As taken from The Afternoon Show Website 2007
Promoting Men's Health with Duncan Lawler

Did you know that men are more likely to die than women in nearly all aspects of life. Today on the Afternoon Show we meet author Duncan Lawler who has just published a book called Promoting Men's Health in Ireland.

Men are nearly twice as likely as women to die of heart disease. Men die from Cancer at a rate of nearly 50 percent greater than women. They are 3 times as likely to die of injuries or four times as likely to die of suicide or AIDS. They drown at higher rates and die at higher rates from violent crimes.

The only explanation for this is society's neglect or antipathy for men's health issues. Men die younger because they fail to recognise signs and symptoms of illness only seeking help when it is often too late.

About Duncan Lawler
. Bachelor Physiotherapy (hons) UCD 1997
. Youngest Physical Therapy Manager history Florida State 1998-1999
. Diploma Health Service Management 2002
. Higher Diploma in Management 2004
. Masters Public Management 2005 (Thesis 'Promoting Men's Health in Ireland')

Duncan is a senior Chartered Physiotherapist currently working in the area of Intellectual Disability and private practice in Monasterevin, Co Kildare. He has written numerous published articles on Men's Health issues and 3 books - incluidng Promoting Men's Health, and Saving Our Men.
He is also a popular International Speaker, having given talks in Orlando, London, Dublin. He has lectured for the British Medical Acupuncture Society and the Norwegian Federation of Medical Acupuncture (NFMA)

Duncan is also an Acupuncture instructor for the British Medical Acupuncture Society.

His next appearance is on July 20th 2013 Instructing on the BMAS headache course in Dublin.

Brief summary
Do men fail to recognise potential warning signs or do they refuse to acknowledge them?

Recently there is plenty of information available regarding male specific diseases particularly the prostate but men have not appeared to make use of such information.

The reality is that men refuse to acknowledge signs and symptoms of illness as they associate sickness with weakness and weakness as a sign of failure, that failure resulting in them being 'less of a man'.

To promote men's health we as a society must address this issue and that has to start in the home.

When boys are told stop crying like a girl or stop crying like a sissy, this tells them that expression of emotion is a sign of weakness.
When boys are told stop whinging and stick up for yourself, be a man, this re-enforces the message that seeking help from another means they are 'less of a man' i.e. weak.

By the time this boy hits puberty, the messages he has received are
1. Crying and expression of any emotion is strictly feminine and weak
2. Never look for help - sort out your own problems.

As a man when he is sick, he is not comfortable seeking help or expressing any emotion such as fear or worry. He struggles through on his own until he has to concede he cannot win this battle.

We need to educate our men in the homes and in the schools. We need to teach them that it is ok to cry, to be frightened, to be worried. We need to teach them that everyone needs help and looking for help is a MANLY thing to do. We need to teach them that sickness is nothing to be ashamed of. We need to teach in our schools that expressing emotions is not feminine and that being feminine is not a sign of weakness.

We need to teach them to respect women, that they are equal and that we can learn from them as they can learn from us. There is an epidemic of violence against women in this country and this can only be addressed if men are taught to understand women as well as themselves. There needs to be a 'Men's health' curriculum introduced into our schools.