CHAPTER 4

The Diet Factor

From the first moment I saw Scott in the waiting room, it was evident that he had a problem of his own making. He carried a large belly, and his skin looked pasty. During the intake interview he told me that he asked for the appointment because he thought he must be going through a “brain problem.” “I just feel dull,” he said.

He went on to say that his job of 40 years was “fine” and his relationship with his wife and two grown daughters was “great.”

“Maybe it’s a sort of male menopause,” he said with a puzzled look.

Andropause, the male equivalent of menopause, is marked by a sharp drop in testosterone; by the late fifties a man has more estrogen than testosterone. Scott was 66 years old. Some men experience a much ...

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