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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

4 Myths about Men's Liberty (Video)

Posted by Mens Liberty on Jun 23, 2014 2:00:00 PM

In this week's video blog Wendy is here to do a little myth-busting! Watch as she busts 4 of the most common myths surrounding the Men's Liberty device. This is a very informative video so don't miss out, give it a watch and let us know what you think! See you next week.

 

Topics: men's liberty, Video Blogs

Misconceptions concerning Men’s Liberty

Posted by Mens Liberty on May 5, 2014 2:00:00 PM

A few months back we attended the Los Angeles Abilities Expo and it was a true learning Abilities Expoexperience for us. Meeting new people in different cities across the U.S. and helping them find a better solution to manage their incontinence can be truly rewarding, especially since most of the time we are working from our home office and don’t get to meet our patients face-to-face. But, one of the most important things we learned from speaking with our patients was that the terminology we use to describe Men’s Liberty can be confusing.

Now I know the Liberty can be confusing for new patients because the design is revolutionary and it probably doesn't look like anything you've seen before. But it's design is honestly what makes it special. So let’s take some time to address a few of the common misconceptions many patients have about the Liberty.

 

1. Hydrocolloid IS NOT glue:

Hydrocolloid is a medical adhesive made from completely biodegradable, food grade materials. Unlike glue, it contains NO latex and is NOT plastic based. This allows hydrocolloid to be very skin friendly and is often used to treat burn victims due to its gentle adhesion to the skin.

2. The Integral Collection Chamber:

Many patients ask “what will happen when the pouch fills up completely? Will it just pop?” The answer is simple, No. Liberty has been on the market since 2006 and we have never had a single report of a pouch bursting while being used by a patient. The Liberty has undergone extensive testing and the integral collection chamber has been tested to hold up to 4 psi without bursting open.

Now that may not sound like much, however, to put that into perspective you could have a 200+ pound man stand on top of the pouch and it would not pop. Yes, we have filled the pouch up and had the heaviest guy in the office stand on it (he's a little more than 200 lbs but we don't tell him that). The resilience of the pouchMen's Liberty comes from the fact that there is no glue used to hold the pouch together, it is actually "welded" together to form one cohesive piece.

3. The Anti-Reflux Valve:

The next misconception is that once the pouch fills up completely, the urine will start to back up and reach the tip of the penis; this could cause skin irritation and health complications. However, the anti-reflux valve solves this problem, once the urine enters the pouch it cannot go back up.

To put this to the test, I personally tried this during my own in-office experiment the other day. I took the Liberty and filled it up with water to capacity. I then stood on it, turned it upside down, squeezed the pouch, shook the pouch, but no matter how hard I tried; I could not get the water to come out of the pouch. But that doesn't mean you don't need to empty it when it gets full. It's designed to hold approximately 8.5 fluid ounces (250 ML).

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So that's what I learned at the Abilities Expo - is there anything I left out? Any questions or misconceptions you'd like to burst? Let me know in the comments and I'll answer them next time!

Topics: men's liberty, Interesting Articles

Dignified, Cost-Effective Alternative to Adult Diapers

Posted by Mens Liberty on Apr 11, 2014 1:00:00 PM

Urinary incontinence is one of those things many people aren't comfortable talking about. The hush-hush issue is rarely discussed publicly despite the estimated 30 million Americans currently living with some level of urinary incontinence. It affects a large demographic including active seniors, baby boomers, women who have birthed multiple children and those with health conditions such as prostate cancer, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's, strokes, epilepsy or bladder, urinary tract or pelvic cancers.

Given its prevalence, this is an issue many caregivers deal with daily, and it can take a toll on them as they support the ones they love.

Since the topic is blacklisted from most conversations, many people don't know about all the available solutions. Worse yet, without knowing the facts, for years people have turned to adult diapers thinking it's the only option. With adult diapers, however, there are issues for the wearer of discomfort and loss of dignity. For a caregiver, there's also the cost to constantly buy these disposable products and frequent trips to the store to replace them - not to mention the environmental concerns.

Since the average wearer uses approximatelyLandfill 1,100 to 1,500 adult diapers each year, multiplied by millions of wearers across the country, billions of adult diapers are added to our trash heaps every year. As such, these disposable diapers are now the third largest consumer item in United States landfills, making up 17.5 million tons of garbage and 7 percent of all of the nation's landfill waste. This number is staggering, especially when compared to infant diapers, which make up only 2 percent of landfills.

