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Go with the Flow to Promote Healthy Circulation

Jun 03, 2016 04:36PM ● By Dr. Daniel Thomas

According to a recent study published in the Journal of Sex Medicine, erectile dysfunction (ED) or weak erections, is a far more serious condition than previously thought. ED appears to be a barometer of a man’s overall circulatory health, and researchers at the University of Mississippi found that those with ED were 70 percent more likely to die at a younger age due to cardiovascular disease.


Medications such as Viagra, Cialis or Levitra serve as a Band-Aid at best because they do nothing to reverse the underlying microcirculatory dysfunction that leads to most cases of ED. Long-term use of ED drugs are also associated with hearing loss, retinal hemorrhaging and vision loss, stroke, heart attack, cardiomyopathy (enlarged heart), arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), tachycardia (fast heartbeat), gastritis (stomach inflammation), acid reflux, anorgasmia (inability to ejaculate), urinary bladder infections and urinary incontinence. They can also lead to psychological dependency.


The real solution is a comprehensive metabolic and nutritional protocol designed to improve microcirculatory blood flow not only to the penis, but also to the brain, eyes, heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, and muscles simultaneously. Not only does such an approach get to the very root of the ED problem and restores erections without the need for medication, it also improves overall health and reduces the risk of early death due to cardiovascular disease.


Discussions of heart disease often revolve around macrocirculation—the large coronary arteries that feed the heart. However, in many patients that complain of cardiovascular symptoms such as chest pain and later suffer myocardial infarctions (heart attacks), angiograms show no evidence of blockages in their larger arteries. In other words, many patients that were clearly having heart trouble had healthy coronary arteries. Their larger vessels showed no signs of stenosis (narrowing or blockage of arteries). Up until about a decade ago, this was somewhat of a medical mystery, but as diagnostic methods improved, scientists began to realize that the problem with these patients occurred not in the larger blood vessels, but rather in the smaller vessels that comprise the microcirculatory system. They named this type of condition microvascular coronary disease, small vessel heart disease or microvascular disease.


The delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the cells occurs almost exclusively at the microcirculatory level, as does the removal of cellular waste products. Each cell in the body has its own personal blood supply within one-five-hundredth of an inch from the incredible 50,000 miles of capillaries that make up the microcirculatory system.


Dysfunction in the microcirculatory system (microangiopathy) is not only a major cause of ED and heart attacks, it is also an underlying cause of Type II diabetes, cancer and hypertension (high blood pressure). Reduction of blood flow (ischemia) in the microcirculation reduces critical glucose uptake by skeletal muscle, which eventually leads to insulin resistance and diabetes. This can also lead to tissue hypoxia (lack of oxygen), upregulation of hypoxia-inducible factor 1 (HIF-1), and stimulation of cancer growth. If tissues are deprived of oxygen and nutrients by the microcirculation, the body has no choice but to compensate by increasing the pressure in the macrocirculation (hypertension) in an attempt to force more blood through the microcirculation.


Healthy microcirculation is essential for strong erections and beyond, so enhancing the microvascular system is as important as maintaining healthy cholesterol levels and tending to other aspects of cardiovascular health.


Daniel Thomas, DO, is one of the nation’s leading authorities in preventive, anti-aging, functional and integrative medicine. For more information, call 352-729-0923 or visit