December 7, 2012
Why I still say don't
take testosterone unless...
I've written about testosterone (T) replacement therapy in recent issues. A loyal professional reader asked me for some clarification on my views regarding T deficiency in light of the following information.

T deficiency is real, and a growing problem. In fact, one recent study found that if your (men) testosterone is greater than 300 ng/dL, your risk of dying from all causes drops by 39% with a very high confidence rate. Testosterone supplementation can definitely help keep your T above that level, particularly if you have diabetes and vascular conditions (if low). And quite alarming, testosterone levels in men have dropped 20% in just 17 years. This portends a grey future for those men so afflicted.

That said, I do stand by my recommendations. Intoxication with environmental chemicals and heavy metals (such as lead and cadmium, which interfere with zinc) can knock down both your testosterone production and function. Xenoestrogens may lower T or interfere with its normal function. Detox is important. Chelation can remove heavy metals. Far infra-red sauna, a topic I will cover, is a great means to sweat out environmental chemicals.

Supplements, which may improve your own production, are important. These include zinc, essential fatty acids (not marine oils), glandulars, Tribulus Terrestris, resveratrol (which reduces estrogen), horny goat weed (Epimedium extract), Maca root, DIM and I-3-C which lower estrogen, chrysin (herb), and d-aspartic acid. The latter is an amino acid, which plays an important role in testosterone production.

A recent study found that just 3.2 grams significantly increased T and LH production. LH is a pituitary hormone, which stimulates testicular testosterone production in men (and progesterone production from women's ovaries).

I am very much in favor of keeping your T production above the middle of the "reference range." But I'd first prefer to take measures to fix the problem from within, before attempting to exogenous hormone from without. That way, you might not be dependent on an exogenous source of T for the rest of your life.

However, if your T fails to rise and your symptoms (such as low sex drive, ED, circulation challenges) continue, then I would definitely recommend T replacement therapy.

Yours for better health and medical freedom,

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Ref: Reprod Biol Endocrinol. 2009; 7: 120; J Clin. Endo and Met. 6-12; Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism 92:196–202.

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