Research Articles

Factors Affecting Muscular Strength

Posted by Chad Tackett  on  Oct 11, 2014 4:02:47 PM

Topics: Strength Training

I am often asked why one person develops strength and muscle faster than another when he or she is performing the same exercises and followong a similar strength training workout program. Many people feel that they must be doing something wrong because they aren’t getting the same results, muscular strength or muscular development as another person. It’s important to realize that there are six primary factors affecting every individual’s ability to achieve strength and muscle development, and we have little or no control over most of them. 

I am often asked why one person develops strength and muscle faster than another when he or she is performing the same exercises, following the same training program.

Does Zinc Really Cure the Common Cold?

Posted by AFPA Nutrition  on  Oct 11, 2014 3:27:00 PM

Topics: Nutrition & Wellness

Does zinc cure the common cold?  This is a common, and serious question these days, as many people have colds and are looking for anything that will help.  The answer is No.  Zinc is a non soluble metal consisting of two zinc atoms sharing a pair of electrons that is used in industry to galvanize steel.

However, one atom of zinc with its 2+ electrical charge is water soluble. It combines with 4 to 8 molecules of water to form hydrated, or solution, zinc ions carrying a 2+ charge. Unlike the metal zinc, solution zinc ions (Zn2+ ions) have powerful, and strongly beneficial effects on upper respiratory infections (rhinovirus common colds). Rhinoviruses, one of the five genera of the picornavirus RNA virus family of which much is known, are now known to be the cause of the great majority of colds.

Core Essentials: Beyond Ab & Back Routines

Posted by Carol Murphy  on  Sep 15, 2014 2:52:03 PM

Topics: Strength Training, core training,, back routines, abdominals, ab routines

Getting a strong core means moving beyond a simple ab and back routine and incorporating exercises that develop a strong core, and a strstable power center. Your core is your engine of control through life.  A strong base of support at the core of the body allows for better transfer of forces to the extremities when we are lifting, throwing, kicking, swinging, running, etc.. To truly train the core, a deeper understanding of core essentials including both the inner and outer musculature is necessary.

Blood Type Diet Review

Posted by AFPA Fitness  on  Apr 2, 2014 9:36:00 AM

Why the Blood Type Diet may be just another fad.

A systematic review finds no evidence to support the blood type diet and the notion that people should choose diets based on their blood type.  It was Adolf Hitler who coined a propaganda technique he called, “The Big Lie,” arguing that people may be more likely to believe 

Breast Cancer and Wine

Posted by AFPA Fitness  on  Mar 24, 2014 9:19:00 AM

Should I be drinking wine if I have Cancer?

After diagnosis, women with breast cancer may cut their risk of dying nearly in half by just instituting simple, modest lifestyle changes—5 or more servings of fruits and veggies a day and walking 30 minutes a day, 6 days a week. But what about preventing breast cancer in the first place?

Older Adults: Build Muscle to Live Longer

Posted by AFPA Fitness  on  Mar 19, 2014 12:23:00 PM

Older Adults: Build Muscle to Live Longer

New UCLA research suggests that the more muscle mass older adults have, the less likely they are to die prematurely. The findings add to the growing evidence that overall body composition — and not the widely used body mass index, or BMI — is

Intestinal Health

Posted by AFPA Fitness  on  Mar 13, 2014 3:03:00 PM

Intestinal Health

The gastrointestinal tract is routinely defined as "a tube approximately 19-22 feet long, running through the body from mouth to anus." The World Book Dictionary adds that the intestine is "the lower part of the alimentary canal" food from the stomach passes into the intestine for further digestion and

Alcoholism: Why Do I Need Vitamins To Become Well?

Posted by AFPA Fitness  on  Feb 28, 2014 1:15:00 PM

Alcoholism: Why Do I Need Vitamins To Become Well?

Alcoholism is not a personality defect. It is not a bad habit that needs to be broken. It is a devastating physical disease that damages both the mind and the body. Recovery is not just possible but proven here at

Lifestyle Medicine: Treating the Causes of Disease

Posted by AFPA Fitness  on  Feb 26, 2014 3:11:00 PM

Lifestyle Medicine: Treating the Causes of Disease

Dr. Michael Greger, MD

If doctors can eliminate some of our leading killers by treating the underlying causes of chronic disease better than nearly any other medical intervention, why don’t more doctors do it?

Though I was trained as a general practitioner, my chosen specialty

Alkaline Diets, Meat & Calcium Loss

Posted by AFPA Fitness  on  Feb 26, 2014 2:06:00 PM

Dr. Michael Greger, MD

Experiments dating back to 1920 showed over and over that if we had a acid forming diet rich in meat that we would get a big spike in the amount of calcium being lost in our urine. We have known since 1912 that meat was acid-forming within the body.