The 21st century mind body connection

Mind body connection has traditionally meant positive thinking & meditation. Perhaps tai chi or some other psycho somatic therapy. Later in the 20th century biofeedback technologies became popular.

In the 21st century advances in brain imaging have been linked to studies of brain function & cognition.

I saw a recent study last week where specific activities and thoughts were mapped and stimulated the exact same brain regions in all subjects regardless of culture and language. These were abstract concepts such as “the car is blue” or even more complex.

So while the brain is neuroplastic – it does have a genetically determined optimal configuration.

This means that there is a cognitive map for all human thought & behavior.

It means that patterns of thought & behavior entail patterns of brain region activity that are the same every time & in all people.

It means that people with special talents have duplicable brain activation patterns. Athletes & academic geniuses for example.

Currently western research into training these patterns into other people involve neurofeedback and tDCS. However MRI studies of acupuncture have revealed that stimulation of acupuncture points also triggers specific brain areas unrelated to the sensory experience of the acupuncture.

This means that deliberate stimulation of acupuncture points can be more effective at modulating cognitive protocols than tDCS.

It also means that cognitive activity will show a signature in the body.

What is required to do this is an extensive cognitive MRI map of the brain & its protocols and a similar map of acupuncture effects upon the brain.

In the mean time therapies such as tapping & qigong claim to do similar things but without the MRI & brain mapping we have no quantification.

http://www.pnas.org/content/95/5/2670.figures-only

Rotator Cuff tear nearly better

Wow its now nearly 11 months since the injury. This did not come on slowly. It came when I was putting my super weight vest on after 5 years of KB & cross fit training & many more of regular weights.

It was over night from super athletic – to miserable cripple.

Was it the compression of the vest or the ballistic KB’s? Both most likely.

Anyway its beginning to approach recovery. I can now do pullups – not full bodyweight, lat pull downs, pressups & most pec exercises.

I believe it is beyond 90% healed but it is still vulnerable to retear & still does not feel right.

I have found the past two month the most difficult emotionally. This injury has cost me thousands of dollars & even prevented me from moving to the UK.

Tougher than Primal – Going Bush in New Zealand

I grew up in a small town in rural new zealand. Hated the place & left in my late teens.

Spent most of my life in Auckland which is now fully invaded by immigrants. Its impossible to get a decent job here now.

So I am heading for the hills with my ass burned. I’m going fur trapping down in the Bay of Plenty.

Its prime possum territory & I have been down & been allocated a 2000 hectare block of back country bush with streams, landslides, a hut and impenetrable bush.

I plan to go in for 2-3 weeks at a time. My hut is an 8 mile hike up stream from the end of the road & I will be moving 100lbs + of gear in and out.

This means I will need to use flotation of some kind to transport my gear.

There is no power, running water or cell coverage.

I will use wind & solar power, water is no issue I’m next to a small river, satellite internet is a must but I may have to hack it as no provider here can offer me broadband in the bush.

I hope to bring out $1-2K of fur per week & still run my eCommerce business on satellite broadband.

No people, nature, peace & quiet and lots of hard physical bush work. It will do me some good for 3-4 months.

Dangers are rats that set off the possum traps, have leptospirosis and steal food, earthquakes & landslides. The area is very steep & rife with landslides. Oh yeah & it snows on accasion. So this will be tough.

Tougher than primal.

Peptide-O-Mania

OK now we have all heard about peptides right. Those injections some dudes take when they have injured a tendon or torn a muscle. Well yeah thats all well & good if you want to order them & make sure its a good supplier and then actually take the needle.

But face it compared to SARM’s & bioidentical hormones what can they do?

I mean it sounds like they have potential for further research but thats it right?

No – Peptides are & can do far more. In fact there are peptides that can lengthen your telomeres, there are nootropic peptides, cardio vascular peptides in fact there are peptides for every organ system in your body.

So you are saying yeah sure somewhere in a secret research lab or at some university.

No- that was 30 years ago. You see the peptides we are used to here in western sports medicine are frankly – not that good – compared to the peptides developed & tested on humans in Russia for the last 30 years.

Peptides with names like Epitalon, Thymuson, Endoluten, there are over 30 in fact.

Heres the deal. These were initially developed by the Soviet military to enable soldiers & astronauts to survive nuclear war & the radiation in space.

The man that devloped these compounds is Dr Khavinson & he is now 70 and still rather spritely.

Dr Khavinson is now a gerontologist & the goal of his research is to enable human survival to 120 years.

Many people have used these peptides for 20 years so there is a wealth of research & evidence. Nothing like this exists in the west. The Russians it appears were way ahead in peptide research.

Epitalon the pineal peptide is the one that extends telomere length. It is also a nootropic but they have two other nootropics too.

