Doctors around the world have written a surprising number of prescriptions for testosterone treatment in recent years. Nearly 3 percent of American men aged 40 and older are thought to have received such scripts in 2011—three times the percentage in 2001. (If confirmed, the 2011 ratio could mean that perhaps two million older men in the U.S. have been given prescriptions for testosterone.) Originally intended for men who have difficulty producing sex hormones because of damage or disease in their testes or other parts of the endocrine system, testosteron replacement therapy has become increasingly popular with middle-aged and older men who do not have clear deficits but who nonetheless hope to lessen some of the symptoms of aging, including fatigue, muscle wasting and lack of sex drive.

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In truth, no one knows whether the hormone can offer any of the health benefits that its proponents claim for aging males. Well-designed, placebo-controlled trials of the drug in men who do not meet the standard criteria for treatment have been scant in number, and their results have been inconsistent.
As testosterone therapy becomes more widespread, a growing number of medical experts worry that it has become too easy for men to get the hormone—whether from their own physicians or stand-alone “low T” clinics—and that many users could be putting themselves at risk for worse conditions than those they are trying to counteract.
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Testosteron kur, as produced by the body, is a versatile hormone. In addition to maintaining sperm production, the molecule helps many tissues to grow: it increases muscle and bone mass, as well as the production of red blood cells—all of which are vital for energy and strength. Disease or injury in the testes or pituitary gland—a part of the brain that instructs the testes to produce testosterone—can hinder the body’s ability to make the hormone. When testosterone levels dip too low, men can become depressed and lethargic, lose interest in sex, and lose some of their muscle and body hair.
While the potential risks associated with taking supplemental testosterone—particularly in otherwise healthy men—are not well studied, concern has focused on whether extra amounts of the hormone might damage the prostate, heart or brain. Many prostate tumors depend on testosterone to grow, so increasing the level found in the blood might nudge normal cells to become malignant or push malignant cells to become more aggressive. In addition, two recent studies found an increase in heart attacks and strokes among older men taking testosterone—which the authors speculated might occur if the drug increased clotting risk and drove up blood pressure. Earlier this year the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it is studying the matter to see whether stronger regulations are needed. In the meantime, the agency now requires all testosterone products to contain a warning label about the potential for blood clots.
As long as testosterone therapy was available only by injection, its use was largely limited to individuals with testicular injuries or other severe ailments. The treatment markedly improves mood and libido in men with these conditions, and the fda approved the drug for those situations. But fear of needles no doubt kept some men from seeking treatment.
Individuals were more willing to consider their options once pharmaceutical companies figured out how to deliver the drug more easily. A transdermal patch that delivered the medicine through the skin of the scrotum became available in 1993. (Subsequent patches could be applied to the arms, back and thighs.) But the number of men taking supplemental testosterone really began to soar in 2000, with the introduction of an even easier-to-use gel that could be rubbed on the shoulders, thighs or armpits.
Greater ease of use also led to an expansion in the number of conditions for which doctors considered testosterone therapy to be a plausible treatment in spite of any supportive data. Perhaps an extra dose of testosterone could be helpful for otherwise healthy men whose hormone levels had faded with age or because they were obese or suffered from diabetes? (It is unclear precisely why testosterone levels decline for certain individuals in these situations.) In addition, some men who did not have testicular injuries desired the sex hormone because they thought it would treat erectile dysfunction or boost their mood.

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Event First Aid

As a regular event organizer of sporting events across Victoria, I am often faced with the decision of who to use for event first aid coverage.  I recently ran a football competition in Gippsland, Victoria with over 100 players and 300 spectators.  Given the potential for injury to occur, I contacted Medical Response.

Medical Response were able to provide us with two paramedics, who set up a first aid marquee, and provided all equipment such as first aid kits, defibrillators, spinal immobilization, oxygen and wheelchairs. This gave us complete confidence that our event was covered in the event of an emergency.

The paramedics that attended had prior experience in emergency medicine and have all worked in the emergency services sector previously. It was evident that they had some pretty impressive experience, as we had a spectator that was hit by a car in the parking lot. They sprung into action and ensured that the patient was well looked after and treated for her injuries.

For anyone else looking at first aid services for their event, I highly recommend Jay and the team at Medical Response. They did a great job, at a fantastic price, and will travel all around Victoria.  Give them a call on 1300 303 655 or check out their website at http://medicalresponse.com.au . Tell them Mick from the Gippsland footy club sent you!

by Jillian Pransky

Yoga always places a high value on purification of body and mind at all levels, all the time, but especially in spring as we need to rid the body of the sludge and heaviness of winter, ridding us of any built up residue of the mind and body.

Slow flows are ideal for movement that can be vigorous, but keep you feeling grounded.  Twists stimulate the organs (especially the liver) and balance the hemispheres of the brain to enable greater mental and emotional balance. Check out any of the lessons on Free Online Yoga!

It is a time to release toxins and lighten up. Some extra heat as well, stimulates and revitalizes the liver and large intestines. To do this we can and incorporate mindful yoga flows (moving at the pace of the breath), twists, side leans and inversions. Heat helps generate sweat and naturally detoxify our bodies.

