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  1. The sad thing to me is the brainwashing starts so early on and is so thorough even fairly intelligent hard working people get caught up in it, and the only way out is to take a step back and do some individual research, which most people won't do. I know several highly educated people that believe most of the b.s. the left spews simply because they've never been taught what lies beneath many of the core tenets. I have noticed a couple of liberals I know have started to question things a bit when they saw what next years health insurance bill is gonna be though. I almost think the best thing conservatives could do is start a series of commercials educating people on core concepts via pointing out a few key facts & figures, like explaining how lower corporate taxes increases U.S. job growth and draws money to america, how open borders increases crime and raises taxes, etc. It wouldn't be difficult.
  2. This sumbitch has a pretty interesting book/blog at anonymousconservative.com In a nutshell: I think a lot of it is sociology, at least among the white liberals. They've basically lived in a utopian environment their entire lives (mainly due to parents/grandparents capitalizing on a capitalistic society) have never experienced any real stress, and think other groups will be like them if given the same environment. But that's hardly the case.
  3. Enjoyed reading the write-ups. Looks like a worthwhile line. Good to see you still have the will to research and put supplement strategies together.
  4. Everything mobility

    Pretty good. I'd add something for hamstrings and something for calves: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=na9K8Oozo6k https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tztWVIWRFfw And definitely something for upper back/thoracic spine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dXJw4nx_fE Also get that ball and put it on your traps and the ridge of your scapula and roll around on it. If you like more movement based stuff look into the functional movement screen and run through a few of those movements every day, especially the overhead squat.
  5. What's up Par? Good to see you have the board back up. I was just thinking the other day how awesome this board was back in the day. There's still nothing I've seen anywhere that can touch the level of science this board had back in the ~2003-2005 era.
  6. L-histidine

    I ran across some interesting stuff on histamine while doing some research on methylation. Many people with mental disorders tend to have either high or low histamine levels in the brain. People with low histamine: run high in copper and low in folic acid, - they tend to be overmethylated and will feel worse when taking something that increases methylation like Sam-E. People with elevated histamine: run high in folic acid, benefit from increased methylation (Sam-E, methionine) http://www.nutritional-healing.com.au/cont...ical%20Subtypes Doesn't Paxil somehow affect histamine signaling?
  7. 7alpha-OH versus 7-keto DHEA

    That is surprising. Maybe the lethargy and joint pain come about through another mechanism. I am at least as bad as Eclypz when it comes to getting low cortisol type effects. I coud sleep 18 hours a day on a squirt of FL-7
  8. Bumping this back up since I had a couple of questions that might be relevant to the topic: Just to clarify, the slowdown group is the one with the normal stress response? The burnout group is more inclined towards excessive cortisol/ ACTH insensitivity?
  9. The HB equation tends to overestimate I believe....yeah, here it is..10--15%....not a whole lot: The biggest overestimations in RMR I've seen was 30% and that was in states of semi-starvation. Never looked at how much the equations can underestimate those with high RMRs.
  10. re: constipation All that fiber can do the opposite of what you want it to. Take a brief read through this: www.fibermenace.com
  11. What am I doing to my body?

