Why Hard-Core Pornography is Bad for your Health, and other facts about Testosterone

“If you’re constantly watching five naked girls having sex with dildos it actually could lower your lifespan.”

“Excuse me, what?” I said.

I was talking to John Romaniello (“Roman”). We were randomly sitting next to each other at a dinner Tim Ferriss threw when he was launching his book, ‘The Four Hour Chef.’ Roman had a tattoo of a semi-colon and I wanted to find out what that was all about (he was an English major) but then our conversation, as they so often do, started to drift.

“Yeah, basically, if you get used to watching all this sex on the Internet then when you are in bed with your wife you will actually get LESS stimulated and aroused so your testosterone levels will start to go lower.”

“That DOES NOT happen to me,” I said. Claudia was sitting right next to me. I wanted to make sure she heard me.

“Haha. Well [note: ignoring me], some of the effects of lower testosterone are: greater chance of getting fat, less muscle growth, increased risk of some cancers, and even less confidence and ambition.”

“This is why since 1980, when they measure testosterone levels of people in the US, the average male has 22% less testosterone now than they had in 1980. This has to do with our lifestyle. There’s more technology. So we are more sedentary. We stare at screens more. Men watch pornography more. People actually get on average 45 minutes less sleep now than in 1980-”

“I have to interrupt there,” I said. “I try to get 10 hours of sleep a day.” I was feeling very proud suddenly for my sleep-filled lifestyle.

“That’s good,” he said, “sleep is when human growth hormone is created in the body. So the more sleep, the more  HGH, which leads to more testosterone. HGH is often called the fountain of youth hormone”

“Isn’t that what athletes who cheat take?”

“Yeah, but you don’t want to do what they do. They inject it. You want to build these things up naturally. That’s what I teach people how to do.”

He also told me he was writing a book, MAN 2.0. He said he asked Tim Ferriss’s advice on writing a book and he said Tim said to “go all out. Don’t just cobble together past writing. Put your all into this book.”

I remembered that this weekend when I realized his book was coming out…tomorrow! So I called him because I have a book coming out on June 1 (“Choose Yourself!“) and I wanted to find out how things were going and see if there was anything I could learn on how he was getting the word out on his book.

But then the conversation drifted (see above) and I asked him, “so you told me you were an English major. How the hell did you get into being the MAN 2.0 guy?”

“I was a fat kid in college. I was 200 lbs. I started working out and I got ripped and lost 30 lbs. And then I wanted to get bigger so I built back 30 pounds of muscle. And then I started training other people how to do it.”

“OK,” I said, “so you were a personal trainer. A lot of people do that.”

“Yeah,” he said, “but then I started doing all of this research and work on the relationship between certain exercises and  testosterone and human growth hormone and I started putting together courses based on that.”

“You mean like steroids?”

“Not like steroids when they talk about athletes abusing it. I wanted to find natural ways to build up these very useful chemicals in the body. And I did a ton of research plus work on my own body.

“You have to understand, if you go through a physical transformation, or any kind of transformation: emotional, mental, physical, whatever – everything is going to transform in your life. When I went through my body transformation and when I kept continuing my study of the body it also transformed me as a businessman. I started selling training programs and really helping a lot more people than when I was training people one on one.”

“So you basically created your own career. You’re obviously not doing anything related to being an English major. You’re like a Choose Yourself physical trainer. That’s great.”

“Yeah, again, I really can trace it back to my body transformation and I equate that with the arc of the hero as described by Joseph Campbell in his books on mythology.”

“Wait a second, don’t go all English major on me! If you don’t mind my asking, how much money do you make? Physical trainers make a salary but you have a real business.”

“Well, when I was just doing the physical training I was making  six figures a year. Then in 2009 I started to blog about this stuff. I didn’t have many readers but I put together a course based on my ideas. People loved it and it was working so I started selling more and more. Now I make over seven figures a year.”

“You totally chose yourself. You made your career and used all the available platforms to spread the word.”

“Totally, I was blogging on different sites. I was helping whoever I could. I started sending content to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s site on fitness because he started getting back into fitness after he was governor. I was his first writer. He even wrote the foreword to my book.”

“Wait. What?”

“Yeah, we were talking about fitness and he was very interested in what I was doing and agreed to write the foreword.”

“So wait, let me ask you a few questions: I’m not going to do any heavy weightlifting. I like yoga and stuff. But you’ve seen my build. What can I do to build testosterone and human growth hormone?”

“Well, you already sleep a lot so that’s great.” He then described some exercises involving squats but I couldn’t quite follow but they are listed on his site. So I said, “let’s say I want to do pushups?” He said, “start with 4 reps of 15 pushups and build up from there.”

“What should I be eating?”

“Take fish oil capsules. And don’t be afraid of saturated fats.” He started throwing out chemical stuff about cholesterol and something called LDH.

“I can’t follow that at all. Is all of this in your book?”


“OK,” I said, “A lot of women who read my site. Should they be building testosterone also?”

“Absolutely,” he said, “it instantly helps reduce fat, it helps balance the estrogen in the body to reduce the risk of later diseases like breast cancer or osteoporosis, it increases sex drive. Women absolutely should be thinking about testosterone  levels.”

“Hey,” I said, “if I put this on my blog can you check it out during the day and answer questions if anyone has any?”

“Yeah, definitely. I’d be happy to.”

We got off the phone. I got right down on the ground and did….8 push-ups. OK, I will do more later. I could’ve done 15 but it was late. You know how it goes.

And then I remembered I forgot to ask him about how he was marketing his book. Ugh, I need to boost my testosterone levels just to get my memory back.

  • Anonymous Poster

    What about softcore pornography? XD

    • I object to that solely on the grounds of it being really, really bad.

  • Anmol Sharma

    What do you think of Art De Vany and his New Evolution Diet/Fitness/Lifestyle Program? What is your take on MSG? Harmful or not, and why?

  • Nikhil

    I’ve already preordered Roman’s book a few weeks ago, but I think it’s awesome that you sorta-vouch for him. Makes it that much more compelling to me.

  • Bojan Majnaric

    Question: How does his book compare to other life changing books like Carlos Xuma’s Secrets of the Alpha Man in terms of shifting existing paradigms and basically re-inventing oneself?

    • me


      Xuma is one of those guys teaching people how to chat up chicks. What does that have to do with exercise, fitness, health and mood?.

      • Bojan Majnaric

        You either haven’t read his work or are just plain trolling me. Or both. Picking chicks is a result of self-improvement, not a goal. And yes it has everything to do with exercise, health and mood.

        And things beyond that.

        • me

          Dude, I used to BUY his work.

    • I would say there are some similarities with regard to resetting your mind or shifting paradigm; and, ultimately, the focus of both is to become a better guy. So, the main difference is execution. For us, it’s about first achieving physical master; not to be more attractive per say, but because mastering your corporeal being teaches you that you can master any other part of your life.

      We don’t teach men how to be more successful with women per se – it’s touched on only peripherally in the book. But, after reading the book, guys will be more successful at everything.

      • Bojan Majnaric

        That’s exactly the type of response I was after. Can’t wait to read your book.

        And thanks for doing this. :)

  • So, just to be clear, it’s not the staying up late or porn watching that has the negative effect; it’s actully the lack of sleep? In other words, going to sleep at 2 AM and sleeping until noon is better than eight hours of early to bed, early to rise?

    • No, Roman specifically explained why the porn aspect could cause you to produce less testosterone (because it requires more to keep you stimulated)

      • Ok, got it! Thanks for the clarification.

  • William Herring

    Pretty good cross-promotion. I just pre-ordered the book on Amazon http://d.pr/i/4aW0. I will do a wellnessfx blood draw before and after following the book. I’ll post my results. – twitter.com/williamherring

  • Any thoughts on the claims of the makers of GF9 (Growth Factor 9) that it stimulates HGH production?

    • Ill have to take a closer look at it, but generally the GH boost supps work, but the effect isn’t as profound as you’d like it to be, given the cost.

  • mikedariano

    What are 3 things to get started with? Sleep? Fish oil and push-ups? Great concept for the book.

    • Great questions!

      1) Increase intake of saturated fat. (Cholesterol is the precursor hormone to all sex hormones, including testosterone)

      2) Get more sleep; at least 8 hours per night.

      3) Have more sex =)

      • Julian

        How many grams of saturated fat would we need to see those benefits?

  • Hi, James. This is a very interesting TED video on the topic of porn and its effects on our brains. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSF82AwSDiU

    Truthfully, I’m unsure of whether or not it’s true.

    • In the 300+ interviews we conducted for the book, several men (about 8%) reported that it was an issue for them.

