Hardness Factor: How to Achieve Your Best Health and Sexual Fitness at Any Age

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Hard is good, harder is better — for your health, your libido, your life. Such is the provocative premise behind Dr. Steven Lamm's The Hardness Factor, a groundbreaking book that will change the way men live and love. The Hardness Factor measures male health through the quality of an erection — perhaps the greatest male motivator for better living (more so than fear of cancer, heart attack, or stroke). The Hardness Factor asks, Can men be hard and in shape for sex their entire lives? The answer is, absolutely. ...

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Hard is good, harder is better — for your health, your libido, your life. Such is the provocative premise behind Dr. Steven Lamm's The Hardness Factor, a groundbreaking book that will change the way men live and love. The Hardness Factor measures male health through the quality of an erection — perhaps the greatest male motivator for better living (more so than fear of cancer, heart attack, or stroke). The Hardness Factor asks, Can men be hard and in shape for sex their entire lives? The answer is, absolutely. Here for the first time are scientific, evidence-based regimens — emphasizing nutrition, supplements, and exercise — to increase erectile quality. By following the programs in The Hardness Factor, you will

  • improve overall health;
  • produce stronger, harder, and longer-lasting erections;
  • increase strength, fitness, flexibility, and vitality;
  • restore self-confidence; and
  • achieve maximum sexual gratification with your partner.

A renowned New York clinician, bestselling author, and a favorite expert on the television show The View, Dr. Lamm offers straight talk for men of all ages in "The Four-Day Insurance Policy," which can provide a quick fix for that upcoming Saturday night (or any other dating emergency), and the more detailed "Six-Week Hardness Factor Program," which will improve a man's sex drive, stamina, hardness, and, most of all, health. This comprehensive guide also includes numerous recipes created by acclaimed chef Waldy Malouf, aimed at promoting nutritional health and jump-starting the libido.

After following The Hardness Factor, you will not only achieve optimal health and sexual fitness but also understand why the penis is the best barometer of a man's health.

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Editorial Reviews

Joy Behar
“Dr. Lamm can take on any subject. And, the harder, the better.”
“There’s no doubt about it: Dr. Lamm knows erections.”
“There’s no doubt about it: Dr. Lamm knows erections.”
Library Journal
Here's a "health book" centered on a man's penis and the factors that go along with a man wanting to keep the organ healthy and functioning at will. Not surprisingly, penis health is directly connected to men's overall well-being. This book provides a foundational guide to improving one's sexual health by improving physical fitness through exercise, supplements, and diet.
Publishers Weekly
Lamm's premise is that for men, good health and a hard erection are synonymous. Hardness (or rather, lack thereof) is not just an inevitable side effect of aging, internist Lamm claims-it's the result of poor lifestyle decisions and is linked to a number of afflictions, including obesity, high cholesterol, hypertension, depression and heart disease. The author, medical correspondent for ABC's The View and an early researcher of Viagra, points out that prescription medications aren't always the answer. He outlines a six-week program that focuses on diet, exercise and supplements such as Pycnogenol/L-Arginine, a combination of antioxidant and pine-bark extract that reduces the risk of chronic diseases and results in a "rock-hard erection." Lamm peppers his straightforward text with jokes and entertaining anecdotes from patients at his New York City practice. He estimates that 20 million men aged 40 to 70 suffer from erectile dysfunction. While many never seek treatment, perhaps they will pick up this important book, which is filled with several new insights and tips for maintaining sexual and general health. (June 1) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061235207
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/26/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 198,978
  • Product dimensions: 7.37 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Lamm, M.D., who has appeared as the house doctor on The View, is a practicing internist and faculty member at the NYU Medical Center. He lives in New York City.

Gerald Secor Couzens is a noted contributor to several medical newsletters, and has coauthored more than twenty-four health and medical books. He lives in New York City with his wife and four children.

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The Hardness Factor

How to Achieve Your Best Health and Sexual Fitness at Any Age
By Steven Lamm

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2005 Steven Lamm
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060755512

Chapter One

What Is the Hardness Factor?

Degrees of Hardness
A man may think he's best friends with his penis, but how well does he really know it? Few are aware that there are degrees of penile hardness. Fewer still know what "normal" hardness is. Age, exercise, diet, and stress can affect a man's erectile quality (EQ) -- even men in their early 20s, all full of testosterone, the source of masculinity and hardness, sometimes fail to achieve an erection. More worrisome is that men 40 years of age or older have a 50 percent chance of getting and maintaining an erection. Those numbers rise exponentially as the decades increase. But the good news is that all these hardness factors are within a man's control.

