(Depression and Erectile Dysfunction, by David Jaynes)
When you’re suffering depression, either acute or chronic, sex is probably the last thing on your mind.
But the scary thing is, even if it was on your mind, you might not be able to do anything about it.
Because there’s evidence that depression can cause erectile dysfunction (as if you didn’t have enough problems).
To make matters worse, the common cure for depression, a series of drugs called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, or SSRIs, is confirmed to cause ED as a side effect.
In this article, we’re going to dive into how depression causes ED, why SSRIs can exacerbate the problem, and three ways you can treat your depression naturally to get your morning wood back.
Here we go…
First, let’s get something clear…ED and depression and undeniably linked.
Depending on what study you consult, there’s a comorbidity rate of up to 82%, with studies regularly finding between 50-70% (source).
Basically, if you ask 100 men who have depression, between half and three-quarters of them are going to suffer from ED too, and vice versa.
Now the question of cause: does depression cause ED, or does ED cause depression?
That’s a little complicated. There’s definitely a biochemical case to be made that depression does cause ED though.
Depression inhibits your brain’s ability to fire neurotransmitters correctly, and to get an erection, your brain has to fire neurotransmitters to trigger the biological reaction.
The erection starts in your brain – if something is wrong there, it makes sense that your penis would be affected.
But there are other factors as well. In particular, low T levels in older men are associated with both depression and ED.
So it might be a case of a third party causing both problems.
Of course, suffering from ED is sure to send anyone on a downward spiral emotionally. It’s only natural that there would be significant overlap between depression and ED.
Regardless of which way the relationship goes, here’s the important part – if you have either ED or depression, the other one is much more likely happen.
And the worst part? The cure most doctors prescribe will actually make your ED worse, as we’re about to see.
Most depression is treated today by using SSRIs. SSRIs are drugs that affect serotonin levels in the brain.
They work by blocking the reuptake of serotonin, so there’s more of it in your brain.
This increases overall serotonin levels and can help ease the symptoms of depression and stabilize your mood.
SSRIs are incredibly common today. In 2014, 8-10% of the US population was on SSRIs, often for off-label uses.
To put that number in perspective, that’s between 25,484,800 and 31,856,000 people.
That’s a lot of prescription drugs.
Why is this a problem?
Because the link between SSRIs and ED is extremely clear. Here are some of the ways that SSRIs can cause ED:
To top all of this off, the problems don’t stop when you stop taking the SSRI.
Post-SSRI sexual dysfunction (PSSD) can linger for months or even years. In some cases, full functionality and sensitivity never return.
So what can you do? You’re damned if you have depression and you’re damned if you try and treat it!
Fortunately, there is a solution: treat depression naturally.
There’s lots of different approaches to treating depression without medication, including therapy, diet, spending time outside, mental exercises, and more.
But we’re going to focus on the three ways that are most effective for most people.
It’s worth noting here that depression isn’t like breaking your arm…
When someone breaks their arm, pretty much no matter who they are, the problem (broken bone) and how to fix it (a cast) is the same.
Depression, on the other hand, affects everyone differently.
Most people need to combine a number of natural treatments to get the best result. So play around with these until you find the right mix for you.
Using exercise to treat depression falls under what’s called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or CBT.
CBT is a psychological-based method that aims to change how people behave so that it will eventually change how they feel.
The rationale is that when you’re suffering from depression, you’re prone to a negative internal monologue, or thought process.
For example, not seeing your friends and then internally thinking ‘I am super isolated. It must be because no one likes me.’
By changing the behaviour (e.g. ‘this week I’m going out for a coffee’) you change the internal thought process (‘I saw someone I liked today.
People must like me’). Thus, depression symptoms and eventually depression itself is reduced.
The basic method is that patients will go and talk through a problem they’re having, and work with a psychologist to overcome that problem.
These problems are often symptoms ( like not exercising enough) of depression, rather than what would normally be considered the root cause.
This structured, goal-orientated way of addressing symptoms means patients tend to feel better, regardless of what ‘caused’ the depression in the first place.
Exercise in particular is an effective execution of CBT to treat depression.
Very early case studies from the 1900s first identified this relationship, but more scientific studies since then have confirmed it.
A meta-analysis completed in 2004 summarized these findings, citing examples like:
What’s clear is that depression can be alleviated by exercise, and the impact of exercise on depression is both rapid and long-lasting – it doesn’t take much to make a big difference (source)
In the same vein as the CBT-driven recommendation to exercise to cure depression comes our second natural cure – sunlight.
