This title is not a typo, even though this post is a roll of sorts. Denis Faye’s blog, The Real Nutrition Nerd, has been on fire lately so today I’m going to highlight the purpose of our two blogs, in hopes that you’ll be swayed to add them to your reading agenda. Check out this excerpt from Faye’s latest, on vitamin C, Linus Pauling, and so-called hippy-science.
Sadly, this is a pretty common occurrence. Holistic medical fixes aren’t usually big earners, so Big Pharma doesn’t seem too interested. In Patrick Holford’s book, New Optimum Nutrition for the Mind, he discusses the link between excessive homocysteine and Alzheimer’s. Homocysteine is an amino acid that’s part of a hormone-creating process called methylation. When the process breaks down, the body is stuck with excess homocysteine–and that appears to be connected to a number of mental health issues. It’s generally believed that this issue can be fixed with proper folate and B12 supplementation, but you’re not going to see massive research on this because, according to Holford, “the discovery of the homocysteine link will ultimately be bad news for the pharmaceutical industry’s profits from potentially competitive drugs.”
Heady stuff, this isn’t the same escapist reading we provide via our other informational outlets, like the Beachbody newsletters and our various social channels. Not that those are bad. They aren’t. But we have a different agenda. Our blogs are meant to be educational, first and foremost, with (hopefully) enough entertainment value to keep you interested. They spawned from demand, by a growing audience asking for a deeper level of information than could be conveyed in sound bites and the “ topic 101” mentality favored today in mainstream formats. For example, here’s Denis nerding out on the oh-so un-cool, yet very topical topic of herpes.
Long story short, there’s no cure for herpes. Like all viruses, herpes doesn’t have cells. It’s typically just a strand of DNA or RNA coated with a protein shell. It reproduces by invading living cells and using their “cell machinery.” When it’s not doing this, it’s simply an inactive chemical structure, most likely hanging out in your sensory or autonomic ganglia (nerve cell clusters), waiting to be triggered into action. As we’ve learned from The Walking Dead, it’s a challenge to kill something that’s not alive, so while there are some anti-viral drugs out there, viruses are a much tougher target than bacteria, which has all their own cells, allowing them to be killed using antibiotics.
Both of our blogs go off on personal tangents. Occasionally just for a laugh but, usually, we’re using our own life involvement as templates for you to work off of. Understand how I tick and you’ll have a better understanding of how to build a personalized training program and tweak your diet to fit your lifestyle. Understand Denis and you’ll learn what it’s like to have changed your life from overweight sloth to nutrition and fitness crusader, raising a daughter in an obese world.
Between the two of us, we cover a lot of fitness and nutritional ground at a level that’s somewhere in between a dry text book and the catchy-yet-often-vapid “Top 10” style the media’s in love with. We hope you enjoy the balance.
On today’s faux subject, two does not a blog roll make. Since changing venues, I’ve yet to set up a new one. But when I do, you can believe it’ll be one worth sharing. For now, we’re an army of two trying to conquer a world of ignorance about the body’s relationship with food and exercise; hopefully with a few forays of laughs.
pic: denis and steve doing a live video chat, circa 2035