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Q&A – Is it okay to feel physically sick (not ill) after the workout from the effort sometimes?

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Yes, it is okay. That feeling comes from an increased lactate level in the blood stream.When you work out hard and heavy, you go into glycolysis, producing energy from glucose directly without using oxygen. That results in an accumulation of the final product called pyruvate which is readily transformed into lactate. That lactate then, in […]

Flu-shot – should I?

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Yes. The flu is a mostly seasonal disease that incapacitates a normal human about a week. Some are more intestinal, others are more headachy, and some are more on your lung. In either case, they take away from you at least a week of proper workout and nutrition. And they bear the risk that you […]

Sudden cardiac death

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A friend of mine died yesterday from sudden cardiac death. Most common cause for sudden cardiac death is Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. Although rare in the general population (0.1% to 0.2% prevalence), HCM is the most common cause of SCD in young athletes followed by left ventricular hypertrophy. Steroid abuse creates hypertrophy. Coronary artery anomalies, myocarditis, marfan Syndrome, […]

Pro-hormones: Steroids in disguise

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I had a few questions lately about pro-hormones, and i need to point out some things here: Pro-hormones are steroids. They are not “more natural” or “less harmful” and as “powerful as the real suff”. They have the same suppressive effect on your own production of testosterone and your semen production, as the “real” anabolic […]

Flu or cold – should I work out?

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Soon temperatures will drop and flu and cold will be around. Should I go workout when I feel sick? It depends on the strength of the disease. A cold or some sore throat is usually not a reason to stay home, a flu is. If you have only a cold or a light cough, the […]

Ever been treated badly by your doctor because you’ve been using AAS?

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A brief research report from Yu et al. looked into the question if health care providers have certain stigma towards patients with eating disorders or androgenic anabolic steroids (AAS) users. Interestingly they felt as follows: Results indicated that providers perceived the ED and AAS use patients less favorably than the cocaine user or healthy adult, […]

The concept of waving

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Waving is a method I use to assure my athlete’s growth over time. You might have noticed that when you’re growing, it’s not constant. After 6 to 8 weeks your growth slows down and you must do something differently to get bigger again. This is due to different adaptation processes in the body. Waving is […]

“Pimples” – Acne vulgaris

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Acne is the most common disease of the adolescent. Lots of money is spent on the therapy, based on products widely available over the counter. For the diagnosis blackheads are sufficient, but usually they come with whiteheads and sometimes even scars. Factors which increase acne are: high production of sebum, bad scabbing of the skin, […]

Viewpoint: Legalisation of performance-enhancing drugs – The Lancet

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The rules of sport define a level playing field on which athletes compete. Antidoping policies exist, in theory, to encourage fair play. However, we believe they are unfounded, dangerous, and excessively costly. Legalisation of the use of drugs in sport might even have some advantages. The boundary between the therapeutic and ergogenic—ie, performance enhancing—use of […]

What to do against the common cold: Wear a beanie!

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Did you ever wonder what helps best against the common cold? There was a Cochrane review in 2014 from Allan et al. judging the current available evidence: Hand washing and zinc works, likely beneficial No gargling, no probiotics, no ginseng, no exercise, no garlic, no homeopathy, no vitamin C, no vitamin D and no Echinacea, […]