April 20, 2016
Physicians explain what “prediabetes” is and what the diagnosis means for your health.
The word “prediabetes” makes Dr. Donna Polk’s patients pay attention.
She can tell them about their risk of a heart attack, a stroke—“they don’t care,” she said.
“But when I say ‘prediabetic,’ they say, ‘What? I don’t want to be diabetic,’” explained Polk, medical director for cardiac rehab at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a nonprofit teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.
The word, she… Continue Reading
CrossFit RRG helps John McPherson and P3 CrossFit set precedent by fighting off rhabdomyolysis lawsuit.
In September 2011, Adam Gottlieb walked into P3 CrossFit, John McPherson’s affiliate in Houston, Texas. Under the supervision of one of P3’s trainers, Gottlieb performed a free introductory workout that consisted of a 500-m row, 40 air squats, 30 sit-ups, 20 push-ups and 10 pull-ups. Gottlieb became nauseated during the… Continue Reading
March 15, 2016
Russell Berger attends Exercise Is Medicine credential workshop and discovers gaping holes in methodology.
There are two distinct fronts in the war between CrossFit and chronic disease. The first—and most important—is the battle being waged every day in our affiliates across the world. While CrossFit trainers aren’t selling a cure for chronic disease, increased work capacity appears to be diametrically opposite to metabolic… Continue Reading
Video by Ashley Mitchell and Jeremy Mitchell.
At Kshanti CrossFit in Virginia, Andrea West is best known as “Babs”—Badass Bitch. She’s a hard-working athlete who has a rare disease called alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, which raises risks for lung and liver diseases. After she finishes the workout, she cheers on fellow athletes, then she might reach for her inhaler. Once a… Continue Reading
The very best of Richard A. Kahn, author of a 60-page report supporting the American Beverage Association’s lawsuit against San Francisco.
On Jan. 12, Richard A. Kahn gave a 60-page expert report as part of the American Beverage Association (ABA) lawsuit seeking to strike down a City of San Francisco ordinance that requires ads for sugar-sweetened beverages to include health-warning language.
Kahn is the former chief scientific and medical officer of the American Diabetes Association. He… Continue Reading
Doctor explains how 48-year-old Pete Katz used diet and CrossFit to stop taking medications for diabetes, high blood pressure and anxiety.
Days before Pete Katz’s visits to his primary-care physician, he would go on a diet. It was his vain attempt to nudge his health markers in the right direction. But the short-lived change had little effect on an increasingly grim reality.
“Pete was in a common situation for many patients in that his weight… Continue Reading
After struggling with her health for years—surviving cancer and developing Type 2 diabetes—Patti Goldenson decided to turn her life around. Since joining CrossFit South Bay in Torrance, California, she’s lost 135 lb. and no longer needs to take diabetes medication.
Goldenson’s journey began after she broke her back at work. While she was in recovery, her physical therapist, Ron Satow, invited her to a contest at his gym. He was surprised when… Continue Reading
Exercise is not medicine, and suggestions to the contrary do nothing to help fitness trainers improve the health of their clients.
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
This popular saying portrays certain activities as having the ability to improve health. Most people accord a notion of truth to the adage, but would anyone suggest a farmer or retailer could be held out as an exemplar of a health or medical profession? Probably not.
Yet this is exactly… Continue Reading