The issue is complicated further for many as adult diapers are sometimes labeled biodegradable. Yet, not even biodegradable diapers break down in a landfill according to the California Integrated Waste Management Board. It can actually take up to 500 year for a disposable diaper to decompose. Not only that, research from Natural-Environment.com showed that more than 82,000 tons of plastic and 250,000 trees are used to make disposable diapers each year.

It can't be disputed: adult diapers are bad for the environment.

So in spite of attempts to keep the topic under wraps, now is the time to learn and share the facts about more eco-friendly alternatives like Men's Liberty. This option is unknown by so many, yet Men's Liberty is specifically designed for those who suffer from light, moderate or complete urinary incontinence.

Men's Liberty also eliminates the discomfort and loss of dignity that can come with adult diapers. Many caregivers witness first-hand the embarrassment the issue can cause the ones we love. The Men's Liberty is small and discreet, and is easily concealed under normal clothing. Even better: Men's Liberty is less expensive because it covered by most state insurances, saving the average user hundreds of dollars compared to adult diapers.

Although Men's Liberty is not a completely "green" product, we have made great strides over the past 24 months to reduce our environmental footprint. For example, we reduced the amount of plastic packaging we use to conceal the Men's Liberty. This reduction in packagingMen's Liberty helps to reduce waste to landfills. Additionally, the adhesive we use on Men's Liberty, hydrocolloid, is made completely from plant and food grade materials, which are biodegradable. The paper packaging used to protect the faceplate and seal are also biodegradable. Another initiative we have implemented is sourcing materials from local suppliers whenever possible in order to reduce carbon emissions that occur as a result of transporting goods.

Unfortunately, we have not found a suitable alternative for the plastic collection bags or drain tube, but rest assured we are working on that as well.

Men's Liberty is better for your wallet, better for the environment, better for your lifestyle, and better for the ones who care for you. Now, you and the one's you love don't have to worry about dealing with constant changing of the adult diapers, the odors and discomfort that can come with adult diapers, or frequent trips to the store to buy disposable diapers. Men's Liberty allows men to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle and reduces landfill waste.

Topics: men's liberty, Interesting Articles, diaper alternatives

Men's Liberty: 2014 Customer Service Survey.

Posted by Mens Liberty on Apr 4, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Good day my friends! Today I have some exciting news for you all and the best part is; you played a part of it. So thank you to everyone who participated in this year's annual customer satisfaction survey.

We love hearing from you any time of the year, but so many of you took our survey - we were absolutely overwhelmed with information. We've had a frew weeks to distill it all now and I wanted to share the result with all of you!

I learned a lot reading your responses - some of it was new information and some reinforced what I already knew. For example, 75% of you used absorbaent pads, diapers, briefs or pull ups before trying Men's Liberty. You made the leap to a different device that is covered by Medicare - congratulations! Bet it feels good to keep those dollars in your pocket! The rest of you used condom catheters (10%), indwelling catheters (6%) and some of you used nothing at all - a startling 9%.Talk to a doctor

And it looks like we're making some progress on key issues - more than 90% of you have a doctor that is aware of your bladder leakage and/or urinary incontinence issues. This is fantastic news because this indicates to us that more men are getting out there and talking about this issue with their doctor, which is the first step in getting help to manage your urinary incontinence.

93.3% of you said that your customer care representative is helpful and polite. And 9 out of 10 people agreed that Men's Liberty was clearly explained to you before you ordered. Even better, 86% of you are satisfied with the performace of Men's Liberty in managing your urinary incontinence. And of course, for those of you who were less than satisfied - I'm taking a long, hard look at what we can do better. Whether it's adding staff so we can answer more calls during busy hours or changing how we explain things - we always want to do better for you!

Another interesting thing we learned was the average age of our patients. 37.3% of you were between the ages of 70-79; however, what was suprising was that 23.8% of you were under the age of 60. This shatters the misconception that incontinence is something that "only happens to old people", when in fact incontinence is an issue that affects men of all ages.

Suggestions

Although the vast majority of you are satisfied with the performance of the Men's Liberty, many of you also had suggestions on how we could improve your experience with the product. For example, many of you have experienced adhension problems with the Liberty and many of you would like to see a FreeDerm removal wipe included with your Men's Liberty. We greatly appreciate your suggestion and all of them are being taken into account. In fact, we'll be doing a blog in the next few weeks on troubleshooting shorter wear times and easy fixes for common Men's Liberty problems.

 

Finally, the best feedback we received (in my opinion) from this survey was that 90% of you said you would recommend Men's Liberty to someone dealing with incontinence. This is and AMAZING number.

