THE DOCTOR'S OPINION.
Peter Shalit tells why he wrote a special health guide just for gay men
"Everyone knows what a blow job is," says Peter Shalit, MD, Ph.D., explaining why he decided to use casual language in his new book, Living Well: The Gay Man's Essential Health Guide (Alyson, $17.95). "I don't think it's fair to assume that everyone recognizes the word fellatio A sexual act in which a male places his penis into the mouth of another person.
At Common Law, fellatio was considered a crime against nature. It was classified as a felony and punishable by imprisonment and/or death. . And if you can't find the right words, you can't find a cure for what ails you."
Shalit, who was named one of America's best doctors in a national poll earlier this year, wrested to write a book that would address the special medical needs of gay men. "There are a lot of well-meaning doctors who think that because they're not homophobic ho·mo·pho·bi·a
1. Fear of or contempt for lesbians and gay men.
2. Behavior based on such a feeling.
[homo(sexual) + -phobia. , they're all set to provide good health care to gay men," Shalit says. "But there are many aspects of health care that are specific to our lives that never get addresed."
Like sexual dysfunction--which, Shalit says, is almost always treated as a heterosexual problem--and drug abuse and addiction, which, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. Shalit, must be seen as gay issues if they're to be dealt with successfully. "For a lot of gay men, drug use is linked directly to sex--either to get up the nerve to have sex or to enhance it," he says. "You can't treat someone with this condition if you're not aware of that kind of connection."
Living Well also covers nonmedical issues such as preventive care Preventive care is a set of measures taken in advance of symptoms to prevent illness or injury. This type of care is best exemplified by routine physical examinations and immunizations. The emphasis is on preventing illnesses before they occur. See also
Shalit learned about honesty from his outspoken father, film critic Gene Shalit. But while his famous dad advocates honesty, Shalit says it wasn't always that way. "He didn't like the fact that I was out of the closet in medical school," he recalls. "He worried about what effect being so open would have on my success in life. I had to tell him that I couldn't not be out. The nicest thing about him is, he's so supportive and easy to educate, and he eventually saw things my way."
After spending most of a year writing about gay health issues, Shalit hopes that readers will see things his way too. "I thought writing a book about health would be easy since I talk about it all day at the office," he says. "I was very, very wrong."
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From Living Well: The Gay Man's Essential Health Guide. [C] 1998 by Peter Shalit, MD, Ph.D. Reprinted with permission of the publisher, Alyson Publications.
Attractiveness is one big motivator to get in shape and stay in shape, especially for some gay men. This has become a political issue in the gay community. Our magazines are filled with images of unrealistically muscular, trim, young bodies. Many critics, gay or not, say that our community has a tendency to be ageist and "looksist."
There is nothing wrong with wanting to look attractive. But a person should not feel unattractive just because he doesn't look like the guys in the magazines. So I have mixed emotions when I hear a story like the following:
Jim: I gained 40 pounds in my last relationship, and I really let myself go to pot Verb 1. go to pot - become ruined; "His business went to pot when economy soured"
go to the dogs
deteriorate - become worse or disintegrate; "His mind deteriorated" . Now that we've split up, I've gone back to the gym, and I'm tanning tanning, process by which skins and hides are converted into leather. Vegetable tanning, a method requiring more than a month even with modern machinery and tanning liquors, employs tannin; its use is shown in Egyptian tomb paintings dating from 3000 B.C. , and I'm on a strut diet. Gotta got·ta
Contraction of got to: I gotta go home. be buffed for the beach this summer! Bedsides, I'm back on the market, and who is going to be interested in a fat, pasty guy?
I guess I'm glad Jim is now trying to take care of himself, though I may not agree with the details of his approach. And I wonder how long he'll stay in shape once he finds 'another boyfriend.
Fitness is not a means to achieve a short-term goal, like looking good at the beach or disco in order to attract a boyfriend. No one should feel like he is depriving himself by dieting or flogging himself by exercising.
Instead, every man should incorporate some sensible, healthy habits healthy habit Good habit, see there into Iris routine of life. These habits include 20 to 30 minutes of relatively vigorous exercise vigorous exercise A form of exercise that is intense enough to cause sweating and/or heavy breathing/ and/or ↑ heart rate to near maximum; VE is formally defined as that which requires > 6 METs; there is a graded inverse relationship between total physical daily. They should include a sensible pattern of eating, which reduces the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and obesity. Healthy habits tend to increase a person's physical and emotional well-being.