My Aching Back, What is Discogenic: Pain?

Before you ask, no, discogenic pain isn’t caused by too much time in the night club getting your groove on! I have mostly survived being 50 as I quickly head toward 51 in a couple months. In an effort to take better care of myself, lose weight, and get diabetes under control, I joined a crossfit type program (Legion Transformation Center) near my house, which also happens to be near my office in Essex (got to make it easy, otherwise it doesn’t get done, right?). Friends asked me why I started such an aggressive program at the age of 50 […]

MENTAL HEALTH MOMENT – Eating Disorders Disproportionately Affect the LGBTQ Community

Eating Disorders Awareness Week is just around the corner – from February 23rd to March 1st. According to the National Eating Disorder Association, eating disorders will affect more than 30 million Americans in their lifetimes – and disproportionately impact some segments of the LGBTQ community. This is a serious issue, as conditions such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder can have negative consequences on one’s mental and physical health. In fact, research has shown that eating disorders have a mortality rate among the highest of any psychiatric disorder. What is an eating disorder? Eating disorders are serious […]

What the SECURE Act Means for You

As of January 1st, 2020, many changes from the SECURE (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement) Act of 2019 became effective. Some of the more notable changes that could impact your financial future involve the following: Some of the major changes include: 1) Required minimum distributions (RMDs) Start at 72, not 70-and-a-half 2) Traditional IRA Contributions are allowed after 70-and-a-half 3) changes to the rules on inherited retirement accounts 4) new allowence for adoption / birth expenses 5) changes in 529 plans RMDs starting at 72: The new law only applies to the people who turn 70-and-a-half  after December […]

When Lovebirds Nest

With Valentine’s Day drawing near, and the spring real estate market just around the corner, it’s the time of year when Lovebirds think about nesting. Buying a home together should be an easy process, as long as you enter into it with some idea of what will happen and the unfamiliar terminology you will encounter along the way. So, here’s a quick guide to make the experience easier. Whenever two people will appear on a title or deed, they most likely will need to qualify separately to be on the mortgage, or Deed of Trust. It’s important that the Lovebirds […]

Nine Great Money-Saving Wedding Tips

There are lots of ways to save money on your wedding. Some are great, others court disaster. These nine tips can save you hundreds and even thousands of dollars while still giving you and your guests a fantastic experience. The guest list: Invite only the people you love – One of my favorite pieces of wedding advice comes from Miss Manners: “Invite the people you love and who love you.” Really, who else do you want at your wedding? Keeping the guest list tight is the single most effective way to save money on your wedding. Why? Because catering, which […]

What is a Cyst?

Dear Dr. Eva, What is a cyst? I have ovarian cysts. My partner had a ganglion cyst taken off her foot. My mother has cysts on her scalp. A friend has cysts in her breasts. Are these all the same thing? What causes them? Do they ever turn into cancer? Plain Jane   Dear Jane, “Cyst” is a general term, like “rash” or pain,” that is used for many different conditions. A cyst is any small, closed, rounded area, anywhere in the body, that has a lining and is filled with material different from the normal tissue around it. A […]

Living A Double Life

Living a double life for 40 years wasn’t easy. I thought after all those years I was like Superman. Any chance I had, I was dressing like a female. To help you understand, I’ll start from the beginning when I was 13 years old, when I first started dressing. I started exploring in my mother’s closet looking at all the hot and wonderful clothes she wore, from medium-length dresses and skirts to mini dresses and skirts. My mom was smoking hot in her younger days. Okay, she still is at her young age of 83. Although my mother had some […]

The Benefits of Sex after 50

LGBT elders shouldn’t let Valentine’s Day pass them by – there are plenty of exciting ways to spice up their love life and keep the passion in their relationships. Everything LGBT elders need to know will be uncovered at an upcoming Lunch & Learn workshop hosted by the LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care on Thursday, February 13th from noon to 1:30 pm in the community rooms at Chase Brexton’s Mount Vernon Center (1111 North Charles Street, Baltimore). The seminar will be presented by Jacq Jones, owner of Sugar on the Avenue in Hampden. Anyone interested in […]

Erectile Dysfunction: Not a hard problem!

How many of you reading this article indulge in poppers? How many of you are on blood pressure medication? How many of you are treating your erectile dysfunction with Cialis or Viagra? How many of you are in all three categories? A friend of mine had a play date recently. The guy was tied to the sling stand and everything was going well, erections were had by all, and then the poppers / ”video head cleaner” came out. Not too long after the hit of poppers the guy tied to the sling stand started to panic and needed to be […]

What Should Men Do for Their Sexual Health in the New Year?

As men age, they need to keep up with their sexual health in different ways. Here are the most important tips for every decade of your life, from your 20s to your 80s and beyond. Your 20s are the years for pursuing enhanced sexual health by following a vigorous exercise program and a diet high in protein and low in fat and carbohydrates. Pay meticulous attention to weight control by stepping on a scale every day. If you are above your target weight, eat less the next day so that your weight remains stable. Have as much safe sex as […]