How Dependable Is Your Penis?

BILL, age 31 -- Hard as a rock?

My answering service called early one Monday morning to say that Bill had already called twice, each time with the message that he had to see me first thing that morning. Bill was 31, an in-demand studio guitarist, whose first CD had just been released by a major label. I was a bit surprised that he would be calling since I had just given him a complete medical work-up a month earlier as part of a life insurance policy he was applying for. He was in very good mental health, and I recalled having congratulated this ardent "meat and potatoes" guy on good cholesterol numbers.

When Bill came in, he appeared nervous and agitated, and somewhat sheepish. He's a handsome, fit guy with a thick mustache flecked with gray that offsets his completely shaved head. I ushered him into my office and he was about to say something when he noticed that my door was not completely shut. He popped out of his chair, closed it firmly, and then sat down again.

"I've got a problem that's driving me nuts, which is why I need to see you," he said. "It concerns a woman who's important in my life. No, actually that's not really true. It's not about the woman at all. It's about me." He looked down at his feet, obviously embarrassed. "Well, to be more precise, it's about my penis. I need help. Fast. I need one of those six-packs of Viagra."

"All right, Bill, slow down," I said. "Why do you think you need Viagra?"

"Karen is flying in next month from Santa Barbara," he said. "And I'm really crazy about her. But if I have another awkward moment like I did the last time and can't maintain my erection and hold my own in bed, I know I'll be deleted from her speed dial. She's not going to give me another chance. I have such anxiety over this that I'm certain I'm not gonna be able to get it up."

I asked Bill if he was having any problems getting the initial erection. He seemed perplexed by the question. "I can get an erection," he said. "In fact, as soon as I see her, I'm hard as a rock." He paused for a moment. "It's not that I'm having problems there. It's just that my erection seems softer once we get going. It seems to disappear for a while when we're getting hot and heavy, and it's a lot of work to get it back. It's really annoying and, to tell you the truth, it's becoming a big deal for me."

"First of all," I told Bill, "this is not uncommon, so I don't want you to panic. You'd be surprised how many guys have crises of confidence. You're not alone there, but," I went on, "you have to understand that penises are temperamental and too often we allow ourselves to be judged by them. That naturally puts a lot of pressure on us to perform. One day can be great, the next day a complete horror show. But yours is a problem that I can definitely help you with."

"You can help guys with limp dicks?" Bill asked.

"Actually, you don't have a limp dick, Bill," I said. "You just aren't as hard as you want to be. You know, sometimes it's amazing that any of us manage to have erections at all. These are true, mind-body events connected with highly-tuned physiological workings. It's all part of what I call the Hardness Factor.

"The Hardness Factor is not only about having erections, but about feeling more confident about your erections, more sure of yourself as a sexual person -- the surprise is that it's also about your health. For the past couple of years, I have been slowly developing a program to help enhance erectile hardness. I've conducted clinical studies that have never been done before to assess what works and what doesn't: herbal products, prescription drugs, exercise, you name it. The Six-Week Program I've developed ensures that you can confidently expect to maintain a hard erection during lovemaking."

I asked Bill if he would like to have something that would give him the confidence that he could perform when Karen arrived. What Bill required was something that would produce dramatic results in a very short time.

His face brightened, and he appeared somewhat relieved. "Great. You are going to give me the Viagra?"

"You actually don't need prescription drugs," I told him. "You already get erections. I'm sure that if I ran one of my clinical tests on you, you would score very high for hardness."

Bill was puzzled. "Are you down on the medications?" he wanted to know. "I thought Viagra was supposed to be great."

"Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra are great for those men who really need the drugs," I explained. "I can give you whichever medication you need. You just take any of these pills and fifteen minutes later, you will be ready for sex. The fact that we have these drugs is a wonderful thing, and I'm certainly not hesitant in prescribing them. But I reserve them for men who really need to use them in order to get an erection. And luckily, you're not one of them ...


