For years rebel groups have maintained a harsh grip over many of Africa's diamond deposits, forcing local residents to toil all day in the mines. Proceeds from these 'blood diamonds' or 'conflict diamonds' are used to buy weapons and fund deadly insurgencies and campaigns of terror.
Take a trip to the fields of Sierra Leone, where diamond smuggling is big business even after the end of a ten-year war, and join officials as they struggle to keep illegal stones from making their way onto the global market."
Weighing 110 tons (100 metric tons), the Barrel Toroid—seen here with all eight of its superconducting coils clearly visible in a photo released November 20—is 16 feet (5 meters) wide and 82 feet (25 meters) long, dwarfing the lone technician seen bottom center."
The Martin Luther King You Don't See on TV: "An alert viewer might notice that the chronology jumps from 1965 to 1968. Yet King didn't take a sabbatical near the end of his life. In fact, he was speaking and organizing as diligently as ever.
Almost all of those speeches were filmed or taped. But they're not shown today on TV.
It's because national news media have never come to terms with what Martin Luther King Jr. stood for during his final years."
By 1967, King had also become the country's most prominent opponent of the Vietnam War, and a staunch critic of overall U.S. foreign policy, which he deemed militaristic. In his "Beyond Vietnam" speech delivered at New York's Riverside Church on April 4, 1967 — a year to the day before he was murdered — King called the United States "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today."
For all my friends, foes and fans---IM BACK!!! Had to take a lil break from the blog to relax the mind and spirit. Things are going in the right direction now, the music is progressing on schedule and hope to have something put together in a new package before the winter is out. Thanks for all the faithfull who have continued to check-in ( I know who yall are:)) So...here is a pic from my party break in Vegas...enjoy, and I will see ya on the scene.
p.s. for my friends on the right side of the Atlantic , I will be over there when the temps get back up into the 80's
p.s.s. To play hard one must work hard, work hard... play hard!
Check This Out:: "Everyone would agree that the most important human sex organ is the brain because that's where sexual impulses, drives and reproductive behavior are programmed. We're also accustomed to thinking of sight, touch, and sound as the most important sensual cues for humans. And let's not forget the uniquely human capacity for creative imagination and fantasy."
Got a great opportunity to see one of the countries greatest underground rivals, the Baltimore Ravens against the Washington Redskins. Lucked up and got a free ticket package that included seats, parking pass and the much coveted Club level pass. Eventhough it was just a preseason game the excitement was still evident. FedEx Field is without question an architects dream, with literally not one bad seat in the house. The club level was pretty much the highlight of the entire event. It featured everything that the any real clubber might want and need. Well, all told it was a great time and YES of course the Ravens won, bragging rights for a little while.
I heard a quote a long long time ago that I revisit in my mind vault from time to time. The quote is "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results". What a profound statement basically this can be applied to all facets of life, be it professional, personal, or social movement. This is where "anger" comes in. Here is a template of symptoms that can be used for any situation, you have been trying to get somewhere, achieve something, get compensated for services rendered, get love from another, feel loved in return, respected at your job, satisfaction from your job, dont want a job, make enough money to live very comfortable, and the list goes on, you get the idea. Well simply in order to make change, you just cant be disgruntled, unsatisfied, depressed, confused or any of a myriad of feelings, the only feeling that will make change is "anger" . When one is angry about something, believe me there will be change. Now, when using anger, I am not suggesting violence, however this tool has been used through out history, and sometimes it may be needed, but lets use "anger" in a more civilized way. Just think about it, anything that it getting on your last nerve... now get angry about it, change will surely come out it. Remember, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results".
One too many drinks left you dizzy? Put your hand on something stable. The part of your ear responsible for balance—the cupula—floats in a fluid of the same density as blood. “As alcohol dilutes blood in the cupula, the cupula becomes less dense and rises,”. This confuses your brain. The tactile input from a stable object gives the brain a second opinion, and you feel more in balance. Because the nerves in the hand are so sensitive, this works better than the conventional foot-on-the-floor wisdom. This of course doesnt give you the excuse to go out and get thrashed everytime your on the scene--or does it:)
The path that transforms healthy milk products into allergens and carcinogens begins with modern feeding methods that substitute high-protein, soy-based feeds for fresh green grass and breeding methods to produce cows with abnormally large pituitary glands so that they produce three times more milk than the old fashioned scrub cow. These cows need antibiotics to keep them well.
