What exactly does Erectile Dysfunction (ED) mean?
Erectile dysfunction (ED), that is, difficulty in getting or maintaining an erection that interferes with sexual intimacy, until 15 years ago, was in the closet, labeled “impotence.” Then came along a drug called sildenafil, which was tested by Pfizer to treat heart disease symptoms, like angina. It flunked the tests, but when men started chortling about all the erections they were experiencing while enrolled in the study, sildenafil was taken off the shelf and earned FDA approval for erectile dysfunction.
Why treat ED?
Anyone who asks this has never had it. 100 million men worldwide do, however. Intercourse is so important that many religious and civil definitions of marriage use it as the criterion that consummation of marriage. This is somewhat an intrusion of privacy, because there are many asexual unions that work fine. But the majority of unions that suffer ED do not work fine. They struggle.
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Epilepsy—When the Brain Goes Crazy but the Person with the Brain Isn’t
What is epilepsy? What say you, Erasmus?
In his 1818 edition of “Laws of Animal Causation,” Dr. Erasmus Darwin, grandfather of the more famous Charles Darwin, wrote, “The spirit of animation is the immediate cause of the contraction of animal fibres…resides in the brain and nerves, and is liable to general or partial diminution or accumulation.”
Well said, Erasmus.
But then he states, in “…the various kinds of epilepsy…a pain or disagreeable sensation is produced, frequently by worms, or the acidity in the bowels or by a diseased nerve in the side, or head, or by the pain of a diseased liver.”
Worms and liver pain notwithstanding (remember, this was state-of-the -art medicine in 1818), at least he nailed it with citing a “diseased nerve…in the head.”
Fast-forward from 1818 to 2017, how is epilepsy ...