Is Erectile Dysfunction Linked to Heart Disease?

There are more than 3 million cases of erectile dysfunction (ED)in the United States. Approximately 46 percent of adults have hypertension.  Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the U.S.  Is there a link between CVD and ED? The answer is that erectile dysfunction is a sign of cardiovascular disease.  Many men believe that it’s psychological or age. Diabetes also plays a role in ED because of damage to nerves and blood vessels, but cardiovascular disease is the first indicator. 

Viagra (siladenafil citrate) is also prescribed for pulmonary hypertension, which is also an indicator that there is a strong correlation.  You can also think about it in this way: if the heart is not functioning properly, meaning pumping blood to all of the vital organs, an adequate amount of blood will not be able to reach the penis.  So now that you see that there is a link, what can you do about erectile dysfunction?  One of The Best Vegan Memes is from James Cameron: “I’d love to put Viagra out of business, just spreading the word on plant-based eating.”

Plant-based eating may be tough for some men. You’d like a juicy steak or hot wings sometimes. However, diet plays a huge role in your health. Eating little or no meat would definitely be a good start. Also, processed foods and fast food are not the best choices either. A whole food plant-based diet has been proven to be the healthiest.  Here are some plant-based recipes to give you some ideas about eating healthier.  In addition, smoking, stress, and alcohol consumption are also contributing factors to ED. Don’t get too dependent on prescription medications.  There are always side effects associated with them. 

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Does Sea Breeze Promote Hair Growth?

 

Since I work out regularly and I have a tendency to get dandruff, my hair stylist recommended that I apply Sea Breeze astringent to my scalp to clean it. When I  work out in the morning, I don’t have time to wash my hair and get to work on time.  Even when I’m not working out, I apply Sea Breeze to my scalp with a cotton swab and oil it three to four times per week.  I’m noticing since I’ve started this routine that there is a difference in my hair. It’s shinier, has more body, and it appears to be growing longer.  When I was a teenager with acne problems,  I used Sea Breeze to clean my face; I would not have thought to use it for my scalp.  This formula of Sea Breeze contains eucalyptus oil and clove leaf oil, which can also benefit the hair and scalp. 

Once a month, I get a treatment for dandruff. Basically, my stylist mixes apple cider vinegar with T-Gel shampoo to wash my hair.  Even though it stinks, we know that apple cider vinegar has many benefits.  After that, I sit under a steamer for about 30 minutes. I believe that a combination of a healthy diet, vitamins like MSM, and the scalp treatments are promoting my hair growth. I’m also all-natural, meaning that I do not chemically treat my hair. It has been two years since I stopped relaxing my hair.  It’s more work, but it’s worth it.

5 Benefits of MSM (Methyl-Sulfonyl-Methane)

MSM has various benefits.   I have been taking MSM (Methyl-Sulfonyl-Methane) for about two years now.  During this time, I have experienced some positive results from taking it:

  1. Boosting energy levels.  I wake up at 5:00am most mornings so I need energy for working out, an 8-hour workday, taking care of family, and my studies.  I get an adequate amount of sleep as well.  
  2. Allergies. It’s spring, and there are many people who suffer from allergies.  I can now see pollen on my car when I leave for work each morning.  My allergies aren’t as severe as they were when I first moved to the area. 
  3. Hair growth. I didn’t realize that taking MSM was working for my hair until my hair stylist mentioned it  Before I went natural, I had a “super-short” haircut. After one year, my hair had grown to almost shoulder length.  In addition to a healthy diet, I can also attribute my  hair growth to MSM.
  4. Detoxification.  MSM rids the cells of free radicals. Sulfur is involved in many biological processes and aids in detoxification.  
  5. Reduces joint inflammation.  When combined with glucosamine and chondroitin, MSM is a joint soother. Both glucosamine and chondroitin are produced naturally in the body; they are found in cartilage. When it starts to wear away around the joints, it can cause arthritis.  

