The Keynote Speaker (Half 1): Sitting Down for One other Chat With Dr Eric Serrano

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Let’s return in time to the Society of Weight-Coaching Specialists 2005 Symposium held in Mississauga, Canada on November 4-5, 2005. It was touted as The Better of SWIS – The Remaining Symposium and for good motive. A number of the prime names within the business have been there together with Dr. John Berardi, Charles Poliquin, Paul Chek, Dave Tate, Charles Staley, and Joe DeFranco simply to call just a few. All of those guys needs to be acquainted to the weightlifting viewers.

Who had the glory to ship the keynote presentation amongst all these giants? It was none apart from Dr. Eric Serrano. Serrano has at all times been one of many extra standard presenters at SWIS, and he’s regarded fairly extremely by his friends with regards to sports activities diet and supplementation. The person is aware of his stuff – there is no doubt about that.

I had the pleasure to take a seat down with Dr. Serrano throughout the occasion for one more informative interview. We tried to talk at lunch on the primary day, however with huge, considerably opinionated Dave Tate at our desk, who might ever get a phrase in edgewise, or extra appropriately, who would ever attempt? Really, the place was so loud and our time was restricted that it was a little bit of a bust. We fared significantly better on the second day once we took off throughout one of many periods to a distant space of the convention corridor. Armed with a Dictaphone in a single hand and a bunch of questions scribbled on a web page within the different hand, I fired away!

Now, quick ahead to at present. Why did it take over a yr to get this story to you? Quite simple – I have been extraordinarily busy! Writing just isn’t my major occupation; coaching is! It isn’t like I write a ton for EzineArticles frequently, however I’ve had my justifiable share of articles printed right here. Nevertheless, this previous yr, particularly, has been killer! I will not bore you with all the main points, however suffice it to say, writing was undoubtedly placed on the again burner.

That isn’t to say that I didn’t attempt to get this out sooner. I truly had three folks try to decipher the interview – my spouse, my assistant, and my children’ caregiver – and all three failed miserably. Why? Two causes:

  1. They may not perceive what the hell we have been speaking about, and
  2. They may not perceive a phrase that got here out of Eric’s mouth! (He is bought a reasonably thick Puerto Rican accent.)

In order that meant I needed to do the leg work. Anyhow, sufficient speak already. This classic wine must be uncorked! Let’s get to it.

JP: How do you detect overreaching and overtraining? What ought to one do in a scenario like this? Everybody has stress of their lives – how can we curb it?

ES: When you’re speaking about overreaching and overtraining, you have to watch out as a result of most individuals will simply have a look at your coaching program and say you are high quality. Effectively, they do not have a look at your sleeping habits. Are you married with children? Are you relationship somebody behind your spouse’s again? Are you going to church? Are you working? You have to have a look at all these components.

To gauge stress, you possibly can at all times measure cortisol within the blood, and now you possibly can even measure its conversion within the urine which supplies you a greater image. Analysis additionally signifies that measuring amino acids is efficient, particularly the glutamine to glutamic acid ratio needs to be a sure quantity. If I measure that within the blood, I can inform straight away in case you are overtraining. I found this ratio after reviewing quite a lot of analysis papers, but it surely’s my little secret!

JP: What’s your opinion of the Adrenal Stress Index check by Diagnostechs? This can be a saliva check used to measure free cortisol rhythm all through the day (in addition to testing DHEA, insulin, progesterone, and a bunch of different issues.)

ES: Saliva testing for cortisol is extra correct than blood, and urine is much more correct than each of them but it surely’s additionally dearer. The physique eliminates cortisol by degrading it to cortisone which you’ll be able to then measure within the urine. For many functions, although, saliva is sweet sufficient and the ASI check by Diagnostechs is fairly good.

JP: By the best way, would you test progesterone ranges in a male, and would you ever prescribe it to a male?

ES: The one time I might test progesterone ranges in a male is when their or DHEA ranges don’t return to regular, or they’re depressed, or they expertise joint issues. Then I might test it. Progesterone is definitely thought-about the mom hormone.

JP: Hold on a second. I believed Pregnenlone was the mom of all hormones?

ES: Effectively, what comes after pregnenlone? Progesterone, in fact. I might quite prescribe progesterone than pregnenlone to bypass an pointless step. Why construct a home from the basement when you can begin on the principle flooring, to make use of a free analogy? I’ve tried this with just a few males with low and it has labored fairly effectively. Simply 100 mgs and so they really feel nice – no extra despair, no extra complications, and many others. so I do assume it has benefit in sure circumstances.

