Another point I’d like to make for people worried about a link between high testosterone and prostate cancer is that it just doesn’t make sense. Prostate cancer becomes more prevalent in men as they age, and that’s also when their testosterone levels decline. We almost never see it in men in their peak testosterone years, in their 20s for instance. We know from autopsy studies that 8% of men in their 20s already have tiny prostate cancers, so if testosterone really made prostate cancer grow so rapidly — we used to talk about it like it was pouring gasoline on a fire — we should see some appreciable rate of prostate cancer in men in their 20s. We don’t. So, I’m no longer worried that giving testosterone to men will make their hidden cancer grow, because I’m convinced that it doesn’t happen.
Wow – thanks for the great info, JP! I’ve been growing my own herbs for the first time this summer with great success. The spearmint and sage seem to be doing the best, so I’ve been making large amounts of tea out of them. Been drinking quite a bit of both for about 6 weeks now. On a whim, I decided to google positive and negative aspects of ingesting these herbs and found that Sage contains large levels of thujone and should not be ingested in large quantities – yikes! And now I’ve learned from you that spearmint in large quantities may be shrinking my boys and lowering my libido – double yikes!! Who knew? What a shame, as I really enjoyed both as an ‘all day’ beverage. Oh well. Say, do you have any info on French Tarragon as a tea preparation? I really like having fresh herbal beverage to take the place of all the soda I was drinking.
Hi, we need a high protein diet if we are pcos, I see you are a vegetarian and that makes it tough. Try supplementing with a protein drink regimen and cut back on carbs, if necessary only have brown carbs in the morning, you will burn them off early in the day, then have vegetables and protein drinks for the rest of the day. The dark skin around your neck is called Linea Nigricans, it is a known symptom of pcos. It is caused by insulin resistance, so starting some protein, vitamins and supplements could really work well for you, as long as you increase your protein. The insulin resistance is what kicks up the male hormone testosterone in your system, causing the hair growth. after you have added protein, decide how you want to treat it, with diet and supplements, or may be just diet alone, you cam also get medications, but please remember if you choose that route you are treating symptoms, not trying to cure the reasons for them. When you are doing really well, then start to tackle the hair issues, either by electrolysis or lasers, or both. It takes time and commitment, but its worth it, Every 10% of weight loss improves pcos, if you are overweight. Good luck! I have been there when we had hardly any access to information on pcos. It has come a long way.