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  1. I saw the reference on the t(arnation)-muscle site. Information in Paediatrics International about oestrogens from cow milk: Pediatrics International. 2009 May 22. [Epub ahead of print] Exposure to exogenous estrogen through intake of commercial milk produced from pregnant cows. Maruyama K, Oshima T, Ohyama K. Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Medicine and Engineering, Department of Clinical Nursing and Pediatrics, University of Yamanashi, Yamanashi 409-3898, Japan. Abstract BACKGROUND: Modern genetically improved dairy cows continue to lactate throughout almost the entire pregnancy. Therefore, recent commercial cow's milk contains large amounts of estrogens and progesterone. Among the exposure of prepubertal children to exogenous estrogens, we are particularly concerned with commercial milk produced from pregnant cows. We examined concentrations of serum and urine sex hormones after the intake of cow milk. METHODS: Subjects were seven male adults, six prepubertal children, and five female adults. Male adults and children drank 600 ml/m(2) of cow milk. Urine samples were collected one hour before the milk intake and 4 times every hour after the intake. In male adults, serum samples were obtained before and 15, 30, 45, 60, 90 and 120 minutes after the milk intake. Female adults took 500 ml of cow's milk every night for 21 days beginning the first day of the second menstruation. In three successive menstrual cycles, the day of ovulation was examined by an ovulation checker. RESULTS: After the intake of cow milk, serum E1(oestrone) and progesterone concentrations significantly increased, and serum LH (lutenising hormone), FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) and testosterone significantly decreased in male adults. Urine concentrations of E1, E2 (oestradiol), E3 (oestriol) and preganediol significantly increased in all adults and children. In 4 out of 5 females, ovulations occurred during the milk intake, and the timing of ovulation was similar among the 3 menstrual cycles. CONCLUSIONS: Our data on male adults and children indicate that estrogens in milk were absorbed, and gonadotropin secretion was suppressed, followed by a decrease in testosterone secretion. Sexual maturation of prepubertal children could be affected by the ordinary intake of cow milk. PMID: 19496976 ---------- Only the abstract but it makes you think. A Chinese study in the 'Related Articles' on that page shows that 'traditional' Mongolian milk might have less oestrogen and progesterone than the usual milk in China. Incidently, in case you don't know - and I didn't know until I knew - you can put the number after the PMID into the pubmed search box to find the abstract it refers to.
  2. Heather Mills is in one of these celeberity contests here in the UK. Celebrity skating on ice. She has vegan skates. Costly but vegan. From the Daily Mail article: So they were forced to order £200 skates made from a synthetic material called Clarino. The former model lost her left leg below the knee after a road accident in 1993, but no modifications were needed to the skates to accommodate her prosthetic limb. A source said: 'Heather is adamant that she will not wear leather, which is barely a step down from fur as far as she is concerned. 'It was part of her conditions for going on the show, which also include an insistence that all her refreshments are vegan. 'Vegan boots are not unheard of in ice-dancing because leather needs so much looking after, but they are not the standard by any means.' The boots are made by American firm Riedell, which makes most of its skates from animal leather. Read more: dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1241971/Heather-Mills-Ill-dance-vegan-ice-skates.html?ITO=1490#ixzz0d5GLGDpJ
  3. Is this for spine traction or deloading or something else? If you really must hang by your feet, why not make loops in ropes and pad the loops with something? Perhaps wrap a soft material around the loops. More comfortable would be to put a belt loosely round both your ankles - again perahps with padding - and then attach a rope to the belt. Then you'll need some framework to attach the ropes to.