Now it might probably get fairly difficult as a result of progesterone can enhance androgen ranges (i.e. anabolic hormones) or it might probably enhance cortisol (i.e. a catabolic hormone.) I can manipulate these pathways considerably by giving the affected person only a little bit of cortisone to encourage progesterone towards the androgenic route.

JP: Maintain up their doc. In case you give cortisone, aren’t you including gasoline to the fireplace?

ES: Oh, good query! Give it some thought this manner. In case you have a affected person who’s underneath an excessive quantity of stress and they’re already producing fairly a little bit of cortisol, by giving them simply sufficient exogenous cortisone, it might probably assist decrease their endogenous cortisol manufacturing considerably by means of suggestions inhibition. It is a means of tricking the physique!

JP: Ahhh, very like the trick you utilize with hyperchlorydic sufferers (i.e. individuals who produce an excessive amount of abdomen acid), you give them a little bit of HCL to decrease their very own manufacturing.

ES: That is proper.

JP: Good! What in regards to the controversy that DHEA is over-prescribed at present, and that after a of use, in most males it would enhance estrogen ranges and in most females testosterone. Is that this true?

ES: That is very true, though it is determined by the dosage in addition to the scale of the individual. As an illustration, you do not wish to begin the typical feminine on 50 mgs of DHEA proper off the bat. All the time begin low and work your means up. Even a 25 mg dose is an excessive amount of usually. Begin round half that quantity and work up in 5 mg doses for greatest impact. For males, I begin them at 25 mgs.

JP: Do you have to cycle off of DHEA after a sure time frame?

ES: If you’re under the age of 40 for males and 35 for females, then it’s best to cycle DHEA. Above these ages, there is no must since you aren’t producing that a lot anymore.

Needless to say it is rather widespread for folks to make use of DHEA and collectively. This can be a mistake. What occurs if you use each of them concurrently? They spill over into estrogen!

JP: Okay, whereas we’re on the topic, what are the very best types of DHEA (i.e. sublingual, oral, and many others.) and testosterone?

ES: For DHEA, sublingual is greatest and for testosterone, lotions and injections work greatest however I do want the cream type.

JP: Which cream – Androgel or Testim?

ES: One other nice query! Here is the low down between the tw Androgel will end in larger complete testosterone ranges whereas Testim will provide you with larger free ranges which is definitely extra fascinating. The opposite distinction is within the scent. Most females will probably be drawn to guys utilizing Testim than Androgel.

JP: Attention-grabbing! What are your views on Testosterone substitute and anti-aging therapies then?

ES: I imagine in testosterone substitute and never only for males. Testosterone is definitely probably the most underprescribed medicine for females. I could give a feminine a packet of Testim or Androgel to make use of each Four or 5 days relying on her scenario (i.e. signs, menstrual cycle, and many others.)

Melatonin is one other anti-aging treatment. People who find themselves depressed and have a tough time sleeping at night time usually current with very excessive cortisol ranges. Melatonin might help counter the ill-effects of cortisol and induce sleep if taken at bedtime. The issue is that most individuals take too excessive of a dose. Once more, begin low at round 1-2 mgs and work your means up from there.

JP: Good recommendation, however let’s return to testosterone for a second. What would you suggest to a feminine occupied with experimenting with steroids? How about pure strategies to boost testosterone in females? And extra importantly, how does a man enhance his girlfriend’s or spouse’s libido by means of the roof with out her realizing it???

ES: My first query to her can be why do you wish to experiment with steroids? Is it well being associated or efficiency associated? As a doctor, I cannot prescribe any drug for efficiency enhancing functions; nevertheless, if she was to ask me what my trustworthy opinion is of whether or not a feminine can compete at a excessive stage with out these ergogenic aids, my reply can be [At this point, the noise in the restaurant was so loud, you could not hear a thing on the tape. It got better around here] is a product that’s not in the marketplace but that accommodates tribulus, avena sativa, longjack and different little goodies. We have used this on females with unbelievable outcomes. We measured testosterone ranges and in 100% of the circumstances (we used 19 girls within the examine), complete testosterone didn’t rise however free testosterone undoubtedly did go up. They may not clarify why, however the entire topics felt higher after utilizing this product.

