It’s Raining Men!

By Melissa Crispell CNS, CNHP

Alright guys, it’s time to take control of your health and well-being. If you take better care of your yard, golf clubs, car (fill in the blank) than your health please read this! Men are lucky they don’t face PMS or Menopause, but they do have their share of things to keep track of. More than 1 in 5 guys has not had a checkup in 5 years according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Why are you avoiding your health?

Top 3 reasons why men avoid their checkups (according to Men’s Health magazine poll):

1) Too busy
2) Afraid the Doc will find something serious
3) Avoiding uncomfortable body exams like prostate checks

If you (or a man you care about) are using these excuses, let’s work through them.

You really do have the time.

Twenty two percent of the men surveyed claimed they’re too busy to keep up with regular checkups. I know you’re busy, we all are, but that’s no excuse to put your health on the back burner. To keep things in perspective: an annual checkup is only 1-2 hours out of the 8,760 hours you have each year. Try searching for a doctor that has extended hours during the week or weekend appointments so that you don’t cut into your day to day schedule.

No news is not good news when it comes to your health.

Twenty one percent of men polled said they would put off their checkups for fear of finding something seriously wrong. True, it’s not ideal to find out that you have something serious. But isn’t it worse to find out that you have something serious and you’re in the end stages with no options because you didn’t know? Men, the big risks you face: heart disease, diabetes, prostate cancer could be cut drastically by monitoring your blood pressure, blood sugar, and having prostate exams.

Twenty seconds of discomfort could make all the difference.

How long does a prostate exam take? I’ve never had one so I’m not entirely certain, but I would guess it’s not longer than 20 seconds. Eighteen percent of the men in this poll said they would pass on their annual checkup to avoid the discomfort of a prostate exam. I get it! A stranger probing your most personal space is always awkward and never fun but the information it gives your practitioner is priceless. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, your prostate check is for your doctor to find any lumps, abnormalities, or determine if the prostate is enlarged. Catching these signs early could make all the difference.

In the spirit of prevention, we encourage you to add the LRA by ELISA/ACT test to your yearly checkups. By identifying triggers to the immune system (removing them for a period of time along with detoxification and supplements to alkalinize and energize) will help you to clean up your system and restore a robust immune response while decreasing inflammation. Who wouldn’t want to clean up their system and fine tune the process?

When it comes to Men’s Health, I have to mention PERQUE Prost8 Vitality Guard and MDP Guard.

Prost8 Vitality Guard:

• Can lower harmful testosterone and increases healthy male hormones naturally and more safely than prescription medications.
• Supports healthier bladder function – so you can sleep better with fewer trips to the bathroom in just a week, rather than 3-6 months for other products.
• Is formulated with saw palmetto berry extract – proven in clinical trials to neutralize harmful testosterone metabolites.
MDP Guard’s unique formulation delivers:
• L-Carnitine – to support sperm motility and health and helps detoxify fat-soluble toxins.
• MCT – enhances carnitine and GABA uptake and alkalinizes cells

We can all benefit from making a few adjustments to our daily routine to boost our health, wellbeing and longevity. Simple actions like: proper hydration, restorative sleep, eating whole foods (not processed), supplementing with essential nutrients, meditation/prayer to calm the mind, and moving can make a huge difference in a short amount of time.

About Melissa Crispell

Melissa Crispell is a Certified Nutrition Specialist, Certified Natural Health Provider, Certified Lifestyle Educator, Certified Wellness Coach, and Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist. That’s just during the work day! The rest of the day is spent as mom, Abuela (Abbie for short), coach, wife, cook, chauffeur, cheerleader, marathoner and triathlete. Melissa has been published in Living Well (local health magazine), DC Practice Insights (a national magazine to help Chiropractors grow their businesses) and Acupuncture Today. In addition, she has spoken at the, Functional Medicine Success Summit, The Easter Seals Annual Caregiver Conference, and the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She is a Member of Health Studies Collegium speaker’s bureau, and has given classes for Naturopathic Physicians, Chiropractors, Medical Doctors and other healthcare providers.

Melissa has served almost 9 years as a Clinical Training Specialist for PERQUE Integrative Health, teaching physicians and providers all over the world how to grow their functional medicine practice using medical grade supplements and functional immunology. Melissa’s mission is to empower people of all health statuses to take control of their wellness journey. Melissa believes that when we have better information we make better choices. This includes debunking myths and sharing basic health concepts that are frequently overlooked. The future of healthcare is definitely self-care and we must take responsibility for our choices.

Vegan Alkaline Apple Pie Recipe

Yield: 8 servings
Prep time: 30 min
Total time: 1 hour 15 min


Crust: (1 large crust or 2 small)
2/3 cup coconut oil, cold
2 cups coconut flour
5 Tablespoons hot water


7 apples (granny smith)
1/3 cup coconut sugar
2 Tablespoons tapioca flour
1 Tablespoon cinnamon powder
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon cloves powder
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg powder
1/8 teaspoon ginger powder



Combine the coconut oil with the coconut flour and the hot water until smooth.

Make sure not to overwork the dough. Put dough in the fridge for 10 min before rolling it out.

Roll out the dough a little larger than the pie dish.

Place 1 pie crust in ungreased 9-inch pie dish. Before baking the crust, poke the bottom with a fork. Bake crust at 400°F for 15 minutes.

Now, time to work on the filling.

1. You will need a large bowl to combine to apples and spices.

2. Peel, core and cut the apples.

3. Add coconut sugar, tapioca flour, cinnamon, vanilla, cloves, nutmeg and ginger.

4. Mix all together then pour it into the pie dish.

(It is ok for the apples to be in a big pile, they will cook down.)

Get creative!

You can add a top crust; dough cuts out or weave design. (Add coconut oil on top to help the crust brown.)

Bake at 425°F for 40 minutes or until apples are tender and crust is golden brown.

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