Monthly Archives: January 2014

For the love of all that is healthy, wash your f*!king produce.

In all seriousness, now that you eat a cup of veggies with every meal (you are doing this right?), and have a stockpile of delectable produce in your fridge, you MUST MUST MUST learn the zen of bathing your produce.

“What the hell? Why do I have to give my produce a bath?”

First of all, the life cycle of produce has MANY stages. It doesn’t just appear in the supermarket direct from the tree/plant/vine (whatever). That apple you ate on the way home from the shop has also been man handled by every Tom, Dick and Harry in the system and, statistically speaking, one of them (probably Dick) came to work with the flu.

Actually, one of the most common contaminants found on store bound fruit and vegetables is human perspiration.

Sexy Farmer

(Picture is a dramatization of how actual produce is farmed.)

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8 Epiphanies from 2013, Part II

If you’re looking for Part I you can check it out here.

6) The gap between fitness and rehab is closing rapidly.

Some are happy about this. Some are not. But, the fact of the matter is that the gap is closing.

That said, the vast majority of fitness professionals know nothing about successful rehab… or fitness. Terrifyingly, the same is true for medical professionals. Too many people are waiving around pieces of paper they got in a classroom while rocking a terrifying 80% failure rate (if they even know what their failure rate is).

More fitness pros are learning to get and keep people out of pain, and more medical pros are using better techniques and discharge criteria. We need this. But we also need more cooperation between the fields and less complaining about who is stepping on whose toes. Hopefully we got into these fields to improve the lives of those we work with, not to line our pockets (and if you got into fitness or rehab to line your pocket, you have dubious math skills).

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8 Epiphanies from 2013, Part I

I learned a lot this year. These are the things that are most likely to haunt my nightmares:

1) People still choose exercises that are useless or injurious, or perform exercises such that they become useless or injurious. Many of those people are fitness “professionals.”

Beth and I moved recently. As a result, we had to give up our beloved rusty barbell club and join a big box gym. It… is… terrifying.

Sit-ups, crunches, supermans, rounded back deadlifts, squats with valgus knee position… people do these things?

His chiropractor must be on speed dial.

His chiropractor must be on speed dial

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Three Things I learned in 2013

1) 3 Reasons Beauty Kills

poison beauty
Allergies, hives, headaches, dry skin, eczema, irregular menses, brittle nails, acne, irritated eyes, thyroid issues, trouble conceiving… These are just a few of the side effects a person can experience by using commonplace personal care products and cosmetics. After years of chasing some of my own symptoms I recently discovered a major contributor could be the chemical exposure from daily use of my bath and beauty products. Continue reading