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The 9 Weirdest Facts About Boobs

breastsBoobs…we can never quite seem to get enough of them or stop talking about their appearance. Indeed, there are countless studies dedicated to unearthing the mystery of their enchanting allure, with some research providing particularly comical insight into our perception of breasts and personal preferences. While the legitimacy of many of these so-called “scientific findings” is questionable, here is a list of the weirdest boob studies out there worthy of mention:

1. Poor men like big breasts while financially secure men prefer smaller breasts.

Busty women beware: your cleavage may be attracting gold diggers. According to Psychology Today, the amount of money a man earns has a lot to do with the size of breasts he prefers. The study, conducted by two psychologists, set out to explore the link between financial security and men’s breast size preferences. Men from different socio-economic backgrounds – 266 to be exact – were asked which breast size they found more sexually attractive based on a series of animated female figures with various breast sizes.

The study determined that poorer men or men experiencing “resource insecurity” preferred larger breasts while those who were financially well off preferred smaller boobs. Moreover, it suggests that one view on women’s breast size is that it acts as a “signal of fat reserves, which in turn advertises access to resources”.

Read full article via The 9 Weirdest Facts About Boobs | Alternet.

Infographic: Stop Eating These Foods at Bedtime!

There is a standard list of bedtime “no-no” snacks and beverages available in the infographic “Foods That Keep You Up at Night.” Watching your intake will help you sleep more soundly and wake up more rested and alert. It may make the difference between disruption and harmony in your daily life. Bad habits have a persistent negative impact on health. They are hard to curb; but when the reality of their destructive power looms, you will want to make a supreme effort. It makes no sense to consume chocolate before retiring. It is loaded with sugar and caffeine (sometime more than coffee!). A boost of energy is not your evening goal.

Furthermore, too much liquid intake will keep you up and out of bed as the bathroom calls. Steak is to be avoided, not only for its fat and cholesterol content, but for its effect on circadian rhythm. Alcohol and fermented, spicy, and fried foods are definitely out.  Many of these take a longer time to digest and some can cause a bout of heartburn. When in doubt, it is best to avoid them at least three hours prior to going to sleep. In the long run, you will lose interest in the savory snacks as you embrace better nighttime practices.

The infographic has been designed by noted internet health blogger Elliot Noteware, who has extensively written on AGC.

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Power Napping At Work – Why You Need That Fresh Burst Of Energy And Productivity

Our bodies require a certain amount of sleep that is allowed by our brains. If our brains are functioning at its utmost capacity, then plenty of sleep is not needed. However, our brain still needs to rest every now and then so that they can refresh themselves and get a boost of energy to work perfectly. This can be achieved not by sleeping for hours, but with short power naps. These power naps are suitable for people who are very engrossed with work and need to be energetic and quick with new ideas. When you take power naps at work during your breaks, you eliminate the need for caffeine boosts and still maintain energy reserve for the rest of the day.

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  • Power Naps Makes Work Less Stressful

Putting your head down on your desk or curling up on your office floor during your break for a quick nap can help you relax. By napping your stress hormone levels will decrease and reduce your risks. This is better than taking stress reducing actions and you are guaranteed to feel renewed, refreshed and more focused with your work.

  • Power Naps Can Improve Your Memory And Learning Ability

Napping during the day can enhance your capacity to learn new things, as speed and accuracy heightens. This is because napping can help protect your brain from being overused until the neurons can consolidate whatever has been learned. For maximum results, try to take an hour worth of naps.

  • Power Naps Can Improve Productivity And Alertness

After a poor night of sleep, a power nap can still make you feel alert and energetic. Once you have napped, your efficiency, alertness and mood levels will improve. In fact, a twenty minute nap taken after eight hours from the time you wake up is beneficial to your stamina compared to dozing off for another twenty minutes upon waking up.

