Athletes on Steroids, PED’s, and more UFC black eyes by Jon Jones

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Photo: Jon Jones Instagram photo showing alleged training, to the viewer it implies PED effects.

Jon Jones is becoming the UFC’s version of Affliction and Josh Barnett.

Affliction: Trilogy was to feature a fight between Fedor Emelianenko and Josh Barnett as its headline event at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on August 1, 2009. On July 22, 11 days before the scheduled event, the California State Athletic Commission announced it would not license Barnett because he tested positive for a banned substance. Later that day, the CSAC issued a press release which stated that anabolic steroids were the substance detected in Barnett’s drug test. That was the end of Affliction.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Affliction_Entertainment

Is this where the UFC is heading?

Having constant controversy, including the steroid issue or PED’s.

Remember the corrupt advantage famous athletes had on PED’s:

  • September 27, 1988: Ben Johnson is stripped of his Olympic gold medal after failing drug tests.
  • 2011 Barry Bonds admitted using steroids during his baseball career.

Photo: Serena Williams and Barry Bonds physical change over career

Is Serena Williams on Steroids?

 https://vascularcme.com/2017/01/29/is-serena-williams-on-steroids-best-answer-so-far/

Serena has faced allegations of drug use throughout her career and for good reason. It was alleged that she managed to evade drug testers (for OC) entirely for two years in 2010 and 2011. Serena’s actions include:

  • She covered up failed ICs by citing phantom injuries.
  • She also famously locked herself in a panic room and called 911 when an out-of-competition tester called on her in October 2011. She never provided a sample afterwards and the tennis authorities did not answer why.

  • Serena was one of the players (including Venus Williams, Jennifer Capriati and Lindsey Davenport) who protested against the WTA’s new drug testing rules in 2000 which led to the cancellation of WTA’s off-season testing program too.
  • She has protested vociferously against any attempts made by the WTA/ITF to make testing more rigorous and stringent.
  • She once reportedly declared that “women don’t need to be tested because women don’t take steroids”.
  • She also raised similar objections before the 2004 Olympics in Athens until the WTA gave in.
  • However,the IOC did not and Williams ended up withdrawing from the games citing “terrorism fears” in Greece!

A stronger and more incriminating pointer was the pulmonary embolism and hematoma that Williams suffered in March 2011. Since embolisms and DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) are often associated with sedentary lifestyles, it is surprising when healthy athletes develop the condition. However, it is not rare and there is enough evidence to suggest a link between anabolic steroid use and embolisms in athletes. In fact, anabolic steroid use is one of the biggest risk factors for the condition. Some body builders will also agree that hematomas often occur while injecting steroids.

http://www.kon.org/urc/v12/thompson.html

One could look up Serena on http://tennishasasteroidproblem.blogspot.com/ (an insider, whistle-blower blog) for more comprehensive data and analysis on this question.

September 14, 2016 Williams sisters, other US athletes let off by WADA despite positive dope test?

https://www.rediff.com/sports/report/williams-sisters-let-off-by-wada-despite-positive-dope-test-biles-pix/20160913.htm

Claiming to have accessed WADA’s database, a Russian hack team, known as Fancy Bear, said they have leaked dozens of files allegedly relating to United States athletes on the internet, according to media reports.

According to the Fancy Bears, Serena was allowed to take banned substances such as oxycodone, hydromorphone, prednisone and methylprednisolone in 2010, 2014 and 2015. Venus was allowed to take prednisone, prednisolone and triamcinolone among others in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

October 1, 2016: A couple of news outlets have reported that Serena told CNN that she plans to take a break from tennis as she is “tired of playing tournaments unhealthy”. This was in spite of playing only 8 tournaments this year.

Serena’s announcement came right after the Fancy Bears leak and more importantly recent ITF ruling that they’re going to do away with “silent bans” in order to salvage their reputation from further damage.

http://www.itftennis.com/news/237425.aspx

Obviously, this means that players who have been covering up bans with phantom injuries (like Serena?) may not be able to do so any longer.

https://fancybear.net/image/USA/Serena%20Williams/1.png

UFC steroids

Chael Sonnen on drug-test failures: ‘I’m not going to apologize because I’m not sorry’

Chael Sonnen, Stephen Bonnar, Vitor Belfort, Forrest Griffin, James Irvin, Nate Marquardt and Chris Leben have all tried to gain an unfair advantage fighting in the UFC.

Anderson Silva tested positive for drostanolone metabolites and androstane ahead of his win over Nick Diaz in the UFC 183 main event. Diaz, himself, tested positive for marijuana metabolites in a fight-night drug test.

Silva tested positive for androsterone and drostanolone metabolites. Dana White back then opined about drug testing, and blamed it on UFC legal team:

“Our legal team completely screwed that thing up,” White said. ” … We have no business doing drug testing. We f-cked it up, and we will f-ck it up again. That’s what the commission is there to do.”

Georges St-Pierre, told a group of Canadian reporters that one of the reasons he left was to protest the UFC’s attitude on drug testing.

“It’s one of the reasons why I stopped,” St-Pierre told RDS.ca. “Not really to [teach] them a lesson, because it penalizes me, too. But I wanted to do something for the sport that I love. I see the direction in which it goes, and I think it makes no sense. This is stupid.”

Evidence points to that direction. Jonny Hendricks, was 12-3 in the UFCO in the pre-USADA era. However, Hendricks went 1-5 over his next six contests after the USADA program began, and at one point missed weight three times over a four-fight span. Hendricks lost a bare knuckle bout by second round KO in 2018, and is now retired.

Photo: Jonny Hendricks physical change after drug testing standards raised

Former UFC fighter (Now at Bellator) Chael Sonnen had failed an initial drug test administered by the NAC on while Sonnen was in Las Vegas for UFC 173. Sonnen had traces of banned substances anastrozole and clomiphene in his system.

A day later, Sonnen announced his retirement on UFC Tonight and said that he was using the drugs as an alternative to testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), which was banned in Nevada in February. Sonnen said he has low testosterone and he and his wife were having fertility issues. The drugs, he said, alleviated those and now Brittany Sonnen is pregnant.

Competitive athletes take performance enhancing substances. Some do not. They are an unfair, cheating advantage in my opinion. You may be surprised to find that Brian Ortega who recently lost to Max Holloway, was also guilty of using PED’s:

2014 UFC rookie Brian Ortega has tested positive for the anabolic steroid drostanolone following his UFC on FOX 12 win over Mike de la Torre.

According to Sherdog.com, Ortega, a former RFA featherweight champion, was suspended for nine months and fined $2,500. Also, his first-round submission win over de la Torre has been changed to a no contest. California State Athletic Commission executive director Andy Foster confirmed the news with MMAFighting.com. Ortega has 30 days to appeal the punishment.

The same report states that Ortega, a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu black belt, was the only fighter on the card to fail his pre-fight urine test, which was administered by a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accredited lab in California.

Brian Ortega’s physical change from his first UFC:

The UFC has fined light heavyweight champion Jon Jones $25,000 for violating its Athlete Code of Conduct policy.

The King of UFC PR damage, Jon Jones

Possibly the most damaging UFC fighter to the UFC, Jon Jones has expressed his attitude, unprofessional behavior, and destruction to UFC promo. His patterns in history speak for themselves:

 January 2009 – Jones is cited for “unsafe passing” while driving with his girlfriend and young child in Ithaca, N.Y. Jones’ vehicle allegedly struck a car attempting to make a left turn. There were no injuries and he was not deemed to be at fault for the minor accident.

