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Bomb Proof Coffee Confirmation

A new study adds additional scientific confirmation that combining Cocoa with coffee has numerous cognitive benefits over coffee alone. That’s a combination found in my Bomb Proof Coffee recipe I designed several years ago, and for some, yours truly included, if it’s not Bomb Proof Coffee, it’s just not coffee. For those who want the recipe, the science, etc go HERE. Onto this study… :lol:

Cocoa (cacao) Beans On Natural Wooden TableThe study, which was a randomized, placebo-controlled crossover design, found the combination of coffee and cocoa superior  and found  what appears to be some synergistic effects. The added ingredients of Bomb Proof Coffee should be yet additive benefits:

Note: for those who want the non “hard” science version via the study below, here’s a good summary via IFLScience:

One Delicious Combination Will Boost Attention Better Than Any Other Drink, Says Study:

Researchers from Clarkson University and the University of Georgia studied the effects of caffeinated and non-caffeinated brewed cocoa on attention span, motivation to perform cognitive work, and feelings of anxiety, energy, and fatigue. Their results, showed the combination of fatigue-fighting coffee and anxiety-reducing cocoa was the best combination for boosting attention span.”

Cont HERE

Study:

Acute effects of brewed cocoa consumption on attention, motivation to perform cognitive work and feelings of anxiety, energy and fatigue: a randomized, placebo-controlled crossover experiment Continue reading..

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI ) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD), Related?

post-cycle-therapy-ageless-foreverReaders Note: There’s a lot of internal links in this article that will lead people to important pages for additional information. I did that in an attempt to keep this write up as concise and focused as possible:

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI ) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD) have been getting a great deal of attention in the past few years, and for good reasons. Are they related?

Approximately a decade ago I communicated with a Dr. Mark Gordon who was just starting to develop his thoughts and protocol regarding the association between TBI, and PTSD, or more accurately, TBI causing hormonal dysfunction leading to symptoms that are misdiagnosed as PTSD. What Dr. Gordon has termed  TBI – Hormone Dysfunction Syndrome.

Basic premise is, TBI causes  damage/dysfunction of the pituitary and other areas of the brain with resulting alteration in specific hormones, which can manifest as very similar to PTSD. According to Gordon:

”Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is now recognized as a causative factor for hormonal deficiencies associated with personality changes. Psychological, Physiological, and Physical manifestations like; depression, anxiety, mood swings, bouts of anger, memory loss, inability to concentrate, learning disabilities, sleep deprivation, increased risk for heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, diabetes, loss of libido, menstrual irregularities, pre-mature menopause, obesity, loss of lean body mass, muscular weakness, and a number of other medical conditions can arise subsequent to head trauma.” Continue reading..

BrinkZone Teams Up With AMC!

As covered  HERE, I met with Dr. Bedecks at Age Management Center (AMC) in Jupiter Florida recently. Knowing how difficult it is for people to find a doctor who really understands hormones – for men and women – I was thrilled to be able to recommend him to followers of BrinkZone.

Yours Truly and Dr. B

Yours Truly and Dr. B

I’m happy to announce that yours truly and Dr. Bedecs have teamed up to offer services using our combined knowledge base and experience to assist people to optimize their health and well-being. As I, and other authors such as Monica Mollica,  have covered many times over the years, sub optimal hormones leads to long-term health problems and sub optimal responses to your hard work in the gym. Hormones are also directly involved in mood, libido, and body composition, so again, it  behooves people to pay close attention to that aspect of their health as they do say nutrition or exercise regardless of their age or sex.

Readers can see what I will be offering, via the FL office HERE at AMC. People can either make appointments with me directly via page linked, or with Dr. Bedecs. Dr. Bedecs does a free screening via phone, skype, etc., and can be contacted via the AMC web site HERE to set up an appointment.

General info on the clinic and services offered at the AMC site, which is far more than just TRT/HRT, can be found on the home page.

Creatine and TBI

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)  has been getting a great deal of attention recently due to vets, NFL, etc, and the DOD identified creatine as a nutrient of interest for TBI over a decade ago for military  populations  yet little follow up far as I know. Here’s a recent study looking at creatine and TBI in adolescents, and suggest that creatine is very neuro protective with both acute (TBI) and chronic injury. Taken alone, this study is not impressing being a Open Label/Pilot Study, but when added to the growing lit showing the various brain related benefits of creatine, it’s more creatine win in my view:

Prevention of Complications Related to Traumatic Brain Injury in Children and Adolescents With Creatine Administration: An Open Label Randomized Pilot Study

Abstract

Background:

There has been an enormous focus on the discovery and development of neuroprotective agents that might have clinical relevance after traumatic brain injury (TBI). Based on experimental facts, we studied administration of creatine to patients with TBI.