  4. What you are doing could benefit you because of the effect called 'contralateral effects of unilateral strength training' or 'cross-education of strength.' This is where there is an increase of strength or a decrease in atrophy in a limb that is not exercised - where it benefits from the opposite limb being exercised. It's been demonstrated in people who have one limb in a plaster or immobilised in some way. Look on the pubmed site. There are lots of abstracts there. Of course, abstracts don't tell the whole story but there is a lot of research which shows it works. There are a few full free studies there as well if you can find them. There is also a technique called motor imagery. A type of visualisation method. I have found only one study to suggest that it can be used for strength gains but it can be used to keep the neural pathways and the motor skills in working order for when you are able to exercise again. It has been used to acquire or improve physical skills - including sporting ones. And has been used in the rehabilitation of people who are injured or have nerve damage. It involves clearly imagining doing an exercise. You've done many reps of lots of exercises so you know what it feels like. You can clearly imagine how it feels to hold and move a weight. How your whole body feels when you are doing it. If you want to give it a go, try it in differennt ways - lying down relaxed with your eyes closed or actually in the position of doing the exercise, such as standing as if you are going to do an overhead press. You could even sometimes exercise your painfree arm and use imagery at the same time with your painful arm - combine both techniques. During the imagery exercise, you should try as much as you can to imagine pushing or pulling the weight. Imagine exactly how your body will feel, what positions you are in, the movements - even where you would be looking, because you must make it as realistic as possible. In activities such as imagining hitting a ball, the correct eye movements are critical, as they would be if really doing the activity. A caution: using imagery for your painful arm could increase the pain or swelling. This has been found in at least one study. It might be better to imagine that you are doing isometric exercises for the painful arm or for movements that would be painful. Or, as the causes of pain are different, you might not experience any pain by using imagery. Here is the study that found an increase in strength from imagery: ----------------------------------------- Muscle & Nerve. 2003 Aug;28(2):168-73. Effects of imagery motor training on torque production of ankle plantar flexor muscles. Zijdewind I, Toering ST, Bessem B, Van Der Laan O, Diercks RL. Department of Medical Physiology, University of Groningen, A Deusinglaan 1, 9713 AV Groningen, The Netherlands. The aim of this study was to investigate in control subjects the effect of imagery training on the torque of plantar-flexor muscles of the ankle. Twenty-nine subjects were allocated to one of three groups that performed either imagery training, low-intensity strength training, or no training (only measurements). The low-intensity training served as an attention control group. Plantar-flexor torques were measured before, during, directly after, and 4 weeks after the training period. At the end of a 7-week training program, significant differences were observed between the maximal voluntary torque production of the imagery training group (136.3 +/- 21.8% of pretraining torque) vs. the low-intensity training group (112.9 +/- 29.0%; P < 0.02) and the control group (113.6 +/- 19.2%; P < 0.02). The results of this study show that imagery training of lower leg muscles significantly increased voluntary torque production of the ankle plantar-flexor muscles and that the force increase was not due to nonspecific motivational effects. Such muscle strengthening effects might be beneficial in rehabilitation for improving or maintaining muscle torque after immobilization. PMID: 12872320 ------------------------- I've only seen this abstract, not the whole study, but I think the imagery group didn't do any physical exercise - just imagery. One more thing, for your pain you can use other imagery/visualistion techniques. They have been used successfully to control or reduce pain in people suffering from cancer, cystitis, recurrent abdominal pain, various types of arthritis, and other conditons. It's even been used to reduce the tremors or Parkinson's Disease patients. You can find lots of them on pubmed. You could scan your body for where there is pain, represent it in some way - such as a colour or texture, and then use some imagined article to drain away the colour or change the texture. You could imagine putting your hand into some analgesic or healing liquid and then imagine putting your hand on the painful area. These things sound like madness but they can work. The evidence is available. Keep an open mind and give them a try.
  5. Yes, isometrics might help. If it hurts to do a lateral arm raise, try doing the opposite movement first - press down in an isometric action. Pressing down with straight arms will relax the portion of the deltoids - and any other muscles - that you will later use to raise your straight arms. This might lessen the pain. When I had pain in my left forearm (and to this day I still don't know what muscle caused the pain) I found relief by gripping my right wrist with my left hand and squeezing for about 8 seconds as hard as I could. This caused reciprocal inhibition. And then I could move my left forearm without any pain at all. The affect lasted for an hour or more. This will have been due to reciprocal inhibition - where antagonist muscles relax as agonists contract. Or, if you can do a lateral raise but only get pain at a certain position, you could put your arms into that position and then lower them very slightly to a point that doesn't cause pain and then isometrically try to raise them up again. After this, you could find that you'll then be able to raise them further if you try. This will be due to post-isometric relaxation. More than one attempt might be needed with one of those methods. The first time might reduce the pain a bit. Then the next time might reduce it a bit more. These two techniques are used to loosen stiff muscles and joints but, as I found, they can be used to reduce pain. Your pain will probably be caused by inflammation from toxins but one of these methods is still worth a try if they don't cause any pain. You could also try relaxation techniques/meditation/autogenic training, etc. You are under a lot of stress. Reducing the stress will help.
