Thursday, November 28, 2013

Formulate Your Own Supplements

Generally, I don’t take supplements.  But when I do, I buy them in their pure, powdered form and encapsulate them myself. 

A supplement company does the same thing, only on a larger scale.  It acquires pure, powdered supplements from one of the few supplement manufacturers and packages them into dosage units (e.g. capsules or tablets).  Then, it bottles those dosage units into containers that bear the name of its company, before selling them, at a premium, to wholesalers and retailers.

Not only is doing it on your own cheaper, but it also allows you, the user, to decide on the type of dilutant[*] to use, as well as to avoid certain excipients that may be necessary on a large production scale, but unnecessary (and possibly allergenic) for making supplements at home for your own use.  You also get to create your own unique mixtures of supplements, and to vary the proportions of the supplements in those mixtures – handy for self-experimentation purposes.[†] And, lest the requirement for comprehensiveness be disregarded, some powdered supplements taste awful, so encapsulating them automatically gets around this taste factor.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Preserving Brain Function: Principles, Pitfalls, and Practical Conclusions


I recently had the opportunity to attend a physician-only-lecture at a hospital about the use of ketogenic diets for the treatment of epilepsy in children.  If you at least casually follow the discourse on this dietary approach on the interwebz, especially with regard to the interest of effecting cures, you’d probably think that not only should all children with epilepsy be placed on a ketogenic diet, but that failing to do so amounts to nothing less than egregious malpractice; another failure of the medical profession to employ the best treatments available because of the inherent evils of pharmaceutical companies and of patent medicine.

The truth is, although there are a myriad of proposed mechanisms as far as how ketogenic diets work (review articles have been rapidly accumulating in many different medical publications) no one can really say one way or the other, and to suggest otherwise points to an utter lack of thoroughness in reading of the literature on the topic, a bias in the interpretation of said literature, or both.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Diet Dogma Rears Ugly Head Again: Become a Fat Burner, Eat Your Own Crap, and Live Longer

Holding my dog up against my chest moments before he had peacefully taken his last few breaths, I thought about how cold his hands and feet were; how slow his heart beat and breathing were; and just how much he had shrunk and atrophied.  Of course, these are all the consequences of aging, a topic that I try to avoid thinking about because thinking about aging leads to thinking about your own mortality, or the mortality of those close to you. 

A great amount of money is spent on things that could possibly delay the aging and the advent of the diseases associated with it, including hormone replacement therapy.  But this demented idea to meaningfully delay aging has spawned some dreadful ideas that have little basis in science.