Friday, December 26, 2014

Reverse Dumbbell Bench for Healthier Shoulders

So the bench press is an exercise I don't really seem to be able to do anymore. In fact I can't really do most of the powerlifts with the exception of maybe some light deadlifting. My body is just in need of repair so I've sorta adopted an approach that uses more of calisthenics, functional movement and rehabilitative type exercises.

Not really building pure strength here since the big three hurt me quite a bit and I only do cleans and snatches on-and-off since if I go too heavy I'll tweak my back.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Vaccines using logic to disprove both side

It seems like every fall or winter the topic of vaccines becomes a hot topic for news organizations and as a journalist I understand why this is appealing. Not only does it seem somewhat relevant to the time since everyone appears to be getting sick, but there is also a certain amount of fear mongering that goes along with it and this sells papers.

Last week I spoke to a Weston A. Price chapter leader who was deathly against vaccines and was encouraging me to check out some links she had that were supposedly going to be eye-opening. I only had to look at the names of said websites to see that they were the usual sites new-agers attended to support their propaganda. Shit she ignored the fact that her own children were vaccinated before she got into WAPF and turned out perfectly ok– I guess they were the lucky ones.

Monday, December 8, 2014

The need for rehab days

Movement is key to health and longevity. Sure the whole eating thing is pretty important as-well-as that little thing we all do at night called sleep. However, without going into the incredibly boring details of the importance of food and sleep (which at this point should be pretty obvious to anyone) we will instead focus on movement and most specifically rehab.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Office KB Circuit #1

I work an office job and I know all to well the dangers of sitting. I keep a lacrosse ball handy to keep the hamstrings loose. Every hour or so I get up and take a walk as well. It seems obsessive compulsive, but truthfully sitting all day drives me absolutely insane.

Lately I've been experimenting with short kettlebell workouts in place of my walk. Nothing too crazy and not with any sort of weight that is going to break the bank. Just easy circuits with a relatively light weight.

I'm not going for hypertrophy here just a little stimulus that will hopefully keep me loose and train the nervous system better. There is some cool ideas about nervous system training when it comes to lifting and it is something that I believe Coach Christopher Somner of Gymnastics Bodies fame likes to use with his athletes.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Review DOD workout Jared

At first I thought maybe this workout had been too easy. On paper it should be hard pistol-squats, handstand pushups, one-arm pushups and split squats.

I will admit that I didn't do full range of motion. There is just no way I am strong enough to do 50 or more reps of any of these exercises. I used weight plates to compensate and it allows for progression over time.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Deck of Doom Workouts of the Day review: The Jesus

If you haven't checked out the new page on the website I recommend doing so. Not a crossfitter myself I do see the benefit of having random workout days i.e. work out of the day (WODS). These are both good because if done smartly and with proper rest and coaching can help prevent overuse injuries (IMO) and can greatly increase GPP. Of course there is the added mental benefits from a lack of boredom which can be the bane of any person trying to get fit.

That being said thanks are owed to my friend Matt who about six months ago re-introduced me to card deck workouts. I've put up a page of different deck workouts you can do and explain basically how they work.

Today I just would like to review one of the first I published on the site– The Jesus.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Deck of Doom WODS

Ok this post I think may become a recurring and constantly updated thing for people to reference back to.

I think a lot about exercise and thanks to my friend Matt who re-introduced me to using a deck of cards to determine you workout i.e. Karl Gotch. The DOD has been something I am using more and more these days and have been integrating it more and more with into my workouts.

How it works for each suite of the deck you pick an exercise or body part. Draw a card off of the top of the deck and use the number on the card as the rep count. Face cards are 11, aces 15 and you can use the jokers if you wish I do them for 12 and they can be for any exercise.

equipment: bodyweight

Diamonds: Burpees with a pushup
Hearts: Squats
Clubs: Abdominals
Spade: Hindu or Dive-bomber push ups

 Jesus (do with a 30-50 % of max for all lifts)
 equipment: barbell

Diamonds: Hang snatch
Hearts: Power clean to front squat
Clubs: Power Clean to overhead press
Spade: Floor Press ( can be done with dumbbells if needed)

Jesus the second coming

Diamonds: Hang snatch
Hearts: Power clean to front squat
Clubs: Power Clean to overhead press
Spade: Bent over row (rotate pronation and supination or use dumbbells for neutral grip)

Friday, October 10, 2014

So there has been a lot on my mind in the way of my fitness and my goals and well frankly there is so much information out there that at times it can be hard to really get a grasp and a focus on what you should be doing.

