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  • midlifelove 2:56 am on May 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: alopecia, genes, genetics, hairloss, losing hair, mice, mishima, national acedmy of science, sox21, yumiko saga   

    Balding mice hold secret to hair loss 

    balding mice copyIf you’re anxious about losing your hair, your fate may lie in Sox21. And no, that’s not a fancy new kind of hair treatment, but rather a gene discovered in mice which appears to be responsible for cyclical hair loss.

    Researchers in Japan who found the gene believe it may also be responsible for hair loss, or alopecia, in people, after the Sox21 gene was also found in the hair shaft cuticle in humans.

    In a report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the scientists described how they generated a line of mice that were lacking in the Sox21 gene.

    The mice started to lose their fur 11 days after birth, beginning at the head and progressing toward the tail, the scientists reported. Between days 20 and 25 the mice lost all of their hair, including their whiskers, but soon afterwards new hair began growing, to be followed by another round of hair loss.

    The cycle of balding and new hair growth continued for more than two years. The researchers observed that the mutant mice had enlarged oil-secreting sebaceous glands around the hair follicle and a thickened layer of skin cells during periods of hair loss.

    “The gene is likely involved with the differentiation of stem cells that form the outer layer of the hair shaft,” wrote the researchers, led by Yumiko Saga of the Division of Mammalian Development at the National Institute of Genetics in Mishima.

    The scientists went on to examine human skin samples, where they found evidence of this same gene.

    “We confirmed that Sox21 is also expressed in the hair shaft cuticle in humans … These results indicate that the Sox21 gene could be responsible for some hair loss conditions in humans,” the authors concluded.

  • midlifelove 4:53 am on May 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: agressive, anger, , cars, drivers, finger, getting mad, gta, , potential menace, pupils dilate, road rage, shout, speed limit, swear   

    How to Control Anger in Bad Traffic 

    It’s so easy to take traffic delays personally. You’re desperate to make your appointment on time – to get to the doctor, pick up children from school, keep an important business deadline – and every red light, every slow driver hogging your lane, feels like some universe-wide conspiracy designed to frustrate you. Could it be you are over reacting?

    Are You Roadrageous?

    Do any of the following driving behaviours sound like you?

    • I regularly exceed the speed limit in order to get to work on time.
    • I tailgate other drivers, especially those who sit in the left lane.
    • I flash my lights and honk my horn to let drivers know when they annoy me.
    • I verbally abuse other drivers whether they can hear me or not.
    • I frequently weave in and out of traffic to get ahead.
    • I feel the need to set bad drivers straight.

    If you answered yes to some or all of these questions, you’re in danger of being “roadrageous” – in other words you could be an aggressive, hostile driver who may be endangering your own health as well as being a potential menace to others.

    But isn’t getting mad a natural man-thing?

    Being a bit hot-headed and pushy – well that’s just testosterone talking, you might think. It’s expected in assertive, successful men – and yes in these emancipated times, of achieving women too. But there’s a downside to the masterful, short-fused Type A personality.

    Your body’s full-blooded physical response to anger might have come in handy when our ancestors were trying to club a cave bear to death. But it really doesn’t help much when you get stuck at a red light.  In fact, uncontrolled anger is worse than useless: It’s bad for you. Several studies have shown those who had high levels of anger — but normal blood pressure — were more likely to develop coronary artery disease or have a heart attack. The angriest were three times as likely to have a heart attack as the least angry.

    Anger’s stress hormones may contribute to arteriosclerosis, the build-up of plaques in the arteries that can cause heart attacks and strokes. These hormones may also increase levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), which causes inflammation and may also contribute to cardiovascular risk. One 2004 study in Psychosomatic Medicine found that people prone to anger had levels of CRP twice or three times as high as others. Anger can even cause electrical disturbances in the heart rhythm.

