Episode #90: The Crucial Information That You Must Know Before You Touch Another Advil or IbuProfen

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In this April 14th free audio episode:what you must know about anti-inflammatory drugs, losing fat with mini-fasting, walk-running during a marathon, exercising during the HCG diet, is it OK to eat anything you want if you stay lean, omega 3-6-9 blends, triathlon wetsuits, eating dates during exercise, sockless shoes, carb cravings at night, and what books do I recommend?


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Featured Topic: In today's featured topic on anti-inflammatories, I interview natural healing expert and physician Dr. Roby Mitchell, also known as Dr. Fitt, who addresses the following issues:

Why more people die from NSAIDS like ibuprofen and celebrex than from HIV infection…

Why studies have associated NSAIDS with thromboembolic phenomena such as “heart attacks”,kidney damage,and GI bleeds accounting for around 16,500 deaths each year…

How NSAIDS actually impede cartilage repair and can cause cartilage loss…

What about for athletes who are sore, or who want to be able to run while sore…would it be OK for them?

After an injury, should an individual take a NSAID?

If NSAID’s are not advised, what are alternatives, and how do they work?

During our interview, Dr. Roby Mitchell, mentions that one alternative for pain from inflammation  is Phenocane. Phenocane is a natural anti-inflammatory and COX2 inhibitor that relieves pain and eliminates inflammation without inhibiting COX1 development like aspirin does or causing many of the liver and stomach problems that ibuprofen and Advil do.

In other words, it prevents the production of an enzyme which is bad for you without inhibiting the growth of one that is good for you. COX2 enzymes have long been thought to be one of the causes of cancer in the body and they are known to help sustain PGE1 (Prostaglandin) which is the secretion that causes inflammation and the pain that results from it. COX2 is an enzyme that protects the lining of the digestive tract and bloodstream.

Phenocane is a safe and popular alternative to pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories, giving you all of the benefits without the harmful side effects. Click here to try Phenocane now, and use code “NATURAL” for free shipping to the US.


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Listener Q&A

Do you have a question for Ben? Just click Ask a Podcast Question at the bottom of this page and leave a voicemail, leave a Skype voicemail to username “pacificfit”, or e-mail [email protected].

Listener Tina asks: “I'm training for my second Ironman.  The run holds the most challenge for me with my lack of experience and GI issues.  I plan to use the Galloway method. My question is, what distance length vs.. walk time should I use.  Presently I've been training with run 1 mile / walk 2 minutes.  Is that reasonable? Should I always train the same distance vs. time on my long runs or should I change it?”

Listener Autumn asks: “My partner and I are considering doing the hcg diet.  We have a great naturopath here in Oregon who will work with us.  However, she does not work with athletes very often, and we had a few fitness related questions.  We will be doing Reach the Beach (a century ride) on May 15th.  We are both very active, exercise regularly and eat very healthy foods.  This will be the third time we've done the ride.  We are worried about being able to train for it while doing hcg, and wonder if we should wait till after the ride to start the hcg protocol.  Also, how much exercise is ok to do while on the protocol?”

Listener Corey asks, “I have a question regarding general nutrition, i am male, 36 and train for olympic distance triathlon around 15hrs per week, i don't eat fast food or heavily processed food and eat meat rarely,lots of beans and lentils hardly any vegetables, i eat a lot of bread (4x loaves a week) and cereal, i choose grain bread and a wheat based cereal with skim milk, i will have a protein shake with flaxseed oil daily and snack on pistachios and fruit, i always have lots of energy, sleep well and have no health issues and keep very low body fat percentages without trying and can lean down to my race weight in a week easily,my question is should i try and cut down carbohydrate intake and eat more veges and meat even though i have always eaten this way and doesn't seem to give me any problems and as mentioned energy levels, sleep etc are great.”

Listener Amy asks: “I am fairly new to Triathlons and I am looking to make a wetsuit purchase.  Do you recommend specific brands?  I recently tried on an Aquaman Cell Gold wetsuit that boasts of the #40 neoprene throughout the entire suit.  It is a higher priced wetsuit and I wanted to know if you felt it would be a good purchase.  Being new to the sport, I am not sure if it really matters if I have a top of the line suit and if it would make that much of a difference in my swim time.”

Listener Bret asks: “What exactly would you suggest using to fuel during my IM. I have been training with PowerGels, Perpetuem and ShotBloks. I noticed that your 2007 IM Kona, you used Perpetuem but then in 2008 you didn’t…what changed? Also, the PowerGels by Powerbar have added sodium in them with the idea that you don’t have to take salt tabs…do I need more sodium than is in a PowerGel?”

