Oral Sex Can Lead to Cancer Posted on February 26th, 2011
These days oral sex is pretty common – especially with the young. According to statistics, young people aged 15 – 22 do not consider oral sex as sex. Remember, Bill Clinton’s famous phrase, “I did not have sex with that woman.” Bill Clinton was not a teenager when he created that major indiscretion but it does showcase the fact that even adults do not consider oral sex as actually “doing it.” This discussion on oral sex is not a moral question or whether it is the “full enchilada” or not. These comments relate to recent findings which show that people who have frequent oral sex with multiple partners could be putting themselves at risk for oral cancers. There appears to be an increase in certain head and neck cancers that experts link to the rise in popularity of oral sex over the past few decades. But the upside is that HPV (human papilloma virus) related cancers are eminently more treatable than those attributed to smoking or drinking. “It seems like a pretty good link that more sexual activity, particularly oral sex, is associated with increased HPV infection,” said Dr. Greg Hartig, professor of otolaryngology — head and neck surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison. Oral sex is great – with the right partner – a long term partner. If you’re not sure, leave your tongue where it belongs – in your mouth.
Wondering When to Retire? Posted on February 21st, 2011
Are you 65? Are you thinking about retirement? Every hour 316 people in the United States turn 65 – that’s 7,584 people per day. What are all these people planning to do? According to Diane Fuller Doherty, who has just turned 67, she has no plans to retire or grow roses. Fuller Doherty advises entrepreneurs at the University of Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network. According to her, she has health, energy and passion to continue with her fulfilling work. “My energy comes from the clients and the businesses they develop. I feel inspired by their resourcefulness and initiative,” she says. I have no intention of retiring. At almost 67 years of age, I get up in the morning excited about what the day will bring. I have columns and blogs to write. I submit articles, write books, lecture internationally, host a radio show and see clients one-on-one. Plus I exercise, eat right, take hormones and have a fulfilling personal life. Retire – not me! Many people miss the structure and the intellectual challenge of a job and their co-workers after they retire. People often feel that if they are doing something of value – why not keep doing it? I say, live your passion. What do you love, what are you passionate about? Start focusing on that now – while you are still working. That way when you retire you’ll segue into your new activities seamlessly.
Celebrity Rehab Misses Some Pieces Posted on February 10th, 2011
The master clinician of the TV show “Celebrity Rehab” Dr. Drew Pinksy M.D., is something of a legend. He’s a no-mince-words, pack-no-punches, in-your-face counselor whose methods are a unique mix of compassion and straight-talk. His program gets results and lots of ratings. Each year, thousands of lives are wreaked because of addictions – to the internet, booze, gambling, shopping and drugs. Addictions are fueled by the “little child” inside who uses substances and behaviors to fill a hole that appears at times to be bottomless. I recently caught a Dr Drew program. Very interesting. Dr. Pinsky says that though there may be relapses, even in the most difficult cases, sustained sobriety is possible with the accountability of the rehab program. But as a medical intuitive, there were missing pieces. In order to change the mind and enhance mental clarity and emotional stability, you have to start with diet. I am sure diet is addressed at any rehab facility but it was clearly obvious on the program that each “addict” was out of balance physically – both from fluctuating blood sugar levels, food sensitivities and hormonal imbalances. Food is the cornerstone of healing the physical body and a “change of attitude” heals the mental body. I like hypnosis or relaxation therapy used on a daily basis to literally re-program the inner or subconscious mind. I also like an innovative therapy called EMDR that is used effectively for post-traumatic stress disorder. These could be adjunct approaches to talk-therapy. Admittedly, there are numerous deep, multi-faceted issues facing any addict. To be brave is having the courage to face personal demons. To watch Dr. Pinsky’s gives one a deeper level of respect for his innovative approaches and understanding of the complex, addictive process.