Episode #119: Part II of The “Bionx Supermodel” Interview

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In this November 10, 2010 free audio episode: Bionx Supermodel Interview Part II, the ketogenic cycle diet, smartphone apps for calorie counting, barefoot cross training, is distilled water healthy, commuting to work on a bike, taking fat loss supplements before a run, doing a half ironman after a marathon, pain on the inside of the knee, and cramping from tea and coffee.

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Featured Topic: Bionx Supermodel

You can access Part I of this interview by clicking here. James Autio is considered to have one of the most brilliant micro-nutritional minds in the world. James has been providing a top-secret “legal” performance enhancement aid to world class athletes, soldiers, and high-level CEO's for years. In this audio interview, James is introducing the theories and practice behind his greatest creation ever, entitled “Bionx Supermodel”.

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Listener Q&A:

Dan asks: I have read about the ketogenic cycle diet and wonder if you could provide a brief review of it.

Alan asks: Is it possible that drinking caffeine – tea or coffee – before working out can cause cramps? I ask because I have repeatedly been getting cramps in both the right side of my neck and my chest.

Mike asks: I cook a lot, mostly with “real” food, and generally it's pretty complex. Do you know of any smartphone apps that you can plug either a recipe into and then it will tell you what the nutrient/calorie content of a set amount would be?

Paul asks: Just wondering, with so much focus on the benefits of barefoot running, wouldn't it make sense to do cross training barefoot. I usually do yoga and core workouts barefoot as I feel it gives me a little more of an unbalanced feeling. Other than considerations of things like weights falling on your feet, and athletes foot in a gym, couldn't all cross training benefit from going barefoot?

Les asks: I was wondering what your opinion on drinking distilled water on a regular basis was.

sensei_k asks via Twitter @bengreenfield: Any adjustments needed to periodized tri training to accommodate aerobic 10 mile rides to & from work (5 days)?

John asks: Next year my current race schedule has me running a marathon with my son one weekend and competing in a 1/2 ironman the following weekend. Is one week enough time to recover from an “easy” marathon effort in order to truly compete in a 1/2 ironman the following weekend?

Jeffrey asks: I am currently training for a Marathon and because of my schedule I do all my runs in the early morning. Typically I will run before I eat and then within 45 minutes of my workout. For my long runs I need to fuel up so I eat first thing. I am overweight (5'10” / 210 lb.), so I am using the LeanFactor and ThermoFactor supplements. My question is this, should I take the supplements before I workout (1 hour before Meals) or should I wait until my second meal of the day before starting the daily regimen?

Chris asks: I have some moderate inflammation on the inside side of my left knee. Do you have any advice on how to relieve this pain and/or stretch this area of the body and how to strengthen my body laterally w/o a recurrence of this pain?

Graeme asks: Just wanted to get your advice on some exercise that will help to prevent Runners Knee.

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11 thoughts on “Episode #119: Part II of The “Bionx Supermodel” Interview

  1. Stefanie says:

    Trying to find out how to get this and cannot. What’s up? When I click on the link I’m sent to a bicycle site.

  2. Blaine says:

    Looking through the dietary profile of Bionx Supermodel I don’t see any amino acids included. Am I missing them?

    1. James Autio says:

      Dear Blaine,

      No, you aren't. BIONX SUPERMODEL is a micronutritional product, not a macronutritional product (source of energy from the macronutrients carbohydrate, protein (which is composed of amino acids), and fat).

      Yes, BIONX SUPERMODEL does have beta-alanine which is an amino acid, but it is used for specific purposes (a building block of carnosine and also of pantothenic acid, which is a precursor of coenzyme A). Incorporating a full spectrum of free-form, essential and non-essential amino acids would offer little benefit and would take up valuable real estate better served by other mission-critical nutrients that are conditionally-essential for optimal function under metabolically stressful conditions.

      We have a pipeline of potential new nutrients that will compete for positions on the BIONX SUPERMODEL roster in future releases. There is always the possibility that a specific amino acid will be added but it would happen only if it produced a specific benefit that worked in concert with the existing formula and not just as a source of energy or as a building block for general protein synthesis.

      With Appreciation,

      James Autio

  3. Mer says:

    Ugh. my head hurts. but I appreciate the breadth and depth of information.
    I also wanted to say a quick thanks for answering the issue of having a weak VMO without me asking :) ! i didn't realize how weak that tiny muscle is until I got plantar fascitis and was apparently overcompensating for the pain in my foot by changing my gait. Strengthening that muscle is definitely worth it for protecting joints and patella! those cable/band workouts are great as are supported squats while squeezing a soft ball or exer-disc between your knees.