      • Neil Gaetano Lindberg

        Thanks for the TED, Vincent! Love me some TED talks :)
        John, thanks for the read. Looks like it segues into more info from your circle of men-writers.
        My wife is in bed, pregnant. I’m back in my office at 3am, unable to sleep. I just spent my entire Good Friday off of work improving our house and now I feel MAN and want to “do-it”, but I respect my woman.
        Anyway, to chime in as a first-time-married at 39 y/o man, I’ve seen porn destroy marriages. But, it is in what happens here (quoting your article):
        “Yeah, basically, if you get used to watching all this sex on the Internet then when you are in bed with your wife you will actually get LESS stimulated and aroused so your testosterone levels will start to go lower.”
        I don’t believe this. However, I’d believe a man got used to the harder side – anal sex for one – where he sees this thing, whatever it is – killer head -, and he craves that. So, maybe if you measured the man’s testosterone when he went to lay with his wife who he used to be totally satisfied with doing just the old in-out, but now he’s lost interest – and, from seeing some friends (both the man in this scenario, and the woman) that just leads to a big downward spiral: He’s not getting any, she’s not happy either because touch is good, but maybe just not in “that” way. And soon the man is back in the cave… and divorce is imminent.
        Anyway, I disagree that porn just = less testosterone, but fully agree that it can mess things up. I always literally tell my friends, “Hey man, put down the porn til she gives you a boner from just her smell again.”
        Anyway, nice article… I did NOT watch porn for these 20 minutes.

  • Slightly weird questions for John: What do you think about *while* you’re exercising? Do you daydream or stay in the present moment or something else? Do your thoughts vary between cardio and weights?

    • GREAT question! I don’t think I’ve ever been asked that!

      The answer is: during weight training, I’m extremely focused on executing each rep. During cardio, I daydream or just let my mind wander. A lot of times I get ideas about stuff to write about

      • ekaneti

        Hey!!! We’re getting off the subject of porn here.

  • Wow, so whether I like it or not, I should have listened to my dad when he told me that watching porn was bad for my health. WHOA! So, that’s not really a question for Roman. Just realizing that after all these years, Dad still had some wisdom without the research :-)

    • Dads have a really annoying habit of being right from time to time. The best advice my dad ever game was, “you get the things you don’t do far more than the ones you do.”

      Took me about 10 years to figure out he was right.

      • Yip. I heard this really neat thought the other day. It said that when you are 14, you think your dad doesn’t know a thing. But when you turn 21, you realize how smart he’s become over the past 7 years.

        • Fred Stork

          It’s Mark Twain. He said it.

    • joshuawwy

      I recently wrote book on the research on how porn can harm you and also tips on how to quit. http://amzn.to/1g9qSpI

      • Darius

        Sorry to say you but reading new studies about porn you books (brain chapter is pseudo-science) porn have bad effect in many things but brain is simple B-S if you have some really evidence please wrote to me darek10001989@gmail.com. I reference you lot of study showing you dont have right look at this first


        Joshua what is your education i doubt you are doctor.
        P.S im tired hearing its release dopamine

        “There’s no direct one-to-one relationship between dopamine and addiction, and knowing that this particular brain chemical is released during an activity predicts nothing about how problematic the activity might be. As the dopamine system starts working when we encounter anything pleasurable, the popular myth would suggest everything we like could be addictive: reading books, scratching an itch, building model steamships out of matchsticks, whatever floats your boat.”

  • Sam

    Increases in sexual activity have actually been found to raise serum testosterone levels in males… Perhaps the over-stimulation argument with porn holds water, but increased ejaculation rates only serve to improve our levels of testosterone.


    • me

      You don’t think there’s difference between watching porn and actually having sex with a woman?

      • Sam

        The studies use ejaculation and its physiological effects on plasma test levels. Your body doesn’t do one thing for masturbation and another for intercourse (maybe a few more calories burned). Your brain might, but your testosterone levels will still rise regardless of the method used.

        • See my above comment!

        • me

          Sam, you’re linking to a spammy affiliate marketing blog, which isn’t very trust-inducing. And then you link to a rat study, which has nothing to do with porn, or with humans.

          • Darius

            And then you link to a rat study, if you claim that you have nothing to do with real science most stoody are on rats because except thyroid every process in our body are similar

            To Steve “Yes the body does one thing for masturbation and another for intercourse” true but i as writing even when you take water from glass you brain will change

            P.S in past people thing that masturbating cause blindness

            To John like i give reference to study watching porn clip increase testoserone.

            “Watching porn increases your arousal threshold, making it difficult to actually have physical sex with a live person.” this is the biggest B-S I ever heard so if you get lot of sex with partner ( what is more awesome that porn) doesnt get the same effect ? it does why so many pairs must experiment in bedroom ? the same effect.

        • Dave S

          Sam- I’m Pretty sure this is incorrect and your body does indeed know the difference between sex and masturbation and accordingly releases far more sperm during a sex orgasm than masturbation orgasm. It seems very feasible that this difference would affect other chemicals as well. Check out the book “sperm wars”.

          John-Thanks for coming to comment. Count me among those who just ordered the book because of this post!

        • Steve

          Yes the body does one thing for masturbation and another for intercourse. There are beneficial hormones that are produced with a live partner that aren’t if you are just masturbating in a dark room in front of a computer.

