Game Changer

Advanced, drug-free treatments improve sexual performance.

By the time the dot-com bubble burst shortly after the turn of the century, Allen* had already made his first million dollars. Most of that money is gone now, but what the software engineer made over the course of the next 16 years allowed him to retire early.Stock photo from iStockphoto.com.

“I turned fifty just last year and, for my fiftieth birthday, I decided to quit working and start traveling,” Allen says. “My wife and I have always wanted to bike our way across Europe, and I figured If we’re going to do that, we better get started before we’re too old.

An active outdoorsman, Allen’s travels began about six months ago with a cross-country trip from Silicon Valley to Clearwater where his wife grew up. The couple is now in the process of building a home there, but all is not perfect in what Allen refers to as “paradise.”

“The problem actually started about a year and a half ago – just as I was seriously starting to consider retiring early,” Allen says. “All of a sudden, as if out of nowhere, I started having some trouble with fatigue.

“I was feeling a little run-down and was having trouble getting through my workouts. I figured at first that it was probably just stress from work and thinking about retirement, but then the problem became more intense because I started having trouble in the bedroom.”

The trouble Allen had in the bedroom is called erectile dysfunction. That’s the name given to a condition that keeps men from either establishing or maintaining an erection suitable for sex. Allen, of course, is not alone in his plight.

Studies show that more than half of all men will experience some form of erectile dysfunction during their lifetime and that men suffering from hypertension, diabetes or cardiovascular disease are even more likely to experience dysfunction.

Smoking, heavy consumption of alcohol, and drugs (either illicit or prescription) can also cause erectile dysfunction, which is typically the result of circulatory impairment in the blood capillaries of the penis or other urogenital areas.

For years, medications such as VIAGRA® and CIALIS® have been the first line of defense against ED. If those proved unsuccessful, the next treatment option has generally been injections into the penis. If that failed, the last resort has long been a penile implant.

But there is now a revolutionary, noninvasive and highly effective treatment that treats erectile dysfunction through the use of acoustical waves that is performed in Clearwater by Rene M. Reed, DC, DABCO, NMD.

Acoustic Wave Technology

Dr. Reed is a practicing chiropractic orthopedic specialist and naturopathic medical doctor who specializes in integrative medicine. He recently added the acoustic wave therapy to his menu of treatment options because of the great need he sees for it.

“I do the acoustic wave treatments because I’ve seen erectile dysfunction, or ED, destroy relationships and devastate men,” Dr. Reed explains. “I’ve literally had grown men cry in front of me over it.

“But I also do genetic testing to determine if genetic defects are contributing to the ED. Acoustic wave therapy may work more effectively if the underlying genetic issues are treated. So, we look at all the players in the game responsible for good erections and sexual function.”

In Allen’s case, that deeper dive that Dr. Reed always takes with his patients included a genetic test that revealed his fatigue and erectile dysfunction were due at least in part to a hormonal imbalance. In particular, Allen was suffering from a loss of testosterone.

“Every year after the age of forty, testosterone levels drop by about ten to twenty percent,” Dr. Reed reports. “That’s what we found with Allen. His testosterone was very low, so what we did was treat him for his low testosterone and give him acoustic wave therapy.”

To boost Allen’s failing testosterone levels, Dr. Reed recommended a treatment called bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. Also known as BHRT, it is a treatment designed to boost hormone levels through the application of a natural testosterone crème to the inner thighs or scrotum.

“With patients such as Allen, I look to regulate the sex hormones and then combine that with the acoustic wave therapy,” Dr. Reed clarifies. “It is often a combination of these treatments that works the best for patients.”

Acoustic wave therapy is delivered through a small, handheld device that delivers the waves in a series of short, painless pulsations that break up the plaque and calcium that have built up inside the blood vessels in the penis.

Remarkable Results

Acoustic wave treatments also stimulate the growth of new nerve tissue, which is vital for achieving and maintaining healthy erections. They can even be used to treat Peyronie’s disease, a condition in which tissue build-up causes an abnormal bend to the penis, usually to the right or left. But acoustic wave therapy is not just for men.

“Women can benefit from it, too, because the anatomy and physiology of the female genitalia is the same as the male,’’ Dr. Reed reports. “And, just like men, when women get older, their labia and clitoris shrink up just like the man’s penis shrinks up.

“So, just as it does with men, acoustic wave therapy can improve the blood supply to that area and reinvigorate the nerves and put some spice back into a woman’s life so that she’s not one of two people just living together.”

Acoustic wave therapy treatments last about 30 minutes with patients typically receiving two such treatments per week for a span of six weeks. Allen, who first saw Dr. Reed last May, followed a slightly different schedule.

After receiving two treatments in a week, he waited another month before receiving a third and fourth treatment. He then waited several months before receiving a fifth treatment and another month or two before receiving a sixth.

“One of the reasons I waited to go back after receiving the first two treatments was because the first two treatments worked so well!” Allen exclaims. “Almost immediately after that second treatment, I noticed a difference.

“My erections were suddenly much stronger and longer lasting and that, of course, made my wife very happy. And it wasn’t long before I started feeling a lot more energetic, too. Dr. Reed told me that was the hormone therapy working.”

Allen was initially directed to see Dr. Reed by his wife who has several friends who have visited him for a variety of health issues. Allen admits he was a bit apprehensive about making the first visit, but he’s glad that he did.

“Dr. Reed is a natural health doctor, and I would consider him one of the best doctors I’ve ever dealt with,” Allen raves. “One of the things that I really like about him is how personable he is. He’s a great guy, and you can tell he really wants to help you.

“He’s a doctor who really cares about his patients. He’s not there just to give you a pill and see how it works. He really works hard to get to the root of your problem and find a solution for it. That’s why I so highly recommend him.”

*Patient’s name withheld at his request.
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