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But Why is Men's Liberty A Better Choice Than Adult Diapers?

Posted by Andy Orrell on Aug 24, 2016 1:44:05 PM

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Here at BioDerm you'll often hear us say that Men's Liberty is the better alternative to adult diapers. Obviously, after using Men's Liberty, our customers quickly realize why they love using our brand. However, you might wonder why we think diapers are the lesser option. For me it always comes down to four factors: safety, comfort, waste and cost.

Long Term Exposure To A Hot, Dirty, Chemical-Laden Adult Diaper is the Number One Cause of Rashes And Lesions

Although rashes and skin lesions can be caused by several factors, the majority of these severe irritations and sores come from allergies to adult diapers, lack of air on the skin where diapers are worn and higher skin temperatures caused by the plastic in diapers retaining body heat.

Certain chemicals found in adult diapers (including Mercaptobenzothiazole, Cyclohexylthiophthalimide and P-tert-butyl-phenol-formaldehyde resin) and the dyes used to add color to the product have been shown to cause intense allergic reactions resulting in severe rashes. In fact, repeated exposure to these unnatural substances can cause long-term allergies, making continued use of adult diapers to be impossible without having to deal with embarrassing and painful rashes for the rest of your life.

As they get wet, adult diapers also become less form fitting and the sopped absorbent material begins to rub against the skin, causing deep lesions. On top of being incredibly painful, these lesions can often become infected and cause very serious medical complications to wearers in the most sensitive of places.

With over 3.5 million units being sold, Men's Liberty has resulted in no complaints of rashes or urinary tract infections. Its hydrocolloid base is safer and truly skin friendly.

So, which would you rather trust, a product with zero complaints or one that easily results in the need for medical attention?

One Year of Using Adult Diapers Can Result in 1000 Pounds of Garbage

Disposable diapers are worn until they are filled, and then, by definition, are thrown away. This results in nearly 8 billion pounds of garbage each year. This is enough to fill over twenty city blocks, or reach to the moon and back nine times. And this is just during one year!

Since it takes several hundred years for diapers to decompose (scientists still aren't sure exactly how many century), you can imagine how much garbage this actually represents. In fact, diapers make up over 30 percent of  all space in American landfills (only outnumbered by newspapers and food containers).

This doesn't even take into consideration the human waste that is in the adult diapers (ever wonder the real reason a garbage dump stinks?). When you toss a soild one into the trash, you are adding to the 84 million pounds of raw human waste leached into the environment every year from diapers. This human waste eventually reaches our waterways and goes back into human use...yeah, that's a rather disgusting thought.

Men's Liberty is a much better alternative as far as this is concerned. After a man fills the Men's Liberty integral collection chamber, he can safely and discreetly empty his urine into a toilet at his convenience...that's right, no human waste is added to our landfills!

Would You Rather Pay Over $3000 a Year or Have Little or No Cost in Dealing With Your Incontinence?

To avoid rashes and lesions, an average a man will wear between three and five pairs of adult diapers a day. One package of 18 diapers will last roughly half a week and cost around $20 with taxes (this is on the low end of costs). This means you are paying over $3,000 a year for disposable adult diapers! That's the cost of a brand new high end MacBook, the best quality 75" flat screen TV or an all-inclusive two week cruise to the Caribbean. That's a lot of money!

Whereas the cost of adult diapers are going to come out of your wallet, Men's Liberty is covered by Medicare and most major secondary health insurances. That's right, you can get a better option to deal with your incontinence for little or no cost to you!

So, when you factor  in comfort, safety, waste and cost, you can understand why we feel so confident in stating that Men's Liberty is the better alternative to adult diapers. If you haven't tried Men's Liberty yet, give one of our customer representatives a call at 1-800-814-3174 to find out more. Try Men's Liberty once and you'll understand the difference.

Renting a Home from a Chair

Posted by Caleb Bartlett on Aug 16, 2016 4:36:16 PM

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My family and I recently went through a rather difficult, yet educational experience. For the first time since my injury I was jointly responsible for a home. By the this I mean my name was on the lease. Many of us in chairs often live with family, some us received a settlement and bought a home, but there are those of us making a go of it out there in world living in a place we do not own. This means Landlords and that can be good, or really bad.

