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Hi Peak,

My Dr. is interested in filling out the details and checkig out your site (I like his attitude!).

Can you PM me the email address you want me to use? Once I get that, I'll make introductions.

Yesterday he ordered a big gamut of tests to form a new baseline. I am hoping my new insurance is better than when we did the baseline we did last may! He is interested in tracking my progress as I go wheat free. I really appreicate having a Dr. that really cares and is still interested in learning...

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Wow, that's a lot of peanut butter cups! :) Fortunately, my wife introduced me to lots of vegetables and alternative grains years ago and I really like them, so I think I have part of the battle addressed already. I actually eat pretty well and I work out intensly at least three times a week. Still, 25% body fat. Will be interesting to see what happens...

Just got a new baseline of bloodwork yesterday, and ordered a glucose meter with the intention of checking every morning. I am going to keep a daily log of many items such as how I slept, did I snore, what was my mood like, etc. I really want to be sure that I'm seeing real results and not imagining things.

I've got a lot of homework to do yet, but I can't wait to get started!

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I could see having occasional indulgences - just like having alcohol or a decadent dessert. I'm told that after a few weeks, it's an interesting experience to have a decent wheat-loaded meal and see how your body reacts...

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I'm very impressed with [edited by moderator - anonymity for everyone unless we have permission] and would love to see him listed. I've printed off the two links and will take them to my appointment this afternoon.

thanks!

Keeping my fingers crossed that E2 has dropped...

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I read about Einkorn and may try to get some of it to try. JackAndy - not feeling as hungry and not getting tired after eating sounds FREAKING AWESOME! :)

I'm going in for blood work today on T and E2. I may have him check Glucose too as I was at 100 last time it was checked. I am thinking of buying a cheap glucose meter and keeping an eye on that during the trial.

I have been working up to this for a few weeks and I' stunned at the fact wheat appears to be in everything. I don't want to get too excited and expect miracles, but if I have even just a few of the benefits described in the book I would make this a life-long change.

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Thanks T - I'll check in and let you know how it goes. I am being careful not to introduce any other variables at the same time; I really want to see what removing wheat can do!

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Thanks T- I am lucky and that I do seem to have a Dr that really gets this; restorative medicine is the basis of his practice. I am hoping to see a decline in E2 in my bloodwork tomorrow - having been in Arimidex for 8 weeks now.

I sort of figured that if it was working for me, stay with it. Once a week shot (if getting it was convenient) would be better than slathering myself up every day. But in the grand scheme of things, it's a small price to pay for the benefits it brings!

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Testosterone, Hormones and General Men's Health / T Shots vs. Topicals
« on: March 04, 2013, 04:51:32 pm »
Hi all,

I just read the article on Androgel vs. Testim, and I'm wondering if I should move to shots from using Testim.

Very short summary...

1. Back in May I was diagnosed with total T of 266, Free 64. Went on HCG to try and boost my own T but that didn't work.
2. Went on one tube of Testim, and stayed on HCG. No noticable improvement in T levels (still around 270 total T)
3. Went to two tubes of Testim for 30 days, staying on HCG. Total T went to about 720 and free T to 194. Unfortunately, E2 went from about 16 to about 68. I've been on Arimidex for two months and I go in tomorrow for new blood work.

If my T stays at these levels, should I just stay on the Testim or should I go to a weekly shot? My issue with the shot is that, while I give myself three HCG injections a week, the T shots use a bigger needle and need to go in the leg; I'm not sure I can do this to myself and it's really inconvenient to get to the Dr. every week.

I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences related to this...

PS: for all of you struggling - KEEP AT IT! I'm feeling better than I have in YEARS. My sense of humor has come back and I am actually happy more often than not. I really felt OLD before I strarted on this path. It's not easy, but it IS WORTH IT!

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Hi all,

I have been reading Wheat Belly and my family and I have decided to give up wheat for two weeks and see how we feel.

Anyone does this? Any advice?

