Month: November 2014

Low Testosterone

Low Testosterone

Both men and women need a certain amount of testosterone to be healthy.

Testosterone:

  • is essential for normal sperm development
  • regulates the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis under stress
  • regulates cognitive function
  • maintains muscle mass
  • regulates platelet clumping
  • influences libido
  • plays a role in behaviour such as risk-taking
  • helps build and maintain bone density

Weight loss, vitamin D, zinc, REM sleep and resistance training can all improve testosterone levels.  Spearmint tea, licorice root, aging and hypoglycemia have all been demonstrated to reduce testosterone levels.

Many of the women that I see suffer from low testosterone levels which leads to infertility, low energy, drive and motivation, low libido, anxiety and depression.

Do I Recommend Testosterone Replacement Therapy or Steroid Use?

In most instances, no.  Optimizing your body’s own production of testosterone is a much safer and healthier route to increasing testosterone in the long run. There are many natural means for both men and women to achieve healthy testosterone levels.

Potential Adverse Effects of Testosterone Replacement

  • exacerbation of existing prostate cancer
  • cardiovascular events including heart attack and stroke
  • acne
  • oily skin
  • hair loss
  • infertility

See one of our naturopathic doctors for the healthiest way to regulate your testosterone level.

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What are We Doing to Our Babies?

According to gastroenterologist Dr Eric Hassall, there has been an “enormous rise in the use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) in infants for presumed gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD): In the 4 years from 2000 through 2003 there was at least a 4-fold increase, and in the 6 years from 1999 through 2004, there was a >7-fold increase. One of the PPIs, available in a child-friendly liquid formulation, saw a 16-fold increase in use during that 6-year period”.  “Of the few double-blind, randomized placebo-controlled trials (DBRPCTs) of PPI efficacy for symptom relief in infants, none shows benefit.”

Furthermore, there are few safety data concerning PPIs for infants.  Why on earth do babies need such potent and potentially damaging medications?

PPI’s:

1.  Allow overgrowth of unhealthy bacteria in the gut

2.  Inhibit mineral absorption leading to poor bone and tooth development

3.  Higher prevalences of necrotizing enterocolitis in infants

4.  Acute gastroenteritis or community-acquired pneumonia in children

5.  Clostridium difficile infections

6.  Vitamin B12 deficiency, which, if long term, can lead to permanent neurological damage.

There are much healthier and safer ways to help babies who may be spitting up, fussy, colicky, crying a lot, gassy or otherwise showing symptoms of gastric distress.