This is the men's domain!  A domain where you can feel at home, and deal with issues women do not have. This is for your spiritual growth, understanding God's love, and separate issues you need answered.

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"How blessed is the man who finds wisdom and the man who gains understanding" -Proverbs 3: 13

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              Last Name Only

 

The manager of a large office noticed a new man one day and told him to come into his office.  "What is your name?" was the first thing the manager asked the new guy.  "John," the new guy replied.  The manager scowled, "Look....I don't know what kind of a mamby-pamby place you worked at before, but I don't call anyone by their first name.  It breeds familiarity and that leads to a breakdown in authority.  I refer to my employees by their last name only...Smith, Jones, Baker...that's all.  I am to be referred to only as Mr. Robertson.  Now that we got that straight, what is your last name?  The new guy sighed, "Darling.  My name is John Darling."  "Okay, John, the next thing I want to tell you is

 

 

Men's Health

 Top 10 Health Threats for Men

 

These are the worst of the worst -- the 10 most dangerous diseases for men.  Every man needs to know what he's up against.  The good news? Many are preventable.

Heart Attack and Cardiac Arrest in Men

High Blood Pressure in Men

High Cholesterol in Men

Strokes in Men

Diabetes in Men

Lung Cancer in Men

Colorectal Cancer in Men

Prostate Disease

Testicular Disease

Depression in Men- It's not just for the Ladies anymore...

Depression in men is serious; suicide is the eighth most common cause of death in men.  And because we may exhibit different symptoms than women, it often goes untreated.  Here's what you should know.

Here are some basic facts about depression you should know. You are at risk for depression if you

 have had a prior episode of depression

have family members with depression

you are at a low-income level

Depression is also more common if you have other illnesses, such as

  • cancer
  • diabetes
  • heart disease
  • HIV
  • stroke

Treating depression can sometimes improve these conditions.

The most serious consequence of depression in men is suicide. Men account for a staggering 80% of suicides in the U.S. And although women are more likely to attempt suicide, men are 4 times more likely than women to commit suicide successfully. Hey with God we can AVOID this! we all will help you with this problem. Lean on friends, family, and church members to help you through,and understand this..

What is depression?

Depression is much more than just feeling down. Depression is a serious disruption of a person’s regular way of thinking, feeling, and acting.

In general, symptoms of depression include

  • loss of energy
  • problems sleeping and concentrating
  • sadness and loss of interest in pleasurable activities
  • thoughts about death or suicide

These symptoms of depression can last for weeks or months at a time.

Because women are diagnosed with depression 10 times more often than men, these symptoms of depression are really "their" common symptoms. It is common for men to have them also, but the signs of depression in men may be different. Instead of appearing sad, men often can become irritable or aggressive, drink too much, or act recklessly.

Men often don't recognize or admit they're depressed, and they are less likely than women to seek help for depression. Also, because the signs of depression in men can look different than they do in women, doctors may not diagnosis it as often. For these reasons, depression in men may often go unidentified and untreated.

There are three recognized forms of depression:

  • Major depression. With major depression, depressive symptoms interfere with the ability to work, eat, sleep, and enjoy life. Symptoms are serious and last for weeks or months.
  • Dysthymia. Dysthymia is a less severe but more persistent kind of depression.
  • Bipolar disorder. With bipolar disorder, episodes of depression alternate with mania, an excessively "high" mood, with the potential for serious problems.

After years of research, no one yet understands what really causes depression. Chemicals that nerves use to "talk" to each other in the brain are thrown out of balance. Also, certain areas of the brain can be less active during periods of depression. Research in these areas is ongoing.

Get a routine check up to make sure you don't have any of these. Tell your doctor if you have any question's or concerns. It just may save your life. Pray before going into the doctors office that he'll tell the doctor what to do, and whill give him the gift of giving you the right treatment.

God Bless You All!

Routine Maintenance for Men

A schedule for checkups and tests that will keep a man's body in good running order.
By Martin F. Downs
WebMD Feature

 When it comes to cars, you know when to change the oil, rotate the tires, and have the front end aligned. But you may not be as diligent about caring for your body as you are about your car.

The body needs routine maintenance, no matter how many miles you have on it. Some men never get that care, and end up breaking down on the road, so to speak. For many that's because they have no dealership to remind them when they're due for service.

"People bounce around from doctor to doctor and no one is really working with them on an ongoing basis," says Rick Kellerman, MD, president-elect of the American Family Physicians, who practices in Wichita, Kan.

"I think the No. 1 thing is probably establishing a relationship with a physician that you know, and that you trust, and that you can communicate with," he tells WebMD.

In addition to having a primary doctor, wouldn't it be nice to have a basic maintenance schedule for your health? Well, here you go.

Keep in mind that the following schedule is meant for generally healthy men. Recommendations may differ for men who have -- or once had -- significant medical problems, or have other factors that might increase risks.

                          Every Day

  • Fill up with good fuel.

The National Institutes of Health encourages men to eat 5-9 servings of fruit and vegetables a day.