Most importantly, your yoga practice should not leave you feeling depleted, but rather “ready to go.” Stay rooted while you begin to rise up and out, rejuvenated but relaxed.

Inversions (even gentle inversions like legs up the wall) can aid the flow of blood back to the lungs and heart for purification. In addition, inversions and most yoga asanas assist the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system circulates lymph fluid and transports cellular waste, viruses and bacteria from the tissues to the lymph nodes.

FLOWING WITH CHANGE

During these
 times of transformation being out in nature can help you feel
 centered and make the transition easier. Walking through the park or
 woods, digging in the dirt and breathing in the fresh spring air are
a few simple ways to harmonize with spring’s energy.  As you step outside for the first time each day, pause, breathe deeply and feel your feet on the ground. Notice what has changed around you. Are there new buds on the trees, or a new flower rising? Affirm to yourself that you, too, have the ability to change.

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STOP AND SMELL THE FLOWERS, NOW.

To help center your self at any point of the day–stop and actually smell the flowers!

Literally, smell a flower, taking a few full complete breaths, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply. Not only do you get the joy of a delicious scent, but breathing like this, while placing your mind on the flower, helps relax the mind’s habit of forwarding, rewinding, analyzing, worrying and complaining. Instead, you can become more centered and clear about what’s really important to you. Plus, it evokes the Relaxation Response, which literally calms your nervous system and brings down your heart rate, blood pressure, breathing rate and levels of stress hormones.

KEEP THE FAITH

“Keep your faith in all beautiful things; in the sun when it is hidden, in the Spring when it is gone.” – Roy R. Gilson

PRACTICE

Try this short 8-minute slow flow perfect to fit in every morning upon waking, or at any point during the day. Done regularly it can help create inner warmth, tone the abdomen, stimulate the digestive and elimination systems, open the lungs, and release overall tension.

I went to the dentist on Monday.

For the first time in 4 years.
 
Actually, that’s a lie. I haven’t been to the dentist in Sacramento CA in about 6 years.
Math is tough for me.
Also, I have that syndrome where when I look back in time, I always think it’s not as far away as it really is. For example, when people talk about the 90’s, I imagine them being only 10 years ago.
However it’s more like 15 years ago (for the mid 90’s).
Forgive me.
Anyway, I strongly considered lying about my flossing habits (which consist of not flossing) to both the hygenist and the dentist.
I mean, if there are two people who are okay to lie to, it’s them, right? You see them, what, once a year? Or in my case, once a decade?
So as I was lying there, the hygienist is holding my mouth open with the stick-mirror and a machete (or wait, it’s not a massive knife made to slice up your gums?) she asked if I floss.
::let’s enter Kate’s thoughts for a minute::
:::Yes, I floss. HOW DARE YOU ACCUSE ME OTHERWISE.:::
 
:::Just pretend you didn’t hear the question. Pretend you’re asleep. You should have checked narolepsy on your paperwork. They’ll never know.:::
 
:::Grunt. mmhhhhmmmm. It’s not like you can actually reply when their hands are in your mouth.:::
 
::back to reality::
So, as I sat there, suffering with the decision of whether or not I should lie, my heart started beating faster. I began to sweat. I was nauseated (possibly from the machete slices and the blood loss).
She pulled her hands out, looked me straight in the eyes and said, “Do you floss?”
Shamefully, I replied simply, “No.”
None of this, “I KNOW I should, but I don’t.”
“I’m too tired at night.” 
“I can’t find floss in the store.”
“It’s too expensive.”
“My cats are too cute and distract me from dental hygiene.”
Just, “No.”

No I don’t floss. I’m deeply sorry to break this news. I am ashamed. It’s an emotional subject.

Lesson learned.
The dentist arrived and was making small talk. He was very nice, and probably thought I was a perfectly normal person. Little did he know, I take poor care of my teeth.
Meanwhile, I’m panicking that I have at least 15-18 cavities, and he’s about to go in there and find them.  I’m sure glad I visited my Dentist in Sacramento to get my teeth cleaned!
I’ll have to have all of my teeth extracted. Maybe I could get a denture company to sponsor the blog and send me free teeth.
He lays me back, turns on the blinding light, and takes a peek.
To my shock and dismay, he tells me, “Everything looks good. No cativites.”
What? Is this a joke? Am I being Punk’d? Justin, are you here? God? Am I in heaven?
“Really? I thought for sure I had at least 18.”
He and the hygienist laugh.
“I was preparing myself for the worst, you know? So if you said I had 9, I would think ‘oh, pssshhh, that’s nothing!”
They continue to laugh.
And now I’m laughing, from pure hysterical joy that 1. No cativies.  2. No dentures. 3. The pain and suffering has ended!
The dentist leaves and the hygenist hands me a goodie bag with 56 containers of floss.
Just kidding, she wishes.
She did give me one. Travel size. It’s cute, I might try it out.
I walked out the door, beaming with pride about my apparently super strong teeth.
So visit my favorite Sacramento Dentist to take care of all of your dental woes today!