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  • midlifelove 11:55 pm on February 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: AARP magazine, , hot marriage, Jim Jerome, keeping up with young wife, male enhancement, , viagra   

    Michael Douglas: Keeping Marriage Hot 

    Michael Douglas answers the questions we’d all like to ask – like how does his 65-year-old body keep a smoking-hot marriage going with much younger wife Catherine Zeta-Jones – in a recent interview in AARP magazine.

    And not surprisingly, like many men his age, he relies on a little male enhancement.

    On Catherine: “God bless her that she likes older guys. And some wonderful enhancements have happened in the last few years—Viagra, Cialis—that can make us all feel younger.”

    Pick Up Line That Almost Blew It

    He talks frankly with interviewer Jim Jerome about how he almost blew his first meeting with Catherine, when he opened with a leaden pick-up line.

    “I want to father your children,” he said.

    “I’ve heard a lot about you,” she responded calmly. “It’s nice to know it’s all true. Good night.” And she was gone.

    Smitten, he persevered with roses and romance and the rest as they say is history. His second time round chance at marriage and children is something he never expected.

    Family Most Important

    “My career was the most important thing in my life, followed by marriage and children,” he confesses. “And it’s completely reversed now. I never anticipated starting a family and the joy of raising kids at my age.”

    Early on, the couple came to terms with the 25-year age gap between them: “Catherine is an old soul,” Douglas says.

    Still, there were complications. Douglas’s future in-laws-David, a retired confectioner, and Patricia, both now 62—were three years younger than the groom.

    “I wasn’t quite the son-in-law they’d envisioned. I do like to wind up Catherine’s father and call him Pops.”

    Hands-On Dad

    Just finished filming Wall Street 2, Douglas is playing “house husband” while Zeta-Jones comes home at midnight and sleeps in late with her starring role in the Broadway musical A Little Night Music.

    He is waking before 6:00 to help get the kids off to school. “I love to be the first face they see,” he says. “It’s a selfish pleasure. It’s a very special time, the mornings.”

    Zeta-Jones says that Douglas thrives on his at-home role: “Michael tells me that [new fatherhood] keeps him agile. He’s a terrific, extremely hands-on father.”

    Staying Fit at 60

    Douglas stays fit and energized by hiking, diving, and taking family skiing trips near his Quebec farm. But he admits that age has its limitations, in particular when he goes to the gym. “It used to be you got that 30-minute cardio workout and that great sense of euphoria. Now you finish and go, ‘Phew, I’m glad that’s over.’

    These days, the Douglases’ social life often amounts to hanging out with the kids or catching up with friends at a local restaurant. “You’ve got these few years of unequivocal love when Mom and Dad can do no wrong. So we’re a tight family unit.”

    Different from Dad Kirk

    It’s a different domestic scene from the one Douglas grew up in. His father, Kirk, according to Michael, didn’t handle parenting well. “I was the product of a divorced family,” he recalls. “My dad was always torn; he was working really hard and would want to see us. But then, with all his Kirk Douglas passion, he’d try to be a father for a week, a summer, whatever. It was tough.

    “I think it’s easier for me to be a good father. I’m not so concerned about my career,” Douglas continues. “I like to be home a lot more now.”

    Natural Enhancement

    If like Michael you’d benefit from a boost to your sex life, but prefer herbal to pharmaceutical products, there’s plenty to choose from.  For more information see  http://www.herbaligniteusa.com.

     
  • midlifelove 9:32 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: america, barack, brad bitt, change, climate, confession, copenhage, , french, global warming, heat, , nicolas, obama, sarkozy, , , viagra   

    Climategate or Viagragate in Copenhagen 

    Barack and Nicolas Speak Up For Men

    As Tiger could perhaps attest, women consider athletes the most sexy male profession (78%), while politicians rate as the least sexy (14%), according to a http://www.girl.com.au poll.

    We’d have to beg to differ though where those international diplomatic stars US President Barack Obama and French President Nicholas Sarokzy are concerned.

