Stay Connected Newsletter - March 2011 | Women's International Pharmacy



Is Testosterone Really The Culprit?


Prostate ChecklistFor many years, it was thought that any increase in testosterone levels contributed to the risk of prostate cancer. This fear spurred significant controversy over the use of testosterone therapy. However, a recent review of the relevant medical literature, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, concluded that testosterone therapy is not associated with increases in the rate of prostate cancer, or any other prostate illness.  Read more

Hormone Balance for Men - John R. Lee, MD
Book Review - Carol Petersen, RPh., CNP


Dr. Lee's book gives us a primer on the workings of the prostate gland and how it may dysfunction. He has a long list of causes of estrogen dominance, which in turn disturbs prostate function and all of Book: Hormone Balance for Men - John R. Lee, MDwhich can be corrected. 

He throws a dart at the infamous Dr. Charles Huggins, who in 1941 showed that castration slowed the progression of prostate cancer. Dr. Huggins assumed that testosterone was the culprit and today's conventional treatments adhere to that theory. Men with prostate cancer are today still faced with castration by surgery or chemically by Lupron and blocking of the receptors by drugs. Dr. Lee offers three lists in his references of studies that indicate prostate cancer has no relationship to testosterone and studies that show that low testosterone increases the risk of prostate cancer and finally, studies that show that estrogen is the culprit in prostate cancer.

Progesterone is a forgotten hormone in men. Dr. Lee writes that progesterone is a 5 alpha reductase inhibitor and thus helps manage the conversion of testosterone to DHT. Progesterone has anabolic or energy raising qualities and like testosterone promotes the p53 gene which allows for normal cell death. This is important for cancer prevention. He recommends that men use 5 to 8 mg per day.

Finally, Dr. Lee discusses the pitfalls of relying on PSA tests as a marker for prostate cancer. This book is very neat summary for anyone questioning the prevailing attitudes towards prostate issues and cancer. 

(Published in 2003 and available from

Testosterone: A Heart Healthy Hormone?

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Article Written by Carol Petersen, RPh, CNP - Women's International Pharmacy

In Maximize Your Vitality and Potency, Dr. Jonathan Wright calls testosterone "the healthy heart hormone." His book is well referenced and he has the clinical experience to back it up. The medical literature is also full of studies indicating the importance of testosterone to the heart. Yet, a paper entitled "Adverse Events Associated with Testosterone Administration" published in the June 2010 New England Journal of Medicine seems to tell a different story. In this study involving a group of 209 subjects, those that were treated with testosterone had a higher rate of cardiac events than the non-treated group, and they had also begun the study with a high prevalence of hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol and obesity. Based on this, should we question the heart healthy benefits of testosterone?

Not so fast ... in an article in Life Extension magazine, Dr. Steven Joyal, pointed out some of the study's flaws. For one, those that had already exhibited the worst cardiovascular indicators were placed in the treated group. Second, the testosterone treatment was twice the normal starting dose. And third, no attention was given to evaluate the estrogen status of these men before, during or after the study. No one monitored whether or not the testosterone converted directly to estrogen. Read more


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In This Issue
Prostate Problems
Book Review
Testosterone: a Heart Healthy Hormone?
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