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Sore Muscles? Here's the Magic Bullet

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Two days ago, I skied a big powder day at Snowbird. The Wasatch Mountains had seen almost 50 inches of new snow this week. The powder was thigh-deep and I was raring to go! Ski Utah!

Skiing deep powder can be punishing. Most people make five turns and have to take a break. I will typically ski from top to bottom without taking a break-- but because it was my first powder day of the season, I fatigued, and had to stop once or twice each run.

Yesterday I was sore. My legs and butt were achy, and I tried to avoid the stairs.

I did make a couple mistakes. First, I skied a little too hard. Second, and this is a big one, I took a long, hot shower when I got home. Hot tubs and hot showers exacerbate the trauma of strained and over-trained muscles. This is a no-no.
Listen closely; don't do it.

From my days as a bodybuilder, I knew exactly what would cure my sore legs.


The problem is, like carbs, not all protein is created equally. People think eating
chicken is just the right thing. As an iridologist once told me, "You might as
well eat the feathers."

Protein is the ultimate cure for over-training, but it must be absorbable.
What proteins are absorbable? Whey is the most absorbable protein for
the human body. It's best to buy it in powder form so you can make a shake. You can find Whey at GNC or your local grocery store.

The next most absorbable protein is egg white. Here's the catch: It must be raw. Just as soon as you cook, blend, shake, or even stir an egg white, the molecular structure changes significantly, rendering it almost useless to your body. For the ultimate protein shake, follow this link.

I drank one shake yesterday afternoon, and sprang out of bed this morning, ready
to get back on the mountain.

Tommy Kirchhoff is an expert in Taoist health systems, exercise and athletic training. He studies under the world-famous Grandmaster Victor ShengLong Fu.


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(Let's just call him "Bob")

Thanks Bob !
For that wonderfully informative and
entertaining volley !

Bob doesn't believe in acupuncture,
so Bob doesn't believe in alternative medicine.
If you do, you know about Bob.

Bob likes to beat his brains out running
and peddling on his little bicycle.
If you don't, you know about Bob.
(mad monkey on a trike peddlin' backward ?)

Bob doesn't believe I am a qualified expert,
although I have studied these topics at the
university level (not just on google);
I have also tested everything I profess--

plus we had to give Bob his name...

So what about Bob ?
Try not to worry about him too much.
Evidently, he's finally going to hump
someone else's leg.

January 25, 2010 - 1:31pm
EmpowHER Guest

I completely understand the risks and benefits of my chosen activities. I choose to do what I do after evaluating those risks and benefits. I do not believe my lifestyle is the best for everyone, and expect others to pay attention and learn as much as they can about health, fitness, disease, etc. from qualified experts and make their own choices. or they can EAT ProtieEN!!! make good body!!1! eggheadzz stoopid!!!

Anyway, I see I am dealing with someone who knows-it-all, so this will end my comments.

However, for anyone reading this other than the author (and by the 'read count' there aren't many of you), please think.

January 25, 2010 - 12:47pm

Ironman trainer, perfect !
An egghead hamster on a wheel !
"Less desirable aspect of Ironman-distance
racing..." I'm surprised you realize there
are some.

If you know so much about this stuff,
let's just say it's more than what I know,
why aren't you writing for EmpowHER,
using your name and offering footnotes
for each line of your article ?

Dear Anonymous Egghead,
I want to help you. Please read this
blog so that you might not hurt yourself
too badly:

You should actually try protein and
acupuncture, and see what happens--
otherwise, all you're doing is subjecting
yourself to anti-placebo.

January 25, 2010 - 12:16pm
EmpowHER Guest

I guess I should have figure the ad-hominem attack would be the first response.

Anyway, to discuss the points of the article and comment from the Author.

Drinking raw egg whites, Taoism and Acupuncture are not scientifically proven to do anything they are claiming. Neither are crystals, chi-unblocking or worshiping pink unicorns, but don't let me stop you from doing any of that.

The problem comes when you take an authoritative voice on these subjects, as you do when you write for a health/medical publication (online or not). You have a responsibility to your readers to provide accurate information. If you are writing based on your opinion, make that very clear.

Effects of protein supplementation on DOMS has been studied, as has massage, ice/cryo-therapy, stretching, homeopathy, ultrasound, vitamin C supplements and electrical current modalities. Massage has been shown to reduce the pain (but not swelling or reduced strength) associated with DOMS, but the remainder of these have had no impact whatsoever.

Now, the following should NOT matter to anyone reading this (please, reader, separate the message from the messenger - do some critical thinking). The reason I am interested in this topic and why I read your article is that I am highly active and am always looking for the latest research on these subjects. I currently train around 15-25 hours per week (focus currently is Ironman-distance racing) and am looking to maximize results while minimizing less desirable aspects of said training.

But hey, call me an egghead and stick your head back in the sand. Just don't drag other folks down there with you.

January 25, 2010 - 12:00pm

First, this comes anonymously.
How scientifically credentialed is this person
if he or she needs to remain anonymous ?

Second, this person clearly enjoys
doing research, but does this person
actually D.A.E (do any exercise) ? As someone
with an enormous foundation in muscular
development, I learned long ago--
through research-- that nutrition is the
only way to combat over-training. I actually
tested the info, over-trained, and found
absorbable protein to mitigate muscle
soreness 100 percent.
Guess what ? It worked again last week.

Taoism is considered "pseudo-science" by
eggheads like this--
but it's practices are tried and true
over thousands of years. I bet this person
would say the same of acupuncture, that
there simply is no science behind it,
therefore, it must also be a placebo.

A funny thing about scientific research
is that it takes funding; so there are lots
of things that never get researched.

Last, salmonella is no great danger to
an adult. If you are exposed to it, you
are likely to only get loose stools.
Like the information in all blogs, one
may read the abbreviated info and
do the research for personal growth.

I imagine this anonymous nerd sitting
too close to the computer screen, reading
all day long through coke-bottle glasses,
hurling spears at community do-gooders
like myself because we truncate our
blogs without detailed met-analysis.

Hey Anonymous !
Try some jumping jacks and a protein
shake, and go hump someone else's leg !

January 25, 2010 - 11:40am
EmpowHER Guest

Sounds like protein shakes are an effective placebo for you (as well as a day of rest) I know it's a lot to ask, but 'Where's the science, please?'.

Currently, there are no known, quantifiable, testable (and all of those other science-y words) treatment for DOMS (Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness). There has been some recent promising studies on protease enzyme supplementation, but that is very preliminary and not even close to being useful for the general population.

By the way, that link to the protein shake containing raw egg whites is downright dangerous advice. It shows a complete lack of any understanding of science, mathematics or statistics. (If Salmonella is found in one in 30,000 eggs, which is HIGHLY debatable, it doesn't mean you personally have to eat 30,000 eggs to get one with salmonella.)

January 25, 2010 - 10:44am
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