    Why not eat more food? You have the energy and willpower to type this stuff out surely you have the energy to put the fork to the mouth and repeat. Yeah sure serotonin is nonexistent and all that...you could boost that from 5-HTP or any number of other supps, drugs etc. But eat more food and you'll boost it naturally. Your activity is not all that excessive...for a recreational bodybuilder, yes, but not really for an athlete. The freuent urination thing often occurs with dieting and low bodyfat. It's from a combination of elevated stress hormones and excessive fluid intake (to blunt hunger). Don't worry you're gonna have to get a lot lighter then 150 before you die from starvation.
  12. Do ACTIVATE and XT have any common fillers that might cause the same allergic type reaction in a person? Any chance that some XT got mixed in with the Activate betas?
  13. Yes I would think the cytokine sensitivity is one of your problems or at least it's a factor. It's all about the efficiency with which your body stays in homeostasis. I'm not sure if i mentioned earlier or not but in someone with a very sensitive "over-reactive" type of metabolism they tend to have a hard enough time staying in homeostasis even without any other external influences trying to knock them out of it. I've likened the hardgainer physiology similar to what most people only experience after a bad breakup, a divorce, or some really emotional upsettting event that throws their entire physiology off kilter. Muscle gain is difficult when recovering from life itself is difficult. But anyway, you can't go full bore all out all the time. Six weeks is about the length of time that ANYONE can make consistent strength gains when training full bore and all out each session in mostly a non-periodized fashion so you're not alone there. Additionally, a lot of people can over-reach slightly for several weeks then pull the intensity back and get a slingshot effect as they supercompensate. Learn to identify those symptoms and when they start to appear pull back and cut volume at least in half and cut down on frequency and most importantly listen to your body. I tell people to rank themselves ona scale of 1-10 for energy, motivation, and sleep every day and write it in their training log. lf you can't give yourself at least a 7 in all 3 categories then take the day off. Sleep is ultra important
  14. Hmm...well the first thing is determine what it is making you skinny fat in the first place. In many instances people like me overcomplicate things so much when the real problem is many people simply eat too much junk, don't get enough activity, and don't have the metabolisms to handle the excess energy they're consuming. Even a genetically gifted person can get skinny fat under the right circumstances. Having said that, providing a person is training and eating hard, the main problem is they can't synthsize new muscle protein fast enough to account for their excess energy intakes necessary for protein synthesis to occur whereas a genetically gifted person can. Skinny fat is generally not much more then a problem with partitioning. Building muscle is rarely the problem providing someone is willing to eat enough. In other words anyone willing to eat themselves up to 350 lbs will build a lot of muscle in the process. The problem is not building muscle all the fat that comes along with it. In a perfect world you'd be able to easily get the excess nutrients to your muscles without risk of any spilling over into fat. Well, in the real world it's not easy but it is doable. First thing you do is improve your diet. Feed your muscles more. If you're the type that gains fat at a normal rate then that's more protein less carbs. Get that protien on up around 50% and pay more attention to your carbs. Now take the next step. Improve partitioning beyond that. You can do that by making use of a storage tank for excess nutrients known as glycogen. It accounts for 1200-2000 calories of immediate storage in the avg man and you simply learn to use it to your advantage. In other words, use cyclical diets. You take a couple of days and briefly deplete your storage tank (eat lower calories and do cardio, HIT, light weightlifting etc). Then you take several days and slam your muscles with excess nutrients while the excess goes into your storage tank rather then fat. Then you keep repeating that process over and over. The 2 phases complement each other. The low calories increase sensitivity to he high calories. Most people can get good results with a 10 day plan with 7 moderately high calorie days and 3 low. That's about the cheapest solution for skinny fat you can find if you're willing to work hard. Of course there are a couple of other things you can do. One is speed up the rate at which you synthesize protein and heighten the threshold at which you gain fat (take anabolics). Another thing you can do is a bit more creative and that is increase the density of your diet so that you are able to send an anabolic signal at a caloric intake level that does not stimulate fat gain. To do that you consume cellular hydrating and swelling supplements such as those in leptigen. creatine, ip6, taurine, salt, bcaas etc. Do that in conjuntion with my 2nd suggestion and you have a pretty good plan.
  15. Inflammatory response would've been a better word choice then immune response by me in that instance. But anyway, here are some interesting references that help illustrate what I was trying to convey with muscle injury, cytokines, CNS symptoms, overtraining etc. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.f...4113&query_hl=3 It is argued that high volume/intensity training, with insufficient rest, will produce muscle and/or skeletal and/or joint trauma. Circulating monocytes are then activated by injury-related cytokines, and in turn produce large quantities of proinflammatory IL-1beta, and/or IL-6, and/or TNF-alpha, producing systemic inflammation. Elevated circulating cytokines then co-ordinate the whole-body response by: a) communicating with the CNS and inducing a set of behaviors referred to as "sickness" behavior, which involves mood and behavior changes that support resolution of systemic inflammation: adjusting liver function, to support the up-regulation of gluconeogenesis, as well as de novo synthesis of acute phase proteins, and a concomitant hypercatabolic state; and c) impacting on immune function http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.f...5132&query_hl=3 The unexplained underperformance syndrome (UPS), previously known as the overtraining syndrome (OTS), has been defined as a persistent decrement in athletic performance capacity despite 2 weeks of relative rest. It has been proposed that UPS may be caused by excessive cytokine release during and following exercise causing a chronic inflammatory state and 'cytokine sickness'. This article extends that hypothesis by proposing that time-dependent sensitisation could provide a model through which the aetiology of UPS may be explained. In this model, the principal abnormal factors in UPS are an increased production of and/or intolerance to interleukin (IL)-6 during exercise. Strategies to attenuate the IL-6 response to exercise that may also reduce an athlete's susceptibility to UPS are proposed. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.f...1991&query_hl=3 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.f...6983&query_hl=1 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.f...7662&query_hl=3