  • Power Naps Increase Cognitive Functioning

Cognitive functioning can increase by 40% by taking thirty minute power naps. People who tend to work without any rest often show lower intelligence levels, as their ability to work and memorize decrease. Napping after lunch can eliminate this problem as your body rests and your brain neurons recuperate.

  • Power Naps Are Good For Your Heart

Napping for forty minutes can reduce the risk of death caused by heart disease especially for young adults. When you start making power naps a habit while you are younger, you might be able to ward off a heart attack later in life. In fact, there are plenty of health benefits when you rest your mind and body, most especially when you have a proper sleeping surface.

  • Power Naps Can Boost Creativity

Aside from helping you to relax and rest, power naps can also boost creativity. They can encourage creative insight and give you a fresh burst of energy. Whenever you feel stuck in the middle of the day, napping can help divert your attention for a while without making you feel guilty.

  • Power Naps Can Eliminate Sleepiness

People who have to be up night will benefit from power naps as they can be protected from sleepiness. When you have to sty up all night long, opt to have a two or four hour power nap for additional alertness the following day. This is necessary if you are a student, shift worker or a long haul worker as your lifestyle demands a certain optimum level of alertness.

Valerie Collins is a freelance writer specializing in health and well being issues. She offers advice on how to sleep better, information about the latest apps and devices used to encourage quality sleep and the effects of poor sleep on health and relationships.

How To Date Someone With An STD

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Today, we know enough to understand it isn’t just reckless, irresponsible, ignorant individuals who pick up STD’s—we can all be at risk sometimes, even when we take precautions. Many STD’s can still be passed even when there is a condom present, and the most evil ones show no symptoms for a long time—if ever—leaving the carrier to believe he or she is perfectly clean.

It’s very likely that in your life you’ll date, fall in love with, or even marry someone with a permanent STD like HPV or Herpes. Here’s how to navigate it so that you can increase your chances of staying STD-free, and minimize your chances of offending your partner.

Read full article via How To Manage Dating Someone With An STD MadameNoire.

Infographic: Avoiding the George Costanza Wallet: Tips and Tricks to Keep Your Wallet Organized

Let’s face it, people tend to neglect their wallets. In a matter of minutes they can become huge, overstuffed nuisances that sit in your back pocket with pieces of paper you no longer need. Have you ever seen pants with a clear, square outline on a back pocket? Yeah, that’s probably the result of that wallet that sits there for the majority of your day. In fact, these eyesores have actually been linked to health issues. More and more often, people who carry heavy and bulky wallets report the gradual onset of uncomfortable back pain that radiates throughout the back, hips and even legs. This George Costanza wallet syndrome is visible everywhere, but it can certainly be avoided! Anything from changes in the material of your wallet, to a habit of throwing old receipts away can help! Read on for more tips and tricks on managing your wallet. You’ll be glad you slimmed down!

Founded in 1995, Allett is the producer of the world’s thinnest wallet.  Our wallets are for the everyday user, for the avid traveler, for an active lifestyle, and even for the eco-minded.  To learn more about us, our products, or our eco-friendly alternatives, please visit all-ett.com.

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Dangerous Lee’s Top 10 Picks of October 2013

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  1. What Do Dangerous Lee and Poetic Justice Have in Common?

  2. Why I Hate Being A Woman

  3. Dangerous Lee Interviews The Next Best Thing in Hip-Hop – Tony K

  4. Dangerous Lee Interviews Professional Handmade Guitar Maker – Ron Luczak

  5. Dangerous Lee Interviews Illustrator – Kasim Earl

  6. Michael Jackson Joins DangerousLee.Biz

  7. Party City: Making  Me Hate “Thriller” Every Halloween

  8. Will Write For Traffic: How to Successfully Guest Blog (eBook)

  9. 7 Ways to Prevent Breast Cancer

  10. The Fall of Man – Will Women Replace Our Fallen Politicians?

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Do’s and Dont’s of Getting Six-Pack Abs

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Getting that six-pack ab look that you see in magazines is a tough hill to climb.  Temptation is everywhere to break from your diet and workout.  Let’s face it: all the best food is terrible for us.  If you’re committed to your goal, however, there are some general dos and dont’s you should follow if you want to make the journey easier on you.  Whether it’s eating appropriately or being assisted by legal pro-hormones, these tips will help you get that perfect body in the long run.

