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5 Myths About Urinary Incontinence

Posted by Mens Liberty on Sep 29, 2014 11:30:00 AM

Welcome back to another weekly video blog! This week Wendy is going to discuss 5 common myths that can be debunked regarding urinary incontinence and bladder control. Find out what they are by watching the video below.

Have a question or comment? Let us know in the comment section. See you next week.

Topics: Video Blogs

Off The Beaten Path

Posted by Caleb Bartlett on Sep 24, 2014 1:00:00 PM

And like that the summer of 2014 was over... there is always some smart-ass who will come along and say "Well, technically September twenty-whatever is the last day of summer." Shut up. I'm sitting here in a hoodie and sweats, I have been sleeping under a blanket, the windows are closed and it's 55 at night. Summer is OVER, suck it up. I don't mean to be a downer though, actually life is good! Settle in and enjoy the update...

As I mentioned in my last posting I have approved for an Electrical Stimulation Bicycle. Which I will take shipment of in the next 3-4 weeks. This is a big step and a huge leap forward in the physical therapy Electrical_Stimulation_Bicycleprocess. The way the bike works is fairly simple. A series of sticky pads with electrodes in them are placed on my quads, hamstrings and gluts. These electrodes are wired up to the bike itself which houses a sophisticated computer system. That system sends measured electronic impulses that cause the muscles in my legs to contract and "push" the pedals of the bike. The pedals resist like a normal bicycle. The benefits of this daily exercise are muscle growth, reduced bone loss, prevention of arthritis, improved circulation and more. I was driving all the way to New Jersey to do this once a week. Now I will be able to do this every day in my own home.

My gym regimen is still every other day and I must say I'm pretty impressed with my increased strength and muscle growth. If you are reading this and you have a spinal cord injury I can't stress enough how important it is for you to get out there and do something, anything. There are breakthroughs coming in science and we must keep the faith and be ready. Besides, even if we don't feel like it, it's doing good things and can prolong life and prevent complications later in life. So get some grip gloves, some free weights, join a gym, push yourself to new level and get yourself out of that defeatist mentality. Many of you have asked if I will be receiving a second stem cell treatment... the answer is as of yet unclear. There is a great deal happening in stem cell research, but also the field of bio-tech is opening some very exciting possibilities. The truth is that because the fundraising process is so intensive we want to be very strategic with the next type of treatment I receive so we are researching where the next most effective move will be. Stay tuned for more on that soon!

So what have I been doing with all this new-found strength and freedom?

As many of you know me know, my journey to health and personal growth has brought me to a place where I am extremely passionate about our current global attitude towards the food that we eat and how it is produced. So much so, that I have gradually been transitioning my career into that world. This summer I was blessed to complete my Permaculture Design Certification with renowned instructor Geoff Lawton of The Permaculture Research Institute in New South Wales, Australia. For those of you who don't know about Permaculture I highly recommend this brief article- What is Permaculture?

PermaculturePrinciplesimg1With this certification I can now assist farmers, ranchers, vintners, landscapers, home owners, horse properties, schools and municipalities implement ecologically sound systems that regenerate the landscape, clean up the groundwater, produce nutrient-dense food, conserve energy and heal the planet. I am thrilled to be a part of this exciting movement that stem cells, my therapy process and the support of so many loving people has made possible.

Together with my brother Ethan we have a newly-formed design service called L'Homme Vert Regenerative Agricultural Design. If you want to know what "L'Homme Vert" means and why we chose the name click on the link and read all about it! Feel free to spread the word and watch for our launch of our Facebook and Twitter pages.

One of the reasons I have chosen this as this month's topic is because there are many people with spinal cord injury who can work or are being discriminated against by employers. A cure for spinal cord injury can mean financial stability for many families. Thank you to so many of you who have helped me move forward!

I realize there are many readers with questions about living with a Spinal Cord Injury and my experiences that I may not have addressed on the blog. I am wanting to take on some new topics so if you have questions, suggestions or subjects you'd like my opinion on just write me here on the blog and we'll get the ball rolling! Till next time...

Thanks for reading.

Topics: Spinal Cord Injury with Caleb

Prostate Cancer Treatment: Is Your Doctor in the Driver's Seat?(Video)

Posted by Mens Liberty on Sep 22, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Good afternoon everyone! In honor of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Wendy shares an interesting study about how patients choose their treatment for prostate cancer, and how their doctors influence their decisions. Give it a watch!

Have a comment or questions? Let us know below. Thanks for watching!

Topics: prostate cancer

Prostate Cancer and Incontinence (Infographic)

Posted by Mens Liberty on Sep 17, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Hello everyone. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and in honor of this month we have prepared an infographic to share with you that illustrates the link between prostate cancer and incontinence! Check it out below:

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If you are interested in learning more about prostate cancer check out the Prostate Cancer Myths: Fact or Fiction Video. See you next time!