Excerpted from The Hardness Factor by Steven Lamm Copyright © 2005 by Steven Lamm. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Table of Contents

Preface: Sex Is Important... xvii
Part 1 The Mental and Physical Aspects of Hardness
1 What Is the Hardness Factor? 3
How Dependable Is Your Penis?
Sex Is a Measure of a Man's Health
How Hard Is Your Penis?
Beginning The Hardness Factor Program
2 A Hard Man Is Good to Find-Erections Come from the Heart 25
Heart Health = Hard and Healthy
Eliminating the Sexual Confidence Gap
What Is Your Hardness Risk?
Hardness 101
The Refractory Period-Come Again?
Saying Yes to NO
3 The Hardness Factor Six-Week Program-Better Health, Better Sex, Better Life 45
Hardness in Both Body and Mind
Hard Is Good; Harder Is Better
My Hardness Prescription
Sensuous Nutrition: A Connection to Hardness
Hardness Factor Supplements-Nature's Viagra
Getting Fit for Sex
Part 2 The Hardness Factor Six-Week Program Hard Is Good-Harder Is Better
4 Week One: Building a Foundation 65
The Start of a Lifetime of Hardness
Vitamins for the Penis
Pycnogenol Battles Free Radicals
A Hardness Booster-How L-Arginine Works
The Hardness Factor Pycnogenol/L-Arginine Program
Walk Your Way to Fitness
The Hardness Factor Walking Program
Visualization-a Powerful Preview
5 Week Two: The Hardness Factor Lifestyle 93
Who Has Time for a Libido?
Halfhearted Sex Results in Half-Hardness
Let's Get Lust
Essence of a Man: Testosterone
Testosterone Checklist
Men and Masturbation
Horny Goat Weed Makes You, Well, Horny
The Hardness Factor Horny Goat Weed Program
Make Time for Tea
6 Week Three: The Halfway Milestone 125
Renew Your Hard Resolve
Hardness Factor Supplements-Omega-3s Are #1
The Hardness Factor Omega-3 Program
Another Guy Thing-Fear of Doctors
The Blues Can Be a Medical Condition
Taking Care of Your Prostate
7 Week Four: Getting Harder 151
Red Wine Extract for the Heart and Hardness
The Hardness Factor OPC Program
Over Before It Begins: Premature Ejaculation
The Unquickie-Tantric Sex
Renewing Your Energy Sources
Peyronie's Disease-Life's Curveball
8 Week Five: You Feel the Change and So Does Your Penis 173
When It's Harder to Get Hard, Tell Your Doctor
Heart Disease Checklist
Boosting HDL Boosts Hardness
Niacin Works Very Hard
The Hardness Factor Niacin Program
Eating for Enjoyment and Health
Understanding Your BMR
Downward Motility
9 Week Six: Hardness-a Way of Life 199
Better Sex, Better Health, Better Life
One... Two... Three... Foreplay
Antioxidants = Antisoftness
The Hardness Factor Vitamin C and E Program
Diabesity: A Natural Softener
Diabetes Checklist
Sexual Fitness: Men Never Had a Jane Fonda
Part 3 Hardness for Life (or at Least Through Friday Night)
10 The Hardness Factor Four-Day Insurance Policy 223
Sensual Nutrition: Make Changes in What You Eat
Supplement Your Hardness
Sexual Fitness for Hardness
11 Hardness: A New Barometer of Your Health 241
Impact of Aging
Stress Can Keep You Down
Sleep Apnea Erases Erections
Excessive Drinking Makes Erections Soft
Drugs Prevent Hard Erections
Diabetes Limits Erections
12 Harder Problems 253
Sexual Medicine Is Medicine
Viagra-the Beginning
Which Erection Drug to Choose
Erectile Dysfunction Therapy
13 Harder Still 263
Fear of Ugliness
My Hardness Workout
Why Weight?
NO: Good for the Pump
It's Your Body, How Hard Do You Want It?
I Eating Hard: Creating a Hardness-Friendly Shopping List 279
II Recipes for Hardness: Eating Is a Good Thing-so Is Being Hard 285
III The Hardness Factor Six-Week Program Guide 317
IV Equipment: Our Shopping List 325
V Visual Aid 329
VI Biographies 331
Index 333
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  • Posted June 10, 2012

    It Works! You Gotta Check it out!

    Dr. Steven Lamm is right on the money. The advice and guidance he provides in this program really works! I will recommend this book to my sons, my grand son and my friends.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2005

    This is gonna save my hubby!!

    Whatta great title, I like telling people that 'its not about diamond cutting'. Thank you Dr. Lamm!! XOXO This has got my 45 yr old hubby to finally think of his health and that his personal habits can influence his quality of sexual fitness too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2005

    great info for men and women

    explains many of the underlying reasons that many men experience ED...also educates women to understand that it's not always because he has another woman on the side...

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