Testosterone makes a man, and estrogen makes a woman.

But what happens when testosterone drops, and estrogen rises? What happens when estrogen dominates?

Nothing good, I can tell you. Absolutely nothing good.

A story though, that has relevance to the point,

When I was a young boy, I began progressing through puberty fairly early, around 10-11. I was one of the first boys in school to need to shave (when I was 12 to 13), I reached my max height by the time I was 14, and while I never experienced a “mass” gaining phase of muscle, I had what was considered an “adult” body by most people’s standards. I was tall, lanky, but I looked much older. I could pass for 18 at 14 readily.

I memorably recall having campus security called on me during senior year of high school. We had a new campus security officer who didn’t know who I was. He saw me walking across campus (I was a Teaching Assistant for my Senior English Teacher) thought I looked like a threat (it was winter and infamously always wore a leather jacket and leather gloves), and called the campus police officer.

I just happened to be using the restroom, and I walked out to 4 security officers all at the ready. They started laughing when they say me, and they told the new officer I was a student. He was shocked.

“You’re in high school?! Did you get held back?”

-No, I’m 17. I’m a senior

“You look older than me, that’s insane! You look like a fully grown man”

-Yeah, I know. High testosterone I guess. I’m lucky.

I laughed then, and I think there was almost a degree of jealousy on his part (he was a young looking guy, maybe he was in his early 20s). Ironically, I’d think about this years later, when I went to school in San Francisco, and started to notice that A LOT of men, especially young men, they didn’t look that masculine.

Now, you could say this is me being judgmental, but it’s an objective assessment. I had gotten very interested in physical health, and it seemed obvious in studying the overall state of health in society that people were unhealthy. The recognition to the obesity crisis was just starting to unfold.

I noticed a lot of young men with “soft” bodies. No muscle tone, narrow shoulders, and the infamous “bitch tits”. Their bodies were not hard.

I had not really seen this where I had grown up, but San Francisco was a far more urban environment.

Me being curious, I started studying this. There seemed a difference to me, and I wanted to account for it. This led me down a very circuitous path of studying sexual development, physical/social history, and macro-economic behavioral health.

Ironically my grades in college were piss poor, but not because I wasn’t studying. I just wasn’t studying much of anything that was the actual classes I was taking. Thankfully I learned you can be ultra mediocre by taking classes credit/no credit, which I did A LOT.

I learned some things, and estrogen dominance was one of them. Estrogen Dominance may be a term you are familiar with, or you may have never heard it before.

It designates a hormonal state in which estrogen is hormonally “dominating” due to diminished level of progesterone (in women), or testosterone (in men).

This causes a very very very long list of negative health consequences, with literally every aspect of functional metabolism. Aging is accelerated, and ill health develops among multiple pathways.

Estrogen dominance was originally coined by Dr. John R. Lee to describe the hormonal state of menopausal women. Ironically, it can NOW be used to describe the average hormonal state of society. Men too suffer from estrogen dominance.


When I was noticing guys with bitch tits, I wasn’t being smug, it really is MORE prevalent. Testosterone has been declining for DECADES in men. At the same time, estrogen dominance has risen, and so has obesity. Not only are people heavier, they are more hormonally unhealthy.

At the same time, the prevalence of xenoestrogens, estrogen-mimicking compounds, those have been going up and up and up in the modern environment. There are currently 70,000+ chemicals recognized by the US government that hormone affecting properties.

There are also 10,000+ studies documented by the National Health Institute, demonstrating the effects of environmental estrogen on health.
This also includes birth control, which is a whole other area that is completely overlooked. Birth control IS hormones, and the consequences on female health are only now being recognized.

This all adds up to a perfect storm disaster for health,

-Testosterone has dropped because of a decline in solar radiation and sun exposure. SIDENOTE-Sunscreen is essentially liquid xenoestrogen. Use it sparingly if at all (it’s also been implicated in the rise of skin cancer)
-Environmental estrogens have risen due to industrialization and manufacturing and food production
-Physical activity has declined due to increasingly sedentary lifestyle’s
-Obesity has risen (excess bodyfat negatively impacts sex hormones) due to increased sugar intake, processed carb intake, and overall calorie intake
-The modern American diet of processed carbs, sugar, protein, and liquid calories creates a metabolic disaster
-On a social level, I attribute the rise of sexual/gender dysmorphia to the above factors. These social phenomena are biological in origin, they are not random at all.

Western Society as a whole is sick, unhealthy, and to be healthy and fit makes you an outlier in the population. If you are man or woman who lifts weights, eats an unprocessed diet, and manages your lifestyle for quality of life, you are in the minority.

I’ll be talking more about this subject in detail this week, as its a heavy one and there is more information than I could adequately put into a single email.

For some resources if you want to get started in educating yourself

1. TRT Manual
-for the men who want to take control of their hormonal health

2. The Anti-estrogen diet
-simply following the dietary practices in the book can make a difference

3. The Testosterone Hypothesis
-understanding the connection between sunlight, testosterone levels, and social behavior

4. Aggressive Strength Testosterone and Estrogen Control
-Mike Mahler makes the best hormonal support supplements you can possibly get. Combined with diet and exercise, they can measurably and dramatically change your hormonal health

Any questions, let me know

Talk again soon,

Alexander