I track every testosterone related news story that comes across the wire.
And every once in a while I run into a real doozy. Here’s an example of
one I found yesterday…
Fecal Transplants Turn Up Testosterone to Protect Mice Against Diabetes
If you’re fuzzy on what the words “Fecal Transplant” mean just think
Poop Transplant and you got it.
Here’s the story in a nutshell…
Researchers took a strain of unique female mice that almost always
develop Type 1 Diabetes.
They then transplanted poop from healthy male mice into their
The plan was to see if the bacteria in this fecal matter had any
impact on the development of diabetes in these female mice.
And guess what? It did!
This new gut bacteria actually tweaked several genes leading to
an increase in testosterone in these mice.
And this increase was potent enough that it prevented many of these
creatures from ever developing diabetes at all.
So much for genetic destiny!
I’ve been saying for a long time that bad genes are not a death sentence.
Because those bad genes must express themselves in order to do damage.
And you can often stop that expression dead in it’s tracks by living a
clean and healthy lifestyle.
After reading this info I began to wonder if there is something in our
environment that is killing off our healthy gut bacteria.
Chemicals additives in food for example.
We already know that antibiotic use does a number on good bacteria
because antibiotics don’t discriminate.
They kill off the good guys and the bad guys.
That second question that came to my mind was this…
Is it possible that poor gut health. Caused by chemicals or antibiotic
use could be the cause of low testosterone in some men.
We can’t say for sure based on this trial but I wouldn’t bet against it.
Remember, ninety percent of the genetic material inside your system is
not your own..
It belongs to the bacteria and other microorganisms that reside inside
And as we’ve just demonstrated, these critters can actually tweak the
genes that turn your hormones switches on.
They can also toy with other genes. Including those that cause heart disease,
diabetes, obesity and even cancer.
So even if we put this testosterone issue aside it makes perfect sense to address
this problem. Especially if you have a history of antibiotic use.
But the question remains, how?
The most convenient way to restore gut health is to ingest healthy bacteria using
For years I went the food route…
And spent hours fermenting vegetables. Making kefir out of raw milk. Aging
high meat. (hat tip to all you RAFers).
And I still eat this stuff regularly, but not daily because of the hassle involved.
So to fill in the gaps I began taking a high quality probiotic
Based on the information we just discussed, I suggest you do the same.