sexual function

  1. 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.

  2. Men living with prostate regret

    The real "disease" facing many prostate patients isn't cancer -- it's regret.

    It's a deep regret that sinks in only too late, when you find yourself battling the lasting side effects of a surgery you never needed in the first place.

    Now, a new survey shows how most men who undergo prostate surgery have no idea what they're in for -- and a year after the procedure, most of them are positively stunned by the loss in quality of life... not to mention all the adult diapers they need.

    Researchers asked 152 cancer patients about to undergo a full or partial prostate removal what sexual and urinary functions they expected to have a year later.

    Half expected to be just as good after as they were before...while 17 percent actually expected better sexual function.

    Little did they know!

    One year later, and these men were positively confused -- because what they got didn't come close to matching what they expected: Just 40 percent found their sexual function met expectations, while only 36 percent had the urinary function they thought they'd get.

    Every man in the study actually went through counseling that was supposed to manage his expectations -- but that didn't stop most of them from feeling as if they were on the wrong end of a classic bait-and-switch scheme.

    I'm sure more than a few weren't just disappointed -- they were ticked off, and I can't help but wonder how much angrier these men would be if they realized they never even needed that life-wrecking surgery in the first place.

    As I've told you before, the numbers behind prostate treatment just don't add up: We've chopped up more prostates than ever... yet we haven't made a dent in the disease's death rate. (Read more here.)

    That's why most prostate cancers should just be left alone -- and why you shouldn't be so quick to blindly follow your doctor's orders after any cancer diagnosis.

    Instead of quickly signing up for surgery, drugs or radiation treatments, take some time to study your cancer and learn all your options -- including doing nothing at all.

    A great place to start your own cancer research is on the Web site of the Health Sciences Institute, which features an extensive free online library.

    You won't find any regrets there -- just real answers.

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