Testosterone is Your Friend by Roger Mason

The author starts out with a down to earth explanation that testosterone is important, but only one hormone. And it’s the proper balance of hormones which is important.

He also says that diet is more important than hormones. This is debatable, since diet affects our proper balance of hormones. And he advises readers to exercise (no argument there), take at least a dozen supplements if over age 40, meditate and pray. Plus, he claims fasting is the most powerful healing method known. And his idea of a good diet is macrobiotics.

So right there most people will be hearing alarm bells.

One chapter addresses precursors of testosterone. Here the author summarily dismisses the effectiveness of muira puama, homeopathic testosterone, Lepidium root, Tribulus terrestis, zinc, tongkat ali, and other herbal remedies.

There are many other supplements and herbs sold to raise testosterone. It’d be interesting to see what he thinks of them.

The one thing he does say works is Androstendione, and goes into a long explanation of them, without addressing their use in sports. Did Andro make Mark McGwire into a record home run slugger?

These are now illegal in the United States, though I have no doubt it’s possible for many people to get it.

He does point out that although such hormones as DHEA are legal in the United States, in countries such as Canada they possession is grounds for a prison sentence.

Yet you can buy sub-lingual testosterone from pharmacies in the United States. You can then mix it up with dmso cancer and apply it to your skin.

He warns against taking toxic methyl testosterone that is injected.

He also warns to first get yourself tested to make sure you actually need to take testosterone. And after taking it, get yourself tested to make sure you don’t take too much.

Then he includes some chapters on how testosterone benefits you — men and women. This includes improvements in cardiovascular health, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, overweight, and prostate health.

The chapter on the prostate is worth the entire book, because too many people believe that raising testosterone in older men raises their rate of Benign Prostate Hypertrophy and prostate cancer. So the author cites studies to show that older men, including their prostates, are healthier when they have higher testosterone.

This only makes sense. We have our highest testosterone — and lowest rates of BPH and prostate cancer — when we’re young.

Women should read the chapters for women. Although they need much less testosterone than men, they do need some. (Just as men also need some estrogen).

The chapter on exercise is way too skimpy. He does point out, based on scientific studies, that healthy exercise tends to normalize hormone levels. But that over-training like an Olympic athlete actually reduces testosterone levels.

This is a short book and not well organized. The author spends a lot of time on the benefits of testosterone, which is good. But he spends more on suggesting older men take it illegally.

He wants us to exercise, but doesn’t give any details besides the caution to not over-train.

Should we run for hours or sprint? Lift weights or do push ups? For how long? How much effort? How often?

He advises us to reduce meat consumption, but does point out that lowers testosterone levels. How should we eat to increase testosterone?

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