Their milk is then pasteurized so that all valuable enzymes are destroyed (lactase for the assimilation of lactose; galactase for the assimilation of galactose; phosphatase for the assimilation of calcium).
Literally dozens of other precious enzymes are destroyed in the pasteurization process. Without them, milk is very difficult to digest. The human pancreas is not always able to produce these enzymes; over-stress of the pancreas can lead to diabetes and other diseases.
The butterfat of commercial milk is homogenized, subjecting it to rancidity. Even worse, butterfat may be removed altogether. Skim milk is sold as a health food, but the truth is that butter-fat is in milk for a reason.
Without it the body cannot absorb and utilize the vitamins and minerals in the water fraction of the milk. Along with valuable trace minerals and short chain fatty acids, butterfat is America's best source of preformed vitamin A.
Synthetic vitamin D, known to be toxic to the liver, is added to replace the natural vitamin D complex in butterfat. Butterfat also contains re-arranged acids which have strong anti-carcinogenic properties.
Non-fat dried milk is added to 1% and 2% milk. Unlike the cholesterol in fresh milk, which plays a variety of health promoting roles, the cholesterol in non-fat dried milk is oxidized and it is this rancid cholesterol that promotes heart disease.
Like all spray dried products, non-fat dried milk has a high nitrite content. Non-fat dried milk and sweetened condensed milk are the principle dairy products in third world countries; use of ultra high temperature pasteurized milk is widespread in Europe. Other Factors Regarding Milk
Milk and refined sugar make two of the largest contributions to food induced ill health in our country. That may seem like an overly harsh statement, but when one examines the evidence, this is a reasonable conclusion.
The recent approval by the FDA of the use of BGH (Bovine Growth Hormone) by dairy farmers to increase their milk production only worsens the already sad picture.
BGH causes an increase in an insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) in the milk of treated cows. IGF-1 survives milk pasteurization and human intestinal digestion. It can be directly absorbed into the human bloodstream, particularly in infants.
It is highly likely that IGF-1 promotes the transformation of human breast cells to cancerous forms. IGF-1 is also a growth factor for already cancerous breast and colon cancer cells, promoting their progression and invasiveness.
It is also possible for us to absorb the BGH directly from the milk. This will cause further IGF-1 production by our own cells.
BGH will also decrease the body fat of cows. Unfortunately, the body fat of cows is already contaminated with a wide range of carcinogens, pesticides, dioxin, and antibiotic residues. When the cows have less body fat, these toxic substances are then transported into the cows' milk.
BGH also causes the cows to have an increase in breast infections for which they must receive additional antibiotics.
Prior to BGH, 38%of milk sampled nationally was already contaminated by illegal residues of antibiotics and animal drugs. This will only increase with the use of BGH. One can only wonder what the long term complications will be for drinking milk that has a 50% chance it is contaminated with antibiotics.
There is also a problem with a protein enzyme called xanthine oxidase which is in cow's milk. Normally, proteins are broken down once you digest them.
However, when milk is homogenized, small fat globules surround the xanthine oxidase and it is absorbed intact into your blood stream. There is some very compelling research demonstrating clear associations with this absorbed enzyme and increased risks of heart disease.
Ear specialists frequently insert tubes into the ear drums of infants to treat recurrent ear infections. It has replaced the previously popular tonsillectomy to become the number one surgery in the country.
Unfortunately, most of these specialists don't realize that over 50% of these children will improve and have no further ear infections if they just stop drinking their milk.
This is a real tragedy. Not only is the $3,000 spent on the surgery wasted, but there are some recent articles supporting the likelihood that most children who have this procedure will have long term hearing losses.
It is my strong recommendation that you discontinue your milk products. If you find this difficult, I would start for several weeks only, and reevaluate how you feel at that time.
This would include ALL dairy, including skim milk and Lact-Aid milk, cheese, yogurt, and ice cream. If you feel better after several weeks you can attempt to rotate small amounts of one form of milk every four days.