DON’T Starve Yourself

If you’ve got a few extra pounds around the midsection, the temptation may be to starve away that spare tire, but it is not the right course of action.  Getting that body you see in men’s health magazines takes a lot of work and work like that means you’ll need a lot of energy.  Your body uses calories to create that energy, so while you don’t want to overdo the caloric intake, you’ll want to provide your body with enough energy in order to get through even the most basic workout regimen.

DO Eat Appropriately

Eating right isn’t just as simple as putting down the donut and picking up the salad; there are other tips and tricks that you can use to get the appropriate diet.  First and foremost, it’s important to practice portion control; overeating is not only unhealthy, it can make you feel terrible.  It’s also important to stick to an eating schedule.  When you eat late at night, your body tends to store more of the fat, which can cause unwanted weight gain.  Make it a point to eat before 7:00 PM every night and you shouldn’t have a problem.

DON’T Overdo It

The old saying is “no pain, no gain,” but sometimes that pain means a little more than you are working yourself hard; sometimes, it can mean that you have an injury.  Muscle tears and sprains are common when you are pushing yourself to the limit and you need to be able to recognize the difference between pain from muscle fatigue and the pain associated with an injury.

To keep from overdoing one particular muscle, adhere to a schedule where you change the muscle being worked out while your other muscle takes a break.  Making a plan of different leg days and arm days is a great way to stay active, while at the same time, giving your muscles a chance to recover.

DO Get a Good Night Sleep

Getting a good night sleep may not seem like it has a direct correlation to getting the perfect body, but it will definitely help.  When we sleep poorly, we have a temptation to reach for junk food as it offers a quick energy boost in order to get through the day.  Dunkin’ Donuts has basically built its empire around this fact.  To make it easier on yourself to say no to sweets and to give yourself enough energy to get to the gym, getting a good night sleep can be the key.

To help your sleep patterns, you’ll actually want to make sure you’re working out at the right time.  Exercising right before bed can increase your heart rate and body temperature, which will actually make it more difficult to fall asleep.  Instead, look to exercise at least three hours before you plan to fall asleep.

DON’T Use Illegal Steroids

You may not be a professional athlete, but that doesn’t mean you should be injecting yourself with steroids in order to get the body you’ve always dreamed of.  For one thing, unless you have a prescription, possessing steroids is actually illegal, not just frowned upon.  As well, the long-term effects on your body may be irreversible.

DO Use Natural Supplements

If you are looking for a little extra help in the mass-building department, there are plenty of effective, legal prohormones that you can purchase to help with muscle building.  These can be found in any supplement shop or on legitimate websites on the Internet.

Getting that perfect body is going to take a lot of work.  If you do it right, you should see results in weeks.

Jeremy is a veteran of 4 half-marathons and is getting ready to take on his first full marathon in the spring.

4 Ways To Make Sure Your Breath Won’t Stank!

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You meet a nice person and begin chatting with them. Things seem to be going well until you lean in a bit closer to share some information that you want to make sure only they hear, and they quickly pull away with a funny look on their faces. What happened? Odds are, your breath is not as fresh as you thought – you have halitosis, or bad breath. The first step to avoiding this problem is having good oral health with regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups. When these normal activities do not seem to be solving your problem, however, you must do something extra. Luckily, there are a few simple remedies for this common problem that can easily prevent any further distancing mishaps.

