The Testosterone Optimization Therapy Bible: The Ultimate Guide to Living a Fully Optimized Life, Review
About The Book:
Every now and then a book is published that literally can and will change the trajectory of your life. This is a must-read for the physician and the patient. The field of interventional endocrinology has advanced dramatically in the past decade exposing the numerous subtleties required for expert hormone replacement therapy. Jay and Jim have interviewed and assembled powerful insights into this field of endeavor, giving you, the reader, their years of expertise and authoritarian information that brings you to the pinnacle of TOT. Insights from numerous thought leaders with decades of clinical experience will educate, inform and enlighten. Welcome to the “Tip of the Spear”!
Rob Kominiarek, DO, FACOFP, Founder ReNue Health
Are you aware of the worldwide crisis that’s robbing men of their masculinity, their sex drive, and their enthusiasm for life as a whole?
This is not scaremongering, nor is it a conspiracy theory – it’s the cold hard truth. It’s well-established that testosterone levels decrease by 1% a year after the age of 30, and up to 40% of grown adult men are dealing with low testosterone levels. And this is further compounded by all the pollution in our environment that messes up our hormones.
The TOT Bible is jam-packed with cutting-edge, evidence-based information that incorporates the latest medical advancements and experience-based knowledge of the top progressive physicians, and is the ONLY reference for optimizing testosterone levels and male hormonal health!
This book will teach you:
● Why optimizing your testosterone is essential for helping your body function properly, and how it affects far more than your muscles or your physical strength.
● How optimized levels of testosterone can help you reclaim your health, vitality, and masculinity.
● Why obesity is so common in men with suboptimal levels of testosterone and how you can reduce body fat permanently.
● The SHOCKING TRUTH about the nearly unavoidable lifestyle, health and environmental factors that negatively affect your testosterone levels.
● High-performance nutrition, training, and body-mind-spirit strategies to take your life to the next level.
● The best treatment options that are currently available for the safe and productive use of therapeutic testosterone.
● A complete scientific demolition of the mainstream myths and misconceptions surrounding the usage and demonization of therapeutic testosterone.
● A painstakingly compiled list of game-changing supplements and medications – found nowhere else – that will completely alter your physique and enhance your mental performance.
● Women’s Hormonal Optimization Therapy (HOT) as practiced by a leading physician and a high achieving mother with five children – a hormonally balanced partner means a better relationship for you.
If you’re an average guy with average ambitions, then this book is not for you. This book is for men who want to become the BEST possible version of themselves and live an incredible life of optimal health and vitality.
About The Authors:
Jay Campbell is the Amazon Best Selling author of ‘THE Definitive Testosterone Replacement Therapy MANual: How To Optimize Your Testosterone For Lifelong Health and Happiness. Jay is the founder of TRTRevolution and the TRT Revolution Podcast. He is also a former champion male physique competitor and co-founder of Fabulously Fit Over 40 – the #1 site on the web for ‘Fit Over 40’ information. Jim Brown is an elite athlete who began training as a bodybuilder at 13 years old. Over the course of 33 years, he has become knowledgeable in every aspect of body transformation, hormonal optimization, and elite performance.
Jay and Jim are the authors of The Metabolic Blowtorch Diet: The Ultimate Guide for Optimizing Internet Fasting: Burn Fat, Preserve Muscle, Enhance Focus and Transform Your Health. Jim is the creator of the Forged Training system. Forged is a complete training program allowing maximal muscle gain in minimal time training. Jay and Jim also write for Iron Man Magazine as the Fitness over 40 Experts. Jay and Jim in partnership with visionary entrepreneur Joshua Smith are also the co-owners of Optimized Life Nutrition, which produces the world’s most powerful OTC nootropic supplement E-M-F (Energy Memory Focus). OLN offers a unique line of supplements essential for living a hormonally balanced and fully optimized life.
