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rynner
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PostPosted: 11-02-2006 07:52    Post subject: Healthy Sex Reply with quote

As a counterbalance to Weird Sex, this:
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Get up close and personal to stay healthy

It can help to reduce stress, soothe pain, cure insomnia, lower the risk of a heart attack and, as if that wasn't enough, make your hair shine and your wrinkles vanish.
"Forget about jogging round the block or struggling with sit-ups," says the government's patients' helpline, NHS Direct. The key for healthy living is, in fact, "a good bout of 'sexercise'".

Undertaking "regular romps", according to an official posting on the homepage of the NHS Direct website, will bring a plethora of health rewards, from staying fit and burning calories to combating cancer.

"Orgasms even release painkillers into the bloodstream, helping keep mild illnesses like colds and aches and pains at bay, and produce extra oestrogen and testosterone hormones," the site says. "These hormones will keep your bones and muscles healthy, leaving you feeling fabulous inside and out. The increased production of the hormones will make your hair shine and your skin smooth. And if you're worried about wrinkles, orgasms even help prevent frown lines from deepening."
And it's not just sex that helps, but the aftermath too: "The toptastic, 'post-coital' period after sex may be one of the few times you'll completely let go, surrender and relax ... and awake the next morning ready for seconds." But Dr Melissa Sayer, an expert in sexual health, said the site made unproven claims. "It's good to see the NHS are promoting sexual wellbeing. But they are making claims that can't be scientifically substantiated. Yes, there is evidence that sex has benefits for mental wellbeing, but to say there is a link with reduced risk of heat disease and cancer is taking the argument too far."

After outlining the supposed health benefits of sex, the NHS Direct site goes on to explain how best to do it. It recommends readers to squeeze pelvic muscles three times a day to "get your sexual anatomy in shape," and, under the heading "O', O', ohhh ...", gives relaxation tips to help achieve, and improve, orgasms.

If all that fails, there's always the next suggestion: "Simply shopping for sex toys together can be a turn on. Just don't pick anything too 'intimidating' on your first go - you can always build up to it later."

Not to discriminate against singletons, NHS Direct also says masturbation - or, as it puts it, "going solo" - can be a handy way to get to know your own body. Ann Grain, head of external affairs at NHS Direct, which receives over a million online visitors a month, defended the site and said it aimed to move towards a magazine style homepage.

"This isn't just a bit of fun. There are still serious messages there, and everything we write is backed by science and clinical evidence," she said. "But we partly put it up because of the run-up to Valentine's Day - I don't think we'll need it after that."


http://www.guardian.co.uk/frontpage/story/0,,1707588,00.html#article_continue
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PostPosted: 11-02-2006 08:13    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I read this earlier. Totally agree sex is very very good for you indeed (it's been keeping me alive for years) yeay . That said, some of the claims do seem a tad extreme from an actual NHS website. For example:
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..Orgasms even release painkillers into the bloodstream, helping keep mild illnesses like colds and aches and pains at bay..
Since when did painkillers prevent colds or mild illnesses? Further:
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..there is a link with reduced risk of heat disease and cancer..
what's heat disease when it's at home? Oh, it's the Guardian..

IIRC, the link between a healthy sex life and reduced incidence of cancer and heart disease is that a less-stressed lifestyle tends to make for a healthier person, and sex relieves stress. So I guess they can back it up in that way. If you'll pardon the expression Smile.
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PostPosted: 11-02-2006 08:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

After problems with noisy neighbours yesterday, I need some stress reduction, not to mention some wrinkle smoothing.

Any ladeez out there want to make an old man very happy? Very Happy
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PostPosted: 11-02-2006 08:55    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yea, I'll give it a go. But everything has its price rynner. Wink
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PostPosted: 11-02-2006 13:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

This so explains why I've been feeling under the weather lately.I need a free health care provider urgently to help correct this situation Laughing
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PostPosted: 11-02-2006 17:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder when it'll become available on prescription Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: 11-02-2006 18:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

"And if you're worried about wrinkles, orgasms even help prevent frown lines from deepening."

It's so healthy that there are entire web sites devoted to this way of preventing wrinkles . . .

"One thing still puzzles me, Holmes."

"What's that, old man?"

"This bit of me here. See how close it is to the fount of youth and yet it still looks like a November windfall?"

"Put it away, Watson. We have a female visitor and - going just by the evidence of her face - I can tell you she has dugs like a turtle's throat."

"Amazing, Holmes. Your knowledge of the fair sex is quite astonishing for such an epicene old bender!" Shocked
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PostPosted: 11-02-2006 18:35    Post subject: Reply with quote

cassandra78 wrote:
Yea, I'll give it a go. But everything has its price rynner. Wink

Well, thank ' ee kindly, m'dear.

(Thinks: what price? Thinks: train fare to London too..)

