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  1. This is how all leading causes of death can be reduced to almost nothing in a way that's profitable for everyone. With the increase in number of deaths exponentially since 2008, this is the last time in human history it will be possible to reduce deaths to near nothing - and have there be a period for 10-20 years where no one is dying from anything until old age. I think humanity should do this to prove that it can: 1. Heart Disease - resources used to make junkfood are used instead for fuel for cars and industry and feeding livestock for red meat, which is actually incredibly healthy for us. 2. Lung Disease - land used for growing tobacco would be used instead for healthy edible vegetables and possibly cannabis if federal or state law allows for it. 3. Medical Errors - simple change in hospital policy: doctors pair up per patient and have their discussion with the patient, same room, same time. Nurses pair up like this as well. 4&5. Strokes and Alzheimers (also epilepsy, leukemia, dementia) - we desperately need to safely reconsider our power grid; a good option would be solar panels made extra safe. For liver failure, acetaminophen bombed by military (at 40k deaths a year, this stat has been hidden from internet); Kidney failure - make sure everyone has clean water. Pancreatic failure - household cleaners discontinued. Higher on the List: Breast and prostate cancer are completely misdiagnosed to mutilate. For comparison, ear cancer only has mere hundreds diagnosed a year - other organs with names that are forgotten have never even been diagnosed with cancer. Please repost/reprint; There is nothing more important.
  2. I did three readings, SYS was 140-160 DYS was around 70 Heart rate around the low 60's. Any Idea why my SYS is so damn high but the rest normal? I don't drink, smoke, I exercise, I am a healthy weight, Cheers PS the readings were on several different days
  3. Hi all, I am 29 and returning to training properly again after 3 years. I am struggling a lot. I feel very weak, struggle with dizziness, lighth headedness, poor strange and no pump etc. I remember how i used to feel like and and how i could go on and on and enjoy my training and how it felt. But now is nothing like then. To give an idea: When i stopped i was 78 kg and deadlifted 150kg 2 -3 reps. I am not 84 kg and cant deadlift more than 85kg.... One other thing to note is age i feel like i am older than i was so perhaps hormones has to do with it?? The biggest change in me that i know of is the mental issues. I have gone through quite a lot and and want to include this in the question because this might have to do with it. Thanks for your thoughts. Any analysis, thoughts would be helpful.
  4. Heart monitoring (Most important/effective way) *LABWORK IS LIMITED IN PROTECTING YOU FROM HARM/DOES NOT SHOW THE DAMAGE* 1. CT scans to get calcium score and check blood flow through all the chambers/etc 2. EKG to check the rhythm (rule out v tac/a fib/etc) 3. Echocardiogram; will show you heart function via ejection fraction and structural changes like thickening, narrowing, hypetrophy/myopathy, etc. This is the trifecta of AAS damage prevention. I recommend doing these every 6 months-2 years depending on your genetic risk, pre-existing conditions, lifestyle, cycle history, etc. You WILL catch any damage from AAS before it happens using these 3 tests, and most of these things are reversible when caught early. They cannot prevent acute causes of death/hospitalization like stroke/heart attack, but keeping your heart healthy is a big part of preventing those two events, controlling BP/HCT are the other two. CBC : Check HGB and HCT. You want HCT between 40-50%. Too low can cause low energy and endurance due to anemia. Too high (polycythemia) will make the blood to thick and make your heart work much harder to pump blood, decreases blood flow and increases the risk of high blood pressure and increase coagulation (increased risk of stroke/heart attack). Donating blood can deplete ferritin levels. You want ferritin over 60. Kidneys: You want GFR over 60. If you take creatine or carry a lot of muscles, sometimes this number can be artificially low. Another cause of low GFR is poor thyroid function. GFR stands for glomerular filtration rate, basically, how quickly your kidneys are filtering your blood. If you have above average muscle mass, use the african gfr reading if available on your labs. Other ways to gauge kidney health are cystatin and microalbumin levels. High BP is what kills kidneys, period. Keep your BP under 140/90 mmhg and your kidneys will almost always be safe. High blood sugar is the 2nd major leading cause of kidney disease/dysfunction. Lipids: Cholesterol levels are overrated and the total count is not too important, but you want to have as high HDL as possible as it has a protective effect on arterial health. AAS will lower HDL, especially tren and winstrol. This is not a problem as long as you don't do it year round for long periods of time. Keep your cardio exercise up (130-150 BPM , 30 mins x 3-6 per week) and keep your average resting BP no higher than 135/85 mmhg long term. This will have a more significant effect on heart health than lipids. Liver: AST/ALT under 100 is fine, unless this is crazy elevated for long periods, it won't be a problem. TUDCA and NAC are very effective and increasing the livers natural defenses and preventing cholestasis. This is when the bile stops flowing properly through the liver and one of the main causes of oral AAS induced liver toxicity. IGF-1: It's a good idea to keep an eye on this as you age, generally, levels between 170-300 ng/mL are good. GH increases igf-1 which is how it works for anti-aging, well-being and muscle growth. If your levels are low, bringing them up will help you age healthy and strong. Total T/Free T: Good to keep an eye on as you age or if you are cycling off to gauge natural testosterone recovery. Ideal levels for most people