Do you recall the news a few years back about David Carridine and autoerotic asphyxiation (AEA)? Here’s an interesting thought — readers of my website will recall that new evidence suggests that carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide are similar to nitric oxide in that they can cause vasodilation, needed for an erection. For people who practice AEA, it seems reasonable to assume that they are increasing levels of these gases, which increases erections and perhaps pleasure. This may be especially true as they get older, when nitric oxide systems decline.

This is a very sad story (I was a big fan of his work, especially in Kill Bill) but the lesson I get from this is that we need more research on sexual health. The more I research this topic (and it’s been over 3 years of intense review of the literature), the more I am surprised how little research is being done in this field. But then I am always surprised how little medical research is being done AT ALL, considering that health/life is the most important thing we have. Apparently, we have more important things to do with our money than save our own lives.

Well, I will continue to review the literature and make connections that no one else seems to be making, as one of the few objective sexual health websites that is not sponsored by anyone and not beholden to anyone but you, the reader. After all, mine is the ONLY WEB SITE that can explain WHY autoerotic asphyxiation may actually work on a scientific level. No other site uses science to explore human sexuality the way I do.

This, of course, is not an endorsement of a dangerous approach to fighting ED. In fact, many websites say that “the FBI estimates” that up to 1,000 people die each year from AEA. Of course, no sources for this number is provided, who knows? I can’t imagine that FBI really provides an annual report of AEA…Regardless, all approaches to enjoying sex should be safe and not cause you to hang yourself by accident. And we can find a healthy way to provide the CO2 without the noose…that would provide the benefit without the risk.