We want to hear from you so if you didn't get a chance to participate - don't wait for the next survey. Get involved today! Send us an email, leave a note in the comments, post about us on Facebook - reach out and we'll be there to listen and to help. Thanks so much for all your feedback.

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Topics: men's liberty, Interesting Articles

Addressing Aging

Posted by Mens Liberty on Apr 1, 2014 2:00:00 PM

We're getting old, but that's not necessarily bad, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Between 2000 and 2050, the proportion of the world's population over 60 years will double from 11 percent to 22 percent, it points out. In fact by 2050, 2 billion people in the world will be 60 or older. In part, however, this reflects our success at addressing childhood disease and maternal morality, notes WHO.

At the same time, as the world population ages so rapidly, we face both challenges and Men's Libertyopportunities. On one hand, it strains pension and social security systems, increases demand for acute and primary healthcare, necessitates a larger, better trained health workforce and increases the need for long-term care, particularly with regard to dementia. On the other hand, older people are a great resource for their families and communities, and they bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the world. Societies that can adapt to this changing demographic will have "a competitive advantage" over those that don't, says WHO.

Interesting fact about world aging

Not only will there be twice as many people worldwide who are over 60 years, by 2050, WHO estimates that nearly 400 million will be 80 years or older. If so, the majority of middle-aged adults will have living parents. In addition:

  • By 2050, 80 percent of older people will live in low- and middle-income countries, includig Chile, China and the Islamic Republic of Iran. In Africa, the number of older people will likely grow from 54 million to 213 million between 2000 and 2050.
  • Because population aging is occurring more rapidly in low- and middle-income countries, they will have a smaller opportunity to prepare.
  • Older people in low- and middle-income countries carry a great disease burden than those from wealthier countries. They tend to die earlier from heart disease, stroke and chronic lung disease and experience higher rates of visual impairment and hearing loss.
  • Visual impairment, dementia, hearing loss and osteoarthitis are some of the most common challenges older people face.
  • The risk of dementia increases with age, with an estimated 25-30 percent of people 85 or older having some degree of cognitive decline.

What does it mean?

Elderly CarePeople need to consider what an aging population means for the healthcare system, WHO points out. Issues such as limited mobility, frailty and other physical and mental health problems are expected to require many aging individuals to rely on long-term-care services, including nursing homes, residential and hospital-based care. Particularly in developing countries, where the number of older individuals unable to care for themselves is expected to quadruple by 2050, systems will have to be in place.

As healthcare workers spend increasingly more time caring for the elderly, they will need to be trained on aging-specific issues, particularly with regard to managing chronic illness and preventing disease. The time to start is today, according to WHO, noting that "healthy aging starts with healthy behaviors in earlier stages of life." This includes diet and nutrition, physical activity and avoidance of health risks, such as smoking, overconsumption of alcohol or overexposure to toxic chemicals.

Finding solutions

An aging population presents challenges - especially for lower-income countries - but not insurmountable ones, says WHO. The organization recommends provisions such as state-funded pensions to protect older people against extreme poverty, and primary healthcare to support their long-term care.

WHO is also working to identify strategies to help strengthen healthcare systems, makingDoctors office services more effective and accessible for elderly people. Currently, the orgnization has programs in place that focus on the prevention of blindness and deafness. In addition, WHO supports the development of technology designed to:

  • Better monitor health status and detect early signs of disease.
  • Connect older people to healthcare.
  • Ensure better data collection and monitoring.
  • Create training opportunities for healthcare workers and caregivers. This includes reviewing (and where necessary, revising) medical curricula and university training.
  • Develop new diagnostic, monitoring and assistive devices.
  • Assist older people with functional loss to remain independent.

And, solutions such as these must be carried over to lower-income countries, as well, adds WHO. The sooner people, healthcare workers and organizations put population aging on their radar, the better prepared they will be to address - and help solve - issues as they arise.

Source: repertoire magazine October 2013.

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Men's Liberty Customer Story: Meet Robert Branford

Posted by Mens Liberty on Mar 26, 2014 1:00:00 AM

Welcome back to another Men's Liberty video blog. This week Wendy shares a story that comes from one of our patients Robert Branford. Check it out!

 

Topics: men's liberty, Video Blogs, prostate cancer

Men's Liberty Employee of the Week: Jamie Burnes

Posted by Mens Liberty on Mar 20, 2014 2:00:00 PM

This week I would like to introduce the next featured employee of the week, Jamie Burnes. Jamie has been part of the Men's Liberty team for about 8 months now and works as one of our Customer Care Representatives. So without talking too much, let me introduce Jamie.

