May 11, 2002
for one of us, "Works" For All of Us!
We are all inherently and uniquely
Bear with me this month. Usually
these updates are written for a mass audience, in very easily
digestible language. In this update I may get a bit scientific.
You might want to take some time to read through it, or print
it and digest it in little chunks. The points I want to make,
in simple language, are as follows:
We are all made of the same
What works in concept for
one individual will work in concept for an entire population
The new oral "GH enhancers"
are sold using fraudulent marketing
If you're reading this before
May 16, 2002, it is your final chance to register for
my May 16 Breakthroughs seminar
I guess I could stop here and keep
it simple . . . but no . . . you know me better than that.
I always deliver more than people expect, so remaining true
to form, here goes . . .
I spent my 42nd birthday in Brazil
where I spoke to 7,000 fitness professionals at the annual
Fit Brasil conference. They told me of the situations they
encounter on a daily basis, and it was quite clear that they
deal with very different people than the fitness trainers
I worked to develop in Trinidad. The Trinidad trainers of
course deal with very different people than trainers in Fort
Lauderdale, Florida, or Paramus, New Jersey do.
Not only are the trainers' clients
different, but the differences emerge among the trainers themselves.
Some love exercise, some hate it, but realize its value. Some
desire to be competitive athletes, others find passion in
creating professional athletes. Some enjoy helping the deconditioned
to find fitness, others grow frustrated with clients who are
not already capable of exceptional performance.
The differences go further. As
human biological biochemical creatures (I guess "people"
sounds more appealing), we all have our own likes and dislikes,
our unique food preferences, metabolic individualities, body
composition, skin pigmentation, and unique values. For that
reason our population has become fragmented in many areas.
People who seek peace and tranquility long for green grass
and a gentle breeze while others can barely survive without
the action and insanity of a city like New York. When we move
to a location that suits us, we feel better. It would seem,
therefore, that if we find a fitness program that meets our
specific conditions and goals we would feel better. Unfortunately
it's not that simple.
Athletes seek out intense athlete
training programs. Deconditioned often gravitate toward walking
programs. Obese are drawn into the diet offerings. The shortcoming
in this approach lies in our biochemical sameness. Sure, we
should select activities based in part on our enjoyment of
those activities, but if you have a specific goal, and that
goal involves fat reduction and/or strength increase, the
technology of change that works for one population, in concept,
will work for any population.
One-size-fits-all programs based
on "Special Needs" are often ineffective programs
aimed at tapping the emotional buttons of a segment of our
population. To assume that "overweight" need a program
of caloric deprivation while fitness athletes need intense
"fat burning" nutrition based on frequent eating
of highly thermic meals is to again fail to consider that
as humans, we share a chemical sameness. What works to mobilize
and incinerate fat in the body of a 22 year old athlete is
conceptually the same process that works to help anyone from
any walk of life reduce bodyfat.
We are all made of the same material.
Amino acids, essential fats, minerals, and water. We all tap
into the same sources of energy. Just as fire needs oxygen,
just as a tree needs water, whether we live in South Florida,
Trinidad, Brazil, or Paramus, we ultimately need carbohydrates
and fats as our fuel supply. Therefore, both the concept of
bioindividuality and the co-existing concept of chemical sameness
must be considered for anyone seeking physical change.
To date I've helped well over 35,000
people find the fitness and weight loss results they were
looking for. If I had attempted to do this one person at a
time, by taking individuals through 8-week or 17-week programs,
it would have taken me . . . well . . . about 80 years! I
had a realization somewhere along the way in building my career
as a fitness professional. I realized that what people most
need is power. Sure, they need exercise direction, and of
course they need nutritional assistance, but if they're really
going to find positive change, empowerment is far and away
the most important vehicle. That realization, combined with
the realization that when people fail to achieve a fitness
or weight loss result it's always because of misinformation,
allowed me to modify my career path . . . allowed me to reach
far greater numbers of people . . . by educating rather than
"training." It allowed me to find success on the
radio, on television, and in conducting seminars . . . success
measured not by my own growth, but purely by the numbers of
people who reported finding dramatic life changes after being
exposed to the empowering information I deliver.
