Written by our Men’s Wellness Consultant Carlos Santos, Testosterone Tales is an insightful post which looks into the myths and facts regarding testosterone deficiency and how we can treat it.
Testosterone Tales: The battle of fact over fiction
When it comes to Testosterone common sense just isn’t common. I decided three years ago that I would commit to reading one peer reviewed paper everyday for a thousand days. Clearly I need to get out more. Although, in hindsight, a little too ambitious, I have now read 500. Testosterone seems to be the most misunderstood (hormone, drug, PED, steroid) medication, when in my opinion it’s probably the biggest finding of the 20th century – a revolutionary medication that is likely to change the world nearly a hundred years later.
Browse Google Scholar and you’ll find nearly a million testosterone papers. Further refine search e.g. Testosterone and depression and you’ll find over 70,000 papers. As for truly peer reviewed papers you’ll find over 21,000 papers. I have only found 4 negative papers and all four studies have been roundly criticised for what amounts to scientific misconduct. Unproven statistical methodology, inappropriate exclusions, study durations, unsound science, etc and yet these 4 negs have seemingly become the cornerstone of the anti-testosterone treatment to all men. There are also many incredible unpublished scientific papers that will destroy T Myths. The 500 papers have proved to me that the effects of Testosterone deficiency are more damaging than the potential side effects of TRT. The popular media have frightened many men into abandoning a safe therapy for no good reason. Clearly there is over the top claims by T providers as well as the healthy ageing industry. The pharmaceutical industry also didn’t help with the low T marketing message so there is some antipathy against them. Most physicians don’t have the nutritional biochemistry background to truly address underlying issues. Attending weekend sales courses disguised as medical courses is not hypcratic…”Men on One size Fits All” treatment is not treatment. A lot of the negative reaction is also from individuals who are anti-sex.
No matter what you think about Testosterone some scientist somewhere has data to back you up. You can be famous for refuting something or inventing something and far too many egos are definitely involved. Despite 30 years of great evidence, experience and effectiveness there are still academics who want proof of Testosterone as a magic healer of sorts. Anything new in medicine has a lot of resistance and cycles in medicine tend to be 30 years old, so its always 30 year old advice. For the record, Testosterone is 80 year old medicine and one needs only to read the 1940 Testosterone paper in the New England Journal of Medicine (Joseph C. Aub) and wonder as it reads, almost, as if it could be written TODAY with what we know about T. My hope is that the medical community would stop demonising Testosterone and a culture change take place. How can it be illegal to dispense something that is beneficial for you, something that your body makes, needs and wants. Maybe it is the abuse in sports and a very small minority in weights rooms that keeps an industry stigmatised by negative perceptions and in the PAST substandard business practices. Aesthetics are one thing, Therapeutics are quite another. Use not abuse is obviously the key with well informed physicians, and respect the evidence that reveals virtually no “fire”, despite all the smoke. Like anything it’s the dose that makes the poison. There is no safe drug and we’re all smart enough to know there is no biological “free lunch” and most understand that T is not a cure-all. Birth control drugs are technically steroids…Cortisone technically steroids. There is also no evidence that T is being abused or prescribed inappropriately more than any other medication.
If published papers are not convincing enough then any one of these fine books will edit a few agendas. The Testosterone Truth is out!!! Testosterone for Life by Abraham Morgentaler, The Testosterone Revolution by Malcolm Carruthers, Testosterone by Joe Herbert, Testosterone by Nelson Vergel, Get Serious by Brett Osborn as well as the much anticipated TRT Manual by Jay Campbell and Mike Cernovich.
In my opinion, we should be optimising / intervening our endocrine “hormonal” system and thereby preventing disease, not allowing the ageing disease process to be discovered and then only acting. In summary, review of the only 4 negative papers found no, nada, nothing evidence of Testosterone harm including no evidence TRT increases cardiovascular risk. Testosterone won’t hurt you. Testosterone is probably the closest thing we have to a healthy ageing “drug” and its been around since 1935.
Posted: 12 July 2017