According to the Canadian Diabetes Association, erectile dysfunction is common for men who have diabetes. Very often it is the first symptom that men may notice and the one that leads them to the doctor in the first place. 50% of men with diabetes will suffer from ED within 10 years of diagnosis.
The same elevated blood glucose levels that cause blood vessels and nerve damage in other parts of the body can also lead to complications in blood flow and nerve damage to the penis. Heart disease and diabetes are often linked together because coronary artery damage is a complication of diabetes as well. Coronary artery disease can affect sexual function on its own, but erectile dysfunction is nine times as likely in men who suffer with both coronary artery disease (CAD) and diabetes, than men who have diabetes without the addition of CAD. Erectile dysfunction is so prevalent in both coronary artery disease and diabetes, that it could be considered a risk factor for both. If a man is suffering from ED, his doctor should suggest screening for CAD and diabetes.
The longer a man has had diabetes, the more likely he will suffer from ED. Also if blood glucose levels have not been well controlled throughout the illness, blood vessel and nerve damage will be greater. Complications of accompanying heart disease such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol can also affect ED. A man with diabetes who also smokes increases his risk of developing ED.
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Founder Nancy Alcorn and Dr. Ward Bond
Last summer, I had the opportunity to sit down with president and founder of Mercy Ministries, Nancy Alcorn. It was an interview that took me off my normal path of interviewing those about natural health, but I do like to focus on one’s spiritual health too. While preparing for my interviews with Nancy, I reminded myself that for a person to be completely whole, we must deal with the body, the mind and the soul. Interviewing Nancy was all about transforming the soul due to the abuse to the bodies and the minds of the young girls and women she has spent the last 29 years helping to heal.
Preparing for a normal health-related interview isn’t hard at all, but my interviews with Nancy Alcorn were a different story and a life-changing moment for me. Upon arrival to Mercy Ministries’ headquarters in Nashville, TN we entered to set up the cameras and the lights for our interview. I was greeted with one of the friendliest staffs I’ve ever met. Each one very well versed in the mission of Mercy Ministries. While my crew was setting up for the interviews, I was taken on a tour of the Nashville Mercy home by staff member Melia Jett. This home houses 40 young girls/women ages 13-28. It is kept spotless inside and outside. Each girl has designated duties to do which teaches responsibility and accountability. I saw a prayer room, dining room, large living room, library, school room with computers and room for praise and worship. The design of the home was simple, but very airy and spacious. A perfect environment for young women to focus on getting their bodies, minds and souls to heal again. And learn that they are God’s masterpieces and to experience His love in a whole new way.
During my tour, one thing stuck in my mind that changed my life forever. While Melia was taking me on a tour, she led me into the dining area to where all the girls gather to eat. On the wall of the dining area, I noticed a sculpture of sorts hanging on the wall. It was made of a couple of hundred popsicle sticks to my guestimation. It looked to be a four leaf flower until closer inspection it was really the Cross. On each popsicle stick, a word or a phrase was written with a marker. Each one wasn’t a word that was positive. They were negative. Let me explain. Each girl wrote a word or phrase on those popsicle sticks that other people labeled them. The girls who have come through Mercy had come to believe the negative words said to them were true. This is where my life changed. You see I once had labels placed on me that weren’t true. And I’ve made mistakes of placing labels on others and I thank the Lord for removing those labels from me and delivering me from placing labels on others. Labels can hurt or labels can heal. We have a choice with what comes out of our mouth.
Do some of these labels sound familiar to you?
I had the honor of interviewing Lisa Osteen Comes who wrote the book, You Are Made for More! In her book she writes about removing all the negative labels anyone has put on you. Through His mercy and Mercy Ministries, thousands of girls have come to realize those hurtful words were not true and that the Lord died on the cross for their sins and the sins of the ones who hurt them.
Let’s put on some more positive labels on you right now.
After standing in front of the Cross made of popsicle sticks, Melia showed me the rest of the Mercy home. I say will this, it was impressive and a perfect place for young women to get their life back in order. We arrived back to Mercy Ministries’ headquarters which is next door to the home in Nashville. My crew had everything set up for my interview with Nancy Alcorn. Our interview is available to watch on this website's TV Show page.
