Q. My boyfriend was recently released from prison and believes there was saltpeter put in the food. How do you remove the effects after numerous years?
A. Saltpeter (potassium nitrate) is falsely believed to lower libido. Youngsters in boarding schools and summer camps as well as men in the military or in prison have perpetuated the myth that they are being fed saltpeter.
If time and support don’t overcome your boyfriend’s sexual difficulties, counseling may help. Hormonal assessment may also be needed.