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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,

Amino Acids vs. Steroids—Is There a Steroid Substitute?

  Within the past 15 years, a great deal of controversy has centered around the use and effectiveness of synthetic derivatives of testosterone(anabolic steroids) by athletes to improve performance. During this same time controversy has overlapped in the use of aminoacids and now “steroid replacements” that claim “anabolic effects”. There is need for clarification of […]

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Pregnant Women Should Not Skydive

By: Dennis M. Loya, BS.,JD., Certified Personal Trainer   It goes without saying that every pregnant woman must cut back on exercise during her pregnancy to avoid harming herself or her baby. This begs the question, how should I modify my exercise routine to accommodate my pregnancy? Pregnancy is a complex physiologic state,

Calcium and Protein: A Mixture For Disaster

Does Milk Really Do The Body Good? Calcium and Protein: A Mixture For Disaster By: Mark J. Occhipinti, M.S. , Ph.D, NDc. It is a documented fact that consumption of dairy products can lead to the development of atherosclerosis, heart attack and strokes, and that high fat dairy products contain unsafe levels of environmental contaminants, […]

The Business of Being a Personal Trainer

You are entering the profession of personal fitness training at a time of growth and opportunity. Awareness of the benefits of personal training is expanding, as is the client market. This increased opportunity is accompanied by a huge influx of new personal trainers into the industry, which means increasedcompetition.

How to Create Your Own Fitness Boot Camp

By: Phil A. Lalli Just about every fitness center and gym seems to offer a version of the trendy boot camp workout these days. Some go with a pseudo-militaristic theme, complete with camouflage gear. Others refer to standard circuit classes as boot camps. Deciding what type of boot camp workout you want to

Guidelines for Exercise Training During Pregnancy

The guidelines and attitudes about exercise during pregnancy have changed considerably through the years. Previous guidelines allowed a woman to walk one mile a day, ideally broken up throughout the day. Then the 140 beats per minute (BPM) limit guideline was instituted. While our knowledge of this particular area of exercise physiology is still incomplete, […]

Animal vs. Vegetable: The Best Protein for Muscle Growth

Animal vs. Vegetable Protein Debate: What is the Best Protein For Muscle Growth? By Dr. Bill Misner, Ph.D. AUTHOR’S PREVIEW I would like to acknowledge this is a debatable subject firstly because the human metabolic system is highly adaptive to a variety exogenous protein foods, secondly because one protein protocol “Size” may not fit all, […]

The Benefits of the Cardio Kickboxing Workout

Combines an Aerobic Workout with a Resistance Training Workout Doing either an aerobics workout, i.e. running, stairmaster, stationary bike, etc. or an anaerobic workout such as lifting weights, Nautilus, calisthenics, etc. will not give you the best or quickest overall fitness results. You need to do both. If you are a runner,