In regards to me I can never decide if I want to be a calisthenics athlete, do rehab work, work posture (more rehab shit) and or lift heavy fucking weights and just go back to my roots.

There is something to be said about the male ego because I have lost lots of weight and lots of strength and at times it really bugs me. I miss being able to lift heavy even if it meant me always hurting. I'm not saying you can't be strong and not hurt either I just wasn't nice and rushed my progress.

At times thinking about my physical state can be depressing and I don't always feel super inspired to work out. But today I watched Brian Shaw rape a Crossfit workout called GRACE by clean and pressing 135 lbs for 30 reps... what a god damn beast.

This was inspiring and made me think just do the damn thing. My training in the last few years has changed dramatically from the pump driven bodybuilder stuff, 5/3/1 and then to a more Chaos-and-Pain/ Crossfit inspired work. Now I'm more calisthenics than anything.

There are all these avenues I wish to explore like High Intensity Frequency Training (HFT) that Chad Waterbury promotes and etc. All these programs and methodologies are all interesting but it just comes down to doing the damn thing. I saw my best strength gains when I stopped worrying about what the fuck I was supposed to be doing and just lifted heavy shit without really keeping track.

So it comes down to this. Stop worrying about what you should be doing and just do fucking something. It doesn't have to be the same every time as long as it is fucking hard to do. The more ghetto the better. Just work fucking hard and think about CT Fletcher screaming at you.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

How to use sex for better learning: an untested hypothesis

A man of many hats

I hesitate to begin writing this post because frankly I've yet to experiment with it but the ideas are buzzing through my head and I don't want to lose the information.

Today's post is about learning, meta-learning and how to do so by taking advantage of the neurotransmitter dopamine.

I was inspired by the second post in a series about your brain on porn over at the Art of Manliness. With all these articles about the brain on porn and No-Fap challenges I can imagine that people may read this blog and think I am some sort of moralist and/or religious type– this couldn't be further from the truth.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


I'm looking over metrics for this blog and I'm trying to see what sort of articles seem to get the most hits.

Looking at what is getting the most views for the blog it would appear that they are possibly the posts that are the most researched and cited compared to the more editorial type of stuff as of late. Articles on Russia and chiropractors appear to be the favorites for this blog and both were early posts.

There could be a number of reasons why these posts were more popular. My thoughts are one that they are probably more interesting then my ramblings and thoughts on various issues and two they were probably more heavily promoted through Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.

I'm only posting about half of the articles I write for this blog through my various social media outlets.

Regardless, it may be in my best interests to begin writing the more heavily researched articles that I began with.

Of course I don't know if I can stop on the editorial stuff mostly because they are less work, a little more fun and let me speak a little more freely and openly.

In the upcoming months you may see a slight return to old format now that I am back to lifting and semi-regular exercise (despite still being hurt) and genuinely am in the process of re-claiming my masculinity by trying to eat big on a budget and get myself back to being a jacked 170lb male.

So expect more training and research based articles in the near future. Hopefully, I'll also start to reach out to other blogs (one can only do so much) and get some more attention here to this site.


Monday, October 6, 2014

Re-claim your masculine nature and have some sex

I feel like sex is always on the brain for men and I don't necessarily think this is a bad thing. In fact I think if you aren't thinking about sex and having awkward erections then there is something wrong with you.

So to say I've been thinking about sex lately is well like saying, "I eat food and I drink water every day." This statement should be pretty obvious and by making that general comparison I am trying to point out how necessary it is for life to continue that I and others think about sex. Not only think about sex but also engage in it.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Some ideas for more 30-day challenges.

Just some cool art by David Choe

I am obsessed with self-improvement and as of late I've become sort of obsessed with these 30-day challenges. Right now I am in the midst of two challenges the No-Fap (which I've done before) and a no television (at least when I am alone by myself, will probably watch with friends).

