Does Dry Needling Work? The Current Research Reviewed

An increasing number of physical therapists (PTs), in the United States and throughout the world, are incorporating the dry needling (DN) technique to treat mainly musculoskeletal pain (MSP). So much so, the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT), in their most recent DN resource paper (1), dated July 2013 (pp2), state that “The volume… Continue reading

Does Ligandrol (LGD 4033) Work? Full Review Of The Evidence

After finishing reviewing Beta Alanine, D Aspartic Acid, and Cissus, I decided to turn my attention to something a little more controversial. Ligandrol was a natural choice. Ligandrol or LGD-4033, is a selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM) discovered by Ligand Pharmaceuticals and currently under development by Viking Therapeutics [1], [2]. That sounds very technical and it… Continue reading

Does Cissus Quadrangularis Do Anything? Full Review of The Research

Cissus quadrangularis is a plant widely used in traditional Ayurvedic and African medicine across India, Asia and Africa. It was next on our hit list of popular supplements in the fitness and bodybuilding communities, after Beta Alanine, and D Aspartic Acid. (FYI: We since published a lengthy review on Ligandrol for the same series) It was… Continue reading

Does oregano oil have health benefits? The research reviewed.

Plants have been used since antiquity to treat a wide range of medical conditions including infections. Nature has endowed plants with essential oils which help the plants fight off threats such as harmful parasites (8). The hydrophobic nature of essential oils disrupts the cytoplasmic membrane of microbial cell walls resulting in cell death (13). This… Continue reading

Does D Aspartic Acid Do Anything? The Research Reviewed

Aspartic acid, also known as aspartate, is an endogenous, or non-essential amino acid. Non-essential amino acids are amino acids (the building blocks that make up proteins) that can be made by the body, so they don’t have to be provided by food. Us humans can (and do) also acquire aspartic acid through the consumption of… Continue reading

Are There Benefits To Beta Alanine? Here’s What Research Says

There are lots of claims made by the fitness industry to convince consumers to part with their hard earned cash. Right now, beta alanine is being widely promoted as the hottest supplement around for bodybuilding and other athletic performance. (Not to mention Cissus Quadrangularis, D Aspartic Acid, and Ligandrol that we’ve also covered.) There are many… Continue reading

Do Foam Rollers Actually Work? A Review of the Evidence

Easy.. unlike some of those ridiculously complicated gym equipment items. Cheap.. compared to expensive ongoing visits with masseuses, physiotherapists, or myotherapists. An at-home, and portable, fitness solution in our increasingly busy lives. What’s not to like about the concept of foam-rollers? It is yet another self-help option readily available to us, in the popular and ever-growing… Continue reading

Are There Health Benefits To Magnesium Supplements? Are You Even Deficient?

Have you noticed the buzz around magnesium deficiency, and supplementation, of late? Do a quick Google search and you’re bound to be overwhelmed by the plethora of information on offer. But, how accurate is it? I think you’d be surprised. Read on. No doubt, it’s a mineral vital to our overall functioning and wellbeing. It… Continue reading

Kombucha’s Health Benefits? Science Says There Are None

I don’t understand how anyone can call kombucha tea a ‘health beverage’. In a nutshell, here is the problem: The so-called ‘health drink’ weighs in with less than one hundred research studies behind it. When you eliminate the studies that associate kombucha tea with anthrax, death, ICU admissions and then discount the studies on ducks,… Continue reading

The Truth About Turmeric (Curcumin) & It’s ‘Benefits’

There is no doubt about it. Turmeric (Cucurma longa, Family Zingiberaceae) is flavor of the month these days. The easily recognizable bright yellow rhizome is native to southern Asia. The primary phytochemical of Turmeric is curcumin and Ayurvedic medicine considers it to be the ultimate superfood… Just FYI. Full disclaimer here. I love Turmeric and… Continue reading

10 Benefits Of Lemon Water That Someone Just Made Up

Now what could possibly be better than starting the day with a tall glass of cool refreshing lemon water or cradling a cup of lemon infused warm water? According to a number of bloggers this morning ritual brings a myriad of health benefits including immune boosting, liver cleansing, treatment of flus and colds, protection against kidney stones and the list goes on. None… Continue reading

Huperzine A: 3 Common Claims Unsupported By Science

15 SECOND SUMMARY: Huperzine A (HupA) is a compound extracted from Chinese club moss. It inhibits an enzyme that degrades the learning neurotransmitter acetylcholine – meaning that HupA may increase memory and cognitive function. Huperzine A has been trialled as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease and results suggest an improvement of cognitive function, daily living activity,… Continue reading

Bee Venom Therapy Is Not A Safe Alternative Health Treatment

15 Second Summary While it may seem a natural and safe alternative, there is limited quality research on the effectiveness of apitherapy treatments, and there is the potential for associated adverse events. The scientific community is divided on the effectiveness of apitherapy, and although there is enthusiasm surrounding its potential medicinal uses, until there is… Continue reading

Will A “Squatty Potty” Help You Poop Better? The Evidence Reviewed

15 Second Summary The Squatty Potty is a simple device that claims to help people defecate more easily and more fully. It’s creators also allude to health benefits from it’s use, such as a “healthier colon”. Unfortunately, in reviewing scientific research done on body position during defecation we found only poor quality, highly limited studies,… Continue reading