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"Honey, remind me to sign the DNR consent as soon as we get home!"
" ...You believe this Helen?! So much for Homeland Security. U.S. Immigration and Customs may not have spotted these two illegal aliens posing as travel nurses, but, they can't fool me! ...D**n Mexicans!"
Hello Everyone at Allnurses! Although, I've been a "passive on-looker" to this site for quite some time, I thought it was about time I became an active member. I have a few things to get off my chest.
It amazes me how hypocritical the media,general public (uneducated to certain topics) and certain "professionals" (primarily doctors) are increasingly becoming. The media is, for the most part, to blame for all the misleading, bias, unproven information which gets spewed out to the masses. They do, of course, have a hidden agenda to cater to (the media). Sensationalizing certain subjects does grab the viewers attention....right?
I'm cognizant of the fact that most of the allnurses audience is female, however, my little food for thought in this thread is directed mainly to the guys. Have any of you heard of low T?? No?...Neither did I, up until the latest Superbowl when out came the commercial sponsored by the super powerful pharmaceutical companies (I can't remember which one it was in particular, but, that's not relevant...).
To put it briefly, low T stands for low Testosterone. For those unfamiliar, testosterone is an androgen or male sex hormone or ...dare I say? A STEROID! Oh my goodness...that's a taboo topic, a scheduled drug, a seriously dangerous substance, a killer of men, a drug that turns normal males into raging lunatics who are driven to commit homicide and suicide at the drop of a hat...How can this be advertised so freely during such a highly viewed television event? The most largely viewed event, in fact?
The commercial itself was even more bizarre. It began by showing a man (middle-aged perhaps...)who looked clinically depressed: with a flat affect, sluggish in his movements, staring out a window of dim grayness. Simultaneously, during this time a voice-over is asking : " do you feel tired and fatigued?", " do you feel loss of pleasure in the things that used to excite you?", " have you lost your interest in sex or your sense of focus and don't know why?", " do you find it increasingly difficult to lose weight?", ect...
There is more to the commercial,but, the point I'm trying to make is how hypocritical the media has become. It wasn't long ago that I recall hearing this same media ostracizing certain athletes, most notably baseball players (like Barry Bonds), for using testosterone (I think publicly televised lawsuits are still going on). The same media who condemned steroids for being the reason a certain wrestler killed his family, children and himself. An adolescent for committing suicide, and on and on...
Not so long ago, if you talked to your doctor about testosterone he or she would invariably steer you clear of it and tell you it will kill you in one breathe, yet, in another breathe he/she would freely hand out oral contraceptives to an adolescent female like candy. Oral contraceptives, for the most part, are female sex hormones (progesterone, estrogen or both in one)...Isn't that just as dangerous for a female to use? Why the double-standard doctor?
Nowadays, testosterone as well as it's many precursors and other related substances (such as Human Growth Hormone) are being touted as "the fountain of youth". Wellness centers and anti-aging clinics are sprouting up everywhere I look it seems. Even local clinic doctors are beginning to quickly change their position on the subject. From doctors to chiropractors, the viewpoint on testosterone has taken a 180 degree about-face. It has been established that a man's level of testosterone begins to decline around the age of 30. Along with it, a man's metabolism slows, body fat begins to accumulate more easily and readily, sex drive begins to wane,.... his hairline recedes (a common misconception previously was that testosterone caused baldness which has now been debunked). In later years, as men age, mental cognition is decreased (leading to Alzheimer's in some), muscles atrophy, lethargy and fatigue develops as well as a plethora of other illnesses and diseases (prostate cancer and/or enlargement in males).
The school of thought now is that all those negative consequences, previously mentioned, are either directly or indirectly linked to a mans diminishing testosterone production. Replacing these levels back to a optimal, therapeutic range may very well allow him to avoid or significantly reduce these instances. HRT-hormone replacement therapy, as it is now called freely.
I would like to conclude by stating that: I do not in any way, shape or form condone the aforementioned practice,but, I also do not dismiss it as nonsensical either. My family doctor, for one, can attest to the many positive benefits of hormone replacement therapy...neither can his wife! He is 62 years old, by the way, and doesn't look a day over 45! Perhaps this is something to seriously consider guys.
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