Fitness Competitor and IFBB Pro Natalie Graziano Does Back And Biceps “old school” style, which is heavy, basic, and brief. No toning and firming here!
January 7th 2016, the new 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans were released: http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/
One would expect this to be a state-of-the art document with practical hands-on advice that will help people make better food choices and eat healthier. Not so! If you think the new Dietary Guidelines will tell you everything you need to know about what to eat and what not to eat, you will be greatly disappointed.
I would like to applaud the commentary by Dr. Katz “2015 Dietary Guidelines: A Plate Full of Politics”. Dr. Katz is the director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center, and president of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. His summary of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines is “a national embarrassment”.
In this article I will point our some issues that Dr. Katz raised, as well as add my own reflections based on available scientific evidence. To make up for the glaring void of food recommendations, I will end with a practical list of foods you want to eat more of and those to avoid…
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.
“Space, the final frontier” as James T Kirk states in the beginning of each classic Star Trek Episode, is one of the most iconic and true statements I could imagine. Some may have caught the reference in the tag line for BrinkZone.com, which tells you that I have been interested in space exploration a long time, since I was a kid in fact. Random trivia time: Some may be surprised to find many NASA scientists will tell you they were first inspired to pursue a career in aerospace due in large part to growing up watching Star Trek and The Next Generation and spin offs there of.
So when I applied to be in a select group of people accepted as part of NASA’s ongoing media/social media project, I jumped at the chance to get to Kennedy Space Center for a three day long tour, with access to areas and lectures not open to the public and a front row seat for a rocket launch. The final day was supposed to finish off with a launch of a OA-4 Atlas V rocket to resupply the International Space Station.
It would be impossible to cover all that we were shown, but some of the pictures posted in the write-up, and additional pictures on my PhotoBucket account, will give the reader a good idea of it. The Kennedy Space Center is a huge complex you have to see to fully appreciate. The most impressive building of them all in shear grandeur has to be the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). The scale and size of this building is mind-boggling and pictures can’t truly do it justice. To give you some sense of scale, the American flag in the picture is 209ft tall and 110ft wide, with each star of the flag 6ft across, and yet the flag does not look all that big does it? By volume, the VAB is equivalent to three and a half Empire State Buildings and the bay doors the largest doors in the world!
“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.
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
My comments on the WOSS Trainers vs the TRX. The WOSS is easily my favorite suspension trainer now. Watch vid below. Additional info on the WOSS here:
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)
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…