Episode #137: “Dr. Two Fingers” Reveals His Teeth-Gritting, Body-Healing Secrets.

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In this March 16, 2011 free audio episode: An interview with Dr. Two Fingers, how soon to exercise after vasectomy, fish smelling body odor, maintaining run fitness with limited time, is high blood creatine bad, adrenal fatigue sodium intake, pain in a screwed ankle, runner's knee, effects of fat deprivation and does drinking milk lower testosterone?

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Featured Topic: “Dr. Two Fingers” Reveals His Teeth-Gritting, Body-Healing Secrets.”

In this podcast, I interview Dr. Craig Buhler, who invented the Advanced Muscle Integration Technique (AMIT). In our talk, Dr. Buhler, also know as “Dr. Two Fingers” in Tim Ferriss's book “4-Hour Body”, explains how he can make injuries and issues that have nagged the body for as long as decades, completely disappear with special techniques – and also how his technique can keep acute injuries from becoming long term problems.

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Richard asks: I am thinking of having a vasectomy and wondered if you had any information concerning recovery. I have entered a number of triathlons/duathlons this summer and I am concerned about how long the operation may put me off my bike?

Jennifer asks: When my husband sweats a lot after or during working out, he starts to smell fishy. It does not happen all of the time but does happen often. He says that the fish smell happens when he takes certain supplements, such as Omega 3s or fish oil. Therefore, he does not take any such supplements. He also thinks there may be something in his post workout EAS Myoplex protein shake that could contribute to the smell. However, I have noticed that the smell still happens when he does not have the shake or any fish oil supplements and wonder if you know why and could offer any solutions.

Michael asks: Quick question for you on ultra-running. I am currently in Afghanistan, trying to keep up my running in preperation for Leadville 100 and Wasatch 100 this year. With very limited time/area to run, what do you suggest for a running regime that will maintain fitness for these ultra's when I get back 3 weeks before Leadville? I do have access to treadmills, ellipticals and any kind of weight lifting equipment/machines. Currently I'm logging a 10 mile run each morning along with doing upper body weight training and lower body weight training 6 days a week (3 upper/3 lower). Also, there is a ton of dust over here, what is a good way to protect against inhaling all the dust, especially when I am forced to run while being passed by convoy's every morning?

Gerry de Ocampo asks: Hi Ben, I just recently turned 45 (male) and have been a triathlete for about two years. About three years ago I led mainly a sedentary lifestyle, was overweight (i.e. 260+ pounds, body fat 34%) at 5'8″. Now I'm lean, about 175-179#, and 8% body fat. I've had excellent lab results on my blood work the last three years that I've been fit, but I've noticed in the last two physical exams when I have been an endurance athlete that my BUN to creatine ratio is slightly higher than normal range (9-20). This year the ratio was 28 and last year it was 27. I know you're not a doctor, but what do you know about this ratio and its significance to athletes? I've heard that athletes have a higher ratio? Does it mean I'm not eliminating urea efficiently from my body?

Cindy asks: I am training for a few olympic triathlons this summer and have just been diagnosed with Adrenal Fatigue. I was suffering with a lot of muscle weakness and my CPK was slightly high. After taking some naturopathic supplements and cutting back on my training the muscle weakness isn't as bad but I still get periods of extreme fatigue throughout the day where I have to lie down for 15-30 minutes (usually late afternoon). My doctor (not an athlete) said if I'm tired, don't exercise or switch to yoga. I want to heal my body but I also want to continue on with my training. Any advice? Also I heard that people with adrenal fatigue have to be careful about bananas, sports drink or supplements that have too much potassium because it throws the sodium balance off. Is this true?

Gallup asks: I broke my talus about fifteen years ago water skiing. Got it screwed and it is near 100% since. I do get pretty sore in the area every time I go for a long run. Soreness can be in/on any of the ligaments around the lateral side of the joint. I take ibuprofen and topical ketoprofen and sometimes ice. What would you recommend for an injury like this?

Alberto asks: I have a concern about my knee. On Nov 2010 I did my first 70.3. 6 miles into the run my knee started to hurt a lot. Although I finished the race limping, I couldn't bend the knee for 3 days. The pain is behind the left patella and after several exams the doctors said I have a multiloculated synovial cyst which is located medial to the medial head of the gastrocnemius muscle bundle, with minimal joint fluid and a chondral softening within the lateral patella facet without a focal high-grade chondral defect (I have to add that all my ligaments, muscles and meniscus are intact). Have you heard of this certain type of condition on triathletes? I don't want to give up my Ironman dream this year… can you recommend me any type of solution or recommendation, since the doctors couldn't really give me a solution for what I have.

Greg asks: Do you know of the possible adverse effects of long term fat deprivation? I did this for a two year period and now my energy regulation is completely screwed- frequently weak, irritable, headache and poor concentration. Blood glucose levels are consistently within the normal ranges and so Endocrinologists have told me there is nothing they can do. The only things that decrease the symptoms are: hot weather, intense high heart rate exercise and eating complete meals; protein and fat saturated carbs.

Paul Glendinning asks: I have recently started training quite heavily (for triathlon) doing a mix of weight loss (your pre-breakfast fasting easy CV 3 mornings), weight training 2 mornings, and the triathlon specific training in the evenings. I recently heard that training too much can lead to a drop in testosterone. One way to bump the testosterone is to take Zinc and B6 vitamin. However, I drink alot of milk and I also heard that the Calcium in the milk degrades the effect of the Zinc, possibly effecting my recovery so my question is, is this true, as I really like milk, but was thinking of giving it up for lent, but I know milk is good for you. Also for info I would be slightly asthmatic so am wary about milk causing a build up of mucus on my chest.

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