Nov. 24, 2011 – Jones is cited for “loss of traction” while pulling into an Albuquerque strip club. The Bentley Jones was driving was towed and Jones was taken into custody once officers on the scene learn Jones was driving on a suspended license. Charges were eventually dropped.

May 19, 2012 – Jones is involved in a minor accident when he crashes his Bentley into a utility pole in Binghamton, N.Y., after a night of partying. His two female passengers suffer minor injuries. Jones is uninjured. He gets taken into custody after refusing to take a sobriety test. Two months later he is issued a $1,000 fine and his driver’s license is suspended six months. He is also required to complete a victim-impact panel and have ignition interlocks installed on his vehicles.

Aug. 23, 2012 – The UFC announces UFC 151, a pay-per-view event scheduled for Sept. 1, is cancelled after Jones refuses to fight Chael Sonnen on short notice after Jones’ original opponent, Dan Henderson, withdraws with an injury. It’s the first time in UFC history that the promotion cancels an event. Jones receives the bulk of the blame.

Aug. 4, 2014 – Jones brawls with Daniel Cormier at a UFC 178 press event in a Las Vegas hotel.

Sept. 23, 2014 – Jones is fined $50,000 by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) and handed 40 hours of community service in Las Vegas for his role in the Cormier brawl.

December 4, 2014 – Jones tested positive for cocaine during an out-of-competition drug test conducted by the Nevada Athletic Commission. The $25,000 will be donated to a substance abuse prevention program.

Jones’ testosterone-to-epitestosterone (T/E) ratio and total testosterone level leading up to his triumph over Daniel Cormier. Jones had his T/E levels measured on three occasions — an extra test was ordered because his first sample was diluted — as part of out-of-competition drug testing ordered by the NAC. His ratio in the three tests were 0.29:1, 0.35:1 and 0.19:1, well below the normal ratio (1.3:1) for an average African-American male, according to Conte.

In addition, Jones’ testosterone levels in those three tests were 1.8 ng/mL, 0.59 ng/mL and 4.9 ng/mL; the average level for a male is 61.3 ng/ML

The UFC confirmed with the Nevada Athletic Commission that Jones passed all required drug tests following UFC 182. Jones was allowed to fight because cocaine is not a banned out-of-competition substance under World Anti-Doping Agency rules.

Jon Jones’ cocaine revelation shows contradictions in UFC drug policy. Jones, spent one night in a rehab facility.

Jan. 3, 2015 Jones wins his grudge match with Cormier in the main event of UFC 182 via unanimous decision.

Jan. 6, 2015 – Jones checks into a rehab facility after it’s revealed he tested positive for cocaine metabolites during an out-of-competition drug screening prior to UFC 182.

Jan. 17, 2015 – The UFC fines Jones $25,000 for violating its Athlete Code of Conduct policy for the failed drug test.

April 26, 2015  A felony arrest warrant was issued for Jones’ involvement in a hit-and-run accident that left a pregnant woman — now identified as Vanessa Sonnenberg — with a broken arm and wrist. According to the Albuquerque Police Department report, Jones allegedly ran a red light and crashed into Sonnenberg’s car and fled the scene of the accident.  Witnesses said he ran back to grab cash from the car before running away.  An off duty officer identified Jones.  Paperwork belonging to Jones was found in the 2015 silver Buick SUV, as was a marijuana pipe with marijuana inside of.

April 27, 2015 – Jones turns himself in to Albuquerque police after a hit-and-run incident that leaves a pregnant women injured. Jones fled from the scene and marijuana was found in his vehicle.

April 28, 2015 – Jones is stripped of his UFC title and suspended indefinitely by the promotion.

Sept. 29, 2015 – Jones pleads guilty to a charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving injury. He avoids jail time but is required to serve up to 18 months of supervised probation.

Oct. 23, 2015 – The UFC reinstates Jones after the company’s lawyers review the fighter’s plea agreement.

March 29, 2016 – Jones is booked into county jail in Albuquerque for violating his probation. The week prior he was accused of drag racing and given five citations.

March 31, 2016 – Jones is ordered to take anger management and driver improvement classes for violating his probation.

July 6, 2016 – Jones is flagged by the USADA for a potential doping violation and is pulled from his UFC 200 main event bout with Cormier.

Nov. 7, 2016 – Jones is issued a one-year ban from USADA retroactive to the July 6 test he failed. The decision was rendered one week after a lengthy evidentiary hearing. Jones initially was facing a two-year suspension.

Nov. 9, 2016 – Jones is stripped of his interim title by the UFC. In an interview with ESPN, UFC president Dana White called Jones the “greatest talent ever and the biggest screw-up ever.”

Dec. 15, 2016 – The NSAC officially announces Jones received a one-year suspension retroactive to the July 6 test, mirroring the punishment doled out by USADA.

July 29, 2017 – Jones defeats Cormier by third-round knockout in the main event of UFC 214 in Anaheim, Calif.

Aug. 22, 2017 – Jones is flagged by USADA and notified of a potential violation of the UFC’s anti-doping policy stemming from a July 28 drug screening following the UFC 214 weigh-ins. The anabolic androgenic steroid Turinabol was found in his system but Jones’s manager declares they want to have the samples tested again.

Sept. 12, 2017– USADA confirms the “B” sample from his failed UFC 214 test matched the “A” sample findings.

Sept. 13, 2017– The California State Athletic Commission decides to overturn Jones’s UFC 214 win over Cormier and change it to a no-contest. Later in the day the UFC announces it has stripped Jones of his title and reinstates Cormier as 205-pound champion.

December 2018  A drug test found a trace amount of Chlorodehydromethyltestosterone (DHCMT), or turinabol, in Jones’ system. That’s the same substance Jones tested positive for in 2017 that led to the 15-month suspension he recently was cleared from in order to fight this week.

December 19, 2018  Jon Jones skips recommended VADA testing ahead of UFC 232.

Has Jones been using PED’s his career? Would Jones have won all his fights without PED’s?

When you look at Hendricks and others, I doubt it. Jones has gifts with height, reach, wrestling and striking, but can they win without cheating? December 29 Jones will fight in a rematch with Gustafsson. Many feel Gus won the first fight. I did too. Since the event now has been moved from Las Vegas to California due to Jones’ drug testing, the fans are the biggest losers. Who pays for the flights, hotels, travel many went to Las Vegas for? It doesn’t matter whether Jones wins or not, he already lost the drug tests, now let’s see how this can be covered by the UFC.

Update: March 1, 2019 – A metabolite for the oral turinabol steroid continues to pulse in Jon Jones’ system prior to his fight with Anthony Smith at UFC 235.

From bloodyelbow.com:

A quintet of drug test results released today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission show the UFC light heavyweight passed three and failed two for the M3 metabolite that’s periodically been in his system since a positive test in July 2017.

Samples tested at the WADA-accredited Sports Medicine and Research Laboratory (SMRTL) on Feb. 14 and Feb. 15 returned “adverse” findings, with Jones respectively registering 40 and 20 picograms per milliliter. (See the NSAC’s statement and test findings here.)

One USADA test from Feb. 23 is still is pending. The NSAC has ordered that all of Jones’ pre-fight samples are to be expedited, but has cleared him to compete Saturday at the pay-per-view event at T-Mobile Arena.

As with previous findings where trace amounts of the steroid metabolite have shown up in Jones’ system, he is not being sanctioned because the metabolites are considered residual from the 2017 test that resulted in a 15-month suspension.

In a statement released to the media, the NSAC said Jones was “cooperative” and said SMRTL chief Daniel Eichner reaffirmed there is “no scientific or medical evidence that the athlete would have an unfair advantage leading up to, or for, his contest.”

