FDAs failure to figure out hormones could kill you

To err is human. But to mess up so badly that people could be hurt or even killed, you'd have to work for the government -- especially the FDA.

Earlier this year, I received phone calls from panicked patients worried about the FDA warning that testosterone therapy could increase their risk of a heart attack.

Some of them were so worried they were considering canceling their treatments.

Fortunately, I was able to talk them away from the ledge with something the FDA doesn't seem to understand very well: science. Studies have repeatedly shown that testosterone therapy is not only safe, but life-changing and even life-saving.

And the latest research confirms it yet again.

The three-year study of 5,695 older men with low testosterone levels finds hormone therapy can reduce the risk of heart attack and even prevent death.

That's in line with the other research on this, including a study earlier this year that found testosterone therapy cut the risk of heart attack by nearly a third in men with a high risk of heart problems.

What this really means is that the FDA is essentially responsible for any heart attack -- and any death -- in any man who needed testosterone therapy, but didn't get it because of that irresponsible and alarmist warning.

But while heart health is one of the biggest benefits of natural hormone replacement, it's not the only one -- not by a long shot. Many of the problems that strike men after middle age such as weight gain, low energy, memory loss and sexual dysfunction are caused or worsened by low testosterone.

The symptoms are your body's way of telling you that you need more. And if you're past middle age, you almost certainly do need more. Once you get it, you'll look better, feel stronger and sharper and find that your bedroom activity bounces back to where it was decades ago.

A holistic medical doctor can check your levels, help determine how much you need and work with you on the best way to get it. In some cases, supplements can get your body to produce testosterone on its own. In others, you will need natural hormone therapy.

Believe it or not, men aren't the only ones who need the "manly" hormone. Ladies, you need it too! Keep reading for more. [Link to B piece in online version please.]