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[RC] Lactic Acid - Bruce Weary DC

Tom Ivers gave new perspective on the effects of lactic acid. As I understood him, it isn't the accumulation of the lactic acid per se that leads to the burning fatigue experienced with high exercise demand. Rather it is the depletion of glycogen used in that exercise that causes the muscle failure. He postulated that if the carbohydrate/glycogen supplies could be sustained, fatigue would be delayed, and work could be tolerated longer, whether once around a track or over 100 miles. He proved that with many racing and endurance horses. He noticed that in winning race horses that were fed in such a way as to keep their blood glucose and glycogen levels up, after they won a race and finished strongly, they also had sky high lactate levels in their blood, but not the fatigue. Interesting. Lactic acid can be converted again and used as fuel for the heart and other tissues as well.
And, Ed, that far back we didn't have biochemistry. Back then, they called it "alchemy." So tell us, what was it really like to meet Grover Cleveland in person? :> Dr Q


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