Years ago, during the advent of Takota, I was having the time of my life meeting new people, playing shows, and being an American idiot internationally. While I basked in the idea of being able to play music for the rest of my life, my body was rapidly deteriorating.
While I tried to keep my sprits high in the midst of the gobs of hair I was losing everyday, something else happened that would parallel my quest to end my hair loss. I was no longer interested in sex and my libido hit rock bottom.
If I were to sum it up I would say that libido throughout my whole journey has been very inconsistent. My diet experimenting lead to dramatic increases and decreases in sexual desire without any explanation.
If something was going well, maintaining it was damn near impossible. While I searched for answers to my hair loss, I noticed that many of the same techniques would either disturb hair and promote libido, or disturb both hair and decrease libido. Balancing everything was an annoyance, not so much to me, but to my lady at the time.
To solve my problem, I engaged in moderate and mega-dosing of every fatty acid (krill, borage, black currant, flax, fish, hemp, Udo's), mineral (zinc, copper, selenium, chromium, magnesium, boron, manganese), vitamin (vitamin E, A, C, D3, K2; all of them), amino acid (trimethylglycine, l-tyrosine, GABA, taurine, l-arginine, BCAAs, whey), and adaptogen (tribulus, rhodiola, ashwagandha, etc.) known to man. Looking back on it, I'm surprised I continued with supplementation for so long. I don't remember any of them doing anything positive.
If supplements were akin to a scalpel, I felt I needed a bazooka to solve my issues. I looked up an anti-aging doc in my area and we began a battery of labwork. We found out that my free testosterone was low, my SHBG was very high, and oddly enough my estrogen (E2) appeared to be high as well (this later proved to be lab error).
He slapped me on Arimidex (which aggresively lowers estradiol), prescribed testosterone cypionate injections, Armour thyroid, DHEA, and Cortef for my "weak adrenals." When this failed to make any difference in the quality of libido, he added HCG to the mix (it's not just for fat ladies).
After a few more months of this complete and udder madness we both felt it was best to ditch the injections and go on Androgel.
The drugs did exactly what they are designed to do. I had JACKED my testosterone so far passed the lab values that my doctor was enthralled. I should have felt like a million bucks, but instead I felt like shit. Libido was still inconsistent and the arimidex made me want to die. I ditched the meds and suffered through the mentally agonizing downswing of returning to baseline.
When I gave up on supplements and drugs I noticed that certain dietary tweaks would increase and decrease libido. Very high-fat diets seemed to promote extremely low levels of desire, while a high-carbohydrate diets increased desire.
This high-starch induced sex-drive opened me up to the possibility that my low-sugar diets were counter productive in my quest for sexual supremacy. Through vigorous sugar research, I was introduced to the unorthodox ideas of Dr. Raymond Peat. Learning and incorporating Dr. Peat's ideas into my own regimen restored my libido, health, and livelihood.
Part II of this series can be found HERE.