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cfl bulbs and impotence

The negative effects of Blue Light have been getting a lot of press lately.  But for men, the most startling effect may be that over-exposure to Blue Light can suppress your sex drive, and can even be responsible for erectile dysfunction.

According to research conducted at the University of Catania Medical School in Italy, suppression of melatonin is related to the development of erectile dysfunction and lowered sex drive.  And, exposure to Blue Light, according to a Harvard study, suppress melatonin production.

The Italian research team, including Dr. Filippo Drago and Dr. Lina Busa, concluded, “In men, a deficient production of melatonin may be related to impaired sexual activity.”

According to the Massachusetts Male Aging Study (MMAS), ED (Erectile Dysfunction) affects up to 30 million American men.  The survey which included 1709 men of all ages, reported that 52% of those surveyed had some degree of ED.

The University of Catania Medical School study, which was recently published in the Journal of Brain Research, reports that the clinical importance of melatonin in sexual function is just beginning to be understood, but also underscores the need for melatonin in sexual performance and healthy sex drive.

Melatonin is produced in the pineal gland, and regulates the natural sleep/wake cycle of humans.  The Catania Medical School study reported that increasing melatonin increased sexual function and desire.  The research suggests that increased melatonin may restore sexual activity by interacting with certain brain receptors that regulate the use of melatonin.

Blue Light, which has been shown to depress melatonin production, is a type UV light that is produced by artificial lighting such as CFLs.  According to the Harvard study, eliminating Blue Light, especially at night, increased melatonin production significantly.  So limiting exposure to Blue Light may help restore sexual function in men, eliminating the need for ED medications. Products like the Blue Light-blocking Good Night Light bulb can promote the production of the body’s natural melatonin.

And while this may be bad news for the makers of Viagra and Cialis, it is good news for most men.  It appears that eliminating Blue Light and restoring a natural balance of melatonin in the body could repair sexual function in many men as an alternative to Viagra.

“This is the first evidence that a naturally-occurring substance may restore the full pattern of sexual activity in impotent males,”  Drago and Busa concluded.  Seems likely that most men would give this idea a big thumbs up.

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Sebrina Smith

Sebrina Zerkus Smith is a Southern Gal that has been scratching the writer’s itch for nearly 30 years. Her career began in Washington, D.C., in 1987, fresh out of collage and full of ideals. While plying her trade by day on congressional reps and senators, at night she burned the candle writing features for local newspapers and national magazines. She quickly realized that her southern upbringing gave her a unique and humorous voice that resonated with her readers. Eventually, she moved to Los Angeles where she pursued her dream of becoming a novelist and screenwriter. She paid her bills by working as a freelance writer for major marketing projects from studios such as CBS, NBC and Disney. Realizing that the future of writing lay with the internet, she was bitten by the blogging bug back in the 90’s, back before it was even called “blogging.” Then it was still just writing and trying to make a living. Through those early blogging years, Sebrina found passion and purpose. Over the past 10 years she has written articles for clients such as LightCues.com, MatterMore.com, Greenopolis, MacAddict, Yahoo, CNN and more. Today, Sebrina writes about a variety of topics including the Southern Experience, sustainability, clean water, food, gardening, sleep and her obsession with pugs. She is a regular paid contributor to WildOats.com as well as other entities. She now lives in Houston with her husband Jeff and their pug Newton. She hopes one day to complete her opus, Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed.