Back From the Beyond: Updates and Musings
Well, I’m back. Most of me that is, I’m about 16lbs lighter than when I went off the grid and have a hell of a story to tell…but you may need to wait until early-mid September to get the full story. Not trying to be cryptic but I participated in a project that precludes me talking much about it unless the “powers that be” give me some latitude. Suffice to say it’s a REALLY good story and folks will dig it. I have a few updates to share with y’all and some musings, so I guess I’ll just jump in.
Paleo Solution Seminar
While I was on this recent project I had the opportunity to work with a number of folks out of medicine and academia. They are collectively great people and I came to a startling conclusion in the past two weeks: If this ancestral diet/evolutionary biology concept is to reach the masses, if it is to help as many people as it can, I need to shift my focus to 3 specific areas:
1-Developing educational curriculum for doctors and medical professionals.
2-Work to develop and promote pre-medical and pre-professional educational tracks which are built upon evolutionary biology.
Now, I obviously make a living doing all this book writing, blogging and seminar stuff, but my driving motivator has been and will continue to be the desire to help as many people live as well as they can. This is why I started the blog, podcast, seminars and wrote the book and I’d say it’s worked pretty well thus far. But in the same way that I started the podcast to try to leverage my time and reach more people with my finite resources, so to do I now realize that the Paleo Solution Seminar, which I LOVE…is no longer the best use of my time. When I give a seminar I influence 100-150 people, but MOST of these people are already sold. They have read the book, the free material on the blog and listened to the podcast. What they are coming to the seminar for is community and a higher degree of understanding, which is fantastic, but ultimately I need to spend my time amongst the medical professionals and academics (non-believers). Your average doctor see’s 50-100 people per day. What will happen when we have 10,000 doctors stepped in this message? The doctors I interacted with these past 2 weeks started off the largest of skeptics but finished “sold” and hungry for more information. We are in the process of completing AMA certified CME provider hoop jumping. It’s expensive, time-consuming and I see now, vital to the next step in all this stuff.
There are several solid nutrition seminars available including Balanced Bites and Whole9. These folks started their seminars after attending my seminar several times. They cover the science and the implementation very well. Until we finish the third party accredited curriculum for coaches and trainers (pass/fail test!) I’d check out these folks and or the Mat Lalonde seminar. So, this is a long winded way of saying, the Vancouver BC and Boston, MA seminars will be the last I provide for the general public. This is one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever made but I really think that the greater good will be served by focusing on educating our health care providers, pushing for pre-professional tracks of undergraduate study, and ensuring the growth of SUSTAINABLE permaculture. The connections I made over the past month put me in a unique position to push these agendas…so it’s what I’m going to do.
Nicki Violetti: In bidness
Some of you might be aware my wife does a fair amount of business consulting. She has a BS in Economics from UCSD and is 100% responsible for the financial successes of NorCal Strength & Conditioning. Nicki has worked with hundreds of gyms ranging from CrossFit affiliates, MMA schools, yoga and Pilates. Nicki is stepping up her blogging so keep an eye out for new material, but if you own a service based business and have not read her archives you might be missing out on some seriously important material.
Paleo and Coronary Heart Disease
Pedro Bastos sent me this paper, and although it is huge and technical, there is one section everyone should be able to grasp quite easily:
No responsible cardiologist questions the value of primordial prevention before pharmacologic therapy. Individuals following a Mediterranean or Paleolithic diet who achieve ideal cardiovascular prevention would not need any therapy…
If we add to the above what we know from the study of Paleo diet Vs. Mediterranian diet in humans with heart disease and Type 2 diabetes, it makes the heart healthy option pretty damn clear.
OPT and CrossFit
I was not out of the backcountry more than an hour before I caught wind of the fallout between CrossFit HQ and OPT about some kind of endorsement gig for a competition series. In classic fashion CrossFit HQ said OPT “disparages” CrossFit and therefore Reebok could not support this competition series. I should not have been surprised, but I was. OPT has done more to perpetuate and legitimize the Sport of CrossFit than any other person. This started with winning the first CrossFit Games and has continued with his near fanaticism with programming and tinkering to find the best performance in the Sport of CrossFit, this largely built around his wildly popular “Big Dawg Challenges”. Now, I know James pretty well, follow his work closely and as far as I can tell his “disparagement” of CrossFit boils down to a recommendation to understand (and program) in a way that distinguishes between “training” and “testing”. Coaches who consistently “test” their athletes instead of training set their folks up for not just failure, but injury and burnout. This is nothing new in any sport OUTSIDE of CrossFit, but it’s apparently enough to get one bounced, even if you were the original emissary of the sport. Again, I should not be surprised by this given my situation of getting ousted for recommending food quality over some kind of food numerology, but I was. Part of the surprise is the realization this is almost some kind of 3rd world country brain drain. The thinkers and innovators are silenced or canned. Those who remain toe an uneasy line trying to eek out the most they can before the inevitable. What is interesting to me is what will happen when the kicked out, marginalized, libeled and ousted decide to band together, provide university accredited education, legitimate affiliate support (dual branding MANDATORY?), and a non-pathological leadership structure? What will that look like? Who will be in it? What will it mean for the Sport of CrossFit? Time will tell, but in the interim, I think this piece encapsulates the zeitgeist almost perfectly.