You probably are wondering what will happen to your bones and teeth if you stop milk. The majority of the world's population takes in less than half the calcium we are told we need and yet they have strong bones and healthy teeth.
Cows' milk is rich in phosphorous which can combine with calcium -- and can prevent you from absorbing the calcium in milk. The milk protein also accelerates calcium excretion from the blood through the kidneys.
This is also true when you eat large amount of meat and poultry products. Vegetarians will need about 50% less calcium than meat eaters because they lose much less calcium in their urine.
It is possible to obtain all your calcium from dark green vegetables (where do you think the cow gets their's from?). The darker the better. Cooked collard greens and kale are especially good. If you or your child is unable to take in large amounts of green vegetables, you might want to supplement with calcium.
If you can swallow pills, we have an excellent, inexpensive source called Calcium Citrate, which has a number of other minerals which your body requires to build up maximally healthy bone.
It is much better than a simple calcium tablet. You can take about 1,000 mg a day. For those who already suffer from osteoporosis, the best calcium supplement is microcrystalline hydroxyapatite.
It is also important that you take vitamin D in the winter months from November to March. Normally your skin converts sunshine to vitamin D, but the sunshine levels in the winter are very low unless you visit Florida or Mexico type areas.
Most people obtain their vitamin D from milk in the winter; so if you stop it, please make sure you are taking calcium with vitamin D or a multi vitamin with vitamin D to prevent bone thinning.
Most people are not aware that the milk of most mammals varies considerably in its composition. For example, the milk of goats, elephants, cows, camels, wolves, and walruses show marked differences, in their content of fats, protein, sugar, and minerals. Each was designed to provide optimum nutrition to the young of the respective species. Each is different from human milk.
In general, most animals are exclusively breast-fed until they have tripled their birth weight, which in human infants occurs around the age of one year. In no mammalian species, except for the human (and domestic cat) is milk consumption continued after the weaning period. Calves thrive on cow milk. Cow's milk is designed for calves.
Cow's milk is the number one allergic food in this country. It has been well documented as a cause in diarrhea, cramps, bloating, gas, gastrointestinal bleeding, iron-deficiency anemia, skin rashes, atherosclerosis, and acne.
It is the primary cause of recurrent ear infections in children. It has also been linked to insulin dependent diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, infertility, and leukemia.
Hopefully, you will reconsider your position on using milk as a form of nourishment. Small amounts of milk or milk products taken infrequently, will likely cause little or no problems for most people.
However, the American Dairy Board has done a very effective job of marketing this product. Most people believe they need to consume large, daily quantities of milk to achieve good health. NOTHING could be further from the truth.
Public health officials and the National Dairy Council have worked together in this country to make it very difficult to obtain wholesome, fresh, raw dairy products. Nevertheless, they can be found with a little effort. In some states, you can buy raw milk directly from farmers.
Whole, pasteurized, non-homogenized milk from cows raised on organic feed is now available in many gourmet shops and health food stores. It can be cultured to restore enzyme content, at least partially. Cultured buttermilk is often more easily digested than regular milk; it is an excellent product to use in baking.
Many shops now carry whole cream that is merely pasteurized (not ultra pasteurized like most commercial cream); diluted with water, it is delicious on cereal and a good substitute for those allergic to milk.
Traditionally made creme fraiche (European style sour cream), it also has a high enzyme content.
Other Information about milk
No Milk (thanks Chet Day for the link) www.notmilk.com - a wealth of information about milk (including a Pro dairy section) ADHD and living milk free - Linda Blanchard has the story of how her daughter's ADHD has been alleviated by putting her on a milk-free diet Milk Sucks why dairy wont help you maintain strong bones Strong bones - Physicians committee for responsible medicine Understanding lactose intolerance
For someone who loves milk (only because ive been drinking since a child) the thought of this experiment is daunting to say the least. It should be noted that I over the last 20 years ive only drank skim milk, but milk is milk in this test so here goes no milk for two weeks. Try giving up all dairy -- that means milk, cheese, yogurt, and ice cream for two weeks and see if you feel better. You should notice improvements with your sinuses, post-nasal drip, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, energy, and weight. Then start eating dairy again and see how you feel. If you feel worse, you should try to give it up for life.
