January 9, 2010 at 1:55 am #32940
note: the accumulating weight of science studies supports the Taoist view that sex is really about increasing your “substance”, jing, necessary for long life. It balance out the yin-yang forces in the body. Internal sex (alchemy) will do it also, but most people won’t trouble to learn that…and are lonely for a companion. Best is to have both. Still waiting for the right Taoist goddess myself, seems like it gets a lot more complicated when you actually want the fruit of sex, i.e. a child….:) Michael
NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION: HAVE MORE SEX
By Elizabeth Cohen
January 7, 2010
Yoga instructor Sadie Nardini and her husband got an early start on their
New Year’s resolution: In December, the New York couple decided to have sex
every day for the entire month.
Nardini and her husband, a professional photographer, initially decided to
have sex like bunnies in the hopes that all the activity might help them
overcome his-and-her bad habits: cigarettes and chocolate, respectively. And
indeed, the nightly trysts did help. But they also found, unexpectedly, that
frequent sex made them feel better in other ways, too.
Nardini says they both slept better and had more energy, and she didn’t get
a cold or the flu all month as she usually does in the winter. “Sex doesn’t
seem at first glance to be the cure for what ails you, but there’s so many
health benefits of having more sex,” Nardini says. “Anyone can be better
served by having more sex.”
In fact, the experiment was so successful, the couple plans to have daily
sex in January, too.
Researchers have long known that not only is sex fun (when done with the
right person, of course), but that people who have frequent sex tend to live
longer and have healthier hearts and lower rates of certain cancers. These
studies also show that men with an active sex life have healthier sperm, and
sexually active women have fewer menopause symptoms.
The possible health benefits of sex are spelled out in a
soon-to-be-published article in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
The editor-in-chief of that journal, Dr. Irwin Goldstein, says that when you
read about the physical benefits of sex, “you can’t help but say, ‘Holy God!
Sexual activity is a very important thing to do. Human beings were really
meant to do this.’ ” Goldstein is also the director of sexual medicine at
Alvarado Hospital in San Diego, California.
In the article, which reviews several decades’ worth of studies on sex and
health, researcher Stuart Brody concludes that penile-vaginal intercourse —
and not other types of sexual activity — confer the most health benefits.
For example, five years ago, Brody, now a professor of psychology at the
University of the West of Scotland, asked 46 people to give a stressful
speech to a nasty audience. His team measured parameters such as blood
pressure and levels of stress hormones while the participants prepared for
the speech and directly after giving it. He found that the study subjects
who’d had intercourse in the two weeks preceding the speech had markedly
lower blood pressure and lower levels of stress hormones. The same wasn’t
true for people who’d participated in other forms of sexual activities.
“Evolution is not politically correct,” Brody says. “Evolution strongly
rewards behaviors that increase the likelihood of successful gene
propagation, and only one behavior — penile-vaginal intercourse — is
But sex researcher Beverly Whipple, who wrote an article in 2003 titled “The
Health Benefits of Sexual Expression,” disagrees, saying that other types of
sexual activity are also associated with physical health benefits.
She adds that it’s not entirely clear whether sex makes people healthier, or
whether healthy people tend to have more sex.
“It’s a chicken-egg situation,” says Whipple, professor emerita of
psychology at Rutgers University, in New Jersey. “We can’t definitively say
there’s a cause-and-effect relationship between sex and better health.”
While the underlying reasons might be unclear, here’s a list of health
benefits that people who have frequent sex enjoy.
1. A longer life
In a British study, men who had intercourse at least twice a week lived
longer than men who had sex less than once a month. A U.S. study had similar
findings, and a Swedish study examining the sex lives of 70-year-olds found
that men who died before their 75th birthday had ceased having sexual
intercourse at earlier ages.
The Swedish study didn’t find that women lived longer if they had sex more
frequently, and neither did a study in North Carolina. However, in the North
Carolina study, women who reported enjoying sex more lived longer than those
who didn’t report enjoyment.