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employee of the week

Name/Nickname: Jamie Burnes
Length of time at BioDerm: 8 months
Position: Customer Care Representative

Employee Bio

I was born and raised in St. Pete, Florida. I have a 7 year old daughter named Evelyn and a 5 year old son named Lucas. Together we have a 1 year old cat named Luffy D. Monkey.

1. What 3 items would you bring with you if were stranded on an island?

  1. Water Purifier
  2. Machete
  3. Seeds for a food garden

2. Top 3 movies of all time?Dirty Dancing

  1. Goonies
  2. Dirty Dancing
  3. The Professional

3. How do you take your coffee?

    With lots of cream and sugar

4. What is your dream car?

    I want a pink Kawasaki motorcycle.

5. What is your biggest pet peeve?

     Messy house.

6. What is your favorite color?

    Black & Purple.

7. What is your favorite genre of music?

    Reggaeton

8. Who is your favorite sports team?

    Gators!

9. List some leisure activities you participate in?WOW Logo

Reading and World of Warcraft.

10. Comedy or action movies?

       Comedy!

11. What is your biggest fear?

      Something happening to my children.

12. What do you enjoy most about working for BioDerm?

My bosses and coworkers are amazing! The pay is great too :)

13. What surprised you most about Men’s Liberty/incontinence when you first started?

That guys are ok with talking to a female about their incontinence problems.

14. What did you eat for breakfast?

       Iced Coffee and a Bagel with cream cheese.

15. What is your guilty pleasure?

       Dark Chocolate.

16. If you could pick one person to meet, living or dead, who would it be?

Keanu Reeves

17. If your life was turned into a movie, what actor would you play?Sesame Street

If I told you I would have to kill you!

18. When you were young what was your favorite TV show?

Sesame Street

19. Where would you go on your “dream vacation”?

European Cruise.

20. If you were an animal what kind of animal would you be?

Liger

Topics: men's liberty, 20 Questions with the Employee of the Week

6 Tips for Wellness

Posted by Mens Liberty on Mar 6, 2014 2:00:00 PM

I will be the first to admit that for the majority of my life I didnt care to much about my health. I ate anything and everything I wanted, did minimal exercise, and never really made sure I was getting a good night sleep. Luckily for me, I am naturally very thin so putting on lots of weight was never a concern. However, after graduating college I made a lifestyle change and decided it was time to start controlling my diet, going to the gym 5-7 times a week, and making sure I am getting 7-8 hours of sleep. It's truly amazing the difference a healthy diet and regular exercise can have on your quality of life. Not only will your physical condition improve, but so will your mental condition. You will feel more energized, more confident, and stronger.

After looking through the first issue of the year in StrokeSmart magazine I came upon the article below. Although this article was found in a magazine geared towards stroke survivors, these 6 tips for wellness can apply to anyone. Check it out and get on the path to Wellness!

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By Sara Palmer, PH.D.

If you made a New Year's resolution to lose weight, take a class or stop smoking, you've taken the first step toward wellness. Wellness is about feeling your best physically and emotionally: haing more energy, getting fit, relaxing and enjoying life.

When you're a stroke survivor, wellness is also about reducing your risk of a second stroke. Here are six steps you can take to reduce your future stroke risk and improve your wellness for the year ahead. But don't try tackling all of these at once. You'll have better success at implementing thse changes if you only take on one or two steps at a time.

1. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF.

Medical conditions you may have had before your stroke can raise your risk for a second stroke or heart disease. These include diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Keeping these conditions under control - by changing your diet (less sugar, salt and fat), exercising, using medications, as prescribed and seeing your doctor for regular checkups - is essential to taking care of yourself and feeling well.

2. SLEEP TIGHT.

A good night's sleep renews physical energy and improves concentration, memory and learning. Sleeping well at night and taking naps can reduce the debilitating fatigue many stroke survivors experience. Scientists' recent discovery of a neural system that "scrubs" the brain and flushes out toxins during sleep may explain why your brain works better and you feel refreshed after a good night's sleep. If you have difficulty falling asleep, try going to bed and getting up at the same time every day, keep TV and electronic devices our of the bedroom and create a relaxing pre-sleep routine (such as taking a warm shower).

3. DEAL WITH DEPRESSION.Depression

It is very common to be depressed after a stroke. This state of mind can make you feel miserable and can raise your risk for other illnesses. Treating depression with mental health counseling or entidepressant medication can be very effective. Regular sheep, exercise and social support can also help.