First, lack of sunlight actually has its own medical diagnosis, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is essentially a seasonal bout of depression that settles in in winter and alleviates in the spring.
An estimated 20% of Americans suffer from SAD every year.
Of course, more sunlight can treat those suffering from SAD. But what about other forms of depression?
Turns out, sunlight can help those sufferers too.
First, sunlight provides vitamin D. Low levels of vitamin D correlate with higher levels of depression.
So right out of the gate, there’s a biochemical reason for the sunlight-depression link.
Second, sunlight impacts our bodies in a number of ways beyond simply providing vitamin D.
Different molecules are absorbed through your skin from the sun which goes on to have a huge variety of complex interactions in your body.
In particular, some of these interactions involve the production and use of ATP, the most common form of energy your body uses (it’s like gasoline for cells).
Lack of sunlight makes ATP less effective, leaving you tired and lethargic – key symptoms of depression.
Porn is often used by those suffering depression as a short-term fix.
They’re feeling lonely and isolated, and porn gives them a brief dopamine boost, which makes them feel better, but only temporarily.
However, while it might seem harmless to seek some short-term relief, the reality is that there are long-term consequences. When you watch porn, you get a massive hit of dopamine.
But over time, you need more dopamine to feel the same effect.
If you’re already suffering from depression, eroding the effectiveness of the little dopamine you do have will only send you deeper down the rabbit hole.
What’s more, higher levels of porn consumption correlate to higher levels of depression.
It’s not clear if depressed people watch porn more often, or if watching porn more often makes you depressed.
But what is clear is that watching porn frequently is a crutch that makes it more difficult to form solid, emotional bonds with those around you – bonds that can help you alleviate depression or even prevent you from developing it in the first place.
The question of depression causing ED or ED causing depression is really a chicken and an egg situation: it’s hard to know what comes first.
But this much is clear: depression and ED go hand in hand. The common cure for depression, SSRIs, only exacerbate any existing ED problems, reducing sexual function, feeling, and libido.
While both depression and the most common depression treatment can actually cause ED itself, you might feel like the situation is hopeless.
However, there are solutions out there. CBT and the variety of treatments that derive from it do nothing to induce ED and can even help reverse it.
Things like exercise and spending time outside and in the sun can help you fight depression without ruining your sex life.
And if you can keep off the porn, you’ll give yourself an excellent chance of fully recovering.
So maybe the silver lining is this: because depression and ED go hand-in-hand, so to do their natural cures.
Fix one, and the other should soon follow.
(How to Reduce Penile Plaque, written by David Jaynes)
Plaque is never a good thing, especially when it’s preceded by
Penile plaque, for those who don’t know, is when plaque builds up in and around the blood vessels to your penis, causing them to narrow.
This blocks the passage of blood into your penis, making it more difficult for you to get hard.
Less blood flow = softer erections.
It should be clear that this is NOT Penile Curvature, or Peyronie’s Disease. That’s’ when scar tissue builds up which can also cause erection difficulties.
Fortunately, penile plaque can actually be fixed.
Here are 5 ways that you can reduce the penile plaque you have, or help prevent yourself from developing it in the first place.
We all know on some level that being overweight is bad for your health, and I think we all also know that it’s bad for your sex life (even if you don’t want to admit it).
However, because your cardiovascular health and your body’s ability to pump enough blood into your penis to get hard are one and the same, the link between being overweight and ED is stronger than you think.
Basically, being overweight taxes your cardio in a big way. And the weaker your cardio, whether it’s due to plaque-filled arteries or just a weaker heart, the worse your erections are going to be.
And this isn’t just a hunch – scientists have confirmed multiple times that obesity and thickening arterial walls have a causal relationship.
The good news, though, is that a study completed in 2011 found that losing weight doesn’t just stop arteries from clogging – it can actually reverse the problem.
The study, completed by Israel scientists at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and published in Circulation in 2011, looked at the relationship and found that losing at least 12 pounds reduced artery issues caused by atherosclerosis by 5% (source).
The researchers looked at 140 people, aged 40-65 who were both overweight and had heart disease or type 2 diabetes. They were randomly assigned different diets and told to go on their way.
Two years later, researchers checked in to see how the participants were holding up and what was going on in their arteries.
They found that losing 12 pounds reduced the arterial thickness and lowered blood pressure. However, losing less didn’t really have that much of an impact.
It seems there’s some critical 12-pound threshold that people need to cross to really start to see results.
Conclusion? Losing weight is a good way to improve your cardiovascular health in general and will actually reverse any penile plaque that you’ve built up in your system.
