Dr. Serena McKenzie, N.D. — Feb. 11, 2014


Dr. Serena McKenzie, N.D. is the Director for Whole Life Medicine — Balancing Health for the Body and Beyond – www.WholeLifeMedicine.net.  Dr. Diana is the sex therapist on staff, and the two have collaborated for over four years. Dr. Serena is a sexual medicine expert; therefore, a perfect pre-Valentine guest to discuss the SCIENCE of LOVE. New research can teach us about romance and how to make it last. With MRIs, brains are viewed. There is the power of chemistry – the interplay of hormones and neurotransmitters – and we call this love. Four compounds – dopamine, norepinephrine, oxytocin, and serotonin – are especially critical. Dr. Diana and Dr. Serena discussed how people might be “addicted” to love, why there might be an obsessing component, why there is an urge to merge. Couples may need to sort out their particular relationship structure, eroticizing what is real, what is authentic. Scents and sensibility: what about ovulating women, what about birth control pills, what about kissing? Love that lasts: what may be present for some very fortunate couples?  Everyone might talk about how romance fades after the honeymoon – and that isn’t necessarily true. The Docs explored these issues and more. Please listen to this informative show, and if you have a Valentine, make the most of it!

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Michael Castleman, author of “Great Sex” — Feb. 4, 2014

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For over 30 years Michael Castleman has been a sex educator, counselor, journalist, and author. He returned to Dr. Diana’s program so that they could discuss a man’s guide to advanced lovemaking, better erections without drugs, and mismatched desire – all topics on his wonderful website www.GreatSexAfter40.com. This is a resource for people of all ages, and its information is accurate, up-to-date, and written in an engaging style. His most recent book “GREAT SEXA MAN’S GUIDE TO THE SECRET PRINCIPLES OF TOTAL-BODY SEX” is updated often in his E-Book, available on the website.  Sex is PLAY, and when the focus is on leisurely, playful, whole-body sensuality – the lovemaking is more satisfying. Women need the warm-up; otherwise, there is often a grim, forced march to intercourse. This is not fun! The appropriate analogy here is that men are like microwaves and women are more like crockpots. Get-away sex may  be more sensational because the couple can stay in the present, not thinking about home-related issues. Michael Castleman will return for Part II March 11th.

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Howie Gordon, author of “Hindsight” — Jan. 28, 2014

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Howie Gordon, aka Richard Pacheco, is a delectable fusion: Mark Twain meets Don Juan – indeed, he has brains and balls! He and Dr. Diana discussed his memoir “HINDSIGHT: TRUE LOVE & MISCHIEF IN THE GOLDEN AGE OF PORN,” and one of his many outstanding movies “SENSUAL ESCAPE – An erotic journey into the senses.”  He and Nina Hartley starred in this Candida Royalle/ Gloria Leonard film. Many things set Howie apart as the porn actor Richard Pacheco…He was not the Big Dick star; instead he was capable of playing characters, often amusing ones with a twinkle. In fact, he’s a fine actor. And, he can and does open an underground world of sexual secrets! It helps that this man is in touch with his emotions, and can tell stories from a life of delicious excesses combined with soulful insights. If you buy his book, you’ll get the full story: www.BearManorMedia.com or on Amazon.

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Dr. Robert Dunlap reviews the World Congress on Sexology — Jan. 14, 2014

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Dr. Robert Dunlap returned to the program, giving news from the WORLD CONGRESS of SEXOLOGY – the 21st Congress of World Sexual Health held in Brazil. A huge focus for this conference was brain science and sexuality. Here’s just one example: Why are men so ready to have sex? The preoptic area of the hypothalamus, the part of the brain that makes men and women feel turned on, is 2.5 times bigger in guys and contains twice as many cells. But women need to feel comfortable and safe before the hypothalamus sends out sexually ready signals. Another trend for the WAS conference was the increasing popularity of BDSM. Dr. Dunlap has chronicled the practice of BDSM, interviewing hundreds of fetishists for his 2001 film “Beyond Vanilla.” He spoke about how the practice demands strict rules of safety – and that play is negotiated all along the way. “Fifty Shades of Grey” has influenced the world in varying degrees. Men spend most of their lives being in control; so, it can be exciting to surrender to a woman who knows how to take charge. Dr. Diana and Dr. Robert also talked about why China is supporting polyamory – and the new studies in male circumcision. For more information go to www.SexCoachU.com and www.DrRobertDunlap.com.

