People are concerned about blood getting too thick on TRT. The good news is, new data has proven this isn’t the case! Why is it actually normal to have a hemoglobin level of 21? What other conditions is Polycythemia common in? What is the medical industry getting wrong about Polycythemia and TRT? On this episode, Dr. John Crisler talks about the importance of ferritin, tracking RDW and the falsehoods of testosterone replacement therapy.
You don’t want to limit your blood by limiting your iron, because ferritin does a lot more for us than just carry iron for blood. -Dr. John Crisler
It’s generally thought that testosterone shots have a higher risk of thickened blood than creams and gels.
Bloodletting lowers ferritin levels. Ferritin is important because it stores iron and is important in many other body functions.
Breaking the relationship between the FDA and Big Pharma would be a good start for the new administration.
At the start of the show, Dr. John shared the new data about Polycythemia and why it’s good news for people concerned about their blood getting too thick on TRT. He also talked about other conditions where Polycythemia can occur, and how altitude can increase your hemoglobin without posing health risks. He shared on the mindsets that are informing the medical industry’s attitude on TRT, and falsehoods about the treatment that aren’t helped by the healthcare model.
Dr. John also shared insights on:
- Erythrocytosis vs. Polycythemia
- How people confuse Polycythemia and Polycythemia Vera
- The causes of a rise in platelets
- The health risks of bloodletting
- Why it’s important to track RDW
- TRT delivery systems and which one is more like to make blood thicker
- Synthetic drugs and their role in increased heart attacks and strokes
- How the internet has given us power over personalized healthcare
When blood becomes thicker it carries more oxygen, and this was always thought to be a risk for people on TRT. With recent studies showing there’s no risk for this, men won’t need phlebotomies or bloodletting. This means you avoid the risk of lowering your ferritin levels. It’s also important for doctors to track other metrics aside from Polycythemia to get a clearer picture of what’s in your blood, and how at risk you are for strokes and heart attacks.
"Dr John" Crisler is a world renowned author and expert on testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), having created several treatment protocols which have changed the way physicians everywhere care for their patients. There are good reasons why men have travelled to be seen by him from every state as well as dozens of foreign countries: "Dr John" successfully treats the tough cases. Go to allthingsmale.com for more information.
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Do you or does anyone have the link of where to find, even if I need to purchase, Dr. Rouzier AMMG 2016 presentation on this topic. I think this is great cutting edge information I can use for patients. Thanks for all the great videos you share!
My HCT is currently around 55 and Hemoglobin is close to 19. I feel great. Blood pressure is 117/72. So I assume I really have nothing to worry about since I have zero symptoms and my platelets are normal?
What you listeners need to understand is that polycythemia Vera is a myeloproliferative neoplasm of the bone marrow (cancer of the bone marrow). It is associated with a increase in red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. It is a slow growing cancer that can progress to leukemia. It is also accompanied by splenomegaly (spleen enlargement) in most patients as well as hepatomegaly (liver enlargement) in some. Part of the diagnostic criteria for PV is the presence of the JAK2 gene mutation. It is the presence of increased RBCs, WBCs, and PLATELETS that leads to the clotting and increased risk of PE, DVT, Strokes, and Heart Attacks.
TRT results in a increase of RBCs only (erythrocytosis). TRT does not cause Bone Marrow Cancer and never has. TRT does not cause splenomegaly or hepatomegaly and never has. TRT does not cause a increase in MIs, Strokes, PEs, or DVTs, and never has. TRT does not cause one to develop a JAK2 gene mutation and never has. So in summary, for those that continue to say that TRT causes polycythemia Vera than they are stating that TRT in effect causes bone marrow cancer....a ridiculous statement when you really look at the details of what PV really is. Correct me if I am wrong but the first published article on Testosterone was 1937, and in the ninety years it as been in use, tens of millions of men across the world that have never had a phlebotomy , it has not caused a single heart attack, stroke, PE, or DVT. If it did cause such, we should have seen thousands of deaths by now...we have not.
Kudos to Dr. Rouzier for being one of the first if not the first to acknowledge this, congrats to Dr. Crisler for promoting it and making more men aware, and Jay for giving them a national platform to educate others.
Oh thank goodness for your post. I agree 100% with Dr. Rouzier. ERYTHROCYTOSIS, NOT POLYCYTHEMIA. Dr. Crisler has even mislabeled erythrocytosis as "secondary polycythemia". I have never referred a patient for phlebotomy with erythrocytosis on Testosterone therapy. Agree with your post 100%
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3xcellent! I know Personally, I feel much better with an H/H of 18/53 than I did at 14/43. Very tired and pale with a 14/43. brain fog terrible. Zero ambition, extreme fatigue, body pains all over, could not put on muscle whatsoever dispite working hard in the gym. Erections? Haha forget it. Not even interest. Terrible.
Will be retesting bloods this week after coming off testosterone as per "docs orders" I respect his decision as this information is just really coming out thanks to you guys. I get he has to cover his ass. But as someone with secondary hypogonadism I would like to get back on TRT asap. Business has gotten gotten better in one year, everything in life has improved since restoring testosterone with clinical doses I cant even tell you, its night and day. The mind body connection is incredible. If your thinking is bad your life will suck in every way at every angle. On a physical level triglycerides have improved, LDL actually lowered. Glucose came down. But i have made little life style changes as well. Bodyfat under 10%. Thanks for your work Sir. I educate my doc with your information and my own research. I think my doc knows more about hormone optimization now than ever in his career. Lol.
On TRT, and have donated blood several times, but, my ferritin has tanked to around 15! So now taking iron supplements with vit c (to increase absorption rates). Btw, when taking iron, you need to avoid the following: tea, coffee, wine, dairy, as it impedes absorption.
Patients taking Viagra are less likely to suffer a heart attack, new research claims.
Men taking the impotence drug were found to have a lower risk of having a heart attack or dying from heart failure than those not on the medication.
The findings mean Viagra could soon be used to treat hundreds of thousands of heart failure patients and even prevent fatal heart attacks, scientists say.
Experts from the University of Manchester studied 6,000 diabetic patients who had been given Viagra to treat erectile dysfunction.
The drug relaxes muscle cells in the blood vessels supplying the penis, allowing more blood to flow there.
This increased blood flow increases the likelihood of getting an erection.
Given the increasing reports of deaths in which the use of Viagra may be implicated, clinicians need to exercise caution when advising their patients with heart
Experts believe a key ingredient in Viagra called PDE5i, which relaxes blood vessels, also prevents damage to heart cells.
Heart failure is caused by the heart failing to pump enough blood around the body at the right pressure.
It most often occurs because the heart muscle has become too weak or stiff to work properly and is usually treated with medication which supports the heart.
Despite diabetics being prone to heart problems, the study participants did not suffer as many incidents as similar patients not on the drug.