Naked Talk with JESS

Men's Sexual Wellness with Dr Chase Banks from Finish First Injury Prevention

July 06, 2021 Jessica Martin- Brassington Episode 46
Naked Talk with JESS
Men's Sexual Wellness with Dr Chase Banks from Finish First Injury Prevention
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On this episode of Naked Talk with Jess we are joined by Dr Chase Banks from Finish First Injury Prevention.

Dr Banks is so much more than just a chiropractor he specializes in sports injury and nutrition. 

We talk all things  mens health and wellness from hormones, sexual health/fitness and getting enough sleep.

Finish First Injury Prevention -
Address: 26406 Oak Ridge Dr. Suite 101
Spring, TX 77380
Phone: 832.813.8451
Fax: 832.813.8783

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Hey, y'all welcome to naked. Talk with Jess. I am so excited about my guest today. Dr. Chase banks. He is with Finished First Injury Prevention right here in The Woodlands. Welcome chase. How you doing? 

Thank you for having us today. 

Yes, I'm very excited. Dr. Banks and I are actually friends, we met about four years ago and he is a health advocate for his patients and we'll learn a little bit more about him and what he does, but I just think you're awesome.

I appreciate it. 

 and fortunate to. Where a lot of people at my age, maybe just not quite figured out what their purpose in life is. And, uh, Phil, you know, early lead and in kind of my call or my walk that basically this is, this is the direction that God had for me. It mostly has to do with my personality, I think

And I'm able to. To really, you know, deliver that and, and just pour into my patients with that. And I get a big return and enjoy from, from receiving as well. 

Yeah. And that's something I noticed right away when we met, I said, hold on. Y'all. This man is way more than a chiropractor, nothing wrong with that.

But you're just one of those people that,  I said it last week on, on my Facebook live I met your wife. You, you said, Hey, you got to meet my wife, Vanessa. And it was so cool that when she said chase is one of those people you meet and you say, I want him in my life. And  I thought,  what a beautiful compliment for you

I met you and I said, wait, he is so much more than that. And I love that. You said you found your calling because you definitely have, we will, I want to go a little bit more into for sure what you offer, but we may not get to touch all of these things, but I know  there's so many things you've done your education and different things.

 You're, we're one of those people you get to know you and you're. Doing what you're supposed to do. Right.  But then there's so many more layers to you. So anyway, you're awesome. And I'm glad that you're doing what  you're supposed to be doing.  Tell us for those who don't know you,  a little bit about finished first and what you do there and who would be a great client for you?

Well, we've been in practice for 13 years now started right out of school just because I felt like there was an, a niche in chiropractic that, um, I was interested. And it just really wasn't being done. And I wanted to advance not only the profession, but offer something to the community that they needed and obviously being, from I'm from Tennessee.

And so our plans were at the time in 2008, 2009 to go back there and obviously the economy there was just struggling big time. So obviously oil and gas here was phenomenal. So,  my wife, when I got engaged to her, we stayed in the Woodlands. After about a year, we knew we couldn't leave.  It just one of those things with the people here in this community and Montgomery county, and especially in Harris county and stuff like that, the, the need and desire for education and health and wellness is awesome.

And I think that that's why I'm so indebted to our patients and, and strive to give them the best quality care that we can give. Because if I wasn't able to do clinically what I get to do right. I would do something for education on that side of, you know, health advocacy. And so, you know, our office provides everything from chiropractic to nutrition to correct a rehab physical therapy.

 I do a ton of nutrition myself, and that nutrition is tailored to what's needed to the patient. And there's a lot that goes into it and we don't have a lot of time to, to kind of dip into that today, but it's a lot of didactic. There's a lot of family history. It's a lot of sitting down and talking.

And I think that that's the biggest thing that going back for advocacy that we try to strive for in our office is I'll spend an hour, hour and a half with the patient. And the purpose for that is, is because sometimes that's what it takes to bridge the gap. If they've got a provider, let's call it an internist, but they've got a cardiologist also.

And those two physicians aren't really talking to each other because they don't have time or they don't have time to educate the patient on what they're trying to express to them. What's going on. Or what they can expect. I'm kind of that person to help kind of guide them between the two. I'm not doing anything with their medications.

We're not taking them off of them. We're not doing anything, but if they're wanting to become their own health advocate for their family and themselves, we teach them the ways that the body is designed to reach homeostasis. And we just basically give them a plan and procedure to do so whether they want to just jump on in and just, you know, swim through it and take it off.

Or it just gives them time, you know? So we have to kind of find out where they are. They have goals to be somewhere else. Sometimes their lifestyle is so far away from that. So we have to slow the process down a little bit and get them to understand this is going to be, you know, a marathon. It's not going to be.