The levels of M3 metabolite are approximately within the same range as previous tests where Jones has been flagged by drug tests; a positive from Dec. 28, 2018, returned a level of 33 picograms, while a Dec. 9 test was between 60 and 80 picograms.

The full test results and agency that conducted the test include:

  • Feb. 1 (U.S. Anti-Doping Agency) – No adverse analytical findings.
  • Feb. 9 (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association, in California) – No adverse analytical findings.
  • Feb. 14 (Nevada State Athletic Commission) – Adverse Analytical finding. DHCMT M3 detected 40 pg/mL.
  • Feb. 15 (Nevada State Athletic Commission) – Adverse Analytical finding. DHCMT M3 detected 20 pg/mL.
  • Feb. 18 (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association, in Nevada) – No adverse analytical findings.
  • Feb. 23 (U.S. Anti-Doping Agency) – Pending.

Jones previously has passed other drug tests, including one conducted Feb. 18 by VADA, in which the champ was ordered to enroll after his Dec. 9 test was the catalyst for moving his UFC 232 title fight from Nevada to California.

Who is doing the testing?

Jones had his samples analyzed by the Sports Medicine and Research Laboratory (SMRTL), which is located in Salt Lake City, Utah, and accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Here’s the breakdown of Jones’ most recent tests:

Feb. 1: No adverse analytical findings (USADA)
Feb. 9: No adverse analytical findings (VADA Calif.)
Feb. 14: Adverse analytical finding: DHCMT M3 detected 40 pg/mL (NSAC)
Feb. 15: Adverse analytical finding: DHCMT M3 detected 20 pg/mL (NSAC)
Feb. 18: No adverse analytical findings (VADA Nev.)
Feb. 23: Results pending (USADA)

“Dr. Daniel Eichner, President and Laboratory Director of SMRTL, reviewed the above investigative reports and determined that they show no evidence that dehydrocholormethyltestosterone (DHCMT) has been re-administered,” NSAC wrote in today’s Email. “Dr. Eichner further provided that there is no scientific or medical evidence that the athlete (Jones) would have an unfair advantage leading up to, or for, his contest scheduled on March 2, 2019.”

Remember Jones’ defense that rested on Dr. Paul Scott of Korva Labs? Dr. Scott alos indicated he got his information from Jones’ attorney Howard Jacobs sourcing it from a bodybuilding website:

Source: SBN MMA

Here are some of Jones’ tests and amount of illegal performance enhancing substances:

  • Dec. 9, 2018 test 60-80 picograms
  • Dec. 28, 2018 test 33 picograms
  • Feb. 14: Adverse analytical finding: 40 pg/mL (NSAC)
  • Feb. 15: Adverse analytical finding: 20 pg/mL (NSAC)

It’s incredible how when Turinabol is in your body for close to two years, it mysteriously jumps from 60-80, picograms, to 33, back up to 40, then a day later down to 20. Must be those protein shakes!

Two detected traces of the M3 metabolite were found in five of the tests. Yet President of Sports Medicine and Research Laboratory  Dr Daniel Eichner said the recent failed tests showed “no evidence” that the banned substance has been re-administered.

Well, doesn’t that make us feel secure and trustworthy? The UFC has been losing a PPV audience for two years, although they make their income on events and videogames, etc. I wonder if this PPV Jones vs. Smith will even hit 250,00 orders?

Update: July 22, 2019 UFC champ Jon Jones charged with battery for alleged incident at strip club

A cocktail waitress, who worked at TD’s Eubank Showclub in Albuquerque called police to her home and alleged that Jones “slapped her inappropriately” and “pulled her down to his lap and kissed her neck,” per the report. Jones also allegedly placed the waitress in a chokehold and lifted her off the ground, she told police.

Jones failed to appear at a bond arraignment at Albuquerque Metropolitan Court on June 11, according to online court records. A bench warrant was issued against him the following day.

The court attempted to send Jones a letter later that month, but it bounced back June 24, per online records.

Jones paid the $300 cash bond Sunday at the Metropolitan Court, per the KRQE News 13 report.

Source: https://www.bloodyelbow.com/2019/7/22/20703391/jon-jones-charged-with-battery-for-april-incident-at-strip-club-ufc-light-heavyweight-mma-news

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Khabib destroys Conor at UFC 229, becomes a victim of UFC

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Khabib submits Conor in fourth round of dominate fight

I am back on the articles! I have been very busy with a fire in my business location back in March, and new projects with our research foundation, and of course remodeling our academy and the new look.

At UFC 229 Khabib Nurmagomedov (27-0) out struck, outwrestled, outfought and dominated UFC superstar Conor McGregor (21-4) to defend his UFC lightweight title via fourth-round submission at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The UFC has become somewhat of a circus. I hosted Khabib vs. Conor fight with guests, and it was in many ways the most appalling representation of mixed martial arts events. It was a shame and black eye regarding disrespect, dishonor, arrogance, narcissism, and a shameful display of a sport to Martial artists, fans, and especially to children.

But lets take a look at why. And no, Khabib is not the fault here.

Was it out of line to jump out of the ring? Yes. Was it his fault? No. Go look at the cause and effect of this problem.

Dana White.

Dana has been in the UFC for almost 20 years. He used to be a bellhop and later moved to Las Vegas, where he managed former UFC fighters Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell. Dana knew a Fertita brother who he convinced to purchase the UFC. Dana was made president. From there the UFC has had struggles and successes.

More up to modern day, when we end up with the UFC 229 fiasco, all the finger pointing has been at Khabib.

UFC chose to skip Nurmagomedov’s traditional post-fight interview in order to play it safe.

“If I put this belt on you, everybody’s going to start throwing s–t into the Octagon,” White told Nurmagomedov.

Ok, so what happened? What caused this, the intensity of the fight? No, it’s the same drama the UFC has to enact to enrage fans, fighters against each other for one reason, PPV orders.

Dillon Danis, a training partner with Conor was who Khabib went after outside of the ring. Then Conor was in an altercation in the ring. Then the entire brawl ensued.

Dana White seemed to point the finger at Khabib’s group:

“What happens here is, there have been three guys arrested, there are going to be files charged against them, I’m sure. God knows what the Nevada State Athletic Commission is going to do to Khabib and his guys, I think they’re fighters,” White said.

“Are they ever going to get a visa again to get back in this country? There’s a lot of things, a lot of repercussions from what they did tonight. Ones that I don’t think they even realize yet.”1

At the post-fight presser, Dana said that the Nevada State Athletic Commission will launch an investigation into everything and is withholding Nurmagomedov’s $2 million purse as they do. McGregor’s $3 million purse was not withheld as the NAC didn’t see any evidence to do so.

Above you can clearly see judge, jury and executioner regarding the charges on Khabib’s teammates. And remember Dana stated clearly they don’t know consequences along with possibly losing their visa. And they are still holding Khabib’s purse, but not Conor. Really?

Well, Conor refused to press charges, and Dana White angrily still promised they would be punished:

UFC president Dana White says ultimately McGregor opted not to press charges against them.

“Conor was one of the guy who was attacked. Conor refused to press charges,”

White revealed at the UFC 229 post-fight press conference. “So the guys that they did have were released. There were three guys from Khabib’s team arrested, I think they were from Khabib’s team.

“They were released because Conor didn’t want to press charges.”

As far as the athletes involved in the melee outside of the two main event fighters, White says that if they are under contract with the UFC, they’ll never compete in the Octagon again.

