12 Aug Testosterone Part 1
Testosterone. What makes a man a man. It makes men able to make decisions. It makes men confident. It makes men lean and strong. It makes men leaders of men. It empowers men to set boundaries. It makes men have erections harder than armadillos.
Being low Testosterone (Total Testosterone <375 ng/dl) can have horrible effects:
“Including the risks for hardening of the arteries, erectile dysfunction, diabetes, insulin resistance, venous leakage, depression, weight gain, osteoporosis, anemia and cognitive issues just for starters.”
Most people are satisfied with having money, being skinny, or enjoying pleasurable activities. I have never been one of these people. I don’t mistake pleasure for happiness. Money is only useful if it is converted into something that enhances one’s life experiences. And being lean is not really an accomplishment because it can be achieved by just starving oneself. Real tough.
I’ve always wanted more. For my life and myself. In a roundabout way, this somehow implies to myself that I’m broken in some way. I don’t like that. I do want to be better. I want to be my ideal self. However, I still need to accept that I’m human and going through common human things is nothing to be embarrassed about or try to hide. So I don’t.
“I told you something. It was just for you and you told everybody. So I learned cut out the middle man, make it all for everybody, always. Everybody can’t turn around and tell everybody, everybody already knows, I told them. But this means there isn’t a place in my life for you or someone like you.” – Childish Gambino, “That Power”
As a 19 year old, I was told I’d be bald because it was genetics and my uncles were bald. I believed them. They sold me Propecia. It slowly destroyed my manhood because it inhibits DHT via inhibition of the 5-Alpha-Reductase enzyme which converts Testosterone into DHT. While testosterone can support muscle in the body, DHT is more powerful, cannot be converted to estrogen, and is responsible for developing the penis and the balls. Some people even call Propecia (or Finasteride or Dutasteride) chemical castration. There are many men affected by this. There are many men with low testosterone from other causes, including age.
After having my balls in this metaphorical rubberband known as Propecia for two years, my life almost irreversibly changed. After that, I experimented with the natural versions of DHT inhibitors such as Saw Palmetto or Prostate Formulas for years and went on every fad diet known to mankind. My hair is still thick as it was when I was 19, but I dealt with low total testosterone levels for years. Many men never recover from Finasteride use. They call it Post Finasteride Syndrome.
I imagined I was a nice guy. A nice guy that wasn’t interested in sex. A nice guy that was interested in art, books, and philosophy. So worldly. So renaissance. So gentleman. All bullshit. I thought I had matured away from the natural desires of being a man. I was wrong. There was something wrong.
This change in desires brought on some good things – I learned to love reading. I learned to invest and make money. I learned how to converse about many topics. I read books that shaped my life philosophy. I changed in some good ways. However, there is something to the human experience that most joy only comes from the following: dominion, power, strength, sex, love, protecting, providing. The basic hard coded tenants of being a man.
As a chemical castrate, I could not offer any of these things, but I sure as hell debate Keynesian Economics and Austrian Economics. My only hope would be convincing an impending threat that he should respect my basic human rights..however, human rights are the result, not the cause of civilization. Good job Scott. You’re knowledgeable about something only people with eclectic interests or other life-suppressed individuals enjoy.
Being low T significantly affects mood, libido, strength, and muscle mass. If there are women out there that wonder what the hell happened to their man’s balls, please get his T levels checked. Being in a relationship can slowly emasculate men. Modern society emasculates men. Computer desk life. No natural light. Bad sleep patterns. Alcohol. Lack of purpose in a society in which women are empowered, wildly successful, and better at what were once strictly men’s jobs. Being good at video games, binge drinking, and having lots of promiscuous sex is not enough.
I discovered Danny Roddy’s work after a brutal date with a girl that told me she “wanted to shake some life into me.” I realized I was starving myself. Caloric restriction suppresses testicular steroidgenesis. My resting pulse was 42. My body temperature was permanently low. I could run very well, and then suffer from cold shakes for hours. I had near zero interest in females. My skin had a permanent jaundice appearance. So sexy. These are glaring signs something is wrong. However, my doctor kept insisting I was perfectly healthy. What’s crazy is that in America people view being ripped, being able to run, and having a low pulse as healthy.
I’m currently still repairing, but feel like I’m on the actual right path now. The only way to know the “right” path is to experience lots of bad paths or just take someone else’s word for it. I want to help people learn how to make the right decisions for their body based on a consistent framework of knowledge. I want people to stop worrying so damn much and start enjoying life. I want men to be masculine. Women want men to be masculine. I want to be masculine.
Being strictly Peatarian has helped my mood, my stress hormone levels, my hair, my skin, my toenails, my body temperature, my metabolism, and partially my sex drive. However, due to the lack of information and understanding on Leydig cells in the Testes internet wide, I haven’t found the information adequate on how to naturally increase T levels enough through diet alone. I say this while admitting some Peatarians have had wild success overcoming hypogonadism.
Most Peatarians I ask simply tell me to eat more sugar, salt or take more Thyroid. I’ve been doing that. I’m going to drive this conversation further. Without suggesting injecting exogenous testosterone.
Testosterone Part 2 Coming Soon