The Whole Man Program
is an integrated physical and emotional health program for males over 40. Psychotherapist and men's health educator Jed Diamond offers a roadmap for making life-enhancing changes in many areas that affect men. Diamond describes the "Male American Diet (MAD)," for example, as one that is high in saturated fat, and suggests ways to make healthy changes. He discusses "andropause"--midlife hormonal changes in men--and suggests options for reclaiming sexual vitality.
But this book goes deeper than diet and hormones; emotional self-discovery forms the center of the program. Under "Action Options," Diamond asks you, for example, to write down your memories of your sexual desires during adolescence and compare them to your midlife sexual ups and downs; talk to each of your children about the kind of fathering they have received from you; and write down "all the things you know about the Woman in you," and then share this with someone you trust.
Diamond, who also authored Male Menopause, frequently bares his own personal story and also includes anecdotes from his men's groups. This book is recommended for men (and the women who love them) ready for an intimate, man-to-man exploration of a man's physical, emotional, and relationship health at midlife. --Joan Price
From Library Journal
These two titles join the growing body of literature on men's health, but each approaches the subject from a very different perspective. Ehlers, a physician who specializes in adult and geriatric medicine, and freelance writer Miller focus on leading a fulfilling life by staying healthy; theirs is a traditional health reference stressing that "it's important to know when you need professional help and when you don't." While they emphasize ailments that men in their 50s may face, they provide a full home health reference in clear, up-to-date language with many convenient, informative tables. Overall, this is a good health guide for men that will answer common complaints and assist in determining whether to seek professional advice. Diamond (Male Menopause) offers an eight-week program to help men over 40 reclaim their passion, power, and purpose to live a fuller and more rewarding life. Essentially, he takes a New Age approach, with chapters on physical and emotional well-being; food; intimate and other partnerships; stress management, irritability, and anger; mind-altering substances; and spiritual life. Less scientifically rigorous and hence of limited value, The Whole Man Program is an optional purchase. Facing Your Fifties is recommended for consumer health collections. James Swanton, Harlem Hosp. Lib., New York
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