And  that's something that when you and I met because of my holistic health,  perspective, I love that because so many times someone is a specialist or a doctor. They're not looking at the whole person, whether , they may not have that information or the patient isn't telling them.

 I'm remembering how we initially met too nutrition. And I have shared this before in my podcast. I was along, um, you know, I'm 44, so I was definitely the restricting your calories.  Eat lesson, you'll lose weight type of deal. So I've done a lot of over the year, the last four years really.

 Unlearning stuff I had learned. So I went to IU for nutrition.  And then that's when I learned carb cycling and I started really learning about macros and it's not just calories.  But say, if I had gone to that for gone to. I'm eating great. My body looks awesome, you know, but my gut health is a mess,  which I did my go with your gut series.

 The listeners know that,  health begins in the gut. We talk about the gut brain connection. So then you and I talked about that too. And I want to touch briefly too on the fact of it's  that communication, we're not just a number to you. You do spend a lot of time with your clients and patients and.

What I've noticed after I've talked to you, sometimes I've said things and I know, okay. He probably picked up on something. I said, it's not always what we're saying. It might be the other things we say that we don't think are related to nutrition or whatever. So you're really good at picking those things up.

 Then we looked at that gut health and that's something that you offer that a lot of times, and this is more for the people who maybe have had a scary situation or they've tried, things maybe. Didn't know the questions to ask their physician.  And they're not addressing that gut health.  There, it's going to be really hard to get that healing.

 In holistic health, we believe in not just looking at the symptom, but getting to the root. So you definitely do that. So it is it's nutrition, it's gut health it's injury prevention.  But then  you also. Can be that advocate because my husband goes to U2 and you've referred us to different,  physicians.

We're very lucky that we have an awesome network with other providers with not only in chiropractic, but I have, you know, internist, a cardiologist, a gastroenterologist, other , family, nurse practitioners, and lots of different variety of providers, neurosurgeons. I mean, I'm not afraid of sending a patient that needs.

Based upon their clinical presentation and obviously what their signs or symptoms are, where they are in life. If they're needing an actual procedure done, we're going to help them through that. We're going to help them through the rehab. It's going to be a beneficial process.  it's nice because just having that network of people to kind of lean on and get, obviously things are outside of our scope. We're going to put them in the best hands that we can put them in. 

And I like that you say that. So I've started my holistic journey over a decade ago. I  discover GMO's freaked out. I was like, I'm killing my family every time I go to the grocery store.  And then I've just learned along the last 10 years, but for the person that's newer to, to kind of looking at this with a different perspective, I think a lot of times they have the misconception that it's either we're against Western medicine,  there'sa time and a place for Western medicine and for medication and for surgery.

 I believe that we were along the same lines that we're not against anything. We just need to look at all the areas. And I think you described it best you bridge that you're that bridge and you're that advocate. 

Cause there's so much that we have control on ourselves. If you just know the power and the education that's out there and, and truly, and especially when it comes to.

 When the body's a little out of sync and maybe it's just something that, you know, it can work its way. If we don't correct it into obviously a chronic illness or disease state. But, if we look prior to all of that, it's more of a pro-inflammatory situation before it gets to something where there's detrimental, you know, tissue damage or loss or something gone on with the immune system where it doesn't recognize itself.

But,  if we can get to all that early on. Change the direction or change the approach that they're doing in their lifestyle at that time, and work more holistically with the body systems. And all of a sudden the sea state doesn't occur, whether it's five years, five months or, you know, five decades. 

Yeah. There's so much power, there's so many ways our body can heal itself if we allow it. Right.  That's why it's good to have someone that we trust , and can do those things there  and if you can't help, you definitely have,  really just made such a great impact in the community and built that network.

 So you're definitely a great starting point to go. And I think a lot of people, especially.  Now more than ever, they're starting to realize the importance of our health,  how it does affect our business, our career, our family. It's not just a physical thing.   

COVID, you know, 2020 has been a gut check for a lot of people.

Yes. That's one thing I've noticed. Just more on the corporate side. Just as I've been on LinkedIn or just other things it's pushed your health to the forefront. You can no longer deny it.  So if anything, I hope that's,  something good. That's come out of this. So we need to be our own health advocate, and take the steps and make the change when, when we can.

 If we can start with starting about all things being interconnected, right.  Really want to talk about men's sexual wellness. I've been pretty vocal about the attack of that I've personally seen and noticed on masculinity.  Not only in our society, but physical attack, like how they're , physically it's changing our, our men, whether it's , estrogens or things in their hygiene products.

 I would like to just get your take on that or what you're kind of seeing with your clients or  as in your career. 