I suffer from incurable boredom from time-to-time and well in a forthcoming post you will see that part of it causes me to act a bit crazy at times. These 30-day challenges although sometimes difficult allow me to make easy quick improvements in my life by exclusively focusing on something for 30-days.

Monday, September 29, 2014

A case for temporary abstience and not the straight edge kind

After completing the No-Fap challenge I'm sort of become obsessed with the idea of temporary abstinence. I'm not talking sex either but instead I am talking about other things.

As I prepare for another attempt at the challenge I am thinking about other things to abstain from that would increase my productivity as well as channel energy into much more needed areas of my life.

The only other thing that comes to mind is television. I gave up television for probably almost eight months and the amount of reading I got done was short of amazing. I love reading and feel way more accomplished when I'm reading and finishing books than when I am watching T.V. and movies.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Re-visiting the No Fap Challenge.

Today for whatever reason I became aware of how utterly disgusting I've become since the end of my No Fap Challenge.

Yup I am back to being a slob however I think I am entirely more cognizant of how utterly disgusting I can be at times. Since completing the challenge I haven't engaged in massive amounts of masturbation and have typically gone five to seven days without.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Does your own mind cause inflammation

For whatever reason I have been more interested in writing blog posts than short stories and a novel. I guess it is good that I remain inspired to write for entertainment despite being totally derailed from those other pursuits.

Lately, I have been taking an approach to my blogging where I simply write from the heart, memory and how I am perceiving things without source citations or the like.

In this particularly non-scientific article I want to write about inflammation and what I like to call perceived inflammation.

The mind is incredibly powerful and you can affect your own physiology simply by the thoughts that you have in your head. So for me I am experimenting with the thought of how perception affects how you feel.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Stress my hidden enemy

I need to stop thinking so much about my health plain and simple. The more I worry, the more I become neurotic and unhealthy I become.

For me what the goal should be is just thinking about the exercise portion. This has always worked out for me in the past personally. Me giving only some regards to the nutrition part when I strictly focus on hard work I tend to feel better, be less stressed and have bigger arms for the ladies to swoon after.

Ever since my dad died I have become more obsessed than usual about my diet to the point where I feel like I neglect other important aspects of my health i.e. stress reduction techniques and a general intensity for the weight room.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Heroic Workouts: A case for beating yourself down

I try to write everyday whether it be for work, a short story, for my book and/or a blog post. I try to find inspiration somewhere to practice my craft.

For whatever reason I have been more inspired to write health related articles than say some of my other things. For some reason utter exhaustion is good for the creative process. The type of exhaustion that comes from staying up to late, having good sex or just engaging in intense physical activity.

Fortunately, I am riding high on all of those things today as I sit at my desk writing blog posts instead of newspaper articles.

This will be the third post I've written for the blog today (but have waited three days to publish). Perhaps after this post I'll retire the blog for the next few weeks.

Today, I am thinking about in my mind what I would consider a heroic workout. It is the type of workout that is stupid, slightly pointless and utterly exhausting.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Cyclical Vegetarian Diets: Not because I like it but because it saves me money

If there is anything I have to give to vegetarians is that their diet is like uber cheap compared to us meat eaters.

I didn't set out to experiment eating a vegetarian diet it just sort of happened out of general laziness and a lack of funds.

This past month or so has been generally a little pricey with only myself to blame. Trying to go out with a bang this summer by going to concerts, parties and finally buying a piece of furniture for my apartment.

Needless to say I over spent and when I returned home from a weekend at my moms all that was left in my fridge and pantry was hemp protein, butter, white rice and some onions. Not exactly  laundry list of ingredients but I made it work for about a week.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Sleep: What is natural vs. normal

I wanted to originally make this blog more scholarly with source citations and well written articles. However, part of the fun of maintaining a blog regardless of whether people are reading or not is to just puke out your ideas into a word processor and hit publish.

I feel like this blog is slowly morphing into my verbal vomit on personal experiments, viewpoints and my overall definition of the meaning to be healthy.