Last year my family and I moved to a new state to start a business. We had trained, saved, and searched for the right opportunity as well as the property. We planned to run a home-based food business and so infrastructure and amenities were equally important as accessibility. We finally found what we wanted and in a flurry of activity we signed a lease, packed, and moved. So as not to bog down this post with the gory details I’ll get to the point… the Landlord was dishonest and breached the lease causing us to lose a years’ worth of hard work, money, and ultimately we had to get a lawyer. Now ultimately our case stands on its own for anyone leasing a home, but in our effort to educate ourselves about our rights I learned a few things I felt it might be worth it to pass on to you. So here’s a few tips...

Make friends with a Lawyer. I’m serious. Attorneys get paid for their time and do get expensive, but the $150-$250 to have them read through a lease agreement could save you thousands on down the road. If you’re in a chair there are many pro bono disability rights services that can at least advise you on such matters before you sign anything. If you have a friend or family member who is an attorney don’t assume favors, be honest about what you can afford, tell them what you need, and offer them something for their time.

Don’t be in a hurry. If you are even remotely considering moving start looking now. Give yourself time. When you rush you settle for second best and a lease can be a difficult thing to get out of.

Don’t be impressed and don’t believe the pictures. Anything can look great with a coat of paint. If you are limited physically take someone with you who can look at the attic, the crawl spaces, the plumbing, and under the cabinets. Have them check for rot, mold, leaks, pests, and anything that could be unsafe or a fire hazard.

Be specific with the Landlord about your needs. Educate yourself about disabled tenant’s rights. There’s a lot of them and they’re in your favor. There are many resources online. However, be kind and polite. Explain your daily routine and how the space does or does not work, and what you can do to change it. Educate yourself on all the accessibility aides that are modular and can save them money. They will appreciate that.

Ask for references and do your homework. They will want references from you, expect no less from them. If you can, speak to previous renters, other current tenants, employees, or other professional connections. Listen and watch their reactions, it will tell you a lot.

Get it in writing, get it in writing, GET IT IN WRITING. Protect yourself now and you won’t have to fight later. If the lease is vague, get it rewritten in clear language. Know exactly what you are responsible for and what you are not. If you need special wording due to the wheel chair be honest and say what you want.

Life in a chair can be a daily challenge. Knowledge is power and can ease the stress of so many unnecessary battles. Living independently is a great blessing and gift that many don’t get to enjoy. The more of us who get out there and make it the norm the more landlords will make more and more properties accessible.

Thanks for reading.

Topics: family, wheelchair, Patient Stories, Guest Blogs, how to

BioDerm Supports Our Adaptive Athletes in Rio!

Posted by Andy Orrell on Aug 10, 2016 2:44:23 PM

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BioDerm, Inc. proudly supports Mission: ABLE, with many of our Men’s Liberty™ and CathGrip® customers being veterans and adaptive athletes. We are also involved in the PVA and the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, as well as supporting local adaptive sports teams around the country! Many of these athletes are participating in the Rio Paralympics. 

Click here to learn more about adaptive athletes in Rio!

Topics: Video Blogs

What is this OAB I keep hearing about?

Posted by Andy Orrell on Aug 5, 2016 9:16:08 AM


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But, what exactly is an "Over Active Bladder," and what does it mean to you?

OAB usually describe a group of urinary symptoms, the most common of which is a sudden urge to urinate. The urge usually comes on unexpectedly with little warning and is more or less uncontrollable. The reaction to such an urge is finding a restroom quickly. Another common symptom of an OAB is having to go to the bathroom several times during the day and at night. 

Most of the time, an OAB is the result of bladder muscles contracting more frequently than normal. Bladder muscle contraction can be caused by many factors amongst which are urinary tract infections (UTI), side effects from drugs, pregnancy, illnesses such as Parkinson’s, MS, MD, MS and other neurological diseases.

With men, an OAB is a common sign of benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), which in non medical terms is an enlarged prostate gland. When the prostate gland becomes enlarged, it exerts pressure on the tube (urethra) that carries urine from the bladder to exit…this pressure results in an urge to urinate  In addition to having an urge to go, an OAB can be accompanied by unavoidable urine leakage. When unavoidable leaking of urine occurs, an individual is considered to have “incontinence”. If your personal condition reaches the point of incontinence, it becomes necessary to take action. 