But perhaps I'll just stick to 'going solo' for now... Psychout
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PostPosted: 12-02-2006 09:38    Post subject: Reply with quote

May as well stick this story on here:
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Sex guide is 'too explicit' for schools
Julie Henry, Education Correspondent
(Filed: 12/02/2006)

Parents have demanded the removal from schools of a sex education study guide that gives "shockingly explicit" details to children.

The book, produced by one of the largest education publishers in Britain, Coordination Group Publications, is used by thousands of secondary schools to teach personal, social and health education (PSHE).

All the topics in the 60-page guide, including safer sex and pregnancy, are recommended in national guidelines but the level of detail and the "chatty" style used has brought condemnation from some parents, who claim that it trivialises sex.

In one chapter it says: "There's no accounting for taste. Not everyone likes oral sex. Not everyone likes ham and cheese sarnies, either." It goes on to recommend using cling film to prevent catching sexually transmitted diseases.

It also suggests that pupils engage in "sexual touching, talking dirty face to face or on the phone, even sexy e-mails and text messages" as a "warm-up" to sexual intercourse.

Other comments, including some for example on penis size, are too distasteful to reproduce.

The £4.50 guide, which has sold 60,000 copies and is aimed at 14- to 16-year-olds, derides schoolwork and says "this stuff's far more useful to you (and more relevant) than all the subjects you'll do in your exams".

In a discussion about anal sex, it explains that "some people like it because it stimulates the prostate gland in men, causing sexual pleasure. Some women like it too".

Jacqui Davies, a mother of two teenage boys from Kent, found the guide in her son's bag and has written to the head teacher of the independent school to ask for it to be withdrawn.

"I was absolutely horrified," she said. "I had no idea that this kind of material was being covered and speaking to other parents, neither were they. The matey and flippant style sends such a mixed message. The majority of 14-year-olds are not having sex, so why should they be made to read this stuff?" National guidelines on PHSE, which is taught in most secondary schools, simply say that teenagers should be told about "the health risks of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, early sexual activity, contraception and pregnancy, different food choices and sunbathing".

Simon Cook, a spokesman for Coordination Group Publications, defended the guide. "It discusses serious issues and gives sensible advice in an accessible style that young people can understand," he said. "Not everyone may appreciate the chatty style, but it helps to demystify the subject."

The guide is one of a number that can be bought by schools which have upset parents and religious groups because of their explicit content. Under the approach of "value-free" sex education, the material emphasises pupils' right to choose, and safe sex, rather than promoting abstinence or emphasising that underage sex is illegal.

Nick Seaton, of the Campaign for Real Education, said: "Most parents will be disgusted that their children are learning about sex from these type of guides. It is demeaning, dumbed-down and should be removed from the classroom."

A new official report calls for sex education to be compulsory for all children in primary as well as secondary school, and that detailed discussion of sex should start at 11. Ministers are considering the advice from the Independent Advisory Group on Sexual Health and the Teenage Pregnancy Group.


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PostPosted: 12-02-2006 10:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

Altogether now..
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"..Not everyone likes oral sex. Not everyone likes ham and cheese sarnies, either."
..especially if you get mustard on your willy Smile.

Had to get that one out of the way..

I've seen this book, and TBH I think it's great. It engages with it's target audience, couches the various subject in terms that don't patronise them, and gives good advice in an accessible and, to it's target audience attractive style.

What would these complainants rather have? A textbook in unengaging language that will lie around unread, therefore it's no doubt worthy advice totally unheeded, or a book which may well raise a few hackles with people who find the Daily Telegraph occasionally too racy but keeps teens healthy and probably prevents all manner of problems, from unwanted pregnancy to a fall in chlamidya rates, and also assures many that their attitudes to sexuality may not be shameful but OK?
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PostPosted: 13-02-2006 00:06    Post subject: Reply with quote

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"I was absolutely horrified," she said. "I had no idea that this kind of material was being covered and speaking to other parents, neither were they. The matey and flippant style sends such a mixed message. The majority of 14-year-olds are not having sex, so why should they be made to read this stuff?"


Doesn't she think it might be a good idea to tell kids about sex *before* they start doing it? Or are we supposed to wait for them to have bad experiences before we give them advice?
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PostPosted: 13-02-2006 00:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd be quite concerned if my children were being advised to use cling film as a preventative measure.
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PostPosted: 13-02-2006 00:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

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It goes on to recommend using cling film to prevent catching sexually transmitted diseases.


I haven't read the booklet to actually be able to say for certain but I shouldn't think that the cling film advice is being given towards penetrative sex but probably more likely as a substitute dental dam.
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PostPosted: 13-02-2006 07:18    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've lived too long...

What the heck is a dental dam, and what has it to do with sex?

This raises images for me of lots of youngsters choking to death on clingfilm, which doesn't sound very healthy at all.
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PostPosted: 13-02-2006 07:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a barrier, a bit like a condom, used in oral sex so there's no physical contact between mouth and naughty bits, but the sensation remains intact. Prevents cross-contamination should there be sordid frightfulness going on in either of the participating orifices.
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