    What happens to your body when you get angry

    • Levels of hormones, like cortisol, increase.
    • Your breathing gets faster.
    • Your pulse gets faster.
    • Your blood pressure rises.
    • As you heat up, you begin to sweat.
    • Your pupils dilate.
    • You may notice sudden headaches.

    Screaming at other drivers, blasting the horn indiscriminately, lane jumping and venting rage won’t act as a safety valve, in fact it will have the opposite result – even less control.  But neither will suppres    sing your frustration – just bottling it up inside – do any good. Both are harmful to health, and likely to result ultimately in loss of control.

    What to do about anger in traffic?

    1)      Add ten minutes to your expected travel time: Invariably, if you push yourself to the final minute to leave for an appointment, the traffic lights will work against you. There will be an accident or road construction that causes a traffic tie up. The solution is to allow enough time to compensate for all but the worst case scenario. This will allow you to begin the trip relaxed. If there are delays, it is unlikely that they will make you late.

    2)      Take a deep breath: Since feeling angry is in part a physical process, you won’t be able to just talk yourself out of it logically. Instead, you need to calm yourself down physically. Breathe in and out deeply from your diaphragm, which is under your chest bone. After a minute or so, you should feel some tension ebb away. You can lower your heart rate and blood pressure as well as control your anger.

    3)      Tune the radio to some station that plays music that will relax you. Or have an audio book available: Try the latest political thriller, or a business or motivational speaker, to distract you from feeling you are wasting time.

    4)       Spend the down time thinking: Consider your next project or an important conversation that you may need to have with someone. Think of a fun thing you would like to do and make a pledge with yourself to do it.  Think of a worst case scenario that involves bad driving and remind yourself you do not want to be the victim.

    5)      Ensure you are getting plenty of sleep: A national epidemic of sleepiness is a contributing factor to road rage, according to the National Sleep Foundation. We all know how cranky we get without enough sleep. It makes us prone to feelings of annoyance, resentment and even anger. Eight hours is still the recommended daily dose of sleep for adults.

    6)      Your car is not a therapist. Many of us love and identify with our cars but sometimes you can take the “car as extension of self” idea too seriously. If your boss or your spouse left you steaming, take care not to use driving as a way to blow off steam. Competitive types (you know who you are) shouldn’t try to prove themselves on heavily travelled thoroughfares — save that enthusiasm for weekend romps on your favourite back roads. No matter how much power you’ve got under the hood, your vehicle is first and foremost a mode of transportation, not a weapon.

    7)      Chill Out: If you notice yourself clenching the steering wheel in a death grip, try flexing your fingers and loosening your hold — you’ll find that you can control the car just as well. If your right foot is cramped, set the cruise control if traffic allows. If you’re on a prolonged road trip, try not to exceed three hours of travel time without a break where you get out and stretch. Struggling to see through a dirty windshield is also an unnecessary stress factor, so fill up with washer fluid before you go. Periodically roll down the window and breathe deeply and slowly.

    • Aaron 9:18 am on May 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      hahahaha, love it dude ! Remember… your car is a mode of transportation, not a weapon !!!

  • midlifelove 2:53 am on May 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , brain waves, breathing, elevate, , feeling good, heart patients, less pessimistic, limbic system, , motivate you, mozart effect tranquilliser, music, musical rhythms, positive vibes, pulse rates, ravi Shankar, regulation, relaxed alertness, , , valium   

    Can music change your mood and why? 

    feel music copy

    Can music change your mood and why?

    No matter what kind of music you listen to, it makes your mood better. That’s the startling finding that came from a study of US college students – and it didn’t make any difference whether they were listening to rock or Rachmaninoff, easy listening or Ravi Shankar.

    Overwhelmingly, they were more optimistic, joyful, friendly, relaxed, and calm after listening to music. If they were already feeling good, the positive vibes were increased, and if they were feeling down, music helped them feel less pessimistic and sad.

    Music proved successful in mood regulation, energy raising and tension reduction. The only emotion it didn’t affect seemed to be fear – which was neither raised nor lowered by music.

