nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Monday, January 31, 2011

Breast Reduction Surgery For Men On The Rise

Largely ascribed to the collision between obesity and body scuplting, but there are other causes.

According to the BBC News (Jan 30), male breast reduction surgery rose by 28% last year in the UK.

There's a lot of discussion in the article about obesity as a cause.  Many of the men who request the surgery are advised to do diet and exercise instead.  But the pressure to give the appearance of a "male" chest, is clearly behind most of the requests.

And, while overweight and obesity are a large part of the problem, there are a couple of things you may not know about.

Some of the substances to which we expose our bodies contain compounds that have "estrogenic" activity.  That is, they act like estrogen, the hormone that is critical in women's reproductive and sex characteristic expression.

Men's bodies can be sensitive to those estrogen-like effects. 

Here are a couple of things that can contribute to Man Breasts:

1.  Saw Palmetto, the herbal product taken by some for "prostate health" (whatever that means) guessed it,

2.  Marijuana

There are probably a lot more herbals that have estrogen-like activity, and then there's the estrogen that's present in the environment --rom human use.  We don't have a clue yet just how pervasive this all is, or how influential, when it is absorbed internally.

Which is not an endorsement of free-range chickens and such.  I've raised chickens; their eggs are natural ,but they taste the same to me, and you have to wash off the fecal smears just like the commercial farms do.

Doc D

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