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CrossFit Health is an investigation into the ills of modern medicine and the wilful abuse of the public’s trust in science. The lessons learned from the legal dismantling of fake science, a crooked journal, and perjuring scientists have given us a forensic view as to how everything might have gone so wrong. We’re calling the combination of runaway medical costs and disease rates–which many profit from but none combat effectively—“The Mess.”

These two papers, one from 2018 and one from 2019, analyze the effectiveness of measures Coca-Cola has taken in an apparent effort to ensure transparency regarding the scientific research it funds. The 2019 paper assesses contracts between Coca-Cola and multiple academic institutions and claims Coca-Cola’s stated principles geared toward preserving researcher independence are ultimately undermined by the fact that the company retains the ability to terminate a research program at any time. The 2018 paper evaluates Coca-Cola’s transparency lists and finds that the company fails to share a complete list of its research activities and researchers often fail to disclose Coke funding.

Read MoreTwo studies on Coca-Cola’s lack of transparency in commercial research funding

“Most people let their doctor make the decisions for them, but the evidence tells us that we should be cautious,” Professor Peter C. Gøtzsche explains. Gøtzsche, a specialist in internal medicine, also recommends avoiding medications whenever possible. “We live in a world that is so overdiagnosed and overtreated that in high-income countries, our medications are the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer,” he observes.

Read More”Trust me, I’m a doctor”

Dr. Sarah Hallberg made several career pivots—all fueled by her anger at unscientific and harmful practices perpetuated by the medical community—before becoming Medical Director at Virta Health. In this talk, delivered on Dec. 15, 2018, at a CrossFit Health event at CrossFit Headquarters, Hallberg speaks about some of those unscientific and harmful practices, specifically those pertaining to the management of obesity and Type 2 diabetes (T2D). She outlines the physiological problems inherent in treating T2D with insulin, the benefits of treating the disease with a carb-restrictive diet, and the data from a recent Virta Health study that demonstrates the positive effects of carb restriction.

WatchDr. Sarah Hallberg on Carb Restriction as a Sustainable Diabetes Treatment

Professor Peter C. Gøtzsche of the Institute of Scientific Freedom addresses the flawed research surrounding the use of depression pills, the questionable benefits and robust negative side effects associated with them, and the frequency with which they are nonetheless prescribed to patients.

Read MoreThe Depression Pill Epidemic

This 2013 analysis, led by Robert Lustig and cited in his lecture at CrossFit HQ on March 9, 2019, investigates the association between sugar availability and diabetes through a review of international food supply data from the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization. While the analysis is limited by its correlative nature and other issues surrounding both international and observational research, the data indicate that changes in sugar consumption have a stronger association with diabetes prevalence than changes in overall caloric consumption and that, at a population level, sugar consumption and GDP predict diabetes prevalence.

Read MoreThe Relationship of Sugar to Population-Level Diabetes Prevalence: An Econometric Analysis of Repeated Cross-Sectional Data

Life expectancy at birth in the United States has fallen for the third year in a row, signaling a crisis in national health. In addition to the opioid epidemic, researchers note statistically significant increases in deaths from chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and stroke. In response to this situation, however, U.S. health agencies have understated the problem, ignored the causes, and partnered with the opioid manufacturers, soda companies, and private interests directly contributing to the crisis. A tsunami of chronic disease has landed, and CrossFit affiliates are lifeboats offering a chance for individual health where the institutions established to be the guardians of public health have failed.

Read More U.S. Life Expectancy Continues to Decline, Exposing Failure of Public Health Institutions

In the final installment of their series on the sleights of hand that skew scientific research, Drs. Michael and Mary Dan Eades turn a critical eye toward examples of outright fraud. They place studies that stray from the scientific method, such as those published under the supervision of Dr. Brian Wansink, under the rubric of fraud; Wansink encouraged his students to torture data and retroactively create hypotheses to produce publishable papers. The Drs. Eades also cite examples of fraud from the realm of stem-cell research and ultimately ask whether, when published research findings are tainted, it’s possible for physicians to practice evidence-based medicine.

Read MoreThe Cardinal Sins of Skewed Research, Part 5: Burning Britches

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