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The Definitive Testosterone Replacement Therapy MANual: How to Optimize Your Testosterone For Lifelong Health And Happiness Paperback – November 6, 2015
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That being said and hopefully you will considering buying this book, I am going into my background. I am a doctor and a board-certified Ob-Gyn. I am studying to become certified in anti-aging medicine at this time. When I finished residency in 1984, a large part of our knowledge base was endocrinology, especially in relationship to the sexual hormones including testosterone as well as estrogen and progesterone, which people usually consider the female hormones. For example, did you know that the usual post menopausal woman, say of sixty three will have a higher testosterone than her husband of the same age?
Your testosterone starts falling about 1% a year on the average starting at age 30 (ages of peak testosterone vary from source to source from 20-30). If you have had a high testosterone level and it drops to a much lower level, you can become symptomatic, even though your tests will show a low normal testosterone level. This is not an all or none situation. Do you really think that if your level is say 275 and the cut off for a low level is 270 that you do not would not benefit from therapy until your level gets to 269? Each lab is different and the one I just checked for a normal range is 270-1070.
I became depressed when I hit about 40 and after several years of being on SSRI's, and gaining weight (read getting fat) and not having the urge to work out or actually do anything, gaining about 70 pounds with a decrease in muscle mass, (so who knows how much fat I really put on) I continued to research since I got NO results from the medications or therapy. I found an old medical paper that said that testosterone therapy was effective in the treatment of depression in older males. I then found a paper that gave a comparison and it showed that testosterone therapy was much more effective than SSRI's. I got my levels done and I had a very low level of testosterone. I started replacement therapy and have lost weight and no longer have problems with depression.
Now back to the book. Most MD's do not like to start testosterone replacement therapy, since that is "part of getting old". This was a NoNo, even in the 70's. I do not agree with this since your quality of life suffers and you are miserable. Some worry that TRT can cause heart attacks or strokes. There was one flawed study that showed this, whereas there are many studies that show the exact opposite.
If you are considering replacement therapy get this book and get a copy for your doctor, because this has more practical advice in it for TRT. After my training and back ground, I personally like to know the chemical make up of the hormones and the degradation, etc., but most do not.
Jay is very knowledgeable in the area of TRT. I have not found any mistakes in the information that he presents. I have never met him, although I have communicated with him online. I was surprised at his grasp of TRT which is much deeper than most doctors that I have talked with and after discussions with him, I have made changes in my own TRT and have benefited from them. I highly recommend this book both for men interested in TRT as well as all doctors that treat adult and elderly males.
In full disclosure, I did receive a copy of this prior to publication, free of charge, and did not receive any thing in return for my review. I have nothing to gain or lose from this review and don't even know Mr. Campbell. If I had not thought so highly of this book, I would have stated it or not reviewed it at all.
In order to "put my money where my mouth is" I did purchase this to give to my own doctor. I just needed to explain how I was able to get a review out as quickly as I did on the day of release.
* I'm 24 years old, and my health is near-optimal at the moment I believe. I've struggled with major health issues, so I both value and appreciate the importance of having a good health, and everything it entails (higher energy levels, more motivation and mental focus, higher baseline happiness, etc).
* Even though I suspect (?) my testosterone levels are quite good currently (I have maybe 5-10% BF and quite muscular), this book has convinced me to START DOING BLOOD, ASAP. Why? To gain as much data on my hormonal levels, vitamins, minerals (and other vitals) as early as possible in life--for preventive reasons.
* Will I use TRT when I get older? Probably. But that's a decision I will make 10-15 years from now. In the meantime, I want to collect reliable data, so that I can make my decision as intelligently as possible; so that the decision will be easy to make when it has to be made. For, as the philosopher Baltasar Gracian said: "The wise do at once what the fool does at last."
* Instead of trying to fix problems, think ahead and prevent them. This includes testosterone.
* As an added bonus, reading this book did two did two additional things for me:
1) it made me curious to experiment with carb cycling.
2) it confirmed most of my knowledge about diet and nutrition. Minimize sugar and alcohol. Eat this stuff daily: broccoli, spinach, coconut oil, (high quality!) omega 3s, pumpkin seeds, and really focus on optimizing essential fatty acids (EFAs). The authors don't recommend it, but you should also eat oregano. It is probably the most healthy spice (3-4x more antioxidants than blueberries).
If you are going to a General Practice MD for TRT, the odds of you getting the correct treatment are pretty low. I love my doctor - he's great for GP stuff. But most doctors know very little about TRT. Read this book, and you'll know more than almost all of them. I've been on TRT for over 2 years, and towards the end of each cycle, my testosterone is LOWER than when I first started treatment! It's a roller coaster. It shouldn't be that way. Campell's book explains why and what I need to do to fix it. I've just had the correct blood work done, and actually have a consultation scheduled with a specialist tomorrow.
This book explains everything you need to know to make the right decisions for your particular situation, with the help of a competent MD who specializes in TRT. It's backed by science and the author's real world experience and written in a way that's entertaining and easy to digest. Don't even think about messing with your testosterone levels until you read The Definitive Testosterone Replacement Therapy Manual.