It should be noted that all women on the earth are truly fascinating gifts of nature, however the gift to all of mankind is the black woman. The black woman, the mother of all, the deliverer of man/womankind as we know it. My belief in her, is much deeper than what most would suspect; my fascination with her sheer beauty, her utter divine physiology , her hypnotic complexions, her intellectual prowess, and her spiritual fortitude are just the obvious attributes. Today I would like to discuss the invisible, but most powerful characteristic that many are unaware of but surely have suspected over the last 250 some years in this country (it has been known since the beginning of the human species). The word of the day is "melanin" (a skin pigment substance that gives the skin its color. Dark-skinned people have more melanin than light- skinned people. Melanin also acts as a sunscreen and protects the skin from ultraviolet light.) True, but very diluted. This definition is just a fraction of the story. This is the definition that is supposed to pacify and satisfy those that are lacking color (albinism- a word for another commentary). Melanin is probably one of the most powerful chemicals on the face of the planet. Before getting into the mechanisms of melanin, lets first do some personal observations. Have you ever noticed why, being around a person of color seems to give you more energy. Have you ever noticed that being around a person of color seems to make you gravitate toward them? Have you ever noticed that being around a person of color, that you can't manage to keep your eyes off of them? Have you ever noticed that, be it in the day light or night light the person of color gives off a glow like no other? Well, here are just some (not all) of the answers why these realities take place. Most importantly is melanins ability to harness energy from sunlight, remember the sun is why life exsists, without it there would be no life forms here on the planet. Melanin has been scientifically proven to be able to harness energy. Just think people of color have the ability to get energy whenever the sun is shining how ironic. Remember energy is power and power is energy. Melanin also has the ability to keep time in sync, what I mean by that is, it as a derivative of the hormone melatonin, has the ability to pace all bodily functions in a constant steady rhythm. I will stop here for now, but my objective here was to begin the process of Waking Up, its time, Wake Up! I hope this explains my gravitation towards blackness; and specifically my physical, mental and spiritual gravitation to The Black Woman. There is much, much more to be talked about here, so start opening up those eyes. The minds eye.
This is just some of the gear that is used to bring my vision to your ears, Spectrasonics has really lead the way in developing a sound production platform that allows the artist to truly develop and nurture what he/she is trying to convey, without this gear, most of what you hear from the TRSQ camp would have never been possible.
A friend of mine asked, "Why don't you post about your fears?", well the simple answer to that I have NO FEAR! Because, FEAR as we know it is ones lack of understanding about a situation or event or the outcome of either, hence the unknown, doubt, unseen, untold, darkness, FEAR. All on earth are children figuretively and literally, we all want the comfort of the womb to protect us, it is up to us to break away and learn and get understanding of our universe, staying in your cocoon breeds fear and more fear. Get understanding and all fears diminish very rapidly.
Take a look at the picture first... So, what did you see?
Now proceed and read below to find an explanation of what you really saw.
I'm sure you will find this very interesting.
Research has shown that young children cannot identify the intimate couple because they do not have prior memory associated with such scenario. What they will see are the nine dolphins. Additional note: This is a test to determine if you already have a corrupted mind. If it's hard for you to find the dolphins within 3 seconds, your mind is indeed corrupted.
Dont give up on a brother yet, been practicing and practicing and studying and studying, yall think yall heard some joints before ....dont get your panties (or drawzzz) in a bunch. Patience is surely a virtue- try using it now:).
Hey yall just wanted to let everyone know out there in TRSQ land that I am still alive and kickin, been workin on my music theory chops for awhile now, the production camp has been shut down just for a moment, more joints will be coming very very soon, as always thanks for all of the support worldwide.
Well, friends here is another commentary on one of lifes dilemas. Being true. Over the last several years there has been a revelation in my life that in fact, most of my life I had not been true, not in the since that I didnt tell the truth or that I lied, but being true to ones self, however I was not telling the truth and I was lying .... TO MYSELF! Ones convictions, desires, discipline and character are all based on being true to ones self, when you are not true to yourself then you inherently are not being true to everyone in your life. The well known phrase 'The truth will set you free' has many underlying definintions and layers that most don't investigate or confront, being true stops disease, that is disease as in physical discomfort and dis- ease as in comfort level with self and others, being true lets more light shine out of your inner self that all can see clearly, with no ambiguity in who you are or your motives, being true liberates your natural gifts, giving your thoughts meaning and your vision clarity, being true also hurts and causes pain, for it also forces others around you to also be true, hence sometimes being true makes others blue, being blue is temporary for the procecess of finding self is a foundation shaking experience, but once experienced the road back to truthlessness is unthinkable. Be True.