Nancy has become one of my favorite people. She doesn’t mince words on the calling the Lord placed upon her heart to help thousands of young women who have been sexually or physically abused, drug addiction, eating disorders, self harm and those who were once slaves in sex trafficking (it happens right under our noses in America). We’ve become supporters of Mercy Ministries and I ask you to become a supporter too. If you have a daughter, granddaughter, sister or niece, you would only want the best for them and you would never want them to go through a time of torment in their life. I have a daughter myself and want the best for her, which is why I want the best for these young girls and women at Mercy Ministries. Any donation to Mercy is helpful and I urge you to pray and seek the Lord in what He would lead for you to do. By giving to Mercy Ministries, you have the honor of not only changing lives in the present but also storing up eternal treasure for yourself. You will be instrumental in helping to transform many lives of young women ages 13-28. If you ever want to see firsthand how Jesus Christ washes away sin and makes all things new, look no further than the godly work at Mercy Ministries.
Ward W. Bond, PhD
I came across this news article the other day and wanted to share with you. Many call me about having Lyme's Disease and want to know what they can do about it. The article explains some people are having the symptoms of Lyme's Disease, but the test are coming back negative. Read on.
FLEMINGTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A New Jersey woman is lucky to be alive after catching a mysterious illness from a tick bite.
Anna Felix, 81, of Kingwood Township, said she feared her lymphoma had returned or she might have dementia when she started getting weak and confused and lost 30 pounds.
“I remember I couldn’t eat too well. And I started needing help to walk,” Felix told CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez on Friday.
Initial tests were inconclusive, and although she showed symptoms of Lyme disease, Felix tested negative. Lab technicians at Hunterdon Medical Center made a breakthrough discovery when they examined her spinal fluid and found an unusual strain of bacteria they had never seen before.
“It was really spectacular. We knew we were on to something really big and that she would be treated and cured,” lab tech Amy Kurynow said.
Doctor Joseph Gugliotta confirmed it was the bacteria borrelia miyamotoi, a new disease transmitted by the same deer tick that causes Lyme disease. Felix is the first American case of this new tick-transmitted disease.
“Once I verified the organisms were there in the second spinal tap she was treated with a high dose of antibiotics and by five to seven days we were seeing improvement already,” Dr. Gugliotta said.
Felix said she likely was bitten by a tick on her farm. She’s since made a full recovery, and said she’s grateful for the lab’s life-saving discovery.
“It is amazing, and I hope that through this other people will get help, too,” Felix said.
Because of the newly discovered bacteria, Dr. Gugliotta said he is reviewing old cases and has discovered the strain in other patients who were undiagnosed.
Next time you’re on a 747 airplane, consider these odds: The plane will be carrying, say, about four hundred people. Chances are more than three of them are infected with Hepatitis C.
Have I scared you? I hope I have. Hepatitis C is highly contagious, and it’s one of the most widely spread diseases in the United States.
Hepatitis hasn’t had the publicity we’ve given to AIDS or cancer or even high blood pressure. But I’m telling you right now, it’s time to bring this killer into the spotlight.
You know how many Americans have Hepatitis C, this very minute while we’re talking about it? Over Three and a half million have this disastrous disease of the liver. And most of them won’t even know they have it until their liver is seriously damaged.
Here’s a nasty statistic: Doctors are seeing over 150,000 new cases of viral hepatitis each year in the United States. And ten thousand people die each year die because of liver disease we can attribute directly to hepatitis C. Ten thousand die. Maybe one thousand lucky people survive each year. They’re the ones who are able to get a liver transplant.
Why does Hepatitis C eventually damage your body so badly you either get a liver transplant or you die? I’ll tell you why: because this disease will eventually develop cirrhosis. You may think drinking too much alcohol is the only way you can get cirrhosis of the liver. Boy, are you wrong! Oh, certainly drinking will damage your liver. And if you have hepatitis C and drink – well, just hope your insurance is paid up.
I’ve just said you can be walking around with hepatitis and not even know it. How is that possible? Because in one lethal way, hepatitis is like AIDS: Years can pass between the time you’re infected and the time it shows up.
Now, I’m assuming nobody in this room gets the infection the way tens of thousands of careless people do – by sharing a needle while injecting an illegal drug. Believe this: Eighty-five percent of intravenous drug users have Hepatitis C. Assuming they don’t die on the streets, every one of them is going to wind up in a hospital, where every one of them will face long and painful treatments that may or may not keep them alive. Eighty-five percent! And yet, we don’t see the news coverage we see for AIDS.
All right, I think it’s safe to say nobody here is sharing needles. So how does anyone contract hepatitis? Well, thousands of American servicemen who served in Viet Nam brought this disease back with them. They then were able to infect their families and their sex partners. And here’s another way: Until nineteen-ninety, blood for transfusions wasn’t screened for hepatitis C.
Sometimes people share toothbrushes and razors. Please, please don’t do that. You may think you’ve rinsed that brush or razor clean, but it still can have drops of blood on it. Gross uh?