So probably hitting on the subject of, of like you say, from a 30,000 foot level attack on masculinity. I mean, I've, I've got four daughters. Majority of everybody works finished versus female have a big client base or patient base is female.

I know estrogen. And it's something that I work in every single. And when it comes to the metabolism of estrogen is something that is slowly starting to be understood.  I don't think that we're going to be going against a lot of literature, especially when it comes to modern medicine and things like that.

That is still outdated. And,  when you look at foods and like you say, hygiene products and all those things, whether they're phytoestrogen or Xeno, estrogens, how someone. From their lifestyle and their genetics really metabolizes those, I would say artificial structures of estrogen will dictate a lot of things in their life.

It'll dictate their emotion.  When it comes to obviously with sexual health, if estrogen levels get too high testosterone levels, aren't where they should be. You're gonna see a lot of, of irritability, crankiness that they're not going to be, kind of have an ability to rationalize their thoughts sometimes.

And so if there's some tumultuous kind of relationship going on or a marriage. The communications just aren't there. Things get worse, especially when it's in the bedroom.  Cause that's where we see a lot of obviously, you know, erectile dysfunction and just overall inability to perform and, and lack of drive.

 And going to the prostate. For instance, a lot of people in, in this is just when you look at traditional medicine, a lot of prostate cancer, literature, or recommendation for prostate cancer, as far as treatment protocols and how it happens is they blame it all on tests. And if testosterone was the problem, why do we not see prostate cancer in someone in 1920 and 21, 22 years old?

When the testosterone isn't at its highest. So we'll, let's look at the other relationship with testosterone and estrogen, and they're very similar. They have a very small molecular structure difference, but when you look at them from Oregon or granting structure, they look almost ideal. They obviously create completely different pathways in our body and do different functions and things like that.

But the point is is that if that estrogen gets elevated, when the testosterone level starts to drop, you start to see inflammatory processes. And we see this in women too. We see it, especially when they get into perimenopause and menopause, we see the weight gain. You know, we have the other, the adverse of other hormones when the body's not able to regulate them and you can get metabolic inflammatory issues.

There's tons of written literature out there that show. So with men and their prostate health. Okay. That organ is a gland. It is an endocrine gland. It's also a cleanser for the seminal fluid. Okay. And then Jackie elation, it's a pump also. So what is it doing? It's cleansing that seminal fluid. Okay. How do we get rid of toxins?

We get them through our stool as our liver bypasses them and bile and gets it out that way we sweat it out. We actually breathe it out too, but also we pass a lot through our years. So where that you're in going, where that urethra is going right through that gland. So over the years of eating these things, where are those Xeno toxins and those phyto estrogens, where they going to actually collect?

Well, it's in a lot of different glands, but the prostate. So if we look at to estrogen, what can it, cause that's one thing that's not being talked about is prostate cancer being on the road. And so in again, when you start seeing issues with the prostate, we often find a lot of things with sexual dysfunction because of the swelling and things like that.

So, and that's why they treat for a, from a, a traditional standpoint. Sometimes they'll treat obviously erectile dysfunction. They treat also prostate issues with like low dose Cialis, you know? So they're trying to increase the blood flow. Yes. 

Yeah. And that's something that  I've talked about peri-menopause on the podcast.

 And along with that comes a lot of weight gain, different things. You,  notice a change of things, but if we were to say, okay, these are my symptoms and I go Online search, or I go to a physician who may not be looking at all that they're going to give you something isnt' really customized type of didn't look at maybe other things.

And so then I have. Symptoms from that,  and then I think you just get scared, and so  there's a time and place for it, but also,  look into the whole pictureI'm really big on critical thinking. Don't think like me, don't be lazy and say, well, just said this.

Whether that's, you know, anything in our life or health or our freedoms or, or any of those things, Thank, you know, talk these things out. Sometimes we need to say it just like you said. Yeah. That makes perfect sense. If we're showing these things are related, but we're not looking at this other piece or why doesn't it happen in this certain area?

We're not getting the whole picture, right. And then when you said about blood flow,  so an erection is blood flow, you know, if you have these other, whether it's lifestyle issues or things going on, it's going to affect that. So maybe taking a pill, just isn't the answerand it's, and it's, you know, it's just like with working out what happens when you haven't moved, let's say a bicep in a specific, you know, amount of blood.

The first time that you work out and you do a bunch of bicep curls. And let's just say the same thing with glutes, with squats, what happens? You're you're increasing the blood flow to that muscle that has not had as much, cause there's not been a demand on it. Having come in. It's really sore. It hurts for a few days.

Things like that. It's not to say that direction is going to hurt. The point , is like the more that things are practiced, the more ready that the fitness is of those tissues. But at the same time, you're increasing your fitness by working. Sexual health. There's a fitness to that too. And there's has to be some consistency in that.

And that's where, especially in relationships and marriage, especially is having that communication to understand that the quality of that connection and what can happen emotionally, there could be hardly any communication going on, but if there's physical communication, it can mean a lot of things.

Yes. And the reverse, right. If we're not having that. It can creep into different areas and , that's a whole other subject, but it's all interconnected is. Something I'll be talking about later in the podcast is  porn and the, in these different things and how  viewing sex in an unhealthy way and how that can become, can get in between your relationship.

Because now kind of like with ed you, if you're not communicating with your spouse, I mean, this could, that could be the man not, or the woman. Hey, you know, I, I'm just not feeling this or something. If it's crept in, you're not communicating. If the man gets embarrassed or he doesn't want to talk about it, he might look to other things, it's just not a good situation

 To put this thing of,  uh, unhealthy view of sex in our minds. So not only now, are we, you know, fighting against, you know, these chemicals and, and harmful things and our lifestyle choices and our processed food.

But now we're, we're looking at images and porn and having kind of just a. And unhealthy view, right? So there's a lot of crazy crates, poor expectations too, in a relationship. That's what I say, porn is not sex, you know, and even if you say, oh, it's ethical porn  and not even touching on the things that are hurting people.

Right. But if it's just, oh, it's ethical porn and it's just, but it's not sex. So now when you have a real person,  I always say, and husband's probably gonna be mad at me, but I always say like, you know, what do you, what are you going to say? Like, So what's, you're not going to pee on me now, you know, or whatever.

And you see all these things and it's like, no, not that my husband said that . And I said, well, these are things that go through our mind. You're seeing this. And then you get with a real person. And when they don't maybe do that, what you've expected, it makes you feel like maybe something's wrong with you.

So. Yeah, we got all kinds of stuff to unpack out here, but just to say, there's a lot of factors involved, but the reason I started this podcast was to talk about things that people are not talking about, because if you don't talk about it and start that process, it's not just going to go away. so speaking about that another thing one of my, my second episode was sex and sleep.

How to get more of it. I'm all about sex. I'm all about sleep.  Can you share a little bit about, because so many people and you, you can correct me if I'm wrong, but , I can probably guess that a lot of your clients, when they come to you, they probably don't have the best sleep.  So let's talk a little bit to how that affects our sex life.

Certainly. So the two biggest,  I would say symptomology questions that I asked for patients on the intake forms and I'll do it in person when we're doing our encounters. I always ask them how their gastrointestinal health is. Are they having regular bowel movements? What's the consistency. What's the texture, which the color, you know, what's the actual form stool look like.

What's it doing when it's in the toilet? If you're not looking at those things, you need to learn what those signs are, because it has a lot to do with obviously gut health. What we talked about, but with sleep, it is an ever unclenching third for me to tell people how awful. Sleep is so much that, you know, I've developed a product that I have a product line for personally called Somnia, which is the Latin term for sleep.

And  sleep in my office from when I see it is the number one reason for the downturn of people's demise in there, both because it leads to several poor choices as your lifestyle kind of gets after you and stress plays a role work-life balance. And like you say, sexual health and things like that.

Mental. Because what happens if you're not getting the deep sleep cycles and effective sleep, you're not going to be able to recharge your neuro-transmitters and your nervous system for the coming day stress that you're going to have to deal with. And if that's something, then you've got, again, a very difficult work life balance, what, and you still have to drive through.

So what are you going to start drinking more coffee? You're going to start drinking energy drinks, and you're gonna start taking in these things that are synthetically altering the neuro. Logical input of what you should be doing. Naturally, you're taking these synthetic adrenaline compounds to make your body just continue to move on.

And then, oh, you're all hyped up on caffeine all day just to get through the day. So now you need to sleep you. Can't why, because caffeine takes about six hours to metabolize. So if you're drinking caffeine late four or five, o'clock you want to go to bed nine 30 or 10, so you can be up by five. What do you do?

We have a couple of drinks. You know, or might take some NyQuil, you know, and I see that all the time when people come in and this is, they grow accustomed to that all the way to the point where they're going to need pharmaceuticals. And then they're completely, you know, captive to what that is. And you know, when you look at the rise of sleep apnea, we see its impact on the cardiovascular system for us inflammation in the cardiovascular system.

And going back to ed that inflammation is very similar to cardiovascular disease state. Well, we see that because of restriction in a, in a lack of plasticity in the arteries. Again, we can't get that blood flow. Can't get the actual reaction that we're looking for. A lot of it comes from those mechanical aspects of the cardiovascular system, but it's, it's, it's something that I push people so much to start looking at their sleep, just like their fitness.

