Sexual Fitness for Men: The Hardness Factor (cont.)

MODERATOR:
So your statement that the penis is the barometer of a man's health has been proven true?

LAMM:
I don't think it's been proven, but it's still my hypothesis and I'm hoping that the statement itself is so provocative that it will get men to appreciate that the performance and functioning of their penis reflects enormously on their overall state and if a man wants to have a high functioning penis, it's very important for him to function at a very high health level. As one of the editors of Harper Collins said, and I'm really appreciative of all their enormous efforts in support of this book, "Dr. Lamm, you're going to make good health sexy." That's really what my goal is.

MODERATOR:
Good goal! We're all about good health here at WebMD.

MEMBER QUESTION:
Can certain foods really help your sex life?

LAMM:
Here's the way I put it -- I think that certain foods can really harm your sex life, that's for certain.

Excessive alcohol, excessive fat and just excessive calories probably are very, very destructive. On the other hand, if you enrich your diet with foods of color -- green, orange, red, fruits, vegetables, fiber -- I think you are actually going to enhance the quality of your health and subsequently, the quality of your sex life. So my answer is yes.

I don't think you want to think in terms of "aphrodisiacs" -- foods that somehow enhance your interest in sex. Clearly over the last century people have written about certain foods that have a very phallic appearance, whether they are artichokes or oysters or celery or cucumbers. Those just happen to be healthy foods and some have substances that may be healthy for you but not necessarily aphrodisiac.

If there is one food that may be actually somewhat sexually stimulating it would probably be chocolate, but I would not overdo it.

MODERATOR:
I'm sure there are plenty of women who would agree with you about chocolate as an aphrodisiac food -- lots of women.

"I really hope that with some of the simple lifestyle changes that I have introduced in this book, we can start a new era of awareness of men's health."

MEMBER QUESTION:
Will your program work for men of all ages?

LAMM:
The answer is absolutely. It will work for all men of all ages at all times -- it's a health book. I think that the younger the man, the less damage has occurred, the greater capacity for restoration and for enhancement. As a man gets older, his blood vessels get stiffer, there's more plaque and more work will be required. I'm hoping to stay preserved into my 90s.

MODERATOR:
Certainly maintaining a proper weight is a big portion of this program, correct?

LAMM:
Absolutely. I think that when we look at the cause for disease in our country, the two leading causes are obesity and smoking. Obesity is a much more complex condition than smoking and even more difficult to attack. I think that should be one of the primary missions of our society -- to try to reduce the body mass index and body fat levels and increase physical activity. These are the simplest interventions that can save our country millions and millions of dollars.

MODERATOR:
Doctor Lamm, we're almost out of time. Before we wrap things up for today, do you have any final comments for us?

LAMM:
The statements I would really like to make, I think you have given me an opportunity to do so already with the nature of the questions and the emails.

What I want to be able to say in this book is that men really are relevant in our society and they really do need to understand that when there are issues that affect a man, they can respond. A book of this nature can alter, hopefully, a man's perception of his sexuality and his overall health, and give him the knowledge that he can really make a difference for not only himself but for his partner and his family. I really hope that with some of the simple lifestyle changes that I have introduced in this book, we can start a new era of awareness of men's health.

MODERATOR:
Thank you so much for joining us, Dr. Lamm.

For more information, please read The Hardness Factor by Steven Lamm and visit his web site at www.thehardnessfactor.com.



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