Rhabdo is no new thing in the CrossFit, functional fitness, high intensity, military, or fitness world… Recently, a popular fitness pro who has a large following got rhabdo from a CrossFit workout that included near 100 GHD sit ups. This sparked a large social media outroar about the dangers of crossfit (like we haven’t heard them all before) and led me to sharing what I’ve noticed in training plus the link to rhabdo.
CLAIMING THAT CROSSFIT CAUSES RHABDO IS LIKE THE CLAIM THAT THE SUN CAUSES SKIN CANCER.
Sure, the sun can contribute to cancer but why do some get cancer from the sun and some do not?…. metabolic system, immune system, inflammation, and cellular weakness are a few… sure, cancer is not rhabdo but the ROOT of most of these serious health issues remains to be the same.
Like most other health issues people look at the immediate cause and fail to consider the ROOT of the issue contributing to the kidneys and liver struggling during the recovery process (healing from a workout).
MY “UNEXPERT belief” (since I’m not a doctor) is THE ROOT CAUSE IS SYSTEMIC INFLAMMATION. From what I’ve seen in over 10 rhabdo cases (in real life) is that OVERTRAINING IS NOT THE MAIN ISSUE. I’ve seen people get rhabdo without taking long periods of rest, I’ve seen “fit” people not overtrain or overreach and they still get rhabdo. The rhabdo had little to do with the exercises themselves.
In high intensity training the goal is to produce as much power as possible….
Most “athletes” I’ve seen consume WAY TOO MUCH PROTEIN. This can be verified with a simple blood panel (look nitrogen balance). These high levels of URIC ACID are toxic to the body (hint hint: the kidneys)… stacked on top of this when the immune system is compromised (someone goes too hard in a workout), people working out sleep deprived or stressed, partying in the weekend, or those with AUTO IMMUNE CONDITIONS (to name a few ways)… the stress on the kidneys due to nutritional errors because fake news on nutrition, high levels of “inflammation”, an unfavorable immune response + D.O.M.S. due to some training = hello hospital.
All the modifications in the world are great and needed for new athletes. HOWEVER, when you see people end up in the hospital for a week after a workout done in a group where everyone is the same is similar fitness level it makes sense to take a few steps back and link COMMON DENOMINATORS that the people have who got rhabdo.
The common link from what I’ve seen is inflammation and a negative immune response.
True fitness incorporates health as a whole. Many of these severe incidents can be prevented by having blood panels done and ensuring you are treating your total health like you would a well balanced training program.
Just because someone LOOKS healthy or PERFORMsS at an ELITE level does not mean their body is near OPTIMAL HEALTH.
You have my word this is the final time I will ever speak publicly on vaccines.
I don’t want to convince anyone to not vaccinate their kids and I don’t know the solution but I do have one comment, one question, and my God given ‘Merican right of a hypothesis for the crowd…
There are an estimated 25 to 50 million cases of auto immune in the United States of America. Okay, that’s an estimated range of 25 million ? So we honestly don’t have a damn clue how many people have auto immune conditions.
How many cases of auto immune are we going to wait and see before we WAKE THE EFFF UP and realize PREVENTING OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM FROM DEVELOPING HOW WE WERE CREATED is going to cause a negative immune reaction down the road? 150 million? 250 million? 1 billion people?
And #tobehonestwithyoudiane I’ve lost sleep, prayed (not joking), and hit deep depression and anxiety over this because I know at least 100 people with auto immune conditions.
Because I give a poop first of all.
MY “unexpert” “undereducated” “pissed off” OPINION, THEORY, HYPOTHESIS” or whatever you want to call it and WHY i have lost sleep over this BS :
We are about to see a generation where the mass majority have auto immune conditions. It’s already happening. If you can’t see it, open your eyes please.
I understand that more than 99% believe we need vaccines and they are great. With that 99% I’m willing to bet it’s more like 299 out of 300 people are “pro vaccine” and I’m cool with that. It is what it is.
The reason this is the final time I will speak publicly about this topic is because I truly deep inside my soul want our world to be healthier. I believe if I let topics like these where 90++% of people are the extreme opposite side of the spectrum then I will lose touch with what matters more to me: getting people off the couch and away from food that doesn’t allow them to feel their best.
Our bodies need exposure to childhood illnesses for lifelong health. These “diseases” and illnesses that we think we are protecting ourselves teach our immune system how to PROPERLY respond. Trying to control this process results in a lifelong battle against itself. (Autoimmune).
Instead of sitting on social media trying to make yourself look like a badass for making fun of “anti vaxxers” because it’s so easy to do (just like making fun of our president no matter who that might be at the time- very easy to do and very unproductive at the same time) how about just doing a few minutes of digging for what the true consequences of LONG TERM health related to trying to control natural processes in life. -this goes for anything, not just vaccines brothers and sisters.
We (as humans) #honestly think we are so smart like we can just create the magic elixir to prevent or cure a disease (take measles for example) and we are so genius that whatever negative effects happpen 20-30-40+ years down the road (56 years in this example = measles vaccine was created in 1963) we will be able to find a way to “cure that problem” (in this modern day case I’m referring to auto immune as the problem we have created ) and then the next problem that occurs as we try to “cure” auto immune.
It is a never ending cycle of trying to fix problems we have created ourselves. We are not smarter than our creator. If you don’t believe in a creator then we are not smarter than the universe.
Long story short:
Keep making fun of the “anti vaxxer’s” kid that got measles. That kid won’t have to worry about half the health issues as the person doing the laughing and that’s the #troof