Men Sexuality and "reproductive" problems
by Steven H. Horne, RH (AHG) and Kimberly Balas
Male sexuality is under assault. Here are some of the statistics
that back up this assertion. The average man's sperm count is half
what it was 70 years ago. Half of all American men have problems
with impotency (the politically correct term now is erectile
dysfunction). Prostate cancer is the number one cancer among
men (one in three men is expected to get it) and testicular cancer
is on the rise. 60 percent of men over 40 have prostate problems.
Masculinity is under attack on two other fronts as well. For
starters, the nutritional deficiencies caused by the modern diet
are weakening men's bodies through chronic disease. Many men
suffer from back problems, cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes
and other chronic problems that reduce and inhibit their
natural masculine strength.
But, this is not all.
There are a number of chemicals that reduce male health
Pesticides and other agricultural chemicals are a primary
source of these xenoestrogens, which is one reason why many
farmers have developed serious weight problems in spite of the
physical labor they perform. Men ought to be eating organically
grown produce wherever possible and making sure that regular
produce is properly washed to remove as many of these chemicals
Anytime you have something with inflammation involved,
it will be affecting all areas of the body as well. I use a high
quantity of IF Relief for most people since the underlying root
cause of most diseases is inflammation. Men's Formula is a good
adjunct to this too. It helps with the feeling of frequent urination.
Supplements like Saw Palmetto and KB-C are also helpful
Another compound, which may be causing a drop in testosterone
levels, is fluoride. High doses of fluoride are known
to suppress testosterone production. A study published in
Environmental Research in 2003 suggested that even low levels
could reduce the amount of available testosterone. Only 2-3%
of the testosterone in the body is active, so if fluoride reduces the
active testosterone, this is very significant.
The fluoride issue is of special interest to me. On the advice
of our dentist, my mom gave me fluoridated water for several
years. She crushed up the fluoride tablets the dentist gave her
and put them in pitchers of water for me to drink. I did not
start puberty until I was 16 and did not have to shave every
day until I was nearly 20, so my passage through puberty was
delayed. Also, I developed a number of unmanly gestures and
attitudes that I learned caused a few people to think I might
be gay. I now believe that this was the result of the fluoride my
mom gave me.
When I became aware of this a few years ago, I did some
fluoride detoxification and I really felt a difference in my masculine
self-confidence. Other people noticed this difference, too.
Since a large number of water sources in the United States are
now fluoridated, this may be part of the reason for the growing
male reproductive problems mentioned earlier.
The bottom line is: avoid fluoride! In fact, avoid the other
halogens, chlorine and bromides, too. These chemicals displace
iodine from the body and reduce thyroid function. Thyroid
function is tied in with reproductive function as the thyroid
hormone is needed to combust the lipids that are the basis for
all sex hormones. So, reduced thyroid function causes reduced
output of reproductive hormones.
Considering the problems men are having with reduced testosterone
levels due to these environmental chemicals, it would
seem wise that men also reduce their exposure to phytoestrogens.
There is research that demonstrates that genistein,
one of the phytoestrogens in soy, decreases male fertility. There
is also research that suggests that soy products in animal feed can
reduce the fertility of male animals. Occasional use of soy products
(2-3 times per week) is not a problem, but soy is increasingly
being added to many foods and vegetarians often consume very
large amounts of it. Many body builders claim it is harder to
build muscle on soy-based protein powders, too.
Based on what I've read, I've decided to limit the amount of
soy in my diet. Instead, I am opting to include more organic,
grass-fed beef in my diet. I've done this even though I'm an "A"
blood type and soy is supposed to be a beneficial for me and red
meat is an avoid. I've found that as long as I don't eat large portions
of the grass-fed beef (no more than 2-4 ounces) and take
protease enzymes with it, that I actually do better than I did
when I ate more soy.
Just like women have more than one form of estrogen, men have more hormones than testosterone that contribute to our masculinity. These hormones, which include testosterone, androstenedione (andro), androstenediol, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and DHEA, are collectively known as androgens. The ratio of androgens and estrogens in the body is important. Androgens like testosterone are not just important for a man's sex drive. They are also important for men's overall health. Testosterone helps a man put on muscle and burn fat. It elevates a man's mood to keep him from becoming depressed. It protects him from heart disease and cancer. Testosterone also makes a man more creative and imaginative. So, the bottom line is having a high level of testosterone is good for a man.
