Be careful what you believe when you’re online. Although the web ought to be full of nice people all trying to help each other out and spread knowledge about every aspect of our existence – it isn’t.
I’ve said it before, there are people who are misguided, misinformed, careless, stupid and occasionally deliberately malign. However when it comes to surveys, research and the like it’s pretty easy to spot a stinker if you take a moment to read carefully. And believe me there was no pun in tended there.
This story in The Sun (not renown as a source of impeccable scientific knowledge) is very encouraging for men with erectile dysfunction but is a bit flawed.
While stating that the survey showed that the use of hydrogen sulphide did cause relaxation of muscles and therefore help improve erections it was only tested on eight men. That sort of sample size is ludicrously small and is of no statistical or scientific value. Hydrogen Sulphide may be useful for some men (under medical supervision), but until it’s tested properly it’s impossible to say.
At least in the case of that story you could immediately spot the flaw. But I’d advise all of you to be careful and research the voracity of any claims made on the Internet. Other misleading information is not so easy to spot. It’s sad really because much of what is out there is useful either directly because it spreads information that can help protect people, or because it makes the reader think about their behaviour, views and attitude towards sexuality.
The only two pieces of advice I can give is to get corroboration from sources you can trusts and remember that is it sounds too good to be true it probably is.