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Health Benefits of Sex

10 Surprising Health Benefits of Sex

1. Less Stress, Better Blood Pressure

Having sex could lower your stress and your blood pressure.
That finding comes from a Scottish study of 24 women and 22 men who kept records of their sexual activity. The researchers put them in stressful situations -- such as speaking in public and doing math out loud -- and checked their blood pressure.
People who had had intercourse responded better to stress than those who engaged in other sexual behaviors or abstained.
Another study found that diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number of your blood pressure) tends to be lower in people who live together and have sex often.

2. Sex Boosts Immunity

For those addicted to sex, JUST DO IT!!! You know how to stay healthy! I know I always feel better when I am getting my regular dose of great sex!! Don't you?
Having sex once or twice a week has been linked with higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A, or IgA, which can protect you from getting colds and other infections.
A Wilkes University study had 112 college students keep records of how often they had sex and also provide saliva samples for the study. Those who had sex once or twice a week had higher levels of IgA, an antibody that could help you avoid a cold or other infection, than other students.

3. Sex Burns Calories

Thirty minutes of sex burns 85 calories or more. It may not sound like much, but it adds up: 42 half-hour sessions will burn 3,570 calories, more than enough to lose a pound. Doubling up, you could drop that pound in 21 hour-long sessions.
"Sex is a great mode of exercise," Los Angeles sexologist Patti Britton, says. It takes both physical and psychological work, though, to do it well, she says.

4. Sex Improves Heart Health

A 20-year-long British study shows that men who had sex two or more times a week were half as likely to have a fatal heart attack than men who had sex less than once a month.
And although some older folks may worry that sex could cause a stroke, the study found no link between how often men had sex and how likely they were to have a stroke.

5. Better Self-Esteem

University of Texas researchers found that boosting self-esteem was one of 237 reasons people have sex.
That finding makes sense to sex, marriage, and family therapist Gina Ogden. She also says that those who already have self-esteem say they sometimes have sex to feel even better.
"One of the reasons people say they have sex is to feel good about themselves," she says. "Great sex begins with self-esteem. If the sex is loving, connected, and what you want, it raises it."
Of course, you don't have to have lots of sex to feel good about yourself. Your self-esteem is all about you -- not someone else. But if you're already feeling good about yourself, a great sex life may help you feel even better.

6. Deeper Intimacy

Having sex and orgasms boosts levels of the hormone oxytocin, the so-called love hormone, which helps people bond and build trust.
In a study of 59 women, researchers checked their oxytocin levels before and after the women hugged their partners. The women had higher oxytocin levels if they had more of that physical contact with their partner.
Higher oxytocin levels have also been linked with a feeling of generosity. So snuggle up -- it might help you feel more generous toward your partner.

7. Sex May Turn Down Pain

Oxytocin also boosts your body's painkillers, called endorphins. Headache, arthritis pain, or PMS symptoms may improve after sex.
In one study, 48 people inhaled oxytocin vapor and then had their fingers pricked. The oxytocin cut their pain threshold by more than half.

8. More Ejaculations May Make Prostate Cancer Less Likely

Research shows that frequent ejaculations, especially in 20-something men, may lower the risk of getting prostate cancer later in life.
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that men who had 21 or more ejaculations a month were less likely to get prostate cancer than those who had four to seven ejaculations per month.
The study doesn't prove that ejaculations were the only factor that mattered. Many things affect a person's odds of developing cancer. But when the researchers took that into consideration, the findings still held.

9. Stronger Pelvic Floor Muscles

For women, doing pelvic floor muscle exercises called Kegels may mean more pleasure -- and, as a perk, less chance of incontinence later in life.
To do a basic Kegel exercise, tighten the muscles of your pelvic floor as if you're trying to stop the flow of urine. Count to three, then release.

10. Better Sleep

The oxytocin released during orgasm also promotes sleep, research shows.
Getting enough sleep has also been linked with a host of other health benefits, such as a healthy weight and better blood pressure. That's something to think about, especially if you've been wondering why your guy can be active one minute and snoring the next.

