I am Ed Jones AKA Science Guy and my goal is to inform the misinformed regarding common health and fitness supplements
Where it all began…
From a young age I have held a keen interest in science and this has only grown as time has progressed. I have studied at the University of Manchester for numerous years as part of the Faculty of Life Sciences.
In this time I have achieved a First Class Degree in Biomedical Sciences and a Distinction Masters Degree in Integrative Biology.
I am currently working on a PhD in the field of neuroscience focusing on how the brain controls energy homeostasis in an organism – During my research I have studied the control of feeding, nutrient partitioning, hormonal control of weight gain as well as the pathophysiology of obesity.
To see the sort of research I am involved in, take a look at my bosses research profile:
During my studies I also decided to take my fitness more seriously. As my studies consumed my time I gradually stopped participating in team sports but became more heavily involved in weight lifting and amateur bodybuilding. I went from a fit but weedy 67 kg to a much bigger and stronger 84 kg after a few years of hard training.
I fell victim to a number of ‘noob’ mistakes when first weightlifting, spending far too much money on supplements that really don’t do what they say on the tin and in the process, lining the pockets of people who have made a fortune selling bogus and misleading products.
The basic scientific literacy in the UK is considered fairly poor compared to other wealthy countries in Europe. At the same time, the gym, fitness and health food industry has never been larger. You can’t walk two streets in a major city centre without finding another Virgin Active, PureGym or Holland and Barrett. As a result, the health and fitness supplement industry has exploded in the last decade and is now saturated with thousands of products all claiming to be ‘scientifically formulated’, designed specifically to attract your attention with ‘sciencey’ sounding buzzwords that don’t really mean anything.
Most of these products are produced very cheaply, don’t contain what they say they do, and offer little to no benefit for the price you pay. I’m looking at you Green Tea Extract…
However a few products on the market DO have beneficial effects and are supported in the scientific literature. These products often have fairly extensive animal and clinical trials supporting them and can make a positive improvement to your training and fitness goals.
A number of these products have also been used by myself and I will make that clear when that is the case.
Why should you frequent this website?
Simply because I’ve made the mistakes and studied the research so you don’t have to.
I’ve created this website to combine my knowledge of scientific theory with the pursuit of fitness to debunk misleading health claims that permeate the massive health and fitness supplement industry. At the same time I will offer alternatives that have legitimate, positive research support.
I also enjoy writing about topics that receive a fair bit of media coverage and that , in my opinion, ignore legitimate science such as the ‘anti-vaccine movement’.