    Both are leaders married to great women, appear to have excellent relationships, and both make “best-dressed men” lists alongside David Beckham and Brad Pitt.

    So it came as no surprise that at a recent international meeting they went into bat for men not as fortunate as themselves, men feeling the bite of fading virility, dare I say it, men facing up to erectile dysfunction.

    View the results for yourself. And if you like it, go into bat for men too and drop a comment on youtube video

     
  • midlifelove 2:31 am on November 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Cavaliers Rugby tour, Derryn Hinch, , Howard Stern, , tributes, viagra   

    Goodbye Timothy John Bickerstaff 

    Tim Bickerstaff

    Pay tribute to Tim or share your recollections of him by clicking “Reply” or filling in the text box above.

    Radio broadcaster and health products marketer Tim Bickerstaff was that unusual character – a macho man who didn’t mind taking the risk of other’s ridicule.

    You couldn’t say he had a small ego, but even he wouldn’t have thought that his passing would be the “Most Read” item on the NZ Herald’s webpage – partly because this man who was almost a recluse in his private life was found dead by trick-or-treat kids on Halloween.

    Famously dyslexic – he never could spell – he was also a brilliant marketer who could work out profit margins in seconds and recall sports statistics without a blink. In his later life that willingness to break convention included talking about men’s sex lives and erectile dysfunction.

    When he began raising the topic on radio with his brutal sense of humour 13 years ago, it was still a “cringe” topic. Men didn’t talk about it for fear of being “unmanly”, and women didn’t talk about it because they didn’t want their men to feel they’d had their balls cut off.

    Short-Lived Career as a Viagra Importer

    Tim didn’t care. Before Viagra was a legal prescription product in New Zealand he was buying it off the web and on-selling it to his car dealer and horse trainer friends – being Tim at a good profit margin of course.

    In the process he got practised at talking to his mates about whether they still “got it up”  or not – and so when Viagra was legally introduced he dropped the small scale importing and looked around for alternatives.

    And that was how Herbal Ignite, the men’s health product which Tim marketed with success for the next decade got launched – and talk about it he did until his death in October 2009. By then the company had developed a life of its own and was well established to continue strong growth without its feisty founder at the helm.

    Outrage Provoked Slashed Tyres

    That ability to crack convention could be seen again and again in Tim Bickerstaff’s life. At a time when political correctness hadn’t yet been invented, Tim provoked enough outrage to get his tyres slashed by irate listeners.

    Over 40 years in radio Tim was New Zealand’s answer to Derryn Hinch or US “shock jock” Howard Stern.  He was the “King of Contra” – the first to foster the negotiating skill whereby radio men sell “time” on air for products, and then sell those products on their own account.

    He foresaw an era of professional sport in the 1980s and was involved in backing the controversial Cavaliers Rugby tour to South Africa.

    King of ‘Contra’

    He famously had a company called Artnoc – Contra spelt backwards – and for most of his career he was never paid a salary by the station, he simply developed his own list of advertisers and sold their product on “time” – a certain number of minutes an hour – the station gave him in lieu of salary.

    Effectively it meant the radio host was competing with the station’s own sales staff, and no one did it better than Timothy John Bickerstaff.

    TVs, Refrigerators, microwaves, or Souvenir editions of All Black or All White books – Tim could sell them all, while at the same time drawing listeners with his controversial commentaries on sport.

    He had a prodigious memory for sports statistics, boxing in particular, and loved nothing better than staging sports quizzes on air.  But with TJB you could never be quite sure whether the show was for real or rigged.

    Love Him or Hate Him

    He loved a poster one he’d seen of a small boy with his fore finger in the air in a defiant “up you too” gesture, and there was always something of the delinquent in his anti-authoritarian salvos which fired up radio listeners.

    At one time he deliberately taunted traffic officers on air about the speed limit on a stretch of highway which he traversed on his way home at night – and found himself regularly copping tickets on said stretch. It’s no wonder that in the 70s and 80s he managed to make his “love him or hate him” show compulsive listening.

