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Menstuff® has compiled information and books on the issue of the Prostate. This section is an archive of Kim Garretson's monthly poster featured daily on our homepage. His book, Niches of Clarity at Gunflint, is a sardonic view of the infuriatingly awful healthcare practices and lazy cavalier behavior by men that together give us today's prostate cancer epidemic.

"Instead of adding to the Web's voluminous text resources, I chose to modernize pulp fiction magazine covers from the 30's to the 60's. (See www.MansGland.com ) Why? Because I believe smiling at the absurdity of the disease is one of many coping and healing paths to follow," she says.

"My Requests: Women viewers: Please lead healthy men by the ear to this page and make them look. Healthy Men: Glance, grimace, get a PSA. Men with Prostate Cancer: Hey, try laughing in the face of dread. It helps." Kim can be reached at E-Mail.

The Crisis in Men's Health and Men's Health Communications: An Apathetic Media Audience Caring & Doing Too Little For Its Own Health.


There is a crisis in men's health. Too many men are uninterested in reading about, talking about or listening to advice about their health. With prostate health, many men under 50 do not even know the basic function of the prostate. How can we alert them to its importance for a healthy body and mind, and get them ready to manage their prostate health according to American Urological Association guidelines? After all, prostate cancer needlessly kills more than 30,000 American men a year.

Perhaps humor is one idea? Maybe men will glance at pictures that elicit a grin, and leave a message that sticks? Will they call our 1-800-PSA-TEST phone line and listen to our funny one-minute bits?

Is an attempt to make the prostate funny an effective tactic? Our experiment is beginning to discover the answer to this question. And, with a national ad agency and university health research group taking on our campaign, we should have better data about our tactics in 2005. We'd also like to invite you to consider our efforts and perhaps use our material as the starting point for conversation with other men. Men's health groups countrywide now are using our posters for this purpose.

 

If you have a phone handy, please dial 1-800-PSA-Test and listen to the first of a series of messages from well-known humorists and comics about prostate health. Gregg Stebben, a renowned men's health author and commentator, worked with humorist Tim Nyberg, one of Workman Publishing's Duct Tape Guys, to launch the service. The goal with this service: To get listeners to tell their buddies to call the number.

 

 

Imagine the day when they invent an artificial prostate. Guys'll be glad and so will the women.


I was 51 years old and complained to my doctor for years about prostate symptoms. Stupid me for not insisting on the PSA blood test.


 

Let's face it. The prostate wasn't designed for the dietary and psychological abuse it must suffer today.


 

 I call the biopsy device the Derriere Derringer and it does its nasty work up Booty Boulevard.

 

This image is from 1950's men's 'sleaze' magazines. Back then, attacking our manhood were mean women and Saddam-like chaps. I guess things don't change much over the decades.


The Hindu theory of the body's Chakras says that psychological abuse of men by women can result in disease of the sex organs. I had a hospital roommate, a dentist whose wife verbally abused him right after surgery. I hope some day he puts her in his dentist's chair and performs some Chakra therapy on her.


Why does this site have so many gags about guys always running to the bathroom? Because that's a key signal for a friend, wife or girlfriend to pick up and make certain this chap gets a DRE and PSA test. Names of the cleaning crew on the left of this comic poster are: Slow Mop Sue, Sam Scrub-A-Dub, and TP Refilling Freak.


 

Again, we've been shocked to meet men who take pride in supposedly tricking their wives so they don't have to keep doctors' appointments. The excuse is usually that something came up at the last moment. We can't even comment on the cowardice and idiocy in this behavior.


 

A common therapy for the prostate are Lupron shots to shut down testosterone, the 'kerosene' that fuels the fire of a prostate condition. You may have heard about the side effect of hot flashes or the practice of 'watchful waiting', or hoping the PSA doesn't spike despite the Lupron shots. Terrified by both prospects? Believe us, Lupron is a wonder drug.