  6. Hello mlaw84. I know you've been told you can do most exercises but, if I had had heart surgery, I would be very careful for quite a long time not to overly tax my heart. You have 6 months until your wedding - good luck and much happiness in that - but, again if it were me, I would do only gentle exercise for the next few months. I'm sure your husband-to-be would prefer you to be in good health rather than in good shape, if getting in good shape could put you at any risk. Perhaps you could try some isometric exercises in different positions for each move, to keep your muscles strong until you can resume heavier work. Are you doing squats or other exercises that use the larger muscles? Have you been cleared to do them? When your heart is fully recovered and you've regained some cardio fitness, you could give interval training a go, if you haven't already done it. But take to it carefully at first. Your diet seems all right to me but then I don't really bother with diet details - I just eat what I want. Some of the other people here might have some advice about your diet. Once again, good luck.
  7. How long have you had this and has there been no improvement in anything at all? I know you said you've tried everything but have the medical people suggested any further treatments, such as intravenous drugs - or have you already had that? I suppose if nothing's helping, all you can do is endure it with feelings of hope. I've had three periods in my life where I've been in great pain and discomfort. Two of those times, I was often in agony for long periods and when things were at their worst I could hardly believe that I'd ever get better. It just dragged on and on. Each day was frustrating and disappointing. And painful. But after what seemed like an eternity, I noticed things were getting better. During one of these periods I wrote down how I felt each day. I'd record how I'd slept, how I felt in the morning, what it was like when I had to go out, etc. As I looked back over the diary entries I noticed changes and improvements from how I'd been months before, and they gave me hope. Keep going, Rich, and stay hopeful. I look forward to the day when you tell us that things are improving.
  8. Very sorry to hear you are suffering so much, Rich. Don't leave the forum - you can always come here for a bit of emotional support. James A. Duke used to be the head of the Medicinal Plant Resources Lab at the US Department of Agriculture. The following site has alternative/complementary medicine review articles and one of them about Lymes Disease is by him. In the search box type in Lymes Disease herbal treatments. You should find the article about Lymes by Duke. In the search box at the top of the page, where it says 'Find Articles', type in the words: Herbs with anti-Lyme potential and you'll find an article with that name that comes after a couple of advertisements. You'll have to click on: $result->getTitle() to get to the article. Under that clickable $result link, you should see the following, to show it is the right article: 'By what authority do I, a botanist, venture to write a short contribution for this special issue of Townsend Letter on Lyme disease? Like many... ' http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0FDN/ It's worth a try. Also, in his book, The Green Pharmacy, in the section about Lymes, he lists garlic, echinacea and licorice for their anti-bacterial actions. In the book, he says that a 1995 survey by the American Medical Association found that only about half of those diagnosed with Lymes Disease actually had it. The others must have been other infections. I don't know if diagnosis has improved since then. Good luck. Think of you daughter and your other loved ones, and how much they need you.
  9. Jobs are hard to find nowadays. By continuing to work there you might be able to do something that will help veganism - such as explaining to people why you are vegan and giving them leaflets. Better to stay there until you can get other work. It would be very difficult to find a job that wasn't connected in some way to cruelty. Humans have arranged things so that we can't avoid being part of the cruelty, and it is difficult to buy certain goods that aren't tainted with cruelty and abuse. I'm typing on a computer that might contain animal glues or milk products in the plastic. Our taxes go towards funding cruel medical research, and subsidising animal farmers and fishermen. We can't avoid being part of the cycle of cruelty. We can only do our best. Sometimes, our best is not good enough but what we do is better than those who don't care anything about anything and who don't do anything to ease the suffering of others.
