Golden Slumbers and I will sing a Lullaby

Can you imagine losing your brother,  or sister?

It’s tragic when it happens from some terrible accident,  but theres something worse when its a dehabilitating disease and you’ve watched them suffer and fade for years,   going though all the medical procedures to increase their life span whilst simultaneously reducing their quality of life in the process.

Can you imagine that this terrible disease is genetic and its already killed two or three of your siblings?

How would you feel?

Imagining that you could be next,  that even if you manage to miss it then it might affect your own children.

Cancer is an evil, relentless disease that can affect us all,  but affects some families more than others.

Today,  I’m at a family funeral,  my brothers wife’s sister.   With two sisters already taken,  I cannot imagine how she is feeling.

I can only imagine myself in her place and empathise.

I can’t imagine what it must be like to watch one of my 4 brothers to suffer and die in such circumstances.

I’m the eldest of 5 sons,  we love, we fight, we are there for each other.  All different but with a common bond,  I can’t imagine life without any one of them,  the gap left behind would be immense.

Today,  I’ll pray for Sarah, for her loss.

But I”ll pray for Liz and her children,  my god-daughter more.

I’ll pray for anyone out there suffering from this awful disease and thank God that my own family has avoided it.

If you happen to read this, maybe you could say a silent prayer too.

If you and yours are cancer free then count your blessings.

Pray for the living.

“And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make”

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More Partners, More Sex, Less Cancer?

Did you happen to notice the rather interesting article in yesterday’s news linking the number of sexual partners that a man has with their possibility of developing prostate cancer?

It made interesting reading for various reasons ..

Cause Of Cancer

First of all .. the researchers indicated that the cause of the prostate cancer is due to the concentration of cancer-causing substances in seminal fluid.

Does that sound right to you?

How can something which is inherently natural and part of our most basic processes i.e procreation be inherently toxic?

I don’t actually believe that,   particularly as prostate cancer only really becomes prevalent in men over 50 and particularly when they are over 70.

i.e When their years of sexual reproduction are behind them and their body doesn’t function the way it used to.

I’d be open to the idea that age is a factor but I simply cannot believe that something that is so natural is cancer-causing.

The Good News

Apparently there is good news for the Casanovas out there who have slept with more than 20 women in their lives who have 20% less chance of developing the disease.

The article indicates that this reduction is due to the increased amount of sex they will have because they have an increased amount of partners .. obviously going through the lustful honeymoon period on a more frequent basis.

The article misses the possibility of a guy being with one partner or a small number of partners over his lifetime that he actually likes/loves/fancies and with whom he has lots of sex on a frequent basis?

Something wrong in that possibility?

I don’t think so!

Or what about us single guys out there who masturbate frequently?

Does that not get rid of that nasty semen?

The Bad News

Would you believe that men who have never had sex are almost twice as likely to develop the disease.

But it’s worse for the gay guys out there who have slept with more than 20 men in their life’s and are twice as likely to be diagnosed with the disease.

The article falls down at this part,  because it cannot actually determine if this rate increase is due to that bad cancer-causing seminal fluid or the possibility of other damage due to other homosexual practices.

What about the gay guys who give rather than take?

Conclusion

What a lot of sensationalist nonsense,  designed to draw attention to the statistical research without any definite medical conclusions and with gaps as wide as …

(  insert suitable wide thing  )

http://www.nouvelles.umontreal.ca/udem-news/news/20141028-prostate-cancer-risk-reduced-by-sleeping-with-many-women-but-increased-with-many-men.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/sex-with-more-than-20-women-reduces-risk-of-prostate-cancer-according-to-study-9824041.html

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Heard this on the radio this morning .. still a fantastically sexy song.