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The Healing Powers of Sex
Dr. Reed Moskowitz, director of New York University Medical Center, author of "Your Healing Mind", says studies show that sex can bolster the immune system, relieve pain, ease some types of migraine headaches and have important psychological benefits. In sex, the body releases its powerful endorphins, natural pain relievers which create a healing, relaxing situation for the whole body.
Dr. David Sobel and Robert Ornstein in their book "Healthy Pleasures" document studies showing the connection between sex and good health. "Love, Sex and Your Heart" shows sex can reduce heart disease.
Dr. Dudley Chapman, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Ohio University did a study showing those with intimacy in their lives had better levels of T cells- the while blood cells that effect the immune system.
Other studies show sex on a regular basis reduces stress, helps alleviate PMS in some women, and that Orgasm is a natural analgesic.
Researchers debate the mechanisms of sexual first-aid. One theory is that the endorphins activated by orgasm travel to receptor sites throughout the body and produce a morphine-like effect.
Sex is extremely important for good mental health shows a long term study of 37,500 adults at the Institute for
Advanced Human Sexuality. People with fulfilling sex lives were found to be in much better mental health, more relaxed, more positive outlook, more self- reliant.
"A tender sex life helps bring out the best qualities we have", says Roger Falge, a marriage therapist. And when that happens, the ills of both mind and body are more readily healed.
Yet a sexual repressive Christian tradition has twisted scripture to false claim the sins of singles sexuality. No where in scripture is anything said about singles sex without mistranslating the Greek. I believe Christ would want singles to share a caring, loving fulfilling sex life just as much as those married! Of course responsibly without concern for pregnancy and medically safe.
Many ministers realize this. Jimmy Swagert, Jim Baker, and many ministers and especially Catholic priests falsely preach of sexual sins, while saving the benefits of sex for themselves.
Sex therapists warn that celibacy can be hazardous to your health! An article in the Washington Times, found psychiatrists agreeing that while abstinence may prevent STDs, it can also lead to irritability, insomnia, psychosomatic disorders, depression and even suicide.
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