The overwhelming evidence is that talking therapy works. And works in ways that can be life transforming for many people. It doesn't matter much what the brand of counselling or therapy is. What seems to be most healing is the relationship that develops between client and practitioner, based on attunement towards the client, honesty and respect.
Several incorrect media articles over the last few days have been published stating middle-aged men with a certain balding pattern are at an increased risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer than men with no baldness. Well, this is highly inaccurate in my opinion and unfortunately caused a great deal of men unnecessary anxiety and stress.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner, all to contain some protein to help balance blood sugar throughout the day, plenty of leafy green veg, not too much sugar etc etc - you know the drill. You don't have to deny yourself the treats you love but eat more of the good stuff and the rubbish will be crowded out.
Whilst families can feel helpless in the battle against MSA (or any degenerative illness with no cure) Alfie and his family are proof to us all that the rays of hope and positivity can shine down through the clouds of even the darkest of storms.
I know from my girlfriends that many men are not averse to smoothing on a product or two - and not only do most of them secretly use their lady's scrubs and tubs, but men's products have increased by 70% over the last six years, meaning that our dads, husbands, brothers and boyfriends now have a bathroom cabinet of their own.
If you're a man who fancies himself as the next Sir Chris Hoy - but you don't want to lose any of your prowess in the bedroom - there's good news. A study of more than 5,000 cyclists in the UK has debunked the popular myth that cycling causes male impotence, suggesting that it may not increase your risk of having erection problems (or erectile dysfunction, ED) after all.
No man ever wants to contemplate the possibility of male menopause. They want to leave all of this to the female sex. Men have suffered for years thinking that they have depression and other health issues instead of the natural dwindling of their testosterone levels.
The male erection: the epitome of manhood... The truth is, impotency can affect anyone, and certainly at any age. It's a taboo subject that is far more common than most would realise. Just as having an erection at an inappropriate time, often for no real reason; it can be an awkward experience.
Traditionally body image hang-ups have been widely accepted as something of a 'women's problem.' However, over the past decade, there has been a growing trend of men becoming increasingly body anxious and insecure.
It is worth noting that men are more at risk of developing heart disease than women. This is largely to do with the balance of hormones they have in the body. The risk also increases with age, and really shoots up once you hit mid 40s. It is also compounded further if anyone in the family has heart problems.
My plea is that we develop a major intervention with the next generation of young people who are growing up on a diet of misinformation about food, exercise and looking after their health. We really cannot let this level of bad education continue otherwise we are storing up huge problems as a society and for those individual young people that we care about.
For the past five years I've been campaigning and raising awareness of men with eating disorders with an aim to debunk the myth that eating disorders is a 'female problem.' Significant advances in awareness have been made in this short space of time to highlight the inequalities male sufferers face, but there's still a long way to go
Let's face it, men are rubbish at talking seriously about their health. Other than sporadically airing my own health-related neuroses, my own previous form on serious cancer talk is questionable. Other than a mere cursory chat to a friend about his mother's breast cancer diagnosis, it's probably zero.
We are double blind to the issue, we've our fingers in our ears when suicide is mentioned, and this wanton deafness pops up when it comes to our attitudes towards men being weak. Better to blank both issues, most particularly when the two combine. And so we have a society where suicide accounts for the lives of more men aged 20-49 than any other single cause. Bigger than road deaths. I write this having watched Newsnight bemoan the 68 deaths a year from illegal highs, or around one death a week. By comparison 12 UK male deaths a day should warrant a series.
A conversation needs to be had about fitness, and why it's not about that dreaded phrase 'bikini fit' or (just) about losing weight. Because if I thought fitness was just about losing weight then it just wouldn't much fun anymore, and I'd rather blame work or a hectic social life - anything to not run on a treadmill like a hamster in its wheel.
Jeremy Gillitzer was an american guy that I discovered in 2008 when I was researching online with an idea to set up 'something' for men with eating disorders. Having read Jeremy's blog I felt an immediate sense of relief knowing that my experience was not alien after-all.