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Do You Actually Need That Antibiotic? (VIDEO)

Posted by Mens Liberty on Feb 1, 2016 9:28:00 AM

This week we’re tackling a topic most of you have probably heard all about before – antibiotics. Now we’ve all probably seen those doom and gloom stories on the news and antibiotic resistant superbugs and how overuse of the antibiotics are eventually going to kill us all.

Well, maybe that’s an exaggeration but you know what I mean. But, there’s a lesson here for all of us – and it’s one we’ve talked about before. It’s about being an active partner in your own healthcare team. It means asking questions of your doctor and to not just make an appointment to get a prescription.

Check out this week's video to get all the details!

Topics: Video Blogs, proactive patients, antibiotics

Men's Liberty's Big Questions: Why Does Running Water Make You Need to Pee?

Posted by Mens Liberty on Jan 26, 2016 10:00:00 AM

water-1035971_1280.jpgWhat’s worse than needing a pee when you can’t get to a toilet? The sound of running water, that’s what. Be it from a tap or the rain outside, the soft trickle-trickle noise can seem like it’s mocking your bladder. Quite why the sound makes us even more desperate to pee is uncertain, but we can filter it down to a couple of likely reasons.

 

This week's blog comes to us from Michael McKenna at AskAGuru.com - a great site that tackles some of the biggest and oddest science lifestyle questions on the web.

When you or I take the time to relieve ourselves, urine from our full bladder flows out through a narrow tube called the urethra. This stream is controlled by two sets of sphincters – rings of muscle – that can clamp down on the tube like taps. The first (internal) sphincter is at the top of the urethra, next to the bladder, and is controlled automatically by our nervous system. When our bladder is full, a message is sent to the internal sphincter, telling it to relax and open the floodgates. But to stop us wetting our seats on the bus, the second (external) sphincter is under our conscious control, allowing us to keep the tide at bay, overriding the body’s demand to urinate willy-nilly.

brain-40356_1280.pngThe part of our nervous system that automatically controls the internal sphincter is called the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). The PNS tends to be most active at times of calm and rest, when it encourages the first tap (internal sphincter) to open. It is probable, therefore, that the calming sounds of running water relaxes us enough to cause the PNS to send more messages to the internal sphincter, telling it to be opened wide. It’s worth knowing that opposite to the PNS is the sympathetic nervous system (SNS). This separate nervous control system is behind the so-called ‘fight or flight’ response, when our heart rate increases, our skin goes pale and we get goose bumps in response to fear. It affects the contraction of the internal sphincter, telling it to stay shut – perfect for those moments when you have to run for the train (or when a sabre-tooth cat is nearby).

The second possible explanation for why running water sound makes us want to pee will be familiar to anyone who has heard of Pavlov’s dogs. In the 1890s, a Russian psychiatrist called Ivan Pavlov carried out famous experiments with dogs, showing how animals’ bodies unconsciously learn to anticipate something important. In his experiment, Pavlov rang a bell just before feeding his dogs some meat powder (I bet you’re drooling just thinking of it). He observed that, after repeating the ring-food routine, the dogs would begin to salivate as soon as the bell rang – even if he didn’t bring any food. The dogs had learned an automatic response, associating the sound of a bell with the arrival of food. (This is called ‘classical conditioning’.) In much the same way, we learn, through our experience, to associate the sound of water with urination and so, like a dog thinking of a bone, we find it difficult to think of little else when we hear that trickle.

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Topics: urinary management, Interesting Articles, incontinence

Can Prostate Cancer Treatment Increase Alzheimer’s Risk?

Posted by Mens Liberty on Jan 22, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Welcome back! This week we're sharing some interesting new science data on the link between prostate cancer and the risk of Alzheimer's disease.

As some of you have probably already experienced, there are lots of different potential treatments for prostate cancer. One of the most common is call ADT or androgen deprivation therapy. But it turns out that according to a new study, patients treated with ADT were 1.88 to 2.12 times more likely to receive an Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

Check all the details out in this week's video blog!

And if any of you come across a news story or a personal anecdote that you want to share with all our viewers – tell us! We love hearing from each and every one of you!

Regain Your Freedom Today!

