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!
Clean & Jerk 3×2