Posts Tagged ‘medicine’

The Effects of Medicine on Your Fitness

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

A major topic in sports medicine is understanding how drugs can effect athletic performance and how to avoid unwanted complications. Many drugs have side effects that might be exaggerated by strenuous exercise.

Strenuous Exercise

Prescription drugs are controlled because of their side effects. The topic can be divided into drugs that affect the body versus drugs that affect the mind.

Pain Killers

Mood altering drugs and pain killers, like NSAIDS, can affect performance. A person who is advised to avoid driving or operating machinery should also be careful around exercise equipment and free weights. These count as heavy machinery, so any drugs that affect coordination should make a person rethink some of the exercises that they do.

A power step machine is safer than running on a treadmill, and weight lifting machines are safer than free weights.

Blood Pressure

Drugs that affect blood pressure might disqualify a person from intense cardio. Some people need medicine that raises their blood pressure, but cardio further increases blood pressure. Someone suffering from high blood pressure as a disease is also at risk. It is better to ask a doctor for a routine and stick to walking until then.

Diet & Exercise Reduce Diabetes More Effectively Than Drugs: Study

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

What is The Most Effective Treatment for Diabetes?

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Diabetes affects more than 1 in 10 adults in the United States, and the number is only growing—thousands of patients will be diagnosed this year, and most of these patients rely on medications in order to keep their blood sugar levels manageable.

The medications marketed for the treatment of diabetes allowed drug companies to rake in many billions of dollars, but it has become clear that the medications are not very effective against heart disease – the number one killer of diabetes patients.

Read more about other diabetes related complications and some of the best ways to manage diabetes with the help of a healthy diet by visiting,


Can Lifting Weights Lower Your Risk of Diabetes?

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

DB Deadlift ChickThere’s something you might not know about type 2 diabetes: anyone can get it. The onset of this form of the disease need not be related to heredity, although instances in your family may raise your risk for developing diabetes. However, you should also know that the condition is not unavoidable, even if you do have a family medical history to contend with.

What is Diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes develops when there is too much sugar in your blood, a condition known as hyperglycemia. Normally, your body creates insulin that breaks down sugar so that it can be stored in cells and burned off as energy. But over time, excess fat in the body can reduce levels of insulin being produced and create an insulin resistance in cells.

While the main cause of type 2 diabetes onset is thought to be obesity, the truth is that you can have a slim physique with a high percentage of body fat. The point is that even people who don’t necessarily look like they’ll develop diabetes may be prone to the disorder. And lifting weights can definitely help to lower your risk.


Meth Mayhem Alert Indicates Use Of Drug On Rise

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

This is a Project Swole Public Service Announcement

Smoke MethWhile many recent reports point to a decrease in the use of methamphetamine over the past few years, some experts believe addiction trends are manifesting in the form of meth mayhem. Drug use is on the rise across the United States, including continued patterns in the dangerous stimulant drug. Obtaining a modern-day understanding of meth addiction provides insight that could help us detect and prevent tragedy.

Meth mayhem is not only affecting rural communities but is plaguing society as a whole and the idea of a “meth user,” is not necessarily always correct. In fact, many adolescents are using this drug because of its availability and price.

Conventional “Meth Abuser” Profiling Outdated

When methamphetamine became seemingly popular overnight in the early 2000s, a meth addict stereotype was formulated based on a majority of what the media focused on. The prospect of missing or rotten teeth and sore-covered skin became a scare tactic used by law enforcement to eliminate abuse. While certainly these aspects of meth abuse should be understood, it is the less gruesome alternative that has managed to remain hidden in the many years since meth became so popular.


Proof That Doctors Don’t Know Everything

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011
Doctors Smoke

No offense to doctors, but in my experience, when it comes to fitness and nutrition…

Scientists > Doctors

And then of course there are the scientists who ARE doctors. Usually you can’t go wrong there.

Please Help Support Bella Tucker

Thursday, May 20th, 2010
The Bella Tucker Fund

Please Help

You think you have it bad? Maybe you do, but I’m sure 99.9% of your stories are not as unfortunate as what has happened to an 8 year old girl from Londonderry, NH named Bella Tucker.

Who is Bella Tucker?

Bella is an 8 year old third grader who was a budding gymnastics star, loved to ride her bike and listen to music, liked going to school and hanging out with her friends, and is now going to be confined to a wheelchair without her own arms and legs for the rest of her life.