The current explosion of Hepatitis C really has epidemiologists worried, because we’re just now twenty to thirty years beyond the time of the Vietnam veterans returned. And sometimes hepatitis takes that long to show up. So the infections of the past are only now producing potentially fatal symptoms. I think it’s safe – or, make that un-safe – to say liver disease due to viral transmission hasn’t nearly reached its expected peak.
You may or may not know there are five identified types of hepatitis – A, B, C, D, and E. Hepatitis B also seems to be everywhere … but Hepatitis C seems more likely than hepatitis B to cause a chronic infection. That tells us it’s more difficult for the immune system to eliminate it. Hepatitis B is as deadly, it may occur acutely and then resolve completely – gone forever. Those with Hepatitis C aren’t so lucky. In fact, some researchers believe that nearly everybody who’s exposed to the Hepatitis C virus becomes chronically infected. Three of five develop chronic liver disease that shows up with elevated liver enzyme levels.
One problem in identifying Hepatitis C is that elevated liver enzymes can be caused by a whole bunch of things – even Tylenol. So unless the levels are quite high most physicians ignore them. Because more than half the people who actually have hepatitis C don’t show any symptoms at all, I suggest to you that the next time you see your medical doctor you ask specifically to have your blood checked for hepatitis. Incidentally, even then you can be misled, because tests can bring up a false positive.
You probably are wondering what the symptoms are, when they finally show up. Here again, hepatitis shares symptoms with a whole batch of other causes – appetite loss, fatigue, nausea, fever, pain or tenderness in the upper body or in the stomach, dark-yellow urine, and jaundice. And of course liver tests may be elevated. If you have any of these symptoms, then run, don’t walk, to see your doctor.
Diarrhea also can be a symbol of hepatitis, but I hesitate to single this out because diarrhea can stem from so many other causes.
What can you do to treat hepatitis? I’ll scare you a little by describing what treatments have been available in the past. Then I’ll cheer you up by telling you about a new approach.
Until now, treatment for Hepatitis C has depended on Interferon and Ribavirin. These drugs are nothing to joke about. They can cause fever, deep fatigue, bone marrow loss, and severe anemia. It’s one of those cases in which the treatment can be more painful than the ailment.
All right, the symptoms and the traditional treatments are what can go wrong. Now let’s look at what can go right. I don’t think you’d welcome a case of cirrhosis of the liver, or liver cancer, or a liver transplant … or for that matter, dying earlier than you should.
At last we have some good news. Nature has given us help for a healthy liver.
First, use Lecithin. Lecithin is a major source of choline. You probably know that choline is a nutrient essential to proper liver function. In addition to metabolizing cholesterol and fats. Lecithin also protects your liver from damage due to alcohol consumption.
Now you have a better and safer way to help keep your liver enzymes normal, strengthen your immune system, and help ward off cirrhosis. Studies have shown choline deficiency to lead to liver cancer in animals. In humans, a diet deficient in choline results in abnormal liver function after only a few weeks.
Lecithin also has been reported to play a major role in dissolving fat deposits. For women desiring to become pregnant, Lecithin helps implant the egg to the uterine wall. For men, it enhances fertility. For children, it aids mental development.
The second component isn’t as well known. It’s Thymus Extract. I’ll explain the value in one sentence: Thymus is the number one killer of the Hepatitis C virus.
When we’re young, we don’t think too much about the Thymus gland, because it usually is working well, doing its job as “supervisor” of our entire immune system. But as we grow older, the Thymus gland – like so many other parts of our body – gradually atrophies. As we age, the body’s production of defense cells decreases. That’s why older people are so much more vulnerable to inflammations and infections.
Thymus Extract has proved its value in treatment of liver disease. It helps decrease elevated liver enzymes associated with Hepatitis C. Thymus Extract can be one of our most valuable weapons against disease and the weakening that comes with age.
Another ingredient is one you may not have heard of before. It’s called Liver Health. Liver Health is the twenty-first century version of Milk Thistle – and if you’re familiar with alternative medicines, you know Milk Thistle has been renowned for centuries as an antidote for poisons. In fact, Milk Thistle has been accepted as a treatment for snake bites for centuries, because it helps regenerate, strengthen, detoxify, and protect the liver.
Recent research underscores the use of Liver Health in healing liver damage. No matter what caused that damage. It not only helps heal. It actually helps the liver cells regenerate themselves.
Then there’s an old standby, vitamin C. I don’t have to say much about vitamin C because vitamin C as a stimulant to the immune system has been thoroughly documented. No reputable source disputes its worth as an antioxidant.