are 700-1,000 ng/dL for total testosterone, the average for a normal man is 500 ng/dL and can fluctuate due to genetics, lifestyle, and/or injury to the testes. You can google a calculator to convert the number to your metric system. The higher the test level, the harder it becomes to control things like E2 (estrogen), Hematocrit (blood thickness), drops in HDL (good cholesterol) and blood pressure (you never want this higher than 135/85 mmhg for longer periods of time, it damaged the heart, kidneys, eyes, etc). Always test early morning/fasted. (between 7-9 AM) E2: Ideal level for most people is 30-70 pg/ML(American units), important for libido, bone health, mood/well-being, and heart health. You can google a calculator "pg/mL to pmol/L" to convert units from American to UK. HbA1c: aka glycated hemoglobin. This measures your average blood glucose of the last 3 months. Should be between 4.8-5.6%. Any higher is indicative of possible pre-diabetes. This can be brought down with 1. Fat loss 2. Strength training+Cardio 3. Intermittent fasting Thyroid panel: TSH/Free T4/Free T3. TSH: Any TSH level over 3 should be investigated for sublinical hypothyroidism if the patient has symptoms such as fatigue, cold intolerance, mood swings/depression, and constipation. TSH is not actually a thyroid hormone but a pituitary hormone that sends a signal from the brain to the thyroid to produce more hormone. The higher the level the poorer the thyroid function, but it's not always reliable because you can have perfect TSH and extremely bad thyroid function. TSH is the LH/FSH of the thyroid. Should be tested early morning fasted to get the best baseline level as it won't be accurate taken later in the day. (between 7-9 AM). FT4 & FT3: Free T4 and Free T3 are the active thyroid hormones. Contrary to popular belief, T4 is very important and is an active hormone on it's own with it's own functions. Certain tissues and cells are better at using T4 and others prefer T3. Sometimes T3 is poorly absorbed by certain tissues and needs T4 to convert the T3 it needs. Optimal levels of Free T4 should be around 1.4-1.8 ng/dL and Free T3 3.5-4.2 pg/mL. Cutting and long diets or overtraining can lower Free T3 levels naturally by decreasing the conversion of T4 to T3, this is the bodies way of trying to conserve energy, by down regulating the metabolism.
  5. Don't be 'that guy'. I do my best to help people out based on both my experience over the last 10 years or so of both training, nutrition and later, steroid use. I don't confess to know it all. On occasion, if the person has the right attitude, I will coach people. I need to make clear, I don't do this to generate any form of income. I often offer to do it free of charge because I enjoy it and people have helped me in the past. My revenue streams have little to do with bodybuilding. However.... I recently offered to help a friend (for free) whom I had previously competed against (and beat) as he doesn't have a great deal of money and was in a bad place. For context, he had competed a couple of months back and had gone completely cold turkey post show due to his lack of disposable income. He would often hire a coach for 6-8 weeks of his prep, then drop them post show. That's fine, each to their own. But immediately post show is probably one of the times of year where you need to pay closest attention to your health. He was yo'yo dieting, struggling to deal with getting softer and wasn't in a good place mentally. Having spent some time talking to him he revealed the fact he had gone cold turkey and divulged his drug protocol pre-contest. I won't go into specifics, but there was a lot of thyroid hormone and no AI until 2 weeks pre-contest at a rather high dose. It was fairly obvious what was probably going on hormonally. When i asked him about his bloodwork he then revealed that in the last 5 years of competing, he had never, ever, had bloodwork done. This is just plain stupid, irresponsible and largely selfish when you have a young family. Contests will come and go. You're health will not. It is paramount. Don't be that guy. If you cannot afford to get bloodwork at least once a year (or are too afraid to go to your GP (do not mention steroid use)), but are spending money on tren, orals, growth hormone, SARMs... then you are an idiot. Plain and simple. If you cannot afford to keep on top of health post show, do not compete. Don't be that guy. Another example is a 19 year old i speak to who is based in the states. He is on a phenomenal amount of drugs with no fixed source of income. He recently asked me for advice for looking 'as shredded as possible' for a Halloween party.... I mean.... I literally face palmed. But look, that's fine, he was going as the bearded bloke from the film 300 (i know they all have beards, Gerard Butler). So he wanted to be shirtless. My initial advice was 'get leaner'. Anyway, I gave him a basic carb depletion protocol with sodium / potassium manipulation to dry him out. I later found out he used dyazide instead and had severe edema following the party. Don't be that guy. My point here is, and I've been there so don't get me wrong, people need to get their priorities straight. You cannot keep hammering drugs at silly doses and not expect it to have a deleterious effect on your health. Even worse if you are not getting bloodwork to at least know what's going on. I do see a lot of guys here getting bloodwork and many have sent me there results asking for input. That's a great approach. But if you fall into the other category of bodybuilding or fitness hobbiest, please take a good hard look at what you are doing. TRT or cruising in your early twenties is not sensible. If you want to be competitive, cycle 2-3 times a year and test the waters at a local or regional show. Validate whether you 'have it'. Most of us don't, whether that be physically or mentally. In 10 year your outlook will be different to now. In 20 years it will change again. Look ahead, not at right now. Don't be that guy.
