Studies show that, in any given year, only 4 percent of men will visit a physician compared with 34 percent of women. Because of this men who develop diseases like cancer and diabetes tend to be diagnosed much later than women. Men are less aware of their symptoms than women, and are more reluctant to seek help. It’s not just an "awareness" problem, it's more an unwillingness to show any signs of weakness. Men tend to see health as a very black and white thing - "I'm either ill or I'm well.” Meanwhile human health is a multi-faceted picture and there are many “degrees” of sick or well. When men delay going to the doctor their symptoms are often more advanced and harder to treat. Maybe this is why 40% of men die before age 75?
Top 5 Reasons Men Give for Going to the Doctor
New and Noteworthy - Updates from IFMC
The past several months have been exciting for
us as our educational offerings have really taken off. We have been able to
hold a variety of classes and workshops on different wellness topics, different
healing traditions and personal well-being. Our practitioners have presented on
nutrition, hormonal balance, stress management, fitness, herbal remedies, meditation
and hypnosis. We have held workshops on balance, energetic healing, and we held a silent retreat day
Nutrition for Men
Males of all ages can benefit from eating a balanced and
varied diet, getting enough calcium, avoiding high fat and sugar content (like
fast food), drinking more glasses of water, and exercising daily. However, if you
are worried about your personal nutrition or weight, talk with your doctor
about your concerns. There are many diets and supplements that can be dangerous
to your health. Your doctor can discuss a weight program that is right for you.
Eight a Day: Although everyone is encouraged to
eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day, men should actually
be shooting for eight.........
THE ROLE HYPNOSIS CAN PLAY IN MENS HEALTH
Interestingly enough, I and many of my Hypnotherapy colleagues have noticed that men seem to go under hypnosis faster than women. Men do always seem to like more speed! Often, however, men do seem to be more skeptical of hypnosis so professionals will perform what are called, ‘Suggestibility Tests’ before a session. We will often use numbing techniques to show the power of the mind and instill confidence that hypnosis works.
The helpfulness of hypnosis in mens physical and mental health is broad and varied. Confidence probably tops the list, followed by issues
with anxiety and insomnia. During the worst part of the recession, many of my male clients were extremely depressed (some still are) and
for those who drink, their consumption went way up. Hypnosis can be very powerful for weight loss, controlling heart rate, sports performance and so much more.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with hypnosis, the following might be helpful in demonstrating the powerful yet simple way our minds can work......
"A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson
Herbal Solutions for Male Health Issues
Prostrate & Urinary Tract Health - Saw Palmetto, Bladderwrack, Parsley.
High Blood Pressure - Red Bush Tea, Dandelion, Parsley
High Cholesterol - Garlic, Fish oil, Red Bush Tea
Restless Leg - Skullcap, Valerian
Insomnia - Red Bush Tea, Valerian, Passionflower & substitute Siberian Gingseng for caffeine
Stress Related Symptoms like Anxiety - B Complex!!, Rhodiola, Red Bush
Constipation - Licorice, Cascara Sagrada, Psyllium Seed
Congestion - Mullein, Coltsfoot, Eucalyptus, Saline Nose Spray or Neti Pot
Classes and Events
The past several months have been exciting for us as our educational offerings have really taken off. We have been able to hold a variety of classes and workshops on different wellness topics, different healing traditions and personal well-being. Many health experts have facilitated. Classes are held either at IFMC or a special event site. Be sure to try one of our recurring Support Groups (there is one for weight loss and one for perimenopause and one for stress each month). This month we have a special Couples Boot Camp! Join us and secure a healthy future for yourself and your family!