  4. Larry Kagan says:

    Ben, thanks for the detailed response about riding to the office. Also, a great iPhone app for calorie counting, expenditure, and general training log is "Lean Me". http://www.leanme.net/

    It tracks weight, BMI, % body fat, photo log and more. It's more expensive then most but you get what you pay for.

    1. Jeff Hoening says:

      Wonder why James chose the cyanocobalamin form of Vitamin B-12 the much more inexpensive form of B-12 instead methylcobalamin, a more potent and expensive form. I've always used this as a barometer to gauge a multivitamin. If you use a cheap form of B-12, you likely applied the same logic to the rest of your product. Curious how he would respond.

      1. James Autio says:

        Dear Jeff,

        This a very deep question involving aging mechanisms, diet composition, and the molecular mechanisms of vascular damage. It has nothing to do with cost. In medical practices today and in the media the amino acid homocysteine (which is not of dietary origin) has been labeled as "bad" (which it is, but "bad" is a relative term…) and therefore let's measure plasma homocysteine and if it exceeds 13 mmole/liter than let's administer B6, B12, and folate to lower it. Mission accomplished. Yes, that does decrease plasma homocysteine but is that beneficial?

        The answer, at least theoretically, is no, it only worsens the conditions both for accelerated vascular damage and aging in general. There is an entire body of aging research that focuses on methionine exposure and I have studied this since 2000 and wrote about it in my second book Confessions of the Human Genome. It is unfortunate that that the bigger picture is not presented and only the half-truths are cast in stone and then marketed. The active form of B12–methylcobalamin–donates a methyl group (which is what differentiates methylcobalamin from cobalamin) in the biochemical reaction of converting homocysteine to methionine which is catalyzed by the enzyme methionine synthase. By amplifying the conversion of homocysteine to methionine all you have accomplished is an increase in the plasma concentration of methionine at the expense of homocysteine on a mole-to-mole ratio of 1.0 This is the last thing you want to do. I have a photo from a peer-reviewed study of the vascular cell wall when subjected to high plasma methionine concentration vs. controls. The thickening of the basement membrane and the free-radical induced oxidation of VLDL cholesterol on the surface and between the epithelium and smooth muscle layer is not a pretty sight. Similar outcomes manifest in the brain and all other tissues. No tissue is left behind. I have several very sobering papers on the profound negative impact of high chronic methionine dietary intake on lifespan in mammals. Search Medline: [methionine aging lifespan].

        Back to methylcobalamin v. cyanocobalamin in a supplement. Will using methylcobalamin (v. cyanocobalamin) alone cause the above damage? No, not at all. But I won't engineer or sell a product with it or use it myself. As for cost, the sum of ALL the vitamins AND minerals in BIONX SUPERMODEL, even though they are all best-of-breed, are small compared to the cost of the botanicals and nutraceuticals. Also, BIONX SUPERMODEL is not a "multi-vitamin". Yes, it serves that purpose (i.e. to prevent scurvy and rickets, etc.) but that is not what it is. Now, if you are making a product that is just a "multi-vitamin" then, Jeff, you are correct, the use of cyanocobalamin v. methylcobalamin would provide a manufacturer a nice improvement in profit margins. But I personally would not use the form of B12 as the litmus test for a micronutritional
        product's functional value.

        With Appreciation,

        James Autio

        1. Jeff says:

          Hi James and thanks for your reply. As in life, nothing is a simple as it seems on the surface. Thanks for taking the time to reply so thoroughly. I truly enjoy learning from people WAY more schooled on these topics than me. All the best in health to you.

  5. Paul:

    1) The cost was actually pretty similar once you add up all the supplements I take. It just SEEMS large because you're getting TWO bottles, rather than over a dozen.
    2) I took yellow level.
    3) I would actually recommend you take the dosage recommended for the level that you correspond to, although you may get some benefit from just one or two a day.


  6. Paul says:

    Couple of questions:
    1) you said you took it for a month and did not take your other supplements. Based upon the large cost, how did the cost of Bionix compare to your normal supplements?
    2) during your testing, which level did you take: blue, green, yellow or red?
    3) while this product is expensive it would also seem reasonable that even taking just one or two a day would give great benefits and thus essentially reduce the cost. Thoughts?
    Great topic and podcast

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