Telomeres and Longer Life

Dear Dr. Eva, Can you explain epigenetics and telomeres? There are a lot of supplements out now that are supposed to lengthen people’s life by making their telomeres longer. Any truth to that? Juan P. de Leon Dear Juan, I notice that you are using the name of Ponce de Leon, the Spanish explorer who came to Florida in 1513 looking for the Fountain of Youth. He did not find it. The search for longer life is as old as humans’ recognition of death. People have always looked for ways to lengthen our lives. The science of telomeres is complex […]

Trusting Your Doctor Or Not?

Dear Dr. Eva, I’m a gay man in a long-term monogamous relationship. I have never had any sexually transmitted disease. Is there any real reason to come out to my doctor? I’m uncomfortable with him assuming I’m straight, but I don’t want to embarrass him. Discreet Dear Discreet, First, if your suspicion that knowing you are gay would embarrass your doctor is correct, you may need a different doctor. I hope that he’ll respond in a friendly, comfortable way that shows he is not embarrassed. It’s important for your doctor to have at least a basic understanding of who you […]

Random Penis Questions

Dear Dr. Eva, Guys sometimes wake up with an erection. We call this a piss hard-on because it goes down after pissing. Is there a difference between this and an erection caused by sexual arousal? Thank you. Mike Dear Mike, There is no physical difference. Men have erections as part of the normal sleep cycle. These erections are not necessarily associated with sexual dreams. Because of these normal sleep erections, men often wake up with erections whether they need to urinate or not. Erections go down with urination because it is near-impossible to urinate when the penis is fully erect. […]

What is Leaky Gut?

Dear Dr. Eva, I am a woman in my 30’s. Over the last few years I have developed a lot of new digestive problems, with bloating, cramps, and diarrhea on and off. My chiropractor thinks I may have leaky gut and suggested some nutritional supplements. When I tried to find information on leaky gut, what I found was vague and contradictory. Can you explain leaky gut? Thanks, Gassy Dear Gassy, Leaky gut syndrome takes a few minutes to explain, so let me tell you first that there are lots of conditions other than leaky gut that are more likely to […]

Simple, Healthy Changes for 2019

Dear Readers, Lots of people make new year’s resolutions. When a person can’t stick with the changes they planned – which is what usually happens –  they may feel like a double failure. Not only are they continuing the behavior they meant to change, they also have been unable to keep their commitment. Considering this, my first thought was that maybe we should swear off the whole idea of New Year’s resolutions. But on second thought, it would be a shame not to make good use of the motivation for positive change that many people feel at the start of […]

Try Fun & Sober for the Holidays

Was the first resolution you made last New Year’s Day prompted by the headache and sick feeling you woke up with on January 1st? Maybe you had to deal with the consequences of a holiday car accident. Or was it the fallout from something you did at a party that everyone else remembers all too well, but you don’t? Many people, whether or not they have problems with alcohol the rest of the year, drink too much over the Christmas and New Years holidays. The same happens on birthdays, graduations, and other social occasions. Some people drink more at these times because […]

Thinking Through the Holidays Part 2: Family issues

If you enjoyed Thanksgiving, and if you enjoy the holidays with no problems every year (or almost every year), and if you don’t know anyone who struggles with the holidays, then this column is not for you. Look at a different page. The first part of this article, in the last issue of Baltimore OUTloud, explained how to use thought techniques to decrease or completely get rid of the negative, depressing thoughts that trouble many people around the holidays. Most of these are self-critical thoughts. Once you identify these thoughts, you can see that they are not true and can […]

Questions about Sexual Health

Dear Dr. Eva, A relative recently tested positive for HIV. He has been working on a farm which always has swarms of biting mosquitos. He told me he thinks that he was infected with HIV by the mosquitos. Could that be true? If it is true, would he be entitled to Workmen’s Compensation to cover the cost of his HIV care? Aunt B Dear Auntie B, Some myths never die. There are many human diseases which can be passed by mosquitos. Only two of these occur in the mainland US: West Nile Fever and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Worldwide, malaria is […]

Thinking Through the Holidays

By the time you see this, Thanksgiving may have already passed. If you enjoyed it and generally enjoy the holidays with no problems every year (or almost every year), and if you don’t know anyone who struggles with this, then this column is not for you. Look at a different page. There are many people who become anxious, overwhelmed, angry, and even seriously depressed at this time of year. This column and the next one will be about how those distressing feelings can be avoided or eased by thinking through the holidays. I will focus on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New […]

Sizes & Measurements… and different-sized breasts

Dear Dr. Eva, Which has more nutritional value, fellatio or cunnilingus? Nutrition Major Dear Nutrition Major, If you have been reading your assignments, you should know that, if you do it correctly, you won’t get any calories from oral sex, because you are using condoms or dental dams and are not taking any of your partner’s body fluids into your mouth. To answer the question as an academic exercise: the higher protein content in male ejaculate makes it a better nutritional source than vaginal fluid, although the amount of calories is minimal. If you are having sex with energy and […]