2. A healthier heart
In a British study, people who had intercourse twice a week or more were
less likely to have heart attacks and other fatal coronary events. Those who
had sex less than once a month had twice the rates of fatal coronary events,
compared with those with the highest frequency of intercourse.
3. Lower blood pressure
In a study published in the journal Biological Psychology, people who had
sex more often tended to have lower diastolic blood pressure, or the bottom
number in a blood pressure reading. Brody’s experiment, in which more
sexually active study subjects had markedly less dramatic blood pressure
spikes when they were put under stress, also supports the benefit.
4. Lower risk of breast cancer
A French study found that women who have vaginal intercourse not at all or
infrequently had three times the risk of breast cancer, compared with women
who had intercourse more often.
5. Lower risk of prostate cancer
A Minnesota study found that men who’d had intercourse more than 3,000 times
in their lives had half the prostate cancer risk of those who had not. While
it’s not clear why this would be true, studies have found that men who had
more intercourse tended to have better prostate function and eliminated more
waste products in their semen. “These differences could conceivably impact
prostate cancer risk,” Brody writes in his article.
6. Pain relief
Whipple and others have conducted studies suggesting that more sexual
activity helps relieve lower back pain and migraines.
7. A slimmer physique
A study of healthy German adults revealed that men and women who had sex
more frequently tended to be slimmer than folks who didn’t have as much sex.
Sex burns 50 to 60 calories per encounter, Whipple says, so sex three times
a week for a month would burn about 700 calories — or the equivalent of
jogging about seven miles.
8. Better testosterone levels
A group of men being treated for erectile problems saw greater increases in
testosterone when, along with the treatments, they had frequent sex.
Specifically, men who had sex at least eight times per month had greater
increases than those who had sex less than eight times per month.
9. Fewer menopause symptoms
Menopausal women in Nigeria experienced fewer hot flashes when they had sex
more frequently. Brody says this may be because sexual activity helps
regulate hormonal levels, which in turn affect the symptoms of menopause.
10. Healthier semen
In three studies, men who had frequent intercourse had a higher volume of
semen, a higher sperm count and a higher percentage of healthier sperm,
compared with men who tended to participate in other sexual activities.January 9, 2010 at 5:44 am #32941
This week being week leading to solar eclipse I suppose alchemists will automatically feel the need for a good internal sun-moon-earth coupling cooperating with cosmic yin yang neutral alignment – the shag that burns karma and is good for your health and the health of the world.January 9, 2010 at 11:35 am #32943January 9, 2010 at 4:56 pm #32945
I agree fully. Picking the right man or woman is the key.
GuaJanuary 9, 2010 at 8:22 pm #32947
In what is billed as a world first, a life-size robotic girlfriend complete with artificial intelligence and flesh-like synthetic skin was introduced to adoring fans at the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas on Saturday (local time).
“She can’t vacuum, she can’t cook but she can do almost anything else if you know what I mean,” TrueCompanion’s Douglas Hines said.
Roxxxy versions are priced from $US7,000 to $US9,000 ($7,500 to $9,700) depending on features.
The sex robot is available in Europe and the United States and will eventually be available globally.
– AFPJanuary 11, 2010 at 11:38 am #32949
Most Acupuncture schools a check in with are very vague when it comes to what classes I need before applying to there school. Most just say 60 credit hours. Should I take an Associates in arts or science, and should I take anatomy at my community collage or through the acupuncture school. Do you have any suggestions?January 11, 2010 at 2:46 pm #32951
The admissions department should know exactly the courses should be, I would talk with them directly, all the schools desire more students, they should treat you like aking.
Each state is different in requirements.
guaJanuary 12, 2010 at 3:35 pm #32953
Any schools you would recommend?January 12, 2010 at 9:20 pm #32955
If you are who I think you are and you want to learn Taoist Healing, check out the School in Ashville, they teach Jeffrey Yuen’s view, you can check Pacific College in NYC, Jeffrey teaches there.
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