Water Consumption

Surprisingly, not drinking enough water throughout the day is one of the leading causes of chronic bad breath. This happens because, without enough water in your diet, bacteria builds up in your mouth and throughout your body that release odor-causing agents. Sometimes this is from the decomposition of dead cells in your mouth when you are suffering from chronic dry mouth, a common symptom of dehydration. If you have bad breath, make sure you are consuming the minimum recommended water intake of around 3 liters a day, depending on your activity level, sex, and food consumption. In addition, regularly gargling with salt water can also help eliminate bad breath as it helps remove bacteria in your mouth and throat areas in a manner much less invasive than that offered by using the alcohol-rich mouthwashes on the market.

Vitamins and Minerals

Not having a balanced diet rich in the minerals and vitamins your body needs to function can cause a host of problems for your body, among them halitosis. For example, a common cause of bad breath is a deficiency in the mineral zinc, which works as a antimicrobial combating bacterial buildup in the mouth. Zinc consumption can easily be increased by adding foods like squash, cacao, and organ meats to your diet. A diet low in fiber can also contribute to halitosis because fiber, especially that found in fresh and raw vegetables, works against odor-causing plaque buildup. Consuming more fruits and vegetables, like bananas and spinach, can increase your fiber intake.

Cleanse

Bad breath can also come from a buildup of heavy metals, yeast, and other toxins in your system. When your system is blocked from continuous consumption of these types of elements, it can prevent the liver from functioning at its best and leave the blood system and the rest of the body working at less than its maximal state. You can always undergo an intense, short-term cleanse of the whole body to shock it into cleanliness, but you can also simply begin to drink various types of cleansing teas or supplements made from herbs like stinging nettle, parsley, peppermint, fennel, dill, echinacea, and lemon – to name a few.

Dentist Visits

If you have tried these remedies and nothing seems to be working, you might have a more serious problem causing your halitosis. See you dentist to discuss further options and their opinions on the cause of your problem. It could be that you are suffering from gum disease or decaying teeth and will need more serious intervention to achieve good oral health and end your halitosis. If this is the case, receiving dental extraction in Indianapolis or a root canal in New York, for example, could solve your problem, guarantee you quality and long lasting results, and put you on the path to good oral health.

Bad breath can affect your daily life, but it is not something you must live with indefinitely. By taking some of the suggestions listed above, your halitosis problem should be cleared up in no time. For further information, see Food Matters.

This is a post by Ashley Williamson. Ashley is a freelance writer and an occasional guest-blogger interested in health related topics. When she is not working she likes to travel and do yoga. If you have any question feel free to leave a comment.

7 Ways To Help Friends With Vitiligo

So, someone really important in your life has a skin disease whereby patches appear on their skin and color of their skin changes, that too in the patches.

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Then on issues arise with them alike of self-esteem, low confidence and at times mental sickness because of the due course that this disease can take in its treatment. A person affected with Vitiligo must try to cope with the effects of the disease themselves and as well must learn to actually live with what they’re going through but you must as well be ready to accommodate your loved one’s within your life or to help them out in the time of their needs so that they may not feel left alone.

Let’s discuss ways in which we could help out friends coping with vitiligo in their journey towards betterment of their life. Read full Story Here.

  • Build Their Self Esteem

Sometimes or most of the times a vitiligo patient goes through such emotions and feelings during his term of diagnosis and treatment of the disease that they lose their self esteem, confidence on themselves and even their integrity. They may become so low within themselves that at times even suicidal tendencies develop within them, which by no means is a safe indicator.

You should as a friend, help them out in bringing their positives forwards rather then their negatives that they’ve brought forwards because of their mixed emotions and feelings.

  • Make Them Think Positive

Life is all about ups and downs and no man whatsoever is prone to such. A vitiligo patient may think far less of him or herand negativity may keep on brewing within themselves.

You as a friend, if you need to help them out should try to make them think positive about themselves. Don’t judge them and don’t allow anyone else to judge them too. Try to keep them away from such negative thinking and negative people.

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  • Engage them In Activities

Don’t let a patient of Vitiligo whom happens to be a friend of yours as well, go idol in life. You should help them in making their day-to-day activities more and more engaging and positive for them. In this way you could easily help them out in bringing their best out of themselves and in making them think less because of their idleness.