Like your car, your body needs quality fuel to keep it running smoothly. Fruits and vegetables should make up a large part of your diet. Fatty foods, which leave deposits in your arteries like dirty gasoline leaves deposits in your engine, should make up only a small part of it.

  • Rev your motor.

    Ideally, you should exercise every day. The CDC and the American College of Sports Medicine jointly recommend 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise (for example, a brisk walk that increases your heart rate and breathing) on most days of the week.

  • Clean your grille.

    Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, and floss once a day. Good oral hygiene prevents tooth decay and gum disease, which can be painful, unattractive, and expensive to treat.

  • Protect yourself.

    Use condoms. Condoms are used for birth control and to help reduce the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

  • Monthly

    • Testicular self-exam

    A conscientious car owner examines belts and hoses every month. He should also check his testicles that often.

    A self-exam A self-exam is simple and quick. Gently roll each testicle between your thumb and fingers, feeling for any abnormal lumps. If you do feel a lump, talk to your doctor without delay.

    • Skin self-exam

      Rust spots on your vehicle's exterior should be fixed before they spread. Likewise, you should keep a close watch on your skin for moles that could be cancerous. Take a moment once a month to examine your whole body, using a mirror to see your back. A suspicious mole is one that is asymmetrical, has an irregular border, uneven color, is larger than a pencil eraser, or seems to be changing in size, shape, or color.

    At Six Months

    Dental checkup

    In addition to brushing and flossing, visit the dentist every six months for a cleaning and complete checkup.

    Annually

    • Get a flu shot.

    You don't have to worry about your car catching something in a crowded parking lot. People, however, are prone to infectious diseases like influenza. Every year 5%-20% of the U.S. population comes down with the flu. The composition of the flu vaccine changes each year, so being vaccinated once is not enough. Get your shot in the fall, before the flu season peaks.

    The specter of bird flu has been frightening people lately but don't take typical influenza too lightly. "People get extremely sick," Kellerman says. "I've had patients, even younger patients, die of influenza."

    • Check blood pressure.

      Keeping your blood pressure in the normal range is at least as important as keeping the correct air pressure in your tires. "Everybody ought to know their blood pressure," Kellerman says. Men over age 50 or those who have a family history of high blood pressure should have it checked at least every year.

    • Colon cancer screening

      Most routine colon cancer screening begins at the age of 50. On a yearly basis, doctors may provide special take-home tests to check for hidden blood in the stool.

    • Prostate cancer screening

      At the age of 50 most men may start screening for prostate cancer every year. Screening may begin at a younger age for those with higher risk, such as being African-American or having a family history of prostate cancer.

      The two types of tests are prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing, and the digital rectal exam.

      Screening can catch prostate cancer early, but studies on whether early detection saves lives have shown mixed results. "The downside is that we may find a false positive," Kellerman says. That could mean having surgery that you don't actually need. "Sit down with your physician and discuss it," Kellerman says.

    • Full physical exam

      A routine yearly physical is a good time to touch base with your primary care provider about your health and preventive screening. It is also the time to give updates on your medical history and receive a thorough all-over exam.

    • At 5 Years

      • Get a cholesterol test.

      For many men aged 20 and up, having a cholesterol test every five years is sufficient. If your cholesterol is found to be borderline or if you have heart disease or certain other medical conditions, then you would need to have it monitored more frequently.

      • Have a sigmoidoscopy.

        A sigmoidoscopy test may be done every five years. This is an option for colon cancer screening in conjunction with the stool tests that are done yearly.

        This test looks for cancer and polyps in the lower part of the colon that could turn cancerous. A suspect polyp or cancer may be biopsied, and a colonoscopy would be done to further evaluate the entire colon.

      At 10 Years

      • Colonoscopy

       At the age of 50 years, another option for routine colon cancer screening is a colonoscopy. This test may also be ordered if either the sigmoidoscopy is abnormal or there is blood found in stool tests. It is similar to a sigmoidoscopy except that it travels farther inside so that the doctor can visualize the entire colon. A colonoscopy is an examination with a camera threaded through your, ahem, tailpipe. If normal, then it can be repeated in 10 years. Otherwise it may be necessary to repeat the procedure earlier. Biopsies can be taken and polyps can be removed during the procedure.

      People with increased risk for colon cancer may begin having colonoscopy screening much earlier -- even in childhood.

      • Tetanus time

        Have a tetanus vaccine booster every 10 years, especially if you're the kind of guy who gets a lot of cuts and scrapes.

      • Thank you webmd for the great information!

Bible Quote:KJV Jeremiah 30:17

"For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds", saith the Lord.

Remember: The Lord is our true healer!  But, HE can't help us if we don't take care of ourselves and eat right.

My Prayer For You!

Lord, watch over the reader and his family, may you bring health and happiness to them all, Let him read your word, and learn about the proper ways to take care of themselves, so that he nor any of his family have the terrible diseases that will befall so many of us. Protect your child oh Lord and know we love you Lord.  Be with this person and protect him from the evil one. Give him and his family a hedge of protection and traveling mercies for whereever they must go. Thank you lord!

Amen

 

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Family Fun Time

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Hunkins Experiments

 

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