Q&A with Mike Furci
Q: Hi Mike,
I was doing some research on HGH in my downtime, and the use of it to treat chronic conditions and developmental issues. Now, I came across this website http://www.rajeun.net/ as a result of my surfing. I had a look at the eight-point anti-aging program this guy has sorted out for himself and thought to myself, “Gee Justin, be pretty cool if that worked, right?”
Now some of it sounds like the usual bunkum; EDTA chelation seems to fit into that category for example.
But -- and it's a big but -- in your opinion, if this guy keeps at what he's been doing, does he have a routine that might give him an advantage over the rest of us when it comes to staying healthier for that bit longer? And following up, if you yourself wanted to go about living for a very long time, would you go down the same path this dude is going down?
In closing, respect for all for your time and encouragement Mike, a whole heap of people appreciate your attitude and your efforts in keeping guys fitter, healthier and happier.
When it comes to living longer, does it give him an advantage over us? I don't think there is enough evidence to answer that question. One thing is for sure, your quality of life definitely improves. Men who properly use hormone replacement therapy show an elevated sense of well-being and mood. If it didn't work, it wouldn’t be such a huge business. There are anti-aging clinics popping up all over the world.
There are parts of his program however, that are a little suspect. Two that jump out at me are EDTA chelation for getting rid of metals in the body, and taking Vermoc to get rid of parasites. My advice to Ellis is to get the hell out of that God-forsaken toilet of a country.
Another part of his program that I take exception to is his endorsement of using Erythropoietin or EPO. EPO is a drug used in the clinical setting to increase hematocrit (red blood cell) levels. EPO is a natural substance produced by the kidneys that stimulates bone marrow to manufacture red blood cells. This drug, if used improperly, can result in death -- as seen with Olympic athletes trying to gain an edge in endurance events.
Low hematocrit levels can be caused by many different conditions including blood loss, chemotherapy, HIV or nutritional deficiencies. Obviously, if the cause is nutritional, you'd want to use supplements, not a drug. Just because your hematocrit is low normal, it is no reason to jump on EPO. What Mr. Mexico doesn't understand is that the drugs he is on, especially testosterone, increases your hematocrit levels. I believe Ellis' site is a little on the irresponsible side.
I just finished reading your article, and I wanted to send you an email thanking you for trying to provide some sense in this "fatphobic" world we currently live in. From my own experience of reducing my body fat percentage from 44 percent to 7 percent following a ketogenic diet and an intelligent weight resistance plan, I know that your article is right on point from a scientific and biochemical standpoint.
If you haven't read their books yet, I suggest that you check out Anthony Colpo's “The Great Cholesterol Scam” and any of Dr. Gregory Ellis's diet books.
Again, thank for your article.
A: First let me say congratulations for your fat loss. It takes a tremendous amount of desire and dedication to accomplish what you did. I would also like to say thanks for taking the time to visit Bullz-Eye and read my articles. I will definitely follow your suggestion and read those books.
After purchasing and using some "muscle milk," I noticed that it has soy lecithin in it. What I want to know is, will this lower my testosterone levels? I like the product and the added protein I’m getting but don't want to sacrifice my T'.
In and of itself, the soy lecithin in muscle milk is not a threat to your "T" (testosterone) levels. Muscle milk uses very small amount as an emulsifier. What is a threat is getting soy products through a variety of foods. Thanks to false marketing, soy is now in literally tens of thousands of food products. For example, soy oil (which is polyunsaturated) is the main oil in Italian dressings. What happened to olive oil? Not only is soy oil extremely unhealthy, it has nothing to do with Italian culture. What happened? Soy is one of the most inexpensive oils made. The food industry is concerned only with the bottom line. If you read carefully, these processed convenience foods barely resemble food at all. People need to understand the FDA, AMA and edible oil ad food industries could give a shit about your health and mine.
It's a fact that the average "T" level and sperm count in American men is down. Many experts believe that environmental estrogens also play a role in this. Plastic containers and pesticides are two big ones. We need to educate ourselves and be very skeptical when it comes to our health. Never take what the marketing says as truth. Just because a product, food or supplement is being sold legally means it’s healthy.
Q: I'm 15 years old, weigh about 193 lbs and am currently 5-foot-8. I am taking creatine serum on a daily basis for training. Because I don't want to stunt my growth, I'm not sure the creatine is the best thing for me. Can you please tell me if it will stunt my growth?
A: Supplementing with creatine or weight training will not stunt your growth. This supplement is perfectly safe and effective, but make sure you’re eating and training correctly. Taking supplements is not an answer for a poor diet.
One side effect from taking steroids at your age is a closing of the growth plates in bones, which will "stunt" your growth. Pass this on to your friends.
Q: Hey Mike,
As a former athlete who let himself go, I just started training again recently. While browsing round the ol’ internet I came across your column and I must say I really enjoy it. Keep it up!
In particular I am interested in your outlook on corn products. I read a bit about the artificial sweetening agents derived from corn and have come across some who say that these ingredients are really harmful for us. In particular, these detractors claim that the incredibly high amount of corn syrup in the American diet is a cause for our obesity. Any chance you have input on the matter, or could you direct me to some research regarding it? Thanks!
A: I do have opinions concerning fructose or high fructose corn syrup. Read:
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