  • Keep them company

Well, keeping company will have a positive impact on a friend coping with Vitiligo more then any other means of assistance. Don’t let him be alone cause if he will become alone or feel the same, he or she can go into depression. Help them out by keeping them good company with whatever time that you have at hand.

  • Help them Achieve their Potential

Everyone is equipped with some sort of potential within themselves. If you really want to assist a friend in coping with the disease, you should simply help them achieve their potential. Boost their energies in positive way and in a way that they can do best with and you will have a friend who’s happy for life even while he or she is coping with vitiligo.

  • Keep them Alive with Humor

Humor, smile, laugh, whatever you would name them as can make any person come alive. Try to make humor a regular part of your friend’s life. This way they could easily be helped in coping with any sort of life trauma or depression.

  • Make them Join Groups

There are many regular societies and groups dedicated to patients of Vitiligo made by either Government health professionals in many countries or for that matter vitiligo patients as well.

Make your friends join these groups and societies so that they may feel good about themselves and the disease that they have. They would be in a positive and helping circle this way.

This article is brought to you by Farooq Omar you can find him on Facebook or be connected on LinkedIn.

An Epidemic Caused By Dirty Streets – Is It Possible?

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We pass by them all the time – filthy, dark alleys with rats scurrying around; grimy and smelly dumpsters with rotting organic matter, rodents, flies, roaches, and myriad of pathogenic organisms; potholes with murky, infested water; dirty storm drains clogged with trash. We do not think much of the filthy streets really. Out of sight; out of mind, right? Wrong. We should have a care; we should be concerned about the state of our street’s cleanliness. After all, filthy streets can cause epidemics, and two such epidemics are cholera and typhoid.

Cholera

Cholera is a type of disease caused by the Vibrio cholera. Some people experience only mild symptoms of cholera, but people who have immature, weak, or compromised immune systems oftentimes suffer from severe symptoms with profuse diarrhea and vomiting. Because the patient cannot tolerate food and water and there is more fluid loss resulting from the acute diarrhea, dehydration occurs. If no treatment is given, the patient could go into shock. Death oftentimes follows after a few hours without medical treatment.

Typhoid

Typhoid is type of life-threatening disease caused by the Salmonella Typhi bacteria. Symptoms of typhoid fever include extremely high fever with a temperature of 39 to 40 degrees Celsius. There is also weakness and generalized body malaise, together with headache as well as stomachache. Some patients even develop rashes, which is characterized by rose-colored spots that are flat. Typhoid fever, if left untreated, could result to death.

Mode of Transmission for Both Cholera and Typhoid

Dirty streets and alleys riddled with potholes that are filled with stagnant water are teeming with these bacteria. During strong rainstorms, especially if there is flooding, the contaminated and untreated water could seep through the sanitary sewer systems, polluting the waterways and contaminating it with the deadly bacteria. To answer the question if dirty streets can cause an epidemic, the answer is yes, so be vigilant. If you notice the streets are getting neglected, call the appropriate officials so their street sweepers can take care of it.

You cannot get cholera from casual contact with an infected person, but there is a risk of infection though if the food you ate was handled by someone with cholera. This happens if the infected person used the bathroom and did not wash his hands before handling food. Human feces could have gotten into the food, contaminating it with the bacteria. The same goes for typhoid fever. You can get typhoid fever from someone who is shedding this type of bacteria, especially if he is handling food, or through direct contact with the feces of an infected person.

Treatment for Both Cholera and Typhoid

The important thing for these diseases is to prevent more fluid loss, so oral re-hydration therapy is given to patients. For severe cases of water diarrhea, intravenous fluid replacement therapy is also administered. In addition to these, antibiotics are also given to kill off the bacteria in the body.

Fortunately, there are vaccines now for both cholera and typhoid fever. Although there is less risk for these diseases in the United States, it is recommended for people who will travel abroad, especially to developing countries, to get vaccinated against these diseases.

