Tips on how to restore that fire… (Arenal, Costa Rica)
Look, it happens…
And not only to 90 year old men.
Low libido is silently becoming an epidemic and the reason no one knows about it is because — at least in America — we’re all too prude to talk about it.
Today, I address 4 ways to do this naturally, as well as answer questions about Vitamin B12 and IV hydrogen peroxide treatments.
Let’s get started…
Barbara says her brother has super-low libido…
I have an older brother (63) who is suffering from very low libido– any suggestions for alternative treatments??? Barbara
Hey Barbara, there’s a lot of buzz about “low-T” in the medical field today.
This is the pharmaceutical term for low testosterone. Men in their 60’s and younger — even into their 30’s are experiencing this on a large scale. I, personally, don’t know if it’s because more doctors are testing, if the pharmaceutical industry wants to market to a new demographic, or if it actually is getting worse.
What I do know is that low testosterone for men as they age will decrease libido for sure. It will also cause lethargy, poor ability to build muscle and eventually muscle loss.
All these don’t bode well for his personal longevity, since those who keep stronger muscle mass into their later years have a better chance of staying healthy.
So here are some natural ways to for him to harden up (heads out of the gutter, I was talking about building muscles…)
Cut the stress.
Stress will wear on the adrenals enough to interfere will the entire endocrine system. When the endocrine system (your hormone producing/messaging system) is out of whack, then his ability to produce testosterone will decrease.
A common example that I’ve said in the past is this, “you don’t think of sex when you’re being chased by the tiger.”
What this means is simply, when you’re body is in stress mode, it doesn’t produce enough sex hormones for you to have a normal natural sex life.
Change up the exercise routine (or start it.)
One of the best ways for men (and women) to increase their libido is to do strength training. Aerobic exercise like running or walking is fantastic for your heart, but strength training is what will raise testosterone levels.
Tell him to see head over to the gym and work with a trainer for a session or two to give him some ideas to get him on his way.
Herbs may help, but not before the top two…
There are herbs that work with the endocrine and hormone system that may be able to help raise testosterone, but the exercise and stress relief will give you the biggest boost — it’s also the fastest approach.
Some of these herbs that do work are maca, wild yam, and deer antler. (I’d prefer he stays toward the non-animal sources.)
Also, taking adaptogenic herbs like holy basil and ashwaganda are helpful to cool the endocrine system so it can have time to restore its natural balance.
Replace those hormones naturally.
At his age, if the things above can’t seem to bring him back into balance, I’d have him talk to a doctor who is well versed in natural hormone therapy. Depending on where you are, there are a few that I think really know what they’re doing. They are — in no particular order — Dr. J. E. Williams (Sarasota, FL), Dr. David Brownstein (Bloomfield, MI), and Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy (Irvine, CA). I’m sure there are more, but these are three to check out.
Natural hormone replacement therapy is not the same as taking synthetic hormones. The body completely recognizes and uses these natural hormones like they were its own. The synthetic hormones are altered so drug companies are patented and it has been shown these increase risk of side effects — one of which is cancer.
A good doctor will be able to put him on a protocol that is very well tuned to his body and needs (they rarely just give testosterone) and will like be able to get him back into the shape he wants to be.
Also, be sure to have him go to a doctor to draw blood and check to make sure he doesn’t have heart or cardiovascular issues that could be interfering with his blood flow as well.
Jannai has numbness in her fingers and toes, possibly from B12 deficiency…
Question – I am a vegan and take nutritional yeast and occasionally take B-12 – spirulina, chlorella and a VERY healthy diet….high raw… I have had numbness in my toes and fingers – I thought it was from frost bite that I got over 35 years ago….I started noticing it just a few years ago – my natural doc thought I needed the b-12 injections even tho she tested me and I was not B-12 deficient Thoughts? Jannai
Hey Jannai, seems like symptoms of B12 deficiency, but I have no idea. Here’s what I would do…
I would get a Methylmalonic acid (MMA) test. This is a test that shows how you’re metabolizing B12, not how much is in your blood.