So here I am writing a blog about sleep. Sleep comes to mind because I am faced with a doctors appointment in the next few days as well as a conversation I had with a friend via e-mail. This is not an article about conversations with friends and doctors appointments but instead is about sleep and what is natural versus what is normal.

Friday, August 29, 2014

A case for pizza: Why eating gluten from time-to-time is a good thing

I would like to maintain with all rants that you do your own research. Things quoted are based off of memory alone and have not been fact checked whatsoever. 

I'm a pretty big advocate of real food diets and the paleo movement. Although, I have concerns about some of the paleo dogmatists I feel like the more reasonable voices in the movements like Chris Kresser, Richardy Nikoly, Robb Wolf and Mark Sisson really are an inspiration and are to be listened too.

That being said that movement has basically demonized all things gluten. Despite the fact that some recent studies have come out supposedly debunking the gluten intolerance myth for non-celiacs and that it is  a FODMAP intolerance instead. I still maintain that people are probably better off avoiding these foods.

Friday, August 22, 2014

30-Days of No Fapping Finally Over

So today I just finished my "30-day No Fap Challenge" without so much as letting anyone know that I was actually attempting it besides a single friend or two.

The challenge is basically you go 30-days without masturbating or porn and if you are really hardcore you go without sex. Since I wasn't having any sex I pretty much gave that up to since it wasn't exactly an option for me.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A case for "Holistic Exercise"

I hesitate to write an article on "holistic exercise" simply because I tend to want to avoid sounding "new agey". Of course I guess I'm slowly moving to that new age hippy mindset which seems so popular lately and well seems kind of validated by the science.

I'm not of course talking about using energy crystals and other crap like that but rather things like probiotics, fermented foods, using natural cleansers, going without soap and all that crap. The thing that took me the longest to come to adopt and am still working on it is this concept of hollistic exercise.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Thoughts about ways to increase macros

I am really slacking on my follow up articles... perhaps I'll get to some of my other articles I've been promising to do a follow up to this weekend but between writing for other websites and for my job at the paper I tend to get burnt out and neglect my own blog.

A while back on what I think is my Tumblr I posted an idea for a high protein budget diet using protein supplements as the bulk of your food needs. Well to say the least I never tried because at the time I was too poor to invest in any sort of thing that could potentially fail. Thus I may have spent more in the long run to assure that I bought real food which... I know will successfully live off of.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Vitamin D

Vitamin D rewrite. I know I had originally posted  a Vitamin D article upon a re-read I have determined that it is poorly written awful and will be doing a rewrite with actual citations.

Over the top: how to build strong tendons pt 1/3 partials

It's hard to think about what to write about for a blog. I mean its easy to come up with topics thats not the problem since there is about six billion websites talking about strength and nutrition that I could copy.

In fact just about any topic I write about is going to end up being rehash of older material. I mean truthfully unless you are on the forefront of emerging research whatever you write about is coming from someplace else for inspiration.

Nevertheless, the one thing I can offer is to prevent information with my witty sense of humor and some time vulgar tongue.

So anyways I was thinking what should I write about and was thinking about tendon strength or rather methods to increase tendon strength.

It is one thing to increase muscle strength and this appears to be slightly easier but it doesn't always go hand in hand with tendon strength. However, strong tendons do usually along with muscle strength.

Increasing tendon strength is much slower though and a bit more time consuming but I find that the exercises that increase tendon strength are much more fun to do.

In todays series we are going to talk gymnastic progressions in calisthenics, static holds and partials.

So what is a tendon?

Friday, May 30, 2014

Whats making us sick the milk we drink or are lack of microbes?

My last post was about Vitamin D and I know I said I was going to post a part 2 with sources explaining my rationale but as it happens I've been motivated to write a post on a completely separate topic.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

I'm Back in the U.S.S.R. and You Don't Know How Lucky We Are 3/3 nootropics and probiotics

Russians are known for drinking a shit ton and dying from alcohol poisoning in the streets. They are also known for Communism,  a crazy sorcerer who haunted family members of the Russian Czars and really sad literature.

Monday, May 12, 2014

How to get more reading done.

I am a bit crazy. Crazy in the fact that I hate television and try to distance myself from most technology in my apartment. I do this partly out of fear of EMF radiation but that is really not the main reason.