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Staying Positive Until the Goal is Reached

It’s hard to believe that I completed my second trimester towards my health coaching certification.  I have grown so much in my competency as a result of those 14 weeks.  I have a two-week break before I start my last trimester.  I will have two “real” clients to coach for 10 weeks. Surprisingly, they were easy to find. I posted an email in the neighborhood directory. There are folks that are willing to help students. This may be a way to find clients when I’m ready to start my own practice. I’m excited and a little nervous. I’m confident in my ability, but this will be the real thing!

Science has been a good foundation for me, but the industry, in my opinion, has not changed as far as salary and opportunities. Since January, I’ve been on two, face-to-face interviews and two phone interviews. The trend has been that the hiring manager or interview panel liked me, but chose another person that they thought was a better fit.  This is frustrating when you hear it multiple times. In my opinion, some managers may be intimidated by my experience, particularly if they are young. Also, new graduates are more likely to accept a lower salary than a seasoned employee. Now that I think about it, there are many young people at my current company.  By young, I mean under the age of 30.

The future of my current job is uncertain. I feel like any day can be my last day.  The laboratory may move out of Maryland, which is not an option for me with a family. There are also no new projects coming down the pipeline. I’m only doing what feels like “busy work”. Right now, it’s my only option until I graduate. I am thankful for at least still being employed. With the reorganization that took place last year, half of the department is gone. There are only four of now when last year it was eight of us. If things work out that I complete my certification before the job ends, that will be excellent.  I will continue to keep my head up as the weeks continue.  I will work hard to make my dreams reality instead of working to fulfill someone else’s dreams.

The Transition From Science to Health Coaching

I started my second trimester at MUIH towards my Health and Wellness Coaching certification.  My first timester was quite intense and gave me the foundational knowledge. This semester will give me the tools needed to coach actual clients. I will participate in live coaching labs once weekly. I am looking forward to the learning and the interaction.

Although I’ve been in the science field throughout my career, I believe that I can be successful as a health coach.  The majority of my jobs have been contract positions.  When I finally land a permanent position, my position gets eliminated; this happened in November 2017. I discuss it in another blog post.  I worked primarily in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and food industries. My current position is at a plastic company. I have been there for 9 months. Unfortunately, my position, along with my manager’s and one other colleague’s, will be eliminated in 6-18 months.  Also, I feel like it is just busy work. In November 2018, there was reorganization within the department which led to a new director, a new department name, and two employees being cut. Welcome to corporate America. Once again, I am in the job market. This time, I won’t be caught off guard.

I am excited about my future as a health coach. Active listening will be a big part of the job, whether I work for a corporation or have my own practice.  It will be a slow transition; I’m not going to quit science cold turkey.  It has given me a foundation to follow my passion. My resume still has selling power. If all goes well, I can become certified by the end of this year.

 

5 Benefits of Pilates

 

At the end of the summer, I started doing Pilates at my local fitness center. I started doing one-on-one sessions to learn the technique. As I continued to become more accustomed to doing it, I started taking a 1-hour weekly class at 6:00am. With classes, a family, and working full-time, this is the only time I am available.  I enjoy every class; it’s a small class with 5 of us, mostly female. We have an awesome instructor. She is patient and is not a drill sergeant.  Even though my classmates have been doing Pilates for years, I am still able to keep up.  For those of you that aren’t familiar with Pilates, many  of the exercises are done using a reformer.  As my instructor reminds me, some movements are harder, and I will get better with practice and time.

There are few benefits that I’ve noticed since taking Pilates:

1. Increased flexibility. I am becoming more flexible each time  I perform the exercises. Some of the exercises are challenging, but the majority of them are easy to perform.

2. Improving your core. Pilates is great for working your abdominal muscles and building a strong back. Previously, it was one of my problem areas.

3. Great alternative to yoga. If you’re not a fan of yoga, Pilates is a fun alternative. Please feel free to revisit my post on yoga.

4. Pain relief.  When I started doing Pilates, I was experiencing pain in the back of my left knee. It’s been about 3 months since I’ve had any pain in that area. Also, a classmate told me that it’s helped alleviate her arthritis pain in her hips and lower back.

5. Improved performance and injury prevention.  In 1912, Joseph Herbertus Pilates perfected the Pilates workout system. As a child in Germany, her suffered from asthma and other ailments. He turned to exercise as a means of treatment. During the influenza outbreak in England that same year, his trainees survived while thousands succumbed to the illness.