  6. I got a great question from member @spardaa. Sharing the response as it may come in handy for many people here: Heart health: CT scans to get calcium score and check blood flow through all the chambers/etc and an EKG to check the rhythm will give you an idea of overall heart health. CBC : Check HGB and HCT. You want HCT between 40-50%. Too low can cause low energy and endurance due to anemia. Too high (polycythemia) will make the blood to thick and make your heart work much harder to pump blood, decreases blood flow and increases the risk of high blood pressure and increase coagulation (increased risk of stroke/heart attack) Kidneys: You want GFR over 60. If you take creatine or carry a lot of muscles, sometimes this number can be artificially low. Another cause of low GFR is poor thyroid function. GFR stands for glomerular filtration rate, basically, how quickly your kidneys are filtering your blood. Lipids: Cholesterol levels are overrated and the total count is not too important, but you want to have as high HDL as possible as it has a protective effect on arterial health. AAS will low HDL, especially tren and winstrol. This is not a problem as long as you don't do it year round for long periods of time. Liver: AST/ALT under 100 is fine, again, unless this is crazy elevated for long periods, it won't be a problem. TUDCA and NAC are very effective and increasing the livers natural defenses and preventing cholestasis. This is when the bile stops flowing properly through the liver and one of the main causes of oral AAS induced liver toxicity. IGF-1: It's a good idea to keep an eye on this as you age, generally, levels above 250 are good. GH increases igf-1 which is how it works for anti-aging, well-being and muscle growth. If your levels are low, bringing them up will help you age healthy (think Sylvester Stallone; who was actually caught with about $20,000 worth of HGH in Australia) Total T/Free T: Good to keep an eye on as you age or if you are cycling off to gauge natural testosterone recovery. Ideal levels for most people are 700-1,000 ng/dL for total testosterone, the average for a normal man is 500 ng/dL and can fluctuate due to genetics, lifestyle, and/or injury to the testes. You can google a calculator to convert the number to your metric system. The higher the test level, the harder it becomes to control things like E2 (estrogen), Hematocrit (blood thickness), drops in HDL (good cholesterol) and blood pressure (you never want this higher than 135/85 mmhg for longer periods of time, it damaged the heart, kidneys, eyes, etc). Always test early morning/fasted. (between 7-9 AM) E2: Ideal level for most people is 20-42 pg/ML, important for libido, bone health, mood/well-being, and heart health. HbA1c: aka glycated hemoglobin. This measures your average blood glucose of the last 3 months. Should be between 5-5.6%. Any higher is indicative of possible pre-diabetes. Thyroid panel: TSH/Free T4/Free T3. TSH: Any TSH level over 3 should be investigated for sublinical hypothyroidism if the patient has symptoms such as fatigue, cold intolerance, mood swings/depression, and constipation. TSH is not actually a thyroid hormone but a pituitary hormone that sends a signal from the brain to the thyroid to produce more hormone. The higher the level the poorer the thyroid function, but it's not always reliable because you can have perfect TSH and extremely bad thyroid function. TSH is the LH/FSH of the thyroid. Should be tested early morning fasted to get the best baseline level as it won't be accurate taken later in the day. (between 7-9 AM). FT4 & FT3: Free T4 and Free T3 are the active thyroid hormones. Contrary to popular belief, T4 is very important and is an active hormone on it's own with it's own functions. Certain tissues and cells are better at using T4 and others prefer T3. Sometimes T3 is poorly absorbed by certain tissues and needs T4 to convert the T3 it needs. Optimal levels of Free T4 should be around 1.4-1.8 ng/dL and Free T3 3.5-4.2 pg/mL. Cutting and long diets or overtraining can lower Free T3 levels naturally by decreasing the conversion of T4 to T3, this is the bodies way of trying to conserve energy, by down regulating the metabolism.
