Dr Laura Berman on Oprah Show speaks out on teen sex Posted on April 27th, 2009
Laura Berman M.D., sex therapist and author was recently interviewed on Oprah. She suggested that teenage girls should be given vibrators following a frank discussion about sex, the female anatomy and pleasure. This suggestion was met with shock and horror with some Oprah viewers.
Good, pleasurable sex is not just an automatic “given.” It takes knowledge of what works and does not work for you. It takes a caring, loving, experienced partner and it takes time and practice.
I learned the details of sex across the kitchen table from my mother when I was six years old. It sounded pretty horrifying to me. Then I accidentally saw my father’s penis when I was nine and I was horrified. You mean, something like “that” is going to go in “there,” I thought. It was pretty puzzling if not deeply concerning at the time.
I believe that we have a whole society of people who are pretty hung up about sex. I agree with Dr. Berman that girls need to be encouraged and educated to value and appreciate sex and their bodies and not waste their precious commodity on pimply-faced youths and their gropings in washrooms and the back seats of cars.
I raised two daughters who now from all accounts have healthy sex lives. At the time when they were teenagers, one of the other mothers in our crowd told me that when her daughter turned 15 she gave her a vibrator, a book about sex and a tube of KY jelly. She told her daughter to go ahead and experiment. Looking back on it, I should have done the same with my daughters.
Sex is healthy, pleasurable and health-enhancing. Here’s to vibrators! What do you think?
Blue Zones looks at honey Posted on April 26th, 2009
I’m continuing to follow the “Blue Zones: secrets of a long life” on CNN and the healthy habits of the Ikarians on a tiny Greek Island in the Aegean. Seems they benefit from eating a specific type of honey which apparently has anti-cancer and anti-oxidant properties. A daily spoonful of honey plus some garlic are among the folk remedies to which the islanders attribute their longevity. But remember – not all honey is created equal. Honey a simple sugar, can affect blood sugar balance and feed a strain of yeast, Candida Albicans, which thrives on a diet of starch, sugar, fruit and honey.
I’ve been following the “Blue Zone” series on CNN Posted on April 22nd, 2009
I’ve been following the “Blue Zone” series on CNN, which profiles people living in parts of the world where longevity is the norm not the exception. One such place is Ikaria – a remote island in Greece. The Ikarians credit sex, laughter, naps, red wine and a healthy dose of beans to their longevity. Beans might work in Ikaria where the pace is slow and the stress is less, presenting few digestive problems. As a medical intuitive (one who has a “gift to see into the body) I see over an over again, people who just can’t digest beans well – most noticeably soy. For the people who suffer from gas and bloating I suggest using 2 digestive enzyme capsules when consuming beans. I love that in Ikaria bean dishes are drizzled with olive oil, not cooked in olive oil – making them healthy, digestible and delicious.
Spring – a time of renewal and re-growth Posted on April 22nd, 2009
Spring – a time of renewal and re-growth. Tonight I launch my second Detox Program. People are excited to be setting aside their addictions, focusing inward and realizing that the body has a phenomenal capacity to repair if we just give it a chance. Imagine for one week stripping away all the foods and substances that weaken and age the body. Imagine focusing on relaxing the mind and visualizing new goals for the future.