How you lose it is up to you, but it’s worth mentioning that the researchers did note that fad diets delivered poor results.
The key is working out a system that actually works for you, not just doing everything you can to lose weight as quickly as possible.
Just remember two things…
First, make sure you lose at least 12 pounds – otherwise, what’s the point?
Second, only undertake this if you’re overweight.
These results are all from participants who were overweight to start with, so if you’re a skinny beanpole then this might not have any impact.
Pomegranate juice has got to be one of the world’s best-kept secrets.
It’s packed with good stuff and can do things like reduce oxidative stress, clear up free radicals, prevent cancer and Alzheimer’s and even improve arthritis symptoms.
In addition to all that, it can help you with your cardiovascular health and reduce and reverse penile plaque buildup in the process.
For starters, pomegranate has been found to prevent plaque from forming in the first place.
Nitric Oxide (NO) is produced in the endothelial cells of your arteries and blood vessels. It’s a key ingredient to getting a good erection as well as having a healthy heart because it’s relaxant.
It’s what causes your arteries and your penis to relax…
In the former, this allows blood to flow better and in the latter, it means that blood can get in and get trapped much more effectively.
A study published in 2006 in Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry found that pomegranate juice will actually support the production of nitric oxide.
The researchers looked at the impact of pomegranate juice on the production of endothelial nitric-oxide synthase (NOSIII). NOSIII production is critical to the production of NO.
Unfortunately, high levels of low-density lipoprotein, or LDL (the so-called bad cholesterol) inhibit the production of NOSIII, which inhibits the production of NO, which causes the arterial walls to harden, which makes plaque buildup much more likely (source).
It’s a little like when you’re cleaning your sink…
The parts of the sink that has water flowing in it every day are free and clear. But the corners, where water tends not to reach is where soap scum will build up.
Your arteries are the same way. When they’re full of NO, they’re like the parts of the sink where water goes – always moving, so nothing can get a grip.
But as LDL inhibits NOSIII and thus NO levels drop, the walls stay still.
Now it’s like the corners of your sink, where the water isn’t running, plague begins to build up and your arteries get blocked.
Pomegranate promotes NO production, keeping arteries fluid and thus, helps to prevent penile plaque.
But pomegranate can also help Reverse (not just prevent) arterial plaque.
A study published in 2005 looked at the effects of using pomegranate juice to treat damaged and hardened endothelial cells.
They found that they could reduce the area of arterial walls that hardened over time by up to 26% and help keep them that way, allowing for a significant improvement in blood flow (source).
Another study used human subjects rather than just cells and found a similar result.
When they gave one group pomegranate juice every day for three years and the other group a placebo, they found that the pomegranate reduced the plaque buildup by 35% over three years (source).
The same goes for your penis. The more blood you can push through your arteries and the softer and more flexible your blood vessels are, the faster and easier you’ll find it to get hard.
In addition to improving overall cardio health by losing weight and drinking pomegranate juice, there are a few supplements that you can take to help relax the arterial walls.
Again, this will prevent plaque from building up and keep everything flowing as it should.
Scientists have found a correlation between low magnesium and arterial stiffness…
There’s also evidence that magnesium will help chip away at plaque build up as a result of arterial calcification.
Arterial calcification is the result of tiny pieces of calcium clinging onto arterial walls and slowly building up, like tiny stalactites and stalagmites.
Researchers in Boston in 2014 found that even small doses of magnesium daily were enough to cut calcification by up to 25% (source).
The next supplement on our list is K2. Vitamin K2 is like a great supporting actor….
It helps keep other systems in your body running smoothly, particularly the relationship your system has with vitamin D and calcium.
You see, these vitamins along with calcium work in concert together.
Calcium just gets in the way unless its put in the right place, like your bones or teeth.
Vitamin D helps with calcium absorption, but doesn’t tell calcium where to go. So if you take calcium and vitamin D, then you’ve got more calcium to deal with and a greater capacity to absorb it.
Which means that mistakes can happen.
Calcium ends up deposited in all sorts of places it’s not supposed to be, like along your artery walls and the lining of your penis.
And this is where vitamin K2 comes in…
While calcium makes your bones stronger and vitamin D will help the calcium be absorbed, vitamin K2 tells your body where the calcium is needed most.
Its like the guide dog for calcium formations – it gets it where it needs to go.
What’s more, vitamin D and vitamin K2 actually work together to protect your arteries and other soft tissues from calcification. They help produce Matrix GLA Protein (MGP), a protein that stops the process of arterial calcification.