Today product manufacturers are
taught to find their "niche market." They then conduct
surveys and research studies to measure the emotional receptiveness
of that niche market to specific offers and promises. One
area in which this is distressingly evident is in the explosion
of oral products claiming to increase Growth Hormone production.
If you employ some common sense, and intertwine it with the
information I shared at the beginning of this update, you'll
find yourself protected from the emotional power these product
offerings have. Who is their niche market? People over 35
who are experiencing fat accumulation, reduced sex drive,
depressed energy levels, and an overall absence of a sense
of well being. That niche makes up a massive segment of our
population, thus, the profit potential of such a product is
Here's a bit of reality. Growth
Hormone (GH) is in fact responsible for stimulating protein
synthesis, for stimulating increases bone density, and for
aiding in enhanced mobilization of fatty acids. Growth Hormone
is not a "supplement." It is a hormone, just as
its name implies. It is produced by the pituitary gland and
is a key player in the endocrine system, primarily during
periods of growth such as adolescence. Research with seniors
clearly demonstrated that increasing GH levels can have a
profound effect upon body composition and vitality. It's important,
however, to recognize that the subjects in research were individuals
who had significant declines in endogenous GH production.
It's also important to note that the substance used in that
research was a synthetic replication of GH produced by pharmaceutical
giants such as Pharmacia under the names of GENOTROPIN® and
Somatropin. That's a very different substance than the oral
GH precursor sellers are providing. GENOTROPIN® is prescribed
legally for human growth hormone replacement therapy to help
compensate for low levels of growth hormone. Note the word
"replacement." It might have substantitive value
to someone who has experienced a decline in pituitary GH production,
but it isn't prescribed for people who have adequate GH being
The precursor sellers dismiss much
of the reality. They list the benefits the drug delivered
in GH-poor individuals and attach them to the product being
sold. Most of the GH products sold today are combinations
of amino acids. Interestingly, GENOTROPIN® is also a configuration
of amino acids. The difference is, when you ingest amino acids
orally, they are usually absorbed in small chains of two and
three with peptide bonds holding them together. They are then
reassembled for whatever specific amino acid needs the body
has at that moment. Thus, the amino acid structure you ingest
can ultimately be used to construct anything from hair to
heart tissue. It isn't possible, at least as science stands
now, to orally ingest a configuration of amino acids that
delivers the GH effect the actual drug delivers.
If it were true that ingesting
precursors would immediately lead to increases in the hormones
the substances are precursors of, eating lots of egg yolks
would deliver all of the muscle building power of anabolic
steroids. Why? Well, egg yolks contain cholesterol. Cholesterol
is a precursor of DHEA. DHEA is a precursor of androstenedione.
Androstenedione is a precursor of testosterone. Of course
the suspicion that an egg yolk diet would boost testosterone
levels as anabolic drugs do would be immediately dismissed
as absurdity. So too should the belief that ingesting amino
acid formulas will boost GH.
If it were true that orally ingesting
the specific amino acids present in GH would lead to increases
in GH, we could chug milk all day long and watch GH shoot
through the roof. Will milk lead to a significant GH boost?
Not likely. Not any more likely than the oral products making
Some of the "GH" formulas
include guarana or Kola Nut which are herbal sources of caffeine.
Others contain GABA which is a neurotransmitter that plays
a role in the onset of sleep. Still others contain yohimbe
which increases blood flow, specifically to the lower extremities,
which is why, prior to Viagra, yohimbine hydrochloride was
the only medically recognized drug to be used in the treatment
of impotence. When people feel stimulated by caffeine, when
their sexual sensations or performance are enhanced by a stimulant
drug source, and when they find that the fall into a deeper
sleep sooner, they tend to believe that the products are "working."
The products aren't working at all to enhance GH, but are
simply combining tricks that lead to the illusion of the benefits
attributed to Growth Hormone.
Here's the great news. You can
optimize GH levels. Resistance exercise stimulates the pituitary
to up its production of GH. Positive activity (such as exercise)
followed by a restful sleep leads to a further GH boost. Eating
supportively provides all of the amino acids your endocrine
system needs to keep its GH supply adequate. So again, the
solution lies in the Synergy between the Right Nutrition,
Moderate Aerobic Exercise, and a Concern for Muscle! What
else does the application of Synergy do? It optimizes testosterone
production. It optimizes the production of glucagon in its
balance with insulin to facilitate fat release. It enhanced
protein synthesis for the development of new healthy cells.
