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  1. Opioid painkillers linked to low testosterone levels

    Painkillers linked to sex problems

    One day, you're battling back pain. The next, it's everything from memory loss to physical weakness to erection problems and low testosterone levels.

    "Well, that's it," you might think to yourself. "I guess I'm just falling apart!"

    I can't tell you how often I've heard that from my own patients, especially first-timers who've come to me after getting nowhere with a mainstream doctor. And if you've ever felt that way yourself, I have some good news for you today: You're not falling apart.

    In fact, the problem may not even be you at all.

    It's your meds -- because the painkillers given for chronic conditions such as back pain can lead to a downward spiral of poor health, and new research shows how it can even ruin your sex life.

    Men who take opioid painkillers such as hydrocodone and oxycodone have a 50 percent higher risk of both low testosterone levels and bedroom problems, according to the study of 11,327 men with back pain.

    It doesn't take long before those risks kick in, either -- just three months of normal use. And for the highest doses (120 mg of morphine-equivalent drugs per day or more), those risks kick in almost immediately, according to the study in the journal Spine.

    But low testosterone levels and bedroom problems are risks you don't have to face yourself.

    In many cases, opioid painkillers aren't even necessary in the first place. I find that nondrug treatments such as acupuncture, natural anti-inflammatories, and cold laser can often bring real and lasting pain relief.

    (Prescription meds such as opioid painkillers kill more Americans than illegal drugs. Shocked? Click here to learn more.)

    And in the rare cases where opioid drugs are needed, they should be restricted to the lowest dose for the shortest period to prevent low testosterone-- a stopgap measure to manage severe pain while you and your doctor work on finding and correcting the cause of your pain.

    Of course, even if you take no painkillers at all, you could still find yourself battling low testosterone levels and everything that comes along with it -- including erection problems, memory loss, and general weakness.

    So if you're on one of these drugs and you feel like you're falling apart (or worse) don't worry, a holistic physician can put you back together with a natural testosterone replacement regimen. And if you're in the Southern California area, I can help -- because I happen to run one of the most complete hormone testing and treatment programs around.

    Contact my clinic at 855-DOC-MARK for more information or to make an appointment.

  2. New erection pill packs the same old risks

    The last thing we need is yet another erection pill with the same risks as the old ones -- but that's just what the FDA is giving us.

    It's called Stendra, but don't bother remembering the name. You'll be hearing it in commercials soon enough now that the feds have signed off on it.

    Like Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra, the new med is a PDE5 inhibitor. The only real difference is that this new drug promises to work faster than the old ones -- supposedly getting things going in as little as 15 minutes, compared to an hour or more for the drugs already on the market.

    That might sound great -- but the side effects of PDE5 inhibitors are decidedly UN-sexy.

    They can cause headaches, forcing you to say "not now" just when you're ready. They can also give you back pain, which will really limit your bedroom activities, and even cause cold-like symptoms.

    Not exactly Harlequin romance material.

    These drugs have even caused men to go blind and deaf, which would really make it a challenge to use that drug-induced erection. And by the way, the famous "four-hour erections" mentioned in the commercials for these meds is a dangerous condition where blood can't leave the penis.

    It's called priapism -- and it requires an immediate trip to the emergency room, where the fastest way to relieve that pressure is to drain the blood with a needle, apply an ice pack, or inject a medication.

    Ouch!

    But forget all the side effects (if you can -- I'm not sure it's possible to forget that last one). There's another reason to skip the meds when it comes to sexual health, and that's because the problems themselves are almost always a sign of another problem in the body.

    For example, the most common cause of erectile dysfunction is atherosclerosis. That's when your arteries get stiff from too much plaque -- and when your arteries get stiff, you can't get stiff in other places.

    Since atherosclerosis is also the leading cause of heart attacks, stroke, and more, it's something that needs to be fixed urgently. But if your only warning is erectile dysfunction and you can "fix" it with a sex med, you can ignore it... until the day your wife has to call the ambulance.

    In other cases, erection problems are caused by diabetes, poor nutrition, hormonal imbalances (especially low testosterone levels), stress, and even many prescription medications.

    A holistic doctor can help find the real cause of erection problems and correct it without the drugs or the risks.

  3. Sex makes people happy

    A good meal, a little spending money, and a night of passion -- any one of those things would be enough to make most people happy... especially that last one.
  4. Poor sleep hurts 'down there'

    Incontinence, late-night bathroom visits, erection problems and more are all treated with dangerous drugs -- but new studies show there could be a much more pleasant solution.

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