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Some big HPV news was dropped recently … 1 in 9 men have a form of HPV that causes oral cancer! And one of the Feel Good Family wanted to know “Can I get HPV from having oral sex with my girlfriend?”
A lot going on in that question and in this research. So let me break it down for you in this week’s Weekly Dose!
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Heidi Klum may have stumbled on the secret to a long life – more sex! But is she full of it, or has she found the fountain of youth? Believe it or not, scientists have done research on this very topic. The answer is different for men and women. And what the researchers found might just surprise you. Grab the lube and lets get down to business on the latest Weekly Dose!
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Bunions are common, painful, and may even require surgery to fix! What the heck are bunions? How are they different from corns? How can you prevent bunions? And what can you do if your bunions are out of control!
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Yup, you heard that right. There is a strain of Gonorrhea RESISTANT to antibiotics. Meaning we can’t cure it. Meaning when you fuck without a condom and get this strain of Gonorrhea… you are on your own.
Not to scare you, but to scare you. This is not only a good reason to keep using condoms, but highlights how the over use of antibiotics is leading to antibiotic resistance. Soon, it won’t just be STD’s, it’ll be even more common diseases that we can no longer cure…
What are those signs and symptoms of Gonorrhea again?
Think I’m kidding? The World Health Organization chimes in.
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Think a friend is going to commit suicide? SAY SOMETHING!
September is National Suicide Awareness Month. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. W.T.F?! How does it even make the top 10? BECAUSE WE DON’T LIKE TO TALK ABOUT IT AND WE DON’T DEAL WITH MENTAL HEALTH VERY WELL!!
It’s a somber Weekly Dose, but a very very important one. And I want to hear from you. Let’s change the game. Because the “Feel Good Family” helps and supports each other, even around super sensitive subjects like suicide. Have you stopped someone from killing themselves? Thought about it yourself? Reached out to the Suicide Hotline (1-800-273-TALK)? Comment below with your experience. We have to speak up, reach out, and be the light for those who are in such a deep, dark place.
Watch The Weekly Dose below for more info and details. You really can make a difference.
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Today I’m conflicted. No, I’m confused. No, I’m sad. No, I’m fucking stoked! No, I’m, I’m, I’m …
Flag on the play. 15-yard penalty for roughing the reader. Repeat first down.
Let’s try this again. Today is the opening Sunday of the NFL season and as a lifelong football fan, this day is usually filled with tremendous joy, catharsis, shit talking, and even shittier beer.
Today is also World Suicide Prevention Day, tomorrow starts National Suicide Prevention Week, and September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
As a nurse practitioner and advocate for better mental health awareness and treatment, my previously concussed conscious is having a hard time remaining a football fan. Maybe former ESPN College Football Analyst Ed Cunningham was on to something when he quit his highly-coveted gig over the dangers of football and brain injury. “… the real crux of this is that I just don’t think the game is safe for the brain. To me, it’s unacceptable.” he recently told the New York Times.
Like the insufferably nauseating reverence bestowed upon the apparently infallible New England Patriots, we’ve all seemed to accept physical injuries as just “part of the game.” But as our collective de-stigmatization and awareness of mental health improves, we are all starting to see the writing on the helmet.
There is an obvious connection between repeated traumatic blows to the brain and a potential increase in neurologic and mental health diseases like dementia, depression, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. Some of these diseases are directly connected to an increased risk of suicide.
As a nurse practitioner I also know that taking research at face value is like playing a soft cover-two defense against Aaron Rodgers. You will look like a fool. In fact, the CDC’s most recent exploration of suicide among retired NFL players found that rates of suicide are half that of the average adult male.
This research only looked at deaths by suicide. There needs to be more research about suicide attempts, depression, neuropsychiatric illnesses, schizophrenia, opioid addiction, dementia, and all the other very well documented links between brain injury and mental health. More importantly, there needs to be more action.
Too many players report mental health issues after they retire. Too many players have sued the NFL over brain injuries. Too many players are quitting the game in the prime of their career because of concussions and fears of lifeline neurologic damage.
Just like the Cleveland Brown’s not knowing who their franchise quarterback will be (no, Deshone Kizer having one good game does not answer that question) I don’t have the solution to this problem. No one does. Yet.
But it’s time to throw the red challenge flag on the NFL and all levels of football. Mental health and neurologic illness are unquestionable a part of the game. It’s up the NFL, players, AND us fans to advance the conversation or players will continue to face the deadly consequences of inaction.
“Are you ready for some football?” I don’t know racist Hank Williams Jr., I just don’t know.
For more information of how you can (and you really CAN!) help prevent suicide, check out the links below. If you are worried that someone you know might be considering suicide, please ACT! It’s better to have a pissed off friend than a dead one.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK)