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http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/phil/blphil_ethbio_patfraud.htm

Men pay child support for a kid, even though the child is proven to not be theirs. Courts of law make them continue to pay.
what gives?

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/22/magazine/22Paternity-t.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

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Testosterone, Hormones and General Men's Health / To Nut or Not to Nut?
« on: February 28, 2013, 04:10:58 am »
I think watchntv must be very stress free because he is able to vent so much steam here! haha. I wish I could do that.

that made me chuckle cause I was thinkin' about,"am I more stressed than I think I am?"

Talking about stuff doesnt help me, unless I come up with a plan of action, that's what I like about this site/Peak.
he tells us a problem and then how to handle the problem.

so should I eat both almonds and walnuts or a few of each/day?

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Testosterone, Hormones and General Men's Health / Low Carb Criticism
« on: February 27, 2013, 12:43:53 am »


BELLY FAT:  You are getting very low carbs.  This can increase inflammation.  You have very low testosterone which increases insulin levels.  This is not a good combination.  You are also not getting many calories, which will also lower testosterone very significantly. 


I would like to see where  you get this idea from?
European journal of applied physiology, 2010 Apr, 108:1125-1131, is that the only study?
I dont see many details on your page
http://www.peaktestosterone.com/Atkins_Low_Carb_Diet
I have a hard time figuring out do you think that low carb=high fat?

This is a page I've referenced before because I didnt understand what it was saying and some of the statements dont fly with other things Ive read
example:
A Low Carb diet has also been shown to be much more worse for your mood and outlook. Australian scientists placed participants on a Low Fat Diet or Low Carb Diet and, not surprisingly, found that both groups lost an equal amount of weight. However, the low carb group "felt more angry, depressed and confused" than the Low Fat cohort. [20]
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which isnt what this abstract says, as a low carb diet causes euphoria(see below). and a low carb diet is going to cause more weight loss than a low fat diet, as Ive posted before,as each carb holds water.  This is why on a low carb diet, you initially lose so much  weight, 10-20lbs,  so fast,.....it is water weight, but you lose weight and that statement above doesn't say that.

 Which is why Id like to see more details about where those statements come from.
Low-carb diets, fasting and euphoria: Is there a link between ketosis and gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB)?
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17011713


And you may be ingesting a lot of mercury which can downgrade your T even further.

And an important point:  low T can increase your odds for the deadly visceral (belly/stomach) fat.  By any chance is your fat accumulating around the gut?

I had petty much only belly fat and I figured that was because fat is hard to remove from the belly(hips/butt in females) due to adrenoreceptors, which give woman the pear shape and men he apple shape.  I know androgens, like testosterone levels,  can influence adrenoreceptors, but I would tell somehow to fist look at their total body to see where the fat is.
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What is witten below is from Lyle Mcdonald
http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/
 There are two major classes of adrenoreceptors: beta and alpha, which are found all over
the body. This includes the brain, liver, skeletal muscle, fat cells, heart, blood vessels, etc.; you
name it and there are probably adrenoreceptors there.
The main receptors we need to worry about in human fat cells are alpha-2 receptors and
beta-1 and beta-2 receptors, both of which actively bind the catecholamine hormones. When
catecholamines bind to beta-1,2 receptors, they increase cAMP levels, which increases fat
breakdown. Great. However, when the catecholamines bind alpha-2 receptors, they decrease
cAMP levels which decreases fat breakdown. Not great. But it means that catecholamines,
which I told you were fat mobilizers, can actually send both fat mobilizing and anti-fat mobilizing
signals: by binding to either alpha- or beta-receptors.

So why does this matter? Different areas of bodyfat have different distributions of alpha-2
and beta-2 adrenoreceptors. For example, women's lower bodyfat (hips and thighs) have been
found to have 9 times as many alpha-2 receptors as beta-2 receptors. Some research indicates
that men's abdominal fat is similar, with more alpha-2 than beta-2 receptors. Now you know
part of why its so difficult to reduce these stubborn fat areas; with a greater number of alpha-2
receptors to bind catecholamines, it's that much more difficult to stimulate fat breakdown in
those fat cells.
Other factors affect adrenoreceptor function as well. Androgens and thyroid tend to
increase the sensitivity of beta-2 receptors to the catecholamines.
This may be part of why men
(who have higher androgens and higher thyroid, on average) lose fat more easily. The factors
controlling alpha-2 adrenoreceptor function aren't as well elucidated.
Back to mobilization: summing up
I should note that insulin pretty much always wins the battle over fat cell metabolism.
That is, even in the face of high catecholamine levels, if insulin is elevated, fat mobilization will be
impaired. As it turns out, this generally doesn't happen under normal conditions. Typically when
insulin is high, the catecholamines are low and vice versa (e.g. during exercise, insulin levels drop
as catecholamine levels go up). There are exceptions of course. If you drink a carb drink during
aerobic exercise, for example, the slight increase in insulin will decrease fat mobilization despite
high levels of catecholamines.
Just remember the following: insulin inhibits fat mobilization and the catecholamines
(generally) increase it. Insulin always wins the battle. So when insulin is high and the
catecholamines are low, fat tends to be stored. When insulin is low and the catecholamines are
high, fat will be mobilized. A bit simplistic? Perhaps. But good enough for the time being. The
real take home message is that, from a fat mobilization standpoint, we want low insulin and high
catecholamine levels. Both can be readily accomplished by altering diet (lowering carbohydrates
and calories) and exercise (which increases catecholamines).":



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Testosterone, Hormones and General Men's Health / healthcare
« on: February 26, 2013, 11:30:49 pm »
I got a bill from my general practitioner(internal medicine doctor) today for $1,200.

I saw him last year, 12/20/13 to be exact.
He takes my health insurance.
I had that health insurance at the time of service,

I had a physical done and he ran some blood work.
I asked at the time of service what I would be charged, I was told, no charge, "ObamaCare pays for 1 physical/year".

I also have the same insurance I had last year and wasn't billed last year, so I was set.

I asked the hospital about the bill, asking what I can do in the future to prevent getting such a high bill without any notice from my doctor, whom Ive seen ~20years.
I was told:
make sure your insurance covers his office
make sure your insurance covers what he plans to do
ask at the time of service the costs

I did all of those things, yet I have a $1,200 bill.
The hospital is going to send me a itemized bill so I can talk to my health insurance and see why this claim, for a checkup, was totally denied.


Any thoughts?

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Testosterone, Hormones and General Men's Health / Estradiol Questions
« on: February 15, 2013, 10:01:01 am »
Hey, I know you have an update so I'll be brief here, but a comment:

Your roommate and you, if you go on HRT, should get your estradiol monitored.  This has been a hot topic on the forum of late, so I encourage you do a search on "estrogen" and "estradiol" using the search above. 

Here are a few threads to look at:

https://www.peaktestosterone.com/forum/index.php?topic=940.msg8523#msg8523

https://www.peaktestosterone.com/forum/index.php?topic=903.msg8146#msg8146

https://www.peaktestosterone.com/forum/index.php?topic=679.msg6202#msg6202

Also, look at PRSArtist and anonymous' posts:  they have been dealing with this extensively and one has had very good experiences and the other has had a constant battle, so it's a good balance.

So, when you feel comfortable, post an update here and let us know what you and your doctor are thinking.
anyone else get lost around here?
I like the explanations of actions that are recommended, but what action to take and why, gets lost on me sometimes.,
Sometimes, I need to just check to see if I'm doing all I can to increase/decrease whatever, in that case, I just need a chart that shows what to do
It can have astrikes/numbers to reference an explanation found elsewhere.

It's like making a "Do-list" for your day.  you have the 8 things you must do listed, you know why you must do them, you dont need an explanation
but you could write an explanation for each item, but it would  make the list easier to follow if it was just a list and the explanations were elsewhere.

A flow chart would be great....but I might be saying all of this because it's late or because I get irritated at not having something easy to understand in my hands about the topic of ideal Testosterone/estrogen levels; what is ideal, and how to achieve the ideal level


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Testosterone, Hormones and General Men's Health / Back to the grind
« on: February 14, 2013, 12:47:30 pm »
The holidays took there toll on me

Looking at my history I see this

1/2012
 weight 267.5

Testosterone
Free-12ng/dl
total 329ng/dl

9/2012
weight ~195lbs
Testosterone
Free-117.6pq/ml which is 11.8mg/dl
total 590 ng/dl

12/2012
weight-187lbs
Testosterone
Free-11ng/dl
total 448ng/dl

I dont know why the decrease.....stress?  (its been higher than norm. perhaps due to holidays and being at home)

Yes, it's very tough to see what your relatives and friends do to themselves.  You have to take a step back, though, and remember that you were doing the same thing X years ago.  With friends and relatives you can really only lead by example generally.  They do notice though things like muscle, energy, looking younger, etc.  But will they do anything?  That's another story...