Topics: Video Blogs, medical research, prostate cancer

Yoga May Lessen Prostate Cancer Side Effects (VIDEO)

Posted by Mens Liberty on Jan 18, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Hello and welcome back! It’s 2016 and we hope you all had a wonderful start to the new year!

As many of our long term viewers may already know, Wendy is a bit of a yoga junkie. So when I saw this article on WebMD, I knew she just had to share!

Regain Your Freedom Today!

 

Topics: Video Blogs, proactive patients, incontinence

Laser treatments, Basil Cells, Star Wars, 3-D glasses, and the Boy Scouts Motto: Be Prepared.

Posted by Sam Turner on Jan 12, 2016 11:00:00 AM

On a Tuesday in December, I had laser “blasting” on an implant on my right eye. The lens cleared up and my doctor assured me that I would be able to find the Orion Nebula with my telescope.

That following Friday, I had a Mohs procedure for basil cell carcinoma just below the right eye lid.  I was not prepared for the fifteen-stitch surgery or the bandage that covered my right eye.

3d_glasses.pngThe next morning, our children treated us to reserved seating for a nine A.M. viewing of the latest version of Star Wars…with 3-D glasses.  3-D glasses on one eye!  I wasn’t prepared for that situation. 

However I was prepared for the excitement that, in past years, might cause me the loss of bladder control.  I was wearing …TA- DA… my Men’s Liberty External Catheter!  Exciting moments were no problem.  (I noticed several men and women making quick exits three quarters into the movie.) Not me. I made it to the end. When it comes out on DVD, I’ll watch the movie again, using both eyes.  Until then: 

Happy New Year and … May The Force Be With You!

Sam and PJ Turner (She Who Must Be Obeyed!)

Topics: holidays, Guest Blogs, emergency preparedness

Getting a 24 Hour Wear Time: Top Tips from the Experts

Posted by Mens Liberty on Jan 7, 2016 2:00:00 PM


This week I’m going to be following up on one of the most surprising things we learned in our 2015 customer satisfaction survey. It seems like many of you may be using a pad or other absorbent product alongside your Men’s Liberty. We asked you to tell us why and boy did you come through!

So this week, we’re going to go through some of the most common reasons and what you can do to avoid the need to pads or diapers.


The most common issue was simply that men didn’t have the confidence or didn’t feel that they could get a 24 wear time. The problem, is that you get out of something what you put in. And every time you put on a pad you’re holding all that urine against your skin which has to come out. The Men’s Liberty will take it out and it will stop the Men’s Liberty from sticking for the full 24 hours.

Have you ever heard the phrase, “if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.” Well it’s true. I know that it can be a bit intimidating but you can manage the learning curve.

So to set yourself up for success make sure you are doing the following:

First, make sure you are applying your Liberty to clean dry skin. If you are leaking constantly, use a Penile Clamp. This is a very gentle device that provides just enough compression to stop urine from flowing out of your anatomy. It is covered by Medicare and we can send it with your first order. If you’ve already gotten your order and need a clamp, just give us a call and we’ll get it right out to you!

Second, make sure you’ve used the Ivory or Gold Bar Dial soap. It seems like a little detail but it makes a huge difference. You can use whatever you want on the rest of your body but just on the groin use a bar soap that doesn’t have any moisturizers in it. We’ve put Ivory and Gold Bar Dial to the test and they work!

Third, make sure the first day you apply the Men’s Liberty you do it on a day when you don’t have to go anywhere. Because of the excess moisture in your skin from the pads or condom catheters, your first few Liberty’s WONT last for 24 hours. It takes a couple of consecutive applications to get all that moisture out. So start on a day when you are around the house and don’t have to go anywhere. Check your Liberty every hour or two and when it’s milky white or starts to leak, replace it.

Lastly, the most important thing is to put on one Men’s Liberty after another. Don’t switch back to a pad in between Liberty applications. Here at Men’s Liberty – we call it ping-ponging and it’s NO GOOD. Every time you ping-pong you are reintroducing moisture to the skin and limiting the Liberty’s ability to stay in place. And remember, if you switch back to pads at any time, you’re going to have to start again with the learning curve.


So those are our four major tips to get that 24 hour wear time. If you can do that, for three applications you should be over the learning curve and able to move forward without those pads!

Do you have any questions? Does all that make sense? Let us know in the comments. We’re always here to answer your questions and make sure you get the most out of your Liberty.