    Death On Air

    When interviewing high profile real estate auctioneer Dick Gladding ‘live’ on air in 1989 Tim asked Gladding if his agency used “ring-ins” to boost the bidding. Gladding replied “Tim, I feel sick”. To which Tim replied “I thought you would say that”.

    There was a long silent pause and Tim looked at Gladding. He had suffered a heart attack and was dead in the studio chair. (This was believed to be the first time in the history of world radio that this had ever happened).

    In the 90s he wrote a successful sports book with a team of journalists Heroes and Villains recalling some of the scandals of sport – as a tabloid man at heart there was nothing Tim liked better that a good scandal…

    Poking Finger At Authority

    Bickerstaff has gone and in our PC era there is no one nearly as funny or entertaining to follow him on air.  The spirit Tim embodied is found today more with Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson that Radio Live’s Michael Laws. It’s the spirit of the rebel male poking a finger at authority. He’s naughty but never loses his sense of humour.

    His legacy will live on, because Happy Families, the company he founded, succeeds him in good heart and Herbal Ignite has a strong future, but if you’ve got a favourite Bickerstaff story from the past we’d love to hear it.

    Is there a place for that unrepentant male in today’s media?  Has all this talking about “getting it up” just made males into “menopausal” men? Tell us your favourite Bickerstaff story, celebrate an era, add to the tributes below as we celebrate a hell raiser who was at heart a very private man.

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    “Vale Tim – Rascal, Raconteur, and Colleague in radio

    You got me into more trouble with my spouse than everyone else in my life put together! And we loved every minute of it.

    Sincere condolences to Sue, Brenda and Scott whom we knew as neighbours and friends at Farm Cove – and Jenny, who we didn’t.

    John and Jacqui Scull,
    ( Radio i, Radio Hauraki, Radio NZ & Radio Pacific )
    Gold Coast
    QUEENSLAND”

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    Very sad to hear the news about Tim and our thoughts are with you right now.

    My memories of Tim are all good and our work on Heroes & Villains was one of the most enjoyable episodes of my career – a laugh a minute.
    I noticed today that the Most Popular story on the Herald website was the story about Tim’s death – I’m sure I heard a Bickerstaff chortle from above, relishing the fact he could still top the ratings!
    Best wishes
    Josh & Wendy
    Josh Easby
    Hurricane Press Ltd
    New Zealand
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    So sorry to hear about Tim, but what a way to go – my caring thoughts are with you.

    Warm wishes

    BOB KERRIDGE, MNZM., KStJ., JP., FNZIM., BAppAnTech.

    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

    The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Auckland Inc.

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    I would like to express my sincere condolences to you all in the loss of Tim – he was of my era and I well remember his Radio I days.  Certainly a man with huge strength of character and his very own feisty opinions.  But a truly memorable and professional broadcaster – and a man of his times.  Please express my sorrow in his loss to his family.

    Warm regards
    Ruth Sullivan

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    I am of similar vintage to Tim.I never met him but his radio show in the seventies & eighties with Geoff Sinclair was compulsive listening.There has never been one to equal it since.It was one fantastic ride to be on & I am glad I got to experience two great talents & personalities.Radio is not the same now,but I still have the fantastic memories of those nightly programs when you rushed home from work to switch on to Radio Pacific at 5pm, a nightly ritual Monday to Friday.Irrepressible,sure,but you never wanted to miss one show,sheer entertainment everyone of them

    Thanks Tim,you are unforgettable,in the best way.

    Bruce.

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    My condolences on the passing of Tim, and hope you are going well
    yourself through this time.

    I quite liked Tim and had just recently been thinking about taking a
    drive over to Whitianga to drop in and say hi. He was a great
    character and I’m glad to have gotten to know him and yourself.

    Best wishes with all, and my thoughts are with you.