Topics: incontinence, prostate cancer

The Pros of Probiotics

Posted by Mens Liberty on Sep 16, 2014 1:00:00 PM

Hello friends and readers! Just the other day we received the new issue of PN magazine and as I was looking through it, I stumbled upon an article about the pros of taking probiotics. I’m sure some of you already take probiotics on a regular basis, but what you may not know is how beneficial they can be in helping to prevent Urinary Tract Infections (UTI).

Following spinal-cord injury (SCI) a person may often experience a neurogenic Man_in_wheelchairbladder, which requires catheterization or other urinary devices to help drain the bladder. This can introduce unwanted bacteria into the bladder that can lead to a urinary tract infection.

For those of you who live with SCI, UTI’s are a constant and lifelong threat. In fact a staggering 80% of individuals with SCI will develop bladder infections over their lifetime. As a result of these infections, a person is often put on antibiotics and in some cases they can be on these antibiotics for a long time.

However, there is a downside to this; prolonged and repeated use of antibiotics can actually increase the risk of UTIs by:

  • Developing bacteria that are resistant to drugs, causing repeated infections.
  • Destroying good bacteria in your gut, comprising your immune system.
  • Destroying the protective shield of good bacteria that line your urethra. When antibiotics are used for long periods of time, this protective shield is stripped away or replaced by less effective organisms.

So how exactly could probiotics help prevent UTIs? For starters, “good” and “bad” bacteria live in our gastrointestinal, urinary, and respiratory tracts. Although it may seem odd, both kinds of bacteria are necessary to maintain optimal health.bacteria_cartoon Probiotics contain “good” bacteria, Lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium bifidum, just to name a few. The probitoics help to restore and maintain the natural bacterial environment to make it hard for “bad” bacteria to cause infection.

Now just to make things clear, regularly taking probiotics will not completely prevent the reoccurrence of UTIs, but studies do show that it did seem to reduce the potential for reoccurrence. Since UTIs are the second most common infection in the body, prompt millions of hospital visits per year and cause billions of dollars in unnecessary healthcare costs annually; taking probiotics as a preventative measure sure wouldn’t hurt.

But they’re quite a few probiotics on the market, all claiming to be the latest and greatest. So here is what to look for when picking a probiotic:

  • A minimum of eight billion active bacteria cultures.
  • Should contain lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium bifidus.
  • If you have a bladder infection or want to prevent one it should contain lactobacillus rhamnosus and lactobacillus fermentum.
  • Consider buying freeze-dried probiotics as they keep the flora dormant until it enters your body.
  • Keep it stored in the fridge.

So did you find this post helpful, informative, or interesting? Let us know in the comment section below.

As always have a great week and we will see you next time!

Sources:

Chan, A. (2011, April 15). Probiotics Could Help Prevent Urinary Tract Infections. Retrieved September 10, 2014, from http://www.livescience.com/13747-good-bacteria-prevent-urinary-tract-infection.html

James, K., & Smith, J. (2014, September 1). The Pros of Probiotics. PN Mag, 22-23.

Topics: urinary tract infections

Changes in Urological Mortality Rates Demonstrate Need for Further Changes in Healthcare Delivery

Posted by Mens Liberty on Sep 8, 2014 3:30:00 PM

Hello and welcome back!

This morning as we were looking around the internet for interesting articles when we came upon a interesting review on changes in mortality rates associated with common urological procedures. It’s a mix of good and not so good news. Overall mortality is stable or declining, especially among common procedures. Despite that good news, the study, published in BJU International, found that deaths attributable to "failure to rescue" (FTR) had an absolute increase of 18% during the 12 year study period. This increase coincided with a shift to more procedures being conducted in community based surgical centers without many of the same resources as hospitals. Failure to rescue is defined as death after a complication that was potentially recognisable/preventable.

The researchers also found that older, sicker patients had higher FTR rates, as did minorities, publicly insured patients, and patients who received care at urban hospitals. Complications that lead to mortality included sepsis, pneumonia, deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism, shock or cardiac arrest, and upper gastrointestinal bleeding during admission for surgery.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. The study did uncover some good news. The mortality rate decreased for several of the most common urologic surgical procedures, including: radical prostatectomy, ureteric stenting, transurethral resection of bladder tumor (TURBT), percutaneous nephrostomy (PCN) placement, transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), retrograde pyelogram, bladder biopsy, and percutaneous cystostomy.

Between 1998 and 2010, admission for urological surgery procedures decreased about 6% from 605,629 to 569,784. Overall inpatient mortality rate was 0.71% (54,949 deaths). However, the proportion of inpatient mortality attributable to FTR increased from 41.1% in 1998 to 59.5% in 2010. So more people survive surgery but more people are experiencing post-operative complications and aren’t being treated, that means that a patient who could have been saved, wasn’t.

Conclusion

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So what does this all mean for the urological community? Well for starters it indicates that urologists have the opportunity to implement process improvements to increase patient safety. The study is also a reminder that process improvement requires looking at the “entire process”. This includes taking a closer look at the older patients during the pre-operative phase and what factors in the operating room are contributing to mortality.

