Men’s Health

 

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Andrology is the medical specialty that deals with male health, particularly relating to the problems of the male reproductive system and urological problems that are unique to men.

Of all the issues affecting people today, the right to equal health care, research and treatment must surely be one of the most fundamental of rights. The duty of a nations’ leaders to ensure that the quality of life for all is a constant climb, year after year. Health is a core issue in society. Those without adequate care run the risk of unnecessary suffering and pain, and subsequently a shortened lifespan. In a fair and just society, there should be a constant battle from the medical establishment against the illnesses and diseases that may be currently affecting the people. The government, which are supposed to be the servants of the people, would also fully fund and promote all forms of health care for everyone whom it is meant to serve. Part of this battle would entail conducting various studies and reports with the population, seeking to identify any trends, any growing incidences of disease within groups, and then focusing on reducing these incidences. It is somehow similar to scanning a forest for forest fires. If your intention is to prevent the forest burning down, you would have to identify, isolate and treat any small fires you may come across before they begin to rage out of control.

This constant vigilance would massively improve the health of all. With a better quality of life through better health, people would become more productive for longer, they would be able to spend more of their time relaxing, in retirement and/ or following any dreams or wishes they may have. In a perfectly ‘equal’ society (which is impossible) we would all live for a similar length of time as we would all equally share the risks, burdens and pressures of all the different types of occupations, whether these be low stress, low risk work such as office admin, or high stress, high risk work like an oil rig worker. In reality however, this has never been the case. Because of this, in history, there has always been a discrepancy in quality of health/ life span between the sexes.

Women live longer. They have lived longer since the beginning of Patriarchy, some 3,000 to 5,000 years ago. This is because men went out into the world and took all of the risks in establishing new frontiers, creating new inventions and subsequently, industries. These industries were frequently dangerous and high risk. Laying railroads, mining coal, being a soldier, construction work, seafaring, machine work, the list goes on and on. Not only were the jobs physically draining, they also carried inherent risks, such as being caught in machinery, chemical poisoning, falling, being blown up, dust inhalation, countless environment related diseases, electrocution, crushing etc. Men did these jobs because they were driven to provide for their families. They did not want their wives and children doing such hazardous work. They were too precious to the men. an, seeing themselves as the provider and protector of his family, went out and took on the risks. Women didn’t protest about not being able to lay railroad tracks, work in forges or get shot to pieces in war funnily enough. They were quite happy in the family home, away from all that dirt, danger, risk and death. Women may have wanted to work, but where? Almost all of the jobs were dangerous and why would they want to go into such a place and be away from their children?

Considering this, it isn’t surprising that men’s health was generally worse than that of women.

As Western civilisation progressed and technology advanced, it began a new era of commerce and trading. This was followed by the creation of the financial and media markets to supplement these new advances. While some hard core jobs were replaced by machinery, and the risks reduced somewhat by the invention of greater safety measures, more thorough protocol and more adaptive technology, there was (and still is) a high dependence on these industries, which are part of the engine of civilisation. Such industries still maintain a very high risk (such as fishermen) and high mortality rate, and still women do not seem to want to flood into those sectors, as opposed to the clerical, administrative sub-industries that grew up around the increasing sophistication and commercialisation of society, which was created by men.

Men have always done the more dangerous jobs, and women has always been happy to let men do them. This is why men’s health was always worse. Even when so-called second wave feminism campaigned to get women into jobs (which a lot of them didn’t want to do) women still avoided all of the dangerous work, instead choosing the much easier (very low risk, less physically demanding) occupations created by the evolution of the modern office.

Note: Feminism always spoke of the ‘evil patriarchy’ and how women were seemingly ‘oppressed’ by men. (As I mentioned earlier, women have no such basis for ‘oppression’. They are free to join any industry they like, even more so, as they are backed up by sex-selective laws like Affirmative Action. Even still, feminists will constantly complain about there not being enough women in positions of status of power, such as politicians, CEO’s, media control and education, and at the same time berate all men for the supposed ‘glass ceiling’, there has never been a similar outcry from feminists trying to get women into the so-called lower status/ high risk occupations, like garage men, sewer engineers, oil rig operators and the like).

It is a common fact that men generally have shorter lifespans than that of women. Knowing this, it would make sense to conduct specific studies on men’s health to see why this is so. Indeed, as the men were (and are) doing the major jobs that society is critically dependent on, it would not beunfair to think that men deserve good health care for their contribution to the running of the nation, at the very least, health care which is equal to that which women currently enjoy.