  10. When an orthopaedic surgeon tells you that you have stenosis, spondlylosis, bulging discs, etc. you can probably believe him/her. But it doesn't mean that these are the cause of any pain or tingling. In a study (see below) it was found that 64% of participants, who had never had any back pain, were shown to have abnormalities in the spine that would have made them candidates for surgery. I'm not saying that the abnormalities in your spine are not the cause of your problems, but some or even all might not be the cause. And if they are, a certain exercise just might help you. As its helped me. My sister was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis and sugery was recommended. She asked for physiotherapy instead. After a few months of that she had no pain and can now walk as well as ever. There is just a bit of numbness in one of her big toes. I was told that I have stenosis and a very slight spondylolisthesis in the lumbar spine. Surgery was recommended. I declined. I bought a book called The Mulitifidus Back Pain Solution and did the exercise it recommends - the bird dog. I now have no pain. I am beginning to walk almost normally. I can lie in bed in any position, whereas not long ago lying, sitting and standing were very painful, and my quality of life is almost back to 100%. In the book he recommends doing the bird dog for the purpose of building strength but Stewart McGill recommends doing it for endurance, and says it should be held for about 8 seconds. That's what I do - 8 seconds each side for 15 reps. The multifidus muscles attach to every vertebrae - three or four pairs of muscles to each one. They are the most important spine stabilising muscles and nearly everyone with back pain has some of them weakened or malfunctioning in some way. I recommend getting the multifidus book for the reassurance it can give and the explanations about back pain. Buy it or get it from your library. If they don't have it, ask them to order it. The surgery that was recommended for me is similar to butchery. The laminae of three vertebrae would have been cut off, along with their ligaments and the multifidus muscles that attach to them. That would be about 12 - 20 multifidus muscles. And fusion of those three vertebrae would have been performed. I do weighted dips and weighted chin ups. These put no pressure on the spine. They act like a sort of traction and I think they have helped me. For over a year I was in constant pain and there were days when any movement was agony. I can hardly believe how much I've improved and how I am now free of pain. I am sure that exercising the multifidus muscles is what did it. -------------------- Study Shows Herniated Discs Seldom Cause Back Pain To get the full story we have to go back about ten years to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine involving the use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to diagnose back pain. In this study researchers (who were intrigued by the findings of several other studies concerning herniated discs) selected 98 subjects who did not have back pain or any other back related symptoms and sent them to be evaluated by MRI scans. What makes this interesting is that the evaluators were not told that these people did not have back problems. The results were pretty astounding and sent a shock wave through the medical community at that time. What they found was that 64 percent of the test subjects came back with MRIs that showed disc problems that normally would have marked them as prime candidates for surgery… except, of course, for one little problem… and that was that they did not have back problems at all! Over half of the test subjects turned out to have herniated discs, and a large percentage of these people - who did not have any back pain whatsoever - were diagnosed as having such things as spondylolysis, spondylolisthesis and stenosis of the spinal canal. Here are the exact findings: The most common nonintervertebral disk abnormalities in people without symptoms were .... rebuildyourback.com/herniated-disc/pain.php I haven't read everything in that blog but the foregoing makes sense and corresponds with what I've learnt. You might find some useful info in the next link: back-exercises.com/back_exercises.html Again, I haven't read everything on that site. ========== This next study tested (healthy) subjects by using the bird dog exercise. It is called four point kneeling here. They tested people in three positions: 1. With just a leg extended. 2. with a leg and the opposite arm extended. 3. The same as 2 but with more hip flexion. You can read the full study by going to the pubmed site and typing 16896840 into the search box. Then you'll see the link to the full study at the top right of the page that comes up. Click on 'Free full text article'. European Spine Journal. 2007 May;16(5):711-8. Epub 2006 Aug 1. Electromyographic activity of trunk and hip muscles during stabilization exercises in four-point kneeling in healthy volunteers. Stabilization exercises are intended to optimize function of the muscles that are believed to govern trunk stability. Debate exists whether certain muscles are more important than others in optimally performing these exercises. Thirty healthy volunteers were asked to perform three frequently prescribed stabilization exercises in four-point kneeling. The electromyographic activity of different trunk and hip muscles was evaluated. Average amplitudes obtained during the exercises were normalized to the amplitude in maximal voluntary contraction (% MVIC). During all three exercises, the highest relative muscle activity levels (> 20% MVIC) were consistently found in the ipsilateral lumbar multifidus and gluteus maximus. During both the single leg extension (exercise 1) and the leg and arm extension exercise (exercise 2) the contralateral internal oblique and ipsilateral external oblique reached high levels (> 20%MVIC). During exercise 2 there were also high relative activity levels of the ipsilateral lumbar part and the contralateral thoracic part of the iliocostalis lumborum and the contralateral lumbar multifidus. During the leg and arm extension exercise with contralateral hip flexion (exercise 3) there were high relative muscle activity levels of all back muscles, except for the latissimus dorsi muscle. The lowest relative muscle activity levels (< 10% MVIC) were found in the rectus abdominis and the ipsilateral internal oblique during all exercises, and in the contralateral gluteus maximus during exercises 1 and 2. The results of this study show that in exercises in four-point kneeling performed by healthy subjects, hip and trunk muscles seem to work together in a harmonious way. This shows that when relative activity of muscles is measured, both "global and local" muscles function together in order to stabilize the spine. PMID: 16896840 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] ---------------------- In the full study they also say: 'Stabilization exercises are designed to improve function of the muscles that are believed to govern trunk stability and, when these muscles are functioning optimally, they will protect the spine from trauma [10]. Stabilization exercises are often used in clinical practice. The four-point kneeling position provides a relatively low-loaded, non-anti-gravity posture in which good balance can be easily achieved when a neutral spine position is maintained [14, 31]. 'The single leg extension task in four-point kneeling provides both low joint loading and limited muscular activity, suggesting that this position could be an appropriate choice for persons starting a rehabilitation program for lumbopelvic pain [8]. In four-point kneeling an isolated contraction of the inferior fibres of the internal oblique muscle (IO) can be achieved more often and more consistently compared with a prone position [6, 38]. Haynes [15] suggests that the four-point kneeling exercise involves the whole body and in this way it could prepare the muscular loop and slings for upright bipedal functional tasks.' Good luck.
