1. Sex is safe for heart patients

    Just because you're a heart patient doesn't mean you have to miss out on some Valentine's Day romance.

    Sure, you might need to skip the bonbons -- not that you should be eating candy anyway, even if you're not a heart patient -- and your doctor might have a long list of other "don'ts" you need to follow.

    But there's still one "do" you can do: If you can climb a flight of stairs without suffering chest pain or a bout of gasping, you can have sex -- even if you had a heart attack just last week, according to the latest advice from the American Heart Association.

    AHA doctors say sex is only a very tiny risk factor for a heart attack -- and that risk is the same regardless of whether or not you've already suffered one.

    That being the case, I can't think of a better way to help yourself recover from a heart attack -- because sex itself is actually one of the best ways to boost your ticker in the first place.

    One recent study found that men who have sex at least twice a week are 50 percent less likely to suffer a fatal heart attack than men who do it less than once a month.

    Regular sex can also cut the risk of prostate cancer -- and sex in general, for men and women alike, can lower levels of stress, boost general well-being and may even help you to live longer.

    Of course, the AHA gets a lot wrong -- carb-heavy, low-fat diet, anyone? -- so naturally, they've managed to botch this one too.

    Instead of just telling men it's OK to have sex after a heart attack and leaving it at that, they had to add that it's safe for them to try penis pills like Viagra, too (unless they take nitrates) -- despite the fact that there's nothing safe about sex meds.

    Along with links to heart problems, especially in heart patients, sex meds can rob you of both your vision and your hearing. They can also cause headaches, stomach problems and painful erections that won't go away without the help of an ER doc with a sharp instrument.

    If you're having problems down there, forget meds. Try losing weight first.

    Obesity causes testosterone to plunge and estrogen to rise -- a one-two punch right where it hurts most. In most cases, dropping those pounds will put you right back on your game, no meds necessary.

    More importantly, losing weight will also help boost your stamina -- so you'll actually have the energy you need to get moving in the bedroom again, too.

  2. 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.

    You might overeat and feel horrible afterwards... and it's easy to spend all your money. But you just can't overdo it when it comes to sex -- and all you need is a willing partner and working parts.

    Now, a new survey confirms what most of us already know: People who have more frequent sex are happier, and that's especially true of seniors.

    The survey of 238 married seniors found that 60 percent of those who had sex more than once a month were "very happy with life in general," versus just 40 percent of those who had no sex at all over the past year.

    What's more, 80 percent of those who had sex more than once a month were happy with their marriages -- and I hope everyone reading this falls into that category.

    The only catch here is that some people have a hard time keeping up in the bedroom once they reach their later years -- and that's especially true of men.

    Sometimes, the mind is willing... but the parts just aren't up to the task.

    Don't be fooled by all those TV commercials -- the best way to fix this isn't with a penis pill. In fact, that's actually the worst possible solution: Sex meds like Viagra and Cialis have been linked to vision problems, hearing loss, headaches, breathing problems and more -- including painful erections that require a trip to the ER to correct.

    In many cases, erection problems are linked to obesity -- so if you've put on a few pounds over the years, lose the weight now... and watch your sex life return.

    Other men may simply need a boost in testosterone, the male hormone that drops off naturally after middle age -- leading to dips in vitality, sexual function and more.

    A naturopathic physician can get you back on track with natural hormones. And that, in turn, can improve both your marriage and your overall happiness.

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