It's amazing to me that in the current era of technology and science, long standing myths can be perpetuated in medicine with no substantial evidence to back them up.
One of such myths surrounds the hormone Testosterone. Many doctors today, even Urologists, still believe that testosterone is a harmful hormone. They believe it can cause all sorts of health problems such as blood clots, heart disease, high cholesterol, and the greatest myth of all is regarding prostate cancer.
Despite numerous articles and research studies showing the benefits of testosterone both for men and women, many doctors choose to continue to believe and perpetuate the old"myths" that are not founded in any significant research or proof.
One such myth is regarding testosterone and prostate cancer. Studies that have tried to connect testosterone to prostate cancer have actually demonstrated the opposite effect. One such study set out to prove that men who had higher testosterone levels had more prostate problems. The conclusion was exactly the opposite.
When Dr. Abe Morgenthaler wrote "Testosterone For Life", he dug into the myth that testosterone caused prostate cancer. What he found was astonishing. There was one article published stating this in the 1950's. It was written by a very prominent Urologist at the time, so it wasn't questioned and became widely accepted dogma. However, what everyone failed to see was that the article was based ON ONE PATIENT! That's right. One article based on one patient. And it became the holy grail for testosterone and prostate cancer for decades, without question.
Well now the wheels are coming off that cart quickly. Not only has testosterone been shown to be health enhancing in every perspective for both men and women, a recent study from Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center reports using high dose testosterone TO TREAT PROSTATE CANCER. That's right. This is not a typo!
Dr. Samuel Denmeade a medical oncologist reported in the January 7 issue of Science Translational Medicine that he treated 16 patients with metastatic prostate cancer with testosterone and found that it suppressed some advanced prostate cancers and reversed others that had become resistant to testosterone blocking drugs.
Fourteen of the patients in the study experienced a decrease in the PSA, with one man who's cancer completely disappeared.
Dr Denmeade warns that patients should not attempt to self medicate with testosterone, and that it needs to be done carefully following an accurately designed protocol.
However, this small study is absolutely groundbreaking in helping to dispel the myth that testosterone is responsible for causing prostate cancer. These are early results in a small study, but certainly promote hope and insight into new approaches to treating prostate cancer with what for many years was believed to be a cause.
I see incredible results similar to this all the time in my patients on hormone therapy. Many doctors still believe and perpetuate the myth that hormone replacement is harmful and causes cancer.
Now with this recent study, I hope we start to see the tide turning more to the belief that hormones are health enhancing. Our health starts to decline exactly at the time of our life when hormone levels fall.
I have much more valuable information about the health enhancing benefits of hormone replacement in my book The Reddi Plan.
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