April 2013

Judgement.  It’s the first thing that most people do when they meet someone.  They judge.  They make a decision about a person, and they judge what that person is.  Justly, or not.  I am encouraging everyone to take a step back.  You have to open up your mind.  Everyone has something to offer.  You do NOT know everything.  And the people that think that they DO know everything, are often the people who know the least.  They have such a narrow perspective on the world.  And whoever doesn’t believe what they believe gets judged.  Sound familiar?  People judged Thomas Edison, said he was a failure.  People judged Einstein, said he was stupid.   It’s narrow-mindedness that limits what we can perceive and achieve.  If you judge someone, you have the opportunity to miss out on everything and anything that they have to offer.  Don’t be a narrow minded person.  It’s OK to have an “impression” of someone, but reserve judgement.  Be educated, don’t be a fool.


Just as I speak of the fact that fitness is not a fad, and must be a consistent part of your life, that doesn’t mean that there are not fads that pass through the industry itself.  Over the course of time, fitness trends have come and gone.  Leg warmers, step class, the shake weight, etc.  They have all run their course throughout the years.  That does not mean that they were inherently good or bad, but they just ran through the normal lifecycle of current knowledge.  Now, the most current wave of fitness to hit not only the United States, but the entire world is the phenomenon of Crossfit.  Now, I am going to use the term here, not as a brand, but as a thought process.  And I am going to do my best to differentiate reality from perception.  Crossfit was an organization that was founded in the late 90’s early 2000’s.  They were founded by Greg Glassman under the premise that people did not have to starve themselves and do endless hours of cardiovascular exercise to achieve the goals of weight loss and leanness.  Crossfit believes in working hard.  Deriving progressive benefit from shorter bouts of work, but working at and even above what you thought that you could previously do.  They believe in constantly varying your workout routine instead of performing the same exercises day after day.  They believe in clean eating and dietary purity.  Their methods are based on research.  Research that has been performed really in the past 30 years or so.  This is when we really started to challenge the traditional fitness beliefs.  And so far, the results have been more than promising.  It appears that as our research advances, so will our ability to achieve.

Now, what Crossfit is NOT.  Crossfit does not mean throwing people into workouts that they have no business doing.  The mainstream perception, however, is just that.  That if you’re going to do Crossfit, it means working out until you puke.  It means performing lifts that you’ve never done before.  Now, this MAY be the case, but one of the very most basic tenets of Crossfit belief is education and scaling.  Recently (in the last few years), the Crossfit phenomenon has absolutely EXPLODED!  I am willing to bet that not even the founding fathers of the movement could have forseen being on ESPN every year.  And, in that time, they have started to be subjected to some pretty serious backlash about their methods.  Most of which can be explained as over-expansion, and under-education.  Not on the part of the main body, but on the part of the individual gyms (there are over 2500 worldwide).  As with any franchise, you will have some locations that are better than others.  No matter how much the mother ship tries to regulate, there will always be those that slide through the cracks.  And that is what is being seen right now, is that not only are there a few of the individual gyms that are just not focusing on the education as they should, but there are also starting to be so many who are trying to copy the basic premise.  There is no copyright on the IDEA of fitness, just on the name.  I could open a gym and work off the same basic premise of a Crossfit gym, I just can’t CALL it a Crossfit gym.  However, if I don’t have the education and training to do what they are doing, I am going to end up hurting people.  Simple, right?  So, you have to do your homework on a gym.  Do they teach or do they just throw you to the wolves with a workout regimen?  If that’s the case, don’t join just to say that you do.  It ends up being a recipe for injury and disaster.

pray for boston

I’m just tired.  I have simply had it.  I’ve had it with watching the same old people do the same old things all the time.  I’m tired of the commercials on the TV showing people riding ellipticals and walking on treadmills.  I’m sick of the same old “experts” talking about the same old things all the time.  The same ways to lose weight and manage body composition.  My goodness, people, try something new.  Clearly the old ways of doing things aren’t working as well as we’d like (90 million overweight/obese can’t be wrong).  They tell people to eat whole grains and veggies, and people are getting fatter and fatter (you all know my feelings on the pyramid).  Not that veggies are bad, but grains are a tough one to swallow (pardon the pun).  They tell people cardio, cardio, cardio, and what do we have?  A slew of repetitive stress injuries, slow results and burnout.  It’s like trying to fix the same problem in the same way time after time and watching it break over and over again.  If the current method isn’t fixing the problem, you have to try something different.  Ask any repairman, they know.  It’s the same principle, except they keep tryin the same stuff over and over and over again, and I’m just sick of it.  Geez!  Pick up a book that was written more recently, take a class, go to YouTube, SOMETHING!!  Bring the “experts” knowledge out of the 1960’s and into the current time.  Our industry is such a fluid place.  Everything is changing all the time.  Things that were thought to be good are being shown to be bad, and vice-versa.  If you’re going to mess with people’s bodies, you had better have the most current knowledge available.  Either catch up, or get out!  If you are telling people bad, outdated information, just quit.  Do the rest of us a favor, so that we don’t have to re-program and educate your clientele later when they seek out something that actually works for a change. The Truth!

Original post from NY Post, March 27, 2013

Researchers might have found the Holy Grail in the war against cancer, a miracle drug that has killed every kind of cancer tumor it has come in contact with.

The drug works by blocking a protein called CD47 that is essentially a “do not eat” signal to the body’s immune system, according to Science Magazine.

This protein is produced in healthy blood cells but researchers at Stanford University found that cancer cells produced an inordinate amount of the protein thus tricking the immune system into not destroying the harmful cells.

With this observation in mind, the researchers built an antibody that blocked cancer’s CD47 so that the body’s immune system attacked the dangerous cells.

So far, researchers have used the antibody in mice with human breast, ovary, colon, bladder, brain, liver and prostate tumors transplanted into them. In each of the cases the antibody forced the mice’s immune system to kill the cancer cells.

“We showed that even after the tumor has taken hold, the antibody can either cure the tumor or slow its growth and prevent metastasis,” said biologist Irving Weissman of the Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California.

One side effect of the treatment was that healthy cells were subjected to short-term attacks by the mice’s immune system, but the effect was nothing in comparison to the damage done to the cancer cells.

Weissman’s group recently received a $20 million dollar grant to move their research from mouse to human safety testing.

If you all follow the news, there was a pretty significant Supreme Court case last week.  Monsanto, one of the largest companies in the US was able to overturn, in the Supreme Court, lower court decisions to regulate their use of GMO towards consumers.  For those who don’t know, GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms.  In lower court decisions, the GMO Protection Act was shot down.  Saying that Monsanto still had to protect consumer rights and was subject to testing and regulation of their GMO crops.  Well, no longer.  Recently (last weekish) the Supreme Court overturned those lower court decisions.  This basically allows Monsanto to plant, process, produce and sell whatever the hell they want to.  Just so you know, the biggest crop that they produce is corn.  Corn is one of the most GMO crops that there is.  Their workers wear biohazard suits to spray the crops with pesticides that make the stomachs of insects literally explode.  Then they grow it and sell it to us.  Yikes.  Be careful what you buy.  Buy organic, preferably locally grown produce.  Save yourself from this stuff.  Oh, by the way, one of the Justices on the case (Clarence Thomas) ruled on the case.  He ruled in favor of Monsanto.  The significance of that is that Thomas is a former Monsanto employed lawyer.  He did NOT recuse himself from the case.  Double yikes.  Your Gubment at work.