    How does music change mood?

    Music has measureable physical effects in lowering blood pressure, slowing or increasing breathing and pulse rates, and affecting brain waves. Music can:

    • Reduce stress: Music relaxes your muscles and reduces your breathing rate, both of which are directly related to stress.
    • Make you happy: Music can stimulate your body to produce serotonin (the happiness hormone) and so elevate your mood.
    • Alter your brain waves: Music can alter your brain wave pattern and so elevate your mood even after you stop listening to it.
    • Motivate you: Listening to motivating music can make you become more motivated yourself.

    Why does music change mood?

    Music stimulates not only the auditory cortex of the brain, but also the limbic system – the brain’s ancient – in evolutionary terms – emotional center. Because of this powerful emotional potential of music, it is even being used increasingly in treating the mentally ill.

    Certain types of musical rhythms bring about a state of relaxed alertness and physical calm through an alpha brainwave pattern, similar to the pattern created when you meditate. It is even claimed music can do in minutes what people strive to accomplish in weeks of meditative practice!

    Don Campbell, in his breakthrough book The Mozart Effect (Avon Books, 1997), states that listening to half an hour of classical music produced the same effect as 10 mg of the tranquilliser Valium for hospitalized heart patients.

    However some music can hook you back into repetitive patterns, so watch out for songs that carry bad memories. People who listen to romantic songs after breakups recover 10 times slower than those who don’t, so edit your playlist if you want to recover faster.

  • midlifelove 2:13 am on May 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , bettina arendt, british columbia, , deeper level, germany, , , , intimate, juicy tomatoes, , , pornography, , , , women's liberation   

    Men’s Sex Secrets Revealed 

    A flood of New Zealand men have contacted Australian sex researcher Bettina Arendt eager to talk about their sex lives following publicity of her latest book The Sex Diaries, based on the sex diaries of 98 couples written over six to nine months.

    The intimate personal records uncovered a problem one man described as “one of society’s best kept secrets” – the reluctance of many married women to engage in regular sex with their partners.

    Now Bettina plans to take her research to a deeper level for her next book, Male Sex Diaries, and she is looking for men willing to take part in her research.

    Time to Ask – What Do Men Want?

    Men wanting to share their personal experience on a whole range of topics – from ‘What men look for in a lover’ ; ‘Are women hard to please?’ ; ‘Ripped off by the impotence industry?’ ; and ‘Using pornography and what women feel about it’ are encouraged to get in touch with Bettina Arndt through her website http://www.bettinaarndt.com.au

    The author’s sympathy with male frustration and her suggestion that women adopt more of a “just do it” attitude to sex has angered some women’s groups, but Bettina is unrepentant.

    “I find it outrageous we have reached the state of affairs where women think it’s OK for men to just put up with having no sex or intermittent sex,” she says. “Many women seem able to conclude sex is an optional extra in the relationship.”

    Say ‘Yes’ More Often

    The problem is that many women seem biologically programmed to lose interest in sex a few years into a relationship, says Bettina Arndt.  “Research in Germany showed that four years into a relationship fewer than half of 30-year-old women wanted steady regular sex.

    “It simply hasn’t worked to have a couple’s sex life hinge on the fragile female libido. The right to say “no” needs to give way to the right to say “yes” more often – provided both men and women end up enjoying the experience.”

    Research by Professor Rosemary Basson from British Columbia has shown many people can experience arousal and orgasm without prior desire, she says. Provided there’s a willingness to be receptive, the rest follows.

    More and Better Sex

    “Once the canoe is in the water, everyone starts happily paddling. For couples to experience regular, pleasurable sex and sustain loving relationships women must get over that ideological roadblock of assumptions about desire and ”just do it”. The result will be both men and women will enjoy more, better sex.

    The Sex Diaries argues that 50 years of feminism has led women to think that if they don’t feel desire, there’s no need to have sex. The right to say ‘no’ is one of the outstanding achievements of feminism, the book suggests.

