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Secrets of Russian Sprint Training

Almost every coach is constantly looking for ways to increase the speed of their athletes whether it be for track and field events or organized team sports (Football, basketball, baseball, ice hockey, etc.). Many different methods of speed training are available today, with many of the newest innovations trickling down from our Olympic National Teams. I […]

DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone)

Many new supplement crazes occur simply because a novel supplement has been introduced into the market. In the case of DHEA, its popularity has soared because an old drug has recently become available as an off-the-shelf supplement in the U.S. This occurred because the 1994 U.S. Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act was passed, allowing […]

Heart Rate Variations Explained

By: Dr. Bill Misner Ph.D. One common question from endurance athletes is why is my heart rate so high, so low, or varying in such-and-such a manner. Even experienced Cardiologists are not always able to define heart rate variations. When a heart rate is slowed, speeds up, or varies inexplicably, there are a number of […]

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Leaky Gut Syndrome: Symptoms, Causes, & More

by Zoltan P. Rona M.D., MSc The leaky gut syndrome is the name given to a very common health disorder in which the basic organic defect (lesion) is an intestinal lining which is more permeable (porous) than normal. The abnormally large spaces present between the cells of the gut wall allow the entry of toxic […]

Lean Muscle Mass Gain & Fat Mass Loss During Training

Interventions For Enhancing Lean Muscle Mass Gain and Fat Mass Loss During Strength and Speed Training Protocols Dr. Bill Misner Ph.D.* Ever wonder how, why, and where the flat stomach, thin thighs, and slim hips of your youth disappeared beneath a blanket of fat? There are a number of metabolic mechanisms known to influence body […]

Endurance Nutrition: What to Eat Before, During & After Exercise

Endurance Nutrition: How and What to Eat Before, During and After Exercise? Pre-Event Meal Warning: Eat 3 Hours Before Exercise By: Dr. Bill Misner Ph.D. Endurance nutrition: how and what to eat before, during and after exercise? Pre-event meal warning: eat 3 hours before exercise. Both maltodextrin and sugar-based foods have corresponding high glycemic indexes […]

Caffeine’s Hidden Dangers

What are the short term effects of caffeine on the body? The physiological effects of caffeine can begin as early as 15-45 minutes after ingestion. Its maximum central nervous system effects are reached in about 30-60 minutes. Caffeine increases heartbeat, respiration, basal metabolic rate, and the production of stomach acid and urine; and it relaxes […]

The Milk Letter: A Message To My Patients

By: Robert M. Kradjian, MD Breast Surgery Chief Division of General Surgery, Seton Medical Centre #302 – 1800 Sullivan Ave. Daly City, CA 94015 USA “MILK”Just the word itself sounds comforting! “How about a nice cup of hot milk?” The last time you heard that question it was from someone who cared for you–and

Why Water Is The Most Important Nutrient For Endurance Athletes

By Mike Darnley, MS,RD Many people do not think of water as a nutrient, possibly due to its simplicity or maybe because there is no energy provided by water. Nevertheless, water is the most vital nutrient that we consume. Besides being a medium for cellular processes that occur in the body,

DLPA: Natural Relief for Chronic Pain

By Ritchi Morris, Ph.D., H.M.D., D.N., R.H. Professional Member AANC There is a plethora of clinical and research data substantiating the extraordinary therapeutic efficacy of D-L Phenylalanine (DLPA). Abstract In this day and age the incidence of severe acute and chronic pain has been burgeoning progressively. This trend has spanned a multi-million dollar industry of pain […]