The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #113 – Fluoride Could Cause Developmental Problems, Mental Health Issues Caused by Anabolic Steroids and a Study Showing Gluten as a Cause of Weight Gain


Here’s a recap of the best health and fitness articles I’ve read over the past week.

Developmental Fluoride Neurotoxicity: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

This study shows that fluoride exposure could negatively effect a child’s neurodevelopment. I really don’t know what to think about fluoride, but it just seems like there’s not enough data to prove that fluoride is beneficial, yet there’s quite a bit of research out there that support negative health effects of using it. I still use toothpaste containing fluoride, but that’s only because I’m working my way through a bunch of toothpaste I bought almost two years ago from Costco. When it’s gone, I’m switching to charcoal toothpaste.

2-A-Day Training for Radical Gains

I’ve never tried a workout program requiring morning and night workouts but athletes always talk about it. Of course they’re athletes and I’m not, so there you go. This program isn’t really for athletes though, since it’s designed to build mass as opposed to strength. If you have enough free time, money for extra food and a desire to put your body through some pain, this might be the workout for you!

Anabolic steroids may affect future mental health

Are the physical benefits offered by steroids worth the negative effects they have on the mind later in life? I say hell no! I want to be healthy and happy when I’m old.

How harmful is the pill?

I posted an article about this in last weeks update too, but after learning about it, I’ve become very interested in the topic. I’ve even convinced my partner to stop taking birth control. You don’t have to take hormonal contraceptives to prevent pregnancy or diseases. There are several birth control options listed here. One of the lubricants she mentions that can be used with condoms is Aloe Cadabra, which is organic and “practically edible.” Interesting! Check out the comments on the page for more helpful information.

Gluten-free diet reduces adiposity, inflammation and insulin resistance associated with the induction of PPAR-alpha and PPAR-gamma expression

The mice they tested in this study were fed either a 4.5% diet of gluten or no gluten at all. Despite there being no changes in the amount of food either groups were fed, the ones who consumed no gluten showed a reduction in body fat and weight gain.

The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #112 – Diet Reverses Autism, Sumo Deadlift Form Tips, and a Simple Squat Correction


Here’s a recap of the best health and fitness articles I’ve read over the past week.

One Child’s Autism Eliminated by Removal of Glutamate From Her Diet

This is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever read. By changing this child’s diet, her severe case of autism has been reversed, she has caught up to children of her own age and she shows no signs of ever even having the condition. If you know someone with an autistic child, show them this article.

My Medical Choice by Angelina Jolie

Can you believe that Angelina Jolie was able to get a preventive double mastectomy without anybody finding out? She underwent the procedure before actually having breast cancer, but decided that it was the right choice for her and her family since she has a gene mutation that gives her an 87 percent risk of getting it. What an amazing, and drastic, decision she made. I’m not sure how I feel about it. I feel that cancer is caused by the things that are introduced to our bodies – pesticides, food dyes, molds, pollution, and so on – and I think there are better ways of preventing cancer than removing parts of our bodies.

Coaching the Sumo Deadlift

Great tips on pulling sumo deadlifts. The author doesn’t mention much about why sumo’s are better than conventional but he does mention that one of his lifters was at a standstill for a year before trying sumo’s and then reached a PR shortly after switching.

Sleep: What the Research Actually Says

Poor sleep can reduce insulin sensitivity, suppress testosterone, may decrease workout performance and could cause overeating. There are some cool geeky tips here on fixing your sleep so that you won’t suffer any of those things.

Non-smoking hotel rooms still expose occupants to tobacco smoke

Looks like choosing a non-smoking room in a hotel that allows smoking isn’t good enough to prevent high exposure to tobacco pollutants, so if you’re traveling, choose a non-smoking hotel.

Simple Squat Correction

I’m constantly messing with my form trying to find something that feels right for me and I can say from experience that what Brett talks about here works. I’ve used the “poor” form he shows many times and it really screws with my knees. The “correct” form he demonstrates feels much more natural to me and allows me to get into a deeper position easier.

The Wii game that shows the greatest potential as a cardiovascular fitness tool

Do you like to workout with video games? If you’re looking for a fun game that can provide good cardio benefit, it looks like Wii Sports boxing is your answer. I must admit, Wii Sports Boxing is a lot of fun!

Don’t Swing Your Kids By the Arms, Please

It’s common to see people swinging their kids around by the arms, but that’s because they don’t realize the potential to dislocate their child’s shoulders or cause damage to their arms, elbows and shoulders, which may show in their later years. Luckily for me, my dad swung me and my brother around in King Soopers bags 😉

The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #111 – Making Your Own Hummus, Fitness Marketing Hype and The Dangers of Using Birth Control


Here’s a recap of the best health and fitness articles I’ve read over the past week.

Find Your Perfect Hummus

Earlier this week I made the basic hummus recipes that’s linked to from this page, and I think it came out tasty. It was super-easy too, for the most part, but I learned some things after trying it out for myself. First, I didn’t add enough water so mine came out a little thick. Second, I used my Vitamix, and I think a food processor would have made this way easier. As soon as the batch of hummus I just made is gone, I’ll try some of the options listed in this article. I can’t wait!

How to Make Fatty Coffee with Butter and MCT Oil (Ketogenic Coffee Recipe for Biohackers)

People everywhere are catching on to Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof coffee. Abel James likes to call it fatty coffee and he’s included several modifications you can try, such as cocoa powder, MCT oil, almond butter and vanilla powder. He also sometimes uses heavy cream and grass-fed butter, but being vegan, I obviously don’t use those. I could try coconut cream though. I was actually thinking about buying one of those frothers from World Market but I wasn’t sure how well they worked, but they look pretty good. I’ll probably pick one up this week.

