Coughs, runny noses, fevers, chills, and that don’t-wan- to-get-out-of-bed-season is about to arrive. Cold and flu season are dreaded about as much as prostate exams in my office. Last year was one of the worst flu seasons in recent history, with over 80,000 deaths and over 900,000 hospitalizations in the US. As a physician, I am often asked about my thoughts on the flu shot. Not a season goes by without a phone call from a friend or family member asking me for a Z-Pak or some form of antibiotic. Having a cold or the flu is pretty miserable. It’s time we separate faction from fiction.
One of my friends made a statement that I had not really had to consider, until recently. He explained that there are two things in life that invoke passion and emotion nearly universally, and those are one’s children and their money. My grandfather had a similar philosophy, but he had a slightly different list of passions. He believed the only reason that might merit violence against another person was if they harmed his family or his dog. As a soon-to-be parent, I have now begun thinking about things differently. A child is your own flesh and blood, it makes a big difference.
Medicine is defined by Webster’s dictionary as a substance or preparation used in treating disease.We are all familiar with pharmaceutical or prescription medications that have been studied intrials and approved for usage in patients.We hold fast the belief that these substances are given for the good of the patient with the intent to help prevent or alleviate some condition that may affect the well-being of ourselves, friends and loved ones.Unfortunately, even with the best intent, many prescription medications do cause harm.One doesn’t need to watch television for any extended period of time to find out that the drug created to help you may cause fatigue, diarrhea, spontaneous bleeding, erectile dysfunction, suicidal thoughts... and the list goes on and on.For many patients, even knowing there is a risk with the drug, the possible benefit is well worth it to them.We have an innate desire to avoid pain and suffering.
Out with the old and in with the new, 2017 has come and gone and a new year brings new optimism, new motivation and a fresh start for many people. 2018 willbring new fads, new trends, new ideas and this New Year will be defined by many of these changes.Fads and trends come and go like the part in President Trump’s hair in a strong wind. Some seem great at the time, but as we look back on those pictures and sort through our closets, we often come to the realization that the fad really just wasn’t all that cool. I heard a recent fad on the radio the other day that is definitely worth mentioning. Hair extensions have been around for a long time, but have you ever considered hair extensions for you nose hair?If you have not, I’d like to suggest to you that you are behind the times.
Cool days, barbecues, corn hole, coolers and hanging out watching football are integral to a great tailgate party this time of year. I’m not sure there is a better bond created and strengthened amongst men than during football season. Guys love to gather together and reminisce of times of old, talk trash about their teams,and relive their glory days when they were younger, stronger and more vibrant. Wives and girlfriends are always welcome, but these afternoons and evenings are all about being bros!
As a boy from South Alabama, I was raised on a traditional Southern cuisine. I will always remember those special occasions coming home to visit my parents and my mom would always ask for dinner request. A typical mom-favorite might include homemade chicken ’n dumplings, black-eyed peas, fried okra or maybe a nice meatloaf. I used to think there could be no better meal than the food cooked with love by my mother. It was predictable. It was consistent. It was good! As I moved outside of Alabama and began expanding my culinary taste buds, I grew to enjoy other unique foods. Sushi quickly became a favorite food of mine. I remember the expression on my parent’s faces when I told them I had just indulged in a nice piece of raw tuna- they were just shy of disgusted.
We live in a culture that is infatuated with unsolved mysteries and uncommon phenomenon. There are countless books and movies about things like the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, UFOs and the list goes on and on. We hear about something odd or unique and it becomes mystified in our minds. Careers can be created out of nothing and experts named for things that may have no basis in reality. The public becomes consumed by the idea and it becomes part of our culture.
You have probably heard the saying, “it’s not the size of the ship, but the motion in the ocean that matters.” The guy with the biggest mouth may shout out that big ships make bigger waves. I think Freud would have an explanation for that type of response and it deals with overcompensation. There is no doubt an infatuation exists regarding the size of a man’s private part. I have men ask me on a regular basis, “Doc, can you make it bigger?” My typical response is “No, but I can get you some new eyeglasses to make it look bigger.” The fascination about size often starts as a young boy and continues into adulthood. Women often wonder, “What is the big deal?”
What do Las Vegas, cancer and duct tape have in common? We’ve all heard the saying, Dzwhat happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas—well, except for herpes, and that stays with you foreverdz! Unfortunately, this is true.
At any given second of the day over 30,000 men and women are watching pornography, at any given second of the day over $3,000 dollars is being spent on pornographic material, and believe it or not one third of porn viewing is performed by women. We have a not so PRIVATE- PROBLEM with PORN.