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Dysfunction is Not Inevitable: Dr. Martha Grout suggests these helpful tips to address erectile dysfunction, before turning to pharmaceuticals

May 31, 2012 09:37PM ● By Dr. Martha M. Grout, MD, MD(H)

Male sexual prowess has always been used as a measure of leadership in all mammals, including humans. Looking at such ancient institutions as the harem reinforces the importance of robust sexual potency to men’s self-esteem and the psychological devastation of impotency and erectile dysfunction.

Erectile dysfunction is a harbinger of heart disease, and so doctors are prone to treat it with a constellation of drugs. But could the real reason be that pharmaceutical companies make a lot of money from drugs for erectile dysfunction?

Here are a few things we can do to get out from under the burden of disease and pharmaceuticals.

Change our diets. Change our habits. Do something other than what got us to where we are right now.

Drink water. Drink green tea. Give up the NutraSweet that promises sweetness and delivers addiction. Give up the 22 teaspoons of sugar a day the average American consumes.

Learn to love fruit and whole grains. Learn to love red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple vegetables and fruits. Learn to eat meat more for the flavoring and less for the calories.

Walk to lunch instead of driving. Choose the stairs over the elevator. Walk the dog. Go to the gym. Ride a bicycle. Do something to be moving around instead of sitting at the desk all day.

Once these basics are in place, there is chelation therapy to remove heavy metals, IV nutritional therapy in case our stomachs don’t absorb nutrients any more, and supplements to heal the gut and the immune system and get ourselves back on track. Viagra is still an option, but things will start working again when we are healthy.

We can all change our lifestyle, and that includes eating habits. One path is bountiful with fresh fruits and vegetables, while the other is strewn with pill bottles. It’s simply a matter of choice.

Martha M. Grout, MD, MD(H), is the medical director of the Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine. For more information, visit

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