    Best regards,
    Tom Brown

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    Please accept our condolences on the passing of Tim.
    We are very sorry but we can’t attend Tim’s service in Manukau on the seventh.
    Let us know if there is anything we can help you with in Whitianga.

    Hope to meet you soon,

    Kindest regards,

    Hans and Annemarie Apers
    Whitianga

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    It was with considerable sadness that I saw Mondays paper which talked of Tims passing . I talked to him within the last little while and he seemed fineI feel that a part of my life has also passed….I knew Tim for almost 30 years and had a lot of enjoyable,funny and irreverent times with him…not so much since he made his home in Whitianga but we talked often

    He truly was a larger than life character and one of New Zealand’s great broadcasters…his legacy in the world of radio will endure.

    Regettably I am away from Auckland this Saturday and so cannot attend the funeral…but I will be thinking of him as I have done a lot over the last few days

    He was too young to go but he lived a fuller more exciting life than most and I’m sure Tim himself would acknowledge that

    All my love and best wishes
    Jerry Hirst
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    Laura Hay (Derek Lowe’s former PA) is in London, as I am.  As two former Radio Pacific employees we worked with Tim Bickerstaff and we want to pass on our sincere condolences to you and his family.
    Tim was THE original contra king – before Murray Deaker thought of it!  In fact, Murray may have copied Tim in these endeavours.
    We were always intimidated by Tim’s presence, his manner, his manna, his directness. We would shake in our shoes if he pointed his finger at either one of us and want a discussion!  But, when we got to know him, we got to understand he was a pussy cat with a teddy bear covering.  And he could be very funny indeed.  He was his own man, certainly, and for that we always admired him.
    A literally large part of Radio Pacific has now gone.  Sports broadcasting was tame when Tim arrived at Pacific and not the same when he left.  He has left that important legacy among many others.  He made his mark and how wonderful that mark was.
    Our thoughts are with you and the wider Bickerstaff family and friends.
    All our love,
    Sandy Myhre

     

    Laura Hay
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    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time with the loss of your special friend. Regards Carrick and the Thompson family.
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    To Jenny Wheeler, the Bickerstaff family and Tim’s colleagues,
    Kindest regards and respects to you at this time. It was one of my career highlights to spend time and interview Tim a decade ago (for Brass magazine) – that’s where I’ve pulled quotes from.
    Like many Aucklanders young and old, Tim switched us on to sports news entertainment, and his work lives on.
    Apologies for not being able to be at the celebration tomorrow, as I’ll be on-air with my own radio show.

     

    Phil J Taylor

     

     
    • midlifelove 4:26 pm on November 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      My thoughts are with you at this time, and although we have never met, I did enjoy my chats with Tim on phone in recent years re our family history. I have many happy memories of Tim and his family during our growing years and he certainly lived life to the fullest, and will be sadly missed for his sense of humour alone!!!!!!!!!
      Kind regards, Lynn Cupitt,
      Townsville

    • Claire Monteith 9:08 pm on November 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Tim’s Poem:
      The wine glass is empty, as the bar tender shouts:
      ‘Last call for drinks, before I throw you all out’

      The cab drivers waiting, to give you a ride.
      He’s taking you home, to it’s safety inside.

      A spare seat is waiting, at Heaven’s dining table.
      ‘Take your seat Timmy, and tell us a Fable!’

      You’ll make the angels laugh, and see the grin on God’s dial.
      With you at their table, they can’t help but smile!

      Your glass will never be empty, and hang-overs don’t exist.
      Have fun and drink up, ’cause you’ll never get p*ssed!

      You tried to disguise yourself as the big grizzly bear, but to me you were a big soft teddy with a heart of gold! Your house was always our ‘escape’ from life, and I will miss those weekend visits drinking wine and talking food!