Additionally, identifying the risk factors for FTR will also allow individual practices to take steps to optimize care for higher-risk patients. The Urological community has made great strides in improving the quality and safety of many common procedures but better vetting for high risk patients is necessary if we want to continue this trend.


That’s all we have for today. I know there was a lot of technical information in this blog. So if you have any questions, leave a comment below and we will get back to you ASAP. As always thanks for reading and have a great day!

Sources:

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/bju.12833/abstract

http://www.medpagetoday.com/HospitalBasedMedicine/GeneralHospitalPractice/47307


 

Topics: Interesting Articles

New Penile Clamp From BioDerm and Men's Liberty

Posted by Mens Liberty on Aug 29, 2014 1:20:00 PM

Good day everyone and welcome back to another video blog! Many of you have already heard about the new BioDerm Penile Clamp and some of you may already be using one. This week Wendy wanted to take some time to do a quick video, explaining how the clamp works and how it's innovative design differs from other penile clamps. What are you waiting for...check out the video below and dont forget to leave any comments or questions you may have. See you next week!

For more information on the BioDerm Penile Clamp click here.

 

Topics: announcements

Can Stem Cells Ease Urinary Incontinence (Video)

Posted by Mens Liberty on Aug 19, 2014 12:30:00 PM


Good day everyone! In this week's video blog Wendy is back to discuss some of the newest methods being used to treat urinary incontinence. Most of these new methods are still in the "testing" phase, but it is still exciting to hear that researchers are searching for an answer to urinary incontinence.

Check out the video below...




That is all we have for today. What do you think about the new stem cell treatments? Let us know in the comments section below.

Thanks for watching...see you next week!

 

Topics: Video Blogs

Forget the Aisle Chair

Posted by Sarah Woodward on Aug 12, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Today, we've been sitting on the tarmac at Atlanta Airport for nearly two hours now. What was supposed to be a 45 minute layover has dragged on without explanation.

We're on the way to the National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Philly - and to my surprise, at least a quarter of the plane are competitors and wheelchair users. As an able bodied individual, this admittedly made boarding a longer process but in that time, I've actually learned a great deal.

For example, did you know there is such a thing as an "aisle chair"? Aisle_ChairI didn't. It has never occurred to me but the aisles on airplanes are so narrow that no normal wheelchair could fit - so airlines have a specialty one designed for use on the plane.

Most users seem fairly adept at transitioning and manipulating themselves to let other people squeeze past them. And they're all lively and chatting, telling travel horror stories - it seems traveling is no easy feat when you're paralyzed.

So why are we sitting on the tarmac 90 minutes after our flight was supposed to take off - well, it seems that airlines don't quite know how to handle having multiple wheelchair users on one flight. The delay is apparently due to lack of storage space for multiple wheelchairs. And they actually wanted to leave one behind and send it on the next flight - thankfully someone pointed out the difficulties with that approach.

Another thing I've learned - airlines have special rules in terms of how they need to handle batteries - including power wheelchair batteries - all the different types seem to seriously confuse them.

So now there are at least 5 different people up talking to the pilot when something else depressing happens. The gentleman in front of me, I'll call him Fred, needs to use the bathroom. He's been ringing the buzzer for the stewardess for a few minutes now with no response. He and his buddies are trying to get her attention, shouting and waving their arms in the air. Still no response.

A few minutes later a stewardess sighs and comes over. He explains that he needs the aisle chair to get to the bathroom. By the time she returns the whole expedition has taken nearly 30 minutes. And we're still not ready to leave.

I'm frustrated and I can only imagine how my fellow passengers are feeling. They're talking amongst themselves in frustration. It's a simple fix - make sure that airlines ask the wheelchair and battery questions upon check in. Simple idea but that would require a level of proactive customer service that we're unlikely to see in today's airline industry.

200175152-002We're taking off now. I can only imagine how complex disembarking is going to be.

I don't have a lesson or a morale for this story. I just wanted to share because the National Veterans Wheelchair Games are an amazing and inspiring experience. And it seems, so is traveling to them.

If you're in Philadelphia this week - come check it out! The Games are open to the public and free of charge. With 17 different sports on offer, there's something for everyone

Thanks & See You All Next Week

P.S: After our arrival, we discovered that we weren't alone in this issue. It seems every major airline coming into Philadelphia today was equally befuddled by so many wheelchair users.

Topics: National Veterans Wheelchair Games

Wendy LaTorre Talks Incontinence with Evan & Deb on WHNZ Tampa Bay!

Posted by Sarah Woodward on Jul 31, 2014 11:59:00 AM

On Monday, July 28th - Chief Strategy Officer Wendy LaTorre was interviewed about Men's Liberty on the Evan & Deb Show - WHNZ 1250AM Tampa Bay - the radio show for active, mature adults.

Listen here!

 

Topics: incontinence, men's liberty, announcements

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