I strongly suggest that you quiz yourself to determine if there’s a possibility you have OAB. The five most relative questions to answer are given below. Be honest with yourself, when answering these five questions.

(To better clarify each question, I have offered further details below each question.)

Do you have to visit the bathroom more than 7-9 times during the day?
If you’re visiting the bathroom more frequently, and you’re noticing that some of those visits result in only several drops of urine, you may have OAB.

Are you having to rush to get to the bathroom for fear of an accident?
If rushing to the bathroom to urinate and finding that the result is a small amount of leakage, there’s a good possibility that you have an OAB accompanied by urge incontinence.

Do you have to go to the bathroom more than 3 to 4 times during the night?
This is a symptom of nocturia and is another sign of an OAB especially for men. When men have to get up several times during the night, it usually relates to an enlarged prostate gland or BPH as discussed above. Men can expect to see signs of BPH at age 50 and beyond.

When you’re away from home or at a social affair…for example, at a wedding or at the theater…do you find yourself scouting out the nearest restroom?
If you find yourself doing just that, you can be pretty certain that it’s another sign of an OAB or urge incontinence.

Are you avoiding to do things that you really enjoy doing for fear of having an accident?
If so…what’s happening is that you are actually changing your normal life style around the fear of a potential accident. Although this is likely another sign of an OAB, you should never succumb to a regression in lifestyle…that would be defeatism. which is absolutely unnecessary.

For those who find that they are, indeed, confronted with an OAB syndrome and/or urge incontinence, don’t fret, because there are several first-steps you can take that might work well for you. First and most important is that you learn how to recognize the symptoms of your personal incontinence condition. Once you understand your personal symptoms, you will be in a position to know whether or not what you are trying is working…remember…helping yourself is a trial-and-error process.

Most everyone who encounters OAB symptoms initially opt to trying absorption products such as liners or pads.  These products can cost hundreds of dollars a month and often cause sores. There is a better option. Men's Liberty is discreet, safer than adult diapers and condom catheters and can be purchased at little to no cost through Medicare and a secondary insurance.

Topics: external catheter for men, prostate cancer, insurance, incontinence, compassion, adult diapers

It’s Been a While Since… (VIDEO)

Posted by Mens Liberty on Aug 3, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Yes – prostate treatment is a major cause of urinary incontinence and that is important to Men's Liberty.  However, many of BioDerm's clients have never experienced any type of prostate treatments – or cancer.  So Wendy LaTorre has a quick discussion about other causes of male incontinence.

Topics: Video Blogs, Health Literacy, incontinence

10 Foods to Avoid if You Have Urinary Incontinence

Posted by Andy Orrell on Jul 27, 2016 9:27:03 AM

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If you have urinary incontinence, you may feel strong, sudden urges to pee, especially during the night. Eating or drinking certain things can make symptoms worse, mainly because your bladder is sensitive to irritants that can trigger the urge to go.

Paying attention to these triggers—and avoiding them if possible—can go a long way toward cutting down on sudden bathroom trips. Here are 10 types of food and drink that can worsen your need to go.

