hormone levels

  1. Jane Fonda's secret helper

    Actress backs testosterone -- for women

    I wouldn't be caught dead reading Jane Fonda's new book -- but it sounds like she's ripped a page or two right out of mine.

    Hanoi Jane has been making headlines for admitting that the wild septuagenarian sex she's been bragging about was actually fueled by testosterone supplements.

    And now, she's urging other senior women to load up on the hormone to boost their own libidos.

    I didn't generate nearly as many headlines when I began advocating testosterone supplementation for women -- in some situations -- years ago. (Then again, I've never been caught palling around with the Vietcong, either.)

    But while Fonda might be on the right track here, her story only highlights the dangers of taking medical advice from Hollywood know-it-alls -- because she has a vastly oversimplified view of the hormone.

    She even admits she had to stop taking the supplements after battling serious acne problems -- a sure sign she was taking way too much. Women who load up on testosterone willy-nilly might also find themselves growing mustaches and chest hair.

    Neither of those will do much for your sex life.

    But let's forget sex for a moment here, because women need testosterone for something so much more important -- and here's where Fonda misses the point completely.

    Testosterone is crucial to blood flow, and women who don't have enough face a higher risk of heart attack and stroke. This hormone can even help beat two of the conditions women fear most: osteoporosis and breast cancer.

    So yes, you need your testosterone, ladies -- but don't try getting this on your own. Seek out an experienced naturopathic physician who can measure your hormone levels. You want to be somewhere between 50 nanograms per cc and 100 (men, on the other hand, need 10 times as much).

    A good doc will also bring you back in for regular measurements while supplementation is under way to help ensure you don't experience Fonda's acne -- or chest and facial hair.

    Your husband will thank you for that last bit.

  2. A guaranteed turn-off

    Is this chemical ruining your sex appeal?

    Women want manly men -- and they can spot a sissy even if he's not waving a rainbow flag. All he needs is some extra estrogen.

    The ladies can practically smell this feminizing hormone a mile away -- and believe me, it doesn't smell like Old Spice.

    Researchers have uncovered evidence that men who have been exposed to one of today's leading sources of estrogen, the BPA used in plastic containers and can linings, are literally repulsive to women.

    Researchers raised two sets of mice: One born to mothers exposed to BPA during pregnancy, and one born to mothers that were not. When the mice matured, researchers repeatedly placed one from each group together in a cage with a single female to see which one she'd pick.

    Needless to say, she wanted nothing to do with the BPA sissy.

    In fact, these mice were more than twice as likely to get flat-out rejected by females despite the fact that they looked just like the other mice and even had the same hormone levels.

    Somehow, the females KNEW they were different -- and I'm guessing all the Old Spice in the world wouldn't be able to cover it up.

    In another experiment, mice born to BPA-fed moms had trouble finding their way out of a maze -- a test that uses the same instincts mice need when they seek out a breeding partner. It's like the sexual compass had been thrown out of whack.

    You know what's really amazing here? These mice weren't exposed to BPA after birth -- only in the womb.

    If that little bit was enough to make a lifelong difference, imagine the impact of constant BPA exposure from conception to the grave.

    Better yet, don't imagine -- just look at the research: Studies have found that BPA exposure can lead to serious reproductive problems in men and women alike, not to mention a host of other conditions ranging from obesity to heart disease.

    The only way to protect yourself and your family is to skip this stuff in all its forms, starting today.

  3. New study misses the point on eating

    Here's one from the Department of Useless Research: People who eat fast, eat more.
  4. Hormones, hot sauce, and hot lead flyin'

    According to a recent New York Times article, some new research suggests that the mere handling of firearms triggers aggression in men. A group of psychologists from Knox College in Illinois enrolled 30 male students in a study that these subjects were told was designed to measure taste sensitivity…

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