      Safe trip Timmy, only you could have had the last laugh on Halloween of all days!
      All our love to Jenny and Tim’s friends and family
      xxxx Claire & Kevin Monteith

    • Margaret Burke 10:43 pm on November 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hi TJB or should I say Timothy John Criminal, make sure you have a drink or 20 with Parkie up stairs and don’t try and con God because he knows everything you have done, well he is supposed to be always nosing around. Thanks for the thousands of laughs we had over the years and the thousands of drinks we also had. Love you like a boil on my neck Margaret Burke

    • Tom Brown 9:34 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Farwell Tim & good luck in your new appointment!

      We had some good years doing Ignite together, and we had some great discussions about people and world matters in the midst of it. I always appreciated your sharp attitude and awareness… and your wine cellar :)

      You moved on when you got a better deal, but I can’t complain as that was how I got the gig in the first place. Biz is biz and you were sharp and calculating. My respect for your formidable marketing capabilities stands. I regret never having a chance to catch up again.

      A great character moves on, and it was an honour to know and work with Tim.

      All my best to Jenny & all Tim’s friends and extended family.
      Tom

  • midlifelove 7:08 am on October 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: clinical trial, coronary artery disease, fixing erectile dysfunction, herbal alternative, , pelvic artery, pelvic stent, stents, stents for erectile dysfunction, viagra   

    Pelvic Implants On The Way 

    pelvisDoctors have recognised for years now that erectile dysfunction is often an early warning sign of coronary artery disease, often preceding the onset of atherosclerosis by three years.

    Not surprising then that doctors at medicine’s “cutting edge” should look to the stent – a standard treatment for coronary disease – for fixing erectile dysfunction.

    And that is just what is happening, with ten medical centers in the US embarking on a stent trial that will no doubt perk the attention of men with ED who have found no other alternative that works for them.

    While some doctors involved in the trial see the results as mainly being suitable for young men who have suffered traumatic injuries that affect arterial flow, others are more hopeful the technique – if successful – might have wider uses.

    From Heart to Pelvis

    Stents are metal mesh tubes that commonly are placed in heart arteries during angioplasty procedures.

    With coronary disease, arteries become occluded and blood flow is decreased. In the new procedure being trialled with 50 men in ten medical centres throughout the US, the stent is placed in arteries in the pelvis to open up the arteries and allow blood flow, thus correcting the erectile dysfunction.

    The stent surgery may be invasive, but if it works, it may become quite commercial in the sense that it will be popular, like the breast implant, according to ABC news.

    Viagra Doesn’t Work for 50%

    Lead researcher Dr Jason H Rogers (UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA) says studies have shown that up to half of the 25 million U.S. men who report erectile dysfunction, or ED, do not adequately respond to drugs such as Viagra and Cialis.

    “There is an unmet clinical need for some other therapy to help these men.”

    Besides Viagra and Cialis, other ED treatments include vacuum pumps, self-injected medications and implants, each of which has drawbacks, Rogers said.

    “Invasiveness and the lack of spontaneity for intercourse are two of the major drawbacks” of the alternatives to popular medications such as Viagra, Rogers said.

    Not Penile Implant

    In the study, a tiny mesh tube coated with a drug would be threaded though a small incision in the body and implanted in arteries that supply blood to the penis, Rogers said.

    “Our theory is there are men who have blockages in arteries that feed the penis and that limits their ability to get an erection,” Rogers said. “We are not putting stents inside the penis, or putting some rigid metal tubes in the penis to make it stiff.”

    Results will be known in 2011.  Would you be interested in having this treatment, or interested in your man having it? Is it just a natural progression of medical science for an increasingly aged population? Let us know what you think.

    Herbal Alternative

    Some herbal alternatives offer a solution for erectile dysfunction that does not involve either surgery or pharmaceutical medicines. Herbal Ignite is a formula containing herbs to boost testosterone, provide natural PDE5 inhibitors, and a natural anti-stress remedy.  Check it out today at http://www.herbaligniteusa.com.

     
    • Philtron3030 1:22 am on October 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Penis Stents? Are you kidding me?