Now, about elevating your girlfriend’s or spouse’s libido with out her realizing, effectively there’s a sneaky means of doing it however you didn’t hear it from me. Theoretically, if a person was to use some testosterone cream to his physique and whereas it is contemporary, hop into mattress and provides his accomplice an excellent huge hug (and perhaps maintain onto her just a few seconds longer than regular), there is a good likelihood {that a} small quantity might (unintentionally) rub off on her. The truth is, they’ve studied this in actual life with Androgel, imagine it or not, and it did considerably increase the accomplice’s testosterone ranges very quickly!

JP: Wow, discuss 2 for 1! I’ve heard of females making use of a small quantity of testosterone cream to the clitoris to spice up libido, however this one has some severe potential… umm, I imply that could be very unethical. Disgrace on you!

Whereas we’re on the vagina (so to talk), is there any strategy to enhance your probabilities of conceiving a male? As I perceive it, the extra alkaline the atmosphere, the higher your possibilities for male conception. Is that true?

ES: Sure, that’s true considerably however there are different components concerned. As an illustration, the male Y chromosome is quicker and weaker; whereas, the feminine X chromosome is stronger and slower and thus will keep round longer with a greater likelihood for survival. That’s the reason there are extra feminine conceptions. To raised your probabilities of persevering with the household title, have intercourse as near ovulation as potential. The atmosphere is extra alkaline at that time and it’ll enhance the probabilities of the Y chromosome making it by means of.

JP: I do know you may be presenting a seminar on this subject quickly, however are you able to briefly describe the diagnostic strategies you utilize to judge hormones?

ES: Effectively, you’ve got urine, saliva and blood. As I discussed beforehand, if I’ve a selection, I want urine as a result of it offers you the breakdown of metabolites over the previous 24 hours. Blood will solely provide you with a snapshot of that exact time and it isn’t at all times actually indicative of what is taking place in your system. In case you have been watching a soccer sport, for instance, and your group misplaced, your blood work would present elevated cortisol and depressed testosterone values for that exact time. So how have you learnt if this a traditional studying or not? Urine is extra correct on this method.

JP: Let’s talk about the thyroid gland for a second. If TSH ranges are excessive, how do you go about bettering thyroid operate by pure means? And only for a evaluate, what about if TSH ranges are low? Additionally, do you’re feeling that the morning physique temperature check is legitimate to gauge thyroid operate? It has been criticized fairly a bit these days.

ES: You understand, I’ve performed round with this fairly a bit, but when somebody comes together with excessive TSH, I do not idiot round. It is simply too necessary. I place them on Armour Thyroid which is definitely a pure thyroid supply – no complement is as efficient. The truth is, if it is rather excessive, I’ll use Thyrolar first which is an artificial model of T4/T3, after which introduce Armour Thyroid as soon as their ranges normalize. And I’ve had some circumstances in my workplace the place I’ve been capable of wean sufferers off of Armour Thyroid after 6-9 months of use so they don’t seem to be on it without end. They only wanted a little bit of diet (i.e. uncooked materials) to feed the thyroid gland to get it working once more!

If TSH ranges are very low, you have to discover out why they’re hyperthyroid, e.g. Is it Graves illness? Have they got cysts? And many others.

Really, many individuals can current with regular TSH ranges however their thyroid can nonetheless be out of whack. Many medication/medicines are culprits for this.

Here is one other side that you could be not have considered. Why do folks acquire weight after they fairly smoking? One of many major causes is that nicotine will increase the conversion of T4 to T3. Effectively, when nicotine is not there, T3 ranges start to drop!

Concerning the morning physique temperature check, to ensure that it to be correct, you will need to check it on the actual time, place, and many others. If you don’t standardize the check correctly, it would have an effect on the outcomes and that is why it has been criticized a lot.

JP: Okay, how in regards to the adrenals? You’ve got talked about previously utilizing a product like Commonplace Course of Drenamin to regenerate the adrenals. What’s the actual protocol that you simply use on this case?

ES: If I’ve somebody that’s extremely confused, I’ll begin them on hydrocortisone (60 mg for a male, 40 mg for a feminine) and so they do nice! This works extraordinarily effectively for sufferers with fibromyalgia as effectively. Bear in mind, these people are working their adrenals so onerous to make cortisol that the hydrocortisone will actually and figuratively ease the stress! It can assist the adrenals relaxation. There afterward, I could prescribe a product like Drenamin.

