Studies Linking Testosterone Therapy to an Increased Risk of Heart Attacks Misleading & Inaccurate

Donovitz called recent studies linking testosterone therapy to an increased risk of heart attacks misleading and inaccurate. He added, “Both of the recent studies that have been covered by the media have significant issues which make their findings invalid. The recent PLOS study looked at 55,593 men retrospectively. The study was limited to men using testosterone gel and creams and some synthetic testosterone injections.  It did not consider data for men receiving subcutaneous bio-identical testosterone pellet therapy. Furthermore, there was no lab data regarding pre or post therapy.”

According to Donovitz, a recent Veterans Administration study (reported in The Journal of the American Medical Association 2013), contained misstated data. He added, “In the VA Study, cardiovascular events occurred in 21% of males not taking testosterone and 10% of those males on testosterone. In addition, the males with testosterone levels in excess of 300 ng/dl were excluded from the study. Many of these males were clearly hypo gonadal and would have benefitted from appropriate therapy.”

Donovitz said that numerous studies have shown that natural testosterone pellet therapy can reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus, Alzheimer’s disease and osteoporosis. Donovitz added, “A key component of this treatment is an accurate interpretation of a patient’s laboratory values. In the PLOS One study, this data was not considered.   Bio-identical testosterone pellet therapy also includes the optimization of each patient’s hormone levels to achieve a level that is above a discriminatory zone that reduces heart disease and the other diseases noted above. Dosage optimization is not possible with creams and gels.”

There have been multiple studies demonstrating that testosterone administered to men will result in an increased blood flow to the coronary arteries and a decrease in plaque and inflammation in the coronary arteries. Based on BioTE Medical data from the treatment of over 10 thousand male patients and after optimization of testosterone levels in hypo gonadal males from 35-78 years of age, with or without heart disease, there was no increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

Donovitz said he supports the FDA’s recommendation for more thorough blood tests.  He stated, “At BioTE Medical, we believe that measuring a patient’s blood levels is essential to successful treatment.  The BioTE Method includes blood tests during both pre and post treatment to ensure the highest possible accuracy in dosing. To the extent that the FDA is recommending that treatment modalities adopt similar testing, we would support the recommendation.”

The FDA panel called for more research studies into testosterone replacement therapy. Donovitz said he supports more research but only if it is unbiased and includes the study of natural hormone replacement. He added, “There have been a number of issues concerning the veracity of research studies relating to hormone therapy. Because of this, I believe there needs to be an agreement on how future research is being carried out to ensure that the research is thorough, objective and statistically sound.  Furthermore, it is clearly time for bio-identical hormone replacement methods such as The BioTE Method to be included in the research. Only then, can a complete and true story be told.”

The 7th Annual Obesity Treatment & Prevention Conference

obesity_conferenceI’m thrilled to announce that I will be speaking at an upcoming CEU conference, The 7th Annual Obesity Treatment and Prevention Conference,” at the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore, Maryland, on July 23-25, 2015. This unique conference offers an extensive agenda of 30 obesity management lectures, networking and business development opportunities, as well as 25.25 CE Credits (AMA PRA Category 1™, CBRN, AANP, CDR, NASW).

Seating is limited and fills up rather quickly, so I strongly encourage you to visit for more details on how to register.  I hope to see you there!

What Fruits and Vegetables are Better Bought Organic?

What fruits and vegetables are better bought organic? If money didn’t matter, buy everything you can organic. The organic producer uses non-GMO seeds and because they don’t use pesticides and petrochemical fertilizers, their tools are better quality soil and so you get more of the things you buy fruits and vegetables for.

However, money does matter, so where can we save cash where it makes sense? Here are foods you don’t need to buy organic. Why? Because for some foods, there is no additional large benefit to the organic vs. the non-organic version.

When it comes to produce, the benefit of buying organic is to avoid ingesting pesticides and chemicals that are generally used on non-organic fruits and vegetables. That said, foods like bananas, avocados, oranges, melons, and grapefruits have a thick skin barrier between the outside world and the fruit itself so the pesticides never actually comes into contact with the fruit that you eat, and of course these are fruits where the outer layer is typically discarded.

Contrast that with apples, tomatoes, pears, and other fruits and veggies where you eat the skin, and you’ll see why it’s important to choose organic for some and not for others.

So, Rule #1, if a fruit has a thick skin that you discard and don’t eat, save some cash and go with the non-organic version.

Next up, there are other veggies that pests simply aren’t attracted to due to their high sulfur content, such as onions and garlic. Don’t bother spending the extra cash here either as these veggies aren’t typically treated with pesticides in the first place. In the end, spend the money where there’s benefit, and pinch those pennies when there’s not! More on this here.