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Topics: urinary management, tips from Men's Liberty users, how to, incontinence

2015 Retrospective: A Year For Compassion

Posted by Mens Liberty on Dec 31, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Hello and welcome back my friends. Can you believe it’s the end of 2015 already?! We’ve been doing these video blogs for nearly two years now and it really feels like the time has just flown by.

So what’s the plan for 2016? How can we make this even better? That’s why I need your help! We need feedback from viewers like you about how we can take our compassion and support to the next level in 2016? How can we better meet your needs? How can we help each and every one of you?

So please, let us know in the comments. And in the meantime, from all of us here at Men’s Liberty – happy holidays and best wishes for an amazing new year!

See you in 2016!

Topics: customer care, Video Blogs, holidays

Healthcare Inequality – Does Where You Live Determine Your Risk?

Posted by Mens Liberty on Dec 28, 2015 11:30:00 AM

Well thats it - the year is nearly over. We've got just one more video left this year - can you believe it! For our almost last blog of 2015, we wanted to touch on a topic close to our hearts - healthcare inequality.

Access to quality healthcare is SO important - so is it true that where you live can determine your risk of developing cancer or your likely severity? Check out this week's video blog to find out!

 

Topics: Video Blogs, Health Literacy

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas… with Men’s Liberty 2015

Posted by Sarah Woodward on Dec 24, 2015 10:00:00 AM

'Twas the week before Christmas, when all through the store

Not an item was discounted, not even a drawer;

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

The children were waiting all snug in their threads,

While visions of X-boxes danced in their heads;

And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,

Had just settled down for a Christmas shopper’s nap,

When up on the riser there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from the line to see what was the matter.

Up to the display I flew like a flash,

Tore past the elves and knocked down the sash.

The lights on the piles of the fake-plastic snow

Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,

With a little old driver, so sluggish and thick,

I knew it must be the mall’s incontinent St. Nick.

More rapid than eagles his options they came,

And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

"Now, Foley! now, Texas! now, Tena and Depends!

On, Condom! on Corman! on, Poise and Attends!

To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!

Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"

So up to the mall-top the coursers they flew,

With the sleigh full of pee, and St. Nicholas too.

As I drew in my head, and was turning around,

Down the hall a new St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,

And his clothes were all burnished with ashes and soot;

A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,

And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!

His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,

And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;

He had a broad face and a little round belly,

That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,

And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;

A wink of his eye and a twist of his crown,

Gave me to know there was a better option in town;

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his seat,

And welcomed the children; who asked for a sweet,

Calling me closer, he told me his quest,

‘Forget about diapers, opt for the best;

‘Men’s Liberty’s the key to sitting for hours,

No leaks at all and no more wet trousers!


And I heard him exclaim, ‘ere we walked out of sight,

 "Merry Christmas to all, and to all a dry-night."

Merry Christmas Incontinent Santa

Topics: urinary management, bladder control, diaper alternatives

My One Year Check Up....

Posted by Sam Turner on Dec 19, 2015 8:30:00 AM

I visited my urologist yesterday.  He wanted to know how I was getting along with my Men’s Liberty External catheter.  (When I saw him last December, I had just started wearing it.  I must have mentioned it, because he remembered.)

“There is a learning curve that took me awhile.  I tend to skip over directions. But, after a year, I’m very comfortable using it.”

I dropped my shorts and showed how it attached.  I also gave him a sample package.

“So, Sam, you are satisfied?”

“Absolutely, Doctor K., It beats absorbents which I had to pay for. Medicare pays for these.”

*   *   *

mens_liberty_(low_res).jpgI can’t see to attach the element.  She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed* (SWOMBO) is my caregiver and applies the element. (Wendy and Sarah taught me to say absorbent instead of diaper.  Lisa in shipping referred to the Men’s Liberty External Catheter as an Element which was an interesting choice.  No question about it…I have to lose more belly fat!  Exercise and diet… I can do this.

December marks:

  • my first year of wearing Men’s Liberty External Catheters.
  • one year along the learning curve. (There’s more to learn.)
  • a year of adjustment to medical/physical changes.
  • awareness of how much I’m not aware!

*SWOMBO - I’m thinking of putting that on her license plate for Christmas!

Have a healthful December.

Sam

Topics: Guest Blogs, incontinence

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