No snake-oil here!
Today I'm working in at Cycle Science Mitcham (as I do on most Thursdays). We often get reps in to try to sell us stuff. Pete, who owns the shop, has a PhD in biochem and is a very smart man and a real scientist.
So anyway... We don't stock Skins, or any of those other faux-compression clothes, for example. No evidence, go away ...
Now, today, a rep shows up, from 'Eken Human Performance Enhancement'. Yes, alarm bells are ringing ...
They sell those hologram/magnetic/snake-oil placebo bracelets that you may have seen around. Buddy, you're in the wrong place ... GTFO!
I get the Peaksware email every week or so (I own copies of WKO+, which is the industry standard power analysis software). Every week, they're trying to sell me something ... this week it's some protecting protein story. Apparently there's some 'concentrate' that prevents high intensity training from catabolising muscle. Or something like that anyway ... The email points to a website full of nonsense and inscrutable jargon, and it doesn't actually tell you anything useful, "sign up here for my program" instead.
At least the study being cited is linked to, so you can work it out for yourself ... The study just says, in a nutshell, that high intensity exercise damages muscles. OH REALLY?! The tout is then for a program of 'food concentrates'. Here's a tip, they probably mean protein and carbohydrate supplements, whey isolates and glucose, I'd bet. If it's not like c4p I'll be amazed ....
Then there's the RBR newsletter, every week or so, full of pointers to ebooks you can buy, and a couple of useless 'tips' as bait while they try and flog more articles to you. Got to make a buck, I guess ... It just seems really crass and slimy to me.
At aboc, we publish everything and keep no secrets (outside of client confidentiality concerns). There's no hook to a sale, if you want to know something, ask us and we'll put up an article if we can find the answer.
For giggles, see if you can make any sense of this : http://prospro.posterous.com/eating-protein-vs-protecting-proteins-1