    Battle of the Sexes Power Shift

    ‘‘The control of the sex supply nicely demonstrates the shift in the past 40 years between men and women,” says Bettina Arndt. “Before, women had to tolerate sex because they had no choice if the men wanted it. Then along came the ’60s, the women’s movement, economic independence and the notion that women were entitled to happiness.

    “So now it is men who are more emotionally dependent on their relationships . . . choosing to bite their tongues. Men are very conscious that the woman might leave if they put too much pressure on her.’’

    No Sex No Laughing Matterfrustrated-man

    Men really welcomed the opportunity to express their feelings about this in the sex diaries, she says.

    “Men might tell jokes about sexually deprived husbands, but talk to them privately and they aren’t laughing. Many feel duped, disappointed, in despair at finding themselves spending their lives begging for sex from their loved partners. They are stunned they find their needs so totally ignored.”

    In some cases, keeping the diaries helped couples open up communication on what had become a tense topic, says Bettina.

    Low Libido Answers

    Not all women suffer from low libido.  Some women – dubbed “juicy tomatoes” by Bettina Arndt – maintain a high sex drive within secure relationships.  And for those who do experience a fall in sexual interest, “just putting up with it” is not the only solution. Herbal supplements like Herbal Ignite http://www.herbalignite.com help increase sexual interest and desire in men and women in a natural, non-invasive way. Herbal Ignite also contains at herbal anti stress component to help reduce anxiety around “the sex question”.

  • midlifelove 2:37 am on May 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: analytical research lab, bagels, bananas, crackers, D and E, eggs, essential fats, fatty, flaxseed oil, fruit, fruit smoothie, healthy appetizer tray, kiwi, peach, pear, pizza bases, , protein bar, quesadillas, spoonful, trail mix, viatmins A   

    Breaking the No 5 Food Addiction – Fat 

    When most of us crave fat, we don’t reach for a packet of nuts or a spoonful of flax seed oil. Instead, we look for sources of saturated fats such as potato chips, or snacks that satisfy our sweet tooth and our fat craving. According to Analytical Research Labs, Inc., when some people crave foods that are high in fat, they are actually craving essential fatty acids and other nutrients from oils. Essential fatty acids are healthy fats that contain vitamins A, D and E, which your body uses for healthy skin, hair and nails. Because most Americans eat a diet that is lacking in these essential fats and oils, your body may crave them regularly.


    Breaking the Craving for Fats

    Avoid processed foods, and limit alcohol, sugar and salt. Research shows we are increasingly missing main meals and then fridge grazing on midnight snacks.

    Ensure you get good amounts of quality EFA’s (Essential Fatty Acids) from your food. Good sources are: cold water fish – salmon, herring and mackerel, walnuts and almonds, dark green leafy vegetables, olive oil, flax seed oil, cod liver oil, borage oil, evening primrose oil, whole grain foods, lean meats and eggs,

    Pre-pack snacks for when you are on the move
    Keep some ready-to-eat snacks on hand, stashed away in your desk, in your car, or even in your purse or bag. Include pop-open cans of tuna and whole grain crackers, hard-boiled eggs, fruit, particularly bananas, trail mix, a low-sugar protein bar, low-sodium beef jerky, or protein powder mixed with water alongside a handful of nuts.

    Keep the fridge stocked with healthy meal options

    • Have bagels, bread and pizza bases ready for use. Keep the toppings for these refrigerated. If you have the time, leave a “pizza-making kit” in the fridge, with all the ingredients pre-chopped and ready to toss on the pizza base.
    • Stock with a pasta salad, boiled eggs or sushi for a quick meal.
      • Make a healthy appetizer tray with carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers, squash, and olives. Combine with a container of fat free or low fat ranch for dipping.
      • Try these: avocado drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, falafel and tatziki, smoked salmon and low fat cream cheese on oatcakes topped with watercress,

    If you must have meat, try to stick with fish and choose sushi or fresh tuna or salmon that you can just sear quickly and dip in soy sauce.

