Natural aphrodisiacs put Viagra to shame...

The Good Life Letter 
3rd October 2010

We are well into the twenty first century, and there is still
a huge taboo about sex, and more importantly sexual

But only amongst men it seems.

Our better halves are so much better at discussing health
issues than we are; both with professionals and amongst
their friends.

I consider myself a well informed and open type of bloke,
but even I start mumbling into my beer at the prospect of
asking a mate about his prostate, let alone any form of
sexual dysfunction.

Perhaps that's why we've seen the huge demand for
Viagra; a simple solution to erectile dysfunction that can
be taken discreetly, and gives immediate effect.

In this day and age you don't even need to go the GP.
Specialist clinics, chemists, on-line pharmacies and even
Tesco will sell you some.

Unfortunately, new research by leading doctors shows
that Viagra only works for just over half of those who are
taking it. When the medication doesn't work, it's usually
because the problem is caused by an imbalance of the
male hormone, testosterone. This effect is often seen in
men over the age of 45 suffering from diabetes, who
are more than twice as likely to have reduced levels of
testosterone compared to non sufferers.

A leading expert in the field states that up to 40% of
impotent men have low levels of testosterone, which
renders the little blue pill useless.

Dr Geoffrey Hackett, a consultant urologist at Good Hope
Hospital in Birmingham, and former chairman of the
British Society for Sexual Medicine, went so far as saying
that more than half of men taking Viagra found it did not
solve their problems adequately.

His research shows that by taking steps to address a lack
of testosterone most men will overcome erectile
dysfunction problems without needing any other
intervention. Dr Hackett states "If low testosterone is the
problem then Viagra won't be the answer on its own.
There is a lot being wasted on this in the NHS, particularly
in diabetes patients"

Estimates put the annual cost of Viagra to the NHS at £58
million. So if these studies are right it means we're
wasting over £23 million per year on ineffective
prescription drugs.

A simple blood test would determine testosterone levels,
so why is this not done as a matter of routine prior to
Viagra being prescribed?

And more importantly, if a lack of testosterone is the
cause of such a high incidence of impotence then we need
to think about how we can sort that out before reaching
for a pharmaceutical remedy.

The key to keeping testosterone levels high is zinc, the
essential building block for production of the male
hormone. So it stands to reason that foods which are zinc
rich should feature heavily in our diet.

Just look at all these wonderful natural aphrodisiacs ...

- Brown rice, cheese & turkey. These are all rich in
zinc, and can easily be included into our normal
diets, even on a budget.

- Oysters. Yes, it's true this aphrodisiac is a fantastic
source of zinc. This is also the case for other
shellfish such as clams, mussels and scallops.

- Pine and pecan nuts. Of all the nuts these two
provide the most zinc in the diet.

- Wheat germ & bran. A vital constituent of
wholemeal flours, especially good for homemade
breads and mueslis.

Once again the simple pharmaceutical solution has been
found wanting. And since it's a bit ...well, embarrassing
for those who are taking it without success ... they are
unlikely to be telling anyone.

So it's about time we did start to talk about this. Don't
suffer in silence, get down to the GP and get a blood test
- it could make all the difference.  And it's not just Viagra. 
Whatever prescription drug you are taking, if it's not
working or the side effects are unpleasant or
embarrassing - speak up!

Avandia finally taken off of GP's lists

Do you think that the scientists at the European Medicines
Agency are Good Life readers?

I'd like to think so.

Last week I had to make a trip into London, and picked up
a discarded Metro free sheet on the tube. As I leafed
through the paper, while my train sat waiting for signals
at Baker Street, a headline grabbed my attention.

'Avandia diabetes drug banned over heart attack risk' it
read. The story went on that the agency ordered the
marketing of the product to be suspended and no further
prescriptions issued while the suspension is in place.

Prof Kent Woods, chief executive of the Medicines and
Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency said "Patient
safety is our top priority and we have constantly been
monitoring the situation".

Well, he could have saved himself the trouble if he had
been a regular subscriber to our letter. In case you missed
it I covered the story here:

Easy health options with honey, garlic & vinegar

The cough and cold season is upon us again, promoted by
the change to colder and wetter weather. This is made
worse by the kids returning to school which ensures that
whatever one household it gets shared around the whole
class, and brought back home.

I get lots of requests at this time of year for advice on
dealing with runny noses, sore throats and blocked

My simple stock cure is to take a teaspoon of Manuka
honey as soon as I feel the beginnings of a sniffle (STILL
not ordered yours, click here to get it now:
which usually stops it in its tracks.

The magic of honey doesn't stop at colds and sniffles. 
There are so many amazing things you can do with honey
and other inexpensive kitchen cupboard staples. 

Take a look at my book "The Honey, Garlic & Vinegar
Miracle".  It's packed with suggestions for helping you
overcome all manner of ailments, lose weight & feel 10
years younger. I like to think it's a book that the big
pharmaceutical companies don't want you to read. Get
your copy here:







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