(Chris and his trusty steed, Winchester, celebrate Movember in style)
While the newly configured manly month of November comes to a close, we join with others who hope that we won’t confine our efforts to raise awareness of men’s health issues to just one month of the year!
To that end we have selected out a few titles, with the original publishers notes, that may be of interest to men and women alike who wish to learn more about such issues as prostate health, mental health, masculinity and fitness. This is just a start, so if you think of any others, let me know, I’d like to start a ‘men’s studies’ reference for our collection!
If you’re interested in learning more about Movember, visit the Canadian branch of the campaign here: http://ca.movember.com
Happy Mo, sistahs and bros!
The Canadian Guide to Prostrate Cancer, by Leah Jamnicky
The Canadian Guide to Prostate Cancer is the first choice for all Canadian men looking for a totally comprehensive understanding of prostate health. This is the only available all-in-one guide that is focused on the Canadian medical system. It covers absolutely everything you need to know, including the latest medical research on diet and lifestyle, prevention, early detection, diagnosis, and step-by-step treatment options in Canada.
Midlife Man : A Not-So-Threatening Guide to Health and Sex for Man at His Peak, 2nd ed, by Art Hister
In this newly released and revised edition of Midlife Man, author Art Hister reflects on the changes he has gone through as a midlife man since the first edition was published in 1998. A new chapter on the psychological changes wrought by middle age discusses depression, stress, and anxiety, as well as changes in relationships with partners, aging parents, and grown or almost grown children. In addition, there is updated and expanded material on men’s mental and sexual health.
Twenty years of experience treating men and their families has convinced psychotherapist Terrence Real that depression is a silent epidemic in men — that men hide their condition from family, friends, and themselves to avoid the stigma of depression’s “un-manliness.” Problems that we think of as typically male — difficulty with intimacy, workaholism, alcoholism, abusive behavior, and rage — are really attempts to escape depression. And these escape attempts only hurt the people men love and pass their condition on to their children.
Why Boys Don’t Talk — And Why it Matters: A Parent’s Survival Guide to Connecting With Your Teen, by Susan Morris Shaffer and Linda Perlman Gordon
Adolescent boys are notoriously uncommunicative. Unfortunately, too many parents equate not talking with ‘not feeling’, and, as authors Susan Morris Shaffer and Linda Perlman Gordon explain parents who make that assumption end up validating only the most superficial aspects of their sons. It arms parents with proven techniques for communicating with their adolescent sons and re-establishing strong emotional bonds with them.
Iron John: A Book About Men, by Robert Bly
So what exactly does it mean ‘to be a man’. In this now iconic read, poet and translator Robert Bly offers nothing less than a new vision of what it is. Bly’s vision is based on his ongoing work with men and reflections on his own life. He addresses the devastating effects of remote fathers and mourns the disappearance of male initiation rites in our culture. Finding rich meaning in ancient stories and legends, Bly uses the Grimms fairy tale “Iron John,” in which the narrator, or “Wild Man,” guides a young man through eight stages of male growth, to remind us of archetypes and long forgotten-images of vigorous masculinity, both protective and emotionally centered. Simultaneously poetic and down-to-earth, combining the grandeur of myth with the practical and often painful lessons of our own histories, Iron John is a rare work that will continue to guide and inspire men-and women-for years to come.
Yoga For Men: Postures for Healthy, Stress-free Living, by Thomas Claire
It’s more than just a trend in Western popular culture. Yoga for Men is a comprehensive introduction to yoga specially designed for men of all ages and backgrounds — athletic or sedentary, young or old, the yoga devotee or the neophyte just starting out on his yoga journey. As well as an overview to all the major styles of yoga, it includes information specific to men — how yoga affects male health concerns, how yoga can help during the phases of a man’s life, how yoga can enhance performance for athletic activities as well as your sex life, and how yoga can be enjoyed with a partner.
If you’re interested in finding out about Men’s Yoga opportunities on the North Shore or elsewhere, visit the YoGuy Yoga website here: http://yoguy.ca/classes/
For information and statistics about Men’s Health, visit the Movember information page via Vancouver Coastal Health here: http://www.vch.ca/about_us/news/movember-is-back-