4. EAT RIGHT.

Your diet can be nutritious and delicious without excessive calories. In general, diets with more vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans, less sugar, salt, red meat, butter and cheese are lower in calories, help control weight and reduce our risk of illness. Try eating smaller portions, enjoying your meal without distractions (like the TV), sampling some heart-healthy recipes, tasting new vegetables and using a sugar substitute. A dietician can customize a diet for your medical needs - to lose weight, lower your cholesterol, control blood pressure or manage digestive or swallowing problems.

5. GET MOVING.

Physical activity helps you lose weight, sleep better, feel good about your body, improve your mood and maintain the ability to do the things you enjoy. Choose an exercise you like and can do, such as walking, gardening, dancing or swimming, so you'll stick with it.

6. STAY SOCIAL.

Research studies show that social support is a key ingredient for mental and physical healthPeople Talking cand recovery from illness, including stroke. Having a large number of social connections and a few emotionally intimate relationships (e.g. with a spouse or best friend) are linked with better recovery of abilities, including thinking and memory; less chance of becoming depressed; more accurately following medical recommendations; and better quality of life. Stroke support groups are an excellent way to find friends who know what you're going through.

Topics: men's liberty, Interesting Articles

Men's Liberty Employee of the Week: Chris Berlin

Posted by Mens Liberty on Feb 3, 2014 1:30:00 PM

This week I would like to introduce the next featured employee of the week, Chris Berlin. Chris has been part of the Men's Liberty team for about 8 months now and works as one of our Letter of Medical Necessity (LMN) processors. He is an important part of what we do because the faster he can process the LMN's, the faster we can get our product to our patients. So without talking too much, let me introduce Chris.

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employee of the week

Name/Nickname: Chris Berlin
Length of time at BioDerm: 8 months
Position: LMN Processor

Employee Bio

Born and raised in New York, Moved my senior year and finished High School in Spring Hill, FL.  I didn’t plan on going to college but wanted to pursue a career in music instead. But with Spring Hill, FL barely being listed on the map of Florida, there aren’t many places for employment to sustain living on your own so I decided to go to Community College where I received my Associates Degree. While in college I opened my own sunglass distribution business where I was supplying wholesale sunglasses and eventually readers into many local and out of state businesses. I sold my business after college to go full force with my music career, but my friend and collaborator in music passed away, shortly after, at the age of 27 due to a cancer growing in his throat. I changed my vision, although grieving, and focused my future on my career in business and to grow my family, which I am now a proud father of a beautiful baby girl.

1. What 3 items would you bring with you if were stranded on an island?

  1. Water
  2. Lighter or something to start a fire
  3. Knife

2. Top 3 movies of all time?Bad Boys 2

  1. Bad Boys 2
  2. A Man Apart
  3. Bad Boys (in that order)

3. How do you take your coffee?

    I don't drink coffee

4. What is your dream car?

    Chevy Stringray like the one you see in the movie Rush Hour.

5. What is your biggest pet peeve?

     If someone tells me I did or didn't do something when I know for a fact I didn't or did do it.

6. What is your favorite color?

    Orange.

7. What is your favorite genre of music?

    Reggaeton

8. Who is your favorite sports team?

    Not a sports fan.

9. List some leisure activities you participate in?

Working on cars (mostly accessories like car audio /video and some body modifications), photography, and traveling.

10. Comedy or action movies?

       Action

11. What is your biggest fear?

      Not knowing all the variables to my future.

12. What do you enjoy most about working for BioDerm?

Everything to the environment, people, size of the company, my role in the company and how I feel about working for a company that truly helps people.

13. What surprised you most about Men’s Liberty/incontinence when you first started?

Men's Liberty is changing our patient's lives on a daily basis. Each day I am helping the medical community give options that they did not believe existed before I called their office. Once I explain the difference between Men's Liberty and any other product for male incontinence on the market, there becomes a clear choice of what really works.

14. What did you eat for breakfast?

       Nothing.

15. What is your guilty pleasure?

       Excessive planning of the future.

16. If you could pick one person to meet, living or dead, who would it be?

At least one of my grandparents, I have never met either from my mom's or dad's side.

17. If your life was turned into a movie, what actor would you play?

Denzel Washington.savedbythebell cast

18. When you were young what was your favorite TV show?

Saved by the Bell

19. Where would you go on your “dream vacation”?

Go to Europe with my family.

20. If you were an animal what kind of animal would you be?

Panda Bear

Topics: men's liberty, 20 Questions with the Employee of the Week

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