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Can Statins Help ''Cure'' Erectile Dysfunction?

March 14, 2006 | 30,463 views
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Preliminary results of a small study may indicate that cholesterol-lowering statin drugs may help alleviate erectile dysfunction (ED) in men who have little reaction to Viagra.

Erectile dysfunction can be a sign of vascular problems and abnormalities in blood vessel linings. ED can therefore be an early sign of atherosclerosis, the build-up of plaque in the arteries.

Erectile dysfunction occurs because the body, in those circumstances, can no longer make enough nitric oxide.

Viagra allows the body to hold onto what little nitric oxide it manufactures in order to create an erection. Patients who did not respond to Viagra at first, but were given Lipitor and then Viagra again, reported some improvement.

The study was supported by an unrestricted medical center grant from Pfizer.




What Are GMOs?

From April 19th through April 25th we launch GMO Awareness Week. We set aside an entire week dedicated to providing you with information on GMOs and labeling initiatives.

GMOs are a product of genetic engineering, meaning their genetic makeup has been altered to induce a variety of “unique” traits to crops, such as making them drought-resistant or giving them “more nutrients.” GMO proponents claim that genetic engineering is “safe and beneficial,” and that it advances the agricultural industry. They also say that GMOs help ensure the global food supply and sustainability. But is there any truth to these claims? I believe not. For years, I've stated the belief that GMOs pose one of the greatest threats to life on the planet. Genetic engineering is NOT the safe and beneficial technology that it is touted to be.

Help Support GMO Labeling

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA)—Monsanto’s Evil Twin—is pulling out all the stops to keep you in the dark about what’s in your food. For nearly two decades, Monsanto and corporate agribusiness have exercised near-dictatorial control over American agriculture. For example, Monsanto has made many claims that glyphosate in Roundup is harmless to animals and humans. However, recently the World Health Organization (WHO) had their research team test glyphosate and have labeled it a probable carcinogen.

Public opinion around the biotech industry's contamination of our food supply and destruction of our environment has reached the tipping point. We're fighting back. That's why I was the first to push for GMO labeling. I donated a significant sum to the first ballot initiative in California in 2012, which inspired others to donate to the campaign as well. We technically "lost the vote, but we are winning the war, as these labeling initiatives have raised a considerable amount of public awareness.

The insanity has gone far enough, which is why I encourage you to boycott every single product owned by members of the GMA, including natural and organic brands. More than 80 percent of our support comes from individual consumers like you, who understand that real change comes from the grassroots.

Thankfully, we have organizations like the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) to fight back against these junk food manufacturers, pesticide producers, and corporate giants.

Internet Resources Where You Can Learn More

Together, Let's Help OCA Get The Funding They Deserve

Let’s Help OCA get the funding it deserves. I have found very few organizations who are as effective and efficient as OCA. It’s a public interest organization dedicated to promoting health justice and sustainability. A central focus of the OCA is building a healthy, equitable, and sustainable system of food production and consumption. That's why I'm proud to announce I will be matching donations up to $250,000 this week.

Please make a donation to help OCA fight for GMO labeling.

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Dr. Mercola's Comments:


Not so long ago, I posted a report in which a professor of neurology called statins Viagra for the brain. Bet he never suspected his off-hand comment about this dangerous class of drugs would be tested in a laboratory setting ...

That the funding for this study comes from Pfizer, manufacturers of Lipitor, is a potential giant red flag. It has been my experience that most medical studies funded by the manufacturers seem to come up with some justification for continued or new uses for their drugs.

Of course, if the results are negative and do not support the use of the drugs, the study results are buried in the rear drawer of their filing cabinets and will never see the light of day.

It's not terribly surprising that a drug that affects the cardiovascular system would have some kind of effect on ED, considering that such problems are the earliest indicator of a cardiovascular problem.

But you don't need potentially dangerous drugs like Lipitor or Viagra -- - to solve this problem. If you're willing to make some simple lifestyle changes that cost you nothing more than your time, you frequently can resolve this issue:



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