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CrossFit Cures Chronic Disease

"We sit collectively (CrossFit trainers) in unique possession of an elegant solution to the world's most vexing problem. And it may be so elegant that it's optimal" That is Coach Glassman's intro at a Level 1 seminar in California. What is this problem, you ask? That would be chronic disease.

CrossFit may turn out to give people a pass on cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer's, and just about every other chronic disease we know of.

This is a bold statement; I am proudly in the worship-Glassman group, and I was still skeptical when I first heard this somewhere around a year ago. But man, the stuff coming out is pretty convincing. Of course, I would expect the same knee-jerk reaction I had: there's no way that's a legit claim. And I'm not asking you to watch one video I post and be convinced.

But watch this video. [note, it's Coach Glassman. Course language, obviously]

"All of it is preventable. Much of it is reversable."

Processed Foods Disease

Last week the CrossFit Journal published a great interview with Dr. Robert Lustig from UCSF. I linked the short version, but the 30-minute version is also available on YouTube if anyone is interested. Definitely worth a watch/listen.

Like some of the other videos like this I've posted on here, it's looking like we have a lot more control over things like cancer and diabetes than is perceived.

Zone Diet Feature: Preventing Disease Before Birth

If you go back and read the highly-debated Zone Diet FYI post, you'll remember that controlling the protein, carbohydrate, and fat in your diet has a direct effect on what your hormones are doing - which, in the end, dictates a lot about your weight, performance, and health.

As it turns out, it may also have an effect on your offspring.

Dr. Barry Sears, inventor of the Zone Diet, is one of the co-authors of a new textbook that details how an expectant mother's exposure to high-quality fish oil and an anti-inflammatory diet (like the Zone) will lead to a reduction in health problems for her child. The study, I believe, is still ongoing, but there is an article about it on the Zone blog and I thought it was interesting. Check it out.

Can Diabetes Be Prevented Even Before Birth?

You Might Be a Crackhead.

The nutrition aspect of CrossFit is usually a struggle. Whether you're Zone, Paleo, or strict peanut butter plan, we all want something that's going to improve our performance. But then it gets late at night and the ice cream and Oreos start calling your name, and before you know it, you wake up in the midst of cookie, ice cream, and chip wrappers. 

"But I just wanted one!"

It's not gonna happen. A lot of processed foods activate the "pleasure center" in the brain. This the same part of the brain that is activated when people use morphine, heroine, or coacaine. So once you have one, you reach for another, and another, and another... Since scientists are speculative people, they tested it out at Connecticut College. Specifically with Oreos. Turns out that Oreos are just as addictive as coacaine (if not more). 

This becomes a huge issue in terms of body homeostasis. Those Oreos cause a spike in insulin, which absorbs sugar out of the blood and into skeletal muscle and fat tissue. However, the more Oreos you have, the more insulin you need to get that same absorbing effect. This is called the "insulin resistance" phase. Over time, your pancreas is unable to keep up, and can't produce the huge amount of insulin you need in order to keep your blood from turning entirely into sugar. This becomes what is known as Type 2 diabetes. 

A (fairly) simple diagram that shows insulin resistance.

This brings us to the question: are processed foods like Oreos and McDonald's partially responsible for the meteoric rise of early onset Type 2 diabetes? Should companies that make these products make customers aware of the addictive properties? And do we treat people who eat foods like this daily as addicts?