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By Rob Holston


July 17, 2006

Ketchikan, Alaska - You've seen the advertisement on TV; you can see it on the Internet. The facts are alarming. In the United States, 8 million men have Diabetes, 29 million have high blood pressure and 50 million have high cholesterol. What do all of these men share in common? Why it's ED, of course! Erectile Dysfunction is lurking in the bedrooms of millions of men but thanks to Bayer Pharmaceuticals Corporation being unhealthy doesn't need to be a downer, so to speak. Just take this little pill and your love life will be elevated to new levels. You may be overweight, out of breath and near heart failure, but thanks to Levitra your penise will be "healthy?" What is wrong with this picture?

If the millions on men listed as unhealthy and suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol WERE healthy, the "need" for Levitra and other similar sex enhancing drugs to combat ED would not be there. I am not preaching that the millions now suffering from ill health should be deprived of intimate relationships, but adding Levitra to your routine is a bit like ordering your favorite meal in the dinning room of the Titanic AFTER the iceberg was struck! Much like the Titanic was "pushing the envelope" and taking chances, as it paid the ultimate price of total destruction, so are American men paying the price of ill-health.

It is one thing to blame one's lifestyle for their state of ill-health, it is quite another to do something about it. Step one would be to change the things you now know you need to change and step two would be to seek counsel and discover the other things you can do to transition your lifestyle towards God intended plan for your body. These changes should result in eliminating or limiting your Diabetes, lowering your blood pressure and cholesterol and elevating your love life. Please take the challenge of promoting your own good health. Besides loving your partner you will be loving yourself. Men are designed to have an active vibrant life, full of vigor and activity. The secrete is to improve your lifestyle.

These improvements fall into three categories: FOOD & BEVERAGE, EXERCISE and SPIRITUALITY.

Number one: Make a list of foods and beverages you really know you should be consuming and would enjoy. Begin purchasing more of these foods and beverages. Make them available to you. Hint: buy a bag of apples for the car and have an apple each time you drive to town or back home. Have two quarts of filtered H2O in your vehicle daily and another 2 quarts at your desk. Begin by adding the things that you know are good for you. The more "good" choices you make, the more "poor" choices will fall by the way side. New Facts About Fiber by Dr. Betty Kamen is a great little "cook" book that will become your friend on the journey to good health.

Number two: Make a list of the foods and beverages that you know are really bad for you or that should only be used in moderation. You must decide to either limit or to eliminate items on this list. Some may fall into the category of "occasional treat" but don't let them sit around the house so as to become a source of binge eating or drinking at the end of a particularly hard day.

Number three: Exercise by doing the things you enjoy that get your heart rate up. Careful not to overdo it at first. Slow and steady is the key to building on where your are now to where you want to get in the future. As President Jimmy Carter said, "Every American should walk their dog every day, whether they have one or not." Find out what your "walking the dog is." It may be hand ball at the Rec. Center or exercise videos in your living room, but what ever it it.

Number four should be number one as a foundation to any lifestyle change. It is "spirituality." For some of us it will be your belief in God and his son Jesus and for others it is to embrace other deities or beliefs. Coupled with a circle of supporting friends or family your foundation of spiritual support is necessary to accompany you along your journey of lifestyle changes. Some individuals need more support than others and some can and will "goitontheirown". Determine where you needs are and don't underestimate the power of friends, family and God.

If you can show yourself over a period of six months that you can eat 30 to 40 grams of fiber daily, through a source of fresh fruits and vegetables, drink 4+ quarts of clean water daily, brisk walk 1-3 miles daily and counsel with family, friends and church, you will be more than on the way to recovery. Consider yourself recovered. You can now experience "function" instead of "dysfunction" so enjoy your new life without Levitra!


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Rob is a retired teacher and a resident of Ketchikan, Alaska. He is not a health care professional; however, he has an interest in health and fitness. You should contact your doctor regarding all health care issues and follow your doctor's advice.
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