“The guys who jumped in will never fight he corner. They’ll never fight here,” White confirmed. It is believed that at least two current UFC fighters — Islam Makhachev and Zubaira Tukhogov — were part of Nurmagomedov’s and may have been involved in the brawl but nothing has been confirmed yet. White also added that Nurmagomedov had his paycheck withheld by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and will face potential sanctions as a result of Saturday night.”2

Radio host Joe Rogan, who was cageside at UFC 229, says Dillon Danis, a member of Conor McGregor’s fight team, was taunting Khabib Nurmagomedov, before the Russian lost his cool, and leaped out of the octagon to attack him.

“Dillon was absolutely insulting Khabib, saying something to him and provoking him and then Khabib just jumped over the cage and attacked him,” Rogan, the presenter of the Joe Rogan Experience said on-air in the hours after the chaotic denouement to the title fight. “I couldn’t believe my eyes. I thought Khabib was just going to jump to the top of the cage and say ‘F*** you’.”3

Joe Rogan: Conor McGregor getting special treatment:

“I wouldn’t say it was a booze move, it’s more of a coke move. Or it could just be part of his act. What if that dolly hit the part where Rose was sitting and cut Rose’s face up? Michael Chiesa, I’m sad that he got cut but Chiesa is a tough bastard, he will be fine. He is probably pissed off, will sue Conor and make a s–t load of money suing him. But what if it hit Rose? The f——-g world would hate him. What if Rose was blinded in one eye because of that? Ray Borg got cuts in his eyes, so it’s entirely possible. He got glass shards in, he’s got a scratched cornea. Chiesa filed a complaint, which will lead to a lawsuit, I would imagine. If I was Conor, I would settle every f—-ing thing outside of a courtroom because if he loses and he gets a felony, he’s f—-d. He probably won’t even be able to come into the country. Switch it around; imagine if Ray Borg threw that dolly and Conor was inside. He’d be gone, his career would be over. That’s one of the more f—-d up things about this is that you know Conor is getting special treatment. He is, and that’s not good for anybody.”4

Let’s go back to these standards which were absentee for Conor regarding his bus assault:

– Conor agreed to a plea deal at a hearing at Kings County Courthouse in Brooklyn, New York which saw all felony counts against the popular fighter dismissed.

– Per the terms of the plea deal, McGregor pled guilty to one count of disorderly conduct and forced to undergo five days of community service, 1-3 days of an anger management evaluation, and required to pay restitution for the damage he inflicted on a UFC fighter bus during UFC 223 fight week.

– Three orders of protections were also served against McGregor, including two by UFC fighters Ray Borg and Michael Chiesa. McGregor will not be permitted near them until July 2020.5

– Not only was Michael Chiesa forced out of his lightweight tilt with Anthony Pettis after sustaining lacerations to his face from McGregor throwing a dolly through a glass window, but Ray Borg had to pull out of his flyweight matchup with Brandon Moreno after reportedly having trouble seeing.

– Dana White stated he would let the legal system take care of Conor.

– Conor received five hours of community service and mandated anger management classes after his lawyers copped a plea bargain.

– White, the UFC or Commission never punished Conor for his outburst.6

You can view the psychopathic, appalling behavior of Conor attacking a bus and injuring the fighters.7:

Remember, Dana said Conor would be punished by the UFC.8:

“We’ll see what happens,” White told TMZ.

“He’s got to be punished by the law first, let’s see what happens in New York. He’s gotta go through that first.”

Ignore Conor, punish Khabib

Dana then made a statement on Oct. 7, stating Khabib’s check is withheld, and he may face more fines. Keep in mind, Conor is already convicted, plead out on a prior charge and history, while charges against Khabib’s camp were dropped, Khabib himself faces no criminal charges, yet now it is assured he is guilty due to his actions, which were not professional, but compared to Conor? Conor should be serving at least 5 years in prison.9

Evidence

So here, Conor did not press charges. Why? Well, let’s look at the evidence. He would have perjured himself with a statement.

Above statement by Joe Rogan shows the taunting to Khabib and his camp. Yet, what else?

New camera angle shows Conor McGregor threw the ‘first punch’.10

Khabib’s teammate was on the fence attempting to call back or go pull Khabib back. This twitter account shows discussion, and photos along with videos clearly showing Conor striking Khabib’s teammate first, and unprovoked, which may be the underlying cause to exacerbate the ring fight.11

Here photos from video clips suggest Conor punched and kicked Khabib’s teammate.12

This photo enlarged clearly shows Conor striking first.13

  1. UFC didn’t suspend Conor when he threw that dolly through the bus.
  2. Conor jumped out of the ring and confronted Jose Aldo Junior.
  3. Conor threw the bottles at Nate Diaz.
  4. Conor called Khabib’s Dad a quivering coward.
  5. Conor called Khabib’s manager Ali Abdelaziz a ‘f****** snitch, terrorist and rat’.

Where is fair justice with the UFC? What about Khabib? He is a Muslim, Russian that Conor attempts to insult and offend. Khabib stated:

“What about him talking about my family, my religion, the bus? Why are people talking about me jumping over the cage? My father talks to me about respect.”14

– Conor has stated in past news using racist and bigoted statements.

– In 2016 McGregor called Nate Diaz a “cholo gangster from the hood.”

– McGregor told Brazilian fighter Jose Aldo, “I own this town, I own Rio de Janeiro. I would invade his favela on horseback and would kill anyone who wasn’t fit to work, but we’re in a new time, so I’ll whoop his ass instead.”

– McGregor pulled out his “Dance for me, boy!” line to Floyd Mayweather Jr..15

– Now, White says NSAC could fine Khabib $2 million. White says he keeps his title, but then states Conor got suspended from New York. (Implying Conor was punished for bus incident). He also thinks Khabib will get suspended — and believes he deserves to be shelved for 4 to 6 months.16

The UFC should be very careful on too much favoritism to Conor. Overall, their ticket gates do ok, and they have video games, but their overall pay per view has been a flop. For example, here are their own recent numbers:

UFC 221 estimated at 130,000 buys

UFC 222 estimated at 260,000 buys

UFC 223 estimated at 210,000 buys

UFC 224 estimated at 85,000 buys

UFC 225 estimated at 250,000 buys

UFC 226 estimated at 380,000 buys

UFC 227 estimated at 300,00 buys

UFC 228 estimated at 130,00 buys

Anderson Silva is probably semi retired. Jon Jones has so much steroid damage on him, his greatness is always marred, and may or may not see him again. Rhonda Rousey was Dana White’s biggest investment. He named her as the greatest fighter, yet when she fought an actual striker who has professional striking (Holly Holm) it was an embarrassing loss to her. And Amanda Nunez destroyed Rhonda, her Judo, and her career. Yet Amanda was never promoted like Rhonda. This favoritism is what will cost the UFC.

Conor is not, and has never been the greatest fighter of all time. He is a good fighter with good skills, yet when we look at his promo, look at these points on his opponents short notice:

  1. Nate Diaz took to Instagram and refuted White’s claims that he was getting ready for a triathlon. He instead was on a beach in Mexico with his teammate Gilbert Melendez when the UFC called and asked him to take the McGregor fight.17
  2. Chad Mendes had two weeks’ notice to challenge McGregor for the UFC interim featherweight title.18

I think Nate beat Conor both times, as even in the last round of their second fight, Joe Rogan comments that Nate got the takedown and that may have sinched the decision. Why didn’t Khabib, or even Nate get the title fight with Eddie Avelar?

The UFC will not have another Rhonda or Conor. Both were priorized for the UFC. Yet if Rhonda lost to Holly, who at that time wasn’t even a top five, and Conor lost to an out of shape Nate Diaz who wasn’t even in the top five, how can they ignore so much talent for the future of the UFC?