Another important factor to consider when studying health, is that health is not only affected by work, but also by stress. It is a fact that high levels of stress affects health negatively. So looking at the following facts and figures, we can not only establish where the health care spending is being focused on, but if, in the case that it is not based on health care (like suicides) other social pressures must be at work.

Suicides.

As you can see from the tables below. Men commit suicide at far greater rates than women across all age groups. [1]

Trends in suicide rates by age group and gender have shown some marked differences in the last 25 years. For men aged 15 to 24, there were 16 suicides per 100,000 population in 2000,compared with a rate of 9 per 100,000 in 1974 and 10 per 100,000 a decade later (Chart 7.15).Suicide is now the cause of 22 per cent of deaths of men in this age group.The suicide rate for men aged 25 to 44 has increased considerably since the mid-1970s reaching a peak of almost 25.6 per 100,000 population in 1998;in 2000 the rate for that age group was 23.4 per 100,000. Conversely, the suicide rate for men aged 45 and over has fallen since the mid-1980s.Suicide rates among women are significantly lower than among men.The rate for 15 -24 year old women has remained relatively stable, at around 4 per 100,000 population since the mid-1970s, while the rates for older age groups have fallen. In the case of women aged 45 and over the rates have more than halved.[2]

This is telling. What drives someone to suicide? Lack of focus, direction in life? Social pressures, feeling like one doesn’t fit in, constant overbearing stress, life being torn apart by events, feeling like there is no way out, lack of support and interest in his problems? Maybe the constant dismissal of ‘take it like a man’ instead of ‘why do you feel this way’ contributes to the lack of understanding. I am no expert, but you can be sure that with figures such as these, there should be studies conducted to see why men and boys are killing themselves in such numbers. With the constant attention given to ‘women’s issues’ this is being ignored. Or as one woman with whom I was arguing with the other day retorted when I mentioned the tragic numbers of male suicides: ‘Yeah well, that’s because boys can’t handle life like women can.’

Unfortunately, such attitudes are common.

  • 75 per cent of suicides in the UK are by males
  • Suicides in young men aged 15-24 are now 67 per cent higher than in 1982
  • The overall UK suicide rate has been slowly declining since the early 1980s
  • Between 1971 and 1996 the suicide rate for women in the UK almost halved
  • Between 1971 and 1996 the suicide rate for men in the UK almost doubled
  • Men aged 25-34 have the highest suicide rates The suicide rate in male prison inmates is six times the male average (94% of prison inmates are men)[3].
  • Research suggests up to 70 per cent of suicides are by people with depression (men and women suffer from depression in similar numbers, but women get treated twice as much)[4].

In closing this section, I’ll quote from www.mind.org which sums up the situation.

There is a disturbing disparity between suicide rates in men and women. Britain and America are the only countries in the world which have diverging trends in male and female suicides. Between 1971 and 1998, the suicide rate for women in England and Wales almost halved, while in the same period the rate for men almost doubled.

At the beginning of the twenty-first century, men appear to be more vulnerable to death by suicide than ever before: suicides by men make up 75 per cent of all suicides in the UK. Suicide rates for men are higher than for women across all age groups. In the 25-44 age range, men are almost four times more likely than women to kill themselves, while men aged 45 and over are more than twice as likely to commit suicide as women in the same age range. What is causing this divergence in male and female suicide rates?[5]

Depression

From mind.org.uk:

A number of recent studies suggest that depression occurs as often in men as in women, even though women get diagnosed and treated twice as often as men. ‘Hidden’ or ‘covert’ depression may also be a factor behind several of the problems we think of as being typically male – alcohol and drug abuse, domestic violence and failures in intimacy (see Mind’s booklet Understanding depression)

Noting the earlier factoid of ‘Research suggests up to 70 per cent of suicides are by people with depression’ makes one wonder. Consider that 75% of all suicides are male. How many of those are due to a man/ boy’s depression being ignored, or that same man/ boy putting on a strong face because he doesn’t want to be perceived as weak etc? Indeed, depression affects men in many many ways, especially with the expectations thrust upon them with little appreciation of the current social climate that men and boys have to live through. Discrimination in the workplace, feminised education systems, constant denigration of males in the media, ignorance of men’s issues by the Marxo-feminist government, societies instant dismissal of men who ever take an interest in their own health ‘men can’t handle being sick, they love to act like they’re dying hahaha silly men’ and other typical responses from women around th m, which leave men feeling isolated. A lack of funding into promoting men’s health and encouragement to visit their GP allow such mental and physical health issues to accumulate.

