Men's Minds,
Men's Bodies

The 6/16/03 issue of Newsweek features major coverage of men's health issues during International Men's Health Week. Included in the articles are the latest information on Status Anxiety, Depression, Prostate Cancer, Strength Training, and Viagra Alternatives with the Harvard Medical School plus a great story from Patti Davis, daughter of Ronald Reagan.

Other Interesting Stories:
Men's Minds, Men's Bodies
How the Educational System Bombs Out for Boys
Stiff Competition
Father's Day Special's
What The ‘Ideal’ Woman’s Body Looks Like In 18 Countries
"Out of Our Heads" Release: Men's Wisdom Council 42:37

"Out of Our Heads"
The Truth about Men Exposed

The Truth about Men Exposed

Men's Minds, Men's Bodies


  • Men may excel at building empires, but we're not much for taking care of ourselves. In 1920, women outlived us by one year. Today it's five years. We've come a short way, buddy.
  • With the acception of Alzheimer's disease, all 15 of America's leading killers now take a great toll on men than on women. (Note: And the reason we don't lead in Alzheimer's is that most of us don't live long enough to contract it. We're already dead.)
  • We're twice as likely to die in accidents or homicides, three times more like to be diagnosed with AIDS and four times more likely to take our own lives.
  • Men are less likely to receive medical care when it's needed and less apt to seek social and emotional support. Women seek more support, receive more and are more satisfied with the support that they receive.
  • Males are fragile from the moment of conception. We die off faster than females during gestation and early childhood, long before we take charge of our own health.
  • Still, 26 percent of American men still smoke and we're twice as likely as women to abuse alcohol. In fact, men are more likely than women to engage in 30 different high-risk behaviors.
  • 94 percent of the U.S. prison inmate population are men.

Behavioral scientists are shedding new light on the male mind and its sometimes perilous quirks. And ordinary men are discovering that yoga - like routine health care - is too good to pass up. So get this issue and check it out, men. You have nothing to lose but your pain.

What The ‘Ideal’ Woman’s Body Looks Like In 18 Countries

This is what beautiful looks like on five different continents.

What does a "perfect body" look like? It depends who you ask -- and where they are.

UK online pharmacy Superdrug Online Doctors recently created a project called "Perceptions Of Perfection" that features 18 photoshopped images of the same woman. The company hired designers from countries around the world to photoshop a stock image via Shutterstock to reflect the beauty standards of their specific countries.

"Widely held perceptions of beauty and perfection can have a deep and lasting cultural impact on both women and men," a Superdrug press release reads. "The goal of this project is to better understand potentially unrealistic standards of beauty and to see how such pressures vary around the world."

The company asked 18 designers from 18 countries spanning five continents to photoshop an image of a woman to fit their perception of the culture's beauty standards. Below is the original image before the designers photoshopped it:

The designers photoshopped everything from the size of her waistline to shoe and hair color to mold the photo into the ideal body type of that culture.

Out of the 18 designers, 14 were women and four were men, according to Superdrug. In order to highlight a woman's perception of her culture's beauty standards, Superdrug asked the four male designers to photoshop the image based on messages women in their countries receive about what an ideal body should look like.

Some of the images appear only slightly altered, while in others, the original image is barely recognizable. Photos from China and Italy were dramatically photoshopped to have very thin legs and arms. Images from Colombia, Mexico and Peru reflect the traditional voluptuous beauty standards of those areas with tiny waists, large breasts and curvy hips.

Scroll below to see what the "perfect woman" looks like in 18 countries.


"Out of Our Heads" Release: Men's Wisdom Council 42:37

The documentary created and produced by my friends Leo Horrigan and Allen Moore has been released and is being screened - thanks to a Kickstarter campaign that raised funds to get the project through the last steps.

I've shared clips from the documentary in a previous Menletter, and now the entire 45-minute video is available on line.

The video depicts the essence of an annual men's gathering that's been going on in western Massachusetts for over 20 years. I'd be the last person on Earth to suggest that this kind of gathering is something that every man should experience. But I know, and have seen, and have experienced how profoundly moving and life-changing such an experience can be for those men who are open to it.

Here's the link to the video. Click on the word "link" in the previous sentence, or click on the picture below.

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The human body is the best picture of the human soul. - Ludwig Wittgenstein

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