So we have Lecithin, Liver Health, Thymus Extract, Licorice Extract, and vitamin C, in proportions where each one intensifies the antioxidant powers of the others. Together, these supplements will help you maintain healthy enzyme levels in the liver.
Many ask me what do I do when I come and speak at a church? Well, there are three things I do. One is to lecture for one hour and help those in attendance get a grasp on using natural health to improve one's health and to motivate and inspire you that healing is for everyone.
Secondly, I hold a Question & Answer session so everyone can get their questions answered. Many of the questions asked usually help others in attendance. I get asked about cardiovascular issues such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, congestive heart failure and so on. I do cover brain health such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, MS and other nerve issues. Of course I always get questions on diet, diabetes, lung and immune issues too. I don't stop until all the questions are answered.
Thirdly, after the Q&A, I take time with those who need special attention. I'm in attendance for the main reason to personally reach out to pray and help those who are struggling to obtain healing in their body. Some issues people come to me and want to talk me about are cancer, severe fatigue, Fibromyalgia and other issues they have been struggling for a long time. Healing is available to everyone. The Lord never withholds healing.
I declare and proclaim that 2013 is the year for your healing and again, I'm here to help you and that means coming to where you are to help you and your congregation or community.
I've decided to repost my article on Lance Armstrong since he is back in the news.
Many of you who don’t cycle like I do may not care if Lance Armstrong is stripped of his 7 Tour de France titles, but I wanted to give my 2 cents worth on this matter because it seems irreparable harm has been placed on the sport of cycling.
Did Lance Armstrong deserve to lose his titles over what has been labeled as "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program”? Let’s take a look at the whole picture, so try to keep up.
Yes, Lance and his team may have cheated and so did many others before and during Armstrong’s rein at the top of the cycling world. Who got hurt? Cycling got hurt. Did Lance get hurt? Yes, but only because the dark cloud of suspicion never left him. There is a bigger picture here. Now, that all of the cyclist are being exposed, stripped, reprimanded, banned and will wear the scarlet letter instead of a cycling jersey for life. But did it have to end this way?
Let’s look at Lance. He made millions for himself and his foundation, LIVESTRONG because he was a winner, regardless if it was by truthful of deceptive means. LIVESTRONG made a difference in the area of awareness of cancer. He gave us inspiration of beating cancer that started in his testicles and spread to his lungs and brain. We all love the inspirational stories of beating death and coming out on top. Hey, we all love a winner right?
Now, let’s look at the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). There are rules to follow in every sport including cycling. Baseball and football have been hit with allegations of steroid use. Only Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron hit the ball over the fence using only human power, no steroids. So we still have heroes to look up too. Cycling is full of blood. Blood from hitting another cyclist or road rash, but this blood is in the form of EPO or adding a pint or two of more blood to one’s system to gain energy and strength. That is against the rules.
The UCI, I believe should have looked at the long term picture here. Was it worth it to go after Lance and the rest of his team and for what? With all the bad press, the Tour de France will be hard pressed to gain the recognition of F1’s Monaco Grand Prix or Indy’s 500 or even the Super Bowl. The glamour is gone and will take years to earn it back. What if, nothing was ever said? What about Landis? If he was allowed to keep his yellow jersey, he would have ever pointed out Lance as a fellow doper. All would have ended well and we would still have that warm, fuzzy feeling inside. But no, it all came crashing down after years of finger pointing, blah, blah, blah.
Hypothetically, the UCI and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency could have taken a better route for the sake of saving the fan base and the sport of cycling and all its glory. All they had to do was make stricter blood testing and pull all these guys behind closed doors and let them all tell the truth without penalty. With all the evidence, they should be able to come up with a sure fire way of detecting cheaters with one test. I know, I know, they still cheated. If this was the NFL, Lance would have been allowed to keep all 7 Super Bowl trophies and his touchdowns after the fact. In baseball, the worse would be having an asterisk by your name in the record books (Barry Bonds*). By not handling the blood doping allegations behind closed doors, they effectively cut their nose off despite their face. The long term picture could have been years of yellow jerseys and a growing fan base and not to mention all the sponsors spending millions of dollars for advertising. Did the sponsor get hurt? Not at all. They sold all the merchandise they put Lance’s name on and more. They got what they paid for at the time. Lance would have simply been replaced with the next champion or rising star.
Don’t crucify me, but I don’t condone cheating of any kind. But there are ways to handle situations like this without killing one’s long term future. The long term future of cycling can only be repaired when the next winner of the Tour de France has overcome unbeatable odds to become a yellow jersey’d champion. So that’s my 2 cents and change.