    • Hey Sam! That’s a great point. Actually, in the book, i point out that the easiest (and most fun) way to increase Testosterone is by having sex.

      Porn doesn’t lead to an immediate or even direct decrease in T – it’s indirect. Watching porn increases your arousal threshold, making it difficult to actually have physical sex with a live person.

      Over time, the inability to perform, coupled with the decrease in sex, will result in Low T.

      I’m aware it’s a roundabout argument, so I’ll just say this: even if you don’t feel that porn decreases T, it’s been indisputably that it messes with your sex life. Which is just as bad.

  • I’m curious about the book, but just from reading the title I honestly thought: “that sounds a lot like what Tim Ferriss’s 4 Hour Body” was supposed to be about.

    But, I guess on some level Tim wrote 4HB to include exercises and things for women too, while this book seems to be more for men.

    Looks interesting anyway. I’ll probably check it out.

    • Hey William – the differences between Man 2.0 and 4HB are many, but the primary one comes from structure:

      Our book has a single cohesive narrative, and is meant to be read cover to cover. It provides a full program with phases that you need to complete in order to achieve maximal results.

      Tim’s is more a series of writing that you can read and in any order–as he says, “choose your own adventure.”

      Does that make sense?

      • Hi John,

        Thanks for the response. Yeah, that makes perfect sense.

        By the way I wasn’t trying to undermine your work or troll your book or anything by comparing it to Tim’s. It was just an initial gut reaction.. from reading the title, well more the subtitle I guess.

  • me

    What about watching vids you make with your sig other? Do homemade vids of the two of you have the same effect of lowering testosterone?

    Also, how long does it take once someone adopts those ways before they start seeing results, and how long before you can meet your end goal? (I know you’re going to say it depends on where you start but I’m hoping for a small frame of reference just to get an idea.)

    • That is a great question! I haven’t seen any research on that specifically, but I suspect that it would not have the same affect, as it wouldn’t really alter your arousal threshold.

      Generally speaking, 8-12 weeks is enough to see a dramatic turn around.

  • What about Intermittent Fasting and if believe in IF, which style is most effective for burning fat, losing weight….thanks
    james: I think you meant sets not reps

    “start with 4 REPS of 15 pushups and build up from there.”

    • IF is the primary dietary methodology in the book. As to which style – we feature Berkhan’s LeanGains method, as well as some stuff from Brad Pilon.

      Really, we’ve created our own synthesis of fasting after learning from lots of other people, and researching things for a few years.

      • Thanks John…..any thought about the many, many guys (google it) that get more off when having sex with their long term partners because when they think about something/someone else, and they inevitably do, they get a snapshot in their head of something they saw on a porn site that fires them up even more!?

  • ChrisChaves

    http://bit.ly/ZW4jIZ, Gary Wilson gave an awesome TED talk presentation on the effects of porn on the male brain.

    • ChrisChaves

      Here is the actual TED video on youtube…kinda scary stuff, if he’s right…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSF82AwSDiU&playnext=1&list=PLE7069372B8ACFF3A&feature=results_main

      • Darius

        you better read other study he claim that dopamine is culrpit or higher lvl dopamine so when you exercises your dopamine dont change ? when you are happy and even when you yalk with other? please he give reference for study from internet addiction evreyone tell dont do this this change your brain scary stuff? you brain changig all the time you go drink water and take glass guess what you brain change


        “However, imaging neuroscientist Karl Friston who helped pioneer the VBM technique, speaking to Scientific American, says gray matter shrinkage is not necessarily a bad thing. “The effect is quite extreme, but it’s not surprising when you think of the brain as a muscle,” says Friston, who was not involved in the study. “Our brains grow wildly until our early teens, then we start pruning and toning areas to work more efficiently. So these areas may just be relevant to being a good online gamer, and were optimized for that.

        Read more at http://www.realfarmacy.com/farmvillebrain-damage/

        Gary Wilson gave an awesome TED talk presentation on the effects of porn on the male brain he is a host yourbrainonpor.com recently (sad but i dont have link) read review about this side in conclusion there mission is to gain high lvl of $ ( if you be intrested wrote here and i will try to find this review)

        P.S i dont claim that internet addiction is nothing bad, is it i know that because im internet addiction 6 years, working in internet i even dont go outside if i dont get my tablet and second battery (i dont need use all time but i must get it if i dont i get panic attack) i exercise lot of course use internet i upgrade my Treadmill ;).