Methods:

A prospective, randomized, comparative, open-labeled pilot study of the possible neuroprotective effect of creatine was performed on 39 children and adolescents, aged between 1 to 18 years old, with TBI. The creatine was administered for 6 months, at a dose of 0.4 gr/kg in an oral suspension form every day. For categorical variables, we used the χ2 test to identify differences between controls and cases. Statistical significance was defined as a p value <0.05 and not statistically significant if p value >0.1.

Results:

The administration of creatine to children with TBI improved results in several parameters, including duration of post-traumatic amnesia (PTA), duration of intubation, intensive care unit (ICU) stay, disability, good recovery, self care, communication, locomotion, sociability, personality/behavior and neurophysical, and cognitive function. Significant improvement was recorded in the categories of Cognitive (p < 0.001), personality/behavior (p < 0.001), Self Care (p = 0.029), and communication (p = 0.018) aspects in all patients. No side effects were seen because of creatine administration.

Conclusion: Preliminary data suggest that the administration of creatine may be beneficial to patients with traumatic brain injury.

Source:

http://journals.lww.com/jtrauma/Abstract/2006/08000/Prevention_of_Complications_Related_to_Traumatic.11.aspx

Exercise Science Lab Nova SE University

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With Dr. Antonio at the NSU Exercise Science lab

I recently spoke at the Exercise Science Lab at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) via my colleague and friend Dr.Jose Antonio. Dr. Antonio is also Chief Executive Officer of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN). The ISSN is worth joining for those looking to read the latest in research relevant to all things sports nutrition as well as other worthwhile functions.

I spoke to a graduate class which was part how to “make it” in the fitness industry, and part discussion on my review paper on supplements for the military. My focus was to stress that although education as an essential component to success in the fitness industry, being aggressive, being creative, and thinking outside the box others will always attempt to place you in, was key to success in my view. Don’t climb that futile ladder I say, throw a rope over the wall and bypass that stupid ladder!

For more info on Exercise Science lab and programs offered via NSU go HERE

FYI, My talk before this was at the Performance & Physique Enhancement Laboratory at the University of South Florida (USF), was of a similar topic and discussed HERE if interested.

 

Can You Live Forever?

That’s a question that was more science fiction than reality, but that’s no longer the case. Obviously, the technology that will allow humans to live forever* is still yet to be realized, but technologies of various types in development will allow people to live longer and healthier lives are here, or just around the corner.

A recent conference called RAAD Fest brought together some top scientists and thinkers on the topic of aging and dying (or not dying!) to discuss the wide range of technologies and other topic surrounding extending human life. Below is a talk by Bill Faloon of the Life Extension Foundation (LEF). LEF is a company I have done some consulting work for, use their products, and occasionally write for their magazine. As a rule, LEF is my go to company for supplements among a small handful of companies I use and or recommend. I found Bill’s talk very interesting, so I decided to share it with BZ members!

* = Obviously “forever” does not exist technically. By that we mean extended periods of time that greatly exceed current life spans and could be in the thousands of years.

 

Age Management Center

 

Yours Truly and Dr.

Yours Truly and Dr. Bedecs

Finding a good doctor to work with can be challenging for people, finding a doctor who is both competent and willing to assist people with their hormones is like finding the proverbial needle in a haystack. Make that a haystack the size of Jupiter…Ok, a slight exaggeration but for many who have spent years, if not decades, of their life looking for such a doctor, that’s exactly how it feels for them.  I have spent much of my professional life attempting to assist people in understanding this topic and directing them as best I could to the resources they needed, via my articles, videos, etc, often fighting an uphill battle against ignorance and dogma.  Enter stage left, Dr. Michael Bedecs of Age Management Center.

Through a mutual friend who recommended we meet, I met with Dr. Bedecs to have an extensive battery of blood tests performed –similar but more extensive to an article I wrote on blood tests and their important HERE – and discuss my results. Obviously, I’m not your average patient and it takes a lot to impress me, but Dr. Bedecs was obviously in that very small group of medical doctors I have interacted who truly “gets it,” is very well informed, and clearly has his patients well-being in mind as his primary focus. His was the most extensive physical I have ever had and we spent a good hour or so following up on my results.  