Dude, it's your junk! Pot linked to testicular cancer

By Bill Briggs
NBC News
updated 9/10/2012 8:28:10 AM ET
Some blunt advice for the young, male fans of marijuana: You may want to kill that joint and clutch your crotch -- self-check style, that is.
Scientists at the University of Southern California say they've detected a link between recreational marijuana use and a greater chance among males in their early teens through their mid-30s of contracting a particularly dangerous form of testicular cancer --non-seminoma tumors, according to a small study published today online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. "The group that is at risk for developing these tumors is overwhelmingly young men. They should be looking and paying attention to changes in their testicles anyway," said Victoria Cortessis, one of the study's authors and an assistant professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC in Los Angeles. Further, the fellas' weed intake "might be something they would want to mention to their usual health-care provider." Cortessis and her colleagues analyzed the self-reported recreational drug use of 163 young men who had been diagnosed with testicular cancer. Among those patients who acknowledged indulging in pot, just over half (51 percent) told medical researchers they puffed or ingested cannabis more than once per week. The team then compared the illegal drug histories of those 163 afflicted men with the lifestyle habits of 292 healthy men of the same age and ethnicity. Inside the data, they saw that men who had used marijuana recreationally were twice as likely to developmixed-germ-cell tumors, including the deadlier non-seminona tumors. (The 292 unaffected men were "sampled" from the same neighborhoods in which the ill men had lived at the time of their diagnoses, Cortessis said.) "These tumors usually occur in younger men and carry a somewhat worse prognosis" than other types of testicular cancer, the study reported. Moreover, the USC findings confirmed two previous reports in CANCER of an apparent link between marijuana use and cancer of the testicles, the researchers noted.
Still, the rate of such cancers occurring in men is relatively low: There is a lifetime risk of slightly more than 1 percent, Cortessis said. "The truth is, the vast majority of men who develop testicular germ-cell tumors survive them. There's still a small proportion that don't. Those guys tend to have non-seminonas, unfortunately," Cortessis said. "But also, non-seminomas require more extensive treatment, including radiation and chemotherapy. "We're not concerned only with preventing non-seminomas so that the malignancy doesn't harm the man, but we're also concerned about the later health effects for men that may be related to the more-aggressive therapy" (such as chemo), she added. So, why would weed wield such woes for some cojones in some dudes? The USC scientists are unsure exactly what internal glitches marijuana may trigger that could cause cancer. But they speculate that the process may begin in the body's endocannabinoid system, which is the cellular network that responds to the active ingredient in marijuana. That same system has been shown to be vital in the formation of sperm. The study was was funded by the National Cancer Institute. The researchers also invested a few words of their report to speak directly to the young men living in the 17 states where medicinal marijuana is legal, stating: "The findings suggest that the potential cancer-causing effects of marijuana on testicular cells should be considered not only in personal decisions regarding recreational drug use, but also when marijuana and its derivatives are used for therapeutic purposes." At medical marijuana dispensaries in Washington state and California, that stance not surprisingly drew swift retorts. At the Harborside Health Center in Oakland, the proprietors read the USC study on Friday afternoon, then promptly emailed to NBC News a news link to a recent study in Madrid in which cannabis was found to be a cancer fighter. "The LA study stands in contrast to several recent studies which have found that cannabis actually has cancer fighting properties," said Steve DeAngelo, co-founder of Harborside.  "The LA study is reporting a correlation, as opposed to a causal connection between cannabis use and the cancers. It is a well-established scientific principle that correlation does not equal causality. "I would also note that the sample size is quite small," DeAngelo added, "and the size of the control group is double that of the cannabis users." Two states to the north, at Seattle's Northwest Patient Resource Center, chief executive John Davis argued that any person taking therapeutic drugs should know that all of those otherwise beneficial substances carry some health hazards. "And with a lot of them," Davis said, "the risk is death. "If you're using (marijuana) medicinally, you should understand the risks and the benefits, just like any other therapy," Davis added. "Marijuana, in general, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances on Earth. Can it have some side effects? Yeah. But compared to pharmaceutical drugs, those side effects are much less."