Jennifer Daniels is a writer for several home blogs and garden sites. She specializes in home cleaning tips to avoid diseases. If you have hard-to-remove dirt in your property, she recommends giving professional cleaners a call, such as your local San Francisco street sweepers.

 

How Erectile Dysfunction Can Affect Any Man At Any Age

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Erectile Dysfunction is something men of any age don’t want to experience – and those who have experienced it probably don’t want to talk about it.  It can be traumatic and embarrassing.

Many young people believe that they are not at risk of the condition because they are not old enough. However, this is a preconception that couldn’t be further from the truth, as all men are vulnerable at any age and time in their lives.

Erectile dysfunction is characterized by the inability to develop or maintain an erection during sexual performance. The typical age range at which men commonly experience erectile dysfunction is 40 to 70 –  but certain actions and lifestyle choices mean that men can be more susceptible.

Obesity

One of the most significant contributing factors in erectile dysfunction is obesity. Obese men have been shown, in scientific studies, to have lower levels of hormones like testosterone, greatly increasing their chances of experiencing erectile dysfunction.

This problem is set to continue in coming years as populations become increasingly obese. In the last 25 years the prevalence of obesity has more than doubled.

Smoking

Furthermore, smoking is another significant cause of erectile dysfunction. Recent studies have shown that men who smoked more than 20 cigarettes per day had a 60% higher chance of experiencing erectile dysfunction compared to those who have never smoked.

Whilst smoking figures suggest that the number of people smoking is decreasing, the number of young people smoking is still significantly high. Figures for 2010 show that around 23% of people aged 16 to 19 are smoking and almost 30% of people aged 20 to 24 are smoking. Ultimately this suggests that younger people are at risk of the effects of smoking like erectile dysfunction.

Alcohol

Going almost hand-in-hand with smoking is drinking. The risks of chronic or very high alcohol consumption are well known and include serious conditions like liver cirrhosis. Erectile dysfunction can also be caused by regular, high alcohol consumption.

It is widely known that drinking large amounts of alcohol can affect sexual performance, with erectile dysfunction being a prominent condition. Recent studies have suggested that alcohol is a leading cause of impotence and other disturbances in sexual dysfunction.

Given that a significant number of young men go out regularly, drinking and smoking it seems that they are also increasing their risk of erectile dysfunction. Obviously the simple solution to such a problem is to stop drinking alcohol, but for many that’s easier said than done.

It can be difficult and challenging for the overweight and obese to change their lifestyle significantly and many do struggle. Support from friends and family is of course necessary in all instances and can really make the difference.

There are of course other solutions to the problems, mentioned above, that contribute to causing erectile dysfunction. You can beat some of the problems with Viagra, the most well-known and popular erectile dysfunction treatment.

Have you suffered with erectile dysfunction for any these reasons, and have you got any suggestions to help combat it? Share in the comments.

 

Chris Tilbury is editor of an online student tabloid and enjoys sport, technology and photography.

 

 

#KeepitDangerous! Marathon: 5 Things You Can Do Before Your Doctor’s Appointment To Maximize Your Visit

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If you’re the type of person who spends the time leading up to your doctor visits riddled with anxiety, you are not alone. I cannot recall the last time I visited a doctor’s office feeling collected and confident. Alternatively, some may feel so relieved to find shelter against the uncertainty of their ailments that they breeze through the exam, nodding politely, without asking half the questions they want to.

Neither of those scenarios lead to a very valuable doctor’s visit. Health and lifestyle magazines have leaned on “tips for maximizing your doctor visit” articles for years, but what about things you should be doing to prepare before you even get there?