I maintain this blog but I do if from the comfort of my work place or the confines of a nice coffee shop. But the reason I lack the technological comforts of most modern people is because I feel like for my goals it is largely a distraction.

This year has been a year of personal growth and to me internet and television are a distraction. The things I try to focus on are increasing my knowledge base and although both those things are incredible tools they are also an incredible distraction.

Sure I have my phone but even that stays disconnected for the most part because in part I just can't afford to go over my data. Nevertheless the idea from this post is not an original one and I came to the idea for from a post by Dr. Michael Eades, M.D. the author of Protein Power on his blog.

Friday, May 9, 2014

I'm back in the U.S.S.R. and You Don't Know How Lucky We Are part 2/3

Well here we go again another post about Eastern Europe and some other random awesome shit that has come out of it.

Yes despite some totally crazy politics that from time to time happen in that region and the possibility of the second Cold War emerging over this Russia and Ukraine thing there is some very awesome things to come from Russia in particular

Awesome things that do not include this amazing image

or even this one

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

60-day Reset

I think just about everyone knows what the 30-day reset is and if you don't then you can look back in previous posts where I talk about actually committing to one or just Google.

Anyways, I think for the most part it is a liberating thing and it is a good thing to help pinpoint allergies. Chris Kresser has pointed out that he sees it mainly as an elimination diet and I agree that it is.

Monday, May 5, 2014

You wear your health on your skin

I've come to the conclusion that you wear your diet on your skin, most notably your face. I write this because after partaking on an epic binge of movie popcorn I ate pizza with co-workers as part of a small work celebration.

I have tons of willpower and in fact for me avoiding foods that I know to be bad for me are so easy that I have to almost actively will myself to make a decision that involves poor food choices. It's funny I started to do these things as a sort of a way to de-stress and to be able to function more comfortably in social situations.

Eating pizza, popcorn, ice cream and etc. has actually become extremely stressful to me. It's funny but for me I've been eating pretty clean for a long time and have been damn near spotless for about seven. Yet I partake in these rituals so that I can feel included in things and because I don't want to regret having passed up a good night of pizza and beer with friends from time to time.

Yet despite occasionally willing myself to partake in these rituals with friends from time to time I can literally feel it the next day in my joints and in particular on my face.

It's funny I can literally feel the pimples forming on my skin and I know that I suffer from a fungal infection so it really isn't in my best interest to partake from time to time.

I get acne and my body breaks out into a weird funky rash thing that doesn't look particularly sexy. Its an issue I'd like to put to bed. However, it is hard to get rid of and you damn near feel like death trying to murder this thing.

Anyways I this is just one of those silly ramblings that make their way into blogs once in a while. Me just noticing how when things aren't dialed in how I wear them on my skin.

Friday, May 2, 2014

I'm back in the U.S.S.R. and You Don't Know How Lucky We Are part 1/3

Today I was thinking a lot about the various aspects of my interests and how one part of the world has played a huge role on development of those areas. The part of the world is Eastern Europe and in particular Russia.

Interests such as weightlifting, kettlebells, powerlifting, smart drugs and gut health. To go even further my favorite MMA fighter of all time Fedor Emlienanko and in general I enjoy porn with busty all natural Eastern European women– thank god for the internet.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

My Approach to Eating

I am not a paleo dogmatist, in fact, I don't think I ever claimed to be but probably for the last 6 months or so went off the deep end with it and was actually practicing it.

I have to say be crazy low-carb paleo sucked and it didn't really make me feel better. What did make me feel better is when I started eating a variety of foods and stopped being low-carb.

You see my body thinks it's an athlete despite my physical activity being less then what it used to be. When I started eating carbs again I started getting bigger. Not bigger as in fat as in my muscles just started to fill out again.

I'm trying to be an athlete again and I'm trying to get strong again. The thing is that in considering this my approach to eating has changed.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I'm sick but I think that may be a good thing

So I am officially suffering from my first true cold probably in like 1.5 years or more. May be allergies or it may be a virus, who knows?