Currently Im at 185lbs and I'm about to go on vacation with my family.  On vacation, I know they will  eat whatever they want,maybe.   My parents have been eating healthy  About a year ago, my Dad started on testosterone patches or some form of prescribed RX,  he doesnt talk about it.   I happened to see his ac1 test results when I was home(my mom handed me them) and the results werent good.
according to the BMI calculator
http://nhlbisupport.com/bmi/

Im at 27 and my Dad, the only person who isnt a fatty is at 26.8
Goal is to get <24.9 as per
BMI,  18.5-24.9 ,had a reduced mortality from all causes, CVD and cancer than those with a BMI above 25.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22530540
 
we are going to san diego to see my brother and go to Disney Land, etc
Otherwise, I dont know what we'll do,besides eat

I am not gaining weight on this trip,  I'm sure I'll get told to "enjoy myself" etc, but not re-fattening is fine by me and I wont be wearing the sunscreen they have, I have my own. 
http://peaktestosterone.com/Sunscreen_Alternatives

When I get back, I have to get my estradiol  checked as well as a total/free T,maybe.
Or I'll just keep losing weight and get it checked if I can't lose weight or  after I get to 167lbs

According to the abstract I linked to, I need to drop another ~20lbs.

I have a huge exam in April, but I can slowly lose the 20lbs via caloric restriction and walking and lifting weights.






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Testosterone, Hormones and General Men's Health / Beating Arteriosclerosis
« on: February 10, 2013, 02:33:15 am »
Besides Pomegranate  juice, what foods/drinks/herbs helP fight atherscoloris? 

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Testosterone, Hormones and General Men's Health / prostate
« on: February 03, 2013, 02:23:49 pm »
How do I prevent any future prostate problems?
Cancer, impotence, bladder control?

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Testosterone, Hormones and General Men's Health / viagra for LIFE
« on: January 21, 2013, 07:49:43 am »
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130117105738.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Fhealth_medicine%2Fdiet_and_weight_loss+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Health+%26+Medicine+News+--+Diet+and+Weight+Loss

Jan. 17, 2013 Researchers from the University of Bonn treated mice with Viagra and made an amazing discovery: The drug converts undesirable white fat cells and could thus potentially melt the unwelcome "spare tire" around the midriff. In addition, the substance also decreases the risk of other complications caused by obesity.



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Testosterone, Hormones and General Men's Health / Blade gets harder
« on: January 11, 2013, 10:19:31 pm »
Lots of smart guys on this board,
 I'm doing my best to use the knowledge I have absorbed from here, but I know I don't know everything.  If you can add something to this, please do.  thanks

Goals:
total testosterone >600gn/dl
total cholesterol <150
fasting glucose <100
HDL>59



Blade78
34yo
70inches
as of this thread: 188lbs
working to get to 160lbs as per;
Body mass index and risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer and all-cause mortality.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22530540


History
December 2011-
267lbs
Tested by GP's Lab

total test 329 ng/dl
 Free 12 ng/dl
fasting glucose 108mg/dl
total cholesterol 248 mg/dl

HDL 48 mg/dl

April 2012
tested by school lab

total test 590 ng/dl
free test 11.7 ng/dl
CRP <.1

Lost ~75lbs

Dec 2012
-192lbs
tested by GP's lab

total test 448ng/dl
free test  11ng/dl
total cholesterol  191 mg/dl
HDL 46 mg/dl 

Information from Peak's site/books to get to my goals:

Goals:
total testosterone >600g/dl
total cholesterol <150
fasting glucose <100
HDL>59


Goal=total testosterone >600

Im unsure about what I should be shooting for, I find it interesting that the other goals I have have exact numbers I should be shooting to be at/below/above, but due to other factors,  testosterone doesnt have an exact number.  This does make sense to me as outside factors can influence your machinery, still  I would like a number, but I think morning erections are the best sign-post whether I have low T or not since that will take out the mental/environment component
How to:
-How to stimulate more testosterone-http://www.peaktestosterone.com/Testosterone_Stimulation
-plan out/antipate sex
-lose fat
-sleep
-Compete
http://www.peaktestosterone.com/Testosterone_Booster_Natural

-Fat and Fiber
http://www.peaktestosterone.com/TwoFs

-Have sex
http://www.peaktestosterone.com/Sex_Massage
http://www.peaktestosterone.com/Hdr_Sex_Without_Manipulation
http://www.peaktestosterone.com/Sex_Is_Good_For_You