About one year ago, my legs and feet ached from standing long periods of time at work. I also used to suffer from plantar fasciitis in my right foot. I have not had any flare ups recently. The condition is very common.  Tim Hardaway, Jr. of the New York Knicks also suffers from the same ailment.

My younger coworkers notice my increase in vibrancy since starting Pilates. A few of my classmates are older than me, and they are very active. It is definitely an activity that I recommend. It can build strength; thus, it will prevent problems later on as the body ages.

Thanksgiving: A Time for Family or a Tradition of Men?

I have many fond memories of Thanksgiving both as a child and an adult.  In school, they taught us that it was a day that the Indians and the Pilgrims ate together for the first Thanksgiving dinner in 1621.  It was a time for family, football, delicious food, and days off from work and school.  I would look forward to turkey, stuffing, candied yams, cranberry sauce, greens, macaroni and cheese, sweet potato pie, and some type of cake.  All of the smells filling up the house …

This was all good until I learned the true meaning of Thanksgiving. I haven’t celebrated Thanksgiving in 5 years. It was a day of genocide for the North American Indians.  They are actually Hebrew Israelites from the tribe of Gad that wore traditional Hebrew Israelite clothing with fringes (Num. 15:38-40).  The celebration was the killing of them.  “Many celebrated by kicking several heads…through the streets like soccer balls”.

You may be wondering the reason that this happened.  Well, the treatment of the Gad tribe goes back to curses that are mentioned in the Bible.  Because the Hebrew Israelites did not follow the laws, statues, and commmandments of the Most High God, they were subject to certain curses (Deut. 28:15-68).  These curses are still continuing today.

One can say that the day is about family, but you can celebrate family ANY and EVERYDAY  of the year.  In Christianity, they teach that it’s okay to celebrate these pagan holidays; however, if you read your Bible, you’ll know that the Most High God HATES those feast days (Amos 5:21-22).  He gave us Feast days to celebrate (Lev. 23). We, as a people, get so caught up in tradition (Col. 2:8).  We continue these traditions because they were taught to us, even if it’s wrong. Some of us will spend TOO MUCH money in preparation for this one day.  Businesses have to make their money, too. Another argument is that you can feed those that are less fortunate. Again, the homeless need our help throughout the year.

Even if you don’t want to look at the spiritual aspect of this, genocide of a people or turkeys is nothing to celebrate.  Yes, turkeys undergo harsh treatment at slaughterhouses.  I am acquainted with vegans and vegetarians that are not into Thanksgiving from a “food”point of view.

In conclusion, Thanksgiving is pagan, regardless of the feel-good activities that come with it.  Please feel free to check out The Pagan Book of Days as a guide to festivals and traditions occurring throughout the year.

A Message to My Followers

Hi Everyone. I’m sorry that I’ve been out of touch for a while.  This summer, I was accepted into the Post-Baccalaureate certificate program for Health and Wellness Coaching at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. I’ve completed one class with three in-progress. The school is very warm with many great resources.

Things are starting to get more intense now, but I am doing very well.  I have an “A” average currently.  In addition, I’m working full time and taking care of my family.  Since I have been out of school for a while, I wanted to start with a certificate. I should be finished by August of next year.  If I decide to pursue another Master’s degree, I would finish in 2020.  I have a Master’s degree in Analytical Chemistry, so I’m not sure if I need another one.

The science field has given a a solid foundation to move into Health and Wellness Coaching. I am very passionate about health and wellness, as you may see from some of my posts.  With proper diet and exercise, I am back to a size 6; I have not wore that size in 12 years.  I want to help others reach their goals.  My goal is to have my own practice.

My son is doing very well.  He will be 8 years old in December. I’ve talked about the challenges we’ve faced with his autism. He has made so much progress. He’s reading,   making friends, and has not had any behavioral issues at his new school. I want to help those parents as well.  Diet and environment are so important for their physical and emotional well-being.

I want to continue to blog. I am learning so much that I would like to share with you. Thank you to those that still follow me.