These are the opinions of Theron of the TRSQ and just that, opinions, these views are not to offend or disrespect but only to open the inner mind to new perspectives.
In our society, eating is viewed similarly to sex. However, people rely more on food for pleasure than on sex. You don't see people constantly seeking pleasure from sex in the way they do with food. Rather, sexual pleasure, pleasure from hobbies, pleasure from playing sports, and pleasure from interacting with friends and family are all treated as enjoyable activities to be indulged in at appropriate times. I don't see people fornicating in the streets, nor do I see people leaving work in the middle of the day to play basketball or go fishing or do whatever else they find pleasurable.
When it comes to eating, though, the underlying, subconscious idea that has been instilled in peoples' heads is that every meal, of every day, of every week, must taste so good that you are overwhelmed with pleasure. Very few people that I know dislike the taste of apples. But few Americans eat apples with the same frequency as they eat starchy or sugary snack foods, even though apples are more healthful. Similarly, very few people that I know dislike the taste of water. But few Americans drink water with the same frequency as they drink soda or other sweet-tasting fluids. Why? Because apples and water don't cause people to go ummm when they consume them.
Outside of Western culture - in rural India, China, and Africa, for instance - eating is viewed primarily as a source of nourishment, not pleasure. Sure eating is one of the pleasures of life, but that's not the purpose of eating. Few people realize how completely they have been brainwashed by powerful market forces in society; but the fact is that many Americans subconsciously hold every meal to the standards of an orgy. Long-term success requires that you replace this self-defeating mindset with a self-empowering one.
Not only is it Earth Day tomorrow, its my anniversary of both joing the U.S. Navy and finishing my tour, April 22nd. Truly a very special day for me, both the beginning of my adventure into this thing we call life and my arrival back home to a country in inner turmoil (now international as well). The shot above (2nd) was my last of many visits to Hong Kong, I was on a plane bound for the U.S. about two weeks after this shot was taken. If I could only tell you about the never ending sea stories about my five years abroad. Just ask:) but beware, there probably aren't enough years left on your life for all of the stories:)
A dear friend of mine passed on a book to me to read, I thought it prudent to relay a passage that really hit home for me personally, and it too, may do the same for you, its about 'conformity' we all adhere to this dreaded "C" word in some form or fashion:
One thing you must put aside in order to fulfill your destiny is conformity. We all conform in hundreds of ways. Even those of us who feel we have travelled on our own seperate paths, who have lived more of less as free and independent spirits are conformist to some extent but you must realize the ways in which you should not conform. You should not lead your life according to the dictates and mandates of others. Confoming to the whims and standards of others is insidious and dangerous. There is a human tendency, no doubt acquired and strengthened in childhood to believe that whatever people in significant numbers are doing must be correct or so many would not be doing it. We live in a society in which popularity is confused with superiorty or excellence. For example the most popular consumer brands are not neccessarily the best consumer brands. American made cars and clothing are heavily advertised and therefore are most popular. But the truth of matter is, the great majoirity of people seldom enjoy the best of anything clothes, cars, cuisine or life-style. The best is never the most popular. You must find your own unique pathway in the world; the masses or majority never do. Until you set the tone for your existence, you will follow others, who are, in turn following you as you. As you continue your trek to greatness you must remember this: If you do the exact opposite of what everyone else is doing you'll probably avoid one of lifes most costly mistakes---conforming.
These are the opinions of Theron of the TRSQ and just that, opinions, these views are not to offend or disrespect but only to open the inner mind to new perspectives.
courtesy of Think and Grow Rich, A Black Choice, by Dennis Kimbro and Napoleon Hill
Using many new engineering techniques (always trying to get the sound right) came up with a little sumtin to give fans the new direction to the future sound of the TRSQ, check this one out, its called Siippin On Cognac. Ive been asked about inspiration for this joint and my answer will always be for any production that comes out of the TRSQ camp, if the shoe fits (in this case jeans) then wear it!
