Pornography: A Public Health Crisis

The question is no longer just about the morality of porn.  The science shows it is a public health crisis.From the Chicago TribuneThe thing is, no matter what you think of pornography (whether it's harmful or harmless fantasy) the science is there. After 40 years of peer-reviewed research, scholars can say with confidence that porn is an industrial product that shapes how we think about gender, sexuality, relationships, intimacy, sexual violence and gender equality - for the worse. By … [Read more...]

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Why Porn Is NOT An Addiction (Part Deux) and Why That Matters For Your Healing.

A while back, I shared a study arguing that porn was not an addiction. I also explained why this matters for treatment.  In the months since then, I've gotten several emails from people asking questions about that post. Many of these messages cited a response by Matt Fradd  that took issue (very respectfully, thank you Matt) with my position.  Most recently, I received an email from a pastor who was interested in the debate about the issue. My conversation with this pastor--who, like many past … [Read more...]

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Want Better Sex? Talking Together More Effective Than “Female Viagra”, New Study Says

A hormone treatment with oxytocin improves the sexual experience of women suffering from sexual dysfunction. This is the finding of a study conducted at MedUni Vienna, which has now been published in the journal Fertility and Sterility. However, a control group that only received a placebo via a nasal spray, showed similar improvements. Sexual dysfunction in women is therefore not merely a question of a chemical hormone deficiency but is often also a sign of a lack of communication with a p … [Read more...]

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Spiritual Infidelity: A Crisis in Catholic Marriage

New study says 83% of Catholic couples are committing 'spiritual infidelity'.  Are YOU in a spiritual 'open marriage'? Over the last several weeks, infidelity has been a top story in the news after hackers released the records of 35 million users of a popular adultery website. According to the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, approximately 20 percent of husbands and wives will commit sexual infidelity and another 20 percent will fall prey to an emotional affair, in which th … [Read more...]

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“Female Viagra” Released Despite Dangers. What YOU Need to Know.

 Sprout Phamaceuticals is touting the development of  a "female Viagara", brand name Addyi (generic, Flibanserin). If it were a better drug, this could be a tremendous help to a lot of couples. Unfortunately, there are significant reasons for concern.The problem is that it is hard to argue that the very modest benefits of the drug (4.4 satisfying sexual experiences per month on the drug versus 3.7 satisfying sexual experiences without it) justify the risk of the significant side … [Read more...]

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Promoting NFP Just Means Catholics Don’t Believe in Being Stupid–Period.

<Sigh>The author of this piece  (arguing against universal NFP training in marriage prep) is responding to a piece I wrote last year for NFP Awareness Week.   And, although I know he is completely well-meaning,  he completely missed the point.To say that couples should NOT be required to learn NFP--as the author of this article does-- is, in my mind, the equivalent of saying, "As Catholics, we think it is good and noble for people to be completely ignorant of how the female body ac … [Read more...]

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New Research Suggests Porn is NOT an Addiction. It is a Compulsion. Here’s Why That Matters.

New research puts another nail in the coffin of the idea that pornography is an addiction.  First the study, then I'll explain why this matters for treating problem sexual behaviors and why it's GOOD news for sufferers.  According to ScienceDirect.com... A new study published in Biological Psychology provides provocative evidence in favor of dropping the addiction label because what’s going on inside the brains of so-called porn “addicts” is nothing like what you would expect from someone who ha … [Read more...]

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Dr. Strangelove (OR) How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Natural Family Planning. (Part III in a Series)

This is the third post in my series titled, The Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Burden of Natural Family Planning which attempts to propose some practical and sensitive avenues for addressing the struggles many couples have with NFP.  Click the links for Part One and Part Two.It isn't unusual in NFP circles to run into faithful, devout, well-intentioned people who use NFP but live in a constant state of fear about it.  Sometimes they are concerned about the method for health reasons (e … [Read more...]

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