So essentially, by taking vitamin K2, you make it much more difficult for calcification of your arteries to happen.
Not only is there less calcium floating around, but the calcium that IS floating around will be much less likely to be deposited in the arteries leading to your penis.
You might not have heard of him, but Linus Pauling is a big deal.
He’s the only scientist to ever be awarded two unshared Nobel prizes and is one of only four people to have won more than once.
He published over a thousand papers and books in his career and helped found molecular biology.
Towards the end of his life, he started working on the role of vitamins in cardiovascular health and before he died in 1994, he developed the Linus Pauling Protocol.
The Linus Pauling Protocol is a system used to fight heart disease, but it can be easily adapted to specifically help promote erectile health and reduce arterial hardening.
It works like this…
Basically, you take vitamin C and two amino acids, L-Lysine and L-Proline, and that’s it.
The science behind this is pretty nifty.
Collagen is the primary building material of your body. If your body was a skyscraper, the steel frame would be your skeleton and collagen would be the concrete. That’s a little exaggerated, but not much.
Arterial walls, skin, muscles, ligaments… you name it, and collagen connects it.
If you’re not making enough collagen, then instead of the collagen chains criss-crossing like a chain link fence, they sit in separate, parallel lines to stretch out and cover a larger area.
This makes them weak and much more susceptible to damage.
Pauling argues that heart disease is a chronic breakdown of collagen, resulting in very weak arterial walls.
To stop blood from leaking out of your arteries, you body patches the holes with calcium – those nasty deposits that narrow your arteries.
Over time, these patches clog your arteries and harden the walls, both of which make it harder for you to get hard.
Fortunately, the solution is both simple and cheap. All you need to do is promote collagen production.
Step 1: Take Vitamin C: Vitamin C enters the conversation early.
It’s required to make lysyl hydroxylase, a critical enzyme. Without it, collegen doesn’t get made, and the collagen strands become weaker.
Supplementing with vitamin C will give your body the stuff it needs to make more collagen and fix all the various arterial weak spots with a strong chain linked fence style construction.
Dosage wise, you should shoot for about 3 grams daily.
Step 2: take L-Lysine and L-Proline: To make collagen, your body twists together ropes of 3 amino acids….L-Lysine, L-Proline, and L-glycine.
You need enough of these building blocks in order to increase how much collagen is in your body.
And that’s why Pauling recommends you take take L-Lysine and L-Proline.
L-Glycine is one of the 10 amino acids your body can produce. But you can’t produce L-Lysine and L-Proline.
You also can’t store these amino acids — you need to consume new ones every day for your body to use them to make collagen.
If you have enough of these three amino acids, then your body will find the holes in arterial walls where the collagen has snapped and fix these molecular threads.
But to do that, it needs ready access to L-Lysine, L-Proline, and L-glycine.
Otherwise, all your vitamin C will go to waste.
It’d be like buying a power drill to build a house faster, but not having enough screws to screw stuff together.
So to ensure that your body has enough, you want to take about 3 grams of L-Lysine and 1.5 grams of L-Proline, along with vitamin C every day to build up your collagen levels.
Combined, these steps form the Linus Pauling Protocol.
Follow this protocol and your arteries will be soft, supple, and calcium-deposit free.
Fortunately, penile plaque is a reversible condition…
But it’s also an early indicator of cardiovascular problems that may have major negative implications down the line.
This fact explains why monitoring your erections and taking action when necessary is so critically important.
So lose that extra weight, drink your juice, and take your vitamins….
Your sex life and your cardiovascular system will thank you for it.
(Magnesium for Erectile Dysfunction, written by David Jaynes)
The good news for men with ED is, there are a ton of supplements
out there that will supposedly help fix your ED.
The bad news for men with ED is, there are so many options it’s hard to decide which supplements actually work.
The worse news for men with erectile dysfunction is, that it’s hard to tell what’s real, what’s rumor and what’s intentional snake oil.
Which is what this blog is all about!
Today let’s look at magnesium. Word around the block is, magnesium can cure your ED ills. But what does the research have to say?Continue reading
(Oysters and Erections, written by David Jaynes)
Okay. This one isn’t exactly news.
Folks have been eating oysters as an aphrodisiac for a really long time.
This all started back in the days of the “Doctrine of Signatures,”…
An idea from back in the day when people assumed every plant and animal was custom made by a higher being.
The idea was that the higher being designed plants and animals in shapes that gave us a hint about how they might be useful to us.
A plant with a flower like an eye would help with vision. Birds, because they flew, might help with breathing problems.
