Movember has come and gone, and with it, a flurry of facial-hair growing activity. As promised, I am posting photos of the evolution of Anthony’s mustache. Congratulations to Anthony and his team, The Wade Boggs All-Stars for raising $7,817 and awareness about the dangers of bad facial hair, I mean, men’s health, in the month of November!
In my last Movember post , I talked about some of the risk factors for developing prostate cancer. In this post I will talk about some things you can do to help prevent it. Having watched a friend, a renowned medical researcher go through the frustration of wading through conflicting research and professional opinions, it appears that there currently is no one clear path to preventing prostate cancer. However, you can do your best to be healthy overall, and avoid certain things that are thought to contribute to the development of prostate cancer. I’ve compiled the following information from the Mayo Clinic, LiveStrong, Movember and President’s Cancer Panel websites.
- Eat the Right Things. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, which should be the main part of your diet. For protein, include lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, legumes, eggs, and nuts. The fat you eat should be from plant sources, rather than animals. And avoid processed foods with trans-fats, sodium, enriched flour, and refined sugars. It is also a good idea to limit the amount of dairy products and red meat you consume. For more details, see LiveStrong’s list of foods to avoid.
- Watch What You Drink. Green tea is full of anti-oxidants and has been found to reduce the risk of prostate cancer. And alcohol has been linked to all types of cancer, so it is best to limit yourself to no more than one or two drinks per day, if at all. . A standard drink is one 12-ounce bottle of beer or wine cooler, one 5-ounce glass of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits.
- Breathe. First of all, don’t smoke. It’s undeniably related to cancer, not just of the lungs. Also, remember to breathe. Stress and the accompanying biochemicals it creates in your body have been found to contribute to all types of chronic illness. So learn some techniques, like meditation and visualization, for controlling your stress.
- Move It! Men who exercise regularly have a reduced risk of prostate cancer, along with other chronic illnesses. If you don’t currently exercise, start out slow and work your way up to the optimal 30 minutes minimum per day.
- Avoid Those Chemicals. Do your best to limit your exposure to Cadmium, Dioxins, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), bisphenol A (BPA), all of which are suspected of causing cancer in general, and prostate cancer in particular. BPAs and other chemicals are capable of mimicking human hormones and are suspected of causing prostate and testicular cancer. In a recent study, BPA was found to cause biochemical changes in prostate tumor cells in a laboratory setting. Avoid chemical pesticides, too. An NIH Agricultural Health study found that farmers, men who worked as pesticide applicators, and men who manufacture pesticides have a significantly higher risk for prostate cancer. The Environmental Working Group has information on other environmental toxins that are suspected of contributing to cancer.
Here is Anthony on Movember, Day 15. He mustache seems to say, “Hey, can I interest you in a used car?”
And here is Super Mario, I mean Anthony, on Movember, Day 30! Congratulations, Anthony! Now, can I interest you in some all-natural, vegan, toxin-free men’s grooming products?
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Thanks for the excellent advice!
I sported a mustache for many years until my wife saw a high school picture of me and emitted a prolonged sound normally reserved for kittens and puppies. In addition to her prompting, my cheesy mustache was being populated by hairs of alternate colors. I suddenly looked as though I was hanging a television test card under my nose. Like it or not, I had to face the cold, hard fact that it was time to shave my last connection to the 70s off.
I poured a stiff drink, readied my razor, and began swatting through the undergrowth. Before long I had clear cut the forest, and my sink would never drain the same again. I was suddenly aware of a light breeze on the skin where my mustache had been, and looking at my face I now felt naked and exposed. I also came to the conclusion that I had virtually no upper lip, but maybe only because I was comparing my pathetic male lips to the ones I look at most often: the wonderfully full female lips of my wife. Women have no need to hide a lack of lip by growing mustaches, and for that I am eternally grateful.
It’s been several years since I shaved that off. I’m sure all the forest animals have long since found new homes, and our sink finally drains again. I no longer view my lack of upper lip as either a character flaw or the basis of a conspiracy theory, and shave on an almost daily basis. THANKS to Herban Lifestyle for making the shaving experience not only tolerable, but even pleasant.
Thank you very much for sharing your hair-growing, and hair-culling experiences. It sounds as if your decision to make your face permanently clean-shaven was the absolutely right thing to do for you, your wife, and society in general. And I am so happy to hear that you are enjoying my products. I imagine that shaving one’s face is not the most enjoyable thing to do, so I am grateful to help make it a pleasant experience for you!
Thanks for bringing awareness to prostate cancer. It has ravaged the men on one side of our family and early screening can make such a difference.
You are welcome, Tammy. I’m so sorry to hear that it has affected your family so profoundly. The good thing is that prostate cancer is usually very effectively treatable if caught early.