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Basics About Your Body and Your Sexuality
Holistic and Alternative Approaches to Health
Male Menopause, Midlife Passages
Impotence and Infertility
The Prostate, Prostate Cancer

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Basics About Your Body and Your Sexuality


The editors of Men's Health magazine have compiled a series of excellent books of basic information about male bodies, men's health, and sexuality. So often, men are afraid to ask questions--maybe we're afraid it makes us look ignorant about things we "should" know about. But do you know where the prostate is and what it does? What about all those sex questions your Dad never told you about and you've been afraid to ask?

The value of these books is that they're written in a breezy, journalistic style. They present solid information in a way that's entertaining to read. They're wonderful gifts from a woman to the man she cares about. They're wonderful books to give to an adolescent son, so he can find out his own information about the "birds and bees" in the privacy of his own room. But, mainly, they're wonderful books to give to yourself. You can find answers to the questions you were afraid to ask. And no matter how much you already know about your body and sexuality, you'll learn something.

The two basic books, both of which I recommend highly, are:

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The Male Body: An Owner's Manual. The Ultimate Head-To-Toe Guide to Staying Healthy and Fit for Life
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Sex: A Man's Guide
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Rodale Press, publishers of Men's Health and these men's health books, also has an excellent series of what they call "Life Improvement Guides." The one that appeals to me the most is:
Stress Blasters: Quick and Simple Steps to Take Control and Perform under Pressure. Order on-line
There are times when I get stressed out--don't we all? Yes, there are hints for quick ways to reduce stress level, for example through breathing and relaxation. But their approach is to examine a wide range of areas that cause stress in a man's life, and offer sound, practical advice in each area. There's the usual focus on humor, exercise, diet, sleep and the like. But there are also chapters on life-crises. These include being alone, dealing with loneliness, dealing with grief, getting married, raising kids, dealing with money issues, getting divorced, dealing with sexual harassment at work, and about every life-stress imaginable.

I've also peeked at two others, which seem to have a lot of sound, practical advice to offer:
Vitamin Vitality: Using Nature's Power to Attain Optimal Health (order on-line) and
Stronger Faster: Workday Workouts That Build Maximum Muscle in Minimum Time. (order on-line)

How Men Can Live as Long as Women; Seven Steps to a Longer and Better Life by Ken Goldberg. List: $22.95. Order from their Web site: $ 12

Private Parts: An Owners Guide to the Male Anatomy by Yosh Taguchi M.D. (Paperback, 1996)

The Man's Health Book by Michael Oppenheim (Paperback, 1994)

The Black Man's Guide to Good Health : Essential Advice for the Special Concerns of African-American Men by James W. Reed, et al (Paperback, 1994)

The Man's Health Sourcebook by Alfred M. Dashe (Hardcover, / 1996)

Holistic and Alternative Approaches to Health

The secret to good health is in maintaining good health, through a healthy and wholesome lifestyle. There are many good books that talk about holistic approaches to keeping healthy. One I particularly like is Thriving: The Complete Mind/Body Guide for Optimal Health and Fitness for Men. Click here to read MenWeb's review of it. There's also a lot of good information about a healthy lifestyle in Jed Diamond's Male Menopause. Here are some other good books on the topic:

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Thriving: The Complete Mind/Body Guide for Optimal Health and Fitness for Men
by Dr. Robert Ivker and Edward Zorensky
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8 Weeks to Optimum Health: A Proven Program for Taking Full Advantage of Your Body's Natural Healing Power
by Dr. Andrew Weil
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The Multi-Orgasmic Man: How Any Man Can Experience Multiple Orgasms and Dramatically Enhance His Sexual Relationship
by Mantak Chia & Douglas Abrams Arava
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The Wisdom of the Body
by Sherwin B. Nuland
author of bestseller How We Die
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Male Menopause, Midlife Passages

Sex after 50: Loss, Impotence, or a Deeper, Richer Sex Life?
 Male Menopause: Fact or fiction?

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Male Menopause
by Jed Diamond
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Understanding Men's Passages: Discovering the New Map of Men's Lives.
by Gail Sheehy
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Maximizing Manhood; Beating the Male Menopause
Malcolm Carruthers / Paperback / Published 1998

Look Ten Years Younger, Live Ten Years Longer : A Man's Guide by David, Dr Ryback ( Hardcover, 1995)

Men's Health : Staying Young Looking Great
~ Ships in 2-3 days Michael Lafavore (Editor) (Paperback, 1997)


The Testosterone Syndrome: The Critical Factor for Energy, Health, & Sexuality--Reversing the Male Menopause
Eugene Shippen and William Fryer / Hardcover / Published 1998

Testosterone : New Ways to Revitalize Your Life With Male Hormone Therapy
Aubrey M. Hill / Paperback / Published 1998

Impotence and Infertility

Healing the Infertile Family: Strengthening Your Relationship in the Search for Parenthood, by Gay Becker. Reviewed by Matt Chamberlain. (order on-line)

Overcoming Impotence : A Doctor's Proven Guide to Regaining Sexual Vitality Steven Morganstern, Allen Abrahams (Paperback, 1994)

The Prostate, Prostate Cancer

The Prostate : A Guide for Men and the Women Who Love Them
by Patrick C. Walsh and Janet Farrar Worthington (Warner Books, 1997) (Mass market paperback)
Also available in larger Johns Hopkins Univ. Press trade paperback.

Man to Man : Surviving Prostate Cancer by Michael Korda. (Paperback, 1997)

Man to Man : Surviving Prostate Cancer
~ Ships in 2-3 days Michael Korda (Narrator) Audio Cassette

/ Published 1996

Making the Prostate Therapy Decision by Jeff Baggish (Paperback, Published 1996)

Prostate Cancer : A Survivor's Guide by Don Kaltenbach, Tim Richards (Paperback, 1996)

Prostate : Questions You Have ...Answers You Need by Sandra Salmans (Paperback, 1996)

The Prostate : Facts and Misconceptions by H. Salcedo (Paperback, 1996)

Making the Prostate Therapy Decision by Jeff Baggish (Paperback, 1998)

Prostate Cancer; All You Need to Know to Take an Active Part in Your Treatment, 2nd Revised ed. (Int by S. Larry Goldenberg (Paperback, 1997)

Living With Prostate Cancer : One Mans Story : What Everyone Should Know by Audrey Currie Newton (Paperback, p1996)

What Can I Do? : My Husband Has Prostate Cancer by Bev Farmer (Paperback, 1995)

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