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About Andrew Siegel
Andrew Siegel is a urological physician, surgeon and educator who passionately believes in the importance of a healthy lifestyle as a means of maintaining health and preventing disease. He is convinced that the best method of avoiding doctors and hospitals is simply for each of us to take responsibility for our own selves. One of his favorite quotes is; "Genes load the gun, but lifestyle pulls the trigger." Dr. Siegel is the author of "Prostate Cancer 20/20: A Practical Guide To Understanding Management Options For Patients And Their Families"; "The Kegel Fix: Recharging Female Pelvic, Sexual and Urinary Health"; "Male Pelvic Fitness: Optimizing Sexual and Urinary Health"; "Promiscuous Eating: Understanding and Ending Our Self-Destructive Relationship with Food"; and "Finding Your Own Fountain of Youth: The Essential Guide to Maximizing Health, Wellness, Fitness & Longevity." He is a blogger and the creator of numerous educational videos on health and well being. He lives in the greater New York City area with his wife and English springer spaniel and is thrilled to spend time with his three grown children. Aside from writing, he enjoys reading, tennis, golf, cycling, fitness and living "clean" and healthy.
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The pelvic floor muscles are “hidden jewels” of the pelvis that are a vital partner to the male sexual organs. Their collaboration is an absolute must for optimal sexual functioning, similar to the relationship between the diaphragm muscle and the lungs. Although concealed from view, they are responsible for some powerful effects, particularly so when intensified by training. Exercises to achieve a conditioned pelvic floor, particularly when applied against the force of resistance, are capable of enhancing sexual function as much as general fitness training can enhance athletic performance and endurance. A pelvic floor muscle-training regimen—as with any good fitness program—can impart better performance, increased strength (rigidity), improved endurance and stamina (ejaculatory control), and decreased recovery time (the amount of time it takes to achieve another erection).
Conferring advantages that go way beyond sexuality, these often-neglected muscles are also vital to male pelvic health and serve an essential role in urinary function, bowel function and prostate health. A trained and fit pelvic floor will be helpful in improving as well as preventing the following: erection problems; ejaculation and orgasm issues; urinary leakage that follows prostate surgery; overactive bladder; urinary dribbling; pelvic pain due to muscle spasm; bowel urgency and leakage; and pelvic impairments due to bicycling, motorcycling and horseback riding. Virtually everybody is capable of achieving pelvic fitness through pelvic floor muscle training and reaping the rewards and benefits that result.
PROSTATE CANCER 20/20 reviews the unprecedented number of advances in addressing prostate cancer that have occurred over the last few years. These include improvements in screening and diagnostic testing, increasingly sophisticated imaging techniques, the development and refinement of genetic testing, the availability of numerous new medications, continued technical advances in surgical, radiation and focal therapies and the blossoming of the era of “active surveillance.”
Because most patients with prostate cancer have an excellent prognosis, the long-term consequences of the disease are oftentimes the side effects of treatment. PROSTATE CANCER 20/20 provides in-depth information on the most common complications following treatment—sexual dysfunction and urinary incontinence—conditions that can be successfully managed through a variety of means detailed within the book.
In the 1940s, Dr. Arnold Kegel popularized pelvic floor muscle exercises to improve female sexual and urinary health. His renowned program incorporated education, progressive intensity and the use of an internal vaginal device to provide resistance strengthening as well as feedback. Sadly, 65 years later, “Kegel exercises” bear little resemblance to what he so brilliantly described. Lacking in guidance, rigor and feedback—and often ignoring the benefit of resistance—today’s exercises leave many women unable to identify their pelvic muscles or properly perform the training and end up being abandoned.
In The Kegel Fix, Dr. Andrew Siegel restores pelvic muscle training to the classic sense established by Dr. Kegel and introduces new age, next generation pelvic floor muscle exercise regimens designed and customized for specific pelvic floor dysfunctions. The following conditions can be improved and even prevented with his specially tailored programs: vaginal laxity, pelvic organ prolapse, sexual and orgasmic dysfunction, stress urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, bowel urgency/incontinence and pelvic pain due to tension myalgia.
The Kegel Fix reveals the damaging pelvic consequences of pregnancy, labor, childbirth, menopause and poor lifestyle choices, and demystifies the out-of-sight, out-of-mind and often misunderstood pelvic muscles that can help to address such issues. Pelvic training is made easily accessible as you discover to “snap, clench and squeeze” your way to a healthy, fit and toned vagina and pelvic floor, providing benefits from bedroom to bathroom. You will learn to apply your newfound pelvic know-how to real-life situations in order to improve pelvic function, empowering you from within. You owe it to yourself (and your partner) to optimize the function of your “female muscles” and reclaim your pelvic, sexual and urinary health.
Animated by real-life stories of the eating behaviors of men, women and children interviewed by the author, Promiscuous Eating examines one of our most intimate relationships: that of our relationship with food. For far too many of us, this has gone awry, causing a multitude of health-damaging issues that can sabotage the quality and the quantity of our lives. These problems include obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and cancer, as well as loss of self-esteem and ability to participate in activities that we wish to. By understanding our unique behaviors with respect to food, we become capable of repairing this relationship. The resulting change in diet and eating habits can be transformative — if not life saving — in terms of preventing and/or reversing the havoc wreaked by unhealthy and inappropriate consumption. By cultivating mindful eating strategies, we can journey towards becoming enlightened and conscientious eaters, freeing ourselves from emotional, mindless and promiscuous eating patterns and changing our relationship with food from foe to friend.