  11. I've read about people who say their blood pressure was lowered after going on a raw diet. Perhaps you were consuming a lot of sodium when you had cooked foods. You might now have low-ish blood pressure, which could lead to dizziness after intense exercise. Diet is used to lower blood pressure, don't forget. The DASH diet is supposed to be good for lowering blood pressure because of all the fruit, vegetables and potassium and magnesium it contains. Perhaps you're now getting more of these. In the following study a diet with a high proportion of uncooked food led to fat loss and reduced blood pressure. South Med J. 1985 Jul;78(7):841-4. Effects of a raw food diet on hypertension and obesity. Douglass JM, Rasgon IM, Fleiss PM, Schmidt RD, Peters SN, Abelmann EA. We examined responses to cooked and uncooked food in 32 outpatients with essential hypertension; 28 were also overweight. By varying cooked and uncooked food percentages and salt intake, patients acted as their own control subjects in this unblinded study. After a mean duration of 6.7 months, average intake of uncooked food comprised 62% of calories ingested. Mean weight loss was 3.8 kg and mean diastolic pressure reduction 17.8 mm Hg, both statistically significant (P less than .00001). Eighty percent of those who smoked or drank alcohol abstained spontaneously. PMID: 4012382 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
  12. Just a cautionary note: Some of the joint exercises on the gymnastics forum might not be advisable for non-gymnasts. Gymnasts need very supple bodies - especialy spines - and are probably willing to risk injury to get that suppleness. I'm not convinced that super suppleness in the lower spine is a good thing. The same caution could be applied to their exercises for the wrists and elbows. Gymnasts might need to do them but they could be running risks. Or they might not be. Still, there could be some useful information there.
  13. I read today that the body can only properly use about an ounce (30 grams) of protein at each meal. Anything else is wasted as protein The study was done in non-athletes, I think, but could be relevant for anyone. I'll have to look for it again. As far as I'm aware, if you eat enough calories - with a well balanced diet - you'll get enough protein. I didn't lose or gain weight when I became a vegan. My muscle mass remained the same. Was your previous thickness due to extra muscle or were you carrying a bit more fat than now? What's your diet like now? I'm sure there'll be someone here who can give specific diet advice.
  14. You might find something of use on the gymnastic bodies forum. In their 'getting started' section they have a thread about joint rehab and prehab. I haven't looked at it very closely but gymnasts probably know a thing or two about joint conditioning. Your trouble might be caused by 'unnatural' movements, as you mentioned. I know that when I hang from a pull up bar at full stretch - palms facing towards me - my hands want to turn inwards into a more neutral position. But they can't because the bar won't bend. It can hurt my elbows and forearms. My wrists used to hurt like the devil when I first started practising handstands but now I can happily do them without pain. I eased off on the days when they hurt or took a day or two off. Warming up the joints by doing some untaxing work to get blood flowing could help before doing strenuous exercise. You might try reciprocal inhibition and post-isometric relaxation if the problem is caused by muscle strain. They are normally used for tight muscles but I have found that post-isometric relaxation helped me when I had a pain in my left forearm which was very near the elbow. I would grab my right wrist with my left hand and squeeze as hard as I could for a few seconds. When I released the tension, my left forearm would be pain free for half an hour or more. Good luck.
  15. Great! I've been looking for something I saw a couple of years ago about the eating of grains thousands of years before agriculture was developed. Not exactly what I was looking for but it'll be very helpful in a certain project.
