AIs have been around close to 30 years.
The new school of thought on oestrogen control is interesting, but I’m not ready to throw away my AIs quite yet. I still use one, and probably always will, but I have lowered the doses I use by a little bit. That said, I was never really one to fear oestrogen. I mean, your body doesn’t really make hormones it doesn’t need, you know?
Dante Trudel made a really interesting post about it which I wish I could remember where it was or I’d post it. He was talking about how a lot (and I mean a LOT) of the bodybuilders from the pre-AI era died from a specific heart problem which we don’t see as much of these days (sorry for not having more detail, like I said I can’t remember where the post was) which could maybe suggest that having sky high oestrogen for a long time has it’s own deleterious effects. He’s not entirely convinced by the new school either, and I’ve always been one to pretty much do whatever Dante says! haha.
Who knows. I guess the science’ll become a bit clearer in the next few years. There are some pretty smart dudes out there like Dr Serrano making some interesting points, but there’s a million other smart dudes who disagree.
As for crashing oestrogen, I think most of those cases are just the same as the people who think they’ve got gyno when they don’t. I hear a lot of people claiming crashed oestrogen, but I don’t see much bloodwork showing it. Saw a thread on here I think it was not that long ago where some dude was like “I took adex for 3 days and crashed my E!” In three days? Really? Not to mention that a lot of the symptoms of having E too high and too low are actually pretty similar. I do think that I’ve seen a lot more gyno than legitimately crashed E though. I knew a poor bastard who had fucking terrible gyno after 3 weeks on a prohormone. Looked like you could fucking milk the dude.
But whatever, I guess everyone’s different. I’m just not ready to buy into the fashionable new way of thinking quite at this time. I expect it’ll come full circle and we’ll be using sensible (perhaps lower, of course) doses of AIs again soon. Like I said in an earlier post, the .5mg eod of adex for a 500mg test cycle was the cut and dried way of doing things which millions of us did with no problem. I think we went too far in terms of keeping our E down, and now we’re going too far with letting it hang out.
Then of course you have to consider that we really don’t know what the long term use of AIs or even drugs like Nolva will be, but hey - we’re injecting our bodies full of some shit we bought off the internet that some dude brewed up in his bathtub. Do we really think we can do that and stay as healthy as we would be without it? We’re a funny bunch, us bodybuilders.
Just some ramblings of mine…