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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.
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 ...
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|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?|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Sexual Medicine Is Medicine|
|Which Erection Drug to Choose|
|Erectile Dysfunction Therapy|
|Fear of Ugliness|
|My Hardness Workout|
|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|