When you think of FoxNews host Tucker Carlson, “testicle tan” might not be the first word that comes to mind. Well, not the word “tan” at least. So, it was perhaps surprising to hear Carlson bring up “testicle tanning” not just in one conversation, but in two of them. In fact, the new promotional trailer for Tucker Carlson Originals’ “The End of Men” TV special included footage of a naked man standing with a sprawling eagle with a red light glowing right at his crotch. Not exactly something you see every day. Or every week. Or maybe never.
The first conversation was with Andrew McGovern on this special, seen in the video accompanying the following tweet from Florida-based attorney Ron Filipkowski:
Who is McGovern? Well, the video lists him as a “fitness professional”, which is a bit more specific than “human being”, but doesn’t provide much information about his qualifications. McGovern has described himself as an expert in “bromotherapy,” which is apparently therapy for the brothers.
The video started with McGovern saying, “You saw in the clip over there, if you want to optimize it and take it to another level, expose yourself to red light therapy and the Joovv that we used in the documentary.” It was then that Carlson replied, “Yeah, it’s the testicle tan.”
Now, it’s not typical to bring up testicles in a seemingly off-the-cuff conversation. After all, “testicles” is not a filler word like “uh”, “uh”, “like” or “you know”. Nonetheless, McGovern seemed on the ball with what Carlson said and replied, “It’s the testicle tan. But it is also a full body red light therapy with many benefits. And there’s so much data out there that’s not recovered or covered.
Of course, saying “there’s so much data out there” isn’t the same as showing actual data. And even having data doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good or even relevant data. For example, there may be data that humans can walk on walls and shoot webs from their wrists, but most of the data may come from movies like Spider-Man: Homecoming, Spider-Man: Far From Home, and Spider-Man: No Coming Home and therefore not legitimate scientific data.
There is some evidence that red light therapy, which exposes different parts of the body to low levels of red or near-infrared light, may have beneficial effects. Some anecdotal reports and small studies have suggested that red light therapy could potentially help promote wound healing, relieve pain and stiffness in people with rheumatoid arthritis, smooth wrinkles, scars, and wrinkles. ‘other types of skin lesions, to stimulate hair growth in sufferers. alopecia and relieving depression among other possibilities. However, take it all with a bag full of salt. Further studies are needed to confirm these results. Plus, where’s the proof that the bright red light on your balls has any benefits, assuming you don’t want to smooth out wrinkles? A PubMed search for “testicular tanning” returns only seven studies, none of which appear relevant to human testicular tanning.
However, rather than saying ‘Can you show us that data’, Carlson instead replied, ‘So obviously half the viewers right now are like, ‘What?! Tanning the testicles is madness!’ But my point of view is, OK, testosterone levels have crashed and nobody talks about it, it’s crazy, so why is it crazy to look for solutions? ” Really? Have testosterone levels crashed? More on that later.
As you can see from Filipkowski’s tweet, the second conversation Carlson brought up “testicle tanning” was with musical artist Kid Rock, whose birth name is Robert Ritchie. The word “Rock” may be in his name, but Ritchie apparently didn’t want the stones turned when Carlson mentioned the “testicle tan” to him. Rock responded with “Man, stop it! Tanning of the testicles? Go on. I haven’t heard anything like it for a long time. »
Carlson then urged, “Open your mind, Bobby!” Carlson added: “Don’t you think at this point when so many therapies, the paths that they’ve told us to take, have turned out to be dead ends that really hurt people, why are people open to d mind seek new solutions?” To this Rock says, “I don’t know what’s going on in this world. I’m not even sure I understood this question. But some days you just want to stop this planet and let me go. However, Rock did not specify where it should be left.
Speaking of this planet, what was up with the promotional trailer for “The End of Men,” which accompanies this tweet from Nikki McCann Ramírez, Associate Research Director at Media questions:
Just your typical montage of shirtless men doing push-ups, shooting bottles, milking a cow, wrestling, doing push-ups, lifting a tire, swinging an ax and drinking eggs, right ? And, of course, a naked man standing with a red light shining on his genitals. Didn’t the trailer budget include the money for the shirts?
The title “End of Men” seems to stem at least in part from Carlson’s claims that testosterone levels have crashed. Maybe Carlson was referring to studies that showed that average testosterone levels in men in the United States didn’t drop but went down over the years. For example, a study published in the journal European focus on urology found that average testosterone levels among samples of adolescent and young adult men in the United States were lower from 2011 to 2016 than from 1999 to 2000.
Why could this happen? The researchers postulated that factors such as the increased prevalence of obesity and overweight, food additives and pollutants in the environment as well as decreased physical activity may have contributed to the decrease in levels. testosterone means. Further studies are needed to determine what may be going on. However, to date, no peer-reviewed studies published in reputable scientific journals have suggested that the lack of light on your balls played a role. After all, it’s not like pants and underwear were invented less than two decades ago.
Ultimately, where is the data to suggest that shining a red light on your balls will have any benefit? Oh, and “testicular tan” isn’t even a precise term. That would be like calling a day at the beach a gut tan. Your testicles sit in your scrotum. If you can actually see your testicles, call your doctor right away. Therefore, a more appropriate term would rather be scrotal tanning.
Anyway, before trying to shine different types of light on your crotch, ask for real scientific evidence and talk to real, reputable doctors first. After all, your balls are not disco balls. At least they shouldn’t be.