I'm looking at this as a largely positive thing right now interestingly enough. I'd like to maybe explain why even though it will be a completely non-scientific article.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Vitamin C you're taking it but not enough of it

So for this post I want to focus on a critically important vitamin that everyone is probably taking but not maybe at the appropriate doses for their body.

No, it is not the fat soluble paleo darlings vitamin A and D, which I am sure probably most people are probably deficient in. It's not even the Weston A. Pricer's favorite vitamin K2, which is another fat soluble vitamin. No this vitamin is the all to critical vitamin C.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Thoughts on a possible candida treatment

So as stated this article is about how I am going about trying to prevent the affects of a candida overgrowth while on antibiotics and then my post strategy.

Nothing about this is really a proven method and is really just me interpreting how to deal with a condition.

Yogurt in your vagina, Candida the unknown result of antibiotic use.

In today's post I am going to probably talk about something that if you've followed me for the past year or so know I talk about all the time and that is chronic antibiotic use.

As I currently sit here typing this I have five stitches in my forehead from general numbskullness from working out at the playground. Prescribed to me by the doctor was a round of antibiotics to prevent infection.

I took the prescription despite some hesitancy from being burned before by these things but as I lay there with blood pooling out of my decided it was in my best interest to maybe for once not be so stubborn on the issue.

Friday, April 4, 2014

I dare you to call me a vegan or why I eat meat and feel compelled to bitch slap people who think otherwise

For some reason it is socially acceptable to make healthy eating decisions if you are a vegan but  if you're not then it's just weird. For whatever reason every time I refuse to drink a beer or even have a piece of junk food people first think to ask me if I am vegan.

My answer is usually as follows, "god no!" I personally hate the concept of veganism and think that it is just another way people are contributing to the de-evolution of the human race. It's probably because I'm thin, fit looking, and wear tight bike pants to show off my junk. Joking aside but the simple fact that people associate those who don't eat crap as vegans is a joke.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Don't Hate

I know I've maybe said in the past that I wasn't CrossFit's biggest supporter despite pretty much being a garage CrossFitter myself.

Mostly, I think it's a good thing as long as its not being a dickless know-nothing who doesn't know what they are doing.

That being said it really irks me when I hear people saying those people are insane, crazy and etc. and then I look at that person and they look like a fat un-athletic waste of space.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

30-day reset and brief RS reintroduction

Frankly I don't know if I am ever going to finish these chiro articles I imagine I will get around to the final installment one of these days. As it so happens though I do most of my blogging from my work computer.

I want to be a more credible blog and actually provide some referenced material but on days when you are busy hammering out stories for the newspaper the last thing you want to do is a research piece.

Anyways, I'm going to blog about some of my resistant starch [RS] experiences. If you are not familiar with what RS then I suggest you start reading the Free the Animal blog ASAP. However, as a quick primer to why this stuff is cool check out a recent Mark's Daily Apple post which can get you up to speed pretty quick.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Lets eat babies and lift some weights

As of lately I have been feeling better then I have in probably like 8 or so months. No more low carb for me right now just eating when I feel hungry and what I want as long as it follows the template of a strict paleo diet.

Sweet potatoes, yucca, plantains– oh my. Been just mowing down liver as well as of late since it is pretty cheap at my local Meijers Grocery Store (if your not familiar then you are obviously not from Michigan.)

Also, I finally lifted after a long absence and it felt amazing. I was covering a story at the local Crossfit gym in my area and jumped in to surprise the trainers. I find it pretty amusing that someone as skinny as me manages to make people look stupid by killing ring muscle ups and having fairly decent squat form despite not looking like someone built for lifting and gymnastics.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

30-Day Reset Challenge

So I am holding off on my last piece on the muscoloskeletal system and how it relates to other aspects of health and other health systems like skeletal and nervous. In fact probably in all honesty I've been writing these things wrong because chiropractors are mostly dealing with probably the skeletal but it all sort of goes hand and hand so please forgive my ignorance.

Instead I just sort of want to blog about something without having to reference everything that I'm saying. The topic I have chosen is a paleo 30-day reset diet.