L.A. ban on pot dispensaries greeted with anger, support -

It's an interesting day in the life for dispensary owners of Los Angeles, CA. What do you think about this? We think it's an interesting ploy to detract attention from more serious issues most likely skating by in the ballots...the smoke and mirrors of politics. It's beneficial to regulate anything, but truly WHAT PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES "SHARE" THEIR MEDICAL DRUGS? They are for profit over health. "Shakes our Heads"!
The Los Angeles City Council's unanimous vote Tuesday to ban all pot dispensaries was met with a mixture of anger and support. Medical marijuana activists erupted in jeers after the decision, and police officers were called into the council chambers to quell them. Some activists threatened to sue. Others vowed to draft a ballot initiative to overturn the ban. "We're not going to make this easy for the city of Los Angeles," said Don Duncan, California director of Americans for Safe Access. But the ban is supported by some neighborhood activists as well as Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, who criticized most pot shops in the city as "for-profit businesses engaged in the sale of recreational marijuana to healthy young adults." Under the ban, all of the 762 dispensaries registered in the city will be sent letters ordering them to shut down immediately. Those that don't comply may face legal action from the city. The new ordinance allows patients and their caregivers to grow and share marijuana in groups of three people or fewer. But activists complain that few patients have the time or skills for that, with one dispensary owner saying it costs at least $5,000 to grow the plant at home. Councilman Jose Huizar said the ban, which received a last-minute show of support from MayorAntonio Villaraigosa and Beck on Tuesday, will help bring peace to neighborhoods that he says have been tormented by problem dispensaries. "Relief is on its way," he said, noting that the ban would allow the city to close shops without having to prove that they are violating nuisance or land-use laws, as is the case now.
But the issue was clouded when the council also voted to instruct city staff to draw up a separate ordinance that would allow dozens of pot shops to remain open. Officials said that proposal, which would grant immunity to shops that existed before a 2007 moratorium on new dispensaries, could be back to the council for consideration in three months.Huizar voted against that motion, which he said might give the public "false hope" that the ban would not be enforced.But Councilman Dennis Zine, who voted for both the ban and the plan to allow some dispensaries to stay open, suggested that police might not enforce the ban against the city's original pot shops while the new ordinance is being drawn up. "The officers will be given that information and we will concentrate on the other locations initially," Zine said. However, Councilman Paul Koretz, who proposed the ordinance to allow some shops to stay open, called Tuesday's prohibition "a ban until otherwise noted." How cities should regulate distribution of pot has been a gray area since California voters passed a 1996 initiative legalizing medical marijuana even though any sale of marijuana remains illegal under federal law. Officials are looking to an upcoming ruling by the state Supreme Court for clarity on whether cities can regulate and ban dispensaries, but that may not come for another year. Council members said that in the meantime, something had to be done to reduce the number of dispensaries, which outnumber Starbucks coffee shops in Los Angeles 2 to 1, according to Councilman Paul Krekorian. Beck, who appeared before the council, said dispensaries can be hot spots for crime, citing burglaries, armed robberies and killings. But those who support dispensaries say the ban will simply drive distribution of marijuana underground. That's what Steven Lubell, an attorney who represents several of the city's original dispensaries, predicted. "Is it going to go away? No," he said. "It's going to go to a darker side."
L.A. ban on pot dispensaries greeted with anger, support -

The Final Days of Prohibition!