      Power to them if it works. Just seems like time to find another hobby than sex. I hear fishing is nice…

  • midlifelove 10:13 am on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: alprostadil injections, , , , nerve-sparing technique, , prostactectomy, , prostate surgery, , risk factors, , , sildenafil, treatments and risks, tumor, viagra   

    Prostate Cancer – the Most Risky Treatments 

    treatmentIt’s a topic that has made it into the story lines of 30 Rock and Boston Legal, but it’s still a “touchy” subject men are reluctant to talk about. That’s the risk of temporary or permanent erectile dysfunction from prostate cancer treatment.

    Temporary or permanent impotence can affect up to 70 per cent of men with prostate cancer, and only a few high profile men – among them Rudy Guiliani in the US and broadcaster Paul Holmes in New Zealand  – are willing to publicly acknowledge the issue, even when they talk about prostate cancer.

    Whether a man retains good sexual function very much depends on a range of factors, including the size and aggressiveness of the tumor, the patient’s age, lifestyle, and overall health, and the treatment option chosen.

    It’s impossible for a doctor to predict ahead of treatment what the outcome for an individual is likely to be.

    Risk Factors Assessed

    But here is a rundown on the treatment options and the risk factors involved:

    Surgery (Radical Prostatectomy)

    The first US nationally representative study to evaluate long-term outcomes after radical prostatectomy concluded that impotence occurs far more frequently than previously reported.

    Those who have so-called nerve-sparing surgeries have better results than those whose surgeries affect the nerves around the prostate. Some evidence also suggests that sexual function rates might improve if the nerve-sparing prostate surgeries also spare the ducts that carry semen.

    • Some degree of erectile dysfunction occurs right after surgery to remove the prostate, regardless of whether the technique that tries to spare the nerve that controls erections is performed or not.
    • If the nerve-sparing technique is used, recovery from erectile dysfunction may occur within the first year following the procedure. Recovery of erectile function after a non-nerve-sparing surgery is unlikely, but possible.
    • One study shows erectile dysfunction rates of 66% for nerve-sparing prostatectomy versus 75% for non-nerve sparing surgery at one year after the surgery. The use of vacuum devices or drugs such as Viagra after surgery once the body has healed may improve the quality of erections and speed the return of normal sexual function.
    • Some studies suggest that impotence after prostate surgery may in part be due to injury to the smooth muscles in the blood vessels. Early treatments to maintain penile blood flow, particularly alprostadil injections, may helpful in restoring erectile function. In one study, men administered injections every other night for six months. They then started taking sildenafil (Viagra) three months after surgery. At six months, 82% of these men achieved penetration compared to only 52% of men who took Viagra only. The vacuum pump may serve a similar purpose as the injections.

    Radiation

    Loss of erectile function is the most common long-term complication of radiation therapy.

    • The onset of erectile dysfunction following radiation therapy is gradual and usually begins about six months following the treatment.
    • Although it is generally believed that radiation poses a lower risk for impotence than does surgery, studies have reported similar rates after three years. Experts suggest radiation injures the blood vessels and so leads to erectile dysfunction over time.
    • Some studies report a lower risk for impotence from brachytherapy, a radiation technique that involves the implantation of radioactive seeds compared to external-beam radiation. Still, there have been very few studies that have lasted more than two years. One five-year study reported a high long-term rate of impotence (53%) with brachytherapy, which is close to that of standard externally administered radiation. Early use of alprostadil injections and Viagra may help these men as well as those who had surgery.

    Drug Treatments

    Prostate cancer medical treatments commonly employ androgen-suppressive treatments, which cause erectile dysfunction.

    • When hormone therapy is used, erectile dysfunction may occur approximately two to four weeks after the start of therapy. A decreased desire for sex also occurs.
     
  • midlifelove 3:58 am on March 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 88 keys, blue pill, cadillac escalade, Kanye West, mos def, musiq soulchild, rapper, rufus, stay up, the death of adam, viagra, young jeezy 8o8s & heartbreak   

    Kanye West has fun with Viagra 

    Rapper ages 35 years for send-up video

    Rapper and record producer Kanye West has found a novel way to promote best friend 88-Keys’ debut LP The Death of Adam – which he also just happens to be executive producing.