He has offices in ME and FL and gets my highest recommendation if you’re looking for a doctor to help you optimize your hormones (e.g., TRT/HRT, etc) and general health & well being. If you have been following my articles in the various publications or via BrinkZone.com for any length of time, you know that without optimal hormones, you’ll never feel nor be at your peak health or performance. Mood, strength, body comp, libido, general health, and so forth, all directly related to your hormones in on way or another. His web site can be found HERE. Feel free to tell his office Will Brink sent you.

NOTE: Better news yet, we are working on doing some direct collaboration out of his FL office, so stay tuned for further developments!

 

Vacation Gone South!

Vacation Gone South continues to get solid reviews and feedback. Here’s a recent review from US Navy SEAL Commander Mark Divine via NavySEALs.com:

The litmus test for me for a good fiction yarn is if it makes me feel like I’m actually there in the action, and Vacation Gone South passes that test with flying colors.

Full Review is HERE

Part I is now on audio book if you prefer to listen to it vs read it, and linked below. Part III of the series is now out!

The series  is about two buddies from a Tier One covert Special Operations unit who go on some needed R&R, and things go “south” from there. I used my personal knowledge of Panama City Panama as the back drop for this story. If you enjoyed Part I, I think you’ll enjoy Part II and III even more. 8-)

You can read a review of Part I by well-known Sci Fi/Fantasy author Jason Halstead HERE. Two, I will be donating proceeds from this book to the H.E.R.O. Child-Rescue Corps. The H.E.R.O. Child-Rescue Corps trains vets to track and help capture those who abuse children.  Hopefully I can send solid donations to them with your help!

PART I HERE ,

PART II HERE,

PART III HERE

Part II Vacation Gone South

Part II Vacation Gone South

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Exercise Mimetics & Mitochondrial Boosters

Mitochondria are the ‘energy powerhouse of the cell’ that convert the foods we eat to usable energy our body uses to fuel life sustaining reactions within cells, our daily activities and athletic performance 1-4. While energy production capability and muscle performance might seem to be more relevant to sports, it also equally important for achievement and maintenance of health throughout the life span. In this article I will describe how chronological aging affects our mitochondria, its implications and the ins-and-outs of a new type of supplements marketed at “exercise mimetics”.

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10 (Politically Incorrect) Tips For The Modern Man

An article I just wrote that covers the essential aspects of being a modern man in my view. It’s not for the easily offended delicate snowflakes out there, but seems few willing to say what needs to be said, so I said it! Taken in context and intent, it will help men who identify with it, and may be an article some ladies find useful too


10 (Politically Incorrect )Tips For The Modern Man

Modern men are confused, especially where it concerns modern women, but more on that in a few. The modern man does not appear to know what’s required of him, what’s expected from him, or where to turn for advice. Well I’m here to help in some small measure. It’s often the case the simplest advice is the best advice. Here’s 10 politically incorrect tips that should help the confused modern man get a handle on it and back on track.

attachment-copyLet’s be honest, not everyone had great male roll models to follow growing up. In fact, solid male role models are few and far between these days for younger men in need of some direction. The all too often result is men finding themselves wearing skinny jeans, hairless, and smelling like the chicks sitting behind him at Starbucks wearing the same unisex fragrance wondering “is this the man I wanted to be?” I can’t cure all the ills of mankind (with emphasis on the man part) in a short article, but I can give some basic advice that will help, should you choose to take it to heart and actually apply it. Consider it modern man building 101 and a work in progress to build from. It’s not a “how to get girls” guide, but a “how to be a man of measure in a confusing time for men which may result in more interest from women” guide. Capiche?

The advice is tongue-in-cheek and sarcastic to the max to be sure and hopefully humorous, but make no mistake, the advice is legit and will likely offend some of the delicate snowflake ilk we suffer in these times of political correctness. In my view, political correctness is harming the modern man. If you’re not offending someone, you’re doing it wrong in my view, so here’s some no bullshit advice the modern man should take seriously; it will get the confused modern man back on the path of manliness, and ultimately, happiness and satisfaction of being a man in a modern world. If you’re a sensitive snowflake easily offended by frank truth bombs and some salty language, probably not the article for you. If you’re in that large segment of men who are just damn confused about what qualities a modern man should possess to have a man card these days, read on!

 

Read Full Article =>  HERE

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