Fascinating Facts About Sleep

I’ve mentioned one of the ideas from this post before, which is that before man-made light, people used to go to sleep as the sun went down and woke up in the middle of the night to have tea or get things done and then went back to sleep for a second time. Some theorize that this is how the body was designed to sleep. It’s interesting. The post also goes into sleep aids and pharmaceuticals and how some help and some hinder your ability to get a good night’s rest. I personally really like the idea of sleeping in different rooms, but I know for a fact that my partner would not be happy with it. She barely lets me have my own blanket, but that’s a luxury I’m unwilling to give up.

5 Fitness Buzzwords That Make Me Want to Punch a Hole in the Wall

I wish that everyone in the entire world could read this article. It pretty much tackles everything that’s wrong with the marketing hype of the health and fitness world. I’ve fallen for all of these things over the years, and that’s because as a beginner, I turned to magazines from the grocery store. I eventually wised up and started doing my own research but luckily for beginners these days, there are posts like this from Nerd Fitness.

Guides to Local Foods By State

Great resource to figure out what foods are in season in your state and where to find it. This will help you find fruits and veggies grown closer to home, which is better for the environment and requires less travel, which also means your food will have more nutrients as it gets in your belly.

Balancing Hormones Naturally, Post Hormonal Birth Control

This is a great post that discusses the many negative side effects of birth control, such as thyroid problems, nutritional deficiencies, gut bacteria depletion and how it compromises the body’s ability to produce hormones naturally. The post also talks about how to re-balance the hormones in the body after coming off of hormonal contraceptives. In addition to what this post doesn’t mention, I’ve also read that hormonal contraceptives can cause blood clots, migraines and even seizures. lists a whole bunch more. Just because you’ve been taking birth control for years and you’re fine now, who knows what kind of damage that birth control is causing in your body that you’re not even aware of.

Veggie Burgers, Meatless Chicken and Paleo Bread

I’ve actually had people ask me why I sometimes eat meat alternatives. I don’t know why it’s so hard to understand that I grew up with burgers and wings just like everyone else. They are comfort foods. Vegans and vegetarians eat alternatives because it reminds them of foods they grew up loving while in turn not having to worry about animal cruelty. And paleos do the same thing with breads and crackers and pizza crusts. Diabetics do it with cookies. Everywhere we look people are looking for a healthier (or ethical or safer), but similar, alternative to a food they grew up eating. Sorta puts things into perspective, huh?

New evidence on how fluoride fights tooth decay

So there actually are benefits to fluoride. I was starting to wonder because it seems like all I ever hear about fluoride these days are how bad it is. Most of the anti-fluoride stuff seems to be theory and not proven, but I suppose you can never be too careful.

Weekend binge drinking could leave lasting liver damage

A lot of people save their partying for the weekend but a recent study shows why that could be detrimental to our health. Not only can weekend binging cause permanent liver damage, it can also cause damage to many other important organs in the body.

The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #110 – Sleep Hacking Technology, How to Do Sumo Deadlifts and Why You Shouldn’t Static Stretch Before Workouts


Sleep Deprived? There’s an App for That

This isn’t just a post about sleep hacking apps, but sleep hacking technology in general. There are some really cool devices here that I’ve never heard about, like earthing sheets or outfitting your mattress with sensors that can track breathing rate, heart rate, presence and motion. Very cool!

12 Lessons For The Weightlifter

I don’t plan on ever competing in any kind of weightlifting competition but I watch a lot of lifters videos on YouTube and Olympic lifting just seems like so much fun. Even if the routine here isn’t Kendrick Farris’, it looks solid enough to me. I’d like to try it for one week to see if I can handle it.

Are Back Squats REALLY Necessary? The Legs, Hips, and Ass Issue

This is an awesome article and provides some alternate exercises you can do if back squats are not an option for you. I actually do back squats regularly along with all of the exercises mentioned in this post, except for the front squat. I’m thinking about switching out the back squat for the front squat for a while though.

The Three “Longevity” Tests

Dan John performs these to determine where you are in life as it relates to your health in addition to where your form is at and if you should be regressing to simpler exercises and working your way back up. These are some great tests.

How to Do Sumo Deadlifts

Great demonstration of the sumo deadlift from Bret Contreras. Looks like I’m doing it right!

Muscle in a Bottle

A friend sent this to me and asked if I’ve heard anything about either of these supplements. I haven’t heard of these and to be honest after reading this article, I feel like it’s an advertisement disguised as a report. I don’t trust it, but I hope my friend tries it out so that I can see his results 😉

Effects of Static Stretching on 1 Mile Uphill Run Performance

Because of it’s huge reach and popularity, P90X is one of the first places people learn about the the negatives of static stretching before a workout, but it’s a fitness program and Tony obviously doesn’t have the time to go into the science of why. Here’s a study showing how detrimental pre-workout static stretching can be, at least pertaining to short endurance bouts.

Joint Mechanics: The Hip

This video goes into joint mechanics of the hip, self-diagnosing typical issues, and simple exercises you can do to fix those issues.

Stop Doing Corrective Exercises!

This post makes the great point that instead of doing corrective exercises, you should be doing exercises with proper form, which will often fix the pain issues that cause people to start doing corrective exercises in the first place. There are some great tips here on getting into proper squat form too.

Cheap Deadlift Bar Jack Alternative: 2 Ton Jack Stands!

I love this idea! I already have some jack stands that I use when I work on my Jeep, so I might give them a try. My stands are heavier duty than 2 ton, so they might be too tall. If I see a deal at Harbor Freight on 2 ton stands, I might pick them up, along with some jack stand rubber pads to protect the bar.