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Dr. Lori Buckley, author of “21 Decisions for Great Sex & a Happy Relationship” — Jan. 7, 2014

Lori Buckley book - CopyDr. Lori Buckley returned to the show for Part 2 (Part 1 was 12/17/13). Dr. Diana and Dr. Lori spoke about Chapter 10 in her book 21 Decisions for Great Sex & a Happy Relationship namely: “TRY NEW STUFF.” How appropriate for the new year! What can we do better this year for our relationship and our sex lives? To quote Dr, Lori: “…to have a hot and happy sex life (we need) sexual creativity…adding variety and fun into your sex life.” Turning on your senses is also worthwhile in 2014! There are lots of fun action steps here! Please listen for great inspiration!

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Dr. Lori Buckley, author of “21 Decisions for Great Sex & a Happy Relationship” — Dec. 17, 2013

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Dr. Lori Buckley is a licensed psychologist, an AASECT certified sex therapist, and a long-time friend and colleague of Dr. Diana’s. She and Dr. Lori discussed her recent book 21 Decisions for Great Sex & a Happy RelationshipThis book is concise, articulate, and helpful with its “action steps.” The inspiration that got Dr. Lori going was Eleanor Roosevelt’s suggestion, “Do one thing a day that scares you. ” We spoke about decisions and questions to ask: Is this realistic? Can I commit to this for at least three months? Is there anything that will stop me from doing this? Decisions for great sex include cherishing your partner, having fun, talking more about sex. The book explains these subjects – and we elaborated. Please visit www.DrLoriBuckley.com for more information – including how to buy her amazing book! There will be a Part 2 early in 2014.

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Brad Coates, author of “Divorce With Decency” — Dec. 10, 2013

Brad Coates book -- divorce With Decency - CopyBradley Coates, Esq. returned to the program. In his informative, entertaining book “Divorce with Decency” (in its 4th Edition) there are many tips on preserving and improving your marriage or other romantic relationships. Dr. Diana and Brad discussed these – including the importance of communication (especially sex talk), and the biological, brain differences between men and women. With Christmas fast approaching, an adoration list is a great gift! Ask your partner to write down seven non-materials things that would make him/her feel cherished by you, and make a similar list yourself. On another topic, Dr. John Gottman’s extensive research shows that the single biggest factor in marital success is “a husband’s willingness to accept the controlling influence of his wife.” Brad’s father proclaimed, “Happy Wife=Happy Life”!

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Candida Royalle — Sexuality and Cancer — Dec. 3, 2013

300px-Candida_Royalle_adjustedCandida Royalle, aka Candice – www.CandidaRoyalle.com – returned to the program. The April 23rd archived program featured her erotic films from a female perspective. This show’s topic was SEXUALITY & CANCER, two words that some may think don’t go together. Dr. Diana and Candice discussed her personal experiences with cancer, and Rebecca, a caller, contributed to this intimate, informative conversation. John Wayne’s quote is appropriate: “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.” Many women wish their oncologists would ask, “How’s your sex life?” We discussed the sexual fallout of chemotherapy and other cancer treatments. Vaginal dryness, pain during intercourse, and a flat-lined libido are common. New perspectives may emerge: stop wasting time, start living your life better, and give what you can – while you can – in all the relationships that matter. Also, creating a real relationship with yourself, sexual or otherwise, is a true gift to glean from your experience.

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Candida, Nina, and Richard – Nov. 26, 2013

Candida cover - croppedI presided over a stellar panel consisting of Candida Royalle, pioneer filmmaker of female-friendly erotic movies; Nina Hartley, porn star and sex educator (“Sex is my subject, as artist, activist, scientist and healer”); and Richard Pacheco, an award-winning star from the Golden Age of Porn. All three have worked together, and all three have fascinating books – (Richard’s “HINDSIGHT” is especially hilarious)! The discussion was profound and entertaining, and we will do a Part 2. As we approach Thanksgiving, we are grateful for this program!

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Dr. Pepper Schwartz, author of “The Normal Bar” — Nov. 19, 2013

PepperSchwartz[1] - croppedThe very prolific (17 books under her belt) and wise Dr. Pepper Schwartz spoke about “The Normal Bar — The Surprising Secrets of Happy Couples and What They Reveal about Creating a New Normal in Your Relationship.”  With her co-authors, she collected data from more than 70,000 people around the world. You may go to www.theNormalBar.com to contribute to the ongoing online survey. This is a fascinating book on women, men, sex, and love – a compendium offering data as well as superb advice. For example, did you know that among all couples who’ve been together 10 or more years, more than half say they longer hold hands? It’s never too late to start holding hands, and it can even help settle arguments! Sadly, or so we all thought, 33% of respondents said they rarely or never have sex. There are suggestions to jump-start a sexual relationship. It’s not surprising that “The Normal Bar” is already on the best seller list. Please listen to the show, and buy this enlightening book…Your relationship will benefit enormously!

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