Dear NORML supporters,
Please make plans today to join NORML in Los Angeles, October 3-6 for the 41st annual national NORML conference. This year's forward-looking theme: The Final Days of Cannabis Prohibition The host hotel is already near capacity and online registration is available. NORML's annual conference is the premiere gathering in America of cannabis law reform activists and organizations working for public policy alternatives to the country's failed Cannabis Prohibition laws. This election year, voters in as many as four states will have the opportunity to vote in the affirmative on legalization initiatives. Additionally, numerous states have passed cannabis law reform measures, placing much needed pressure on the federal government to follow suit. NORML's annual conferences are always informative, community building and fun!
Please take the opportunity now to register for NORML 2012 and reserve your discounted room at the host hotel. For table vending and conference sponsorship opportunities, please send an email to:
2012 NORML Conference Roundtable Panel Topics (sample of agenda topics):
  • Seventy-five Years of Cannabis Prohibition in America, October 3, 1937 - October 3, 2012: A review of the Cannabis Prohibition epoch in America
  • Broken Promises: Obama Administration and Federal Blowback Against Medical Cannabis Industry
  • Pot-n-Politics 2012: A review of reform initiatives and legislation impacting cannabis consumers
  • Whatever Happened to Hemp?
  • Cannabis and the 'Demo' Gap Problem: Who Does Not Support Cannabis Legalization and Why?
  • Cannabis and Senior Citizens in America: A Propitious Amalgamation
  • Cannabis Legalization and Taxation: What Might It Look like?
  • Shifting Demographics of Medical Cannabis Consumers
  • Reducing Cannabis' Fear Factor Among Americans
  • New England Storm: Has the Epicenter Of Cannabis Law Reform Moved East?
  • Cannabis Activism Workshop
  • High Times' All Things Cultivation
  • California activist and stakeholder meeting
Thanks in advance and I hope to see you at NORML's 41st annual national conference this early October in Los Angeles. Cannabem liberemus, Allen St. Pierre Executive Director NORML / NORML Foundation About NORML.

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L.A. Nu Folk Maven Hosts Silver Lake Dance Parties

Echo Park resident Daiana Feuer is best known for the trend-setting New L.A. Folk Festival and as a music writer. But she's also busy at Los Globos in Silver Lake. By Anthea Raymond Cal Arts grad Daiana Feuer wears many hats as a writer, and a producer of music events around town, including the critically-acclaimed New Los Angeles Folk Fest. The Echo Park resident also hosts a dance club, Fever, a punk and techno-flavored dance night at Los Globos in Silver Lake. The latest version kicks off Friday, May 25 at 9 p.m. It features L.A.'s own Dreamers in a record release party. Click through for more details. We asked Feuer to tell us in her own words how the sometimes loud and often electric FEVER fits into her more acoustic pursuits. Here she is, in her own words: I started the FEVER party series, not because there's any shortage of dance parties in town, but because there needs to be a space for something vital and different to flourish in all its wild weirdness. I want to present music that has an experiential quality that you can't dismiss. I guess I'm a little bit intellectual about it, considering I'm throwing dance parties. But I think there needs to be a place where these abstract notions can thrive in an entertainment setting, and it doesn't have to be presented in an art gallery. For some who know me from The New LA Folk Festival, it may come as a surprise to see me drooling over synths and alien disco, but both these pursuits of mine stem from the same place, the outside, the fringe. I didn't realize I was coming from left field until someone told me that there wasn't an audience for what I was talking about. I was like, no way, this is the future! That's why I love being part of L.A. RECORD, because it nurtures that. It's what Bukowski would puke on, showing his appreciation. That's why the magazine let's me be late on every deadline, because I'm doing something that I care about, and I have a hard time doing anything else. What I'm interested in is experimental and inclusive, and I think it can be for everyone, if they receive it in the right context. I want a 360 degree experience that activates all the senses. So it's about the setting, it's about the music, it's about art and connecting, it's about something that makes you walk away feeling like you won't ever forget you were there. As a child, that attracted me and excited me about music. How you could close your eyes and get swept away by a record, or you could go to a show and just lose all inhibition by the spectacle that you saw before your eyes. As a music journalist, I became a bit disillusioned by the cattle mentality of the industry and the fact that the audience seems lost in the mission of many concerts. It gave me writer's block, it gave me life block. I want to apply myself creatively to making experiences. And doing something that matters whether there's 5 people there or 500 that feel totally engaged by what's going on. Tonight, I'm hosting some of my favorite performers, who really inspired me the first time I saw them. I was like, home! I hope that everyone can find something that awakens the child in their hearts. If it isn't at one of my events, that's ok, too. But I think there's something for everyone, somewhere. source: