Sunday, October 24, 2010

Male health concerns

I normally don't write about male health simply because I am female. What prompted me to cover one health concern is the fact that most men seem to be obsessed with it. I am talking about ED or what used to be called impudence. The lack of libido seems to be the number one concern for most men that are not stressed out about other problems in their lives.

The inability to perform well in bed is often related to having something else on their minds. Thinking about money or lack of it is right up there with any concerns about size. Doubts about sexual performance will often hinder that performance.   

The business community has latched onto men's concerns of ED that a huge multi billion dollar business has cropped up in the last 15 years. Everything from Viagra pills to enlargement devices and surgery. Whole websites devoted to the subject of male enhancement reviews sales of pills are now the norm.

While I would love to say to those men to just not worry about your ED and it will go away, that is not always true. First and foremost talk to your doctor before embarking on a trail of trial and error when it comes to ED. Only then will everything get better.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Your skin as it ages

Your skin changes dramatically as it ages. It goes from being highly elastic and thick when we are young to thin and loose when were are elderly. Because our skin slowly gets thinner as we age, it makes it harder and harder for wrinkle removal, treating lacerations, and treating skin cancer. Learn to be good to your skin when you are young will help keep your skin keep its elasticity longer as you age.

Beware of over the counter supplements

While the majority of over the counter products for weight loss and general health improvement are mostly harmless there are a few that you should avoid. Supplements are often considered food products and are not regulated by the Drug Administration so you need to read the labels on those products. You need to understand what each chemical does to your body before you buy it. Some of the best weight loss supplements have huge amounts of caffeine or untested herbs as their main ingredients. So you need to do your homework and research each product before you put it into your body. The last thing you want to do is find yourself in the local ER because your body had an extreme reaction to a over the counter supplement. Since the government cannot or will not protect consumers against this type of product, then it is a definite "buyer beware" situation.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Cigars safer than cigarettes?

You have probably heard that old saying that cigars are safer than cigarettes. I know my dad used to tell me that one when he took up cigar smoking. I don't think he ever smoked fancy cubans or makers mark cigars, all I remember is that they stunk. He gave up on the cigars, switched to a pipe for a few years then went back to cigarettes.

He died of the results of a triple by-pass, in fact only 6 weeks after the operation. The doctor told us that his lungs were clear and he had no signs of cancer anywhere but those years of smoking damaged his arteries and weakened his heart so much that he was having a hard time breathing.

So are cigars safer than cigarettes? If you asked my dad during his final days he would have said none of them are safe. I can also assure you that I have asthma now from breathing in his second hand smoke for 20 years.