Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: Vitamin D Conspiracy, Liver Health, and A Little Glute Guy

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Vitamin D Conspiracy Leads Straight to Big Pharma – Dr. Allen Spreen

Giving myself a little credit, I’ve been on the vitamin D bandwagon before there was even a bandwagon – lets just be clear here.  Moreover, given vitamin D’s role in improving bone health, helping with depression, decreaing fatigue, and it’s overall effectiveness with turning people into barrell chested freedom fighters, it should come as no surprise why I was touting it as the “next big thing,” all the way back in 2008.

Thing is, though, as more and more research spills out of the medical world on the merits of supplementation (or just simply getting more sunshine throughout the day), there are seemingly more and more naysayers out there who are kind of douchy – big pharma being one of them,

Liver or Let Die – John Meadows

This was a fantastic article by John Meadows that details just how much of a big deal the liver is not only for general health, but how it also plays an integral role in fat-loss as well.

Interview with Bret Contreras – Dean Somerset

No surrpise here, Bret drops some knowledge bombs.  I love Bret for many reasons – his smile, his witty personality, his charm – but most of all, I love him because he’s humble and not scared to tell it like it is.

And, it certianly doesn’t hurt that he gives me some props in the interview (which, admittedly, wasn’t warranted). Thanks to both him and Dean for an awesome interview.

ou happen to come across any filming of The Hobbit while in New Zealand, you HAVE to send me pics!!!!!

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Comments for This Entry

  • R Smith

    Tony, Really loving this Somerset guy. (I read his blog daily.) Damn good content that I frequently "appropriate" for my own purposes. Have a great weekend, guys. RS

    March 4, 2011 at 7:49 am | Reply to this comment

  • Henock aka Nock

    Tony, It was great reading about your Proteges.....:D

    March 4, 2011 at 11:08 am | Reply to this comment

  • Steve

    Good stuff as always. Dean's blog rocks and Bret is dead-sexy, in a completely normal, hetero-bro sort of way of course.

    March 4, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Bret Contreras

    Haha! Thanks @Steve! @Tony, I've been meaning to tell you, last weekend I stayed in my professor John Cronin's house in the Kaimai's, which is just up the road from "Hobitville." The city actually has a big sign that says "Hobitville" because so many tourists pass through there. It was beautiful, but unfortunately I didn't see any hobits.

    March 4, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Reply to this comment

  • K Logan

    Great links, but I would have to slightly have to disagree with the first one by Dr Allen spreen. There are a few foibles I had with this guy... 1. "Spend a minute in the sun each day" Ok, this is just false - the guidelines for sun exposure in terms of Vitamin D synthesis are... "...for an older woman with fair skin, exposure of 6% of the body surface (face, hands, forearm) to sunlight for 15-30 minutes, 2-3 times per week would provide the equivalent of 15 µg vitamin D/day." (NHMRC 2010 2. This guy is a crank; look at the ads on the side of the page refering to "Miracle Mineral Solution". This is a supplement that is targetting individuals with Crohnes disease, which is a chronic immflamatory condition gastrointestinal tract. Simply put, MMS is industrial strength bleach and it has a FDA warning on it... I reckon this guy is leaning into conspiracy theories about the FDA, and probably any other large organisation. My opinion, he;s off into tinfoil hat land.

    March 4, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Goi

    If 30min exposure in the sun would produce at least 10000IU, is there any benefit of Vitamin D3 supplementation if you live in a tropical country?

    March 7, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Reply to this comment

  • K Logan

    Only if you didn't have access to the outdoors - I'm talking about those who are beddridden or infirmed (i.e. the sick or the elderly). Other than that I don't see any real need to supplement with vitamins if your diet is healthy and you spend the requisite time outdoors. I really don't see the point in supplementing with common vitamins(maybe with the exception of fish oil), because it really only should be done in certain populations - such as iron deficient individuals, or people thinking to get pregnant/or who are pregnant with folate. Regular vitamins generally are not absorbed to a sufficient degree where fruit/veg is sufficient

    March 7, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Reply to this comment

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