So much to do, such little time. How many times have we said that, or at least thought on any given day? Keeping time management a priorty has helped some and hurt others, where do you fall in this man made stress machine that dominates our every waking moment (and for some attempting to sleep moments)? In a nutshell, decide on whats a priorty during any given second of your short life. Decide to yourself, will doing that accomplish a goal? A goal could be a craving, a desire, a need, a want, a must have, a must feel, a must see, a must touch, a must taste, a must hear... you get the picture, then go from there. Work all the priorties down to the point that at the end of any given day, you can say O.K. that was a productive day FOR ME, not for your neighbor, not for you boss, not for you family, not for your pet, FOR ME! Once this is achieved on a daily, weekly, monthly time schedule, the feeling of stress will be minimized dramatically, things won't seem to be so overwhelming, and you in fact will finally say, cant wait 'til tomorrow to get to the next To Do List!
First I thought it was the climate change from heading to middle earth, then I thought it was an allergy (to my knowledge I have none) then I said it was from drinking rum, then I thought it might me a small cold .......and finally after damn near two weeks of pressure, headaches, fever, chills, sweats, raw chest, darth vader voice, sore back, it hit me .......dude you have the FLU! I seemed to have weathered the storm, and am feeling about 90 percent today, fought through the fever to lay a couple of tracks, and even watched a little NCAA Madness. All told, signals show I should be 100 percent by tomorrow. Thanks for all the well wishes, see yall on the scene.
Well, it's been an up and down year and its's now time to take a break. Time for me to reboot, defrag my soul and cleanse my spirtit and mind. Yes its time to vacate the area, I will be out of the country for a week or so, back to my second home, the Dominican Republic. Upon my return, expect a rush of music to come out of the TRSQ camp... cant wait! So, take care and will see y'all in a bit.
Google Page Creatorhas finally come, it was just a matter of time before a service offered a free website for just the common man, check them out here, The TRSQ will try to get a site up and running with this service.
Every year I get pumped up for this event, not only for my love of basketball (til death do us part) but my (almost to a fault) fascination and love for hanging on the scene and partying, that being said, check out this article, its great.
"Well, here's what happens when MJ enters a room: Everything stops. It feels like a movie scene. And no matter how you felt about the party in the time leading up to The Moment, the party moves from ...."
Hey all, you will not believe what happened, my hard drive crashed and burned on me, yup, gone, all of my music production, software, operating system all of it, I am hitting you off with this note from a remote location, rest assured The TRSQ will be up and running before the week is out,in the meantime, check out some archived links and some of the other links, especially in the delicious section.
Tim Maynor, Jay's manager since 1999, said he died Friday
morning in Los Angeles, but he had no details on the cause of death. Dee, born James Yancey, had been battling kidney problems in recent years, but Maynor believed he had recovered.
'He was the best ever, and very underappreciated,' Maynor said. 'Dilla was very reserved, quiet, all he wanted to do was make beats, make music. It wasn't about the glitz and glory. He wasn't doing it for the spotlight at all. He's a dinosaur who will be missed.'"
Flat-Panel For Those With a Flat-Budget - Gizmodo: "ByDsign is releasing a budget priced flat-panel plasma display. The 50-inch plasma display features a 1366x768 resolution, 1,000:1 contrast ratio, 1,000cd/m2 brightness, stereo speakers with SRS, and two HDMI ports."
Ex-CIA Official Faults Use of Data on Iraq: "The former CIA official who coordinated U.S. intelligence on the Middle East until last year has accused the Bush administration of 'cherry-picking' intelligence on Iraq to justify a decision it had already reached to go to war, and of ignoring warnings that the country could easily fall into violence and chaos after an invasion to overthrow Saddam Hussein."
But Congressional investigators have now learned that an eyewitness account of the flooding from a federal emergency official reached the Homeland Security Department's headquarters starting at 9:27 p.m. the day before, and the White House itself at midnight."
If you've ever wanted to know what the value of your home was, your bosses home, or your girl/boyboyfriend's condominium, then check this out, it's called Zillow.com, ran across it while surfing the blogasphere. Pretty interesting tool.
