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Are “Obesogens” Making You Fat?

“Obesogen” is a term you’ll be hearing more of in the near future as studies get done. I give a short description of this group of chemicals in the vid below, and there’s an extensive article linked below just published in The Scientist for those who want the details.

Obesogens: Low doses of environmental chemicals can make animals gain weight. Whether they do the same to humans is a thorny issue.

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Hitler Responds To “T Boosters”

I love the “Hitler responds” videos and decided it was time to do one myself on a topic that causes never ending debate and questions. For those who want more details – and my thoughts – on “testosterone boosters” as a category, my full write up can be found HERE. Enjoy! :)

Warning: This vid may be NSFW for some and contains some strong language

Krill Oil – what you need to know

Krill oil is becoming increasingly popular, and many people use it as an alternative to fish oil, since both provide the long-chain “marine” omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA.

In addition, krill oil has some unique properties, and marketing claims about krill oil’s purported superiority over fish oil abound, centering on the following:

- Krill oil provides some of the EPA and DHA in phospholipid form, which has been suggested to be absorbed more effectively.

- Krill oil contains astaxanthin, a carotenoid with health promoting effects.

- Krill oil contains the essential nutrient choline.

- There are supposedly fewer contaminants in krill oil than fish oil.

- Krill oil supposedly does not cause any fishy burping or other gastro-intestinal side effects.

In this article I will summarize the research on each of these points, and critically evaluate the related marketing claims…

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Lactoferrin For Weight Loss

By Monica Mollica & Will Brink
As seen in The Life Extension Magazine May 2014 issue © 2014

Lactoferrin has been experiencing an increased interest by researchers and medical professionals, and rightly so: It’s shown an astounding array of potential benefits to human health and disease prevention. The wide range of potential health and disease fighting properties of lactoferrin are covered extensively in two prior articles “The Bioactive Peptide that Fights Disease” and a later update outlining recent research findings with additional research found . This article shows a recently discovered benefit of this unique peptide that were quite unexpected.

What Is Lactoferrin?

In a nut shell, Lactoferrin is a multi-functional peptide, derived from whey protein; in bovine milk it’s present at approximately 0.5-1.5% of total whey proteins 1, and 0.1 g/liter 2. In addition to its known anti-bacterial 3, anti-viral 4), immune strengthening 5, antioxidant 6, 7, anti-inflammatory 7 and cancer-preventive potential 8, recent studies have discovered novel targets of lactoferrin that can help with fat loss and improve insulin sensitivity and glucose control, which are also essential components to weight loss and overall health.

Lactoferrin for fat loss

A role for lactoferrin in reducing adiposity was first discovered in fat cell culture studies. It was found that lactoferrin specifically inhibits fat accumulation in fat cells, as well as formation of new fat cells (a process called adipogenesis) 9, 10. Continue reading..

Tennis and Golf Elbow: Causes and Treatment

A Common Cause of Pain For Fitness Oriented People And Athletes Alike

Tennis elbow or Lateral epicondylitis is inflammation, soreness, or pain on the outside of the upper arm near the elbow1.  Golfer’s elbow or Medial epicondylitis is pain and inflammation on the inner side of your elbow2.

How the injury occurs:

Both of these injuries are caused by repetitive use of extensor and/or flexor muscles of the forearm.  Over time, inflammation, scar tissue, and small tears develop in the origin tendon of the muscle, which leads to irritation and pain when the muscle is used.

Lateral epicondylitis occurs in weightlifters usually due to wrist extension during pressing exercises such as barbell press, where the hands are stabilized, but the elbow has the tendency to move if technique is poor.  Medial epicondylitis can occur with improper and/or excessive curling of the wrist during a bicep exercise.  Both can also occur in occupation with consistent wrist rotation; like construction, painters, keyboard and mouse use, plumbers, and many more.

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Pleiades Rising

Pleiades Rising is my latest fiction story.  If you like military action based sci-fi with a larger message, this is for you!

P RisingPleiades RisingSergeant Major Lance Harris is a battle hardened soldier of the Mobile Terrain Forces and the Elite Shimmering Death Units. He’s been fighting the enemies of mankind for almost a century and there’s little he has not seen or done among the stars, and he has the scars to show for it. His latest mission has a high probability of failure with an untested xenophobic unit of wet behind the ears recruits and one alien fighting for his species very freedom.

When the mission goes from SNAFU to FUBAR, Harris has to do what the men of the Shimmering Death do best; kill without reservation or hope of self preservation. This time, the freedom and liberty of an entire species is counting on him.

All sentient creatures regardless of color, race, or species will strive for their freedom, but freedom is not free…

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Fun gritty humorous dialogue, Immersive military action, a story with a deeper meaning that forces us to examine important socio-cultural issues. Good sci fi weaves characters and futuristic backgrounds into a believable story. The best sci fi examines deeper aspects of humanity, the good, the bad, and the ugly, and often compels us to examine ourselves in ways we may not expect. Pleiades Rising. does all that and more.

Gaining Muscle & Losing Fat Simultaneously?

“I want to gain muscle and lose fat Will” is a common statement I hear or get the “how do I gain muscle and lose fat?” question, and sellers of supplements and designers of magical programs and diets are all to happy to feed into those wishes as if it was easy to do with their particular program or supplement.

Can you gain muscle and lose fat simultaneously? I answer that Q in this vid. If interested in my general approach to gaining strength and muscle mass, see the BBR program.

The Essentials:

Basic facts #1: Losing bodyfat requires you to be in a sustained caloric deficit,

Basic fact #2: Gaining muscle mass requires you to be in a sustained caloric surplus.

One can’t serve two masters, nor defy basic physiology and laws of thermodynamics.

One can train for a power lifting meet and an ultra marathon at the same time, but they won’t be terribly successful at either for a reason…

Pick a specific goal, eat and train for it, vs attempting multiple goals that may be opposed to each other giving sub par results.

Why you need to look beyond your LDL – “bad cholesterol” – level

In the United States, cardiovascular diseases account for about 1 of every 3 deaths.[1] The cornerstone in heart disease treatment is reducing elevations of LDL, popularly known as the “bad cholesterol” (see table below “What do the terms mean?”) [2, 3], primarily with statins, the most widely used cholesterol/ heart disease drug.[4]

However, when one looks at the aggregate effectiveness of statin treatment in all studies, morbidity and mortality rates among statin-treated patients still remain approximately two thirds to three quarters of those found in patients randomized to placebo.[5, 6] In the “Treating to New Targets” study there were still 80% cases of cardiovascular disease, despite intensive treatment with high-dose statins.[7]

Thus, many patients – even those treated aggressively with statins to meet LDL goals – have residual cardiovascular risk.[8-13] This remaining risk is associated with low levels of HDL, increased levels of triglycerides, and elevated numbers of small, dense, atherogenic LDL particles [8, 10, 11, 14-17] and other common metabolic abnormalities that you will find out about in this article…

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