Apr 12

Smoking At All Time High, New Campaigns and Awareness

Contrary to the increased health awareness behind the detrimental side effects of short and long term tobacco use — new statistics show that smoking on a global quantitative scale, is on the rise.

According to a recent entry in the Journal of the American Medical Association; back in 2012 there were 967 million people globally smoking each and every day. Now compare this to the prior 721 million people and we can see just how much worse this habit is getting.

Why is this happening?

Common sense would suggest that it is heavily correlated by the increased population explosion that has occurred in the recent decades. In fact over the past year the total global population of smokers has doubled.

Studies have shown the largest portion of increased smokers are coming from large population countries like China, Bangladesh and Russia. The findings have shown that smoking has increased dramatically in the developing world.

The good news is that as a whole percentage less individuals are actually smoking. Way back in the 80′s we saw¬† that 41% of men and 10% of woman were inhaling on a daily basis. However, as of 2012 that percentage has since been reduced to 31% of men and 6% of women.

There have also been some countries more successful than others at getting their citizens to quit, or simply never starting at all. Among the top in the world are Canada, Mexico and Iceland.

The World Health Organization has made it known that millions of tobacco related deaths could be prevented by implementing procedures and harm reduction practices to discourage or limit smoking.

A new project from England was released back in December 2013 to help people get over their tobacco habits. The project integrates popular trending technologies such as online support, online apps, daily inspirational emails and text messages. Pharmacies and local help will also be a factor incorporated in the the project.

Mar 25

Amsterdam Harm Reduction Park Project

Amsterdam Harm Reduction Park ProjectA large litter bound park in Eastern Amsterdam, which has been known as a gathering spot of many local alcoholics has since turned over a new leaf.

Instead of forcing the alcoholics to leave through force the municipality has offered them work, as cleanup crew for the park and the surrounding area.

There wages however might come as a surprise to some people; consisting of beer and rolling tobacco.

The typical workday begins at a relatively normal time between the hours of 9am and 9:15am.

However, unlike most jobs the workers daily salary consists of a half package of rolling tobacco, five cans of beer, and 10 euros.

They have been known to start there work day by cracking open a cold one.

The workers, or “paper pickers” as they are commonly called are to divvy up there earnings throughout the day in between rounds of trash pickup cycles.

Some of the new workers have claimed that it has given them some much needed structure and purpose to their previously lacking daily routines.

Before the program they would come to the park simply to get completely hammered; are now able to enjoy a healthy meal and are actually reducing their overall daily alcohol consumption due to the responsibility of the work tasks required of them.

Local residents have even approved of the unorthodox method of employment after witnessing first hand the reduction of park litter and drunken mischief.

One of the local park drunks now turned worker made an ironic comment claiming “me and my friends used to get treated as garbage, but now as we clean up their garbage, we are no longer the garbage anymore”.

Currently in Canada there are many similar places where chronic alcoholics are able to go into a MAPs program; where they are to receive wine, beers and spirits as part of their overall treatment

Apr 13

Addiction and Other Issues Linked to Erectile Dysfunction

Divided into categories — below are reasons directly correlated to erectile dysfunction.

Medical:

Achieving a full and lasting erection is largely based on the proper functioning of arteries and veins. Since these two systems are responsible for regular blood flow, anything that damages them can lead to ED. One condition that has been frequently known to cause poor erection quality is diabetes. Since diabetes — a vascular disease that directly affects both the arteries and blood vessels; has been known to affect between 30-50 percent of men with ED. Most male diabetics start to notice onset symptoms of ED in the stages between young-middle adulthood.

There are many other diseases that are commonly related to erectile dysfunction. These include alcoholism, atherosclerosis, vascular disease and kidney disease. Collectively theses conditions are the cause for roughly 70% of all ED cases.

A lesser known issue that known to reduce blood flow to this penis is Peyronie disease. This disease causes a very painful curvature of the penis which makes the act of penetration nearly impossible.

There are many other blood vessel, vascular or artery related diseases and conditions that can also cause erectile dysfunction that you should be aware of.

Medications:

The next cause is none other than the side effects of medications. And this is where harm reduction efforts come into play. Accounting for nearly 25% of all cases of ED; many common over the counter, illegal, or prescription drugs have been a known cause.

Even people who are take their prescription drugs responsibly may still suffer erection or ejaculation related side effects. Such medications that treat for high blood pressure, bowl syndromes, anxiety, psychosis, obesity, insomnia, glaucoma, or cancer aids have been directly correlated. But remember before going off any of your medications be sure to consult your physician first.

It should also be noted that many anti-depressants, anti-psychotics and amphetamines can be a big factor as well.

Addictions:

The next up on our list of erectile dysfunction related issues stems from medication abuse or drug addictions.

Nicotine in particular has been shown to have both instant and drawn out long term effects on maintaining erection quality. Nicotine is known to interfere with nerve passageways that are directly linked to achieving an erection. While tobacco has been known to cause diseases of the heart and circulatory systems; in turn are directly responsible for regulating blood flow to the penis. Sometimes, however, even cutting off both these entirely will never fully restore your sex drive to full potency again. But in almost all cases reduction or abstinence will result in overall improvement of both your sexual and general health.

Psychological:

For quite sometime it was common knowledge to assume erectile dysfunction or other penis related sexual issues were solely the result of psychological problems. Men would turn to male enhancement solutions like http://maleenhancementcoach.net/ to try and solve their erectile dysfunction problems. Today, however, most experts of ED believe that most cases are primarily the result of physical issues that are correlated to nerves or circulatory networks. Depression or other psychological factors have not been ruled out though, and are estimated to effect 10 to 20 percent of cases.

Verdict:

A lot of men tend to suffer their condition in silence. Feeling embarrassed to talk to anyone about their erection health problems. Often confiding in a male enhancement coach or quietly keeping their erectile dysfunction problems to themselves. Rather than seeking solutions from the male enhancement industry or suffering in silence; your first priority should be to consult with your doctor on the issue. And, if addictive or drug abuse related behavior is the primary cause — harm reduction principles can be applied to improve the conditions of erectile dysfunction and overall sexual health.