Also note, coffee is now subject to considerable pesticide use and the process of brewing distills and concentrate the pesticides. This is probably another good item to get organic whenever possible.

Last on washing produce, I like this site. It has lots of good info and even a recipe for your own fruit wash. I tried this and got a slimy gross residue off my raspberries. Once the pesticide was removed, they tasted great.

Finally remember, farmers markets are now here, please support them! Their produce is grown to full ripeness giving it the fullest flavor and nutrition.

Eat well.


23 Things That Inevitably Happen When You Get In Shape!

Instructor Taking Exercise Class At Gym

  1. Heavy things now feel so…light. You can say “I didn’t know my own strength” with sincere incredulity.
  2. Somehow you’re able to climb flights and flights of stairs without feeling winded. Normally, you’d be holding onto the banister for dear life while dry heaving after 1 staircase.
  3. Probably because you feel a lightness akin to moon gravity. Your new level of energy knows no bounds.
  4. None of your clothes fit anymore. For better or for worse, depending on how much money is in your bank account.
  5. You actually crave healthy food. MMMM, nothing like a giant bowl of crisp, delicious roughage.
  6. But you also know that if you eat something terrible, it won’t matter. Metabolism, yo.
  7. Speaking of food, is it lunch time yet? Because you’re never NOT hungry.
  8. Your healthy habits are starting to rub off on everyone around you. The people who once shamed you for avoiding the fried chicken at the Super Bowl party and heading to the gym instead of happy hour are now asking you for advice on how to live their lives.
  9. You sleep good. Soooo good. You fall into bed and pass out into a violent puff of exhaustion. No more perusing random articles about occult murders on Wikipedia at 4 a.m.
  10. You realize there are veins you never knew existed. You are a Master of Vascular.
  11. You can actually hear your body talk. If you eat something disagreeable or get a little less sleep than usual, your body knows what’s up because it is no longer a den of garbage.
  12. The combination of endorphins and confidence results in the best sex of your life. The best things in life make you sweaty.
  13. You’ve never had to deal with this much dirty laundry. And if you don’t keep on top of it, you risk everything you own smelling like old sweat.
  14. Two words: mental clarity. All that mucilage sloshing around in your brain has been miraculously siphoned out and replaced with the lyrical sound of your own thoughts.
  15. BIGGER AND BETTER POOPS. You’ve never known true catharsis until now.
  16. You get hangovers after one beer. Guess you’re NOT going to the gym today.
  17. Your new favorite activity (besides working out): fondling your own muscles in self-satisfaction when you’re bored. Poke. Poke poke.
  18. Feeling sore is such a surprisingly satisfying feeling. You revel in lactic acid.
  19. You are now officially a morning person. Coffee who?
  20. Fresh air never felt so good. Going outside and really breathing it all in gives you a renewed sense of self, now that you’re hyperaware of the air flowing through your body.
  21. Your newfound addiction to working out has helped you kick all your other vices. Now that you actually work out your lungs, it no longer feels good to fill them with toxic smoke.
  22. Your skin hasn’t looked this good since you were in elementary school. Regularly working up a sweat has really sucked your pores clean.
  23. The realization that you’ve reached the threshold where working out is not a chore — you legitimately enjoy it. The old you would never have believed you, but working out is FUN now that all your hard work has paid off. And that’s all the motivation that you need.

How to Keep From Raising An Obese Child

  1. No crunchy muesli or fruit yogurts for breakfast – choosing oatmeal, dark brown bread, meat and fish instead
  2. No fast food or white bread for lunch; choose brown bread, meat, fish and vegetables instead
  3. Portions served up in the kitchen – no pots and pans at the dining table
  4. Plate proportions for dinner should be: half vegetables, a quarter brown rice, pasta or potatoes, and a quarter low fat fish or meat
  5. Wait 20 minutes before having second helpings – this allows time for the body to feel full
  6. Feel satisfied after each meal
  7. Only two pieces of fruit per day
  8. Fast food only once a month
  9. Sweets only once a week
  10. Snack only once a week
  11. Limit juice, iced tea, cocoa, soda or lemonade to once weekly – only half a liter in total
  12. Cycle or walk to school
  13. Organized physical activity e.g. dancing, handball or gymnastics
  14. Free physical activities like walking/biking after school, walking the dog or trampolining
  15. Screen time (television, computer or tablet) limited to two hours per day
  16. No television/computer access until 5 pm
  17. Set a regular, early bedtime