-lift weights
 http://www.peaktestosterone.com/Testosterone_Weight_Lifting
-

Goal=total cholesterol <150
How to:
http://www.peaktestosterone.com/Cholesterol_Erectile_Dysfunction
http://www.peaktestosterone.com/Cholesterol_Longevity


Goal=fasting glucose <100
How to:
http://www.peaktestosterone.com/Fasting_Insulin_Levels
-lose weight

-low fat diet
http://www.peaktestosterone.com/Ornish_Diet
http://www.peaktestosterone.com/Why_Is_Saturated_Fat_Bad_For_You


low sugar foods
http://www.peaktestosterone.com/Testosterone_Glucose


coffee
http://www.peaktestosterone.com/Coffee

increase testosterone
http://www.peaktestosterone.com/Testosterone_Insulin

-
goal:HDL>59
How to:

How to increase your HDL
http://www.peaktestosterone.com/How_To_Increase_HDL_Levels
highlights
Aerobic Exercise
Intense Exercise.  Intense exercise, the kind that makes you sweat and lose your breath(Im not clear if this is just aerobic or weightlifting, perhaps both)
-8oz/day of Cranberry Juice
-Moderate Drinking of booze(1-2 drinks)
-Soluble Fiber.  Soluble fiber, at least 2 servings per day, increases HDL levels
-Cortisol Reduction http://www.peaktestosterone.com/Stress
-Sugar Reduction
-Trans fat reduction
-laughing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghrDIQ-K8mg
-Berries


Using what I know and some of the above information, to reach my goals of:
Goals:
total testosterone 600
total cholesterol <150
fasting glucose <100
HDL>59


I have a program

I know my biggest issue is the extra 29lbs Im carrying around as carrying around extra fat doesnt help in anyway....but Im working on it.
but what should be at the top of my priority list to reach my goals(while I am flush with time currently), lose fat quickly with a high deficit and likely hurt my testosterone panel or go slowly and end up not achieving my fat loss goal, thus hurting my health long term?
http://www.peaktestosterone.com/How_To_Lose_Weight
Im going fast and will see how much fat I can lose in 5 weeks.

my 5 week plan

awaken...
2-3 cups coffee
 Ive read both the pros and cons of coffee
http://www.peaktestosterone.com/Coffee
http://www.peaktestosterone.com/Coffee_Caffeine_Dangers
and I brew my own coffee, which I take in the morning(about 3 cups) and I drink it black via flourdie free water

workout
-stretch,  walk 30mins
-3 days a week I lift weights up and down(heavy, 3sets x 8reps)

breakfast
 eggwhites
3g omega-3
4oz pomegranate juice
4oz cherry tart
1 tsp cacco powder


because I need to increase my caloric deficit to lose weight in the day I do about 2-3 hours walking, moderately,(1.5-1.8mph on my  $25 treadmill I bought off craigslist)

Lunch
2 apples organic
eggwhites
about 2 cups of mixed berries(blue,/rasp/black)
1lbs of broccoli florettetes in my vitamix blender
-green/red pepper


Dinner
eggwhites
about 2 cups of mixed berries(blue,/rasp/black)
1lbs of broccoli florettetes in my vitamix blender
(all together I get over 200 grams protein  and quite a few servings of veggies+fruit.....I tried Kale, its a no go, unless you think its something worthy of adding?)

night about 9pm
popcorn+TV
 
10pm
niacin-1000mg
400 chelated magnessium
~2mg citrulline
~3mg arginine
-I floss and use fluoride free toothpaste
http://www.amazon.com/Toms-Maine-Fluoride-Free-Toothpaste-Strawberry/dp/B001EJOQ9W



about 1030pm
I try to use the
Guided Progressive Muscle Relaxation with Yoga Jane Training
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgzOYm-c_cg

My vices:
I love
Coke Zero
I thought this was made with Splenda, I was wrong, I wont drink this again..I want a soda that I can drink.. is there such a thing? RC cola?Tab?


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Well, the studies show that the big benefit is in cardiovascular mortality.  Of course, that's the #1 killer, so that's a big benefit.

And keep in mind:  this has nothing to do with Low Fat.  The great majority of vegetarians and vegans are not Low Fat by any stretch.

so then if its not low fat that helps prevent cardiovascular issues; then vegetarians have less inflammation?
inflammation. Arachadonic Acid has been shown in many studies to increase systemic inflammation, the kind that is so deadly. 

http://www.peaktestosterone.com/Arachidonic_Acid_Dangers

Here are 12 Ways to Reduce Inflammation:
http://www.peaktestosterone.com/Inflammation

which brings me to a questions

1 my dad has high triglyceridess, total cholestrol of 130...he loves cheese, otherwise goes low carb,  which lots of cheese

this is bad?

