Whether we’re prepared to acknowledge it or not, the modern environments we live in have catastrophic effects on our endocrine systems. Living in cities, we work all day under fluorescent lights. We eat manufactured GMO foods that are slowly but surely destroying our bodies. We are regularly exposed to environmental pollutants, contaminants, and particulates in the air produced by industrial factories, smog, emissions from cars. They bombard our systems and ultimately, lower our testosterone levels. On top of that, men are also under siege from hormone-suppressing phytoestrogens such as soy protein by-products and a host of other toxins that our bodies were not designed to handle. Sperm counts are falling due to exposure to pesticides, endocrine-disrupting chemicals like bisphenol A (BPA). Exposure to chemicals found in plastics and personal care products called phthalates are “feminizing” males by blocking normal testosterone production. There is now enough scientiﬁc evidence from animal and human studies to show that exposure to phthalates is associated with reduced testosterone levels and the fertility disorders that come with them. Phthalates are a problem that exists not just for men, but for women and children as well. When you are commonly exposed to these endocrine-disrupting chemicals, your testosterone levels will decline, and you’ll start to feel less energetic over time. It sneaks up on most men in the form of low energy and low vitality, who then accept this as a natural side effect of being “old.” When you suffer from low levels of testosterone, you can be classified as hypogonadal. Deﬁning Hypogonadism If a man with low levels of testosterone is fortunate enough to be diagnosed by a physician as hypogonadal, he can begin treatment. The most recent data shows that nearly 40% of all men over the age of ﬁfty are classiﬁed as hypogonadal. Unfortunately, as the science continues to show, this number is signiﬁcantly underestimated and under-reported. There are two forms of diagnosed hypogonadism: Primary Hypogonadism and Secondary Hypogonadism. Primary Hypogonadism results from defects of the gonads. It can result from physical defects to the HPTA and is usually indicated when luteinizing hormone (LH), and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) are elevated. Since these two hormones are produced in the gonads, elevated levels of both hormones likely mean the problem of low testosterone is due to issues there. Secondary Hypogonadism results from hypothalamic or pituitary defects which are associated with obesity, insulin resistance, or environmental factors. In this instance, LH and FSH are at average or low levels, suggesting the problem is a disruption within the HTPA/HPGA. This is the diagnosis most associated with aging men suffering from a testosterone deﬁciency. Many doctors falsely classify ‘normal aging’ as the cause of secondary hypogonadism, ignoring the environmental factors that are unique to modern societal living. However, we refuse to accept getting softer, weaker, depressed and having a low libido as ‘normal’ and ‘healthy’ aging. No man should feel this way especially since there’s something you can do about it. By optimizing your testosterone levels with the right therapy, you can feel stronger, happier, and more confident. How? To find out how you can reverse the effects of declining testosterone levels with the right therapy, purchase The TOT Bible.