Archive for August 24, 2011

Is Gluten Free a Fad?


Celiac Disease on the Rise in U.S.

I am mostly gluten free, my son Nate is gluten free, my older sister has sensitivities to it — Scott’s cousin is Celiacs. You think there’s a problem? Nate’s pediatrician told me that gluten-free was just a fad — yeah, a fad.

FRIDAY, Aug.19 (HealthDay News) — Complaints of celiac disease are on the rise in the United States, with more and more people growing ill from exposure to products containing gluten.

Nearly five times as many people have celiac disease today than did during the 1950s, according to one recent study. Another report found that the rate of celiac disease has doubled every 15 years since 1974 and is now believed to affect one in every 133 U.S. residents.

“It’s quite widespread,” said Dr. Alessio Fasano, director of the Center for Celiac Research and the Mucosal Biology Research Center at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “We thought there were regional differences in the past, but now we know it’s everywhere.

“That increased incidence rate has left researchers scrambling to figure out why more people are developing the chronic digestive disorder. Doctors still can’t explain the trend, but they are making some headway testing a number of hypotheses.

Deadlifts and Handstand Push Ups – The stuff I was made for


Yes, one of the CrossFit Girls showed up today. Diane made another appearance. She’s one tough chick but for the most part, I like her because it is shoulders and upper body. Which anyone that takes a look at me can tell — this is the stuff I was made for. I wasn’t born with these broad shoulders and back for nothing.

800m run
25 Double Unders
10 ring rows
10 push ups
10 Pass Thrus
10 Good Mornings


21-15-9 reps for time of:
135# Deadlift
Handstand push-ups
Time 6:37

This is actually almost 1m better than last time I did Diane. I also used one Ab Mat for the HSPU. I also did something to my elbow. It sort of cramped up while I was practicing hand stands. It wasn’t bad enough to stop but it does hurt. My hand blisters are healing up but it was a bit uncomfy to grab the bar for the DLs today. So I had to grab it each time and adjust my palm so it didn’t push/pull it. That did slow me down a bit. Oh, age is catching up to me I guess. HA!

CrossFit and the Virginia Earthquake


Ok I’m not going to lie — I freaked out yesterday during the earthquake a bit. I was at my desk on the 6th floor and I felt the bldg adjust. I said to Tiffany, an intern here for a few more weeks — what was that? Then the bldg started to shake. I said let’s go Tiff. We headed towards the stairs. While I was in the hall on my way — in my head, I thought about the WTC people and how they were in the hallways, stairways with no control over what was going on. I got freaked out. I thought holy cow, I have no control and what about my family as I started down towards the stairs. I could feel myself panic. As I hit the 5th floor stairs, this large lady got in front of me. She moved way too slow — and my lack of filter in my head said to her ‘lady, you are moving way too slow” and I wanted to reach out and shove her aside. I didn’t but it was tough to hold back the urge.  I thought about moving faster to get in front of her because there was a ton of space between her and someone in front of her. It was seriously annoying and I had some anger towards the entire situation. All i wanted to do is get the heck out of the bldg.

Which brings me to a point. The fact that I am in shape makes it much easier to react and move out of scary situations. This large lady, seriously couldn’t move any faster than she was moving. Being out of shape and fat inhibits her ability to react and quite frankly – it impaired my ability as well. This was yet another opportunity for people to learn how important being fit is — CrossFit prepares you for all sorts of situations!

I feel bad that I had so much annoyance towards her. I want to be that understanding person. I know it’s hard work and I know people are busy. But it’s not impossible! And once it starts to affect me, then all bets are off. Sort of like bugs. I am fine if bugs are outside where they live. Once they come in my house, they are goners.  So the fact that this lady slowed me down from what I thought was a dangerous situation, angered me. I even think at one point she stopped to check something in her purse! I didnt even grab my purse or phone — All I Wanted Was to be OUT of the building. Virginia is not supposed to have EARTHQUAKES!

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