  16. How embarrassing for them. They should have been more careful. He must pretend to live in various towns because he comments on local issues. Perhaps to be seen as someone who should have a voice on the local issue. When I write to people in other countries, about some AR subject, I always tell them I'm from Britain, even if the issue is a local one. I like to think it leads them to believe their little town is in the spotlight and the whole world is watching. However, on sites where you have to give your post code before proceeding I usually give a false one. I don't want my name and post code to go on some database of potential terrorists. The UK is already in danger of heading towards being like a police state, and I don't want to help it along. Anyone who campaigns on AR or vegan issues could be seen as a potential danger. Another reason for this chap to pretend to live somewhere else. But he should have gone about it a bit more cleverly. What he's doing is not much different to what the meat, drugs/vivisection, oil and tobacco indrustries are doing. They use front organisations (such as the CCF, mentioned in the article) and professional lobbyists to conduct their campaigns. Drug companies fund patient groups to say how wonderful certain drugs are, etc. And they all have public relations departments to churn out letters to newspapers and articles putting their point of view. It's understandable that industries would use lobbyists and front organisations but some of them use underhand tactics. Again, understandable but not always to be condoned. And they have vast sums of money at their disposal. Those of us who advocate AR need effective and well controlled organisations to conduct campaigns so this sort of clanger isn't dropped again.
  17. Very impressive. The most I managed in chin ups, before injury made me start again with body weight, was 35lbs for 8 sets of 3.
  18. I haven't seen original documents concerning this but, knowing the EU, I believe what is said. Anyone know anything about it? I've long known that the EU can't be trusted to look after the interests of farm or laboratory animals, despite all their rules and regulations. They want to force the few EU states that presently ban ritual (unstunned) slaughter to allow it, and they won't force member states to uphold their own laws against cruelty. Look what happened in the jamie oliver case. That cruel sensation seeker slaughtered a sheep without stunning and has never had to face any kind of legal process. Millions of television viewers saw him breaking EU law but he appears to be above the law. And, I've been informed, Italian farmers routinely kill sheep like that. The EU does noting to force Italy to enforce the law. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article6860177.ece British civil servants are shocked! I trust these aren't the ones in the Home Office who colluded with HLS to cover up the illegal cruelty inflicted on monkeys in transplant research.
  19. I don't have much dietary advice. I don't bother much with planning my diet. I can only tell you what I do. There are probably people here who could give you some recipe ideas. I don't know what exercising you're doing or what experience you have but I have found that keeping active throughout the day helps to keep the fat at bay. I actually stand up and do six full range squats 7, 8 or more times each day. Not enough to tire myself out but enough to burn a few extra calories. One or two studies conclude that more than just exercise sessions are needed to lose fat - you have to avoid sitting for too long or too often because sitting can suppress the activity of lipase which then allows fat to recirculate in the bloodstream instead of being absorbed into the muscles. This was seen in pigs but was later seen in humans otherwise I wouldn't have believed it nor mentioned it. Again, not knowing your experience, I don't know what other reasons you have for exercising but, if it's for general health, walking is suggested by one study to be very necessary: ---------- Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports. 18(6):736-741, December 2008. Walking, vigorous physical activity, and markers of hemostasis and inflammation in healthy men and women. Conclusion: Regular walking is associated with lower levels of hemostatic and inflammatory markers independently of vigorous physical activity in healthy men and women. ----------- I've only read the abstract but it makes sense to me - which is why I try to keep active throughout the day regardless of what 'formal' exercise I take. For fat loss, I would try some interval training a few times each week and some reasonably vigorous walking a few times each week. The interval training could consist of weights as well as the more usual non-weight types. And a good diet of veggies. My diet isn't the best, consisting as it does mainly of bread, tea, soya milk, tahini, apples, nuts, raisins and baked beans, but it would be great for anyone with the addition of more veggies, fruits, rice, lentils, quinoa and some other good things. I keep away from most highly processed foods and especially normally avoid cakes, biscuits and sweets. Avi Lehyani, who's interviewed on this site - http://www.veganbodybuilding.com/?page=bio_avi - talks a bit about his diet. You might get some ideas. He mentions soya but says it is hard to cook. You can try tofu and other soya products. No cooking involved, except for a bit of heating up. --------------------------- From the Lehyani interview: How would you describe your nutrition program? I am not a person inclined to culinary quests, I keep my diet to the most simple ingredients. My staple foods are whole wheat bread, brown rice, oats, and beans. I consume very little soy as I find it very hard to cook and the whole phytosterol controversy makes it suspect for the moment. I do not consume oils per se but I will always include fat containing foods like tahini, olives, avocado, nuts etc. I don't concern myself with calories except making sure I eat enough for the day. Vegetables are a must and always in quantity but I don't really look for the much more expensive organic kind. So in other words: Carbs 65% Protein 20% Fats 15% ---------------- I've been reading a very interesting discussion/fight on baye.com and seriousstrength.yuku.com about fat loss, diet and exercise. I am more confused now than I was before I started reading it. So I will continue to do what I think is best - which has always worked for me in everything except interactions with women. Good luck.