Jim Brown is an elite athlete who began training as a bodybuilder at 13 years old. Over the course of 33 years, he has become knowledgeable in every aspect of body transformation, hormonal optimization, and elite performance. Jim is the creator of the Forged Training system. Forged is a complete training program allowing maximal muscle gain in minimal time training. AdvancedForgedTraining.com
Jay and Jim write for Iron Man Magazine as the Fitness over 40 Experts. Jay and Jim in partnership with visionary entrepreneur Joshua Smith are also the co-owners of OptimizedLifeNutrition.com (OLN), which produces the world’s most powerful OTC nootropic supplement E-M-F (Energy Memory Focus). OLN offers a unique line of supplements essential for living a hormonally balanced and fully optimized life.
I’ve purchased the book from Amazon, it’s very smooth and light in my hand with 600 pages, I liked the quality of printing, and the cover design is acceptable overall.
Did You Know: (Book Articles)
Testosterone Helps You Take Risks And Achieve Higher Social Status
Testosterone has been linked to risk-taking and higher status in men. Men with high testosterone have higher social status and tend to be more risk-prone (i.e. take greater risks and take them more often) than their low testosterone, lower-status brethren. Many people (including the authors of this book) believe that the ability to calculate and assume risk throughout one’s life is what separates the truly successful from those wishing for success.
Testosterone levels rise after every victory a person experiences. This creates a positive feedback loop where a man with higher levels of testosterone may triumph over an opponent with greater skill but lower testosterone levels. Testosterone is your winning streak! A recent landmark study on testosterone in rugby players provided amazing insights on how experienced individuals with optimal testosterone levels are more tactical, rather than dominant:
“…Testosterone induces dominant behaviour among higher ranking individuals and obedience or submissiveness among lower ranking individuals. We found no main or interaction eff ects of game type on acquiescence, but did fi nd a signifi – cant interaction between seniority and testosterone. Senior players acquiesced less if their testosterone was high rather than low, while junior players acquiesced more if their testosterone was high rather than low.
This interaction eff ect between testosterone and social status among persons embedded in hierarchical relationships is a novel fi nding, which suggests the interesting possibility that testosterone is implicated in behavior that could be characterised as tactical rather than dominant.
Optimal Testosterone Levels Lead to Your Most Powerful and Enlightened Self
When you have higher levels of testosterone, your ability to be supremely confident in your decisions and take decisive action increases exponentially. You are assertive and purposeful in everything you do and say. Your decisions empower you to behave in ways others find attractive. You are no longer a man of words, but a man of calculated and tactical action.
TOT will help a depressed man become more assertive, giving him character traits that invoke his latent assertive spirit. And for the already assertive men out there, TOT will make you even more focused, determined and a stronger leader amongst your peers.
Being hormonally optimized gives you the mindset and focus to achieve your big goals. The connection between what you can accomplish, and the state of your physical health, is something that most men ignore. But once you realize what you can accomplish when your body is healthy, you’ll never look back.
We believe that everyone has something to contribute to the world. Optimizing your testosterone levels will dump high octane fuel in your tank so you can serve and do more for your community, your friends, and your loved ones. This summary quote from deceased US tennis player Arthur Ashe regarding testosterone and altruism is a perfect way to express the awe-inspiring potential of optimized testosterone levels:
“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost. And endogenous testosterone appears to be one important driving source of this type of prosociality in human males.”
The Natural Testosterone Boosting Myth
In the past 25 years, you’ve been bombarded by marketing gimmicks and ‘sounds-too-good-to-be-true’ ad campaigns from every conceivable form of media trying to sell you the latest and greatest “testosterone booster” supplement. If you’re reading this book, there’s a very good chance you’ve already fallen prey to these ads and invested your hard-earned money into one of those ‘‘natural testosterone boosters.” We’re here to tell you unequivocally that nearly every one of those so-called boosters is a total scam.
These products are nothing more than unproven snake oil sold to millions of unsuspecting men who believe and buy into the hype. Men (maybe like yourself) who would do anything to look and feel better. The only thing these supplements have ever done is emptied the bank accounts of those people who swallow the “magic pills.” The companies that sell these boosters claim you can naturally raise testosterone levels through the use of their carefully selected herbal supplements. They make false promises and say that you’ll notice a better sex drive, bigger muscles, or even a larger penis from taking these natural remedies. However, none of them actually deliver on their claims. These solutions are ripoffs and will not provide a meaningful increase in your testosterone levels.
