Good sex is essential for overall good health, Texas health care experts are saying in a current campaign using media outlets to convey a fact that health researchers have long asserted.
In Texas, Dr. Mark Anderson, Dr. Walter Gaman and health expert Judy Gaman of Executive Medicine of Texas, a health care boutique aimed at executives and other high-end patients, are appearing on radio talk shows to spread the message that sex is good for you.
Their claims are backed by research that dates back to the 1940s when biologist Alfred Kinsey launched groundbreaking studies about sex practices.
Jennifer Bass, head of information services at Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction in Bloomington, Ind., told msnbc.com, “We know that healthier people have more sexual activity. But we do not know which comes first. Does the good health make you more willing to have sex, or does the sex have a positive impact.”
Now, researchers are suggesting that the health benefits come from the orgasmic release, not just the sex or connection to another person. According to sexualhealth.com, “it is now being confirmed that sex and orgasm have positive effects on most of the major bodily processes, as well as soothing our stressed out minds."”
The benefits from orgasm cited by the web site include: relieving tension, better sleep, increasing immune function, reducing depression, improving appetite and sense of smell, strengthening the body, increasing blood flow and weight loss and reducing heart disease risk.
Sexualhealth.com also says sex helps foster healthier relationships and may even play a role in longevity. The web site cites a British study that found the death rate for people who had at least two orgasms weekly is half the average for the country.
On another health care web site, Livestrong.com, researchers assert that orgasms are a form of natural pain management because it produces endorphins, which can increase pain tolerance by as much as 70 percent.
A recent entry on the site added that orgasms decrease cravings for junk food because it triggers production of a natural amphetamine, phenetylamine, which regulates appetite. So, as the article’s author, Ken Chisholm, a registered nurse and physician assistant, suggests, “Before you pig out, maybe you should go to your room.”