June 12, 2013
More On Limp Penises: Natural Sex Supplements Not So Natural
Those over the counter natural sex supplements you see at the corner store are actually not so natural, as it turns out. Studies show some are full of fake prescription drugs, pesticides, paint, and printer ink.
Erectile dysfunction is on the rise in America and of course men are seeking ways to remedy their less than satisfactory sexual production.
It’s a pretty common thought that something natural is better than its pharmaceutical counterpart. “Don’t panic, it’s organic,” is something I can remember hearing as a kid, but is it actually true?
Not when it comes to sexual supplements.
According to CNN Health’s Ian Kerner, “Not so fast, say experts. Not only are many dietary supplements marketed for erectile dysfunction and other male sexual problems ineffective, they may not even be ‘natural.’”
As it turns out, many of these supplements are actually full of the very same prescription drugs they claim to substitute. Often times, they’re even full of counterfeit versions of those prescription drugs.
A recent report published in a recent issue of JAMA Internal Medicine shines some hard light on the issue.
“The editorial by Dr. Pieter Cohen, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, sheds light on this growing concern. Cohen cites several alarming incidents in which over-the-counter sexual enhancement supplements were found to contain other substances.”
Here are some examples; one of the studies in Singapore found that 77 percent of the so-called natural sex supplements currently for sale were comprised of undeclared pharmaceutical drugs, often in higher-than-recommended doses.
Last year, a supplement by the name of “Rock Hard for Men” was revealed to contain two counterfeit drugs, both Cialis and glyburide, a diabetes drug. Similar counterfeit duos have been found in other sex supplements that have been tied to the deaths of over a dozen men in Asia.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg.
“Even more disturbing, such supplements may contain analogues, or chemical variants, of prescription drugs like Viagra. Indeed, more than 45 new analogues have been identified in sexual supplements, according to Cohen.
One Dutch study found that about three-quarters of the products sold in the Netherlands contained at least one analogue, while the US Food and Drug Administration recently discovered three analogue drugs (as well as counterfeit Viagra) when it analyzed a product called Mojo Nights. Other tainted supplements include those sold under the names Vicerex, Bullet Proof and Lightning ROD.”
Having never been tested on humans, the analogs pose a great risk because their side effects are unknown.
“It is my hope that by educating men, deaths from sexual enhancement products can be prevented in the United States,” Cohen said. He urges men with sexual dysfunction to avoid sexual health supplements altogether.
If you’re really into the natural route, Cohen recommends asking your doctor about yohimbine. It’s a prescription medication for ED that’s derived from a compound naturally found in the bark of a West African evergreen tree, yohimbe. Don’t buy the over the counter version, though; you’ll probably be facing the same issue with chemicals and counterfeit drugs.
According to one of my recent blogs, having a big package never hurt anybody, but it does have to function properly. If it doesn’t, then you need to see a doctor, not the corner store.
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