 

When you have a radical prostatectomy, they open you from the top when the prostate is way down at the bottom. Imagine the tango with the organs necessary to delve in those depths.

 

I still flinch thinking about the cystoscopy exam inside my bladder. The nurse said they used to use a rigid stainless tube instead of the flexible 'snake' and men really didn't like that device.

 

This original old magazine cover had the woman shooting the fellow with a gun. We put new devices in her hand and the other fellow's. Why? Our research found that men squirm at the thought of modern medicine's devices probing them for clues to prostate health. With our technique of overblowing reality, our message is that there is little discomfort in these important procedures.

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A general practictioner in a large corporate medical practice is the last person you want using his wooden puppet fingers for digital exams only (and not ordering the PSA blood test) to determine your prostate health.

 

Since testosterone is the enemy of the prostate, watch for our full site launch and the fun we'll be having with our Gland Man character and his battles against the evil RONE and the equally nasty ANT who spreads the prostate specific antigen.

If you know men who feel trapped by trying to maintain a facade of their invincibility but don't do the right things for their health, we say: "We could give a Rat's Ass. Get smart." The Men's Health Network says "There is an ongoing, increasing and predominantly silent crisis in the health and well-being of men. Due to a lack of awareness, poor health education, and culturally induced behavior patterns in their work and personal lives, men's health and well-being are deteriorating steadily."

A short break from our funny picture experiments: HealthDay, the health news syndication service, and the Chicago Tribune News Syndicate gave our campaing worldwide attention in 2003. Here is one of the articles:"Prostate Awareness Can Be a Laughing Matter".

To begin our beta sampling of humor art techniques and messages, we use an old men's pulp fiction magazine cover for a message to all women viewers of this site: With the possible benefits to prostate health in soy foods, please help increase your man's consumption of soy. How about vanilla soymilk on cereal? Or, check out some recipes at this site: Soymilk and Tofu Recipes . Comment?

If your sleep is interrupted by trips to the bathroom or you run to the john more often than other guys your age, you could have Benign Prostate Hyperplasia or BHP. Check out the oddly named, but really nifty, TUNA Therapy by clicking here
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In doing research for our campaign, we've been shocked to learn that many men do not know the prostate's function. Richard Saul Wurman's epochal book Information Anxiety says that if someone does not understand the basics of a topic, he can't learn anything new about it. So that's why we're not about cancer. We're about the prostate. Look for more retro magazine and movie posters about positive prostate-health steps to take coming soon. If you have prostate cancer, our goal is make you grin with reminders about healthy attitudes and actions to help fight the disease.

Can the high-fat Atkins diet pummel your prosate?

In doing research for our campaign, we've been shocked to learn that many men do not know the prostate's function. Richard Saul Wurman's epochal book Information Anxiety says that if someone does not understand the basics of a topic, he can't learn anything new about it. So that's why we're not about cancer. We're about the prostate. If you have prostate cancer, our goal is make you grin with reminders about healthy attitudes and actions to help fight the disease.

Ladies, if your husband has on blinders about getting or bonding with a dog, take matters into your own hands.


Coming Soon: The Amazing 50 Year Story of Dogs' Sacrifices for Prostate Cancer Research. Like us, we think you will be amazed -- and a bit saddened -- by what dogs have meant for prostate cancer research.


Encouraging news this week: Dogs being trained to detect prostate and bladder cancer by sniffing urine. Read More


Men's health book author Gregg Stebben, who has interviewed most of the famous men with prostate cancer, including Millken, Guliani and Swartzkopf, hosts the first of these one-minute funny bits. Gregg said that in most interviews these worldly-wise men admitted that they never read or thought about prostate health, and that their wives were responsible for getting them to get the PSA-Test. Our goal is reach women who can at least get their husbands and fathers to call this number.

Again, with the PSA test under some scrutiny, if you know men who are bypassing it, we have four words: GET TESTED. KNOW SOMETHING..

© 2009, Kim Garretson

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