Fans of abstinence had better be sitting down. "Saving yourself" before the big game, the big business deal, the big hoedown or the big bakeoff may indeed confer some moral benefit. But corporeally it does absolutely zip. There's no evidence it sharpens your competitive edge. The best that modern science can say for sexual abstinence is that it's harmless when practiced in moderation. Having regular and enthusiastic sex, by contrast, confers a host of measurable physiological advantages, be you male or female. (This assumes that you are engaging in sex without contracting a sexually transmitted disease.) In one of the most credible studies correlating overall health with sexual frequency, Queens University in Belfast tracked the mortality of about 1,000 middle-aged men over the course of a decade. The study was designed to compare persons of comparable circumstances, age and health. Its findings, published in 1997 in the British Medical Journal, were that men who reported the highest frequency of orgasm enjoyed a death rate half that of the laggards. Other studies (some rigorous, some less so) purport to show that having sex even a few times a week has an associative or causal relationship with the following: - Improved sense of smell: After sex, production of the hormone prolactin surges. This in turn causes stem cells in the brain to develop new neurons in the brain's olfactory bulb, its smell center. - Reduced risk of heart disease: In a 2001 follow-on to the Queens University study mentioned above, researchers focused on cardiovascular health. Their finding? That by having sex three or more times a week, men reduced their risk of heart attack or stroke by half. In reporting these results, the co-author of the study, Shah Ebrahim, Ph.D., displayed the well-loved British gift for understatement: "The relationship found between frequency of sexual intercourse and mortality is of considerable public interest." - Weight loss, overall fitness: Sex, if nothing else, is exercise. A vigorous bout burns some 200 calories--about the same as running 15 minutes on a treadmill or playing a spirited game of squash. The pulse rate, in a person aroused, rises from about 70 beats per minute to 150, the same as that of an athlete putting forth maximum effort. British researchers have determined that the equivalent of six Big Macs can be worked off by having sex three times a week for a year. Muscular contractions during intercourse work the pelvis, thighs, buttocks, arms, neck and thorax. Sex also boosts production of testosterone, which leads to stronger bones and muscles. Men's Health magazine has gone so far as to call the bed the single greatest piece of exercise equipment ever invented. - Reduced depression: Such was the implication of a 2002 study of 293 women. American psychologist Gordon Gallup reported that sexually active participants whose male partners did not use condoms were less subject to depression than those whose partners did. One theory of causality: Prostoglandin, a hormone found only in semen, may be absorbed in the female genital tract, thus modulating female hormones. - Pain-relief: Immediately before orgasm, levels of the hormone oxytocin surge to five times their normal level. This in turn releases endorphins, which alleviate the pain of everything from headache to arthritis to even migraine. In women, sex also prompts production of estrogen, which can reduce the pain of PMS. - Less-frequent colds and flu: Wilkes University in Pennsylvania says individuals who have sex once or twice a week show 30% higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A, which is known to boost the immune system. - Better bladder control: Heard of Kegel exercises? You do them, whether you know it or not, every time you stem your flow of urine. The same set of muscles is worked during sex. - Better teeth: Seminal plasma contains zinc, calcium and other minerals shown to retard tooth decay. Since this is a family Web site, we will omit discussion of the mineral delivery system. Suffice it to say that it could be a far richer, more complex and more satisfying experience than squeezing a tube of Crest--even Tartar Control Crest. Researchers have noted, parenthetically, that sexual etiquette usually demands the brushing of one's teeth before and/or after intimacy, which, by itself, would help promote better oral hygiene. - A happier prostate? Some urologists believe they see a relationship between infrequency of ejaculation and cancer of the prostate. The causal argument goes like this: To produce seminal fluid, the prostate and the seminal vesicles take such substances from the blood as zinc, citric acid and potassium, then concentrate them up to 600 times. Any carcinogens present in the blood likewise would be concentrated. Rather than have concentrated carcinogens hanging around causing trouble, it's better to evict them. Regular old sex could do the job. But if the flushing of the prostate were your only objective, masturbation might be a better way to