All of this stuff is available now, over the counter & it is cheap & medically proven.

Some research by the doctor: https://www.antiaging-systems.com/articles/351-peptide-regulation-of-aging

His personal website: http://khavinson.info/

Now normally with peptides I like to advise caution but in this instance I dont need to. There is 30 years of medical research backing it up. I say knock yourself out & shoot for 120.

Video – kind of cheesey but worth a watch:

Child Molesters – adults only

Heres my personal experience with a child molester.

They say that here in New Zealand one in ten children is sexually assaulted by an adult.

This is widely regarded to be an accurate estimate as most of these people are multiple offenders.

However most of them are not apprehended. Most of them do not even go before the courts.

I’m gunna tell you bluntly about my personal experience with this.

When I was 12 years old my parents marriage was about over – fights all the time etc.
There were 7 of us kids and me and my younger sister are 10 years younger than the rest.

So anyway the folks were having a fight as usual and I decided to go out for a walk and get away from it at about 6 pm.

By about 7pm it was getting dark so I made my way down an industrial street to get home faster. I noticed some dude walking some distance behind me perhaps 200 meters.

Being a 12 yr old kid out at night without permission this got me a bit scared so i thought about hiding until this person was gone. I told myself – no everything will be OK.

That was one of the worst decisions of my life.

I looked back behind and this dude was now jogging – it was pitch dark, no street lights at this end of the street. Next thing BAM this ****er grabbed me from behind and started to suffocate me around the throat.

This dude was pretty big, about 28-30 ish. I was immediately in shock – thought he was gunna pull out a knife and stab me to death right then and there. That sort of thing did happen in my town so I was convinced this was to be the end of my life.

I was in shock and on an adrenaline rush – started punching, kicking, screaming like crazy.

I fought that ******* with everything I had for about 15 minutes.

This dude was trying to strangle me to death, he smashed me in the face and I was bleeding from my nose. He kept telling me to shutup and he was going to kill me etc.

Finally I had no more energy and was paralized with horror. I was trembling with shock.

This sick ****er dragged my into an empty lot and lay down on top of me. I still thought he was just gunna pull out a knife and slit me up.

The came the worst, sickest realizaition you can possibly imagine. This mother ****er actually had an erection.

I was 12 man, and I aint gay. Prior to this moment I thought I was just gunna be murdered.

Christ why me !! How the **** could I get out of the situation ?

There was a house nearby and I could see them looking out the window to see what was going on – they could have saved me man – but they did not.

I hated those people for many years.

Ok so then the pervert started his sexual shit. He wanted to rape me , take photographs of it at his house and then kill me. This ****er dragged me behind some buildings stuck his hand down my pants, tried to perform oral sex and forced his finger up my ass.

Meanwhile I am terrified out of my mind, convinced I am about to be raped up the ass and murdered.

So by now an hour has passed since this nightmare began. I start pleading with this ****er to let me go. Oh yeah – he stuck a bag over my head that was from the local abattoir.

Anyway I couldn’t flee or fight so I had to use psychological tactics to escape.

I also got some clues to this ****ers identity. I lived in a small town of 4000.

He slipped his first name by accident, he knew my brother, my dad had taught him at school. Later that proved to be enough.

Anyway I finally escaped, convinced this asshole I would meet him in a week and he could molester me and my school friends.

I got home at 11 pm – my mother was waiting, I just said “a queer got me mum”.

It was so horrible.

We got the cops immediately. I was made to give statements over and over until 4am. They took all my clothing as forensic evidence.

Police policy with rape complaints at the time was to treat them as false during the first 1-2 hours. That’s exactly what they did. Finally they conceded that I had indeed been attacked by a child molester and began an investigation procedure.

The child molester knew were I lived and in the following week began to phone my house.

I was having nightmares every night. Had them for 3 years after that. Anyway the cops cooked up a plan that I would meet the child molester the following week at night in the park.

They would use me as a guinea pig then swoop in and catch him.

To cut a long story short they ****ed the operation up, chased him for a mile with dogs and spotlights and he escaped.

The following week me, my dad and brother got talking about the clues he had given to his identity.

He said my dad had taught him at school, he was about 28-30, his name was paul, he knew my brother who was about the same age.

Dad went through his school records and there was only one person called paul that was a match. Dad told the cops and they got this dude in for questioning.

I could not give a clear visual ID that would stand up in court because this guy had put a bag over my head so they let me listen to his voice.

I had seen his face but it wouln’t have stood up in court.

It was him 100% without any doubt. The dude that tried to murder me was Paul Hogan of kaikohe.

But without a visual ID it was not sufficient. Turns out this guy had raped about 10 kids.

Some of them became my friends later. One became my best buddy, we were gunna whack this dude. My friend actually knew him from the gym but was too terrified to report it to the cops.