  1. You may want to reconsider reaching for hot pepper sauce at every meal or always eating sushi with wasabi. For pretty much the same reason that hot, spicy foods can make your mouth burn, it is thought they can irritate the bladder lining and worsen symptoms.
  2. Cranberry juice helps fight off bladder infections, but it can be a culprit in worsening overactive bladder symptoms. The berries' acidity can irritate the bladder, and although its diuretic action helps flush out the bladder and urethra, it will also make you go more frequently.
  3. It makes sense that if too much caffeine can make you jittery, it also can make your overactive bladder jumpy. So if you're a coffee or tea lover, stick to one cup—and be prepared for the consequences. And be aware that cocoa and chocolate also pack a caffeine punch.
  4. Like caffeine, alcohol is a diuretic and a bladder irritant. So drinking a beer is a triple whammy, because you're consuming liquid, accelerating the rate at which your kidneys are gathering water, and forcing the bladder to empty more often. If you do drink stick to a single glass of wine or liquor per day.
  5. Bubbly drinks can tickle your bladder as well as your nose. What's more, soda often contains caffeine, sugar, or artificial sweeteners—all of which are overactive-bladder triggers in their own right.
  6. Acidic foods and drinks, such as grapefruits and orange juice, can also irritate your bladder, Dr. Winkler says. But don't let citrus scare you away from other fruits, such as apples, blueberries, and pears, which provide key nutrients as well as a healthy dose of fiber. Eating fruit also helps stave off constipation, which can sometimes plague people with overactive bladder.
  7. Tomatoes, like citrus, are quite acidic. If you can't bear the thought of life without tomato sauce, some chefs swear adding a little sugar can make your ragu or Bolognese less acidic, although others argue that the sugar just masks the acid taste.
  8. Real sugar—and artificial versions such as Splenda—can worsen the symptoms of overactive bladder for some people. Even honey can cause problems. If you find that sweeteners give you bladder trouble, try to cut them out of your diet, or use as little as possible.
  9. Monosodium glutamate, or MSG, most famous as a flavor enhancer used liberally in some Chinese restaurants, lurks in other foods as well. And for some people, MSG is a trigger of overactive bladder symptoms. Luckily, plenty of Chinese restaurants are now MSG-free. If you are MSG-sensitive, carefully read the labels of soups, stocks, salad dressings, canned vegetables, frozen entrées, and foods containing whey or soy protein to make sure they are free of the additive.
  10. The adage that drinking eight to 10 glasses of water per day is good for you turns out not always to be true. So there's no reason for you to overload on liquids, which for obvious reasons can aggravate an overactive bladder. Drinking too little liquid can be a problem, too, because it can lead to overly concentrated urine, which is also a bladder irritant.

Topics: external catheter for men, diaper alternatives, incontinence

What is the secret behind The TRUE Pursuit of Happiness and Longevity? (VIDEO)

Posted by Mens Liberty on Jul 21, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Throughout the years, many retired people have made this statement to Wendy LaTorre, of BioDerm – that they’ve never heard a fellow retiree say “I should have worked a lot harder and a lot longer!"  Wendy shares a study that examines the pursuit of happiness and longevity for a group of men. Watch and you'll discover the secret as well!

Topics: Video Blogs, medical research, Health Literacy

See Our New TV Spot Before It's Broadcast Nationally

Posted by Andy Orrell on Jul 19, 2016 10:13:47 AM

Topics: wheelchair, Video Blogs, diaper alternatives, Medicare, Patient Stories, insurance, incontinence, BioDerm

Understanding Incontinence is Your Best Defense

Posted by Andy Orrell on Jul 14, 2016 12:00:37 PM

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There are some unbelievable stories that float around concerning urinary incontinence. I like to term these stories, “Incontinence myths." I’ll do my best to explain the difference between incontinence myths and true facts, as believing the myths can harm your ability to deal effectively with you urinary incontinence.

The first story I hear all the time is that people who have incontinence have small bladders. Not true…that’s one of those incontinence myths. We’re all born with a normal sized bladder, which is the correct size for our body. Because you may urinate often, you may think your bladder is too small and therefore fills up quickly, resulting in the urge to urinate. Forget that logic…your bladder is not too small. The only exception to a normal sized bladder, which we are all born with, is if someone has had bladder surgery to purposely reduce the size of the bladder. But this is an anomaly. So forget about the small bladder syndrome…it’s a myth.

The second story I hear often is that to stop incontinence you need to cut back on drinking liquids. This theory also falls in the category of incontinence myths. If you suffer from incontinence you may be tempted to drink less, but this can make the urine more concentrated, aggravating the bladder and making it more active. The very best advice is to drink moderately in small amounts throughout the day rather than gulping large cups of liquid at one time. A good rule of thumb is if you’re thirsty or if your lips are dry, drink. If you’re not thirsty, don’t drink. Pretty simple. Get in the habit of sipping water between meals to get your liquid requirement for the day. Remember, drinking less liquid than your body requires can lead to dehydration. Truly a myth!

This story I just heard the other day. A good friend of mine honestly believed that incontinence affects only old people. Again, this is another incontinence myth. Incontinence is actually very common. One in eight men experience incontinence at some point in their lives. Incontinence affects more people under the age of 53 than over. Incontinence is not a normal part of aging…and aging alone does not cause incontinence. Dispel this myth!

Another one of the many incontinence myths I hear all the time is that Kegal exercises only work for women. Kegel exercises certainly work for men and are just as effective for men as they are for women. Regular Kegel exercises can prevent and, in some cases, even reverse incontinence. It is important that one learns how to do Kegel exercises correctly. Once learned, it is recommended that they be done on average three times each day. If you follow that exercise regimen, you should see improvement because you will be strengthening the pelvic floor muscles, which keep the bladder from dropping.