You can have analog B12 in your blood — which is not metabolized by the body — and test high on a blood serum B12 test, but you still may not have enough of the kind you need.
Analog B12 is found in seaweeds, chlorella and spirulina and is not usable by the body. This may be the reason you’re testing high but still feeling symptoms of B12 deficiency.
So go and get that MMA test and let us know how it goes. If these results tell you that you are very low, then I would ask your doctor again about those B12 shots.
B12 deficiency can cause very serious, irreversible neurological damage, so there’s no time to mess around.
Stephanie wants to know about B12 and anemia…
I have a question about B12… when I had my blood tested recently my doctor said that my B12 was fine and that I could stop taking it. What are the optimal levels for B12 and are there any benefits from using taking it if you are already in the optimal range? I am mostly Vegetarian. Occasionally I do eat eggs, or fish. Sometimes I use kefir from goats. But I try to stick to coconut kefir. I also eat Quinoa and I use Brendan Braziers whole food formula and his smoothie mix occasionally. I am anemic though and don’t want to take iron supplements on a daily basis. Thank you, Stephanie
Hey Stephanie, I’d read what I wrote to Jannai above to answer your question about B12.
Anemia is related to low B12 levels, but this may not be the cause of it in your case. So be sure to get an MMA test and see what turns up.
Also, be sure to ask your doctor what type of anemia you have — this may give you a better understanding of how to deal with this issue.
Monique wants to know how often to do hydrogen peroxide IV treatments…
When you had IV chelation, and other IV treatment down in Sarasota how many did you have? I’m considering trying some out when we are down there for spring break. I also heard that Hydrogen Peroxide by IV was a good way to get ride of Candida. I did get Donna’s book and am also following her advice. However, I would not refuse any process that would speed getting ride of Candida… Are a few sessions sufficient, or should I plan to be there for more than a week.
Any additional advice is appreciated, Monique
For me, my treatments were more experiential than useful. While one hydrogen peroxide treatment may be mildly helpful, most people who need this type of therapy because they’re sick, would need much more than the one that I did.
I’m aware of the use of IV hydrogen peroxide therapy for boosting the immune system and how it can be anti-microbial in the blood. So based on this evidence, you may see improvement for candida.
I wouldn’t use this as the only therapy to assist though, I would consult with a practitioner who can give you a few options so you help your body heal with the best chances of success.
Some of the other ways to help get rid of candida are removing alcohol from your diet, lowering your intake of sugar and complex carbohydrates for a period of time, eating fermented foods (like you are), eating an alkaline diet full of veggies, exercising regularly, lowering levels of stress and assisting your adrenals and thyroid with high quality adaptogenic herbs — like ashwaganda and holy basil.
Monica wants to know who does blood work analysis near her…
Can you recommend who to see for the extensive bloodwork you are suggesting? I have a neurologist for my MS and an internist that keeps changing. Should I see a nutritionist or dietician to get these tests? I am looking for someone in the Santa Monica, CA area. Thank you! Monica
Hey Monica, I would see a naturopathic physician or a functional medicine MD. These people are usually well versed in the different types of blood testing and may even be able to choose additional tests for you based on your own medical history.
In Santa Monica, there should be plenty — unfortunately, I don’t know any personally. I’m sure someone here on the blog will be able to point you in the right direction. I do know Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy in Irvine, CA, which is in Orange County — but it might be quicker to fly from LAX to John Wayne Airport to get over to her office.
You can also check www.FunctionalMedicine.org to find a practitioner in your home town.
Also, surprisingly enough, doctors are starting to get reviews on Yelp.com — obviously proceed at your own risk — but we’ve searched in the Berkeley area for dental care, then cross referenced the Yelp reviews and picked one. When we went to visit it all seemed to work out and the reviews were right.
Weird times these days, huh? LOL!
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