Most of the testosterone in a man's body is bound. This
means that it's not immediately available for use. Only a small
percentage, about 2-3%, is free testosterone. As men age, levels
of free testosterone decline. This is responsible for a shift in
middle age men called andropause. Men naturally become a
little less aggressive and a little more sensitive. However, if men
start making, or are exposed to, too many estrogens and/or have
too little free testosterone, this shifts the androgen/estrogen balance
and causes numerous health problems like prostate swelling,
infertility, weight gain, etc.
Q. Do you have any suggestions for men with erectile dysfunction? What is your approach to this problem?
Fifty percent of men ages 40-70 experience some degree
of erectile dysfunction (ED). There are two basic types.
Psychological ED is mentally and emotionally based, while
physiological ED is due to some form of physical or medical
The first type, psychological ED, can be related to many
issues, such as depression, performance anxiety, marital stress or
relationship problems, marital boredom, life crisis, financial difficulties,
religious repression or some type of mental illness. This
requires counseling or emotional healing work.
Physiological ED becomes more common as men get older.
It has four major causes: vascular, neural, hormonal and drug induced.
The appropriate approach will depend on the cause, so
let's look at each of these causes and what to do about it.
2. Neural causes of ED
3. Hormonal causes of ED
Serotonin has an inhibitory effect on erectile function and sexuality.
Surprisingly, NSAIDs such as ibuprofen and naproxen also
cause erectile dysfunction. Regardless of the reason for taking
them, painkillers classified as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory
drugs (NSAIDs) apparently increase the likelihood that middleaged
and elderly men will develop erection difficulties.
Alcohol's negative affect on sex drive increases with age.
Researchers in India found that men being treated for alcoholism
had lower testosterone levels and more sperm abnormalities
than non-drinkers did. They also had a far higher rate of
erectile dysfunction (ED) - 71 percent, versus seven percent of
abstainers. Therefore, a natural remedy for erectile dysfunction
is to reduce alcohol intake, particularly beer. Beer contains hops
which is a potent estrogenic plant.
There are other causes of ED besides these major causes.
For example, sitting on a bicycle too long. Men who log several
Although I won't spend as much time on this topic, poor
nutrition is also playing a role in reducing masculine strength
and energy. In the 1930s, Francis Pottenger conducted experiments
on nutrition using cats. I won't go into detail about the
studies, but in the groups of cats that were fed diets of either
cooked meat or pasteurized milk, there was a decline in both
general and reproductive health. Fertility decreased and female
cats became aggressive and mean, while male cats became docile.
Infertility and miscarriage were serious problems in the second
generation of cats fed improper diets, and homosexuality also
started to appear in the second and third generation cats. There
was no fourth generation, because reproduction ceased.
Pottenger's experiments (discussed in his book, Pottenger's
Cats) show that nutritional deficiencies alone can cause reproductive
changes in both male and female animals. The reproductive
glands do not function independently from the rest of the
body, so general good health is needed for reproductive health.
A medical doctor who is a good friend of mine, Dr. Hugo
Rodier, has commented that there ought to be warning labels
on high sugar foods that say, Warning: May Cause Erectile
Dysfunction. He feels this would probably help men avoid
these very destructive refined carbohydrates and the many health
problems they cause.
Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is a protein originally found
in semen, the fluid that carries sperm. Normally, PSA is made
in cells of the prostate called epithelial cells. It helps to keep the
semen in its liquid form.
Small amounts of PSA, made by the prostate, get into the
circulation and can be measured in the blood. Certain prostate
conditions, including prostate cancer, can cause high levels of
The most common condition leading to a high PSA is benign (noncancerous) enlargement of the prostate, called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The key is to have enough good fats in the diet for hormone combustion. I use Master Gland, Men's Formula and IF Relief for this problem. A high PSA count can also be caused by infection. Using the Silver Shield can address the beginning stages and even lower numbers on blood tests. In addition to prostate problems, some medical treatments can affect PSA levels.
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