Friday, February 22, 2013

How to Fix Low Testosterone Levels

  1. By local produce or frozen organic produce. Local produce comes your table with much shorter travel times than organic produce from afar. The longer the travel time, the less the nutrient value. Frozen organic produce is frozen right after it is harvested thereby maintaining a higher nutrient value.
  2. Avoid all fake and processed foods. No sugar!!! Read labels!
  3. Stop drinking from all plastic water bottles! Most have BPA - Bisphenol-A, a nasty estrogen causing endocrine disruptor. Read more here ...
  4. Eat raw organic nuts. Almonds, walnuts, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, pecans.
  5. Eat an adequate amount of Omega 3 fats - salmon, trout, sardines, and herring and/or take a high quality fish oil supplement.
  6. Eat healthy, saturated fats like grass fed beef & coconut oil. Try Gunpowder Bison! Tell them I sent you!
  7. Perform high intensity strength training: clubbells, kettlebells, weightlifting, sprinting, TRX.
  8. Discontinue "cardio" like the elliptical, treadmill, bike UNLESS you are a distance athlete. 
  9. Limit your workouts to 45-60 minutes, again, unless you are a distance athlete.
  10. Get 20-minutes of sunlight per day to boost your Vitamin D levels. Get your minimum erythemal dose (stay in the  midday sun for the amount of time it takes for you to get ever so slightly red) BEFORE you put on sunscreen.
  11. Have sex more often.
  12. Compete in something.
  13. Get 8-9 hours of sleep per night.
  14. Minimize stress and laugh every day - learn what makes you relax (music, sex, taking a slow walk, meditation,Tai Chi, Yoga) and do it daily. Download some funny videos onto your smart phone and take a break multiple times throughout the day.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Aspirin No Help for Stroke Outcomes

A new study just published in Stroke, Journal of the American Heart Association, showed that using low dose aspirin did not decrease the overall incidence of stroke or improve outcomes following a stroke.

 The Women's Health Study, a clinical trial run by the N.I.H, looked at randomized low-dose aspirin and Vitamin E in the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

This study showed that there was no significant difference in total stroke incidence between women randomized to 100 mg of aspirin every other day and those randomized to placebo. 

So, this begs the question, if you do take low-dose aspirin daily, why? 

Before we discuss why, how about the study in the June 6, 2012 issue of JAMA, 

Association of Aspirin Use With Major Bleeding in Patients With and Without Diabetes.

The authors concluded, "... aspirin use was significantly associated with an increased risk of major gastrointestinal or cerebral bleeding episodes." Yikes!

So, once again, why do you take low-dose aspirin?

How about making dietary improvements, starting an exercise program, and supplementing with a high quality fish oil!

Take control of your life and get off the medical band-wagon!