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Dr. M’s Women and Children First Podcast #21 – Traver Boehm – An Uncivilized Journey

What does it mean to be a man in modern times? To be in tune with and feel all aspects of one’s life experiences? To be unapologetic, authentic and safe? To move past trauma and pain? In other words, to be a man uncivilized.
To better understand these questions, I give you the words or Traver Boehm: “Men had to choose between two outdated and broken options….Be the Lone Wolf and die ALONE with a chest full of unexpressed emotions and a wake of broken relationships behind him. A man who thinks the feminine is weakness and weakness is unbearable. He misunderstands that within his weaknesses lie his greatest strengths. Or… Be the Sensitive New Age “Nice Guy” and have a million bestest girlfriends, now living as the wolf in sheep’s clothing. A man who thinks the masculine is terrifying and is forced to deny every aspect of his own manhood. If you are a “Nice Guy”— you are living someone else’s life. But the truth wasn’t in these two options, was it? I knew it. Most men knew it. We just couldn’t find it. And until you have your own back, you can’t truly have anybody else’s. WHAT IF THERE WAS AN OPTION FOR MEN TO BREAK OUT OF THEIR CAGED LIVES AND BECOME FREE?
A Good Man, a Strong Man, a WHOLE MAN.”
This podcast is an exploration of Traver and his thoughts on these topics. He is a man on a mission to help men become better men. He is a thinker, podcaster, writer and so much more.
Enjoy my conversation with Traver Boehm,
Dr. M

Do’s and Don’ts of insect repellants (Article)

What’s that old expression, “Let’s not let the treatment be worse than the disease?”  This is exactly what the Academy of pediatrics is trying to avoid with their newly published guidelines (1) about insect repellant use in children. Children often spend a lot of time outdoors and are very vulnerable to insect bites.  Many proactive parents are lathering their children with insect repellents to guard against nasty bug bites.  Unfortunately these repellents, designed to guard against mosquitos can be toxic to young children, act as skin irritants, or trigger allergies.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently issued a bulletin on safe use of these products.  In particular, repellents containing DEET should not be used on children younger than 2 months old.  DEET-containing repellents, compared to other repellents, are very effective since mosquitos and other bugs hate the smell of DEET, muck akin to people hating the smell of rotten eggs. Yuck!  Unfortunately DEET can cause seizures in high quantities.  They also warn that one of the “natural insect repellents” containing eucalyptus oil can irritate a child’s skin and should not be used on children younger than 3 years old.  Furthermore, these experts advised against using products containing both sunscreen and repellent, wearing repellent under clothing, using spray repellents indoors, and applying repellent near food and drink items.

Insect repellents were designed solely to protect against bug bites, not harm the ones being protected.  Chemical repellents are by no means perfect but can be used safely.  Parents should also consider using a more  “old school” bug repellent, mosquito nets.  These low-tech devices are finding their way onto more and more baby carriages to protect infants from mosquito bites.  Of course in the event of a bite, some rubbing alcohol, topical hydrocortisone,  or calamine lotion and a little TLC will have the young ones chasing fireflies into the evening in no time.

For more information, check out Doc Smo’s  pedcast called, “Stopping bites before they happen”. https://www.docsmo.com/doc-smo-stopping-bug-bites-before-they-happen/.

I welcome your comments at www.docsmo.com. Until next time.

 

 

Smo Notes:

http://aapnews.aappublications.org/content/34/6/16.2.full

 

Written collaboratively by Norman Spencer and Paul Smolen M.D.