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Intermittent Fasting (IF), Science or Pseudo-Science?

Intermittent Fasting (IF), science or pseudo-science? In this vid I cover the essential issues of IF people need to know.

Review Paper Of Interest Mentioned In the Vid:

Meal frequency and timing in health and disease

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America


Although major research efforts have focused on how specific components of foodstuffs affect health, relatively little is known about a more fundamental aspect of diet, the frequency and circadian timing of meals, and potential benefits of intermittent periods with no or very low energy intakes. The most common eating pattern in modern societies, three meals plus snacks every day, is abnormal from an evolutionary perspective. Emerging findings from studies of animal models and human subjects suggest that intermittent energy restriction periods of as little as 16 h can improve health indicators and counteract disease processes. The mechanisms involve a metabolic shift to fat metabolism and ketone production, and stimulation of adaptive cellular stress responses that prevent and repair molecular damage. As data on the optimal frequency and timing of meals crystalizes, it will be critical to develop strategies to incorporate those eating patterns into health care policy and practice, and the lifestyles of the population.

Full Paper HERE

We Are What We Absorb I & II (Free PDF)

I have put the articles  “We Are What We Absorb” Part    I   &  II   into a PDF doc people can down load free (hit the cover picture below to download)  for those who want them as a single doc to share. etc.  Enjoy!

You are what you absorb

The Science Of Bomb Proof Coffee

coffeeIn Part I of Bomb Proof Coffee, I cover what’s in it and why, as well as how to make it, doses, sources, etc in video form HERE. If you’re new to Bomb Proof Coffee you’ll want to watch those videos for all the info you need to get started. This article will add some of the supporting science on the ingredients in Bomb Proof Coffee.

The obvious first ingredient to cover is the coffee. Coffee just continues to show itself to a have a wide variety of health benefits for both the brain and body. Not surprisingly, not all coffee is created and the levels of beneficial compounds depends on the type of processing and other factors. As the coffee itself is not the main focus of Bomb Proof Coffee per se, the Life Extension has a good article HERE covering the topic and offers a coffee with especially high levels of beneficial compounds found in coffee that might make a good choice for the coffee used in Bomb Proof Coffee.


Cocoa (cacao) Beans On Natural Wooden TableCocoa (the main ingredients in chocolate),  is rich in various polyphenols (including flavonoids/flavanols) and other  bio active compounds such as  amines, alkaloids,   tyramine, magnesium, procyanidins, phenylethylamine, and N-acylethanolamines. Cocoa has been shown to  reduce blood pressure, improve insulin resistance and improved endothelial function. A meta analysis found that the highest levels of chocolate consumption were associated with a 37% reduction in cardiovascular disease, and a 29% reduction in stroke compared with the lowest level of intake, an that’s despite the sugar and fat content of chocolate; reduced insulin resistance and reduced serum insulin levels were associated with the chocolate consumption. There are various studies that also suggest direct cognitive benefit of cocoa ingestion as well as neruo protection. The flavanol epicatechin is believed to be the main source of benefit, but there’s a wide range of compounds in cocoa and it’s highly likely there’s synergism between epicatechin and other flavanols as well as other compounds found in cocoa, many of which are still being elucidated. As mentioned via the vids on Bomb Proof Coffee, not all cocoa is created equal and the highest levels of beneficial compounds is found in cocoa that has not been “Dutch Processed” which is exposed to alkalization. The vast majority of cocoa sold commercially has been Dutch Processed/exposed to alkalization. The exact dose for optimal effects is unclear at this time and research is ongoing, but the dose recommended in Bomb Proof Coffee – if you’re using high quality cocoa that has not been exposed to alkalization – should have you covered well. See videos for more information on that. Cocoa, similar to coffee, is a highly complex  ingredient, which may have synergism when ingested together. Continue reading..

Bomb Proof Coffee!

After my review of the popular coffee concoction making the rounds with generally unsupported claims, I was asked what would I recommend for a “bio active” coffee that really delivered as promised. The result is Bomb Proof Coffee. Part I covers what’s in Bomb Proof Coffee and why those ingredients used, and Part II covers how to make it, doses, sources, etc. If you try it, make sure to report back with your experience! If you want to know the science behind Bomb Proof Coffee, the full write up is HERE.

Part I, what’s in BombProof Coffee and why:

Part II, how to make BombProof Coffee, doses, and sources:

Big Split Dumbbell Stiff-Legged Deadlifts – Great for hamstrings, glutes and adductors

The Stiff-Legged Deadlift is a key exercise for hamstring development but it doesn’t fully address adductor development.

That’s where this exercise comes in…it’s going to target your adductors (a.k.a. inner thighs) with a wide “split” position as you’re doing a dumbbell Stiff-Legged Deadlift type of movement. Continue reading..

Does Viagra Build Muscle?

Viagra and muscle? Does Viagra, or Cialis help build muscle? Athletes from body builders to football players to mountain climbers use these PDE inhibitor drugs. Why? In this vid I cover the facts behind their use.

Sildenafil Increases Muscle Protein Synthesis and Reduces Muscle Fatigue
Clinical and Translational Science

Volume 6, Issue 6, pages 463–468, December 2013


Reductions in skeletal muscle function occur during the course of healthy aging as well as with bed rest or diverse diseases such as cancer, muscular dystrophy, and heart failure. However, there are no accepted pharmacologic therapies to improve impaired skeletal muscle function. Nitric oxide may influence skeletal muscle function through effects on excitation-contraction coupling, myofibrillar function, perfusion, and metabolism. Here we show that augmentation of nitric oxide-cyclic guanosine monophosphate signaling by short-term daily administration of the phosphodiesterase 5 inhibitor sildenafil increases protein synthesis, alters protein expression and nitrosylation, and reduces fatigue in human skeletal muscle. These findings suggest that phosphodiesterase 5 inhibitors represent viable pharmacologic interventions to improve muscle function.

What are Bioidentical Hormones? Don’t get fooled by marketing claims!

The term bioidentical hormone does not have a standardized definition and thus often confuses patients and practitioners.[1] The Endocrine Society has defined bioidentical hormones as “compounds that have exactly the same chemical and molecular structure as hormones that are produced in the human body.”[2] That is, bioidentical hormones are identical to endogenous (produced within the body) hormones.

Note that this generalized definition does not address the manufacturing, source, or delivery methods of the products and thus can include non-FDA-approved custom-compounded products as well as FDA-approved formulations.[2]

Continue reading..

For Or Against Testosterone Replacement Therapy? Cast your vote!

EDITORS NOTE:  The New England Journal of Medicine (NJEM) currently has a poll for people to vote for or against the use of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) based on a case study they present. Currently, the poll is in the negative for TRT, which is totally illogical based on the case study. NJEM is a very influential  journal in the medical community and followed closely by the non medical community, so the poll results do matter as to how both medical professionals and non (including the media…) view TRT. If you’re for TRT (and if you have read the many articles on the topic on BrinkZone you should be!) I highly recommend you take a few seconds to vote on this poll. It’s on the right side of the NJEM page and a tad small.

From Monica:

The highly acclaimed medical journal  New England Journal of Medicine has a poll for people to vote “For or Against Testosterone Replacement Therapy”.

Poll open through Dec 3, 2014. There is still time for health conscious folks and healthcare professionals to make their voice heard.

Vote here: For Or Against Testosterone Replacement Therapy?

Join the fight for the justice of testosterone and men’s health!



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