More of these issues will be discussed in other articles.

Cancer.

From Times Online

A MAN diagnosed with prostate cancer has only one-quarter of the cash spent on research into his disease compared to the amount devoted to a woman’s breast cancer.

Every year about 34,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer while 27,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer. There are also similar numbers of deaths from the diseases — 13,000 women die from breast cancer while 10,000 men die from prostate cancer.

The government-funded Medical Research Council (MRC) shows the same bias as direct state spending on research. The latest figures available from the MRC, which are for 2001, show that it spent £4.8m on breast cancer and less than £500,000 on prostate cancer.

Why is there a bias? It is because feminists are constantly campaigning (with taxpayers money) for women’s health issues, and men have no equivalent. That is of course, if men don’t just ‘deal with it’.

The only current test for prostate cancer, the prostate-specific antigen test, is not considered to be accurate enough to use in a national screening programme. However, John Neate, chief executive of the Prostate Cancer Charity, said the government had been “too passive” about the lack of an effective diagnostic test.

I would like to add, that the breast cancer screening program costs £75 million.[6] That of course, doesn’t include breast cancer research. Imagine what advances could be made, and lives saved if that sort of funding was available for prostate cancer research?

The evidence of anti-male bias in cancer spending may come as a particular embarrassment to Patricia Hewitt, the health secretary. It emerged last week that she had admitted breaking the sex discrimination laws when she overruled advisers and appointed a woman to an influential job instead of a better-qualified male candidate.

Men are also much more likely to die than women from all other forms of cancer.[7]

Men are getting the short end of the stick with every aspect of health. Now just pause for a moment, hold your hand to your ear and listen out for the lamenting of feminists for the obvious suffering of boys and men.

…………..

Exactly.

I will leave this article with one more graph. The graph only seems strange when one doesn’t think about the real-world factors that affect men. In essence, more boys are born than girls, but from age 30 onwards, women outnumber men.[8]

I wonder why…

By the way, Andrology (the science of men’s health), was founded in the 1960’s whereas the science of women’s health (gynaecology) was founded a mere 100 years earlier, in 1838.[9]

Note:I personally find the current situation reprehensible. The complete and utter lack of serious support for men’s health by this so-called ‘government of the people’ (which couldn’t be further from the truth) makes my blood boil. It is men that go into the factories, mines, power stations, sewers, building sites, oil rigs and all other manner of places to keep the country running. (Just remember the last time your local garage collectors went onstrike). For me, it just shows yet another example of men being left out in the cold, with no appreciation for their contribution to society. This of course has knock on effects, with young boys seeing these men being ignored and dismissed in spite of their work, this discourages the younger generation from wanting to bother in the first place. This is yet another symptom of the Matriarchy. Men and boys are suffering in the millions. Our comrades. Our friends, fathers, sons, even strangers on the street. The engine of civilisation is being ground into dust by typical feminist selfishness and its anti-male ideology. I leave you with a collection of links or organisations I encourage you to read, explore, join, see how you can help. (Even if it is just by following the Men’s Movement UK credo and directing people to articles like this one).

This article will continue to be amended and added to as more information becomes available.

Thank you for reading,

Field Marshall Watkins.

http://www.menshealthforum.org.uk
European Men’s Health Forum.
Men’s Mental Health.
Prostate Cancer Charity.


[1] Source: Office for National Statistics; General Register Office for Scotland; Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency. Table represents per 100,000 people.
[2] http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/ssdataset.asp?vlnk=5228&More=Y
[3] http://www.statistics.gov.uk/cci/nugget.asp?id=1101
[4] Mind.org.uk male depression.
[5] http://www.mind.org.uk/Information/Factsheets/Suicide/#Suicide_and_gender
[6] http://www.cancerscreening.nhs.uk/breastscreen/#cost
[7] http://info.cancerresearchuk.org/cancerstats/mortality/timetrends/
[8] Population. Boys outnumber girls, women outnumber men
[9] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrology and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gynaecology

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