October 2017 The ‘Obesity Paradox’ Paradox What if a paradox is demonstrated to not be so paradoxical after all? Can a paradox be a double negative? The “obesity paradox”, developed in 1999 from observations that patients undergoing dialysis for end-stage kidney disease had lesser mortality if overweight or obese (BMI of 25-29.9 and 30-34.9, respectively)
There are plenty of reasons to be excited about the latest trends in wellness, especially if you’re healthy. You see, maybe your health is a function of those bugs in your gut, and not just good fortune, good genes or good habits. You’ve probably been reading more articles about our microbiota, those gut bacteria which
The NYT fitness writer added some more fodder to the aging well discussion with an article that summarized the results of a study of elite athletes from 50 years ago. As one might expect, these old coots were still pretty fit, retaining higher-than-average aerobic capacities compared to others in their now-older age group. But they still
September 2017 Specificity: Neuromuscular Adaptions Depend on How You Train There are two main principles to fitness training that determine your outcomes: overload and specificity. Overload refers to making the body do more than it’s accustomed to doing, be it lifting, running, stretching or what not. Specificity refers to
For starters, let’s separate the two main arthritises we often conflate. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an auto-immune disease whereby the body mistakenly attacks itself as if the target tissue is an outside threat. In the case of RA, the cartilage which protects the ends of bones that make up a joint get damaged during an
Whilst on vacation in Philadelphia visiting my daughter, Sophia, who’s studying at Penn to be a nurse practitioner, this article came to my email address. As usual, with Western science, reductionism grabs the agenda. That is, the search for the gene that makes people gain excess weight drives not just research but also Big Pharma.
You’re probably thinking I was trying to get a bunch of keywords into the title so Google will spot me. You’re probably thinking, how in the hell is he going to link three disparate health and fitness issues into one coalesced blog post? And you’re probably thinking I’ve been drinking. But you must read this
August 2017 Intelligent Training for Painful Muscles Believe it or not, scientists are still not sure what exactly causes musculoskeletal pain (MSP) from chronic use, overuse or abuse. A couple of Danish researchers propose a model that attempts to explain the source of such pains as are typically seen in