So why do they stay in business despite being so ineffective? Well, there are several factors behind their popularity. First, we live in an ‘instant gratification society that encourages people to seek immediate results without doing the actual work. Our modern culture bows at the altar of overnight success and the quick fix. Why spend years painstakingly building a testosterone-optimized lifestyle on a foundation of diet, exercise, and sleep when you can just take an “all-natural” testosterone booster and get the same results? Fitness gurus on YouTube will market testosterone boosters to impressionable young men who see their extreme muscularity and believe that they will achieve a similar physique in ”just 60 days” by using these boosters. Testosterone deficiency is a real, global phenomenon afflicting a massive number of men and it will only continue to grow.
This means that there’s a growing market of millions of men who are looking for help. But after decades of media misinformation about testosterone, while mislabelling the use of therapeutic testosterone as ‘anabolic steroids’ or ‘juicing’, many men are reluctant to undergo hormone optimization due to erroneous concerns over dangerous side effects. As a result, they look to slickly marketed natural remedies in the hopes of boosting their testosterone levels. And now, tons of fraudsters have spun up YouTube channels and portrayed themselves as experts in order to turn a profit.
So what’s the cold hard truth about testosterone boosters?
The truth is that there’s little to NO SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE which supports the claims made by supplement companies about their testosterone boosters actually raising testosterone levels. We’ll discuss the five most popular herbal supplements typically found in testosterone boosters, and we’ll show why using them to raise testosterone levels is a pointless endeavor that will fail every single time.
Eurycoma longifolia, also known as Tongkat Ali, is a herbal supplement that has gained popularity in biohacking circles for its supposed ability to boost testosterone levels. However, most of the studies done on the potential of Tongkat Ali to raise testosterone levels have been done on rat populations, and the results are inconclusive. In one of the few studies done on humans, researchers tested the effects of 200 mg of water-soluble Tongkat Ali per day on men with late-onset hypogonadism. After 5 weeks, the mean increase in serum testosterone levels in 76 men was the equivalent of 80 ng/dL. This increase in testosterone is insufficient to notice any significant benefits when measured using the total testosterone measurement scale provided by Labcorp. We will discuss total testosterone level measurements in depth in Chapter 6.
Tribulus Terrestris is a plant extract that serves as a key ingredient in many testosterone boosters. However, its benefits appear to be confined solely to an ability to enhance libido. There is virtually zero scientific evidence to correlate Tribulus Terrestris with a measurable increase in testosterone. In a double-blind study, 22 elite male rugby players took 450 mg of Tribulus Terrestris daily versus a control group who took a placebo. After 5 weeks, there were no noted differences in urinary testosterone levels and lean body mass between the groups, both of which would be important qualitative indicators of higher testosterone levels. A further study of Tribulus Terrestris supplementation in 21 young men showed no increase in testosterone levels after 4 weeks.
Zinc Magnesium Aspartate (ZMA)
Another popular supplement purported to increase testosterone is Zinc Magnesium Aspartate (ZMA). Indeed, there is sparse evidence to demonstrate ZMA’s ability to increase testosterone levels. However, both overtraining and zinc deficiency (not necessarily in conjunction) is associated with a reduction in testosterone. When zinc is supplemented in these scenarios, it appears to increase testosterone but only minimally (without any enhancement in training-associated performance). In the absence of overtraining and a zinc deficiency, zinc appears to have little effect on testosterone levels. Similarly, in one double-blind study, magnesium was shown to have no statistically significant influence on testosterone levels. And in another study, the effects of ZMA supplementation on anabolism markers (which indicate muscle growth) in 42 resistance-trained males (i.e. males who regularly lift weights) showed no increase in testosterone levels after 8 weeks.