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  8. Hi, I have come here to ask for help from anyone who has been in a simaler sittuation. In short i started a course of sus and decca august 2017. Since then i have been too affraid to come off cycle due to the last time i was trapped in my head for weeks and experienced a world of negativity and fear. Not to mention the erection problems. So each time i have been due to.come off i have just continued with a different AAS. Im wanting to come off now for a while and im terrified of the mental health i might experienece. Has anyone been through a simaler scenario or have any advice for the curent sittuation im in? Much appriciated.
  9. Protein v Diet Protein?

    ] So i've been going to the gym for a month or two now and really starting to like it, im looking at proteins but i came to a hault when i saw that there are "Diet Proteins" Here are the links to the proteins i have narrowed down to https://www.myprotein.com/sports-nutrition/impact-whey-protein/10530943.html?rctxt=default. https://www.myprotein.com/sports-nutrition/impact-diet-whey/10530657.html?autocomplete=productsuggestion https://www.phd-supplements.com/diet-whey-powder.html Few questions, do you simply drink "diet proteins" instead of my meals completely? Do these "diet proteins" work for after my workouts, theres much more protein per scoop in these diet ones so im confused on why people would simply buy the normal stuff. Appreciate any forms of help/tips! Cheers!
  10. Help???

    Hello, I’m 15 years old and I’m sort of fighting a losing battle with my body. See all my friends and that have really nice slim body’s with abs and then there’s me. We all go to the gym and workout about 5 times a week. I do different workouts for every day (example; chest and tryceps). Now a lot of people would say this is all well and good but when you’ve been at it for a year and have barley made a change I must be doing something wrong. I get told to do different things by many different people, some say to slim, others say to bulk and it’s driving me crazy. For my diet I eat for breakfast a bowl of weetobix, dinner 2 cerial bars becuase at school there’s nothing to eat but pizza and chips, and for tea either chicken and rice or omlette. Now this diet worked for me in the past as I lost 2.4 stone as a result (this inluded running) but now my mind set is on cutting. Also please note that I’m a very fussy eater and I don’t like fish and I barley touch vegetables although if this is a big cause for me not gaining I will force them down me haha. Also I have just started having a protein shake in the morning and evening as reccomended by another person in the gym. I would really appreciate some pointers off someone who knows what I actually need to do from reading this a checking the pictures. Do I need to cut, bulk or lose weight and if so how? And please also give pointers on my diet as this is a major concern for me. Thank you.
  11. Calories/Macros

    Hi, I recently figured out that in order for me to lose fat I will have to eat 1600 calories a day but I am confused about macros and their importance. If i hit my calorie target but go over on fat or carbs or protein is that bad and will that hinder my goal of losing fat?? Because I am finding very hard to get everything bang on as one will spill over or maybe two macros will be over? Any help would be great thanks.
  12. Trying to lose body fat

    Hi, I'm an 18 male and I've been trying to lose about 2-3 stone of body fat and have about 5 months to do so as I am going on holiday then. I am 5'7 and 12st.11lbs. Most of the fat is around my belly and thighs so need to get rid of that ASAP. I've been eating at a caloric deficit of 1500 calories but haven't been meeting that dead on as someday's I'll have about 300-400 calories left but don't eat. I am on my 6th day and Haven't seen any physical changes... My scales that I don't really trust and have ordered some new ones as the one i currently have are quite old, But they have said that I started on 13st 1lbs and I am now 12st 11. I have been walking the dog most days for about 10-15 mins and doing nothing else exercise wise. When the weather gets better I will start running round the fields I live right next to but can't as they have been water logged cause of the crappy weather. Hopefully I can start that next week as weather Is supposed to be a lot better next week. The types of meals I have been eating are: Chicken Breast (oven cooked) with white rice,Porridge, Mince beef and onion with white rice and pasta with tuna(in spring water). I have coffee but Only with 2 sweeteners and a bit of milk. I haven't eaten over my deficit since I started so what could I do to cut weight quicker?? Thanks in advance
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