        Why i tell you this? i have 3 month ago mri and in image no anormally evrething is good, doc say that my brain is in very good condition.
        To Buddy Orion
        “Watching porn is addictive and triggers a release of dopamine in your body each time you orgasm to watching porn” you claim that when you get orgasm with woment your body dont relase dopamine?
        Dopamine is neurotransmitter even when you hear good joke you release dopamine
        About testosterone sorry to say you but Justin have right watching porn increase testosterone proof? look at this study


        “There has been a tremendous amount of hyperbole about porn use, with many authors and doomsayers claiming that viewing porn triggers dangerous neurochemical changes in the brain. But, groundbreaking new research says that it just ain’t so, and that people who are problem users of porn are actually people with high libidos, NOT people whose brains have been warped sex and porn.”


        if I someone offended I’m sorry I had no such intention

  • Jonathan Steiert

    Hey, Roman. I think this book sounds awesome, I’m definitely going to tell my personal trainer and nutritionist (he’s the same Unicorn of a Doctor) about your book. He’d love all of this. I’m doing a weight loss journey blog called Project:180 (#Project180). I’m at Day 144, have lost 19 pounds overall, have gone from 29% BF to 25.5% which is probably even lower now. Thanks for curating all the good stuff!


  • Scholty

    James/John: Great blog post and I look forward to purchasing this book.

    Working on another project right now along the Gary Wilson Ted talk lines. Which made me curious – do you have a couple links to studies that show pornography to be a problem? Would it be possible to contact you with a couple questions via email?

    Thank you for your time!

  • Looking forward to your book! As far as fish oil intake, do you recommend a certain EPA/DHA dosage/day and how would it be different for men/women?

    • Hey Eugene – that’s a great question.

      Answer: it depends on the goal. For general health, men and women should both do 5g per day.

      For general fat loss, I like 1g per % of body fat, up to 16g. (So if you have 16% body fat or more, 16g.)

      For an extreme, short-term burst to get insulin management in check, up to 25g per day for men, 20g for women – do this for about 4 weeks.

  • J

    James, for some reason when I try to access your site on my other computer it says that my IP has been blocked. I’ve been a reader of your site for almost a year. I am guessing it wasn’t intentional since I have never posted a comment, but I wanted to let you know in case it was caused by something that recently changed with the site.

    Belated thanks for all the great content you post!

    • I’ll check that out J. I wonder what happened. Thanks.

  • Patrick Moynihan

    Is there a difference in testosterone generated in heavy resistance excercise vs. light resistance higher reps?
    Advice on mitigating unintended “ego pump” that can accompany gym pump?
    I wonder what the frequency or length of porn viewing is in these studies? – men are very visual and think there could be some benefits with limited viewing.

  • Justin Alexander

    Roman is THE MAN. I randomly met him at a rooftop party for a book release. Very very nice and humble dude. I’ve followed him for years. Book is pre ordered :)

  • Dave

    Roman – What are the top three things guys should/could be doing to get them to the Man 2.0 point?

    James – Love the blog. Been reading for a little over two months. Your unique perspective & writing style are fantastic…

  • william lowery

    Great blog today. I will check out John’s info. I had serious physical issues last year and made some changes regarding western meds versus eastern herbs. I’m sticking with the herbs going forward. Now it’s time for the maintenance part of my recovery. This seems to fit. Like James, I popped a few push ups a few minutes ago. Unfortunately, I went to the ‘Vagina Monologues’ last night (actually very fantastic show) now my wife wants to discuss Vaginas. Ok, whatever. I was just getting into testosterone. Oh well, there does after all need to be balance.

  • Kurt Walker

    In order to convince me that watching porn decreases testosterone, you need a randomized controlled trial where you have groups of people who increase the amount of porn they watch, decrease the amount of porn they watch, and a control group at a minimum. Do you reference such a study in your book?

    • joshuawwy

      I’ve not come across any such study in my research, I think it would be hard to do such a study! In my book (http://amzn.to/1g9qSpI) I reference a study which shows that consuming porn leads to higher dissatisfaction with your partner.

    • tonyelbows

      jerking off is the real culprit they say, not watching something.

  • JC

    hi john,

    what are your thoughts on vitamin d3, magnesium and zinc?
    for an advanced athlete, what are 2 exercises that can spark my T-creation up a notch?

    But more than anything: what’s the most powerfu way to get that CRAP out of your routine and out of your mind (besides telling yourself how beastly you’ll be if you can quit it)?

  • Question for Roman. Reading a brochure on prostate cancer recently, it stated that treatment includes lowering testosterone levels chemically. Apart from stopping or slowing the growth of the tumour,(sometimes only temporarily) it causes several side effects.

    Is there an increased risk of prostate cancer if testosterone levels are maintained at a higher level by adopting the dietary and lifestyle changes you advocate?