I do not actually use protocols in my workplace as a result of as as I say I’ve a protocol, somebody goes to come back round and mess it up. My theories will go down the drain and one affected person can throw the whole lot out the window! It is at all times totally different for everybody. I could say out of hundred folks, 50 or 60 can use this protocol. That could be a safer method.

I typically test the adrenal gland operate by measuring DHEAS, cortisol (urine cortisol if potential), T4, T3, TSH, estrogen, progesterone, and (complete & free) testosterone. I might then display screen for signs.

JP: What about utilizing one thing like licorice root to increase the half lifetime of cortisol?

ES: Ohhh, I’ve some lovely data for you. Okay, oral licorice will prolong the half lifetime of cortisol however on the expense of what? Your androgenic hormones – which means decrease testosterone! Nevertheless, if you happen to topically apply licorice cream to an space, guess what occurs? You lose fats in that space! I am not making these items up – it has been confirmed by means of ultrasound measurements.

JP: Talking of dropping fats, I’ve heard you point out that females have larger intramuscular triglyceride ranges and due to this, their coaching needs to be barely totally different than that of males for physique composition. You suggest that they comply with their high-intensity interval work with decrease depth exercise. Are you able to talk about this additional?

ES: There are two kinds of triglycerides – one within the plasma and the opposite within the muscle. My concept is that you simply begin females on a 5-10 minute warm-up, for instance a jog, not solely to decrease blood sugar but in addition plasma triglycerides. Then you definitely introduce high-intensity interval coaching (HIIT). I’ve found that the optimum time for HIIT is 12 minutes of 6-12 seconds excessive intervals adopted by 9-15 seconds of low intervals. Needless to say you may begin a newbie at solely Three minutes complete period after which progressively ramp them up from there. Then, you possibly can finish with a 5-10 minute cool-down. You may prolong this just a little longer for females however most period of time shouldn’t exceed 42 minutes – after this level, you begin consuming away your muscle tissue!

JP: Sounds affordable. I am curious, what kind of prescription do you utilize to detoxify the liver? And the way usually?

ES: In my workplace, I’ve entry to IV administration which is the route I might take if a affected person has a drastic liver situation similar to hepatitis. Nevertheless, for a easy detox, there are just a few necessities:

  1. Repair the food regimen. Ensure they’re consuming correctly.
  2. Give them enzymes as a result of the liver, imagine it or not, will make enzymes as effectively so that can ease the burden.

JP: Let me interject for one second, Eric. If you prescribe digestive enzymes, when the hell must you take them? Earlier than the meal? Throughout the meal? After? Everybody appears to have a special advice!

ES: Okay, to start with, as as you begin chewing one thing, your system begins to make enzymes. Now when you’ve got somebody that has issues producing [stomach] acid, then give them HCL originally of the meal and digestive enzymes half an hour after the meal to assist digestion. For these people who should not have acid-related issues, they will take a broad-spectrum enzyme throughout their meal.

There are typically three causes that individuals would take enzymes in complement type:

  1. As an anti-inflammatory agent (during which case, you’d take them on an empty abdomen between meals),
  2. For digestive functions (see above), or
  3. To ease the stress on the liver and pancreas.

Whether it is for the latter function, then take your enzymes half an hour earlier than you to get them into your system thereby decreasing the stress on the liver and pancreas if you do eat. You see, so timing of enzymes (or any complement for that matter) actually is determined by the aim!

JP: Ahhh, understood. Glad I requested. Let’s get again to the liver!

ES: Sure, by the best way, anybody that works out could have elevated liver enzymes. The liver will work more durable in case you are coaching. There is not any doubt about that. I might prescribe enzymes as I simply talked about, in addition to glutathione, alpha-lipoic acid, excessive doses of Vitamin C (a minimum of Three grams orally), and co-enzyme Q-10. Why co-Q10? As a result of the liver is without doubt one of the most metabolically lively organs within the physique! It’s at all times working and there are many mitochondria to help.

Additionally, make it possible for they keep away from casein merchandise. Casein is a ³cheesy² protein that can type a glob in your abdomen and many individuals have a tough time digesting it. It’s a main allergen in most individuals, and thus, the liver is pressured to make antibodies which in flip, can overwork it.

