Is your favorite Nutrition Guru juicing?
I recently read this post “Is HCG the Dirty Little Secret of Low Carbers” at a blog called “The Carb-Sane Asylum.” In the article the author first speculates that popular paleo blogger Jack Kruse is taking HCG. She then goes on to discredit another Gurus arguments in favor of Low Carb because that person had taken HCG. But this is the the kind of thing that wakes me up in the middle of the night and here I am at 3 AM wondering: are my favorite internet gurus juicing?
As far as I am concerned, any nutrition or fitness guru should be viewed with suspicion like a competitive athlete when it comes to expectations for the use of Performance Enhancing Drugs. These are people whose careers are based on their own performance and body image. Many have access to cutting edge medicine. This means that the advice we consume, especially the results of n=1 self-experimentation, needs to be taken with some suspicion.
Don’t get me wrong, I think they have the right to do whatever they want with their body. In the same way, they also have the right to keep that use private. And they also have the right to share their advice. I believe that their advice can co-exist with their right to privacy.
While I don’t think this is something they should have to disclose, two people stand out to me an examples who are even more credible because they admit to using hormone replacement therapy:
One of my favorite podcasts is the Joe Rogan Experience. Joe Rogan is a comedian, MMA commentator, and podcast host who is also very interested in health and fitness. One of his primary advertisers is a company called Onnit that sells nootroptics, supplements, and fitness equipment like kettlebells. Joe Rogan advertises this gear in every episode, but he’s also admitted to using Hormone Replacement Therapy. He’s 100% open about this which I completely respect. When I listen to thoughts about taking a $60 bottle of mushroom extract to get better performance in the gym though, I definitely take this into account.
Another person that I respect is the Bulletproof Executive Dave Asprey who mixes biohacking and quantified self techniques with anti-aging principles. Dave says he can lose weight and grow abs on a 4,000+ calorie ketogenic diet and I believe them – he posted photos to prove it. Dave is also very open, even in his most recent podcast, about taking advantage of testosterone replacement therapy and nootropics like Provigil. Based on his overall philosophy, I know and expect him to use a variety of other chemical and mechanical techniques to achieve this. That’s awesome, it’s what I expect from him.
Do you think it’s OK for people to give health advice if their taking performance enhancing drugs?