I'm sure everyone knows what this is and in fact Mark Sisson has a book that is slightly shorter then his classic and is for only 21 days that I usually recommend to people looking for info on the paleo diet. The book is quick to read, easy to understand and really just gets to the meat and bones of the diet and lifestyle.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Random thoughts about a recent JRE podcast

So I've been a bit busy and I haven't really had a chance to finish up the series of blog posts I began about the musculoskeletal system. So instead I am going to write about just some thoughts I've been having.

Not sure if anyone who reads these listens to the Joe Rogan Experience if you haven't you should because the guy is really, really smart and he has great guests. Sometimes I don't really care for his guests when their stand ups but the guy has a great record of interesting people if you don't believe me look through his archive he's talked to guys like Neil Degrasse Tyson and Melissa Ethridge how different can you be.

Anyways, there was a really interesting guest he had on, Dr. Rhonda Patrick ??? I could be wrong on the name but check my Tumblr on this one or simply Youtube the interview. Patrick, if that is her name, is a organic chemist (I think) and really calls out some bullshit in the health world. Heck even Rogan calls out some bullshit in the health world in regards to this mycotoxin issue in coffee.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Is chiropractic care the missing link: How our musculoskeletal system affects the way we think, move and feel part 2

For the next portion of this series I am going to try to provide some insight in how the musculoskeletal system plays a role in our overall health and how it may be affecting other processes in the body that would normally be assumed as being separate.

I will provide some cited studies to help to validate some of these claims as well as draw some of my own conclusions as well. I am not a doctor so obviously I can't endorse this shit or should be taken as medical advice in any way. So don't think that by me saying getting a massage or a chiropractic adjustment may help in alleviating symptoms of lupus or some shit as the cure for a chronic disease.

My credentials as far as medicine is nil I have zilch and as a trainer I have none either. What I am is an athletic person who trains (well trained until I got hurt) hard and researches like a mad man on these topics in both the conventional and esoteric realms of health.

Also to note, despite the title and the last post having the word chiropractor in it know that this is an article about the musculoskeletal system. Chiropractors and P.T.s (Physical Therapists) are probably the most well known and most utilized specialists in these fields. I am merely trying to highlight the importance of maintaining this shit.

So go get a massage, run a fucking mile or lift something heavy because in doing so you are going to greatly improve your quality of life.

O.k. now on to the article.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Is chiropractic care the missing link: How our musculoskeletal system affects the way we think, move and feel part 1

O.k. so there are a lot of these paleo bloggers on the blogsphere who all have their niches. We have guys like Chris Kresser who is like the researcher guy, Dave Asprey is like the cyclical ketogenic coffee guy, Richard Nikoly is the resistant starch and probiotics guy; etc, etc, etc...

I am not trying to be anything in particular but I am trying to look at things from all aspects. The whole purpose of this blog is to basically wade through this murky river called health. Things are really unclear when it comes to health and there are a lot of factors that play in to what determines if someone is healthy.

My goal is to basically pick apart bits of pieces of information and basically combine the best of all worlds in regards to my own health and performance... while along the way  running my own experiments and hopefully enlightening people to some things as well.

Anyways what I want to cover in this post or rather the next couple of posts is the importance of good chiropractic, massage therapy and basically stuff that relates to the musculoskeletal system. I think this may be under appreciated or rather an overlooked component when it comes to health, especially to the non-athlete in regards to how it can affect all aspects of life.


Okie Dokie looks like for now on I am going to make a concerted effort to blog regularly. Since I have decided to blog on a fairly consistent basis I figured that I should move away from my current Tumblr account and start an actual account solely for my thoughts and ramblings as well as articles I research and write
We'll see how this goes and I imagine the Tumblr will still be the main labor of love and will inevitable be my main landing page in which people if interested in my actual blogging can be redirected here.
Either way lookout for blog posts to start coming on semi-regular basis... hopefully. I will also probably update and repost some older things from the Tumblr that I felt were particularly good and less on the crazy side of what I have done in the past. Especially my budget dieting plan which if all goes well will be experimenting fairly soon with as well as if the budget diet plan goes well will include some experiments with Soylent and if I can further stretch my dollar with a large initial investment. I may just have to gradually acquire items for the Soylent experiment over weeks or months at a time in order to properly do it since the stuff up front is so damn expensive.