"Heartburn, ulcer and acid reflux medicine may bring relief, but over time, they could also increase a person's risk of early death, new findings show. Researchers have linked popular drugs like Prevacid, Prilosec, Nexium, Protonix and other proton pump inhibitors to a higher risk of death by cardiovascular and chronic kidney disease, as well as upper gastrointestinal cancer, according to a study published in The BMJ. More than 15 million people are prescribed PPIs each year, while millions more purchase them over-the-counter, the researchers say."
Scientists continue to discover evidence of the therapeutic value of nutritional ketosis for a range of conditions, including Type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and cancer. Dr. Dominic D’Agostino, an Associate Professor of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida, is at the forefront of research related to the use of ketosis for cancer treatment. During a presentation on July 31, 2019, at the annual CrossFit Health Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, D’Agostino shared his knowledge of the health benefits associated with ketones and presented his latest research on ketosis as an adjuvant treatment for high-grade glioma.
The CrossFit Games are the world’s premier test to find the Fittest on Earth. The 2019 season exemplified the global nature of this challenge and the community it represents more than any before. On Oct. 10, CrossFit communities around the world will come together again in celebration and competition for the start of the 2020 CrossFit Open. All are welcome to join the world’s largest participatory sporting event. During this five-week competition, ordinary people accomplish more than they thought possible, and the next cohort of national champions will be crowned.
"The sound of cheering carried across the Alliant Energy Center as the top athletes from over 100 countries took the field Thursday during the 2019 CrossFit Games opening ceremony. Amongst a sea of U.S. competitors, Lt. Col. Anthony Kurz and Capt. Chandler Smith took it all in as they looked around the crowded North Field. Kurz proudly displayed his Army Special Forces flag as a nod to the Special Forces community. Those cheering included members of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command and Warrior Fitness team who were there to support their teammates and engage with the fitness community."
The deadlift is unrivaled in its simplicity and impact while unique in its capacity for increasing head to toe strength. Regardless of whether your fitness goals are to “rev up” your metabolism, increase strength or lean body mass, decrease body fat, rehabilitate your back, improve athletic performance, or maintain functional independence as a senior, the deadlift is a marked shortcut to that end. The deadlift’s primal functionality, whole-body nature, and mechanical advantage with large loads suggest its strong neuroendocrine impact, and for most athletes the deadlift delivers such a quick boost in general strength and sense of power that its benefits are easily understood. If you want to get stronger, improve your deadlift.
"The US military has been looking at changing the diets of elite operators like Navy SEALs as new evidence emerges that their diet could enhance their abilities on the battlefield, especially underwater. … The ketogenic, or keto, diet, is high in protein and fat and very low in carbohydrates. The diet forces the body to go into ketosis, in which the body burns stored fat, or ketone bodies, as energy instead of blood sugar, which comes from carbohydrates. Research shows the ketogenic diet can help human bodies stay underwater for longer periods of time."
Lunge 20 feet in as few steps as possible (AFSAP).
After each round, perform 5 seconds of L-sit and 10 double-unders for each step taken — e.g., if it takes 6 lunge steps, L-sit for 30 seconds and complete 60 double-unders before starting the next round.
Statins are the most widely prescribed class of drugs in the world and thought to be beneficial for reducing cardiovascular events and relatively risk-free. Dr. Malcolm Kendrick approaches such ideas with skepticism, here reviewing the research behind such claims and sharing the sleight-of-hand tactics used to promulgate them. While much of the data related to statin studies remains hidden from independent researchers, Kendrick finds that available data has been framed in misleading ways. Reviews of studies that tout statins’ effects on mortality reveal statistically insignificant outcomes and leave open the possibility that adverse events could offset statins’ very minuscule benefits.
“I think there is a vast myth that scientists are somehow objective and honest,” Dr. Terence Kealey said during a presentation at a CrossFit Health event at CrossFit Headquarters on March 9, 2019. During his presentation, Kealey discussed the myth of scientific objectivity, drawing examples widely from history as well as his personal experiences within many of the most reputable scientific institutions. “We commit to paradigms, and then we bend the data to it,” Kealey explained. “Now, you get money not for being right; you get money for satisfying the prejudices of the people who sit on the committees in the NIH and NSF.”
This 2019 mouse study demonstrated strength training can meaningfully reverse the negative metabolic impacts of obesity on liver fat and glycemic control. Significantly, strength-trained mice did not decrease overall body weight or adiposity compared to obese sedentary mice. This indicates the metabolic improvements noted above occurred independent of any overall change in weight. This is a critical finding, as previous studies testing the effect of exercise on hepatic fat content and insulin sensitivity have induced weight loss and thus were unable to determine whether exercise reduces liver fat content independently or only as a consequence of whole-body fat loss.