    • That’s an interesting question. I’m not a doctor, so I can’t speak intelligently about that. But, I can say that oftentimes steroid users experience prostate enlargements. It stands to reason that highly elevated test levels could cause that effect.

      Having said that, however, I suspect that the degree to which you can increase endogenous testosterone production–while significant in terms of changes to physique–is not going to be enough to elicit those effects.

      But, you’ve piqued my curiosity, and I will investigate.

  • Brian Nelson

    Question for Roman:

    I weighed 165 lbs and then decided to train for a 50 mile ultramarathon. I completed the 50 miler, but was weighing 148 lbs due to the training. I’ve been trying to regain the weight, but with little to show for it. Any advice for a 150 lbs, 5′ 10″ runner on how to gain muscle while keeping up his cardio fitness? Thanks in advance.

  • David

    Looking forward both of the my new books to come in!

  • David

    Looking forward to both of the new books to come in is what I meant to say!

  • “Take fish oil capsules. And don’t be afraid of saturated fats.”

    Are you familiar with the paleo diet? I’m curious for your thoughts on it

    • I love paleo. It’s a great starting point for optimal health, and from there I like the idea of customizing it based on individual tolerance

  • Hey John, really want to buy the book. Do you recommend buying the print version or the Kindle version? I’m overseas now so would have to wait to get the print book after June. Thanks and enjoyed your post over at Tim’s blog.

    • Hey Benny,

      Ideally, you’d order the hardcover — Kindle edition doesn’t count towards the NYT best seller list, and that’s the goal.

  • Hi, a question for John Romaniello. Although you have said that a lot of women read your blog, the title of your book left me wondering if the book can be read by women. The book is a good acquisition for women too?

    • Hi Giseli,

      Great question. The information in the book is very applicable to women, but the presentation–the language, the references, the general “tone” of the book–are geared towards men.

      You’d still get a lot out of it.

      Also, I think women should read it, as it’s a fascinating look into the male psyche.

  • Mike

    Hi Roman!
    I already ordered your book from Amazon and can’t wait to get it arrived.
    Quick question: What do you think about tabata training? What kind of workout that is suitable for busy (lazy) people?

  • Great stuff as always.

    One question: I need to transform my life. I’m struggle deep within myself to change even the smallest things. Where can I start, what can I do to make this happen?

    At the risk of sounding desperate… Thanks for any help you can give.

  • Maria Elena Lopez Garcia

    Interesting post James.You must write more post about health.
    I don’t remember since when i take the fish oil capsules and i feel good.

  • pro-spar

    So going one step farther – our wives are killing us and making us fatter by not putting out.

    • Buddy Orion

      No, the effects of an orgasm through masturbation to porn are different than the orgasm with an actual women.

  • Justin Smith

    Sorry to disagree with the majority of what is said here but science disagrees with much of what you have claimed.

    1) Porn increases testosterone, it does not decrease it.
    What Fixes Low Testosterone Best: Meds or Porn?
    “In humans, German researchers have found that just having an erection is enough to spur testosterone levels. it makes no difference whether a man is watching sex on a screen or having it in real life, his testosterone levels will go up. ”

    “Rutgers University sex researcher Helen Fisher to advise this month that males in the “captivity situation”-her term for married with kids-“go on the Internet and look at porn” as a kind of hormone-replacement therapy. “[Porn] drives up dopamine levels, which drives up your testosterone,” she tells NEWSWEEK, while kissing your wife or hugging your kids drives it down.”

    2) Human Growth Hormone increases the rate of aging, despite often being falsely marketed as a cure to aging:
    Suppression of human growth hormone may ward off cancer, diabetes

    “Anyone seeking the fountain of youth should think twice before turning to growth hormone, a fast-growing trend in anti-aging fringe medicine. If conclusions from a study of an obscure population living in Ecuador prove true, less growth hormone — not more — may help prevent cancer and diabetes in old age.
    The discovery, published Wednesday in the journal Science Translational Medicine, backs up earlier research showing that yeast, flies and rodents live longer — in some species, as much as 10 times longer — when they grow slowly.

    “There are a lot of people giving human growth hormone to fight aging,” said Dr. Nir Barzilai, a researcher at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, who was not involved in the research. “The question is, will you live longer and healthier? I think these studies suggest maybe not.””

    If you really want to raise testosterone:
    1) Muscle Building Exercise
    2) Supplement Zinc (many men do not get enough and this is necessary to make testosterone)
    3) Sleep (that one is correct).

