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    Can Vitamin E Pep Up Our Sex Life?

    Dear Cathy:

    My husband and I haven't touched each other in a while. We lost our sex drive a while back. Is there anything that we can do to get our love life back? I have always heard that Vitamin E is the sex vitamin. Is this true? Vitamin E Enthusiast

    Dear Vitamin E Enthusiast:

    Yes vitamin E is known in the world of nutrients as "the sex vitamin" because it increases the libido for both sexes and heightens desire, sensitivity and longevity.

    Vitamin E (like Vitamin C) is an antioxidant and everyone knows that antioxidant supplements and foods (the fresh, raw and organic blue, purple, red, orange and yellow foods) are the foods that helps you regenerate new cells and keeps you healthier and increases longevity.

    Sweet potatoes, raspberries, alfalfa sprouts, carrots and most nuts are just some of the foods which contains Vitamin E. These foods should be consumed 2 to 3 hours before sexual activity according to many sexual experts.

    There is also a warning regarding Vitamin E. Before any type of surgery, you need to get off Vitamin E because this vitamin can also interact or act as a blood thinner so you can have uncontrollable bleeding during any type of surgery.

    Because it acts as a blood thinner which allows your blood to flow more freely, this is why it heightens sexual desire especially in men who might be experiencing Erectile Dysfunction (ED) but be careful taking this vitamin with other medications especially blood thinning medications.

    Vitamin E is also known to help women and men with their hair, skin and nails. If you choose to make this vitamin a part of your daily regimen, it should be taken by both the man and woman since it heightens the sex drive for both. Also remember it needs to be combined with other raw and organic foods, while you engage in regular exercising and get enough sleep.


    What Can We Do About High Blood Pressure and Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?

    Dear Cathy:

    When my husband and I first got married and had two kids, we had an active sex life. But things have changed over the last year. My husband hasn't touched me in over a year especially after going on medications for high blood pressure.

    He was also told by the family doctor that he has Erectile Dysfunction (ED) but he refuses to take the medication for that. Can you explain further what exactly is Erectile Dysfunction (ED) and is this something that can be corrected naturally? Lack of Knowledge on ED, Pittsburgh

    Dear Lack Knowledge on ED:

    Both high blood pressure and Erectile Dysfunction (ED) can be corrected through his diet. Like most diseases, high blood pressure and ED are 'food-related diseases.'

    The trick is to get off the high blood pressure medication before the doctor recommend more medications. Once many people go on high blood pressure medications, most people especially seniors end up on 3 to 4 (or more) different medications for high blood pressure.

    Over 40% of men over age 40 have some form of Erectile Dysfunction (ED) because most families today are eating toxic Genetically Modified (GM) foods (processed foods) which causes impotence and sterility in men and infertility in women and because of living in toxic environments inside of their homes.

    Also most pharmaceuticals for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, antidepressants, sedatives, antihistamines, steroids, nicotine, diuretics -- along with drinking alcohol, seating on heated car seats, and using laptops causes ED. Men with diabetes develop ED 10 to 15 years earlier than other men.

    Citrus fruit is good for sperm. Helpful herbs includes saw palmetto and Siberian ginseng (don't take ginseng with high blood pressure).

    The pharmaceutical industry is big business so it will not be in your doctor's interest to help your husband get off these medications so he will have to do this on his own.

    Once your family gain access to safe and natural foods and start eating foods in as natural forms as possible, while he engage in a regular exercise program and get plenty of rest, he will be able to lower his blood pressure and get his sex life back on track.


    Sexless in Seattle

    Dear Cathy:

    My husband and I have not had sex in over 2 years. We have been married for 10 years and have 4 kids but I crave the warmth of his intimacy. Even though I try to initiate sex he is often turned off. Is there anything that we can do besides seeing a family or sex therapist? Sexless in Seattle

    Dear Sexless:

    If he is turned off and doesn't have any desire to be with you - then maybe he needs to see a doctor first to make sure he doesn't have a form of Erectile Dysfunction (ED) or some type of other health issue.

    Men don't like going to doctors for regular checkups but he should make sure all his important numbers stay in range -- such as blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol, trigylcerides, etc.

    What most people especially couples don't understand is that their diets are key to having a strong sex life. You are indeed what you eat. Foods affects your mood, behavior, happiness and entire quality of life.

    If you and your family are eating processed foods containing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) then your husband will have a low libido.

    Every community has a natural and holistic community. Health and whole food stores will offer FREE and low-cost health and wellness seminars, workshops and consultations and they will know where families can gain access to local organic farmers who can provide classes and teach everyone what to grow and when to grow it.

    The key is education. Once he starts eating a natural diet, engage in regular exercising and get plenty of sleep, then everything should go back to normal.

    Should My Husband Be Treated For a Yeast Infection?

    Dear Cathy:

    Sometimes I get yeast infections back to back. This has happened most of my active sex life. Even though I get treated from the doctor with a prescription and cream, the infection will come back in the next few weeks.

    Should my husband also be treated for these infections to make sure we are not passing it back and forth to each other?
    Continuous Yeast Infections, Iowa

    Dear Continuous Yeast Infections:

    First of all you need to get checked to make sure the infections are just yeast infections but once you figure this out - you need to know upfront that this is the same issue that many women have today with "vaginal yeast infections."

    These can be reoccurring especially if you don't get rid of the reason for it in the first place. Most of these infections will come everytime you end up on antibodies so most doctors know when they give you a prescription for antibodies to also give you one for the yeast infection that it will cause - but some don't do this.