Dana, you’ve seen all the good and the bad. Conor is not your only star. Remember the fans need to see people they root for. Clean up the foul mouth, swearing every other word with you and your fighters during Fox interviews that have to be bleeped out on TV. Get speaking coaches so you can get your crowd back. Consider lowering that PPV. Don’t attack religion because you are an atheist, like you did Yoel Romero stating this:

“America doesn’t want to hear your thoughts on Jesus. Keep that stuff at home – religion, politics, all the stuff. When you’re fighting and being interviewed, they want to hear about the fight. It’s awesome you love Jesus. Love Jesus all you want. You just don’t have to do it publicly.”19

No Dana, your wrong. We have a first amendment right, and is not subject to the whims of your views against race, color, creed or religion. Just like our Supreme court of the USA found secular humanism a religion (Torcaso v. Watkins the Supreme Court), all religions are to be respected, including atheism, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim.

In the end, Dana White feels Conor’s actions are well worth it:

“Conor works very well with us. We’ve worked very well with him. There are obviously certain things you have to deal with, with a Conor McGregor,” White told ESPN’s “Get Up” (via MMA Weekly). He’s worth it.”20

One last look at possible fairness:

NSAC chairman Anthony Marnell told ESPN on Monday (October 8) the commission is conducting a full investigation into the melee that took place after Nurmagomedov’s championship victory against McGregor. The investigation includes lengthy film review and interviews with people involved.

It released McGregor’s $3 million payday but now intends to file a complaint against the Irishman as well, after reviewing tape that was not immediately available on fight night.21

Stay tuned.

William Vandry

CSMT, CSIS, CSN, CCPSI

• Sports medicine specialist

• Sports injury specialist

• Sports Nutrition specialist

• 6th degree black belt Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

Sources:

1.THREE OF KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV’S TEAMMATES ARRESTED AFTER CONOR MCGREGOR ATTACKED

https://www.mmaweekly.com/khabib-nurmagomedov-teammates-arrested-attacked-conor-mcgregor-ufc-229

2.WHITE: CONOR MCGREGOR REFUSED TO PRESS CHARGES, TEAMMATES INVOLVED IN BRAWL WILL NEVER FIGHT IN UFC AGAIN

https://www.mmaweekly.com/white-conor-mcgregor-refused-to-press-charges-teammates-involved-in-brawl-will-never-fight-in-ufc-again

3.Joe Rogan says he heard Dillon Danis ‘absolutely provoking & insulting Khabib’ before their brawl

https://www.rt.com/sport/440602-khabib-danis-joe-rogan/

4. Joe Rogan: Conor McGregor getting special treatment following Brooklyn rampage is ‘f—ked up’

https://www.mmamania.com/2018/4/18/17253282/ufc-joe-rogan-conor-mcgregor-special-ufc-treatment-brooklyn-rampage-f-ked-up-mma

4.All fighters removed from UFC 223 due to McGregor fiasco will be paid

https://www.mmamania.com/2018/4/6/17207580/all-fighters-removed-from-ufc-223-due-to-mcgregof-fiasco-will-be-paid-mma

5. Conor McGregor sentenced for UFC 223 bus attack

https://www.mmafighting.com/2018/7/26/17614442/conor-mcgregor-sentenced-for-ufc-223-dolly-incident

6. Conor McGregor escapes felony charges for bus attack, sentence includes community service and anger management

https://www.mmamania.com/2018/7/26/17616710/ufc-conor-mcgregor-escapes-felony-charges-bus-attack-sentence-community-service-anger-management-mma

7. Raw video: Conor McGregor crashes UFC 223 media day, Michael Chiesa cut during wild bus attack

https://www.mmamania.com/2018/4/5/17203380/video-conor-mcgregor-crashes-ufc-223-media-day-michael-chiesa-cut-wild-bus-attack-arrested-brooklyn

8. White: UFC will punish Conor McGregor after NY court disciplines ‘Notorious’ for Brooklyn bus attack

https://www.mmamania.com/2018/4/30/17302196/white-ufc-will-punish-conor-mcgregor-after-ny-court-disciplines-notorious-brooklyn-bus-attack-mma

9. Dana White: Khabib Nurmagomedov’s UFC 229 check being withheld, suspension and fines could follow

https://sports.yahoo.com/dana-white-khabib-nurmagomedovs-fight-check-withheld-suspension-fines-follow-063918659.html

10. UFC 229: Fans claim new camera angle shows Conor McGregor threw the ‘first punch’

UFC 229: Fans claim new camera angle shows Conor Mcgregor threw the ‘first punch’

11. However, it can then be seen, that the Irishman throws a punch at one of Nurmagomedov’s crew-mates, as he is on top of the fence along with McGregor.

 

12. How shocking McGregor brawl started: New footage suggests Irish star threw first punch to spark fight

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/mma/article-6249187/New-footage-suggests-McGregor-threw-punch-spark-brawl-Khabib.html

13. New Footage Emerges Showing McGregor’s ‘First Punch’ At Khabib’s Team

https://www.balls.ie/mma/new-footage-emerges-shows-mcgregors-throwing-first-punch-398275

14. FOLLOW CONTACT Sport MMA Monday 8 October 2018 ‘He talked about my religion, my country and my father’ – Nurmagomedov explains why he attacked McGregor team

https://www.independent.ie/sport/mma/he-talked-about-my-religion-my-country-and-my-father-nurmagomedov-explains-why-he-attacked-mcgregor-team-37392589.html

15. Yes, Conor McGregor Is a Racist

https://thegrapevine.theroot.com/yes-conor-mcgregor-is-a-racist-1796876545

16. http://www.tmz.com/2018/10/08/dana-white-khabib-ufc-229-fine-brawl/

17. https://www.foxsports.com/ufc/story/ufc-nate-diaz-conor-mcgregor-yacht-cabo-mexico-got-the-call-to-fight-030716

18. https://www.mmafighting.com/2015/8/9/9113975/chad-mendes-on-conor-mcgregor-with-a-full-camp-i-win-that-fight-every

19. https://www.louderwithcrowder.com/dana-whites-shocking-comments-jesus/

20. Dana White on Conor McGregor’s troublesome antics: ‘He’s worth it’

 https://www.mmamania.com/2018/9/25/17902330/ufc-229-dana-white-conor-mcgregor-troublesome-antics-worth-it

21. http://www.espn.com/mma/story/_/id/24933080/conor-mcgregor-khabib-nurmagomedov-face-nsac-complaints-brawl

The journey of a BJJ black belt, and obligations

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Photo: New promotions September 8, 2018: Brown belt Justin Toler, Purple belt Nan Zhang, Black belt Chris Davis, 1st degree Jeff Anderson, Professor W. Vandry, Black belt Myron Dixon, Black belt Ben Williams

I just finished a very busy six months. We had a fire in the commercial building where my academy resides in March. I have upgraded and had all smoke damage removed, new mats, new walls, new energy!

I was very proud of my students from all over Texas, including my locals for their progress, advancement, and development of leadership as Martial artists, a very important point we have less of in BJJ.

What happened to this art? The magnificent Gracie family from Brazil introduced us into Jiujitsu, and now every major MMA fighter does it, and of course we have all the watered down versions on every other block. Schools are growing more as clubs, or places to ‘roll’. Now you see some places where half students have a gi, other half have a rash guard, or tshirt and shorts. We are a Martial art, and should enforce a code of honor. Does that exist anymore? Yes and no.

Grandmaster Carlos Gracie and later Helio Gracie had a goal of overcoming in combat. They sought to prove the style of Jiujitsu.

Photo: Grandmaster Carlos Gracie

When the Machado brothers came to the USA, and Rigan was the first, he competed in the California state wrestling championship, Sambo, Judo and of course Jiu-jitsu tournaments.