The final and most upsetting myth I hear from people is that the only way to treat incontinence is to wear unsanitary diapers or dangerous condom catheters. This is a major falsehood. I believe, as do the thousands of our satisfied customers, that the better solution is the Men’s Liberty.

Men’s Liberty is made from BioDerm’s proprietary medical adhesive, hydrocolloid, that creates a secure, skin friendly seal around the urinary opening to ensure that all urine caused by leakage is collected in a small pouch that hides discreetly in your pants. Simpler, better, and definitely safer than the alternatives.

BioDerm provides an excellent training program for application and use of the product. Another benefit is that Medicare helps pay for the Men’s Liberty external catheters; Medicare does not pay for diapers or absorbents that you purchase from your local drugstore.

Call our care team today at 1-800-814-3174. They are here to help you.

Topics: customer care, medical research, diaper alternatives, Health Literacy, incontinence

Are Prescription Drugs the Answer?

Posted by Andy Orrell on Jul 6, 2016 3:32:19 PM

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I’m sure most of you feel the same way as I do when you’re watching TV and one of those urinary incontinence commercials pops up from the drug manufacturers. The purpose of the commercial is to inform the viewer that urinary incontinence symptoms will cease when you take “the little colored” pill.  The first things you see and hear are all of the good things about their drug…then, you hear the less than good news; you know… “tell your doctor if you have this or that health conditions”  or  “if you have difficulty breathing, call your doctor immediately”  or  “if you get swelling of the face, throat or tongue, call your doctor immediately” and the one that always scares me the most, “in certain instances this drug can cause death”.  What? Did I hear that right, “this drug can cause death”. Forget that nonsense!  The drug company is literally asking us to take a drug that has the possibility of causing death because the viewer may have to go to the bathroom more often than usual or because he may wet his pants occasionally …No thank you, Mr. Drug Company!  

I always believe that every man should speak with their personal healthcare professional about their incontinence. Just remember, it’s your health, so it’s up to you to decide how you want to treat your incontinence! So, why are the drug companies making these drugs for your doctor to consider prescribing to you that could cause death? 

I’ll tell you what’s going on. Drug companies always follow the numbers. The numbers drive the decisions as to whether or not they should invest in developing a new drug for an illness. But, keep in mind that urinary incontinence is not an illness…it’s a condition that can be effectively managed. I can assure you that you will never ever read a death certificate that has urinary incontinence listed as the cause of death. So, if it’s not an illness, why have several drug companies bothered to invest millions of dollars to develop drugs that simply allay the symptoms of urinary incontinence?

The answer to that question is that drug companies have studied the numbers and found that as many as 47 million Americans, 40 years of age or older, have overactive bladder symptoms, also known as OAB. These symptoms include a sudden urgency to urinate, which can sometimes lead to accidental wetting. Is that a reason to take “the little colored pill” for the rest of your life?  Again, I say, “I don’t think so!” Especially when you consider all of those horrible side effects that they mention on the TV commercials.

A better solution is to approach early symptoms of urinary incontinence with an understanding of the condition as well as knowledge of the alternative products that have a proven history of successfully dealing with male incontinence. Don’t be fooled by the overwhelming number of TV commercials by the numerous drug companies. They don’t have to tell you what you should be doing…your own instincts and common sense tells you that there is a better way to deal with your urinary incontinence.  

We all know that better way is the Men’s Liberty. Men’s Liberty is the only external urine collection device in the world that not only is a sensible alternative to drugs, but also replaces unsanitary diapers and dangerous condom catheters for men with urinary incontinence.

So, you might ask, how does it work? Men’s Liberty is made from our proprietary medical adhesive, hydrocolloid, which creates a secure, skin friendly seal around the urinary opening to ensure that all urine caused by leakage is collected in a small pouch that hides discreetly in your pants. Simpler, better, and definitely safer than the alternatives.

BioDerm provides an excellent training program for application and use of the product. Another benefit is that Medicare helps pay for the Men’s Liberty external catheters; Medicare does not pay for diapers or absorbents that you purchase from your local drugstore.

Call our care team today at 1 800 814 3174. They are here to help you.

Topics: incontinence

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