You have to plan for it. You have to practice. You have to put it into a, a part of your lifestyle that it needs to be probably one of the top three pillars. And so what that's doing is those neurotransmitters, as they're getting more effective again, let's say that the gut health is good because you know, serotonin works in the brain, but is synthesized in the gastrointestinal tract.

And so, you know, with dopamine and serotonin and everything, trying to regulate the patterns of sleep, if you're not getting you're waking up two or three times throughout the night, you're never. You wake up completely exhausted all the time. You really need to start looking at what you can do. And there is no, I will say there is no blanket way to fix it for every single person.

You got to look at what's going on in the lifestyle you gotta look at. Okay. How's your, what are your, how's your walk? How's your faith? How do you, how do you perceive the world around you? How do you, how's your family life going? All of these types of things have to be worked on. Meditation, you know, getting in active care, you know, some type of working out things like that, all that has to be focused on to make your sleep better.

So when I start working on people's sleep and we do those other things too, there's a lot of things that correct in their life. And so that's just, uh, you know, that's why it was like our flagship product for Integra and it's been a phenomenal product and it's not something that you take. Every single day, I built it strictly to get people in the sleep cycles.

And you need, you just put it off in the, in your supplement cabinet or wherever you put yourself moments and you bring it out as needed. Like for me, if I have a really heavy week or if I'm going to go lecture or if I do something, I'll take it the night before. Okay. And it's intended to be taken two days on one day off, two days on two days off.

And you slowly get the point. We maybe only use it once or twice. And that's, that's the intentions of in, in of trying to utilize some of these compounds and there's all kinds of things. Everybody talks about melatonin, different forms of magnesium. Tarin obviously CBD in different forms of the actual cannabinoids, which ones works, that kind of stuff.

Um, certain aspects of Gabba and obviously five HTP. There's a bunch of stuff out there, but if you're not working on sleep and it's a problem, I promise you, if you start focusing on it, like you do your nutrition, like you do a diet or other lifestyle changes, and it becomes a focal point. I'm telling you watch yourself three or four months later when you're getting good sleep and how best, how good you feel about that.

Yeah. And my husband actually, we got Somnia for him.  You use it to,  get into balance again, and it's not something you'd come become dependent on. And I want to say during one of the. Conversations, maybe early on in our relationship,  we talked about, I don't remember if it was another family member or something that was struggling with constipation.

And I did,  episode three is constipation. Are you full of it? I shared about that, but going back to something awry reminded me when you said you don't want to become dependent on things. So like, say for example, with your gut, how old, if you're not looking at your store or you're having a struggle, the person that doesn't know, what did they do?

Well, I'm going to go get something to help me go. But then your body starts getting to where it can't go without that. Right. So I wanted to mention that it is so important to find ways to allow your body to do that,  help your body not become dependent on something. And then another thing I was gonna say is, I share this, I believe in my sexist sleep episode, but I said your bedroom should be for two things, sex and.

 So many of us have TVs in our room.  I I'll be the first to say at our home. I think we have eight TVs, which is embarrassing to say,  one of our daughters doesn't have him in her room, but I don't even watch TV. I really don't. Well , 2020 happened and it's not that we were someone that I was busier than ever.

You know, a lot of people were like, eh, I'm just home. Show me some Netflix stuff. I started another business. I mean, I was full force. Because everyone was sharing about Netflix, my husband. And I said, well, let's just watch a show. Let's just pick something,  and we watch this movie,   Peaky blinders. Right? So we start watching that, And then I told my husband a couple of months ago, I said, you know, we watch TV every night now, is it a lot? No, but I'll be the first to say, 

 If you don't catch these things and then you start looking at , well maybe I didn't get as much sleep or you start looking at things that change. It can go back to that. So I do encourage you, look at your sleep.  Start looking for things that might be related to that. And how was your day and back to that about men's health, especially when it comes to hormones.

I mean, and it's the same thing with women, but I will speak to men is that a lot of men are notorious for only getting like four and a half to six hours of sleep. Guys, you need to understand that as, as an adult , obviously we don't need as much as our growing children do, but you still need seven. In a quarter of seven and a half hours of sleep.

And the Dutch do a really good job of following their, their population and morbidities and death rates and stuff like that. And they did a massive study about nine years ago, that looked at a bunch of things that had to do with, you know, their population. It was not just sleep, but sleep was part of it.

And what they found was that the death rate of the population was the same as people getting six hours and people getting eight hours. And that doesn't make sense. You're like, well, how can I. We'll try this on your own. We have sleep cycles that are 90 minutes. That's an ideal sleep cycle. Do you have four waves of sleep?

