Here’s a look back at what happened this week in the health and fitness world (plus an inspiring, heart-warming story at the end).
First up is the Wall Street Journal and a very angry rant about runners. No need to link to it. It’s gotten enough airtime.
As a runner/ultrarunner, I love to run. It’s who I am. I’ve been running for as long as I can remember. In fact, I even forget about personal records I’ve set!
The writer of this article had a bone to pick with runners and frankly, I’m not sure why. I can only speculate that he is jealous of those who have run distances that he can only drive. I get it Chad, you haven’t (yet) experience the joy that running brings it.
Being a runner is a mentality. When I see a road sign stating the distance to the next town (whether it’s 100 miles or 10 miles), I immediately start calculating how long it will take me to get there via foot! It's not bragging, it's the inner satisfaction of knowing that my body can do something remarkable.
Running is liberating. Running is freedom. Knowing that my body can run really, really, really long distances is something that no one can take away from. I’ve had a lot of other things taken away from me, but running is the one thing that has always been there for me.
Dear Chad, I invite you to join me for a run someday! We’ll go to a running store and get you some running gear and shoes. After we’re done, we’ll put a sticker on your car of the distance you ran (1.1? 3.1?). And maybe then, you’ll see how wonderful running can be.
Second, the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology released new guidelines this week (November 12, 2013) calling for doctors to increase (I think I had a heart attack just reading that!) the use of prescriptions for high cholesterol for people that show a moderate risk for a heart attack or stroke.
A few facts:
Heart disease is the number 1 killer in America. (CDC) Yes, more deaths from heart disease than cancer!
Strokes are the number 4 killer in America. (CDC)
700,000 Americans suffer heart attacks each year. (CDC)
Heart disease costs over $100 billion each year. (CDC)
130,000 die from strokes yearly. (CDC)
So, let me get this straight. We’re going to prescribe statins to about 33 million Americans who don’t have heart disease, but are simply at a greater risk for it? Can you say money in pharmaceutical and FDA pockets? This is beyond appalling.
First, when prescribed these statin medications, people will be spending anywhere from $12 (generic) to $500 a month (and you better believe they will push for non-generic RX’s) - for the rest of their life! Who said that living a healthy life was expensive?
Second, these drugs come with adverse health consequences. Statin drugs increase Type 2 diabetes (which increases your risk of heart disease), memory loss, confusion, muscle pain and weakness. Bottom line: the FDA is going to prescribe a drug that gives you heart disease. To say that I am highly bothered by this is an understatement.
Here are the side effects of eating real food, exercise, drinking water and holistic treatments: they are safe and effective, increased energy, disease prevention, clear skin, helps you sleep better, memory, happiness, good digestion, heart health, prevent cancer, eye and brain health, strong immune system - the list of positive health benefits is endless! Plus, it’s cheaper than getting sick and paying for lifelong prescriptions that cause a host of harmful diseases and side effects.
Who will doctors target for these new statins guidelines? Caucasian women over 60 who smoke and African-American men over 50 with high blood pressure.
Heart disease and strokes are preventable through diet and lifestyle! It’s very basic and simple: eating nutrient-dense food, drinking water, not smoking, be active as much as possible each and every day, not eating processed food and drinks, eating less or zero animal products, embracing a plant-based lifestyle. I think it is outrageous that AHA and ACC (and the FDA) are asking doctors to prescribe life-long use of statins with disease-promoting side effects instead of urging patients to clean up their lifestyle.
Until the day I die, I will be all about disease prevention and organic food and holistic treatments and methods. Our bodies are smart - they don’t need harmful, toxic prescriptions that cause all kinds of disease, death and other health problems. When each of us starts taking personal responsibility for our health and using natural, holistic ways (real food, massage, acupuncture, water) to cure our body of what ails us, will we begin to take our health back.
I urge you to watch the documentary War On Health as soon as you can. Begin to educate yourself on what the FDA is doing to your health and the health of the people around you. “They are being rewarded for profiting off your disease - $2.7 trillion in fact.”
Bottom line: natural, holistic methods, treatments, foods are safe; pharmaceuticals prescriptions always come with harmful warnings and possible death.
And to end on a high note, there is no doubt you saw the heart-warming story about #SFBatkid. I got goosebumps watching as the city of San Francisco made this little 5 year old boy Bat Kid for the day. I’m glad good, positive things are still happening!
Have a great weekend!
Photo credit: Aaron