    In my experience there are too many people writing books and pushing for stuff like Human Growth Hormone based on very flimsy science. Likewise the crusade against porn is not really based on science: Page on Psychologytoday

    • Buddy Orion

      Watching porn is addictive and triggers a release of dopamine in your body each time you orgasm to watching porn. This greatly reduces testoterone. If you don’t agree that watching porn is addictive, try quitting. There are entire forums on reddit dedicated to helping men quit porn. Search NoFap. Having sex with women increases your testoterone, masturbating to porn reduces it. I can speak from personal experience.

      What I’d like to ask the author is if masturbation in general reduces testoterone, or just to porn? And do pictures count?

      • Adrian Ma

        It’ll take time for the ignorant and the self-deluded to come to an understanding over this topic. A couple hundred years ago, a lot of people thought slavery was morally justified. Even if we give them concrete evidence that indulging in porn is always self-destructive and that the releases of the so-called “good” chemicals are just temporary they still won’t be convinced. It’s not hard to wonder why so many people prefer sex over real social interactions. Society has become so lenient towards the idea that watching porn is healthy that it makes a lot of people sexualize everything.

      • joshuawwy

        It’s likely porn is the main culprit. Some people like to just go porn free and some actually totally abstain from what’s called PMO: porn masturbation and orgasm. I’ve written a book on Porn and You here: http://amzn.to/1g9qSpI

      • Jeremias Kangas

        > I can speak from personal experience.

        Sorry, personal experience doesn’t cut it. You need some kind of scientific evidence. All these self-help guys are just throwing shit around without scientific background, like the guy mentioned in the article.

      • tonyelbows

        so actually it’s not watching porn that is bad, it’s jerking off. Why don’t they say that in the article instead of the runaround the issue BS???

    • rjay

      bottom line porn can really have a bad impact on you.

      • tonyelbows

        so can being in a fucked up relationship with a stupid bitch. Next

  • Alfonso Hernandez

    Hi John, what do you think about liver and gallbladder cleanses like the type recommended by Andreas Moritz?

  • Robby Roastbeef

    James, I kept wondering why you suddenly started blasting out articles at a much higher frequency than normal. It’s because of your book release in June, isn’t it?

    • Richard Face

      Of course it was, you idiot.

  • I just bought his book on iTunes, was happy to see it on there and I am looking forward to reading it

  • While I don’t trust in supplements (you can’t really prove the ingredients listed are actually in the product), I do so only for personal reasons. I think people are reading into this post just a little too much.
    Porn may raise your testosterone for the moment (no pun intended), but I think he was talking about the long term effects. You know, the ones only suffered by those who still live with mom in her basement.
    I’m not an expert on any of this stuff, I want to let that be known before I get drawn into an idiotic debate about any of this.

    I think I’m going to write a book. I’m going to call it “How To Mind Your Business for Dummies: Find out if you’re a douche and what you can do to fix it.” haha

  • icky47

    I’ll postpone my decision, until I see the results of the scientific papers produced.

  • Robert F

    I’ve basically been raised on porn. My first experiences have all been with porn. I have very few female friends, and I find it very difficult to snap out of my ‘solo-play’ mode. I’ve stopped watching porn for a few months now and find it extremely depressing. I do all the health things, but I still do not get strong morning wood, suppose I may have porn induced ED. Do you have any advice for a guy who is totally messed up, trying to get with girls? I’ve been soft for most girls I’ve been with, and I’m too anxious to hook up with the girls that actually get my libido going. That, and I’m worried my thing won’t function. Where to start when psychologically we’re messed up?

    • Steve

      don’t bother with morning wood, that’s meaningless, you have nocturnal erections all the time and morning woods happen when you wake up during one of these, it has nothing to do with arousal but it’s circulatory system related. So don’t pay attention about waking up without one

  • ForeverAnonymous

    So for those of us who don’t have the luxury of a sex partner, what is best for maxing testosterone? Porn, abstinence, or something else?

  • Maya

    Question for Roman: What about women watching porn? Is it bad for us too? I’ve been a pretty much regular porn consumer since I was… yikes… 13. I find it hard to orgasm when I’m with a guy. Could this have anything to do with my porn consumption?

  • Scott

    To the book author – you are clearly a brilliant trainer, but your book is horribly lacking in any useful information. I’m sorry, but that’s just how it is. One Amazon review refers to it as “Broscience” which is basically all it is.

    This is a shame, because you clearly really DO know this stuff in depth. However, you distilled your vast knowledge down into what basically amounts to garbage, and use the internet hype machine to turn it into something huge. If you had taken that exact copy, and put it on a blog – I’d be a fan, but $12 for a Kindle version filled with really thin content is tough to swallow.

    Jim – I’ll be honest – your pimping of this book has lessened my opinion of you. Did you bother to read it? You typically have more meaningful insight in one post than exists in this entire text.

