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The Top Article of the Week
Teaching Men To Be Emotionally Honest – Andrew Reiner
When I was seeing clients there was one thing I noticing about the men that came into my office. While their ages differed and their concerns varied, what remained fairly consistent was that someone else, namely their wives and girlfriends, had told them to come and see me, often booking the initial appointment. While this wasn’t always the case, and perhaps there are many reasons why this happened, I believe that the NDDC’s “Best Article” this week highlights what was truly going on.
According to Andrew Reiner for the New York Times, society’s culture of masculinity puts a strain on the emotional development of boys and men, immunizing them against deeper emotional honesty. The tough guy persona, cultivating a standard of maleness, where he doesn’t ask for help, but is instead expected to do it all on his own, squandering the deep social and emotional attributes that boys exhibit early on in their development.
The reason I believe that these male clients were not seeking help, although they know they need it, was perhaps because they’ve been conditioned not to.
As Naturopathic doctors we can encourage our male clients to seek help, re-connect with their emotional roots, and foster physical as well as emotional well-being; whole-body wellness, it’s what we do best. Teaching to “think beyond the stereotypes”, we can help our male clients see that asking for help is not un-masculine, but is worthwhile and actually increases competence when it comes to his health. Armed with this knowledge, next time HE will hopefully be the one to book the follow-up.
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Is Too Much Internet Use Making Us Sick? – Chris Kresser
Eating Garlic and Raisins May Help Prevent Preterm Birth – Michael Greger M.D., Nutritionfacts.org
Blueberries May Offer Benefits for Post Tramatic Stress Disorder – Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), ScienceDaily
More Research on the Anti-Cancer Properties of Brocolli and Why You Need To Know How Lab Rats Get Cancer – Razi Berry, Natural Path
The Top 5 Lessons I’ve Learned After Reading 500+ Self Help Books – Susie Moore, Greatist
The Elements of Goal Setting – Dr. Tara Lapointe, ND
The Power of the Pause – Dr. Taryn Deane ND, Natural Path
Few children get 60 minutes of vigorous physical activity daily – Tufts University, Health Sciences Campus, Science Daily
Four Reasons to Cultivate Zest in Life – Kira M. Newman, Huffington Post
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