Today, there are people who go through four or five schools until someone gives them a black belt. This is a shame and disgrace. Of course people move, or travel, or have an unethical instructor and those points exclude them from the original point. I used to travel three hours every Tuesday to train with my instructor, do a private lesson, and train a little of the 6pm night class before I had to drive three hours back to Killeen, Texas.

We take on challenges in the Martial arts, but our real challenges are overcoming ourselves. Challenges such as overcoming injuries, trauma, and others are part of being a Martial artist. I had my first challenge match in 1997 on Ft. Hood, texas. A Captain who was not participating in a seminar I was teaching (I was a young kid blue belt at that time) approached me and challenged me in front of everyone. I could tell he thought I was going to back down or reason with him. It’s a bully tactic. I told him: “Lets go.” I took him down and did a nasty crank/choke because at that time I felt a challenge was not just against me, but to put down the art Grandmaster Carlos Gracie and others had to defend before I was born.

Photo: 1997 Very young William Vandry as a blue belt taking down opponent in challenge match

I stress to my students the essence of overcoming injuries, nutrition, health, spiritual strength, honor, and a sense of decency. I remember my path to black belt. I never thought I was smarter or some gifted guy. I took notes all the times in classes because I thought I would miss points.

I’ve trained with all major Gracies and all five Machado brothers along with other non Gracie black belts from Brazil.

History:

1995 My first time training With Carlos and John Machado

 

Photo 1: 1996 training at RCJ Dallas with Carlos and Rigan Machado

Photo 2: 1996 Two months later attending Royce Gracie seminar Plainview, Texas

photo: 2018 Royce Gracie and William Vandry at Bellator

Photo: 1997 My first blue belt Jarred Manbeck and I with Carlos Machado at Community Center, Killeen Texas.

1998

2001 Carlos Machado seminar Austin, Texas.

2003 Pan Am finals against the Great Jorge Pereira, now is a Brazilian Gracie jiu jitsu coral belt (7th degree) who earned his black belt training under Rickson Gracie (1986). Jorge was also a well known figure within the vale-tudo (no-holds-barred) circuit during the 1990’s. We ended in a stalemate 0-0 match, Judge’s gave him advantage.

2006 Hosting John Machado seminar (Carlos, William and John in pic)

2009 September seminar hosting Carlos Machado, Austin, Texas.

2009 December seminar hosting Rigan Machado

2011 hosting Carlos Machado in Austin, Texas

2012 Machado brothers Camp, Farmer’s branch, Texas

2016 Rigan Machado and William Vandry

2017 RCJ Machado hosting Chandra Vandy Got pain? clinic, and William Vandry Leglocks seminar

Wow! Where did time go? To be ethical, respect your community, new students, your instructor, your lineage, and each time how you appear publicly. I was happy to award these awards to my new belts. Congratulations to all and making another chapter in my history book! I remember the day I got mine:

Cherish your community and instructor, and history. Here was my 2015 black belt awards:

Matt Serfoss, Josh Travesio, Ian Haynes, Jeff Anderson, Mike Drabek, Jesse Armas

And their 2018 awards;

Jeff Anderson 1st, Matt Serfoss 2nd, Mike Drabek 1st, Ian Haynes 1st, Jesse Armas 1st

2nd degree Black belt

Matt Serfoss

Ed Aiken (Not in picture)

1st degree Black belt

Jeff Anderson

Black belts

Chris Davis

Ben Williams

Myron Dixon

Brown belts

Justin Toler

Purple belts

Nan Zhang

Congratulations again! These talented Martial artists I charge with leadership into the next generation, and to spread Jiujitsu!

Professor William Vandry

6th degree Black belt

February 2018 Professor William Vandry awards new black belts

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February 2018, along with a seminar on attacks from guard, new awards were given:

1st degree Black belt

Michael Drabek

Ian Haynes

Black belt

Slade Foster

Tony Skaff

September 9 Vandry Association seminar, new leglocks, new ranks

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September 7-8 Vandry BJJ Association third quarter seminar covered leglocks, and developing ideas to attack them. New belts awarded:

Matt Serfoss

Ed Aiken

Black belts

Chris Davis

Ben Williams

Myron Dixon

Brown belts

Justin Toler

Purple belts

Nan Zhang

June 2018 William Vandry seminar Brownsville, Texas

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William Vandy taught leglocks at Jesus Armas, Armas Jiu-jitsu academy located in Brownsville, Texas.

William Vandry book, Leglocks: the great equalizer 2018 new edition

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https://www.thebookpatch.com/BookStore/leg-locks-the-great-equalizer/aa4cbff0-ad7c-4153-b491-12600298b897

William Vandry BJJ 2017 2nd qtr VBJJ seminar, new ranks

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July 8, 2017

The second quarter seminar for VBJJ students was an all day event, with new ranks, celebrating and awesome techniques!

Techniques

Developing the butterfly guard for all ranks began with a guard transfer to butterfly, then to elevator sweeps to shin and X guard variations to sweep, to the William Vandry patented Zapruder leglock submission!

New awards to belts:

Purple belts:

Jim Nagle

Mark Kanda (Not in attendance)

Dani Taki (Not in attendance)

Chandra Vandry

Patrick Storer

Will Jackson

Markus Lagmanson

Vandry’s first second degree BB award

 

Jesus Armas, a long time student under William Vandry from Brownsville, Texas was awarded his second degree black belt.

Vandry’s next quarterly seminar is planned for September.

Doctor’s health concerns about themselves and patients

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I am an advocate of many things, including making a difference with a person’s health.  I have met many types of people including good, bad, ugly, sociopathic, psychopathic, and so on.

My research foundation named the Vandry Hope Foundation was founded by my wife and I for a reason.  www.vandryhhope.org

I have been an athlete my entire life, and I have seen injuries, pain, and chronic diseases.  My wife and I work with the handicapped.  I specialize with the legally blind, and find research to avoid blindness or control it.  For example, there was a case regarding Macular Degeneration, and eye disease.

Opthalmologist Dr. Ronald Pugh on discussed Macular degeneration and how 27 of his patients reversed legal blindness and went back to 20/20 with supplements and minerals.  Here is a youtube clip of Dr. Pugh discussing blindness and nutrition.1

TBI or Traumatic brain injury can be debilitating in so many ways, and along with treatments.

PTSD is a variety of alpha bet soup conditions.  PTSD is not a disease like cancer.  It is an emotional trauma or physical trauma that affects the way you perceive, think and react.  It could be losing a job, a divorce, or something on a higher level such as losing a limb in a war, or witnessing an emotional damaging event.

These days, we have civilians and veterans seek medical care.  We all know the glowing reviews on VA and the waiting line they help our vets with.

I get contacted weekly from people across USA that either read about our research, or a friend referred them, or a facebook email.  I do not prescribe medicine, nor do I give medical opinions.  However, there are references to toxicity of pharmaceuticals, correct nutrition, detoxification and much more that many do not know.  One of the first points when I get contacted by a person with pain, or depression, lupus or whatever their condition is, they usually have a doctor that gave up on them.

Sometimes just support can be healing.

Medical doctor’s microscoped

Here is a frightening list of exactly who takes care of us in medicine.  Here we go:

1. Dr. Joan Anzia, a psychiatry professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine on doctor suicide:

“Doctors are more likely than the general population to commit suicide, with an estimated 350 to 400 physicians killing themselves in the U.S. each year.”

