can increase life span, and substantially improve hypertension, adult onset diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. And, although men may dislike the idea of dieting, they’re good at losing weight when they resolve to do so.
One of the biggest problems with the Standard American Diet (SAD) is that it stresses the body. It acts as a stressor because it depletes nutrient reserves, which in turn decreases the body’s ability to handle stress. Stress contributes to increased rates of fatigue, heart attacks, and hypertension among males. This is a special problem for men, who are more susceptible to stress-related disorders, due to their tendency to hold feelings in and deny problems, and their reluctance to admit setbacks.
Poor diet, eating on-the-go, overwork, lack of exercise, and family responsibilities are just a few of the stressors present in the life of today’s man. Others include use of tobacco, alcohol, steroids, antibiotics, and other chemical substances. These elements contribute to nutrient depletion, putting more stress upon the body and decreasing the body’s coping ability. Fortunately, this vicious cycle can be broken with good nutrition.
THE DIFFERENCE MARRIAGE MAKES
Odds are six to one that a husband will die before his wife, though married men will likely fare better than single men. In fact, single men and widowers suffer more heart attacks and, overall, their life spans are shorter. Plus, their suicide rate is triple that of married men.
Perhaps the primary health benefit that men reap from marriage has to do with the nurturing they receive. The female customarily assumes a nurturing role, which literally involves providing nourishment for her family. It has traditionally been held that it’s a woman’s job to know about food and its selection and preparation. And, of course, in the 1990s the link between diet and health is well established.
Women also provide necessary emotional nurturing. They tend to worry about their husbands. While a single man may ignore a health problem and put off medical consultation, a married man will likely seek medical advice sooner with some prompting from his spouse.
INTERPRETING MISGUIDED NUTRITIONAL MESSAGES
In April of 1992, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) adopted the Food Guide Pyramid as a replacement for the traditional four food groups that we all learned about in elementary school. The new guide recommends that carbohydrates—particularly bread, cereal, rice, and pasta— become the main focus of meals. Proteins like meat, fish, beans, and eggs are more of an accompaniment, not the main foundation. Fats, oils, and sweets are on the top of the pyramid, indicating that we need to cut way back on these foods. This category will show you how this kind of misguided information can exact a heavy toll, because certain kinds of fats are absolutely essential for prostate and heart health, and—believe it or not—for weight control, as well. Unfortunately, this lopsided view of healthy eating presented by the Food Guide Pyramid has perpetuated the high-carbohydrate craze that is directly related to America’s growing pot belly.
GET READY TO TAKE UP THE CHALLENGE
These days, more men are actively seeking to improve their health with proper nutrition. Not only is nutrition a potent weapon for preventing disease and extending life span, it’s also an excellent tool for achieving overall wellness. But the real challenge in our “Information Age” is one of wading through tons of nutrition websites with diametrically opposed philosophies on how to achieve good nutrition, sorting it all out, and then finding a simple way to make practical use of the newly found information. Needless to say, this can be difficult, time-consuming, and confusing.
Applying the no-hassle health and nutrition guidelines in this website may take away the confusion, but will require motivation and commitment. I remember reading the words of a physician, writing about men’s health issues, who stated that he is typically harder on men than on women. His approach works, he says, because approached honestly, men will take up a challenge. Consider this website category as an open invitation to take up the challenge and take charge of the lifestyle modifications that will change and maybe even save your life.