And anything shaped like a dong or a vagina would help with fertility, libido, erections, and anything else related to sex and marital bliss.
Oysters on the half shell look a bit like a vagina, but both clams and oysters in the wild underwater look a lot like one.
And so early naturalists assumed that meant they’d make people horny.
Fast-forward to now, and it turns out they were — through no fault of their own — right. Oysters do a lot of stuff to help put and keep lead in the old pencil.
Let’s take a look at exactly how.Continue reading
(Nofap No Morning Wood, written By David Jaynes)
Sometimes things have to get worse before they can
Ask any recovering drug addict about withdrawal
if you have any doubts about that.
It’s no different with a porn addiction.
Too much fapping to porn, especially the hardcore stuff, leads to a “dead stick” in your cockpit when you’re not actively using pornography.
Which can be scary to you and disappointing to your partner.
It can also do a number on your self esteem, leading to social withdrawal, anxiety and depression.
But if you all of a sudden decide to stop fapping, you can experience a period of “flatline” where you penis won’t respond to anything but porn. But you’re not using porn now…
So your formerly reliable morning wood abandons you entirely as you work your way through this recovery phase.
And let’s be honest with each other here. If you’re not even getting morning wood, your libido has left the building. Continue reading
No, masturbation won’t make you go blind.
No, it won’t grow hair on your palms.
No, it’s not a moral offense that will require three Hail Marys.
It’s neither a sin, nor a public health menace, no matter what the religious sorts in your life and or some YouTuber might try to tell you.
Masturbation is a natural and healthy part of any adult’s life, and mutual masturbation can be a fun part of a healthy sexual relationship.
But excessive masturbation, especially to hardcore pornography, can cause some serious problems. Continue reading
(Written By David Jaynes)
Testosterone is known as the “man” hormone.
It’s what puts hair on your chest, muscles on your frame, and passion in your sex life.
But with age, environmental factors, lifestyle changes or simple bad genetic luck, testosterone can decrease – sometimes to the point of health problems.
We’re obviously talking about weak erection / testosterone problems, but we’re also talking about how-long-you-live health problems.
Stuff like heart disease and obesity.
If you have weak erections, this can happen because of a variety of factors. Some of them are caused by isolated issues like high blood pressure, stress or other health conditions.
In other words…
The link between a weak erection and low testosterone exists, but the cause of the problem is not always direct, as Low-t leads to other health conditions….
Conditions that can eventually lead to blatant erectile dysfunction if you don’t get a grip on them.
For example…Continue reading
(Erections without drugs, written by Jason Brick)
If you go to the doctor and tell him you’re having trouble getting and maintaining erections…
He’ll probably suggest one of several little blue or purple pills to help you get back into the game.
A lot of people are happy using drugs to get their erections.
(hell, a lot of people get most of their erections while using drugs of one sort or another).
But drugs are expensive, and their side effects can be worse than not having sex at all.
There are a few men in the world who can’t have a normal sex life without the assistance of modern, Big Pharma boner drugs.
For the rest of us, one simple trick can give us those erections without drugs and without negative side effects.
Here’s How…Continue reading
This Zocor And Impotence article was written by frequent
site contributor, David Jaynes.
There are plenty of things that can cause impotence and erectile
But if you’re struggling with ED and you can’t seem to fix it with
diet and lifestyle, you might want to look in your medicine cabinet.
One of the worst offenders for causing impotence is Statins, especially Zocor.
With 28% of the population over 40 already on statins, these systematically deployed drugs are causing some serious damage in the bedroom.
In fact, based on the US male population over 40 and the rate of statin-caused ED according to some studies, we’re looking at 375,000 men suffering ED as a DIRECT result of taking statins.
This article is going to explain exactly HOW statins cause ED, what statins to watch out for, and what you can do to manage your cholesterol without impacting your erectile health.Continue reading
Can Sleep Apnea Cause Impotence?
Yes it can…
Sleep apnea may seem like the Next Big Self-Diagnosed Thing, akin to gluten sensitivity from last decade or ADD in kids.
But for millions it’s a real and serious problem linked to all kinds of physical and psychological health problems.
For folks who aren’t sure what sleep apnea is, it’s when you stop breathing intermittently throughout a night of sleep.
Because that breathing cessation wakes you up just a little bit, even mild cases are the equivalent of getting jostled awake every few minutes all night long.
It’s pretty logical to assume that no parts of your health and wellbeing would be operating at peak performance after just a few weeks of this, and science supports that assumption.
For example…Continue reading