Reclaim Your Manhood Without Little Blue Pills
I recently gave you the dirty details on some new research that’s putting ED drugs like Viagra in an increasingly hot seat.
Specifically, recent findings show that taking sildenafil for erectile dysfunction can nearly double your risk of melanoma. And that this same class of drugs can raise your risk of prostate cancer recurrence 38% in the years following prostate removal.
This news made for some pretty shocking headlines. So let me start by saying this...
I’m not going to sit here and downplay the impact that ED has on a man’s life. Because look — I know full well that a lot of guys would gladly risk their necks for a functioning erection. It’s that important.
The thing is, taking a PDE-5 inhibitor like Viagra isn’t the only way to stay in the game. In fact, I’ve devoted a large part of my practice to getting guys back in the sack without it. (Yes, even men who have had a radical prostatectomy.)
I treat erectile dysfunction with natural medicine and acupuncture — and yes, I’ve even occasionally recommended a PDE-5 inhibitor to men who are truly starting at zero. Because let’s face it — Viagra works like a charm for immediate benefit and performance. (Assuming you don’t run into less lethal — but equally gruesome — issues like priapism. Or as I like to call it, “a heart attack of the penis.”)
But it goes without saying that all ED drugs are just a Band-Aid. They don’t address the root cause of the problem... and they certainly don’t fix it. And as this new research shows, using them regularly may cause a lot more problems in the long term.
Let’s be real, though. It’s important to remember that, while the risks of Viagra are the news here, there are other equally important factors in this discussion.
For one thing, it’s not the only thing that raises your risk of melanoma. (UV radiation from the sun, which damages skin cells and their DNA, is always going to be the biggest contributing factor on the table.) And it’s certainly not the only smoking gun in prostate cancer recurrence, either... not by a long shot.
So what should you do to mitigate these risks? Well, I’m going to offer you a few pieces of advice...
First — and most obviously — watch it with the sun. Yes, it’s the best source of lifesaving vitamin D. But a little goes a long way here. (Just 20 minutes of full-body, mid-day sun exposure daily is all it takes.) And for high-risk men, even that modest amount of sun is playing with fire.
Bottom line is you need to protect yourself from ultraviolet radiation. Wear sunscreen and hats in the sunnier months, and pay attention to daily weather warnings about UV risk. (It should be a second religion if you’ve got a bald head, like me — because this is a very common site for melanoma and other skin cancers to crop up.)
But don’t forget to take vitamin D3 supplements to keep your supply in check. Because like I’ve told you before, your vitamin D status plays a huge role in prostate cancer prevention. And I really can’t emphasize its importance enough.
I recommend taking at least 2,000 IU daily — more, if you’re deficient and working with a doctor to correct the problem. Either way, it’s worth getting your levels tested first.
Finally, don’t make potentially dangerous, very expensive drugs like Viagra your go-to solution for erectile dysfunction. Because if this research is to believed, it may actually increase your risk of cancer.
Turn your attention to the cause of your ED, instead... and draw new solutions from there.
When a guys shows up in my office with sexual issues, this is what I tell him: I believe that health and quality of life are about balance. And erectile dysfunction is usually a result of imbalance in one or more aspects of your life.
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It could be physical. (I’ll touch on that in a moment.) Or it could be psychological (in which case, sex therapy or relationship counseling might uncover a more lasting solution). But either way, your mind and body depend on each other in order to function well — and sexual function is no exception to this rule.
In fact, it’s a prime example of it.
Case in point: It’s been my experience that erectile dysfunction in older guys usually results from a dangerous combo of two main issues: chronic stress and underlying cardiovascular problems. In other words, ED is just the symptom of a much larger medical problem.
Deal with these problems, and you’re not just reclaiming your manhood — you’re saving your own life in the process.
This is exactly what I’m helping guys do at my clinic every day — without little blue pills. In fact, a lot of the nutrients I prescribe have an active role in preventing cancer. So when the chips are down, we’re looking at a true win-win scenario.
But it would take more time than I have today to lay out my entire protocol here. Which is why I’ve been devoting my fleeting spare time to compiling an entire report on the subject.
You’ll have first access to this new report as soon as it’s complete. But for now, let me just ask you this: Knowing that there’s another way — a side-effect-free plan that works if you work it — are you still willing to roll the dice on a little blue pill?
As always, it’s your call. You’re the one behind the wheel. I’m just here to hand you the map.
Stay tuned and stay well,
Geo Espinosa, N.D., L.Ac, C.N.S., is a renowned naturopathic doctor recognized as an authority in integrative management of male and urological conditions. Dr. Geo is the founder and director of the Integrative Urology Center at New York University Langone Medical Center (NYULMC), a center of excellence in research and integrative treatments for urological conditions.
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