Fenugreek, a plant believed to have the ability to increase libido and testosterone, is also a mainstay in testosterone boosters. However, the literature differs on Fenugreek’s testosterone-raising capabilities. In one study of Fenugreek as an aromatase and 5 ∝-reductase inhibitor on hormone levels90, average increases of 6.75% were noted in serum testosterone over an 8-week period. This means a man with serum testosterone levels of 350 ng/ dL would see an increase to 374 ng/dL. This tiny increase is not enough to notice any significant benefits to health and/or well-being.
Furthermore, the study is suspect because it was funded by a company that manufactures a Fenugreek-based workout supplement. In a study on resistance-trained males, Fenugreek was shown to have no effect on hormonal levels, especially not testosterone. And a randomized placebo study on the effects of Fenugreek on libido involved 60 healthy males taking 600 mg of Fenugreek daily. After 6 weeks, positive improvements were noted in the males’ libido, but there was no effect on serum (i.e. total) testosterone levels.
D-Aspartic acid is an amino acid that naturally occurs in the body and can be found in the adrenal gland, pituitary gland, and testes. Recently, D-Aspartic acid has gained popularity as a testosterone booster because of its purported involvement in the synthesis and release of testosterone in the body. Therefore, the premise is simple – supplement with D-Aspartic acid and you will be able to boost your testosterone levels!
However, upon review of the literature, a familiar story emerges. There are minimal human studies on the efficacy of D-Aspartic acid and the results are inconsistent. One study was done on healthy male volunteers between the ages of 27 and 38 to determine the effect of D-Aspartic acid on fertility. A total of 23 subjects consumed 3.12 grams of D-Aspartic acid for 12 consecutive days. Luteinizing Hormone (LH) levels and serum testosterone levels increased from basal levels by 33% and 42% respectively. At first glance, these results appear promising. However, on further inspection, we find several holes in this study.
Indeed, no inclusion or exclusion criteria of the sample population were included, and the only detail provided about the participants was their age. Therefore, we cannot truly determine if specific lifestyle factors (e.g. physical activity, supplementation, etc.) had any effect on the study. Another randomized, double-blind study observed the effect of 3 to 6 grams of D-Aspartic acid daily in resistance-trained men. Twenty healthy resistance-trained men, ages 18-36, performed weight training 4 days a week and took either a 3g placebo, 3g D-Aspartic acid, or 6g D-Aspartic acid daily. It’s interesting to note the participants had to be able to bench press 100% of their body weight to be eligible for the study. After 28 days, no significant effect on strength, body mass, or testosterone levels was seen. Furthermore, 6 daily grams of D-Aspartic acid ” significantly reduced” total testosterone and free testosterone levels.
The Only Proven Way to Raise Testosterone
Some studies on herbal supplements do demonstrate a small increase in testosterone levels. However, these increases are both temporary and minuscule, and they cannot always be attributed to the supplement alone. At best, you could use Tongkat Ali and MAYBE increase your total testosterone from 250 ng/dL to 330 ng/dL – a 32% increase. The problem is that you would still be suffering from suboptimal levels of testosterone, according to the total testosterone measurement scale of LabCorp (These measurement numbers of total testosterone are discussed further in Chapters 6 and 12).
There’s no reason to choose that option when a clinical dose of therapeutic testosterone is scientifically proven to optimize your testosterone levels by improving both your total and free measurement lab numbers. TOT works to elevate and optimize your testosterone levels, plain and simple. With a TOT prescription, you can take your total testosterone from 250 ng/dL to the top of the range at 1000 ng/dL – a 233% increase. And trust us when we say that the difference in the way you feel at those higher ranges is NIGHT AND DAY!
Regardless of what you think of the pharmaceutical industry, it is heavily regulated by the FDA, and companies must perform rigorous laboratory tests so they can back their claims with hard evidence. By comparison, the supplement industry in North America is UNREGULATED. This means the majority of supplement companies can make claims on their products without providing any proof. So not only do these boosters not raise your testosterone, you don’t actually know for sure if the ingredients used are genuine (i.e. do they actually work). Another point worth mentioning is that some of these so-called boosters might actually reduce your testosterone levels (as in the aforementioned study with the D-Aspartic acid)!
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