The Men Who Hide the Pink Ribbon

Odds are, you thought of breast cancer when you read pink ribbon in the title. That’s powerful. Two words that individually conjure visions of crayons and hair ties immediately change their meaning and people’s internal imagery and dialogue when combined. When those two words, pink and ribbon, sit together, images of fundraiser efforts, brave faces, fearless supporters, pink this, and pink that race to our mind’s forefront. And if we’re honest, most think female. Some even refer to breast cancer as “women’s disease.”

Thinking of breast cancer as a women’s disease carries massive consequences.

Men with Breast Cancer Carry a Higher Mortality Rate

The National Breast Cancer Foundation reports that men with breast cancer carry a higher mortality rate than women with breast cancer. Due to breast cancer primarily thought of as exclusively a female issue, men often lack awareness and are less likely to assume a lump in their chest is breast cancer. This lack of understanding, and perhaps acceptance, leads to later diagnosis, contributing to the higher mortality rate in males.

The American Journal of Men’s Health exposes a “social construct that connects breasts in general and breast cancer with femaleness.” The report articulates how “… males [with breast cancer] also have to deal with gender aspects of suffering from a perceived woman’s illness and feminization in therapy.” The report points out that “emasculation is a big issue…” for men with breast cancer because they feel ashamed of having an illness thought of as feminine.

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Hand Sanitizer May Not Be as Handy as You Think

COVID-19 is not the world’s first pandemic, and it won’t be the last.

Remember the old days when we used to eat birthday cake after someone carefully blew all over it, releasing spit shrapnel and hot air in an effort to extinguish birthday candles? How about when the world didn’t look like a sea of ninja impersonators, with floral patterns and color-coated masks, and everyone didn’t apply hand sanitizer as often as they breathe?

The landscape in which we live is not the same as it was one year ago.

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Brush the Teeth You Want to Keep ~ Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss uses humor to hit home an incredibly important point: Once baby teeth fall out and permanent teeth pop up, you don’t get another shot at growing more teeth.

The Importance of Your Pearly Whites

As DentalHealth.org points out, teeth help us:

  • Chew and digest food
  • Talk and speak clearly
  • Give our face its shape
  • Boost our confidence, which affects our social lives, careers, and relationships
  • Live longer
    • “Research has found that the number of teeth we have is strongly linked to how long we live.

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Emojis, Mood Swings, & You

Have you ever looked at your frequently used emojis list on your cell phone after you’ve let a young child text emojis to someone? After the grinning and proud child hands back your phone, the emojis in the frequently used list vary from pizza to unicorns to high-heeled shoes to dinosaurs to countless other images that seem to have zero connection to each other. This is a visualization for sudden mood swings, which PsychCentral defines as “a noticeable change in one’s mood or emotional state.”

Combating Mood Changes

Unlike the jump from pizza to unicorns to high-heeled shoes to dinosaurs in the above analogy that make the child giddy with happiness,

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You’re Never Too Old to Hear “Go to Bed!”

She’s exhausted.

After a school day of dodging gossip and stressing about tests and her reflection in the bathroom mirror, she enters an afternoon and evening of merry-go-round extracurriculars and an eat-when-you-can dinner. With the little energy she has left, she crawls into bed and hoovers her phone within a few inches of her face, the light from her tiny screen illuminating her bedroom and pulling her into a hypnotic social media-induced trance. Within seconds, she falls into the social media dark hole,

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The Word Workaholic: Friend or Foe?

Workaholic.

This word is said to be coined by minister and psychologist Wayne Oats in 1971. And as we near the 50 year anniversary of this word’s existence, the debate continues on whether or not being dubbed a workaholic is something to be proud of or not.

Perfect Balance Is an Urban Legend

July 5th is National Workaholics Day, and it’s a day that’s meant to remind people to balance their personal and professional lives. But is perfect balance actually obtainable?

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Summer Outings are Not an Excuse to Give Health the Day Off

Sodium-Packed Chips
Sugar-Infused Soda
Icing-Drenched Donuts
Perfectly-Rectangular Poptarts
Fried This
Fried That
Processed This
Processed That

The above represents one typical day of snacking and slurping on a camping trip. It’s not that any of the above items should be banned, it’s that having all the above items in a single trip is a swift uppercut to both your physical and mental health.

As the summer sun calls to families and outside excursions like hiking,

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Negativity, Children, & Dr. Seuss: Self-Talk Matters

Muffin top.
Big-boned.
Sausage roll.
Cottage cheese.
More wobble than a gobble.
Crescent rolls bursting along its seam.

The negative talk too many people think and say about their body is heartbreaking. There is nothing funny about feeling insecure, and there is nothing heart-warming about someone who makes a joke or spews sarcasm at their own expense.

Words Hold Power

Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria, Inc. (ADAVIC) was spot on when it said, “Even though you may expect only teenage girls to engage in negative body talk and body shaming,

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Apologize to Your Children Because We Absolutely Should Be Talking About Bowel Movements

Sorry parents, your children were right to be obsessed with bowel movements— both making them and discussing them.

Now I’m not saying the conversation about the mechanical and chemical process of breaking food down so it can be absorbed through the intestinal lining (i.e. digestion) should be dinner table discourse. As the popular phrase so eloquently says, there’s a time and place for everything. I am, however, saying it should be entertained during other moments of the day.

Your digestion system is directly linked to constipation,

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Ancient Egyptians, Moroccan Medicine, Mediterranean Diet, James Bond, & You ~ Understanding the Connection is Critical to Your Best Health

What did Ancient Egyptians claim is a “symbol of heavenly power”?
What is consumed to “stabilize blood sugar and control diabetes” in traditional Moroccan medicine?

What does Healthline credit as “a natural source of wellness with therapeutic properties” that are:

  • Gastroprotective- protects the digestive system
  • Neuroprotective- protects the central nervous system
  • Antimicrobial- inhibits microorganism growth
  • Anticancer- reduces the risk of cancer
  • Anti-inflammatory- reduces the risk of inflammation
  • Antinociceptive- reduces pain stimuli
  • Antioxidant- prevents oxidation or cell damage

The answer to the above questions is the olive leaf and olive leaf extract.

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