• Nutrition
  • Diabetes No More?

    In likely the most exciting health news of the year, it appears that there is hope for diabetes sufferers (from Canada, no less). Read about it here: Diabetes breakthrough. For a long time, it was thought that type 1 diabetes was a completely different animal than type 2, for the sheer reason that type 2 […]

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  • What Lab Mice Can Tell Us – Resveratrol.

    Yikes, I’m soooo behind on these postings… So in case you haven’t heard, red wine (or, more accurately, a compound in grapes called resveratrol) will help you live a longer, active life, especially if you’re fat. Here’s the article: Compund in Red Wine Boosts Health of Obese Mice. Here are a few things about the […]

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  • Cola and Women = Osteoporosis.

    I’ve been trying. Really, I have. If you ascribe to Peter Lynch’s theory that says you should buy shares in companies that you are familiar with or whose products you endorse, then my wife and her family should own massive shares of stock in Coca-Cola. Although they’ve made great progress since the pre-Eugene years, they […]

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  • Americans Get Fatter – Yet Again.

    What fitness professional hasn’t by now seen the 8/29/06 story by Associated Press about America’s mounting obesity problem? Let’s bring everyone up to date, just in case: U.S. Waistlines Continue to Grow. Several interesting points can be gleaned from a quick perusal of the article: 1.) That obesity continues to rise at a greater rate […]

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  • Fat Less Lethal For Men Than Women.

    Obesity Weighs More Heavily on Women Than Men. In the latest American Journal of Public Health, Dr. Peter Muennig and his colleagues posit a novel new approach to determining the health risks of obesity – the QALY (Quality-Adjusted Life Year). Most epidemiologists take the approach of looking at death (it’s easier to quantify), but Muennig […]

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  • Just Cause It’s "Peer-Reviewed" Don’t Mean It’s Legit…

    …after all, how could they let this one slip by? Atkins Dieter Develops Life-Threatening Complications. Bottom line summary: Two in-training physicians treat a 40 year-old obese woman for what they believe to be signs of severe ketoacidosis (a potentially fatal condition where acidic ketone bodies build up in the bloodstream). They suspect ketoacidosis (partially) due […]

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  • EMG Testing is Wack.

    I know I’ll be crucified for this, but I’m about to write about a study I haven’t read yet (gasp). A client told me about a study she saw in amNew York (a free daily we get here in NYC) regarding muscle activation – specifically, which exercise activates the glute muscles the most. According to […]

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  • Low Fat Bites the Dust, Again.

    Certainly, you’ve heard the news by now – a longitudinal study of 49,000 women followed over the course of eight years found no protective benefit in a low-fat vs. “normal” diet. In other words, a low-fat diet does not protect against diseases such as heart disease and cancer. As far as the claims that a […]

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  • My comments on ACE’s predictions for ‘06.

    1) I think it’s wonderful that people aren’t frightened of training youngsters anymore. In addition, having quality instruction earlier in life is a good thing. I can remember the haphazard (and more often, non-existent) attribute training of my high school sports teams – I’m surprised I wasn’t injured more often, considering how muscularly weak I […]

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  • ACE Fitness Trend Predictions for 2006.

    From the January-February 2006 Personal Fitness Professional: ACE’s 2006 Fitness Trend Predictions: 1) Teenagers and kids are utilizing personal trainers for sport-specific training. As the number of student athletes increases, so does the importance of sport-specific training. On today’s playing fields, the kids are bigger, stronger and faster than ever before. A sport-specific training program […]