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What Does the Science Say?

Oct 4 | 2015

“Doctor Smith told me that if I didn’t have surgery in the next week, I would be paralyzed.” I just love this one. And I hear it all the time. It’s a sales tactic used by surgeons to goad individuals into signing on the dotted line. For the record, I’ve never said that to a patient, as it is simply untrue in the vast majority of cases, at least anecdotally. Until now… Much of the peer-reviewed lit...

Lessons Learned

Nov 16 | 2014

A couple of “take-home” points from this past week’s training sessions, topics that have been touched upon in the pages of Get Serious and within the confines of this blog:  Squats are not bad for your back; in fact quite the opposite is true. Amidst a rucksack walk performed the day following a heavy squatting session, my friend and former division II cornerback who previously underwent a lumbar...

Now This Makes Sense!

Nov 2 | 2014

Page 19 of Get Serious discusses the role of inflammation as a common underpinning of aging and age-related disease. Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and coronary artery disease are prime examples. Obesity? Same thing. Inflammatory disease. All are inter-related entities. Did you know that obese patients have reduced brain volumes relative to their thinner counterparts and are more susceptible to the d...

Life Extension… in a bottle?

Oct 4 | 2014

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times. Get Serious, page 141: “An analog of metformin will one day be launched as an “anti-aging” drug” due to its potentially life-extending effects. And this is exactly what can be inferred from the data of a recent entry in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism. Bannister, et al compared mortality in people initiated with metformin or sulphonylurea monot...

Who Said Bacteria are Bad for You?

Sep 8 | 2014

In Get Serious’ chapter dedicated to nutritional supplements, I strongly advocate the use of daily probiotics. What are probiotics exactly? Simple. They are ingested microorganisms with beneficial effects. Salmonella therefore is not a probiotic. It is a pathogenic (or disease causing) bacterium and often the causative agent of “food poisoning.” Probiotics such as lactobacillus and saccharomyces s...

Lead by Example

Aug 24 | 2014

In the August volume of Strength and Conditioning Journal, authors Buresh and Berg address the role of exercise on inflammation and chronic disease. As stated innumerable times in the pages of Get Serious, the underpinnings of the degenerative disease known as “aging” are oxidative/free radical stress and inflammation. Chronic inflammation. Acute inflammation is protective of the body, allowing us...