Finding the right physicians

In order to feel like your appointment is valuable, it’s important to first make sure that you are at a facility that’s a good match for you. Visiting multiple doctors until you find one with whom you feel totally comfortable is the first step in getting the most value out of primary care. You need to be in a situation where you feel no embarrassment in full-disclosure. This means honesty about everything from your level of anxiety to your level of carelessness about your symptoms or health. Your doctor’s familiarity with the little nuances that may not be on a chart can make all the difference in making a quick and accurate diagnosis.

Be very clear when scheduling an appointment.

If the person scheduling your appointment is under the impression that you’re stopping in for something simple, there’s a chance they will schedule you in a shorter slot. It’s best to be forthright when making an appointment so your doctor has more information going in and you don’t end up being rushed.

It’s all about lists.

There have been times when I’ve gone to my yearly physical at Piedmont Family Practice thinking “Oh, good. This will be the perfect opportunity to ask about that thing that’s been driving me crazy.” Still, I almost always make it back home and smack myself for forgetting to bring it up. The best solution for keeping track of these issues is by keeping a running list. Every time a health issue arises that isn’t important enough to schedule an appointment for, make a note about it. Even if it passes, it may still be worth asking your physician about. When you’re at your next appointment, bring your list with you. You can ask about everything or prioritize the items that you feel are most important to talk about.

Bring your medical history.

It really is important to have some record of your medical history on you when you go to the doctor, especially medication that you are taking. You can expect for a nurse to grill you about the dosage and frequency of each medication. You want to be able to answer these questions as clearly and accurate as possible. If you think toting a zip-lock bag of pill bottles to the doctor is for The Golden Girls, there are actually apps for your smart phone that help keep track of your medication and medical history.

Use the web (carefully).

Yes, typing your symptoms into Google can take you from an in-grown toenail to death’s door in less than two clicks, but it can also help you inform your doctor about how you’re feeling. If you are able to get your head around the more obvious conclusions from your symptoms based on your research, you may be able to fast forward the conversation you’ll have with your primary care physician.

David Tooley is a freelance blogger who writes for blogs such as Financial Times Digest.  He has plenty of experience going to doctor’s visits unprepared, and hopes others will learn from his mistakes.

 

Natural Treatments For Erectile Dysfunction

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Natural ED remedies are something that many men are seeking these days. They want them to be more effective than the blue pills that are so famous. Having an erection forms a key part of the psychological health and identity of males, making it more than just something that is essential for sex. There is no reason to continue suffering in silence now that a number of natural remedies can aid in the overcoming of difficulties with erections.

There has been improvement seen in erectile function by nutritional supplements such as amino acid arginine, vitamin C, flaxseed meal, and bioflavonoids. After supplemental DHEA (hormone dehydroepiandrosterone) doses were received there was improvement in those with low levels of DHEA suffering from ED. Most experts do not recommend using DHEA because the safety of it over the long term is unknown.

Nitric oxide, a substance that signals the relaxation of smooth muscles around blood vessels, increasing blood flow through the dilation of blood vessels; it is made from the amino acid L-arginine. Blood flow is enhanced resulting in an erection when the smooth muscle in the penis relaxes.

The effectiveness of sildenafil was shown to be enhanced by acetyl-L-carnitine and propionyl-L-carnitine. Compared to Viagra alone this was shown to result in the improvement of sexual well-being, orgasm, erectile function and satisfaction from sexual intercourse.

Those with sexual dysfunction resulting from antidepressant drugs can find that the herb ginkgo is helpful when it comes to erectile dysfunction. It appears that the flow of blood to the penis is enhanced and the smooth muscle tissue is relaxed.

The effectiveness of sildenafil has been shown to be enhanced by acetyl-L-carnitine and propionyl-L-carnitine resulting in improved orgasm, satisfaction with sexual intercourse, erectile function and sexual well-being than with Viagra alone.

People that have sexual dysfunction as an antidepressant drug side effect use the ginkgo herb for erectile dysfunction. Blood flow is enhanced in the penis and the smooth muscle relaxed.

Erectile dysfunction has been shown to result from a significant depletion of the mineral zinc. It is associated with diabetes, certain diseases of the liver and kidneys, digestive disorders and the use of diuretics long term.