2. Burnout rate among doctors growing over 3 years, study shows.  Analyzing the results of 2011 and 2014 surveys of more than 6,000 doctors across the United States, researchers found that the number who met the criteria for burnout rose from 45 percent to 54 percent over that time.  Research has shown that doctor burnout can lead to poor patient care, higher doctor turnover and a decrease in the overall quality of the health care system.2

3. Doctors look for ways to prevent suicide.  A 2015 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that 29 percent of resident physicians have depressive symptoms.3

4. Why are doctors plagued by depression and suicide?  A crisis comes into focus.  More than 62,000 people — many of them medical professionals and their families — signed a petition  calling on medical associations to track physician suicides, provide confidential counseling, and require doctor training programs to address a “culture of abuse” too often characterized by bullying, harassment, and humiliation.  A study published in Academic Medicine finds that 35 percent of medical residents — young doctors recently out of medical school — experience clinically significant depression.4

5. Medical errors now third leading cause of death in United States.  BMJ shows that “medical errors” in hospitals and other health-care facilities are incredibly common and may now be the third-leading cause of death in the United States — claiming 251,000 lives every year, more than respiratory disease, accidents, stroke and Alzheimer’s.  Martin Makary, a professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine who led the research, said in an interview that the category includes everything from bad doctors to more systemic issues such as communication breakdowns when patients are handed off from one department to another.

“It boils down to people dying from the care that they receive rather than the disease for which they are seeking care,” Makary said.5

6. In 1999, an Institute of Medicine report calling preventable medical errors an “epidemic” shocked the medical establishment and led to significant debate about what could be done.

Let me get this right on our confidence with the healthcare:

– 350 to 400 physicians killing themselves in the U.S. each year

– A three year research showed 45 to 54 percent of Medical Doctors have burnout

– 29 percent of resident physicians have depressive symptoms

– Medical errors now third leading cause of death in United States

– A 2005 essay published in JAMA found that male doctors killed themselves at a rate 70 percent higher than other professionals; among female doctors, that rate ranged from 250 to 400 percent higher.

– Doctors are prone to drug and alcohol abuse. It’s estimated that rates of addiction among the general population run from 8% to 10%; among physicians, the rates start at 10% and rise to 15%.6

– As many as one-sixth of primary care doctors leave medicine mid-career.6

So roughly, it shows on a study about 50% of Medical Doctors have burnout, 29% have depressive symptoms, an 15% have drug or alcohol abuse.  Doesn’t that total 94% have conditions that make you leery of relying on their prescriptions?  And lets add 400 MD suicides each year, and the last one–MEDICAL ERRORS ARE THIRD LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN USA!

There are good, overworked, stressed doctors.  I know some great Chiropractors, MDs, Surgeons, Neurologists that deserve a million dollars each.  And there are sociopathic terrible ones.  Bedside manner is a primary concern for the health profession.

Doctors, did you forget  DO NO HARM?

The well-known phrase “first, do no harm” comes from The History of Epidemics, which is part of the Hippocratic corpus:

“…But in those cases in which there was no danger, and where a concoction was made in proper time, it should be considered whether the translations of humours were good or critical signs.  Concoctions always portend a crisis, and safety from the disease; but crudities, or inconcoctions are soon converted into bad translations, or a defect or want of crisis, or pain, or a duration of the disease, or death, or a relapse. What will happen from these should be considered from other circumstances, as to know what is past, to discern what is present, and to predict the future.  And these two things in disease are particularly to be attended to, to do good, and not to do harm.  The whole art of medicine may be circumscribed in three distinctions, medicine, the sick-man, and the physician who is the minister of the art; and the conflict lies between the sick-person, the physician, and the disease.”

For all veterans or civilians, there are answers.  For those who do not believe the opioid crisis can be beaten, please look at a documentary my wife and I did with veterans pain using a product we created for pain relief years ago.

There is nutrition that corrects illnesses in many cases.  Many doctors do not want to listen to results.  I cannot state how many times veterans or civilians told me about their joint pain or especially hip pain, and then they explained to me how they had hip surgery yet they feel worse.

I remember a chiropractor years ago that had two hip surgeries, and he lectured to me that it was genetic.  I corrected him that it was not a genetic issue unless he had a condition he was born with.  I then sent him these facts:

1. 2012 in The Lancet, researchers used data from the National Joint Registry of England and Wales – the world’s largest joint replacement registry – to track more than 400,000 patients who underwent primary hip replacement from 2003 to 2011.  Of these, 31,171 received metal-on-metal implants – hips with a ball and cup made of a cobalt and chromium alloy.  After five years, 6.2 percent of metal-on-metal hips had failed.

2. February 29, 2012, Metals from hip replacements present toxic risk for millions, investigation warns British Medical Journal and BBC Newsnight investigation. (British Medical Journal and BBC Newsnight investigation)

So why am I mentioning hip surgery in this article?  Because it has to do with a common factor regarding nutrition.  Do you know what causes 94% of all hip surgeries?

Osteoarthritis is the primary indication for 94% of total hip arthroplasties.7

What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a degeneration of cartilage or a protein of collagen in your joints.  Simple improvement in collagen II in diet worked well in a Harvard study on Rheumatoid arthritis.8

By the way, the chiropractor had no answer fir the above data, his only response was his mother just had hip surgery so it must be genetic.  My response was if family generations all smoke, than they too could claim lung cancer runs in the family.  I added to him if his theory were true, why did she have it after his, and not 30 years ago?

There are good doctors, and I am currently starting a list to refer to on our vandryhope.org website.  We have some on there currently.  If you suffer from chronic pain or other issues, and if you are looking for solutions, I must state that you are the source of overcoming.  Feel free to email me on facebook.  If you are a medical doctor, and have chronic pain or other conditions, please contact me via email and you have my support.

There are many people that have consulted with me on nutrition.  Yet the answers have to be within your power, not relying on a pharmacy or an MD that ignores your tests or doesn’t discuss them with you.  If you have a good doctor, keep him or her for life!  I have an average if 5-20 veterans each week I consult.  I had one who had Osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, duabetes, high blood pressure, insomnia, anxiety, depression, PTSD among others.

He had no answers and VA or medicine did not either.  I told Him I would walk with him, and show him the road but he has to be the one to walk the walk.  He has, and is a different man than just a month ago.  And for every Case like this, I receive 100 others who do nothing, have no motivation or simply feel I am going to do everything for them.  I cannot help those, only those who get up.  If you can’t get up, I will pick you up, but you have to fight with the spiritual and mental weapons to overcome and empower yourself.

My wife when she lectures on her seminars she always makes a point to the audience.  She states heart disease and cancer and other diseases are terrible, but there is one worse than all diseases combined.  It is called laziness.  And this is not directed to everyone with a chronic condition, but to those who have answers and do absolutely nothing.  This disease is incurable.  Sadly, I remember many cases like this.  For example, last year a veteran that stated he could not sleep, had pain so bad and at times had to sit in a wheelchair asked me for help.  I fedexed him ($60) our Miracle oil product (did not charge him) and got it to him overnight.  When we spoke on the phone for three hours he asked me for help.  Guess what?  I never heard from him again, but I saw him on facebook complaining about VA benefits.  See how sad this can be?

Our motto at Vandry hope is ‘Empowering through knowledge’, and we believe in that.  Many times my wife and I receive thanks and hugs for reaching and simply being there, but as Jesus stated to the blind man in the Bible Mark 10:46-52:

51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.  The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”

52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

For all you good MD’s out there, we need you badly.  Our veterans are dying each day, and our civilians need you too.  But we need you healthy, and not overstressed and overworked.

