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Let’s Talk About Prostate Health with Herbalist Cathy McNease

Cathy_5-22-09In this Health Listen on our Aged to Perfection podcast I spoke last summer with herbalist Cathy McNease about how men can better take care of our prostates, from the foods we eat to helpful herbs and supplements. Cathy’s Health Listens offer valuable advice that’s easy to follow and habits we can develop for our bodies and minds. Her recent book, In Harmony with the Seasons: Herbs, Nutrition and Well-Being, is available now in print and eBook.

Cathy McNease is a nationally certified herbalist with a Diplomate in Chinese Herbology from the NCCAOM, a B.S. in Biology and Psychology from Western Michigan University and two Master Herbalist certificates from Emerson College of Herbology in Canada and East-West Course of Herbology in Santa Cruz.

Mark’s Café Moi: Turning the Big Five-Six

150MarkCafeBlackWell, I’m officially in my 57th year as of today. That’s 30 years past the shelf-life I’d given myself as a teenager obsessed with Janis Joplin, suicide poets Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton, and the whole allure of an early death. To die young, tragically and misunderstood was once what I expected and hoped for. Then survival happened, and the next thing I knew I was 30, then 40, then 50. And now? I can see a distant finish line, though I tend to look away and stay busy enough that it, too, will come and go before I know it and I’ll be a true Throw Back Thursday, remembered in an eternal online presence and the hearts of some.

What is age, really? Is it a synonym for time? Neither can be concretized, except as a list of symptoms, experienced by their effects. Poor vision, bothersome knees. For men, getting up several times a night to urinate as the prostate swells. The whole ‘low-T’ phenomenon. And an increasing awareness that no matter how much I tell myself time is an illusion, it passes anyway in what feels like faster and faster annual installments.


Read All About It: A News Sampler from Around the Web


Federal Recognition of Gay Marriage Now Matches Public Opinion
The Atlantic
Ukraine Rebels Love Russia, Hate Gays, Threaten Executions
Daily Beast
The truth behind America’s most famous gay-hate murder
The Guardian
Local hospitals step up as leaders on LGBT issues
Crain’s Cleveland Business
Mental health and treatment more complicated for older adults
Financial Pressure Rises for ‘Sandwich Generation’
Insurance News Net
Arizona Law Will Allow Employers to Fire Women for Using Birth Control
Latin Post

lgbtSr Editor Interviewed by Mystery Writer Jon Michaelsen

As many of you know, I’m the author of the Kyle Callahan Mysteries, a gay mystery series featuring an older male couple, Kyle Callahan and Danny Durban. The 4th book, and the third in the Pride Trilogy (Murder at Pride Lodge, Pride and Perilous, and the forthcoming Death by Pride) will be out by Christmas.

I was interviewed recently by fellow mystery scribe Jon Michaelsen (see his recent mystery Pretty Boy Dead as one of our featured books). You can read the interview he posted this past Saturday at his website HERE.

Events: Senior Pride Initiative Presents Growing Older, Growing Bolder – Nov. 14 (Lexington, KY)

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From Senior Pride Initiative:

The goal of the Senior Pride Initiative is to improve the quality of life for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people by raising awareness of the unique issues and needs they may face in aging. To achieve this mission, the Senior Pride Initiative advocates for increased cultural competency trainings in existing health care services and mainstream community resources to better respond to the unique needs of the LGBTQ community, and the expansion of social and educational activities for LGBTQ elders.

Woman’s Club of Central KY
214 North Broadway
Lexington, KY 40507

Friday, November 14, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (PST)

Liberian Pastors Blame Ebola on Gay People, Terror Spreads in LGBT Community


Via Reuters:

DAKAR/NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Leroy Ponpon doesn’t know whether to lock himself in his flat in Monrovia because of the deadly Ebola virus, or because he is gay. Christian churches’ recent linking of the two have made life hell for him and hundreds of other gays.

Ponpon, an LGBT campaigner in the Liberian capital, says gays have been harassed, physically attacked and a few have had their cars smashed by people blaming them for the hemorrhagic fever, after religious leaders in Liberia said Ebola was a punishment from God for homosexuality.

“Since church ministers declared Ebola was a plague sent by God to punish sodomy in Liberia, the violence toward gays has escalated. They’re even asking for the death penalty. We’re living in fear,” Ponpon told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by telephone from Monrovia.

Continue at Reuters

CA LGBT Leaders and Trans Capitol Hill Staffer Honored by Victory Fund (video)

From Frontiers LA:

So much appreciative networking filled the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza dining room for the Victory Fund’s second annual Los Angeles Champagne Brunch on Sunday, that it took a minute to realize that three of California’s top elected officials were in attendence: Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, State Sen. President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins. The honorees included Prop 8 plaintiffs Jeff Zarrillo and Paul Katami, actress Amy Landecker and producers Andrea Sperling and Rhys Ernst from the ground-breaking and renewed Amazon series, TRANSPARENT and Michael W. Kempner, President and CEO of the global PR agency MWW, which has a dedicated LGBT unit lead by Stephen Macias. Fox’s Red Band Society star Wilson Cruz and local political stars—L.A. City Controller Ron Galperin and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia also spoke to a warm reception.

But for all the political star power, the two who really stole the afternoon were Executive Director Chuck Wolfe, who is leaving after 12 years, and Ben Panico, the David Bohnett Victory Congressional Fellow who staffs the Equality Caucus on LGBT issues.

Continue at Frontiers

Study Finds Behaviors Unchanged with Knowledge of Genetic Cancer Risks


Fom HealthDay.com:

FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — As more genetic tests are developed that spot increased risks for certain cancers, one might think that high-risk people would be more proactive about getting screened.

But a new study suggests that, at least with colon cancer, knowledge does not change behavior: People who found out their genes doubled their risk of colon cancer were no more likely than people with average risk to get screened.

“It didn’t make any difference, not at all,” said study author Dr. David Weinberg, chairman of medicine at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia.

Weinberg cautioned against using the findings to come to conclusions about the impacts of genetic tests for other cancers. Still, he said, the “modest amount of available data” suggests that genetic tests like the colon cancer one — which don’t confirm a huge increased risk of disease — don’t alter health habits.

The researchers were surprised by the results. “Our hypothesis was that this would be effective,” Weinberg said, especially considering that a person’s genetic makeup is so personal and “might be a more compelling motivator than something like their cholesterol level or a lifestyle choice like smoking.”

Continue at HealthDay

North Carolina Magistrates Resign Over Gay Marriage

WinstonSalemJournalFrom the Winston-Salem Journal:

When a federal judge cleared the legal path for same-sex marriage in North Carolina earlier this month, it set off a flurry of weddings and celebrations, mostly in urban areas of the state.

But the joy was hardly unanimous, including among some public officials whose jobs include performing marriages.

At least six magistrates have quit or announced their resignations since same-sex marriages became legal Oct. 10, the Observer found.

Some left 20-year jobs that paid more than $50,000. Their decisions, they said, were based on religious beliefs.