    • Quesadillas: Keep a packet of tortillas in the cupboard, cheese and salsa in the fridge, and try this variation on a boring cheese toastie. Spread salsa, cheese and chopped spring onions over the tortilla, then fold in half and put straight onto a hot griddle/frying pan. Toast both sides, cut into wedges and eat with salad.
    • Quick Fruit Smoothie: If you keep a banana in the freezer, you’re never far from a nutritious smoothie. Chop the frozen (or unfrozen) banana and put it into a blender with a tablespoon of porridge oats (you won’t taste them), a squirt of honey and enough milk to generously cover. Whiz until smooth and drink with a straw! You can vary this smoothie using almost any fruit in your house – pear, peach, strawberry and kiwi are all great.

    Have plenty of fruit on hand. Apples, oranges, mandarins, pears, etc. should all be to hand in the fridge. Bananas fare better out of the fridge but should also be available all the time. Make bowls of washed and hulled berries available if you have the time. And slices of pineapple, mango, melon etc. make great snacks.

  • midlifelove 12:52 am on May 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: addiction, , , , , , , hormone, stimulates, sunlight,   

    Breaking the No 4 Food Addiction – Caffeine 

    Do you reach for a caffeine fix every time you’re feeling tired? While some people drink just one cup of coffee a day, there are others who seem to be holding a coffee mug every time you turn around.

    Those who have serious cravings for caffeine throughout the day are most likely suffering from an addiction to caffeine. Caffeine stimulates activity in the brain, which in turn, causes the release of the hormone adrenaline. Despite achieving the desired effect, after the dose of caffeine wears off, it often creates a craving for additional caffeine to recreate the effect.


    Breaking Caffeine Cravings

    There are healthier, more effective ways of preventing fatigue throughout the day. First, make sure you are getting enough sleep! Second, exercise daily. Although many people mistakenly think that they will be more tired by exercising, they are actually wrong. Overall, exercise will increase your energy level and will enable you to overcome your food cravings.

    As well:

    • Eat five to six small meals a day and include some protein in each meal. This will help keep your blood sugar stable and provide you with the energy to keep going all day long.
    • Drink at least eight glasses of water. Water will help keep you energized
    • Drink a glass of water or green tea in the morning to help you wake up.
    • Get plenty of fresh air and sunshine each day. Use your usual coffee break to take a little brisk walk outside.
    • Switch to green tea. In addition to tasting great and giving you energy, it is packed with flavonoids and antioxidants, both of which are beneficial to your health.

    Start by cutting down on your caffeine consumption and replace as much of it as possible with green tea and water. Keep cutting more caffeine out every few weeks. Before you know it you will break the caffeine habit for good.

  • midlifelove 11:40 pm on May 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: blood sugar, digest, energy, low-glycemic fruit, mood enhancement, nuts, pretzels, refined carbohydrates, stabilize, sugars, white flour   

    Breaking the No 3 Food Addiction – Carbohydrates 

    A craving for carbohydrates usually results in the consumption of refined carbohydrates, which are made from refined sugars and white flour. Consuming these items causes a rapid increase in your body’s blood-sugar levels.

    Not surprisingly, carb cravings often occur in the mid-afternoon, when your energy stores are at their lowest. While a high-carb snack will give you more energy, it will also cause a sudden drop in energy, which will encourage even more unhealthy snacking.

    Many carbohydrates are also referred to as “comfort foods,” which people associate with pleasant feelings. When you need a jolt of energy or a mood enhancement, it is natural to turn to the foods that have created those feelings in the past.


    Breaking Carb Cravings

    Instead of reaching for a bag of pretzels or a few (or maybe more) of your favorite cookies, eat a handful of nuts and dried fruit or yogurt to give you the energy you need. The fiber in the nuts will help you to feel full for longer, while the low-glycemic fruit will help to stabilize your blood sugar so that your energy stores aren’t depleted as quickly.