Withania somnifera (the herb ashwagandha) is often called Indian Ginseng. It is believed to have effects that are similar in the body. Energy, sexual function and stamina are thought to be increased. Drowsiness may be among ashwagandha’s side effects, and it should not be used with sedative drugs.

Diet

The diet should begin to include unrefined, unprocessed, whole and fresh foods. Support vascular integrity by eating a lot of fruit like berries, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, olive oil, beans, soy, seeds and cold-water fish such as tuna, mackerel, sardines and salmon.

Ease ED by avoiding dairy products and sugar. Refine foods, junk food, caffeine and fried foods should be limited. Water intake should be increased to half of your weight in ounces every day.

Acupuncture is another option. It is an ancient healing method of the Chinese. It involves sticking fine, solid needs into specific body points. It stimulates the body’s ability to overcome conditions and illness through the correction of imbalances. Some men with ED have been aided with acupuncture.

Men should not attempt to treat themselves for erectile dysfunction. Find assistance of a homeopathic practitioner that is knowledgeable and they will pick a remedy to suit the individual needs that you have.

4 Things That Make Men Less Virile

When it comes to protecting their health, many men tend to look the other way, especially if it means giving up things they love, such as alcohol, cigarettes, red meat and fatty foods. Unfortunately, when they disregard their overall health, men tend to endure an unexpected consequence. If you’re a man, you should know four things that can compromise sexual function.

Alcohol

Most men know that too much alcohol can inhibit their ability to perform sexually; however, few realize that it also poses long-term risk to their sexual function. In fact, a study published in the Indian Journal of Psychiatry found that 72 percent of subjects who engaged in chronic and persistent alcohol-use experienced some level of sexual dysfunction. If you’re having unexplained sexual problems, take a hard look at your drinking habits and try to cut back to see if alcohol is the cause.

Painkillers

A recent study out of the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research found that prescription painkillers have the ability to promote erectile dysfunction. In fact, the effects are so powerful, they can occur after only three months of taking oxycodone, hydrocodone and other opioid pain medications. While disturbing to most any man, this news is especially bad for men who suffer from chronic pain. According to Dr. Ken Collins, many patients arrive in his office due to concerns about the long-term effects of pain medications.

“Prescription painkillers aren’t the only medications that come with risk,” he said. “Over-the-counter drugs, such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen and other NSAIDs have been linked with an increased risk of heart failure, liver problems and gastrointestinal bleeding. Many of my temporomandibular joint disorder patients arrive in my office, because they’re tired of having to rely on pain medications to relieve their daily symptoms. They also don’t want to trade temporary relief for long-term health problems.”

Cigarettes

These days, virtually everyone knows that smoking is linked with some deadly health problems, including emphysema, diabetes and lung and throat cancer. That said, numerous studies have shown that cigarette smoking can also cause erectile dysfunction. What’s not clear is whether the damage remains permanent after smokers quit their habits. Because smoking hardens blood vessels, it can wreak havoc on a man’s ability to perform sexually. If you smoke, you may want to ditch your cigarettes before you suffer potentially irreversible consequences.

Fatty Foods

We generally equate fatty foods with heart problems; however, they also play a part in harming a man’s ability to perform. Because their sexual abilities depend on good cardiovascular health, men need to eat heart-healthy foods to maintain healthy sexual function. In the end, you should avoid red meat, fried foods and salty snacks if you want to ward off erectile dysfunction.

Prevention

Contrary to popular belief, diminished sexual function isn’t an inevitable part of aging. By maintaining good cardiovascular health, you can increase your chances of maintaining a healthy sex life. While many things can promote erectile dysfunction; one simple rule will usually guide you in the right direction: if it’s good for the heart, it’s also good for your sexual health and, vice versa.

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Ryan Lawrence writes for Off-Topic Media. Thanks to Dr. Ken Collins for contributing to this story.

 

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