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Jonathan V. Wright, M.D., and Lane lenard, Ph.D. have written a comprehensive book about how middle-aged men (and their wives) can deal with male menopause and all the problems associated with the age-related decline of testosterone and rise in estrogen. (Smart Publications, Petaluma, California, ISBN 0-962-7418-1-7, 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 250 pages, $14.95.)
Maximize Your Vitality and Potency for Men Over 40, provides an outstanding summary of testosterones many uses and benefits (from Steven Wm. Fowkes review in SLN v7n2). Wright and Lenard are much more detailed in their discussion of the medical/scientific issues behind testosterone than Dr. Eugene Shippen and William Fryer are in The Testosterone Syndrome: The Critical Factor for Energy, Health & Sexuality Reversing the Male Menopause (ISBN: 0-87131-829-6). Furthermore, Wright and Lenard do not use anecdotal stories to illustrate the information they are presenting. These differences may be a liability for readers unfamiliar with hormones and nutrition, but they were a plus for me (continuing from the review).
As an example: Maximize your Vitality and Potency has an excellent section on circadian (daily) and sub-circadian (less-than-daily) testosterone rhythms, a subject neglected by Shippen and Fryer. This information is then used to critique the relative merrits of 1) testosterone-ester depot injections (a medically popular but decidedly unphysiologic method of testosterone administration), 2) testosterone patches (a better method, but one that still swamps out sub-circadian hormone fluctuations), 3) transdermal testosterone creams and lotions (which can be applied to support circadian and subcircadian rhythms), and 4) sublingual testosterone products (a convenient method which also can support sub-circadian rhythms).
Because Wright and Lenard are dealing with male vitality and not just testosterone, they cover such related subjects as 1) Viagra (GMP enhancement), 2) arginine (NO enhancement), 3) yohimbine (alpha-adrenergic stimulation), 4) testosterone precursors (androstenedione), and 5) various herbs (Ginseng, Muira puama, Ginkgo biloba). This book is basically everything a middle-aged-or-older man might want to know about age-related loss of masculine vitality and health. It is an excellent companion to Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women over 45 [reviewed in SDN v6n2].