Health, Substance Abuse

When Addictive Thoughts Open a Window to Enlightenment

By Laura Fenton

When people find that they are having addictive thoughts, they often do one of three things: they either try to argue themselves out of them, attempt to distract themselves, or treat these thoughts like a challenge that need to be overcome.

Therapists are showing, however, that there can be great value from having addictive thoughts. Simply running away from them will not solve the underlying problem; rather, it is important to find out why negative thoughts occur exactly when they do, and to use this knowledge to anticipate future addictive thoughts and urges.

If you really analyse what sets off your addictive thought patterns, you will usually find that the answer is that something has made you feel trapped, overwhelmed, or helpless. You may find that addictive thoughts are set off by anxiety about how you will be perceived by the opposite sex, by a fear of losing someone you love, or by the impotence of not being able to stand up for yourself.< By using addictive thoughts as clues to understanding what is really causing you pain and fear, you can transform them from frightening, mysterious, unwanted messages, into welcome opportunities for change and self-empowerment.

Education, Health, Lifestyle, Masculinity

How a Frankenpenis Helps Medicine

First heart transplants and now penis transplants! Maybe it’s the ocean air, maybe the bucolic African terrain, or maybe it’s the hardy souls who live there, but South Africa has done it again. The first working interhuman penis transplant. Urination? Check. Sexual function? Check. A veritable functioning Frankenpenis.

Big Cojones

Christiaan Barnard performed the first human heart transplant in South Africa in 1967. Beat out Texas and Stanford by a couple months. Now they’re at the leading edge of urology with this spectacular sequel.

No, I’m not showing you a picture of a penis transplant! Here is a beautiful picture of South Africa’s landscape.

No, I’m not showing you a picture of a penis transplant! Here is a beautiful picture of South Africa’s landscape.

You might even say, noting utmost importance of this particular male organ, that it’s a breakthrough in brain surgery.

Although it could be construed as being conceived out of thin air, there’s much more to building a penis than you might imagine. Yes, a single successful 9-hour penis transplant represents years of effort, engineering and experience. But it also needs the right context. Not to confuse penises and food, but in the words of chef Anthony Bourdain:” Context and memory play powerful roles in all the truly great meals in one’s life.” Maybe great food and great medicine are similar in this way. Continue Reading

Education, Health, Lifestyle, Relationships, Sex, Well-being

Secret to Better Sex? Get Better Sleep!

According to a new study, getting better sleep is the key to having better sex. Young women were more likely to have an appetite for sex and actually have sex if during the previous night, they slept better.

The study’s lead author, David Kalmbach, said the results do not necessarily mean women should be sleeping longer, just “better.” It’s important to get a healthy amount of sleep each night, as opposed to sleeping more hours. A healthy amount of sleep can improve sexual appetite and health.

The study found that women who slept for one extra hour at night were 14 percent more likely to have sex with their partner the following day. It also found that women who slept longer got more aroused than women who got less sleep. The findings of the study also point out that not getting enough sleep can reduce sexual appetite and arousal in women. Continue Reading

Education, Events, Health, Lifestyle, Nutrition, Sports, Stress, Substance Abuse, Well-being

How March Madness Affects Your Blood Pressure

He shoots…he scores! March Madness might be a great way to reconnect with your alma mater or discover a new Cinderella team. But if you’re not careful, it’s also a time of the year that can raise your blood pressure and impact your health.  And, it doesn’t always matter if you’re a coach or a fan. Why?

Stress

There’s no doubt that high levels of stress can lead to temporary but dramatic increases in blood pressure – and continued stress can keep your blood pressure high and lead to further heart problems. Whether your stress comes from wanting your team to play into April or on financial obligations (50 million Americans risk a total of $3 billion during March Madness), there are ways to better manage it. Know what triggers in your life make stress worse – perhaps overeating or alcohol – and avoid them as much as possible. Continue Reading

Substance Abuse

Talking to Your Kids about Drugs and Alcohol

For today’s young men, drugs, alcohol, and addiction aren’t quite the same as they were when we were their age. And just over the past decade, attitudes towards substance abuse have changed, and so have the drugs themselves.

Information and Education

One of the best ways to protect our kids from substance abuse and addiction is to keep ourselves informed about the signs, symptoms and risk factors of popular drugs. Let’s take a look at some of the signs. Continue Reading

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