A cute little girl with long blond hair, Bella attended South School Elementary in Londonderry, New Hampshire and was a talented member of the Phantom Gymnastics team. Maybe she will do those things again one day, but for now she is confined to a hospital bed at the Children’s Hospital in Boston. She and her family need all the help they can get.

What Happened to Bella Tucker?

Bella Tucker
Bella Tucker

Easter Sunday 2010 was going to be a fun-filled day with egg hunts, jelly beans, and Easter dinner with family. As the day progressed Bella began to feel under the weather; she eventually developed a fever and had the chills.

She went to bed early with what appeared to be flu symptoms, but woke up early in the morning with a fever of 103, complaining that her hands and feet were cold. Bella’s step-dad rushed her to the local emergency room, where doctors said she needed to be transferred by helicopter to Boston Children’s Hospital.

No one could have guessed what would happen next; Bella and her family would never be the same.

Surviving Streptococcus Pneumoniae Sepsis

With a temperature that peaked at a whopping 105.8 degrees, doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital initially figured she might have meningitis. They were wrong. Two days later Bella was diagnosed with streptococcus pneumoniae sepsis, a rare form of pneumonia that had stopped the flow of oxygen to her arms and legs.

With a 10% survival rate for streptococcus pneumoniae sepsis, the future did not look good.

Doctors placed Bella into a drug-induced coma, no one could be sure if she would ever regain consciousness. After 5 days she emerged from her coma, but her body had already sustained severe tissue damage.


Fish Oil and Hash Help Prevent Psychotic Episodes

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Fish Oil Helps Prevent Psychosis

Crazy Fish
Crazy Fish

A study of potential schizophrenics has determined that supplementing with fish oil, primarily long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, can reduce the risk of ever developing full-blown schizophrenia or bi-polar disorder. In fact, supplementing with fish oil was found to be equally effective at preventing psychotic episodes as anti-psychotic medications.

The study was conducted with 81 patients at ultra-high risk of developing a psychotic disorder. At the end of the study, less than 5% of patients supplementing with fish oil developed full-blown psychosis, while nearly 28% of patients in the placebo group transitioned to a psychotic state.

This is great news for adolescents, since that age group is highly affected by the weight gain side effects of anti-psychotic medication. Supplementing daily with fish oil sounds like a great idea to me.


What is the Weight Loss Drug Contrave?

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Weight Loss Drug Contrave Receives Positive Feedback From Clinical Studies

Food Addiction
Food Addiction

Scientists and drug companies are still hard at work searching for a magic weight loss pill. So far they have had about as much success as a one legged man in an ass-kicking contest, but they have made some headway.

A product called Contrave has been introduced by Orexigen Therapeutics Inc. as the best and brightest future star of new prescription weight loss products.

Contrave is the first weight loss drug to combine an anti-depression and smoking cessation drug called bupropion with naltrexone, which is prescribed to fight alcohol and opiate addiction.


What is Swine Flu? and 29 Other Swine Flu FAQs

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Cute Pig
Could this piggy kill you?

The current Swine Flu fears are both justified and overrated.

The fears are justified because of the 7-8% death rate in Mexico of a contagious disease, for which we currently have no direct vaccine.

The fears are overrated because that death rate seems only to apply to Mexico, and the virus itself does not seem to be replicating uncontrollably throughout the world.

Currently the status of the disease warrants Mexican quarantine, worldwide concern, but not yet worldwide panic.

Hopefully this document will allay some of your fears and answer some of your questions about Swine Flu.


Sudafed with Pseudoephedrine

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Finally I am starting to feel just slightly better after battling illness for well over a week. This is still just a short nonsense blog post, but I finally feel comfortable writing material again.

I did end up having to go to the doctor, who ended up prescribing me antibiotics. But I also wanted to mention that I picked up some generic Sudafed with Pseudoephedrine, and that really helped a lot with trying to deal with my stuffy sinus infection.

Don’t get the Pseudoephedrine-free version though, as I hear it doesn’t help that much. Instead, ask for the real deal at the pharmacy window. Most stores no longer stock the high Pseudoephedrine based Sudafed in the isles, instead they have it protected in the back room where the pharmacists are.

That is all I have to say for now, as I am exhausted and must get to bed.