Michel Jouvet, an emeritus experimental medicine professor and neurophysiologist at Lafon Laboratories in France, was the primary developer of the drug. Development started back in the late seventies after a series of benzhydral sulfinyl compounds were invented. These, including adrafinil, were used experimentally to treat narcolepsy in 1986. Since it was the main metabolite of adrafinil, Modafinil came on the market. Since it lacked the –OH group on the last amide, it had greater use than adrafinil. It has been available on the market in France as Modiodal since 1994.
Pudzianowski is liberal with his diet and is often seen eating chocolate, ice cream or burgers. On one of the World Strongman events shown on TV, and an interview for MTV, when asked about his diet he said: "I eat everything. I do not follow any particular diet. I eat anything I want, anytime I want".
My energy comes from my diet. Breakfast is 10 eggs and two to three pounds of bacon. Between meals, I eat lots of candy. In the morning, it will be several 3 Musketeers and/or Snickers bars; I need them for energy. Lunch, at 1 or 2 PM, is a double meal of a Polish pork chop, sauerkraut and potatoes. An hour later, I work out, then take lots of supplements: magnesium, creatine, amino acids, all that stuff, and more chocolate. Dinner is whatever meat I can grab-steaks, pork chops, bacon-plus more sauerkraut and potatoes. At 9 or 10 PM, I work out again. Afterward, I have a protein shake and more chocolate. At 3 or 4 AM, I wake up and have more chocolate, then go back to sleep until morning.