Alright, so Rob Gronkowski gets injured a lot. We all know this. He's had a lot of seasons cut short to injury and unfortunately, for fans of the sport, it's robbed us of seeing one of the greatest tight ends of all time. He's trying to fix this. According to the Boston Herald, he's starting working with Tom Brady's fitness "guru". This is the same guy who co-founded TB12 with Brady. His name is Alex Guerrero.
"Hoping to extend his NFL shelf life, the all-world tight end agreed to commit to working with Brady’s body coach and business partner, Alex Guerrero, who runs TB12 Sports Therapy Center at Patriot Place."
"He just no longer wants to go down to the nagging muscular injuries or even back problems that have plagued him throughout his career. He loves to play, and wants to be on the field. With his NFL clock ticking, he doesn’t want that time spent on the sidelines."
Sounds great, right?
Not so fast my friends. Guerrero's track record is sketchy at best.
Here's Boston Magazine on the case:
"If anyone cared to look closely, however, there were a couple of problems with Dr. Alejandro Guerrero’s claims. First, he wasn’t a doctor of any kind—not a medical doctor, as he admitted in the infomercial—or a doctor of Oriental medicine, as he claimed to business associates, according to a sworn affidavit. The FTC would eventually bar Guerrero from ever again referring to himself as a doctor. In truth, Guerrero’s degree was a master’s in Chinese medicine from a college in California that no longer exists.
The other problem, of course, was that Alejandro Guerrero’s Supreme Greens was a sham. Total nonsense. Modern-day snake oil. “This is just out and out quackery,” says Barrie Cassileth, a bona-fide PhD in medical sociology and the founder of the Integrative Medicine Service at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, who helped the FTC investigate Supreme Greens.
Turns out, Supreme Greens had never been scientifically tested. The “study”—the one in which Guerrero claimed that 192 terminally ill patients had survived thanks to Supreme Greens—never actually existed, he later admitted. The FTC found not a shred of evidence that Supreme Greens could cure or prevent cancer, AIDS, MS, Parkinson’s, or any of the other ailments Guerrero had mentioned.
Cassileth says “cancer quackery” like Supreme Greens is a $40 billion-per-year industry. Over the years she has investigated dozens of similar products. And while the FTC did not allege that there was anything affirmatively harmful about Supreme Greens, Cassileth says that among the most pernicious effects of products like Supreme Greens is that they can delay cancer patients from seeking proper, evidence-based medical care. “This is fatal for many patients,” she says."
The TB12 proteins bars that Brady and Guerrero sell are like 200$ a bar. I think that's more expensive than gold. Maybe someone wants to do a timeshare with me?
Source: Boston Herald · Photo Credit: Keystone Press Agency