  • Frank

    someone once told me that men who look at boobs for at least 10 minutes a day, live longer!… Just look, admire, remember, be in awe, appreciate, respect, be amazed, be astonished, love with your eyes, … all good feelings. It’s some of the best therapy for men. No idea what women are supposed to look at. Any ideas?

  • Kevin

    I just knew it, I had a feeling right after I read your article: 10 Reasons Why You Need To Quit Your Job. Well, seven month later… I QUIT MY JOB, after 25 years public service in northern Canada. I have a new plan. Thank you James!

  • zennebula

    Can we reverse any damage done? What about just looking at still photos? Is that harmful?

  • Jay

    Perhaps being a gay man has something to do with it, but porn has done nothing but enhance my sex life. Inspired me to push my limits and experience it with different kinds of people, in an array of different flavors. I’ve even watched it with partners, so it became part of the experience. Porn doesn’t take up a lot of my time, and I don’t just sit around and watch it – it always facilitates an obvious goal. But I’d say it’s a small part of at least half of my days.

    I think the jump between watching porn and a shorter lifespan is utterly ridiculous. Even a link between watching porn and lower testosterone is tenuous at best, with lots of qualifiers. There’s a much more supportable link between the quality of your sex life and testosterone.

  • Luis Velazquez

    FIsh oil omega -3 is currently being linked to cancer..

  • craig Kondrick

    I always thought that everyone has some kind of sexual problems and if not at the moment will eventually find themselves with sexual problems , and think to myself is porn really bad if someone who is not in a relationship had some kind of way to release stress, someone might also use porn as a way to avoid doing the real thing and potentially avoid disease or unwanted pregnancy that way

  • IsPornBadForMe

    So I took your challenge James. You posted that is Porn Bad for You? is one of the top 10 Google searches that people use to get to your blog. I started researching porn use and came across the NoFap folks. What energy! What courage! But they talk about fighting and addiction and the “power” of porn and other disempowering approaches.

    So at http://IsPornBadForMe.com (IsPornBadForYou was already taken) I am starting to build a site to help these folks choose themselves rather than give their power away to porn or maybe even worse – people who want to fix them. Thanks for the idea James!

  • Dumbass_UENO

    Is playboy in the same category? LOL

  • Brandon Roberts

    look hardcore porn is bad if you overdo it but that’s true with anything.

  • pornharms

    actually.. when i was trying for a baby.. my partners sperm count was low.. he watched alot of porn.. doc said to abstain from any sexual release for a month.. as the more a man cums the worse his swimmers are.. well doc was right after 1 month i got pregnant. well turns out he didnt stop watching porn and we divorced because of it

  • Maglioso Jones

    I am 65 years-old. My T-Level is naturally high. When I watch Porn, my T-Level rises 200%, and I feel energized. With Porn, I’ve had extended safe-sex with thousands of women around the world. What a wonderful experience! NO HPV, Herpes, STD’s, etc. Even after whacking, I feel great and full of power. That’s when I go to the gym. Working out with sexy women around also helps. Now that I watch Porn all the time, my standards for women have also risen. I no longer tolerate dried out, grouchy old bats. I need vibrant, intelligent, ovulating women to excite me. I can smell their eggs, and that also increases my T. The Doctor says my body is like that of a 30 year-old man. My girlfriends are very happy. Thank you, Porn!

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  • big head andy

    this is absurd not to include the changes from 1980’s in food and water to now.. the amount of synthetic hormones (estrogen) your body converts from bpa which is in all kinds of food and water packaged products ,synthetic hormones in cattle and milk ,and bad halides in bread and water ,(bromide,chlorine ,and fluoride) which blocks iodine absorption ,and decreases testosterone production.
    you literally are what you eat , and most studies that say other wise have corporate money behind them.
    nice try though, selling your bullshit theory ,

    heres a link about BPA lowering testosterone ,and research studies backing it.

    Dr.John Bergman talks about bad halides and effects on hormones.

    Dr. Edward talks about negative effects of laundry detergent on the endocrine system

    Even huff post says that its unclear about milk and cattle hormones affecting human hormones because so little human studies have been done.

  • Peter Frank

    Castrated males (or married males – the sociophysiological equivalent) need hardcore porn to maintain basal testosterone levels. Your typical married male in America has sex 0.5 times a year and as a result his gonads and other reproductive tissues have atrophied over the course of time. This results in lower testosterone levels. Porn induces a neurophysiological change in these tissues, increasing stem cell growth and general vitality.

    Porn therapy is often prescribed for middle-aged, long-married men who can no longer perform their financial slave-functions and need additional therapy to continue providing revenue to their spouses.