Here’s a web cast I just did on The Real Truth Men’s Health Webcast with Nelson Vergel and Jay Campbell. We cover a wide range of topics, from T Booster supplements to creatine to Bomb Proof Coffee and more! One correction I need to make is, Jay refers to me as a Harvard researcher in his opening. I have an undergrad degree from Harvard and have been involved in research, but I am not a Harvard affiliated researcher.
A personal story on the impact of smoking. If you, or someone you know, smokes, this is the vid for you. I’m sure many out there have stories of how smoking has impacted them. It’s a difficult topic to discuss from the personal POV, but I thought sharing it may help someone else.
This is an important study as it finds stimulants in pre workout type supplements – currently all the rage in the marketplace – can range significantly over time for the same product, up to 266%! When you combine various stimulants – many of which are listed in the abstract below – it can be potentially dangerous. Manufacturers of such products need to do a far better job of their quality control. Before anyone comments the FDA needs to regulate supplements, I’d recommend reading my article HERE on the total failure of FDA “regulated” drugs and the massive (yet never mentioned in the media…) quality control failures of pharma.
The acid/alkaline issue has been a popular one, and has lead to much confusion. Here’s my latest vid on the topic of claimed acidic blood that’s lead to the whole acid/alkaline debates and resulting products and diets claiming people have “acidic blood.” Now you know the facts on the issue:
2015 update. I made this vid on “energy bracelets” a few years ago, and got a strong response. I highly recommend people read the comments below the vid for some interesting exchanges showing how deep some people’s cognitive dissonance runs with these scam products. Note manufacturers getting involved promising to send me legit scientific support (never happened), getting studies done (never done as far as I know) and other info worth noting in the comments below.
A recent study examined the effect of “Ionized” wrist Bracelet using a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, and as expected, it was found no more effective than placebo. See:
Effect of “Ionized” Wrist Bracelets on Musculoskeletal Pain: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial
To assess objectively the perceived benefits of wearing an “ionized” wrist bracelet to treat muscle or joint pain.
Subjects and Methods
This study was performed at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla, in 2000 and 2001. In a randomized, double-blind design, 305 participants wore an ionized bracelet and 305 wore a placebo bracelet for 4 weeks. For each location where pain was present at baseline, participants rated the intensity of pain. Follow-up ratings were made after 1, 3, 7, 14, 21, and 28 days of wearing the bracelet. Two primary end points were defined for evaluating efficacy. The first was the change at 4-week follow-up (day 28) in the pain score at the location with the highest baseline value (maximum pain score). The second was the change at 4-week follow-up in the sum of the pain scores for all locations.
Analysis of the data showed significant improvement in pain scores in both groups, but no differences were observed between the group wearing the placebo bracelet and the group wearing the ionized bracelet.
The finding that subjective improvement in pain scores was equivalent with ionized and placebo bracelet use questions the benefit of using an ionized bracelet. New treatments in alternative medical therapy must be shown to be effective through vigorous, unbiased, objective testing before physicians acknowledge potential benefits or recommend these treatments to patients.
Do “Muscle Building Supplements” increase the risk of testicular cancer? I cover that in this vid!
Muscle-building supplement use and increased risk of testicular germ cell cancer in men from Connecticut and Massachusetts
British Journal of Cancer 112, 1247-1250 (31 March 2015)
In the United States, cardiovascular diseases account for about 1 of every 3 deaths. 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.
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.
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…
Most people are looking to lose weight, but there’s always a segment of people – usually young men but not always – who have difficulty gaining weight. This video covers what most people attempting to gain weight are doing wrong. For a full program designed to help people gain quality weight in the form of muscle while minimizing increases in bodyfat, check out the BBR Program HERE.
Yet another potential benefit of creatine may be improving the effects of SSRIs. There’s many potential health benefits of creatine – for both brain and body – people are unaware of and can read up on via an article I wrote in Life Extension Magazine HERE and here on BrinkZone from vids, articles, free report.
Now, it’s possible, it only works on women and or, only works with this particular SSRI and or only works with MDD. However, knowing that creatine improves brain metabolism in general and has other neuro-protective effects (see recent article linked for more information on that), it’s very unlikely it’s limited to women and or this particular SSRI in my opinion, but one should keep those possible limitation i mind until data shows otherwise. Good science dictates I make sure you’re at least aware of that possible limitation until additional studies done.
I have said this before, and I’ll say it again: Creatine (as monohydrate!) is one of the few supplements I would take and recommended if I didn’t exercise at all.
BTW: The dose of creatine was 3 g/day for the first week and 5 g/day for another 7 weeks.
A Randomized, Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Trial of Oral Creatine Monohydrate Augmentation for Enhanced Response to a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor in Women With Major Depressive Disorder
A key hallmark of aging is a progressive loss of muscle mass, which occurs independently of health status. Exercise and nutrition are the two main anabolic stimuli for muscle growth and its maintenance throughout the life course.[2-11]
It is clear that maintaining high physical activity and exercise levels throughout ones lifespan reduces aging related loss of muscle mass and function, compared with living a sedentary life.[12-19] However, even active older adults and master elite athletes still experience some loss of muscle and physical performance with advancing age.[8, 13, 20]
When it comes to nutrition, high protein intake [2, 3, 10, 21] and creatine supplementation [4-8, 22] are two of the best documented interventions, which together with resistance exercise training, result in greater increases muscle mass and strength in both young [21-23] and older people [2-8, 10], and prevent its loss with aging. Here I will present the relatively unknown effects of fish oil (most well-known for its cardiovascular health promoting effects) on muscle growth (anabolism) and its possible contribution to prevention of aging related loss of muscle mass and function…