go, especially for the non-monogamous male. Having sex with multiple partners can, all by itself, raise a man's risk of cancer by up to 40%. That's because he runs an increased risk of contracting sexual infections. So, if you want the all the purported benefits of flushing with none of the attendant risk, go digital. A study recently published by the British Journal of Urology International asserts that men in their 20s can reduce by a third their chance of getting prostate cancer by ejaculating more than five times a week. While possession of a robust appetite for sex--and the physical ability to gratify it--may not always be the cynosure of perfect health, a reluctance to engage can be a sign that something is seriously on the fritz, especially where the culprit is an infirm erection. Dr. J. Francois Eid, a urologist with Weill Medical College of Cornell University and New York Presbyterian Hospital, observes that erectile dysfunction is extension of vascular system. A lethargic member may be telling you that you have diseased blood vessels elsewhere in your body. "It could be a first sign of hypertension or diabetes or increased cholesterol levels. It's a red flag that you should see your doctor." Treatment and exercise, says Dr. Eid, can have things looking up again: "Men who exercise and have a good heart and low heart rate, and who are cardio-fit, have firmer erections. There very definitely is a relationship." But is there such a thing as too much sex? The answer, in purely physiological terms, is this: If you're female, probably not. If you're male? You betcha. Dr. Claire Bailey of the University of Bristol says there is little or no risk of a woman's overdosing on sex. In fact, she says, regular sessions can not only firm a woman's tummy and buttocks but also improve her posture. Dr. George Winch Jr., an obstetrician/gynecologist in Elko, Nev., concurs. If a woman is pre-menopausal and otherwise healthy, says Dr. Winch, her having an extraordinary amount of intercourse ought not to pose a problem. "I don't think women can have too much intercourse," he says, "so long as no sexually transmitted disease is introduced and there's not an inadvertent pregnancy. Sometimes you can have a lubrication problem. If you have that, there can be vaginal excoriation--vaginal scrape." Women who abstain from sex run some risks. In postmenopausal women, these include vaginal atrophy. Dr. Winch has a middle-aged patient of whom he says: "She hasn't had intercourse in three years. Just isn't interested. The opening of her vagina is narrowing from disuse. It's a condition that can lead to dysparenia, or pain associated with intercourse. I told her, 'Look, you'd better buy a vibrator or you're going to lose function there.'" As for men, urologist Eid says it's definitely possible to get too much of a good thing, now that drugs such as Viagra and Levitra have given men far more staying power than may actually be good for them. The penis, says Eid, is wonderfully resilient. But everything has its limits. Penile tissues, if given too roistering or prolonged a pummeling, can sustain damage. In cases you'd just as soon not hear about, permanent damage. "Yes," says Dr. Eid, "It is possible for a young man who is very forceful and who likes rough sex, to damage his erectile tissue." The drugs increase rigidity; moreover, they make it possible for a man to have second and third orgasms without having to wait out intermission. "I see it in pro football players," says Eid. "They use Viagra because they're so sexually active. What they demand of their body is unreasonable. It's part of playing football: you play through the pain." This type of guy doesn't listen to his body. He takes a shot of cortisone, and keeps on going. And they have sex in similar fashion." There's a reason the penis, in its natural state, undergoes a period of flaccidity: That's when it takes a breather. The blood within it is replenished with oxygen. "During an erection," explains Eid, "very little blood flows to the penis. During thrusting, pressure can go as high as 200 mil of water. Zero blood flows into penis at that time." To absorb oxygen, the tissue must become relaxed. "If you do not allow the penis to rest, then the muscle tissue does not get enough oxygen. The individual gets prolonged erections, gets decreased oxygen to tissue, and could potentially suffer priapism." (We recommend you get a medical encyclopedia and look it up.) "The muscle becomes so engorged, it's painful. Pressure inside starts to increase. Cells start dying. More pressure and less blood flow. Eventually the muscle dies. Then there's scarring. That's why it's considered an emergency."
Photos from the Detroit Auto Show Muscle-car enthusiasts disappointed by the four-door Charger introduced last year can rest easy knowing that the two-door Challenger is in the pipeline. Due as early as 2008, the aggressively styled Challenger will feature a 425-horsepower Hemi engine with a six-speed manual transmission and a sub-$28,000 price tag.