2  you say that
 Avoid High Protein Diets (such as the Atkins Diet). This type of eating has been shown in several studies to increase inflammatory markers such as fibronigen and C-Reactive Protein.
---what is a atkins diet?
I eat 0-100g carbs a day... and although I dont eat much meat at all, I do eat eggwhites, getting at least 50-80% of my calories from eggwhites

is that an atkins diet?
and how do you define a high protein diet? 

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Now, from chatting with you online here, you are an int'g combination of the ideal and the practical.  I'm never quite sure where you want to land. 

So, first, let me go to the ideal:

The worst thing about artificial sweeteners is probably what they do to the brain.  There is some evidence they fool the brain (just like sugars) into weight-gaining metabolic responses even though they are absent in calories.  I don't think there is proof of this, though, but it kind of makes sense since it all has to do with dopamine, eh?
they fool the brain into thinking what that can lead to weight gain?
my practical understanding of physics/math is you cant make matter out of nothing, which means, I can't get fat if I am eating 0 calories, no matter how the body responds to it
-sugars fool the brain?
my understanding from that is sugar causes the blood sugar to spike, which causes an influx of aminos into the brain which causes sleepyness, etc

Ive been reading how it's thought now that differnt bacteria in the gut are thought to be the reasons why people get/stay fat and these bacteria are from eating processed foods/chemicals.  so to restore gut health, one must refrain from eating crap and eat a non-processed food diet with  few/none artificial ingredients..

I know my dad has cholestrol of 130 and high blood sugar and high triglycerides and he eats tons of splenda and other artifical sweeteners....I wonder if there is  a correlation, becaue for the last 4 months, he has eaten a Peak-diet, except for small amount of meat(grilled turkey), 2lbs of broccolli/day, and lots of Sucralose in the form of calorie free chocolate dips/etc

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 Walden Farms Calorie Free BBQ Sauces.
contains
no artificial stuff
http://www.waldenfarms.com/faq.html
Are there any artificial flavorings or colorings in Walden Farms Calorie Free Specialties?
No.

Water, Tomato Paste, Apple Cider Vinegar, Dijon Mustard, White Distilled Vinegar, Cellulose Gel, Salt, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Worcestershire Sauce, Xanthan Gum, Propylene Glycol Alginate, Natural Flavorings, Cayenne Pepper, Red Cabbage Coloring, Sucralose and Potassium Sorbate

should I be worried about any ingredient?

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Testosterone, Hormones and General Men's Health / blood tests units?
« on: December 28, 2012, 02:05:38 am »
I've lost 80lbs since april of this year
I am concerned about my blood tests

January 2012
total cholesterol 248mg/dl
, HDL 48mg/dl
glucose 108mg/dl
HDL 48mg/dl

Dec 2012
total cholesterol  130L mg/dl
HDL 25L mg/dl

I had this done at  a different lab and I dont understand those numbers
130 liters   mg/dl.....  how does that compare 248mg/dl


whats really concerning me is my HA1C test...its 7  so thats high
I havent been losing weight these past 3 months, so maybe thats whats wrong with my blood sugar
http://labtestinterpreter.about.com/od/Diagnoses/hemoglobina1c_myhba1cisbetween70and74.htm



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I came home for holidays and I see my parents save the jars of the CALORIE FREE WALDEN FARMS CHOCOLATE DIP

 Great taste, no calories - we use only the finest ingredients in Walden Farms Specialties.  Concentrated Natural Flavors. Walden Farms irresistibly sweet calorie free specialties are prepared with real fruit extracts, concentrated natural flavors, rich cocoa and other natural flavorings, all sweetened with Splenda. Our savory specialties are made with hundreds of freshly ground herbs and spices, concentrated natural flavors and the finest aged imported and domestic vinegars. See for yourself.

http://www.waldenfarms.com/nutrition_facts.html#

how do i get myparents, who are 64yo, that splenda/natural and artificial flavors are bad for them
my grandmas have already  had dementia before the died

http://www.rejuvinstitute.com/excitotoxins-chemicals-destroy-health#.UNoFlXc133w
http://experiencelife.com/article/excitotoxins/
http://www.drrisley.com/html/excitotoxins.html
http://home.roadrunner.com/~krisjohnson/Kris/ExcitotoxinsDrJo.htm




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