As an adult he is still too freaked by the whole thing to tell the cops.

Anyway, I became a drug addict and a street kid for a few years after that. It ****ed my life up totally for about 7 years.

Now had there been DNA back then they would have had the bastard as during the police stakeout I ran off with his jacket. Had they kept that evidence for 25 years they would have had the DNA. But of course they did not.

Frankly the Police handling of the whole thing was a slapstick disaster. They had the guy caught in a stake out right there in the spot lights with dogs & cars chasing him.

Justice was not done. Frankly I always wanted to take a gun & kill him and his kid fucking family.

Perhaps one day.

The great vitamin C & E debate

I hate the lies, half truths and bullshit surrounding the pharmaceutical VS nutraceutical industries.

Researchers are in many cases biased by financial gain on either side if the fence.

Small short term studies will do the SEO & press release circuit touted as irrefutable evidence of whichever side is in favor.

Here’s my take on it.

1. If you are taking high dose Vitamin C & E then all cofactors should also be in a balanced ratio.

2. A double blind study of 30, 100, even 500 people is irrelevant. Only a metastudy of 1000 or more people can make such research relevant scientifically.

3. A 2-3 month exercise study is also irrelevant. The effects of over training and training adaptation do not become significant until after this time frame.

So as there is abundance of disinformation I will share my educated assumptions

1. Antioxidants are good for you and increase lifespan & quality of life

2 Exercise is good for you and increases lifespan & quality of life

3 Worthwhile exercise, diet & supplementation are permanent strategies, not short term or even long term

4 One of the basic principles in bodybuilding is periodization & we periodize our diet to match our training

So if you are going to take high dosages of some supplements for whatever reason, all co factor nutrients must also be increased. The co factors of cofactors must also be increased

A high dose will not be used long term it will be cycled to match training intensity, injury & recovery

Looking specifically at Vitamin C & E. The research papers currently being touted are short term & with a small number of participants.

The claim is that as antioxidants decrease the inflammatory response to exercise this reduces adaptation in the immediate time frame & these small studies are evident of this

Here’s the thing. Are you prepared to grow & adapt a bit slower if it means you can train for the rest of your life with less injury & greater resilience?

Because I can almost certainly guarantee that this is what a long term study will show. That long term the antioxidant groups out last those showing short term & immediate gains

The balance of course is periodization

Training Around a Shoulder Injury

The average time for recovery from a rotator cuff injury OR surgery is nine months. It may take six for some people & twelve for others to get to the same point but for all it will be eighteen months before you are really back to your old self – if indeed you do heal.

So now at eight months (sounds like a pregnancy) I am pretty good. Certainly everyday it gets a small percentage better & I have noticed this all along.

Now I can do full body (100+ kg) hangs easily without pain. I can do light lat pulldowns, even pec deck flyes without pain. But only light.

The two exercises I am not doing are overhead press & bench press – I will wait another six months for those.

I have lost no strength apart from the shoulder. That’s because I kept training from day one of the injury – just avoiding the shoulder.

You may as well take time out & focus on other stuff.

1: GRIP – you can train grip until the cows come home with an RC injury & it will come in handy too during the later phase of physio when you are doing a lot of bar hangs to open the shoulder joint. Early on bar hangs will not be possible due to bursitis & pain. Don’t worry in a few months you will hang with strength.

2: HIIT cycling – On a real outside bike & inside on the incumbent machine. My cardio is up & my thighs are pumped. Also a dramatic increase in erections with the real outside cycle sprints. I do have a special two piece seat to protect my gonadal circulation. That’s important as cycling with a normal seat that sticks up your ass definitely causes impotence & probably prostate disorders too.

3: Core training – Go hard its no problem with an RC injury.

OK that’s it for 6-8 months give your shoulders a rest apart from a strict physio discipline.

What have I learned form my injury?

1: To periodize a joint centric program of physio based protocols. To get my joint structures prepared for the ravages of life beyond 50 which for me is a year from now.

2: To use SARMS, Peptides & HRT when possible as well as other anti aging protocols.

3: To partake of life’s pleasures & maintain a sense of humor.

Sadly a month back one of my old school buddies killed himself after 18 months with a broken ankle & torn ligaments. I know another guy that did the exact same thing a few years ago but he had snapped both Achilles completely & had the ankles fused in surgery. Frankly both guys would have been better off with amputated feet & prosthetics.

Anyway I enjoy chasing the young ladies far to much to consider topping myself.

Berghaus Vulcan – an awesome backpack

berghaus vulcan

I just ordered one of these from the UK. Its widely recommended online as the best military style Bergen.

Berghaus do have a few varieties of awesome bergen such as the cyclops which is a later model.

I chose the Vulcan because of its attachments for external strapping. Apparently a third bag can be added to the back too.

