Recent Posts by Mark Occhipinti, Ph.D.

    Anabolic Steroids and The Depression Connection

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    Testosterone is thought to be the root of male aggression. Above average levels of testosterone have been observed in incarcerated violent criminals and in athletes engaged in semi-violent sports such as: football, lacrosse, and ice hockey.

    The term “roid rage” has been applied to the explosive and often irrational behavior seen in men and women who use anabolic steroids (especially those that are highly androgenic) on a regular basis above the therapeutic dosage. Many marriages and friendships I have known have fallen on hard times as a result of the severe mood swings that many steroid users experience. The irritability experienced by males and females on anabolic /androgenic steroids are paralleled by a condition that millions of women each month endure, commonly referred to as “premenstrual tension syndrome”. Anabolic steroids, however, also have the opposite psychological effect in many abusers.

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    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 for absorption."

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    Healthy Eating For Healthy Joints

    “All Human illnesses and diseases can be traced to either nutrient deficiencies or excesses in the human body.” 
    Dr. Victor G. Rocine 1930

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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 found a program while working as strength coach in college that has been touched on in the past, that works, and is worth discussion.

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    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”.

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    Over-training: The Natural Body Builder's Nemesis

    What is progress? How do you define bodybuilding progress? What types of changes are occurring within the body? Do we define change from oxen to automobile to jet aircraft progress? Can speed and efficiency the criteria of progress? Man’s clothes have changed, his food has changed, his toys have certainly changed! Athletes in the 2000’s are bigger, stronger and faster than at any time in recorded history.

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