My husband seems to be tired and forgetful, and has a much lower sex drive than he used to. Is there such a thing as hormone replacement for men?
You raise an interesting question. Hormone replacement in women is still a very controversial topic, with the pros and cons vigorously debated. The situation is much the same for men.
Males slowly decrease testosterone production. Once over the age of 50 their levels drop around 10 percent, and continue to decrease slowly as they age.
Actually, men in whom low levels of testosterone are found—i.e., less than 300 µg./100 mls. of blood—may receive some benefits from testosterone treatment. Some men with low testosterone levels have increased fatigue, loss of sex drive, a degree of impotence, muscle weakness, and forgetfulness. But these symptoms may also be indicative of aging.
For those on aspirin and coumadin as blood thinners, would drinking copious amounts of water be a better option? Researchers at Loma Linda showed that drinking water rather than juices and the other beverages significantly reduced the risk of coronary heart disease.
We can tell you have an inquiring mind. Indeed, Dr. Chan at Loma Linda did show that those who drank water preferentially over other beverages had fewer heart attacks. The nature of this association, even if a causative one, was not clarified. The word “copious” is also something that is not easily quantified. There are dangers in recommending a “copious” intake of even water, as there is a condition of water intoxication.
Seldom are people advised to take aspirin and coumadin, since the former makes the regulation of the dosage of the latter more difficult.
My prison’s water comes from the city’s water system. The city uses “recycled water from urine and feces and showers and cleaning detergents, etc.” What dangers are there to the human body from drinking recycled water, with all the chemicals being used to make it drinkable?
All water is recycled. Over the millennia, water has gone from the oceans to the clouds, to rain, and then filtered through the earth and back to the ocean. Such water dissolves many chemicals in the course of its recycling, including some from human and animal waste. That is why the oceans are so salty. So, natural water supplies may have elements in proportion greater than your city water supplies. Most city water is filtered to remove larger solids; then a flocculation process precipitates smaller solids. Processes of precipitating out high concentrations of individual elements may be employed to further process the water.