“If you could make male mortality rates the same as female rates, you would do more good than curing cancer.” Randolph M. Nesse, M.D.
When I was five-years old and my father was forty-two, he tried to commit suicide. The stresses of trying to earn a living and provide for his family during difficult economic times overwhelmed him. Though he didn’t die physically, he was crippled emotionally and our lives were never the same. I grew up wondering what happened to my father and to so many other wounded fathers.
According to the National Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, each year nearly 35,000 people kill themselves. 28,000 (nearly 80%) are male. Eleven times that number attempt suicide.
But suicide isn’t the only way men’s lives are cut short. “80 percent of all illnesses are stress induced,” says Woodson Merrell, MD, Chairman of the Department of Integrative Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center. Although stress impacts everyone, men are particularly vulnerable. According to social scientist Dr. Thomas Joiner, “Males experience higher mortality rates than females at all stages of life from conception to old age.”
Statistics from the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention show that men have a higher death rate for the ten leading causes of death (numbers are deaths per 100,000 population):
“Over 330,000 lives would be saved in a single year in the U.S. alone if men’s risk of dying was as low as women’s,” says University of Michigan researcher, Daniel J. Kruger, PhD. “Being male is now the single largest demographic factor for early death,” says Kruger’s colleague, Randolph M. Nesse, M.D.
I grieve for the men and boys whose lives are cut short and for the women and families left behind. I’ve been looking for a way to reduce stress that is simple to learn, easy to practice, scientifically sound, and, most importantly, effective. I’ve found what I’ve been looking for, have tested it extensively, and now want to get this life-saving information to as many men as I can. My new book, MenAlive: Stop Killer Stress with Simple Energy Healing Tools, gives men what they need to stop the stress that shortens lives and destroys relationships.
Do you know of other resources you believe could help save men’s lives? Let’s work together to make them available to men and the women who love them.
Here’s my simple idea: We know stress kills, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. If we can reduce men’s risk of death to the same level as women’s, we can save nearly a million men within three years. Let’s get started. Please comment on this blog post with your idea or resource. You can also contact me directly at Jed@MenAlive.com
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