And that's what you're coming in and out of it. And so if those 90 minutes, if you're setting your alarm for that again, when you go to sleep, let's say for instance, it's 10, o'clock waking up at five 30, that's seven and a half hours. See how you feel when you consistently do that. Versus if you end up waking up 30 minutes before or 30 minutes after, because what's happening is, is your alarm.

Is bringing you out of that deep Delta wave sleep. And you should be in that deep Delta wave sleep for another 30 minutes before you come back out of that cycle. And that's where you have disruptive neurological input. And what can that do? And this is also goes rings true with those people are getting six hours.

And I say this all the time, you put somebody that's competitive in work or. Life or whatever, and right next to you, and they're getting seven and a half hours or seven and a quarter hours, and you're only getting six. Guess what? The end of the week, they slept a whole more day than you that's four days a month.

Okay. 48 days a month and a half for the year. So let's do that decade in and out. So my own personal kind of story with when it comes to health and wellness sleep was always kind of my, you know, this was about five or six years ago. I'm just, I. Somewhat of a perfectionist. I've really slowed that down now that I've had four daughters, but, um, it's something that I'm going to get it done.

Okay. Work is work and I love it. And the amount of nutrition I do and plans, they, they pile up. And so I can't do those in front of patients. I have to do those outside of the office and that's at night throughout the weekend. And sometimes it cuts into my sleep. And so back when I was 32, 33, 34, I would let that work kind of overcome my healthy aspects of life.

And so I was sleeping four hours, five hours a night. And eventually I started noticing that, you know, as I'm taking my blood work, as I always have, I've watched my, I was watching my thyroid and my testosterone continue at a very early age, start to go into decline. And this happens to a lot of. At very early ages.

So they hit what I consider what called manna pause. Oh, okay. Which is a longer period of time than it is for women. And then they go through menopause because menopause is like some kind of like a train wreck. Sometimes for females, it comes out of nowhere in about a three to six month period of time.

Sometimes it's longer in some women are very fortunate genetically to get through it very easily. But for men, because of that communication, they don't talk to their friends and they certainly don't go. And, and seek out,  wellness providers to look at their health. They will usually, typically men are reactionary when something's wrong, they're going to see what, how bad it is.

But if they're not going to sit there and be preemptive to see the prevention side of things. And so I'm speaking to you, wives out there. If you're talking to your, your husbands, they need to be having about every six months, a little bit of follow-up, maybe some blood work, sit down with someone, just kind of check in on some lines.

And that's a big part of that for me was that I just was just sacrificing my sleep to get the work done. And it made, uh, in my wife will tell you getting my sleep back, getting my hormones well balanced. The way that I do it has made me a better husband. It has made me a better father, his bed man made me a better business owner.

 It's just made me better all around. It's made me a better Christian because it's makes me better, easy to not get in my own way. And then I can listen to, you know, what I'm should be hearing from and things like that instead of actually letting you know myself gets because of the anxiety and depression and things like that, that set in when all of a sudden those hormones really start to go in decline.

 And that's one thing,  kind of going on on that back to our faith. You know,  all these things are connected. And I think sometimes as a Christian, we see like, you know, Satan or send us something, you know, that you can see, but that, like you said, it could be as simple. Can you give me a little window of opportunity?

He's going to exploit it and he's going to do whatever it takes and continue on that bad path. 

Yeah. And  the effects that, that has really go into all the other areas of your life. And so. We really want to think about all those things, you know?  Yes, it's sleep, but then it can lead to something else.

Then it leads to this and, and I think for a long time, Especially in America, that's like kind of seen as a badge of honor. Well, I didn't get much sleep or I used to do that and I'm functioned on three hours. I can function. Oh, I was up to one, working on something or you just kind of laugh off coffee or whatever and say that, but no, we need to take a stand and say, Hey, no, 

 do what you need to do, take care of your business and then take care of your health because that's, that's really being your own advocate. And if we can't help certain things, that's one thing. But so many things can be prevented.  Speaking in real quick, I wanted to say for the guys listening to I'm going to do a series called sober sex.

I've talked to, I don't personally drink alcohol.  And that's just, that's just a preference. Don't like the taste of it and things like that.  And I've talked to several people. It seems to come into my life that did have an actual, like, they drank too much alcohol. Right, right. Um, and it's common. And that could be from once again, like you said, lack of sleep, you think it's gonna help you sleep, which it probably doesn't or you have anxiety.