Listener Casey asks: “I just read your article in Triathlete magazine on nutrition.  Good stuff!  I have heard a few times now that Omega 6 oils are a culprit for inflammation.  I often take the Udo's oil 3-6-9 blend.  I was wondering if the anti-inflammation properties of the 6 are somehow counteracted with the omega 3s.  Would I be better off simply taking a straight up flax oil or the like instead?  Incidentally Udo's 3-6-9 blend was also advertised in the same publication as your article.  Thanks in advance for the assistance.”

During my response, I recommend Casey listens to Podcast #86…

Listener Deb asks: “I know very little about bike power meters – except that they are ridiculously expensive. I've also recently heard of a power meter called an iBike – which is supposed to be very accurate and affordable. Because I know so little about power based training though, I'd love your opinion on the subject as well as your thoughts on the various products out there including the iBike.”

Lorenzo asks: “I was just talking to a buddy of mine that is an Ironman Triathlete and he suggested that I find a shoe that allows me to not wear any socks, what do you think?”

Listener Katharine asks: “I  have a question about dates.  During half-marathons, I have eaten organic dates with tremendous results in energy and endurance.  I am training for my first ironman, and would love to use dates as a main source of food for the race, and they seem ideal to me – delicious, high in natural sugar, etc.  However, my coach is worried about their fiber content leading to gastric issues. I am wondering what your thoughts are on this, and if you have any advice on the topic. Also, do you advise eating sweet potatoes, etc., on the bike in some way?  If so, how would you go about that? (I totally never thought of doing that!)”

Listener Cindy asks: “I have been trying to your Holistic Fueling plan. My problem is that I have extreme evening hunger. I have always been a big carb eater and my dinners would always be protein (chicken, fish or tofu), with a portion of veg (usually only 1/2 cup) and either rice, pasta or potatoes. Then I would have fruit about 1 hour later and sometimes a few crackers.

Now for dinner I have protein (fish chicken or tofu) and lots of veg and/or salad. I just never seem to get full without the carbs. Tonight I had a good size piece of grilled salmon, about 1 cup of asparagus and a large salad (lettuce, cucumbers and carrots). One hour later, my stomach is growling and I feel like I haven't eaten a thing.

I feel like I ate enough food through out the day:

6am – 1/2 cup applesauce and green tea followed by a 40 minute hard swim
7:30 – protein smoothie (vegan protein powder, 1 cup fruit and almond milk) and 1 egg
9:00 –  1 sprouted grain toast with peanut butter and coffee
12:00 – 1 sprouted grain toast with slice of turkey and cheese, carrots and celery with pb, 1/2 cup watermelon
3:00 – 1 apple, handful of almonds
6:00 – grilled salmon, 1 cup asparagus, large salad
7:30 – absolutely starving!!!!!

I drink water throughout the day, take 1 acidopholus tablet in the morning on an empty stomach, 1 calcium and 1 magnesium and a fish oil supplement in the morning and at supper time. Is my body just in carb withdrawal? It's been about 2 weeks since I cut back on the evening carbs. I do feel better and have been sleeping better but I hate this evening hunger.”

In my response to Cindy, I recommend Mt. Capra Double Bonded Whey Protein or LivingProtein as two late night snack options…

Congratulations to Cindy, who was nominated as the top question for this week's podcast! Cindy will receive a free month of membership to the Body Transformation Club, full access to the Club's secret video page, the life-changing piece of Club mail that I will personally send him each week, and much more. To learn more about the Body Transformation Club, click here.

Listener Paul asks: “Ben, in previous podcasts, you've mentioned books that you've been reading. What books do you recommend for either training or just a day at the beach, and how do you choose which books to read?”

During my answer to Paul, I mention the following books, which you can “surf” below: Run Faster from 5K to Marathon, The New Psycho-Cybernetics, How to Win Friends & Influence People, The Runner's Edge, Get The Edge by Tony Robbins, Tribes: We Need You To Lead Us, The Magic of Thinking Big, The Go Giver, Getting Things Done, Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money

In addition to the books below, I'm also smack-dab in the middle of “The Thrive Diet” by Brendan Brazier and recently finished “50/50 : Secrets from 50 Marathons in 50 Days” by Dean Karnazes and “Chi Running: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-Free Running” by Danny Dreyer.

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2 thoughts on “Episode #90: The Crucial Information That You Must Know Before You Touch Another Advil or IbuProfen

  1. Lance says:

    I really enjoyed the NSAID interview, since I know a number of people who treat it like “pain penecillin”. My personal approach is to NEVER use it. I feel my sensation of pain is a very important signal from my body that I want to monitor, not cover up. If I don’t the source (it’s usually obvious) then it’s time to see a doctor. There was another anti-inflammatory product mentioned that can be found in health food stores, what was it? It’s not the one listed in the show notes.

    1. I believe it was phenocane at http://www.pacificfit.net/supplements.php#phenocane

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