This is an interview with my good friend Lee Myer, founder of PeakTestosterone.com and author of “Natural vs Testosterone Therapy”. Lee has been a great role model for me as I admire what he has done to help thousands of men during the past few years.
Why did you start Peak Testosterone?
First of all, Nelson, I want to say thanks for inviting me to share a few thoughts. I might still be on some horrible protocol if it wasn’t for the pioneering work of guys like yourself that forced change for us men in the past. Really, it’s an honor getting to say a few words on here.
So why did I start Peak Testosterone? Simple – because I was hurtin’! I had crushing fatigue, some erectile dysfunction, mental fog, lowered libido, mild depression – just about every low testosterone symptom you can think of. I had spent a lot of time and effort trying to figure out what was wrong. And when I figured out testosterone was a big part of it, I just had to write about it and try to spare some men out there the years of misery that I had gone through.
Tell us about your book and how it is different from others in the market?
I tried to make it the most comprehensive book out there. Modern TRT might seem on the surface quite simple: you give a guy testosterone if he has low testosterone and maybe throw in some HCG and Arimidex if he needs it. Well, there really is a lot more to it than that.
One of the core issues, for example, is that many don’t want to just jump on traditional TRT. I see a big percentage of men that are scared of it for a variety of reasons. Still other men are young and/or need to preserve fertility. There are many reasons to not want to immediately jump on TRT, so I think it is important to discuss them.
Other core issues are physician-related. You have ignorant physicians who know enough to be dangerous. You have physicians using antiquated and ineffective protocols. You have physicians who do improper monitoring. You have physicians who don’t understand that low testosterone can actually be dangerous and lead to clinical conditions or increase the risk of various chronic diseases.
So my book tries to quickly get a guy up to speed so he can weed out the bad doctors – bad for their TRT I mean – and then have an intelligent conversation about TRT when he finds a good one.
What do you think the most common misconceptions are about TRT?
There are a lot of them, but in my opinion the biggest one is that testosterone (and estradiol) can solve and explain everything about our health. If you are low testosterone, the addition of a good TRT protocol may REALLY help you. Or it may not help you at all. Or it may help you a little but not a lot. Or it may help for a lot for a couple of months and then fade.
The truth is that our health is incredibly complex. It involves many hormones, lifestyle factors and pre-existing conditions. TRT was a real “silver bullet” for me and made a quantum improvement in my health. But it’s not that way for everyone, so you have to have realistic expectations.
What are the main issues your audience is coming to your site to resolve?
There really are so many, but probably the ones that most frequently drive men to the site are lowered libido, erectile dysfunction, weight gain and the inability to put on muscle. But fatigue, mental fog, depression and “just not feeling right” all rank up there as well.
What would you tell someone who is just starting TRT?
I always tell everyone, assuming they don’t have any clinical conditions from their low testosterone, to first research some of the common causes of low testosterone. It’s not very common to solve low T naturally, but I think it’s worth a look. Before you spend all that time and money, you might as well do your due diligence.
Now, if you’ve already done that, and you know you want to start traditional TRT, you should also educate yourself about the common side effects, develop realistic expectations, and, above all, learn good protocols that apply to your situation.
Any mistakes you made in the past that you want them to avoid?
Yes, there are two mistakes come to mind. The first was wasting years of my time with doctors that knew nothing about male hormones. I, and my family I should add, suffered needlessly because of it.
Another big mistake was not getting educated about ALL the hormones. DHEA, for example, was almost as much of a game changer for me as testosterone. Pregnenolone has also helped me.
What do you see in the future of TRT and research in this field?
Fairly soon, I believe we will use generalized hormone replacement therapy protocols for anti-aging and career performance. Having your hormones tuned just helps you think better and improves your EQ and relationships. That’s critical in our fast-paced, fast-changing world right now, and it grows even more important with every week that goes by.
This kind of new thinking about hormones will require the cost of hormones to come down, because most of this will have to be done out of insurance. We both know what that means: it will probably require compounded medications to rise much more to the forefront as traditional, large pharmaceutical companies have been very slow to adapt to this new switch toward high performance health and fitness.
Acute care is necessary but boring. Functional, preventative and performance-based medicine is the wave of the future and will be for decades to come.
What protocol do you use for TRT, supplements, etc?
I am currently taking 32 mg of compounded testosterone cypionate every other day, 250 IU of HCG 2X/week, no aromatase inhibitor, 3 mg of Cialis daily, 15mg of compounded pregnenolone daily, 15 mg of compounded DHEA daily, 3000 IU of Vitamin D daily and 300 mcg of melatonin nightly.
In addition, I take about 5 classic anti-aging supplements, 4 of the body’s major antioxidants (physiological only) along with some magnesium, Vitamin K2 and selenium.
I’m feeling good – much better at 57 than even at 27 or 37 – and thriving in my career(s), so I think I’m on track here. I know I’m excited – I feel that we’re all just at the beginning and many good things are coming our way very soon.
You can buy Lee’s book on Amazon: Click here
I read it and I can say that this thick book covers the most important questions anyone can have about testosterone.