My Fitness Journey, Part 3

Some of my readers out there may remember when I started my fitness journey in 2015. When I wrote My Fitness Journey, Part 2, I learned about “wheat belly” and made the appropriate changes at the beginning of 2018.  Now, we’re at the start of summer, even though for a week sometimes, we don’t see the sun where I live.

When I was laid off from my job in November, I discontinued my gym membership and focused on diet. I also started walking for 30 minutes if it was a sunny day. In April, my husband and I went on a 21-day Daniel fast for weight loss and overall health.  My husband suffers from diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.  I have high blood pressure.  We also did a 3-day detox.  My weight dropped, and I felt better overall.

This past Wednesday, I met with a trainer to see the progress that I made.  When I started  this “journey”  I weighed 144lbs.  Presently, I weigh 130.5 lbs. with 28.7 percent body, and 50.7 muscle mass.  My percent body fat is in a normal range; however, if it goes down to 22 percent, I won’t need the high blood pressure medication.  My muscle mass should be half of my body weight, which would be 65.  My trainer was happy with my diet.  I don’t eat meat everyday, mostly fresh vegetables. Okra is a staple for me. When I do eat meat, it’s chicken, fish, or steak.

I am trying out a group exercise class that meets 3 times a week.  So far, I believe that it will help me reach my goals.  We perform exercises that work the core, arms, and legs.  I can be assured that I will be doing the exercises properly.  When you’re on your own, you may tend to “slack off’”.  The goal is the build muscle and reduce body fat to treat high blood pressure.  I have to continue to insure that my blood sugar and cholesterol levels stay within a healthy range. At one time, it was a struggle.  However, making lifestyle changes improved my health.  I will get another reassessment in 4 to 8 weeks.

 

 

Yoga and Meditation: Exercise or a Gateway to the Spirit World?

Many people see yoga as a way to relax or as a form of exercise; they may take a class or do it solo in the mountains.  They can practice yoga in their home watching a video.  If you enjoy cardiovascular workouts, exercises that allow you to lose body fat, yoga is not for you. Yoga has become increasing popular in the past 5 years.  Many gyms have an entire studio devoted to yoga.  There are some fantastic photos on Instagram of various yoga poses.   In addition to yoga, meditation is also a way that people relieve stress. But what purpose does yoga and meditation really serve?

The goddess pose in yoga or utkata konosana from the Sanskrit, meaning “wild, frightening, above the usual, intense, gigantic, furious, or heavy” and “posture” or “seat”. There are other poses such as the sun salutation and moon salutation.  Sun salutations are said to allow for the opportunity to “give gratitude to the sun for its life giving light”.  Sun worship goes back to ancient Babylon with Nimrod and the construction of the Tower of Babel. The idea was to set up false religions in which people would worship on “Sun-day” or sun worship.  Many people believe that the sabbath day is Sunday, but it is the seventh day of the week, which is Saturday.

‘The Kundalini spirit is part of yoga; however, many participants do not realize it.  The illusion is that it can offer peace, healing, visions, and dreams.  It is a spirit, indeed, but is it a demonic one.  It is a supernatural force that can overtake you.  Many eastern religions, such as Hinduism and Buddhism, practice yoga and meditation.  In Hinduism, they worship many gods, teaching about a higher level of consciousness and your third eye.  The third eye is the gate to your higher power.

Many New Age religions such as these teach that you can become a god or be godlike.  However, many people that are part of Christianity practice yoga.  Does that mean that they have a kundalini spirit?  Yoga, in fact, does not mesh with the Most High God.   Demonic spirtuality is not the same as the Holy Spirit.  When you practice yoga, you’re allowing evil spirits or demons to take over your body. You’re also inviting them into your home and every aspect of your life.  When you mediate or channel energy, you do it in order to gain something, like power.  Demons can use this energy to travel from person to person, place to place, or even into objects. When you’re performing certain yoga poses, you are aligning yourself with certain deities. This will become very dangerous in the long run.

In conclusion, yoga is a New Age deception.  One believes that they are gaining peace and healing when in reality, they are channeling dark forces.  If you’re looking for healing, there are other alternatives such as herbal remedies.  Before you sign up for a yoga class please consider the after effects.

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