Episode 78. Quack Quack Quackery!

Episode 78. Quack Quack Quackery!

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Coach Scott Abel discusses how to recognize myths and quackery in the diet and supplement industry.

Quacks in Metabolism

  • Scott mentioned the article, “26 Ways to Spot Quacks and Vitamin Pushers”, explaining 15 of them in detail.
  • Scott has had clients who ended up in the emergency room from abusing ephedra. Oh, they had six pack abs for a bit, but they also nearly killed themselves.
  • In the comments, Perry M posted a link to this old journal article to address concerns about nutrient deficiency: http://jn.nutrition.org/content/24/1/41.extract
  • Metabolism and biofeedback are always speaking to the wisdom of the body. There’s a reason Michael Phelps needs 10,000 to 12,000 calories a day. It’s not a weird magic diet. It’s his appetite that tells him that—he only started counting them later on, after the fact.
  • “Stress vitamins” are bogus. They’re not the same as prescription drugs.
  • Every local corner grocery store is also a health-food store.
  • Supplement Paradox: if you put yourself on a diet that involves supplements, it’s actually the hard work and discipline you put yourself through and not the effect of the supplements that’s producing the results over your metabolism, but the credit often go to the supplements. Addition by subtraction is the way.
  • The industry tends to “renovate” or replace their customers every five years or so as they wear out. They also change their product names to appeal to the new consumer cycle… the supplement mentality goes on, Scott says.

 

LINKS & RESOURCES

Herbert, Victor, M.D. , J.D.; Barrett, Stephen, M.D. “26 Ways to Spot Quacks and Vitamin Pushers.” The Health Robbers: How to Protect Your Money and Your Life. Last revision: April 10, 2017.

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Episode 77. Vitamin Myths

Episode 77. Vitamin Myths

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Coach Scott Abel discusses the myths surrounding vitamins and health.

The supplement industry is largely unregulated, and it is governed first and foremost by marketing rather than a real concern for your health.

Scott discusses some findings and research reported in the website Business Insider, and offers his own additional insights and experiences from his work in the supplement industry, and his work with clients who have had less than stellar experiences with supplements.

 

What’s real and what’s fake about vitamins

  • Many new supplements specifically target affluent women. This is a growing trend.
  • Back in the early 20th century, the first vitamins were isolated and synthesized as a response to combat malnutrition. Scott claims that nowadays we have “over-nutrition,” not malnutrition.
  • Lies spread faster than truths, especially in the supplement industry.
  • Scott likes Michael Pollan’s work. Of particular relevance, here is the fact that real foods may be what’s best, but no one advertises it. You don’t hear huge ad campaigns for apples. You do for supplements, pills, potions, and “snack foods” or other branded food items. But for the basics? No. Because people can’t make money off of those, even if they’re the best choice.

 

Episode 76. BCAA Myths

Episode 76. BCAA Myths

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Scott discusses a recent research on Branched Chain Amino Acids, or “BCAAs”. Scott’s been against BCAAs for a long time, but as the research article notes, “The concept that the BCAAs may have a unique capacity to stimulate muscle protein synthesis has been put forward for more than 35 years” (p. 1)

Back in the 90s, Scott was consulted “behind the scenes” in the supplement industry and what he experienced there has firmly entrenched his opinions that they are pretty much a scam.

BCAAs and muscle protein synthesis in humans: myth or reality?

 

Key conclusion from the article abstract:

We conclude that the claim that consumption of dietary BCAAs stimulates muscle protein synthesis or produces an anabolic response in human subjects is unwarranted.

 

Parts of the research even noted that BCAA ingestion can have a catabolic effect:

We can conclude from these two studies that BCAA infusion not only fails to increase the rate of muscle protein synthesis in human subjects, but actually reduces the rate of muscle protein synthesis and the rate of muscle protein turnover. The catabolic state was not reversed to an anabolic state in either study. Further, a sustained reduction in the rate of muscle protein turnover would be expected to have a detrimental effect on muscle strength, even if muscle mass is maintained.  (p. 4, emphasis added)

 

LINKS & RESOURCES

Wolfe, Robert R. “Branched-Chain Amino Acids and Muscle Protein Synthesis in Humans: Myth or Reality?” Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 14.1 (2017): 30. Print.

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