This sucker is a huge 120 liters & with an external day pack hooked onto the back could be 150 liter.

Just what I need for my adventures.

berghaus bergen

berghaus vulcan

This is how much gear you can fit in a 120 liter pack:

Here is how to pack one:

Hang like an Ape to save your shoulders

When it comes to the shoulder there are two main types of injury which interestingly represent the two extremes of shoulder function.

1. Dislocation
2. Impingement

Now impingement injury in our society is way more common than dislocation. How many people can you think of that dislocated a shoulder?

I can think of one only – my brother who did it having an epileptic fit. Maybe a couple of other people vaguely lurk in memory as having said they did it once.

Impingement on the other hand which includes bursitis, torn tendons, tendinitis and rotator cuff syndrome well I can think of over a dozen people very clearly and probably many more if I try and remember.

Why is this and what is the difference between the two injury types?

Well we are evolved from apes that love to swing from tree’s.

brachiating gibbon

They dont just like doing it they love it.

And guess what – we have the same shoulder structure as an ape. Our shoulders are also designed to hang & swing.

Most of us, even athletes, however do not. Now little kids do it instinctively and some jobs require it. For example sailors in the age of sail used to hang, climb and swing all day. Tree pruners and fruit pickers do it.

But the jobs that involve this activity are limited.

When we do hangs and swings we are stretching & opening the shoulder joint. When we do other activities like back packing, weight vest training or overhead pressing we do the opposite. We compress the joint and its bones.

Neither extreme causes any problem until it is done to excess in an imbalanced manner.

What can happen then is the structure of the joint is altered adversely. Too much hanging and yanking and your shoulder joints acromium process will become too loose and open. This will increase probability of dislocation.

Too much back packing or pressing and the joint gets squashed down & the actual bone deforms and bends downward. This rubs on the tendons, which get worn and frayed then tear.

Its quite simple. The answer is to balance hanging with carrying. Do both in balance. If you have done too much of one, do the other for a while to readjust the joint structure.

For me I did very heavy weight vest marches and lots of super heavy kettlebell work for 5 years with very little bar work. I tore my rotator cuff as a consequence.

acromium process

OK so thats the how and why of shoulder injury and as most of us do not climb ropes for a living but lift stuff or sit on our big fat ass – its impingement that is the most common injury of the shoulder.

If you have an injury or tear you will need to see your physio and go through the standard protocol of therapy while doing your best to avoid surgery. That is what I have done for six months and standard time for tendon repair is nine months but twelve is not uncommon.

So now I want full return to strength I came across the next stage of rehabilitation in this book:

kirsch shoulder book

The program is very simple but the book provides all of the evidence to back it up. Simply dead hang from your bar a dozen or so times per day.

After your hanging do very high rep very light dumbbell front, back & side raises all the way up to overhead.

Initially it hurts but as the joint opens the impingement & bursitis clear up and the pain subsides. There is no danger of tendon tear as the book illustrates but you had better be sufficiently advanced in your recovery.

There is no way in hell I could have done this a month or two back but I can now. Also the tendons may be safe in the hanging position but is actually getting into that position another story?

OK so this program is also a prevention for all crossfitters, kettlebell trainers and backpackers.

Do your time on the bar. Hang, its not the same as pull ups – hang. The other bar work is a bonus.

Another good thing is actual brachiation, swinging from bar to bar – thats what your shoulder evolved to do.

Longevity Supplements

The following supplements have scientifically proven benefits for extending lifespan:

IGF-1 found in colostrum and deer antler. The affect of IGF on elderly and seniors in pronounced. Greater strength and musculature, better connective tissue and general youthfulness.

DHEA and 7-KETO again these are of great benefit to seniors enhancing androgenic profile found in small amounts in pine pollen.

Pterostilbene & Resveratrol. You most probably have heard of resveratrol, pterostilbene is a super derivative that activates more mitochondrial factors. If you want more mitochondria that work much better take both.

NAD+ is a derivative of niacin vitamin B3.

— Promote Sirtuin Gene Activation (using SIRT1 and SIRT3)

— Enhance The Growth And Efficiency Of Mitochondria, Which Boosts Physical And Mental Energy Throughout The Body

— Optimize Metabolism

— Enhance Cognitive Health And Reverse The Effects Of Aging On The Brain

— Promote Insulin Sensitivity And Encourage Healthy Blood Sugar Levels

— Repair DNA

OK so these represent a good basic anti aging regimen with an emphasis on mitochondria and hormonal profile. There are of course 50-100 supplements you can take to enhance anti aging and brain function.

When you eat food you get a full range of nutrients just in too small of a quantity for any pharmacological effect.

When taking supplements expect the same. A larger range of carefully chosen supplements will be better than just a few.

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