  20. But, being a vegan, you have an advantage over puny meat scoffers. You should have to carry a 25lb disc in a back pack to even things out a bit.
  21. This must be a difficult group to join. The Bar-barians are a team of elite bodyweight specialists, founded on the goal of achieving physical perfection while providing the ability to motivate, inspire, train and treat our members and guests with respect and professionalism. Bar-barians was founded in 2004, in Brooklyn, New York. To become a member you need to prove - video proof - that you can do the following: 1. 40 Dips. 2. 20 Pull ups. 3. 50 Press ups. 4. 5 Muscle ups. All within 6 minutes! All must be done with straight form, no breaks between exercises, any order except muscle ups must be at the end. I wouldn't fancy even trying to do it.
  22. I would try partials, especially at the level of the sticking point. And if one leg seems to be stronger, I would do some one-legged squats or step ups for that leg. Or I would use a heavier weight for a time and do fewer reps. Or I would use the rest-pause method for a time. What about greasing the groove? Or perhaps you need a rest or more rest. Or perhaps not.
  23. This could be of help but don't think it will protect you if you go on smoking. Eat soya but also give up smoking. Be strong. Good luck. From the journal Respiratory Research: Superfood soy linked to reduction in smoker's lung damage risk People who eat lots of soy products have better lung function and are less likely to develop the smoking-associated lung disease COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). A study published in BioMed Central's open access journal Respiratory Research has shown that consumption of a wide variety of soy products can be associated with a reduction in the risk of COPD and other respiratory symptoms. Dr. Fumi Hirayama and Professor Andy Lee from Curtin University of Technology, Australia, worked with a team of respiratory physicians to poll 300 patients with COPD from six Japanese hospitals and 340 age-matched control subjects from the same areas as the patients about their soy intake. Dr. Hirayama said, "Soy consumption was found to be positively correlated with lung function and inversely associated with the risk of COPD. It has been suggested that flavonoids from soy foods act as an anti-inflammatory agent in the lung, and can protect against tobacco carcinogens for smokers. However, further research is needed to understand the underlying biological mechanism". Soy is a constituent of many Japanese foods, including tofu (soybean curd), natto (fermented soybeans), miso soup (fermented soybean paste), bean sprouts and soy milk. It has been claimed that soy foods reduce cholesterol and can alleviate menopause symptoms. This is the first study to demonstrate the association between consumption of the superfood and a reduction in the risk of developing COPD. COPD is characterized by progressive decline in lung function, and encompasses chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Long-term cigarette smoking causes almost 90% of COPD. This research only shows an association between soy intake and a reduced risk of developing the condition; the best preventive measure is still to abstain from tobacco entirely. From: Soy consumption and risk of COPD and respiratory symptoms: a case-control study in Japan. BioMed Central (2009, June 28). Superfood Soy Linked To Reduction In Smoker's Lung Damage Risk http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-06/bc-ssl062409.php
  24. Yes, Rich, those are planche press ups. They can be hard on the wrists. Using press up handles or putting your hands on dumbells might help. I didn't realise how much pain you are in. I hope you have a speedy full recovery. Yes, falling is a concern when doing handstands. I had a nasty experience recently when attempting to do an eccentric press to handstand - lowering down from instead of rising up to a handstand. I must have been leaning too far backwards and my arms gave way. I fell straight down and landed on my head like a pile driver. I won't be trying that again this year. One way of finding if handstands will be painful is to do a modified press up. I've seen them called tiger press/push ups and pike press ups. I tried a few before attempting handstand ones. The move is illustrated at the bottom of this page: http://www.beastskills.com/Handstand%20pushup%20beginner.htm I'm sure you'll find some suitable pressing/pushing movements that you can do until you are back to full health. Be careful. Regards, Martin.
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