Most people go to sleep. It will absolutely disrupt the sleep. And anybody that, that uses it as obviously I won't say a crutch, but it's just becomes something that they do culturally at the end of the day to calm down. And it will, I mean, you'll notice it 1 30, 2 30, 3 30, you're going to be waking up and you're losing out on that.

Probably the deepest quality of sleep you should get it. 

Yeah. And then going back to the sex part. So these people that, you know, once again, I don't look for these things that they just kind of come into my life. But they've shared how, you know, a lot of times, I think just cause we're talking men sexual wellness, they'll say why I need a drink to make, to lower my inhibitions, you know, or to get me comfortable.

But what happens then you, you begin to become dependent on that. Okay. 

And dependent on it. And actually it, it will impact all aspects of. The act of sex so then that can actually have a negative effect because it's a depressant, right? So it's kind of depressing everything just as if you went to go eat a big meal and then you want to go have sex will now your body's focusing on digesting, right.

 That's its kind of primary function. So I like to bring these things up because a lot of times we just assume. You go on a date or whatever, and you go eat all this food and then you're gassing is like, I've said, no, one's going to want to be going down there. If you're all like, you know, poodle speaking to that from  I would say a scientific standpoint, you know, the act of sex.

And when we have,  an erection that is the parasympathetic nervous system, that's actually creating that direction, which is called the rest and digest because of where the actual neuro-transmitters are at that time. Okay. But as we haven't orgasm or climax, both men and women, that's the sympathetic nervous system, which is a fight or flight.

Okay. So to reach and I would, some people, some are trying to achieve obviously a more favorable or more pleasurable orgasm. Alcohol will suppress all that tremendously. Wow. And so if you were, if you're trying to, in your relationship yeah. To make things a little bit better, especially in the bedroom. I strongly urge to re refrain from alcohol.

 That's the reason why, when you see that some practitioners, wellness, practitioners give women oxytocin. That's used as to increase the pleasure of it all. So , there's lots of things that you can do. There's mushrooms out there that are very effective for both men and women. Okay. So should vari mushrooms have very, very good.

 There's a lot of things that can be done, but I would definitely say that alcohol is, can, it can, yes. You, like you say, it can lower the inhibitions, but if you get used to consuming it and especially in excess for the act of sex and stuff like that, it will not be near as effective and it can cause some other issues.

Yeah. And, these people that are spoken to they've actually been able to,   going back to what we're thinking, you know, and I'm sure too, I saw porn in my twenties and it like ruined my view of my own body  once they took that away,  they just reached a whole different level of that experience.

And one you're actually in the experience, you know, if you're drunk, right. You're not really fully there.  So why not make the most of that?  But a lot of times it forces you without that. Deeper into that, what's going on and to address things. And,  so guys for y'all listening, Hey, we, we've given you all a lot of things.

You need to get more sleep, lay off the booze and, work out. Can you speak real quick? And I know we have to wrap up here in a minute, but,  back to the hygiene products. You know, coming from a woman, sometimes people are, if it's their wife telling them you stuff, they're like, oh geez. You know, you don't want me to eat all this.

And now you're talking about my, I don't want to say a brand, but you know, popular thing. Right. What can you, what can a guy do if they're like, All right, dude, I don't want this stuff messing with my erections.  What are some steps that a man could do? I know a lot for women, but are there certain things they can look out for or certain things that they can reduce?

Yeah, not to get into a lot of long lengthy list of chemicals. Right. And things like that. But, if your wife has already kind of looked  , specific hygiene products and she started to change those out, follow, follow her, you know, listen to her and she's already doing the leg work, which is the researching.

Um obviously there's lots of apps and stuff out there that you can look at, but I will say, my wife is obviously she is a huge advocate and is phenomenal at basically,  cleansing the home and having a toxic free living. That's just what she does. And so we jumped into all, all of that years ago. And I, I was, that's funny because I had a conversation about brother-in-law,  w we were in Florida this last week about, he said that he was using some type of deodorant and he said the name.

I was like, Ooh, that's , pretty rough on the, on the overhaul,  endocrine system anyways, and especially the lymphatic system. But, uh, so we had a small conversation. I was like, man, I haven't worn deodorant like eight years. Yeah. He's like, you don't stink. I was like, well, you gotta understand why someone has.

Uh, odorous type of situation is typically because they're, they're overall bombarded with toxins. If you're doing a lot of things to cleanse your cellular tissue, make your liver function again, gastrointestinal health shouldn't have an odor. You know, so it's a lot of things like same thing with bad breath, it's due to some type of gastrointestinal problem.

So I say all that because men, we really need to start focusing on some of these things. Like, again, the hygiene products I use, there's stuff that my wife approves, you know, and again, I've looked at a lot of it too. And,  the soap bar uses basically just made from charcoal as far as one of the, I mean, obviously it's got other ingredients too, but just a charcoal bar.