    Adding a source of protein like yogurt, which takes longer to digest, can also slow down your body’s response to the carbohydrates.

  • midlifelove 5:21 am on May 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: brocolli, citrus, dehydration, , effective, FDA 2500mg, , , potasium, , processed foods, Salt, , toxic, viatmin C   

    Salt – Obsessive food no.2 

    Cut Salt and Live Happily Ever After

    Find yourself ordering French fries more for the saltiness than the potato? Do you put salt on everything – even watermelon? If so you’re probably in the majority of people whose salt intake is double (5000 mg daily) that recommended by the FDA (2500 mg daily). As common salt – white refined sodium chloride – is toxic to our bodies, it’s a common craving that’s good to curb.

    For most people, craving salt is simply a matter of habit developed by eating lots of salty foods like potato chips, salted nuts and French fries.

    But craving salty foods can be a symptom of adrenal exhaustion, especially in people who live fast-paced, stressful lives. Your body needs approximately 500 mg of salt a day. If you are an athlete or work hard physically, and sweat a lot, you will need more. A desire for salt may simply be a result of dehydration, the process by which your body loses water, electrolytes and salt. Some experts believe that Americans are so accustomed to a high-sodium diet, that they go into salt “withdrawal” when their eating habits change.

    Slowly cutting back on salt, rather than completely cutting it out of your diet, is a more effective way to reduce your intake.


    Beating Salt Craving

    Replace your standard table salt with unrefined sea salts.Often the body doesn’t actually want the salt, but the mineral content found in salt. Because unrefined sea salts have a stronger flavor and higher mineral content, you can use less and give your body exactly what it is craving.

    Eat foods that are high in Vitamin C and Potassium. If stress and adrenal failure are causing your cravings, these foods will help reduce the urge.

    Foods high in Vitamin C – Citrus, Pepper, Broccoli

    Foods high in Potassium – Apricots, Bran Wheat, Raisins, Figs, and Baked Potato With Skin

    Substitute a squeeze of lemon juice in your favorite recipes instead of adding excess salt. Just like salt, lemon helps to bring out the natural flavors of food, but does not carry the health risks. While it may take some getting used to, before your know it, you won’t even miss the excess salt.

    The best way to fight dehydration is by drinking more water and by replacing the lost salt. Many sports drinks like Gatorade and Powerade provide the necessary nutrients for hydration, especially after an intense workout.

    Replace some processed foods with fresh fruits and vegetables and season your dishes with herbs and spices. Stick with it and after a while you won’t miss the salt and will be feeling better. And if you’ve developed a taste for watermelon with salt on it, try dipping bite-sized pieces of watermelon in soy sauce instead.

    Caution: Sudden, excessive cravings for salt can also be a sign of some serious health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, and sickle cell anaemia. If you experience symptoms of any of these diseases, you should consult your physician immediately.

  • midlifelove 6:02 am on May 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: almonds, antioxidant, , cravings, endorphins, magnesium, , Nutrition, oatmeal, phenylethylamine, pumpkin seeds, taste good, tetrahydrocannabinol, THC   

    Breaking the No 1 Food Addiction – Chocolate 

    According to the Journal of Nutrition, chocolate is the most widely craved food in America. It’s easy to see why – it tastes good, it’s sensuous – but chocolate also contains key ingredients that may be linked to why we crave it so much.


    Chocolate’s reputation as an aphrodisiac stems from its phenylethylamine content, which regulates the body’s release of endorphins. Endorphins are natural mood lifters and often have a calming effect when the body is stressed.

    Chocolate also contains traces of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a substance found in marijuana. THC reacts with cells in the brain to release dopamine, one of the neurotransmitters responsible for the release of endorphins. The “high” from marijuana is therefore replicated to a much lesser degree when eating chocolate.

    Some nutritionists suggest chocolate cravings suggest a lack of magnesium.

