Episode 79. All About Testosterone

Episode 79. All About Testosterone

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Coach Scott Abel discusses testosterone, how it relates to your fitness goals and health, and some of the myths that surround it.

 

Facts about the master hormone Testosterone

Although testosterone is known to be a male hormone (as a sexual hormone), it is also present and has the same important functions and effects on women.

Testosterone is not just the sex hormone as is widely known, but is also involved in various lesser-known biological functions that affect the body physically, mentally, and somatically. In its natural form, it helps protect/prevent/reduce illness and deterioration in major organs like heart and brain, and strengthens other structures like muscles and bones.

HRT (Hormone Replacement Treatment) has shown to influence components of functional memory and often provides a better recovery rate. It aids the mood by reducing/preventing anxiety, depression, and excessive emotionality. Right amounts contribute to positive mood and disposition.

Middle-aged people just over their 40’s tend to show signs of low T, which affects the quality of life: “not great, not bad… just flat” as Scott points out. They often come barely noticeable as energy levels are affected, as well as virility and vitality.

A Quote from Doctor Morgentaler: “Sooner or later men will develop deficiency of testosterone because the tissues and feedback loops just get weaker or wear away. […] Low T is underecognized and undertreated… there’s no good reason to deprive men of a treatment that can help them regain their mojo.”

According to Scott, you’re not going to be young again, but you’re going to be youthful. Low T is a part of aging, but that doesn’t mean that it should be accepted and not treated. Your quality of life can overall improve with a simple and mostly effective treatment.

Find a good professional to check your levels of testosterone. You can ask for a referral to get to the right doctor. Let them know that you know, and be your own advocate.

 

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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Episode 75. Detox Diets, Cleanses and Elimination Diets

Episode 75. Detox Diets, Cleanses and Elimination Diets

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Scott discusses some research on detox diets, cleanses, and other forms of elimination diets.

 

Detox diets for toxin elimination and weight management: a critical review of the evidence

 

From the article abstract:

Although the detox industry is booming, there is very little clinical evidence to support the use of these diets. A handful of clinical studies have shown that commercial detox diets enhance liver detoxification and eliminate persistent organic pollutants from the body, although these studies are hampered by flawed methodologies and small sample sizes. […] To the best of our knowledge, no randomized controlled trials have been conducted to assess the effectiveness of commercial detox diets in humans. This is an area that deserves attention so that consumers can be informed of the potential benefits and risks of detox programs.

 

Key quote from the article:

“It is known that dieting in general has an estimated success rate of only 20%. (84). A possible explanation for this lack of success is that animals and humans have evolved mechanisms to defend against weight loss because starvation can lead to reduced fertility and even death (85).” (p. 681)

 

Scott points out that dieters need to consider three realms of time: the immediate, the residual, and the cumulative.

Detox diets feel good in the immediate realm of time during those first few days or weeks—which is why they seem like they’re working—but consumers don’t realize that the rebound or metabolic or hormonal push-back they experience in the residual and cumulative realms of time was caused by the initial diet, even though there might be a delay between the actual dieting and the longer term ramifications.

 

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