It creates a stimulus and hormonal environment optimal for
increasing bone density.
Regardless of your perceived "need,"
regardless of your unique situation, if you're looking to
develop a lean, toned, healthy body, all you need is a true
technology of Physical change . . . a technology founded in
Hooray for the
Today a caller on my radio show
expressed that my rantings and ravings about the highly marketed
electronic muscle stimulators were validated by a recent action
by the FTC. "Phil, you were right!" It's funny to
me how people call and tell me . . . "you were right!"
I deliver information to protect people . . . and as long
as people are willing to buy into hype and garbage disguised
as solutions . . . my words will be heard only be a select
few. I reguarly receive the "you were right" phone
calls. When the FTC took action against chitosan sellers,
people called to tell me I was right. When the FDA pulled
Phen-Fen from the pharmaceutical marketplace people called
to tell me I was right. To date I've shared the truth regarding
hundreds of inviting offerings which failed to deliver. Body
wraps. Toning tables. Collagen protein. The list goes on.
I appreciate the phone calls . . . but I mention this because
I want you to understand . . . I'm not "right" because
I'm so smart. I'm "right" because I devote my time
to learning, to understanding, and to tapping into research
and reference materials that allow me to understand the realities
behind new offerings. I've developed a network of scientists,
biochemists, physiologists, and respected experts who have
served as my mentors and my personal resources for understanding
fitness truths. Don't be suprised by the fact that any consumer
advocate is "right." If you want to be surprised,
be surprised by the vast numbers of people still willing to
fall victims to fraudulent claims and misleading advertising.
I applaud the FTC action. On May
9, 2002, they charged the three of the most popular "great
ab" companies profiting by selling electronic abdominal
exercise belts using false claims on infomercials. (FTC v.
Electronic Products Distribution, L.L.C., Energizer Products,
Inc., Abflex USA, Inc., AB Energizer, L.L.C., Thomas C. Nelson,
Holly Hernandez, also known as Holly Bryan, and Martin van
der Hoeven (Southern District of California)
The claims include:
Get rock hard abs with no
Lose 4 Inches in 30 Days
30% More Effective Than Normal
10 Minutes of use is equal
to 600 Sit-Ups
I believe more actions are warranted.
Without attempting to appear cynical, I don't believe the
FTC or any federal regulating agency can put a stop to all
of the fraud. It's just too big. There's too much money being
made. That's why I've embarked upon a mission that I hope
will walk hand in hand with FTC actions. My mission is to
allow them to attempt to police the claims while I empower
people so they stop falling prey. Only when the desire to
believe in magic solutions is lessened will we see a decline
in fraudulent ads and bogus products being sold.
Don't Forget to
Tune in Every Saturday!
Dolphin (free agent) Lamar Thomas stopped by to visit with
me on my radio show broadcast live from Get Cyced Fitness
Center in Weston, Florida. (Be sure to tune in every Saturday
at 9 in South Florida on Newsradio 610 WIOD . . . or if you
don't live in the vicinity, you can listen from anywhere in
the world on the Internet) Lamar was only one of the guests.
NFL players Terrel Buckley and Heath Irwin, retired Professional
Bodybuilder Viggo Snowhill, Fitness Champion Marlene Harden,
and a host of others shared in praising the virtues of fitness
. . . and if you think the show is exciting . . . wait until
you see who shows up at my seminars!!!!!
Oh . . and speaking
of seminars . . It's Your Last Chance!
This is it. The countdown is down
to a matter of days . . . soon to be hours before my last
South Florida seminar of 2002. My promise is 3 hours of continuous
empowerment . . . 3 hours of life-altering information that
will not only help you to see through all of the deception
once and for all . . but will prepare you to achieve virtually
any fitness result you want. I cover all the realities of
supportive eating, I share the truth behind the newest supplement
offerings, and I'll show you to unlock your potential by integrating
a simple exercise program into you life.
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