    In addition to its “feel good” qualities, chocolate contains large amounts of iron, a mineral that can be depleted during a woman’s menstruation cycle. The next time you’re craving chocolate, consider the reasons behind it, and look for a healthier alternative that will deliver the same results (and satisfy your food cravings).

    Breaking Chocolate Cravings
    Exercise and sufficient sleep are two of the best natural sources of endorphins and will bring many other added benefits, including stress relief.

    To increase your iron intake, you may want to take a daily multivitamin or eat more beans, pumpkin seeds, liver, clams, oysters, mussels and black strap molasses.

    To increase your magnesium intake, eat more raw nuts, especially almonds, cashews and pine nuts, oatmeal, pumpkin seeds, beans, spinach and tomato paste.

    If you just have to get that chocolate fix, try dark chocolate to reap its antioxidant benefits!

  • midlifelove 4:33 am on May 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , dietary supplements, doctor, , , FDA, green viagra, , , icarin, , , PDE-5, , regulatory, sex tonic, spiked pills, ,   

    Bizarre law turns Coffee, Chocolate into prescription drugs 

    It could be a case of “Doctor Doctor, I need my morning coffee script renewed,” if a bizarre move to ban spiked herbal sex pills is approved. That’s because coffee, as well as chocolate, pomegranate juice and a host of other ‘normal and safe’ foods and herbs contain the active ingredients similar to those in ED drugs Viagra, Cialis and Levitra.

    waitress2And in a bid to control “Green Viagra” – sex pills adulterated with ED drugs – New Zealand authorities are gunning for any substance containing PDE-5 inhibitors, the thing that makes ED drugs work.

    In a move that natural health advocates suspect is directly from mega pharma interests keen to squash competition, popular men’s sex herbs horny goat weed and guarana could also be made prescription only medicines.

    Many people prefer herbal alternatives because they are more relaxed and natural to use, and don’t produce a feeling of “compulsion” on female partners to comply so the man “get’s his money’s worth”.

    Popular herbal sex tonic Herbal Ignite is one supplement likely to be affected by the change, because it contains horny goat weed, with the active ingredient icarin, a PDE-5 inhibitor.

    If the regulators carry through with their proposal, New Zealand will be the only country in the world that makes horny goat weed into a prescription medicine – they obviously think it works!

    The muddle has occurred because health authorities understandably want to control sales of “spiked” sex pills, many of them produced in Asia, adulterated with active ingredients (the so-called PDE-5 inhibitors) from ED medicines Viagra, Cialis and Levitra.

    But in their enthusiasm to curb sale of the adulterated pills, NZ health regulators are recommending that any substance containing a PDE-5 inhibitor be made a prescription medicine.

    The problem is PDE-5 inhibitors are found in smaller or greater amounts in many foods and herbs, and the recommendation suggests a blanket ban without any reference to risk levels or the strength of the active ingredient.

    Herbal Ignite managing director Tim Bickerstaff said his company was fully behind the moves to outlaw “spiked” sex pills because they gave all herbal enhancement products a bad name.

    “These ‘spiked’ pills claim to be totally natural and yet they contain undeclared amounts of drugs,” he says.

    “That could be dangerous. It highlights the importance for the public to find a product they can trust,” said Tim Bickerstaff, who launched his men’s sex tonic Ignite ten years ago.

    However Tim Bickerstaff says he believes the NZ authorities already have the power to deal with the problem, just as the FDA did in the USA, without outlawing a safe and effective herb.

    “If they find “spiked” herbal products in their testing they can prosecute them under several different laws, including the Medicines Act, Medicines Regulations and the Dietary Supplements Regulations. They don’t need to introduce more red tape – and give the pharmaceutical companies a free run.”

    • SALLY TAS 5:04 am on May 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I am surprised to read this, knew nothing about it. It certainly sounds like something the mega pharma interests would be behind. They are always after any nutritional supplements.

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