Whey, then again, is okay to make use of ideally hydrolysed whey. On the whole, I’m a fan of high quality whey protein focus, however on this case, it is probably not useful on account of larger lactose ranges, and as you understand, many individuals are lactose illiberal.

Nevertheless, if I had just one selection for a protein although, then I must return to breast milk! What does breast milk give that no different protein supply can ship? Colostrum, IGGs, IGMs, Lactoferrin, and many others. Principally, all the expansion properties for human growth. There isn’t a different supply of protein that fairly compares to breast milk. Interval.

There is a product on the market referred to as 80-40 which is a mix of lactoferrin and colostrum however nobody is aware of about it but (till now, in fact!) We have examined it with nice outcomes! In six weeks of utilizing this product (15 grams taken thrice a day between meals for a complete of 45 grams per day), topics gained 11-12 kilos of muscle. They didn’t change their way of life in any respect and there was no drug involvement. All the pieces else remained fixed. Finally, this product is attempting to copy the expansion properties present in mom’s milk, and let me let you know, it’s superior! It actually works! I will ship you some to check out.

JP: I assume you possibly can have a look at this product as tit for tat! Please do ship me some if you get an opportunity – I simply ran out of my provide of “breast” milk! My youngest is just too previous now for the so-called “fountain of youth!” Oh effectively.

How we went from one of the vital under-appreciated organs to one of the vital appreciated organs (a minimum of for males, that’s), I do not know however let’s get again to that topic.

How do you’re feeling about cleaning diets? What about cleaning dietary supplements? RenewLife, as an illustration, has heavy steel, parasite, liver and colon cleaning kits. Would these be good to take periodically, say one each 3-Four months? And if that’s the case, would you improve any of them?

ES: Initially, I might not think about these as cleaning merchandise, however quite, therapeutic merchandise since you are treating a situation. So far as cleaning is worried, I might by no means advocate a whole quick the place you no meals for a number of days, nor would I like to recommend a juice quick. These are very unhealthy practices. I might, then again, encourage enhance fluid consumption (i.e. water, soups, and many others.) and I at all times embrace enzymes for this function.

JP: To not belabor this level, however when would you utilize enzymes right here? With meals? Between meals?

ES: Each instances.

JP: Now, is it potential to take too many enzymes in day? I imply, is it detrimental to take them too usually? Will they shut down your personal manufacturing on account of overconsumption?

ES: No, they won’t as a result of the enzymes will begin working however they may even break one another down. In different phrases, the enzymes you devour will type a fancy with these within the physique, and this advanced, will slowly be damaged down (i.e. digested) over time.

In 1962, there was an attention-grabbing examine the place they took totally different organs, chopped them up and traced them within the physique utilizing a radioactive marker. Utilizing chopped up coronary heart, for instance, they discovered that 71% of the tracer ended up within the coronary heart! Chopped liver ended up within the liver, and many others. Why this happens, nobody is aware of. Solely God is aware of.

Take the animal kingdom for instance, when a lion kills its prey, the King of the litter will come and the liver first. Then everybody else can have the remaining. Nobody can contact that liver apart from the King. Why? One thing is happening however we do not actually know the reply.

Additionally, North America is the one tradition that doesn’t routinely devour these inside organs. The place I come from, we the whole lot – tongue, coronary heart, lungs – you title it. Again in Puerto Rico, there was a time when boxers would suggest that you simply eat the interior organs to enhance efficiency.

JP: Actually! In that case, is it higher to make use of bovine or porcine concentrates in dietary supplements?

ES: Whether it is natural, favor bovine. If not, then use porcine. You do not wish to mess with mad cow illness.

JP: By no means considered that. Okay, what are you able to inform me about hydrogen peroxide IV drips?

ES: That is very controversial, truly. There’s a huge lawsuit proper now the place a woman in Florida died from hydrogen peroxide remedy and the household is suing the doctor. The American Faculty of Superior Drugs goes to battle to attempt to defend this man.

Now, if you happen to requested me if these items will kill you, I might say no means! It is a good way to kill micro organism within the physique, but it surely will not kill you if administered correctly. I’ve many colleagues that swear by it.

Needless to say infections within the 1950’s and 60’s have been handled with IV acid and it labored nice!

[Traumeel injected straight into an injured muscle is very effective. Within 24 hours, you will notice a considerable difference. People who could not lift their arm, for instance, had full mobility the next day after being injected with Traumeel. It’s quite impressive.]

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