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Cholesterol Conundrum

By Marcus | In Nutrition | on November 20, 2013

Last week, I posted about how some doctors are starting to see the light when it comes to saturated fat. Coincidentally, some new cholesterol guidelines were hitting the news at the same time. The news report I saw had experts predicting much greater numbers of people being prescribed statins, in greater dosage, as part of the fallout of these new recommendations.

If you haven’t read any of the numerous reports, there are some very scary side effects from statins. I previously related my own experience with my former doctor, who wrote statin prescriptions at the drop of a hat. This again is a reason we encourage all of you to educate yourselves so you can have an informed discussion with your healthcare provider, rather than allowing them to make decisions for you as if they were your parent.

This need for skepticism when it comes to conventional wisdom becomes more apparent when you read a follow-up story on those cholesterol guidelines. Less than a week after the new guidelines were announced, the New York Times found that the risk calculation was critically flawed. Per their article, “the calculator overpredicted risk by 75 to 150 percent”. That amount is nothing to laugh at, and considering the life-changing implications of being put on statins, these guidelines should be scrutinized ever more closely.


A happy birthday today to one of Intrepid’s very first members, Michael H.! When he isn’t outing people on Facebook while getting frozen yogurt, he’s throwing his bodyweight around in CrossFit competitions (above) or running insane amounts of miles (Ragnar Relay). As testament to how well known Mike is, you can look back on his birthday posts from 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. You’ll learn plenty of fun facts about the birthday boy and see how far he’s come since his first workout with us at Rec Park. Happy birthday Mike!


WOD 11.20.13

Clean & Jerk 3×2
Deadlift 1×5

12 Comments to "Cholesterol Conundrum"

  • troy says:

    November 20, 2013 at 7:50 AM -

    Happy Birthday Mike!

  • Stephanie says:

    November 20, 2013 at 8:31 AM -

    Happy Birthday Love!
    The big 35 :)
    Let’s recap this year’s accomplishments:
    2 shakedown competitions, Tough mudder (which was the week after the shakedown comp), 2 Ragnar races (earning you the coveted “gold” rush bar), Mt Whitney climb to the summit via the mountaineering route in one day (complete craziness), African Safari and quitting your job of 14 years to start your own company. Phew that’s a lot! Did I miss anything? Oh yeah, and you knocked up your wifey in your spare time. All in a days work for a Ninja.
    You thought 34 was a tough year. This year you will be tackling your biggest physical, mental and emotional hurdle . . . Being a new daddy. Now, you have a junior ninja in training.
    I am so glad you are my partner in this new great adventure. I can only imagine what the next year will have in store for us. You will be an amazing father!
    I love you so much!

  • Anna says:

    November 20, 2013 at 10:28 AM -

    Happy Birthday Mike! How come nobody has wished you happy birthday on Facebook yet?

    I got exhausted just reading Steph’s year-end recap, pretty sure I won’t accomplish all of those things in my lifetime, nonetheless one year. So excited to celebrate the many milestones the next year brings!

  • Tina says:

    November 20, 2013 at 12:12 PM -

    Happy Birthday Mike!

  • Kathy says:

    November 20, 2013 at 1:09 PM -

    Happy birthday ninja! Always a pleasure to wod, hike, snowboard and hang out with you! Make Steph give you a foot rub on your special day.

  • Brian says:

    November 20, 2013 at 3:34 PM -

    Happy birthday mike!

  • Alia says:

    November 20, 2013 at 4:50 PM -

    Have a wonderful birthday Mike!

  • tami says:

    November 20, 2013 at 5:20 PM -

    Happy Birthday Mike!

  • Josh says:

    November 20, 2013 at 5:24 PM -

    Happy Birthday Mike!

  • cicely says:

    November 20, 2013 at 9:35 PM -

    ninjaaaaaaaa happy birthday!!!

  • Nathania says:

    November 21, 2013 at 10:55 AM -

    Happy belated birhtday Mike!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Michael H says:

    November 21, 2013 at 5:03 PM -

    Thanks all!

    @Anna, I took my birthday off of FB, I didn’t want FB reminding everyone of my old age haha

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