It doesn't have any fragrance to it. It doesn't have any. Cologne or anything like that,  in those chemicals are heavy ladened with Xeno estrogens. Yes. And these things I can, going back to what I said with your prostate, it affects all kinds of things within your body, not just your prostate, if you can't balance your testosterone and estrogen effectively, you're going to have symptoms some way.

Somehow, whether it's cardiovascular related, neurological sexual base, it does not matter it's going to happen. And you got to realize is that you're putting that your hygiene products, whether it's your shampoo, whether it's body wash, you know, deodorant, whatever it is, your skin is the largest organ that you have.

Do you protect your heart? I hope so. Are you doing things for brain health? I hope so. Are you doing things for gastrointestinal? I hope so. Why would you load that biggest organ that you have with a overload of toxic waste? And that's typically what's happening, unfortunately. And I had a conversation with this, about a patient today.

She was like, well, if it's so bad, why does our, why do they allow it to be sold in stores? I was like, this is the freest country in the world. Yeah. You understand? That's the freest country, which is great, but it's also the capitalistic freedom mindset. And when you look in the big business in the big, big, big business, especially big ag and big food, There is a lot of lobbying that goes on and everybody wants to hammer pharm, big pharma and stuff like that.

But with every single congressional seat, you're going to have twice as many lobbyists for big food and big ag. And you will for big pharma. Wow. So when things get passed, because it says fragrance that could be hundreds and hundreds of chemicals that are not even. And so learning these things as a man, why they are there and what they can do are super critical.

So I suggest if you're again, significant other, if you don't, you don't have a significant other, you're listening to this. I mean, please reach out. I've got lots of lists of things that I can send.  What I consider approved products, things to look at at your own products. Um, and slack, my wife says, and we say all the time, it's like, just, don't go underneath your sink and just throw everything out that can become overwhelming.

But if you finished about to finish with. Look at the back of the label, it's got some of these actual compounds that I can actually send you feel free to just throw it away and you can replace it. 

Yeah. And I think it's kinda like with your food too.  Like I said, don't do what, I didn't think I'm killing everybody and had four things I could buy, but then I just took a deep breath and I said, Hey, I'm gonna kind of do this in phases.

Um, cleaned out our food. Now does that mean we don't ever go to fast food or something? No, but overall,  we're pretty clean in what we eat. And then I started in my home and my beauty products.  I'll leave in the show notes. I'll leave a link to, I know you have stuff that I get from you as well.

 At least, you know, Hey, it's, it's something that someone with that point of view has, they trust and that's something that. You know, it can be overwhelming today   so I think just taking that time, just start with something,  and like you said, that's your biggest organ.

You're using those every day. You're doing it every now and then like, if you're like, oh, I drink a, energy drink or something every now and then, no, this is every day.  Compounded over years. It makes a big difference. So yeah, if you'll, let me know that and leave that in the show notes and yeah, like I said, if y'all want to reach out to Dr. Banks. And at the very least to have, have a talk with you and see how he can help you. And if not, he'll set you down the right road.  So where, where can they find you Dr Banks? 

You know, I guess everybody likes to call the front and the back of the Woodlands, but we're just one street off the feeder street and the front of the Woodlands and off of 45.

And,  we're on,  Oak Ridge drive. If you just go to WW dot, finished the numeral, so that's finished  You can get everything that you need mostly off our website. If not,  one of our office staff, if you just hit the contact us, it'll go to their, their, their email answering any questions you have, mine's at Um, if you've got some personal questions, you're going to see kind of how we do some things feel free to reach out. And then, like I said, I'll give some resources you can put on the links, things like that. But I do want to thank you. I mean, doing these types of conversations.

 Some of the topics already that you've told me like that you've had over the last few weeks. I mean, there are things, a lot of people that are just hush hush about,  and I think that having the, the boldness, as you say , to just speak out and think this is going to be super beneficial.

And I thank you for your heart on that. I thank you for your time. And just the passion that you have. I know this is something you've been doing a while, but, , I applaud you for it. Thank you so much. And that's what I said as I saw more, more voices being censored , just as you said, with a lot of your patients that have just Googled stuff or been online and gone to you we need to make sure that our voices are heard.

 And that those who don't know are hearing it. And so. That's you're living your purpose and,  being referred. I know people refer you right. And left and reaching them. So I'm just praying that I'll plant those seeds and maybe it's that time they heard it. That they'll take action. So thank you so much for that.

All right. Well, we will be back next week  this was a lot of fun. Thank you so much. Be sure to check out the show notes and subscribe. So, you know, when the next episode is out. Bye.