Emission Control and Mental, Spiritual, and Physical Health, Part 8
Self-Mastery through Tantric Qigong
From the Journal of the American Medical Association Abstract, the Leitzmann study:
“Prospective study using follow-up data from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study (February 1, 1992, through January 31, 2000) of 29,342 US men aged 46 to 81 years, who provided information on history of ejaculation frequency on a self-administered questionnaire in 1992 and responded to follow-up questionnaires every 2 years to 2000. Ejaculation frequency was assessed by asking participants to report the average number of ejaculations they had per month during the ages of 20 to 29 years, 40 to 49 years, and during the past year (1991).
However, high ejaculation frequency was related to decreased risk of total prostate cancer. The multivariate relative risks for men reporting 21 or more ejaculations per month compared with men reporting 4 to 7 ejaculations per month at ages 20 to 29 years were 0.89 (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.73-1.10); ages 40 to 49 years, 0.68 (95% CI, 0.53-0.86); previous year, 0.49 (95% CI, 0.27-0.88); and averaged across a lifetime, 0.67 (95% CI, 0.51-0.89).” *
Leitzmann says that until this study, conducted as a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University, sexual activity had been hypothesized to be associated with prostate cancer due to elevated levels of testosterone. Testosterone increases the growth rate of prostate cancer cells as well as male libido. It was thought that sexually active men had a higher incidence of prostate cancer as they had higher levels of testosterone.
What this means is that, although sexual activity can result in a net increase in testosterone levels, ejaculation may protect the prostate through a variety of biological mechanisms e.g., cleansing, relaxing, and revitalizing the gland and the man:
– Frequent ejaculation may rid the prostate of concentrated chemical carcinogens.
– Reducing anxiety. The stress release inherent in sexual discharge may slow or prevent pathogenesis. Yes, learning to relax deeply will help prevent dis-ease.
– Revitalize proper circulation within the gland. It is postulated that regular ejaculation will prevent the development of microcrystals (intraluminal prostatic crystalloids) that can result in congestion and blockages within the prostate.
Commenting on this hypothesis, Martin Resnick, MD, chairman of the department of urology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, says it’s reasonable to believe that a “use it or lose it” principle may apply to overall prostate health. **