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Tomorrow (Dec. 20) is the last day before Christmas to order a signed copy of Manvotionals. I’ll be making my last trip to the post office on Wednesday. If you live in the U.S., you’ll get your book by Christmas Eve.

Books are $14. We can customize the inscription however you want. Just make a note of it in your order.

Shipping is done through U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail for $4.95. If you order more than two books, shipping gets bumped up to $10. Just click on the link below to complete the order. All major credit cards are accepted.

Buy a Signed Copy of Manvotionals!

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If you’ve bought and read our latest book, Manvotionals: Timeless Wisdom and Advice on Living the 7 Manly Virtues, and you’re grateful for the amount of hair it’s put on your chest, please consider taking a few minutes to post a review of the book on Amazon. It would really help us out.

Apparently one of the factors Amazon uses to determine a book’s rank is the number of reviews a book has. The higher our Amazon rank, the more visible our book is to shoppers. We really hope you’ve enjoyed the book, but you can give it whatever amount of stars you think it deserves. We just ask that you take a few minutes to do a review. Right now we have 12 reviews (all 5 stars–thanks guys!), but the more the merrier!

And if you haven’t bought a copy of Manvotionals yet, get it today! It’s just $11!

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Recently came across an interesting article on Psychology Today about the growing problem of porn-induced erectile dysfunction. While ED is often associated with middle-aged and older men, a “growing number of young, healthy Internet pornography users are complaining of delayed ejaculation, inability to be turned on by real partners, and sluggish erections.”

The problem is physiological not psychological. As with any stimulation you give your brain, at first it gives you a lot of pleasure, but eventually the brain gets used to it, even numb to it. It’s like if you love chocolate ice cream; if you started eating it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, after a couple of weeks it would stop giving you pleasure, and it might even start disgusting you. Here’s the more scientific explanation:

Recent behavioral addiction research suggests that the loss of libido and performance occur because heavy users are numbing their brain’s normal response to pleasure. Years of overriding the natural limits of libido with intense stimulation desensitize the user’s response to a neurochemical called dopamine.

Dopamine is behind motivation, “wanting” and all addictions. It drives the search for rewards. We get little spurts of it every time we bump into anything potentially rewarding, novel, surprising, or even anxiety-producing.

Animal models have established that both sexual desire and erections arise from dopamine signals. Normally, dopamine-producing nerve cells in the reward circuitry activate the sexual (libido) centers of the hypothalamus, which in turn activate the erection centers in the spinal cord, which send nerve impulses to the genitalia. A steady stream of nerve impulses, which release nitric oxide into the penis and its blood vessels, maintain an erection.

Nitric oxide in turn stimulates the blood vessel dilator cGMP, the on/off switch for engorgement and erection. The more cGMP is available the more durable the erection. So, the pathway from the brain to an erection is:

Reward circuitry (dopamine) > hypothalamus > spinal cord > nerves > penis

Erections start with dopamine and end with cGMP. Sexual enhancement drugs work by inhibiting the breakdown of cGMP, thus allowing it to accumulate in the penis. Yet if the patient’s brain isn’t producing enough signals in the first place, ED drugs will not increase libido or pleasure even if they (sometimes) produce an erection.

In the case of age-related erectile dysfunction, cardiovascular conditions or diabetes, the primary weak link tends to be the nerves, blood vessels, and penis. However, for men with porn-induced erectile dysfunction, the weak link is not the penis, but rather the desensitized dopamine system in the brain.

In the last decade or so, addiction researchers have discovered that too much dopamine stimulation has a paradoxical effect. The brain decreases its ability to respond to dopamine signals (desensitization). This occurs with all addictions, both chemical and natural. In some porn users, the response to dopamine is dropping so low that they can’t achieve an erection without constant hits of dopamine via the Internet.

The solution to those suffering from porn-induced ED is to “reboot” the brain by abstaining from porn and masturbation for several months.