    Though yeast infections are more common in women, anyone can get one. It's possible for a man to get a genital yeast infection if he has unprotected sexual intercourse with a partner who has a genital yeast infection.

    However, if a woman has a yeast infection, it doesn't mean that a man will get it too. Sexual transmission of yeast infections is uncommon.

    Signs and symptoms of a male yeast infection include a reddish rash, itching or burning at the tip of the penis. Most male yeast infections are easily treated with over-the-counter antifungal treatments, such as Monistat (yes, men can use it too).

    Apply the medication directly to the affected skin twice daily for a week. If the rash doesn't go away, or if it recurs frequently, consult your doctor.

    In women a yeast infection causes itching or soreness in the vagina and sometimes causes pain or burning when you urinate or have sex. Some women also have a thick, clumpy, white discharge that has no odor and looks a little like cottage cheese.

    These infections are very common. Although they can bother you a lot, they are not usually serious. And treatment is simple, which is over-the-counter, Monistat cream. Since these infections are so common, they have now made a 1 day pill and a 3 day cream but I would stick with using the cream for 7 days, once or twice daily.

    Even though these infections are not serious, these infections or a yeast build-up in your body may play a role in just about any mental health condition or chronic illness you can think of and it is mainly caused by your diet.

    Once you start eating a more natural diet, clean up your inside environment by using natural products to clean with and to apply to your skin, and engage in regular detoxifications, the infections should go away and never return.

    If you and your partner both have symptoms of genital yeast infection, it's important that you both be treated. Otherwise, you may keep reinfecting each other. Also, it's generally recommended that you refrain from sexual contact until all signs and symptoms of the infection are gone.


    Wife With Painful Menstrual Cramps and Heavy Bleeding

    Dear Cathy:

    My wife experiences heavy menstrual cycles and painful cramps every month and usually have to take one or two days off from work during this time. She also craves chocolate during this time. Is there anything that she can do naturally to help ease the cramps and pain and slow down the bleeding? Heavy Cramps, New York

    Dear Heavy Cramps:

    First of all you need to understand that many young girls and women also experiences heavy menstrual cramps along with heavy bleeding which is caused by their diets, especially eating GMO foods (processed foods). The foods have no nutritional value and also causes infertility in women and sterility in men.

    Until she goes naturally and start eating foods in as natural forms as possible, she will continue to experience these symptoms which can lead to fatigue, anemia, shortness of breath and other health issues including cancer.

    Periods are considered heavy if there is enough blood to soak a pad or tampon every hour for several consecutive hours. Other symptoms could include nighttime bleeding that requires getting up to change pads or tampons, passing large blood clots during menstruation, and a period that last longer than 7 days.

    If she is craving chocolate, it's because she is really craving magnesium so she needs to add a daily Calcium supplement with Magnesium and Vitamin D and eat foods containing magnesium.

    Sitting in a warm bath or using a hot water bottle can help ease menstrual cramps, but be careful taking any over-the-counter pain medications which can cause damage to the liver.


    Is Prostate Cancer Hereditary?

    Dear Cathy:

    Our kids are all grown up and now we are grandparents but we still enjoy an active sex life, however, my husband is starting to have trouble with his prostate. My husband's father and brother both had prostate cancer. They are doing fine after surgery. What does my husband need to know about prostate cancer and is it hereditary? Family History of Prostate Cancer, Florida

    Dear Family History of Prostate Cancer:

    Every man should get his prostate checked by age 40 (earlier today because of this toxic world we live in), earlier if they have family history. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in American men. African American men have the highest rate of prostate cancer in the world.

    Men with family histories of the disease are also at greater risk. In addition, the risk for prostate cancer increases with age. Prostate cancer usually occurs in older men. It most often appears after age 50 but can appear at an earlier age especially today because of the toxic world that we live in.

    Prostate cancer forms in tissues of the prostate (a gland in the male reproductive system). The prostate produces semen, the fluid that carries sperm. The prostate gland is found below the bladder and in front of the rectum. Normally, the prostate is about the size of a walnut.

    As a man gets older, the prostate often becomes enlarged. More than one-half of American men over the age of 60, have some enlargement of the prostate. This is not usually caused by cancer but could possibly cause other problems.

    Diets are certainly a factor. Family history also plays a role because most families were raised eating the same diets. If a man's father or brother has cancer of the prostate, his risk is two to three times greater than average. Men who eat large amounts of animal fat, particularly fats from red meat, may face a greater risk of prostate cancer than men who eat less animal fat.

    Often, there are no symptoms in the early stages of prostate cancer. If symptoms do occur, they can vary, depending on the size and exact location of the lump or the growth in the prostate. Since the prostate surrounds the urethra, the tube that carries urine and semen, any change in the prostate can cause problems with urination and ejaculation.

    However, similar symptoms can be caused by a number of things, including an infection or a non-cancerous condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

    If a man has any problems with weak or interrupted flow or pain while urinating, painful ejaculation, blood in the urine or semen, or, a nagging pain in the back, hips or pelvis, he should see a health care provider or an urologist to find out what's going on.

    The only way to detect prostate cancer is by taking a PSA test or getting a rectal exam. Saw palmetto from whole or health food stores aids in preventing prostate cancer. It might also enhance sexual functioning and sexual desire.

    Zinc supplements and green tea is also good for the prostate. Regular sex, at least 4 days a week is good for men along with regular ejaculation which activates the prostate gland, keeping it from getting stagnant and inflamed.


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