    The two buddies spent a couple of hours in the make up chair to age themselves 35 years, then filmed a You Tube video clip sending up the little blue pill in a track called “Stay Up (Viagra).”

    With prosthetics making them look like senior citizens, they took to the streets of Hollywood with a couple of young beauties on their arms, according to Shaheem Reid, in MTV.com

    Early in the evening, the duo pulled up to the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in a stretch Cadillac Escalade limousine, with a crowd of around 100 tourists waiting for them to emerge. With everyone positioned for photo-ops, the two stepped out of the vehicle with their honeys and walked across the famous cement handprints, with the gaggle of fans clicking away.

    ‘Ye and Keys simply walked up to the front of the theater and back to the limo — the whole scene lasted only a couple of minutes.

    And if you’re wondering what “Stay Up (Viagra)” is about, it’s exactly what you think.

    “What she got is so Niagara,” Kanye raps on the record. “Make a young n—a straight need Viagra/ Make an old n—a give keys to Jaguar/ Just to keep from all the the ‘tee-hees’ and laughter/ Her telling her homegirls that he couldn’t stay up.”

    88-Keys is already well known as a producer (West, Musiq Soulchild, Mos Def), but this is his first venture into his own recording. Kanye will also be in L.A. for the filming of his next video off of 808s & Heartbreak, “Amazing,” with Young Jeezy in a co-starring role.

     
  • midlifelove 11:37 pm on February 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , blood supply to penis, cardiovascular disease, , , , , , medication, , sexual desire, supplements, testoterone, treatment, , viagra   

    Is testosterone supplementation effective for ED? 

    The short answer is yes – in some, but not all – cases where testosterone levels are low.

    Approximately 10 to 15 percent of men with erectile dysfunction suffer from low testosterone levels. Yet up to a quarter of all men are estimated to have low testosterone levels, with that number rising as men age – and it’s not clear why some, but not all, experience ED as a consequence.

    What is clear is that when low testosterone is the cause of ED, 40 to 60 percent of men benefit from testosterone supplementation. When other factors – poor blood supply to penis, stress, etc – are involved – testosterone treatment alone is not nearly as effective in curing erectile dysfunction, even though it may increase sexual desire.

    Now it’s become clear that testosterone supplements can give a big boost to men who don’t respond to impotence drugs like Viagra, Levitra and Cialis. It is estimated a significant proportion of men – between 25 and 50 per cent – do not respond to the medications which have become known as PDE5 inhibitors.

    When testosterone is added to the therapy up to 70 per cent of men with low testosterone find the cure for erectile dysfunction, as well as improving their orgasms and overall quality of life.

    The same strong result was found in men with low testosterone using long acting testosterone therapy alone, who received testosterone injections at six weeks and then three monthly intervals.

    After twelve and 30 weeks of testosterone treatment, 20 out of the 29 patients demonstrated marked improvement in erectile function, without using any other medication.

    As a result, men’s health organisations are reporting a change in the attitude to the use of testosterone supplements – which recent studies have found can be helpful in treating conditions linked with male ageing like tiredness, depression, and lack of libido.

    Recent studies have also suggested that the effects of an age-related lack of testosterone may go beyond feeling a bit tired, with type 2 diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease appearing to be linked with it.

    Another reason for updating the guidelines on who to screen for testosterone deficiency and how to treat it lies in the results of some studies that suggest that some of the fears about testosterone supplements increasing the risk of prostate cancer may have been unfounded.

    The new guidelines recommend measuring testosterone in all men who have both type 2 diabetes and symptoms of testosterone deficiency, and in those with erectile dysfunction or low libido.

    “This is a major change. That puts a lot of people in the category of being screened for low testosterone,” says Andre Araujo, director of epidemiology at the New England Research Institutes in Watertown, Massachusetts.

     
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