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Emily Kaplan
May 4th, 2020 at 2:07 am
Commented on: Pathogenesis of the Influenza Virus in Diabetes Model Mice

These studies are important to underscore the point: if a body is taxed dealing with an ongoing ailment it will have a harder time fighting any acute illnesses. But, the problem is we--as a society--seem to prefer acute problems to chronic ones. We have stopped the economy, our children's educations, healthcare for the masses, etc all for the a few acute cases of traumatic illness for those who are already ill. Wouldn't it be wise to see this as an opportunity to look under the hood and ask how we got ourselves into this mess? The real opportunity here is to address the larger issue: we are a sick nation.


In a healthy individual, a virus is a way to strengthen the immune system, and in turn, improve the long-term health of the population of people infected and armed with antibodies. Viruses make strong populations stronger. Our problem is our population is not strong.


It is a tragedy that a third of the US is considered pre-diabetic, according to the CDC, a number that is only expected to exponentially increase in coming years. Sick has become status quo.


Despite billions spent on research, cancer death rates are the same as they were in the 70s when Nixon declared his war on the disease. When you statistically back out the decrease in smoking rates, which accounted for a high number of cancer deaths in the past, it becomes easy to argue we're worse off today, even with all our fancy interventions. If chronic illnesses are all manifestations of metabolic dysfunction, as many on this thread will attest, then this all becomes more infuriating, because despite the complexity of the problems there is just one simple solution: off the carbs, off the couch.


Knowing that the solution exists, it is accessible to all and yet most will not utilize it can feel demoralizing.


Most of the world is distracted by the complexities, the new shiny technology that will sequence the cancer cell's genome, the anti viral vaccine that will that will not actually stop the cytokine storms... I get it, that's all fascinating and mind blowing that we can look at parts of life in such detail, but what about backing out and helping to restore the simple dignity of preventing someone of needing those treatments? I'm reminded over and over with this pandemic how we focus on treatment rather than prevention. We see this with the attention and money spent to turn every American factory into a mask producing facility and the race for a vaccine--rather than a wide spread effort to test which should have happened months ago! And we see this with the money and support going to treating and preventing the spread of COVID19, but not the conversation about sugar and carbs and the deleterious effects of the American diet on the health and economy of our population.


The real killer here is the underlying metabolic derangement that leads to chronic illness. This story is not that a new virus swept the world killing healthy people. It is that the world has become so unhealthy its people can no longer withstand the stress of viral mutations, of which there will surely be more.


To drive this point home, in my household we are carefully tracking COVID19 deaths, there has only been ONE DEATH in NYC of a person without an underlying illness over the age of 75! That means we could argue age is actually not a risk factor here! Likewise, there were only 4 deaths in NYC of people ages 65-74 who didn't have underlying conditions... Whereas there were 6,266 deaths of people ages 65 and older who had underlying health conditions.

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Grant Shymske
May 3rd, 2020 at 1:58 pm
Commented on: Pathogenesis of the Influenza Virus in Diabetes Model Mice

Try to shine a light on ways to save people from a global pandemic... crickets... criticize hokey vegan propaganda films... message board explosion!!... equal parts sad and stupid. Thank you CrossFit for continuing to be some of the only people shining a light on this underlying issue. Even if the majority of humanity doesn't learn from these findings the fit can be 'safe on the island' as Greg put it, and we as coaches can continue to do our best to keep saving the people who wash up on shore.

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Grant Shymske
May 3rd, 2020 at 1:40 pm
Commented on: Ron Gets Fit

What a great way to kick start a new week! Thank you for being an inspiration Ron, and thank you for being a great example of an effective CrossFit Coach Erica!

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Eric Greene
May 2nd, 2020 at 1:36 am
Commented on: Ron Gets Fit

Way to go Ron! That’s what it’s about.

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