Read the whole article: “Cupid’s Poisoned Arrow” @Psychology Today

 

 

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While serving in Afghanistan, Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry, who had already been shot through both legs, saved his men when he picked up a live grenade that had landed by him and his fellow Army Rangers, and threw it away. It detonated as he threw it, amputating his hand. For his heroic actions, Petry was awarded the Medal of Honor, becoming the second living man to receive it for service in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

From CNN.com

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Bishnu Shrestha, who had just retired from the Indian army where he served as a Gorkha soldier, held off a horde of robbers that tried to rob a train in India. From the article on Republica:

“The band of about 40 robbers, some of whom were travelling as passengers, stopped the train in the Chittaranjan jungles in West Bengal around midnight. Shrestha– who had boarded the train at Ranchi in Jharkhand, the place of his posting–was in seat no. 47 in coach AC3.

“They started snatching jewelry, cell phones, cash, laptops and other belongings from the passengers,” Shrestha recalled. The soldier had somehow remained a silent spectator amidst the melee, but not for long. He had had enough when the robbers stripped an 18-year-old girl sitting next to him and tried to rape her right in front of her parents. He then took out his khukuri and took on the robbers.

“The girl cried for help, saying ´You are a soldier, please save a sister´,” Shrestha recalled. “I prevented her from being raped, thinking of her as my own sister,” he added. He took one of the robbers under control and then started to attack the others. He said the rest of the robbers fled after he killed three of them with his khukuri and injured eight others…“Fighting the enemy in battle is my duty as a soldier; taking on the dacoits in the train was my duty as a human being,” said the Indian army nayak.

Essentially, one man took on 40 armed thieves with only a khukuri. What is a khukuri?

To be filed under: Bad. Ass.

Hat tip to Phillip H. for this link.

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Men’s style website Every Guyed recently announced the winners of their annual men’s style blog contest, The Cravats.

AoM was nominated for Best Grooming Blog and we took home the honor. Thanks for those who voted for us! Check out the other winners in the other categories by following the link below.

The Cravats Menswear Media Awards 2010 – Winners.

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Last week we ran a giveaway for Mountain and Sackett ties. 1,423 of you entered to win one of Mountain and Sackett’s handsome hand-stitched ties. A winner was randomly drawn and he is:

Patrick Regan from Jamaica Plains, MA

Patrick chose the Old Albanians regimental tie as his prize.

Mountain and Sackett is offering a 20% discount to those of you who entered the contest. I emailed the code out on Wednesday to everyone who left a comment and it is good until Dec. 19th.

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Last week we started a giveaway for the ultimate Christmas gift-a Saddleback briefcase. It quickly became our most popular giveaway ever, garnering 4,178 comments in just one week. Clearly a lot of men out there would love to get their hands on one of these awesomely manly bags. But, as always, there can only be one winner. We randomly drew one comment and that comment belonged to:

Nathan Straub  from Orion, IL.

Nathan is one lucky man and will be enjoying the smell of rich leather underneath his tree on Christmas morning. If you didn’t win, please try to refrain from sending Mr. Straub lumps of coal.

Many, many of you left a comment saying that the best present you ever got was something passed down from your grandfather. This was the case with Nathan as well. Here’s the comment he left:

“The best Christmas present I have ever received was the Christmas after returning home from Basic training and AIT after enlisting in the Army in ’06. On Christmas Day my father took me aside, presented to me a plain wrapped box and said nothing. I opened it to find all of my Grandfather’s WWII service ribbons, official photo, medals, journal, papers and personal photo album from his service in the Pacific Campaign. He told me thank you and how proud my grandfather (whom had passed before I was old enough to know of him) would be right now. I don’t think I will ever receive a ‘gift’ as memorable as that one.”
Pretty awesome. Merry Christmas Nathan.

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The awesome men at Tankfarm Clothing, the same guys who designed our AoM t-shirts and new posters, are opening their first retail store today in Los Alamitos, CA. The store will sell their sweet duds along with other manly things like Red Wing boots, Levis jeans, and AoM swag.

The grand opening is from 2-5, and there will be food, drinks, music, and giveaways. If you live in the Orange County area, stop on by and tell em Brett sent ya!

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Last week we ran a giveaway for a subscription to Manpacks-a service that delivers new undergarments to you every 3 months.

Apparently dudes like to talk about their undies, because the giveaway garnered 1,068 comments. But there can only be one winner, and that winner is:

Andrew Naylor from Frankton, Indiana

Enjoy your new skivvies Andrew!

Those of you who entered the contest but didn’t win should have received an email with a code to get $10 off any Manpacks order.

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