It’s the problem no guy wants to admit to, yet it’s been estimated to affect nearly half of men over 50. Sadly, for every man that seeks help with ED. there are three that don’t. Without treatment of some kind, over time it can only get worse.
Impotence, or Erectile Dysfunction, or as it’s more politely referred to as, “ED,” occurs when a man is unable to get or maintain an erection for sexual intercourse, and it comes in varying degrees of affliction. A man may have a normal erection, but not be able to sustain it, or he may be able to perform fine one time and not the next, or not be able to attain erection at all.
The most common culprits are lack of blood flow to the erectile tissues of the penis and/or problems with the nerve signals from the brain. Health issues, like diabetes, obesity, alcoholism, nicotine addiction, kidney disease, a sedentary lifestyle, psychological problems, as well as pharmaceutical ‘side effects’ can also be a cause.
To Treat or Cure?
Here is where I’m often at odds with mainstream medicine. The usual approach to most health issues by way too many doctors is to maintain a problem at a comfortable level. They make money and Big Pharma makes money and neither see anything unethical about a system that keeps patients perpetually tied to the doctor’s office. So instead of eliminating the cause of ED, and thereby effecting a cure, they prescribe the little blue pill, Viagra, or Cialis, or a similar drug, all of which have side effects of their own.
As Dr. Wayne Pickering, PhD., has often said on this subject in our health and wellness radio series, “There are no side effects. It’s all effects.” Dismissing these unwanted effects with a wave of the hand and referring to them as ‘side effects’ is another area I feel questions the morality of modern medicine.
But not all physicians are cut from the same cloth. There are a number of fabulous doctors that take a more holistic approach and I highly recommend you seek them out. And then when you’ve found one, do what you’re told!
For many men, it takes a medical ‘slap-in-the-face’ to wake them up. For some, it’s surviving their first heart attack, and for others, it’s ED that makes them realize that it’s time for some major changes in their lifestyle. Fortunately many ED sufferers can resolve their problem as simply as changing their lifestyle.
- Drugs. If you’re taking any, whether they’re prescription, over the counter, or recreational, check to see if impotence is listed as a side effect. Prolonged use of any drug is not good for numerous reasons.
- Eat a Healthy Diet. If you’re packing a few extra pounds, you’re probably already aware that you’re putting your heart health at risk. The blood vessels in your penis are just as susceptible to blockage and restriction as the ones in your heart and brain. I’d love to see a survey done to see how many men that suffer a heart attack or a stroke have had ED first and ignored it as a warning.
- Stop Smoking. You never should have started and you know it! STOP! NOW!
- Limit your Alcohol consumption. While you may believe it puts you in the mood, it also lowers testosterone levels, especially in seniors.
- Exercise Regularly and with Intensity. It’s one of the greatest natural cures for impotence there is, to say nothing of the overall great effect it will have on your health.
Another great quote from Dr. Pickering is, “Only the human body can heal the human body.” All we as humans can do is make sure our bodies have what they need to make it possible. So give your body a fighting chance. Lay off those artery clogging meals, get plenty of exercise, and take quality supplements like those from Shaklee to boost your bodies ability to stay healthy.