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Man Poll Number 1:

If you had to choose a
woman to sleep with other
than your wife or girlfriend,
who would it be?

Top Choices (So far):

Jessica Alba        79%
Eva Mendez           0%
Jessica Biehl          0%
Beyonce                11%
Rihanna                11%

Man Poll Number 2:

Should Eliot Spitzer Have
Resigned for Sleeping With

No        64%
Yes        36%

Man Poll Number 3:

Is Barack Obama manly
enough to be

No                73%
Yes                  26%
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Quick test: you want to get lucky later tonight, so which
one of these movies should you see?  
Gladiator or Caddy

According to research, the comedy
Caddy Shack is your
best bet.  Why?  Laughing, it turns out,  improves erectile

As anyone knows who has visited the
Erectile Health
Center, your erection is directly related to the health of
your arteries.

Using laughter-provoking movies to gauge the effect of
emotions on cardiovascular health, researchers at the
University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore
have shown for the first time that laughter is linked to
healthy function of blood vessels. Laughter appears to
cause the tissue that forms the inner lining of blood
vessels, the endothelium, to dilate or expand in order to
increase blood flow.

When blood vessels expand, they enable the flow of blood
throughout your body, including the blood flow which
reaches your penis and produces an erection.

Watching sad or stressful movies produces the opposite
effect.  When the same group of study volunteers was
shown a movie that produced mental stress, their blood
vessel lining developed a potentially unhealthy response
called vasoconstriction, reducing blood flow.

That finding confirms previous studies, which suggested
there was a link between mental stress and the narrowing
of blood vessels.

The results of the study, conducted at the University of
Maryland Medical Center, were presented at the Scientific
Session of the American College of Cardiology on March 7,
2005, in Orlando, Florida.

The endothelium has a powerful effect on blood vessel
tone and regulates blood flow, adjusts coagulation and
blood thickening, and secretes chemicals and other
substances in response to wounds, infections or irritation.
It also plays an important role in the development of
cardiovascular disease.

“The endothelium is the first line in the development of
atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries, so, given the
results of our study, it is conceivable that laughing may be
important to maintain a healthy endothelium, and reduce
the risk of cardiovascular disease,” says principal
investigator Michael Miller, M.D., director of preventive
cardiology at the University of Maryland Medical Center
and associate professor of medicine at the University of
Maryland School of Medicine. “At the very least, laughter
offsets the impact of mental stress, which is harmful to the

The study included a group of 20 non-smoking, healthy
volunteers, equally divided between men and women,
whose average age was 33. The participants had normal
blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose levels. Each
volunteer was shown part of two movies at the extreme
ends of the emotional spectrum. They were randomized to
first watch either a movie that would cause mental stress,
such as the opening scene of “Saving Private Ryan”
(DreamWorks, 1998), or a segment of a movie that would
cause laughter, such as “King Pin” (MGM, 1996). A
minimum of 48 hours later, they were shown a movie
intended to produce the opposite emotional extreme.

Prior to seeing a movie, the volunteers fasted overnight
and were given a baseline blood vessel reactivity test to
measure what is known as flow-mediated vasodilation. For
that test, blood flow in the brachial artery in the arm was
restricted by a blood pressure cuff and released. An
ultrasound device then measured how well the blood
vessel responded to the sudden increase in flow.

Volunteers watched a 15-minute segment of the movie
while lying down in a temperature-controlled room. After
the movie was shown, the brachial artery was constricted
for five minutes and then released. Again, ultrasound
images were acquired. Changes in blood vessel reactivity
after the volunteers watched a movie lasted for at least 30
to 45 minutes. A total of 160 blood vessel measurements
were performed before and after the laughter and mental
stress phases of the study.

There were no differences in the baseline measurements of
blood vessel dilation in either the mental stress or laughter
phases. But there were striking contrasts after the movies
were seen. Brachial artery flow was reduced in 14 of the
20 volunteers following the movie clips that caused mental
stress. In contrast, beneficial blood vessel relaxation or
vasodilation was increased in 19 of the 20 volunteers after
they watched the movie segments that generated laughter.
Overall, average blood flow increased 22 percent during
laughter, and decreased 35 percent during mental stress.

Several volunteers had already seen “Saving Private
Ryan,” says Dr. Miller, but even so, some of them were
among the 14 with reduced blood flow.

“The magnitude of change we saw in the endothelium is
similar to the benefit we might see with aerobic activity,
but without the aches, pains and muscle tension associated
with exercise,” says Dr. Miller. “We don’t recommend that
you laugh and not exercise, but we do recommend that
you try to laugh on a regular basis. Thirty minutes of
exercise three times a week, and 15 minutes of laughter on
a daily basis is probably good for the vascular system.”

Dr. Miller says this study was not able to determine the
source of laughter’s benefit. “Does it come from the
movement of the diaphragm muscles as you chuckle or
guffaw, or does it come from a chemical release triggered
by laughter, such as endorphins?” he asks. Dr. Miller says
a compound called nitric oxide is known to play a role in
the dilation of the endothelium. “Perhaps mental stress
leads to a breakdown in nitric oxide or inhibits a stimulus
to produce nitric oxide that results in vasoconstriction,”
says Dr. Miller.

The current study builds on earlier research Dr. Miller
conducted on the potential benefits of laughter, reported
in 2000, which suggested that laughter may be good for
the heart. In that study, answers to questionnaires helped
determine whether people were prone to laughter and
ascertain their levels of hostility and anger. Three hundred
volunteers participated in the study. Half of them had
suffered a heart attack or had undergone coronary artery
bypass surgery; the other half did not have heart disease.
People with heart disease responded with less humor to
everyday life situations than those with a normal
cardiovascular system.

Dr. Miller says certain factors in the earlier study may have
affected the results. For example, he says it may be that
people who have already had a coronary event are not as
laughter-prone as those who do not have heart disease.

He says the current study sought to eliminate that
uncertainty by using volunteers whose cardiovascular
system was healthy. The results of the brachial artery
blood flow measurements, which are precise and
objective, appear to make the connection between
laughter and cardiovascular health even stronger,
according to Dr. Miller.

Other researchers in the study included Charles Mangano,
R.D.M.S; Young Park, M.D.; Radha Goel, M.D.; Gary
Plotnick, M.D. and Robert A. Vogel, M.D., all from the
University of Maryland School of Medicine.

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