William Vandry

President, Vandry Hope Foundation

Chronic pain – TBI – legal blindness – PTSD research

References:

1.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acIQUWR_qvc

2. http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/health/sc-doctor-burnout-health-1202-20151202-story.html

3. http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/health/sc-doctor-suicide-depression-health-0713-20160630-story.html

4. https://www.statnews.com/2016/07/21/depression-suicide-physicians/

5. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your health/wp/2016/05/03/researchers-medical-errors-now-third-leading-cause-of-death-in-united-states/?utm_term=.e169628c166a

6. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-grinspoon-addicted-doctors-20160605-snap-story.html

7. Katz JN, Losina E, Barrett J, Phillips CB, Mahomed NN, Lew RA, Guadagnoli E, Harris WH, Poss R, Baron JA. Association between hospital and surgeon procedure volume and outcomes of total hip replacement in the United States medicare population. J Bone Joint Surg Am 2001; 83-A:1622-9.

7. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12571867

8. “Effects of Oral Administration of Type II Collagen on Rheumatoid Arthritis” Study Performed by David E. Trentham, Roselynn A. Dynesius-Trentham, E. John Orav, Daniel Combitchi, Carlos Lorenzo, Kathryn Lea Sewell, David A. Hafler, and Howard L. Weiner

PTSD Awareness Day

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Starting in 2010, Congress named June 27th PTSD Awareness Day (S. Res. 455).  In 2014, the Senate designated the full month of June for National PTSD Awareness (S. Res. 481).  The purpose of PTSD Awareness Month is to encourage everyone to raise public awareness of PTSD and effective treatments. We can all help those affected by PTSD.1

So yesterday was PTSD awareness day.  I am an advocate for veterans of any kind, and my wife Chandra and I have worked tirelessly with our military veterans.  Regarding PTSD, along with many fund raising groups, non profits, or some that discuss PTSD, the word ‘public awareness’ seems to be a buzz word for raising money.  That’s great, so what’s next?

PTSD treatments and rates of success

The Mayo clinic states Post-traumatic stress disorder treatment can help you regain a sense of control over your life.  The primary treatment is psychotherapy, but can also include medication.  Here are Mayo clinic solutions for PTSD:

Psychotherapy

Several types of psychotherapy, also called talk therapy, may be used to treat children and adults with PTSD.  Some types of psychotherapy used in PTSD treatment include:

  • Cognitive therapy.  This type of talk therapy helps you recognize the ways of thinking (cognitive patterns) that are keeping you stuck.
  • Exposure therapy.  This behavioral therapy helps you safely face both situations and memories that you find frightening so that you can learn to cope with them effectively.
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR combines exposure therapy with a series of guided eye movements that help you process traumatic memories and change how you react to them.

Medications

  • Antidepressants.  These medications can help symptoms of depression and anxiety. They can also help improve sleep problems and concentration.  The selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) medications sertraline (Zoloft) and paroxetine (Paxil) are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for PTSD treatment.
  • Anti-anxiety medications.  These drugs can relieve severe anxiety and related problems.  Some anti-anxiety medications have the potential for abuse, so they are generally used only for a short time.
  • Prazosin.  If symptoms include insomnia with recurrent nightmares, a drug called prazosin (Minipress) may help. Although not specifically FDA approved for PTSD treatment, prazosin may reduce or suppress nightmares in many people with PTSD.2

The Link between PTSD and Substance Abuse/Addiction

People who suffer from PTSD are between two and four times more likely to also battle addiction than their peers who do not also struggle with PTSD, the journal Clinical Psychology publishes.

Correlation between Stress, Drug Use, and Addiction

Substance abuse, addiction, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have a complex relationship that can complicate treatment modalities.  High levels of stress can make it more likely for a person to turn to drugs or alcohol as a means of escape.  Drugs can increase pleasure, decrease anxiety, and provide a distraction from difficult emotions.

When someone feels stressed, levels of GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) are lowered, and adrenaline is increased.  GABA is a kind of natural tranquilizer produced by the brain that can also be stimulated by drugs that suppress the central nervous system, like opioids, marijuana, alcohol, and benzodiazepines. Drugs also increase the presence of dopamine in the brain, one of the brain’s chemical messengers that tells a person to feel happy.  When the substances wear off, low moods are common as dopamine levels drop.3

How common is co-occurring PTSD and SUD in Veterans?

Studies show that there is a strong relationship between PTSD and SUD, in both civilian and military populations, as well as for both men and women.

Specific to Veterans from 2016:

  • More than 2 of 10 Veterans with PTSD also have SUD.
  • War Veterans with PTSD and alcohol problems tend to be binge drinkers. Binges may be in response to bad memories of combat trauma.
  • Almost 1 out of every 3 Veterans seeking treatment for SUD also has PTSD.
  • The number of Veterans who smoke (nicotine) is almost double for those with PTSD (about 6 of 10) versus those without a PTSD diagnosis (3 of 10).
  • In the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, about 1 in 10 returning soldiers seen in VA have a problem with alcohol or other drugs.4

VA suicide rates

According to the VA, an average of 20 veterans died from suicide every day in 2014.

The VA examined over 55 million veteran records from 1979 to 2014 from every state in the nation.  The last time the VA conducted a study like this was in 2010, but that report included data from only 20 states.

In 2014, 7,403 American veterans committed suicide, out of 41,425 suicides among U.S. adults that year. That’s just under 18 percent, down from 22 percent in 2010.

Today’s report also included comparisons between civilians and veterans.  From 2001 to 2014, the VA found, suicides among U.S. adult civilians increased 23 percent while veteran suicides increased 32 percent — making the risk of suicide 21 percent greater for veterans than civilians (after controlling for age and gender).

Older veterans face a higher risk of suicide, the data showed.  In 2014 about 65 percent of veterans who died from suicide were 50 years or older.5

Something to consider

So we have an alarming rate of suicides with veterans and I believe Army is highest.  Looking at the top solutions for our Veterans, what do we have from above?

Psychotherapy

In 2015 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, reveals that go-to treatments for the disorder may not be as effective as many in the medical community may have believed or hoped. The research showed that while up to 70% of the men and women who received CPT or PE experienced symptom improvements, around two-thirds of people receiving the treatments still met the criteria for a PTSD diagnosis after treatment. 6

Medications

Here is a good one.  Let’s look at the success of medications with veterans and PTSD.

18 U.S. veterans commit suicide daily; largely due to psychiatric drugs.7

Treatment for PTSD may be killing veterans.8

There needs to be more action taken for veterans.  For veterans themselves, our research foundation the Vandry Hope Foundation works on research and time on Chronic pain, TBI, Legal blindness and PTSD.  We have been through veterans and civilians to aid, help and make a difference.  I will also note, the above quotes on alcoholism and drugs must be taken into consideration.  For PTSD, it starts with your therapy, but ultimately, if you have a toxic lifestyle it makes it worse.  Start with putting yourself back together.  My wife and I have spent so many hundreds of hours with those with PTSD, or civilians with Chronic pain, anxiety and so many other conditions.  There are times we spend hours supporting those that seek us, and many times in the end, they themselves do nothing or go to other

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References:

1.  https://www.ptsd.va.gov/about/ptsd-awareness/ptsd_awareness_month.asp

2.http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/post-traumatic-stress-disorder/diagnosis-treatment/treatment/ptc-20308558

3. http://americanaddictioncenters.org/ptsd/

4. https://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/problems/ptsd_substance_abuse_veterans.asp

5. http://abcnews.go.com/US/va-releases-results-largest-analysis-veteran-suicide-rates/story?id=40401007

6.http://time.com/3982440/ptsd-veterans/

7.https://www.cchrint.org/2011/06/04/18-u-s-veterans-commit-suicide-daily-largely-due-to-psychiatric-drugs/

8.http://warincontext.org/2010/08/31/treatment-for-ptsd-may-be-killing-veterans/

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