Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Risky Business

If you and your honey go for organics over pharmaceuticals when it comes to erectile enhancement, beware. Turns out a lot of that "all natural" stuff contains the very same active ingredients as prescription drugs like Viagra, Cialis or Levitra--sometimes in considerably higher doses. If dh is on nitrates for heart disease or high blood pressure, one of those supposedly herbal staff stiffeners could give him a heart attack or stroke.
St. Petersburg Times said sales of such woody-enhancers totalled almost $400-million last year. Associated Press reported that even some men in their 30s have been admitted to emergency rooms with severe headaches or blurry vision after taking the supplements. The spread of this story has plenty of earmarks of a pharmaceutical company campaign to discredit rivals and present prescription drugs as a safer alternative. Maybe they are, though I wouldn't give a nickel for a stamp of approval from the limp-dicked FDA, which has allowed plenty of dangerous substances into the marketplace. If the ingredients in the "organic" alternative match those in prescription drugs, then both are dangerous.
With all the toys and tantric sex manuals out there today, a stiff dick is not utterly essential to a good sex life. In fact, a squishy just might force couples to get a little bit more imaginative and experimental. Would that be such a bad thing?


Modest Matt said...

I know this is a bit old, but nice post Susan!

My wife and I talked about me using some of these natural herbal remedies after we saw commercials for Extenze and Enzyte on TV. It seems like the guys are really happy as a result of using these, so I thought it might be a good start.

However, now I would have to say that I think I would prefer not go this route. I don't like the idea of ending up in some hospital and having to explain myself to the doctor!

Susan Edwards said...

Thanks, Matt. I'm not against erectile enhancement drugs or herbals. But I do think it's important to be aware of the potential dangers. On the other hand, I wouldn't worry about explaining yourself to an ER doctor. I'll bet at least half of them have tried ED drugs.