I will say one thing positive about dealing with Low T for years (and not knowing it) and then getting it addressed; it's really got me thinking about my health in new ways. :)

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You mentioned keeping an eye on my erections while on Ameridex. I have to tell you, I've been keeping a close eye on them for months!
Now that's funny...

What's funny is how we haven't been seeing eye to eye...

;)

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Thanks guys! Yes PeakT, I am starting off good - I'm generally happy, my sense of humour has returned, and I am dealing with stress very, very well. Haven't been like this is years, and I very optimistic!

Thanks to both of you on the E2 warning. I've got a great doc who will get me back in in a month or two for more blood work - he's a big believer in monitoring the results of the things he has me trying. He's shooting for an E2 of 20 - not sure about the HSGH but I'm going to ask...

To any other lurkers that might be reading this - keep at it, it may not happen as fast as you like but you can change your life! :)

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Thanks JustAskin,

The SHGB (if I have that correct as the Sex Binding Globulin) was 24 on the original test results. To my knowledge, it was tested this pass but I will ask to have to tested next time. My DHEA-S was 148 originally, but again it wasn't tested this pass (I do take DHEA-S suppliments). I think I'll call the nurse and see if maybe they did pull a SHGB number and I just didn't get it...

You mentioned keeping an eye on my erections while on Ameridex. I have to tell you, I've been keeping a close eye on them for months! LOL

Actually, I typically wake up once in the middle of the night for what they call second sleep. I have noticed that I almost always have an erection when I wake up! this is new (and wonderful to have again). Not getting them when I wake up in the morning to get up, but at least I seem to be having them every night. I didn't realize how much I missed them.

What do I need to worry about with the Ameridex?

So, it sounds like when I get my lab work in another month or two to have the SHGB and DHEA re-run as well, and see where I'm at?

thanks again!

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PeakT - your site has been of TREMENDOUS value to me, I sincerely thank you. :)

PS: I bought the PDF of foods, and that's been very enlightening as well.

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Testosterone, Hormones and General Men's Health / Question on Estradiol
« on: January 08, 2013, 10:56:05 pm »
Hi all,

I've been lurking here since May but this is my first post.

First, let me say THANK YOU to all of you posters - I have been reading for months and your info and stories have been enlightening and inspiring. I had about every symptom you could have had going into this - to the point of looking into antidepresents. I feel like I am on a path to great health now, and it's helped knowig I'm not on this journey alone.

I am 43 years old and struggling with low T. My story is just another flavor of so many here so I won't go into a lot of detail. Suffice it to say that after eating healthy and working out for many months, I realized something must be wrong. I got lucky to get connected to a Dr. that specializes in this. A deep blood dive in May revealed the following numbers:

Total T    288
Free T     65
Estradiol  16.6
Hemoglobin  16.1
Hematocrit  46.6

All of of other blood values were good - and many like my Trigl and Chol were improved from the previous year.

Dr. put me on HCG 3 times a week and we again tested. I don't have those numbers with me, but they were literally within a few points of my starting numbers. I then went on Testim (one tube) and stayed on HCG. Tested again with almost no improvement - I was still below 300 total but my free had improved some.

Next step was two tubes of Testim. Tested after 30 days and FINALLY have improvement! The new numbers as of a week ago are:

Total T   721
Free       194
Estradiol  64.5
Hemoglobin 17.8
Hematocrit  51.1

I had a shot while I was in for this test, and felt better over the weekend than I can remember in a LONG LONG time. Lots of great things, but I think the overall sense of well-being was the most wonderful part.

Now, the Dr. is putting me on Arimidex (a generic) to lower the Estradiol (1 MG per pill). According to the nurse, they think this is what's keeping me from feeling my best.

So a few questions:

1. With the numbers I've shown, how much of an effect do you think the Estradiol is having today?
2. Why do you think the shot made such a difference over the weekend? Do I need to get my numbers even higher or perhaps did I just get the high enough to get over the problem of the Estradiol?

I really appreciate any input you have, and keep up the fight! :)

James

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