Your information regarding protein requirements for weight training is being debated.

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I just wanted to let you know that your information regarding protein requirements for weight training is being debated on the newsgroups called misc.fitness.weights. The title of the debate is “MetRx Protein Debate”. I’m speaking of your protein topic.

I’m hoping that you will join the discussion and contribute with some empirical data, as most of what is submitted are anecdotal comments. As I’m sure you already know, these hyper-protein consumption views are held very staunchly by bodybuilders and suggesting evidence to the contrary has to be done very tactfully. So, if you want a challenge (and an interesting experience), please drop by newsgroup. Thanks.

I have worked with bodybuilders before at the university where I taught. You and a few others seem to be responding appropriately to the excessive protein believers. I read a few of the messages and unfortunately, some bodybuilders just don’t listen to research and would rather listen to testimonials. I report the research findings, not testimonials. I write for people who want scientific information to make lifestyle changes, not supplement pushers.

Suggest people on the newsgroup read “The Homocysteine Revolution” by Dr. Kilmer McCaulley. Thirty years ago, he compiled the research on homocysteine (an amino acid) that is an intermediary in the breakdown of methionine (an amino acid). Homocysteine appears cause and advances arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) as a result of high protein diets (which would include food and amino acid supplements). It appears that vitamin B6, folacin (folic acid) and vitamin B12 help reduce homocysteine. However, this is not a case of having your high protein and eat your vitamin supplements too.

Tell the newsgroup to please read this.