Well, I’d hoped this CrossFit situation would simmer down but HQ is between a rock and a hard place. People are demanding some kind of action regarding Dave Castro but HQ is, as ever, completely unwilling to admit any type of fault. So they are finally offering some commentary on why I was let go and the basic theme is that I used the cert as a promotional opportunity for Paleo Brands and that I have no clinical or scientific background! Here are links from the CFJ (comment 101 and beyond is the meaty stuff) and the Affiliate blog. This was my initial response to Greg Glassman regarding his first post:
I appreciate the statement, although tardy. A few clarifications are in order before putting this whole matter to rest.
1-The seminar I provided was 50% food quality, 50% weighing and measuring. I have nearly 50 complete certs worth of video to prove this point. The 2500+ attendees of the cert can validate this point. My contention has been that food quality is the most important issue. HQ disagrees on this point. I have thousands of data points on this topic that I have collected over the past 5 years. We will see those data sets in a formalized setting in the coming months. I have ALWAYS recommended (look back to the 2003 archives for example) starting with a paleo/quality approach first, then weigh and measure for best effect. What we have seen however are numerous examples of people abandoning Zone proportionality and lack of quality emphasis, and seeing dramatic improvements. Coach Glassman conveniently ignores this information. That’s no longer my concern as I am not a member of HQ and thus not obliged to attempt to fix its shortcomings.
I also apparently have a lack of clinical experience and scientific training! Remarkable. Apparently my CV was poorly circulated at HQ.
2-Coach Glassman is alluding that this is all a PR/marketing stunt to push Paleo Brands. That my insistence on food quality is something new. This is remarkable given my YEARS of consistent message on this topic. NewSpeak lives apparently. This also sounds remarkably similar to when CF NorCal left CrossFit several years ago in a protest of practices endemic to HQ. Our departure changed nothing (as evidenced by the Black Box Summit) but numerous people in CF were told we left to “Join Mark Twight and Gym Jones”. This is straight out of the same playbook.
3-It is ironic given Coach Glassman’s disdain for academia that MD’s and PHD’s mean “quality” or “competence”. An interesting and timely paradigm shift.
I want to make clear that my copyrighted material (the stuff not based on clinical or scientific experience) is NOT to be used at future CF Nutrition certs. It WAS used at the last event despite my communications that it is not to be used.
Off to practice Pseudo-Science and delude the masses…
Glassman then posted his followup comment about insulin/aldosterone/sodium, implying that my seminar lacked substantive content. Interestingly, the pathophysiology of hypertension has been a feature of each cert. Check out the attached video:
What is intriguing is they never address what attendees actually GOT from the cert. Were people able to go back to their respective practices and do good work? Were they better at meal planning and helping ANYONE who needed help? From the comments on this blog and the CF message board it would appear I was very successful in helping people. So, despite the attempts at discrediting me, I think folks see through this.
I had a feeling they would begin a character assassination on me because this is exactly what they did when I left CrossFit in the past. I’ll be looking at the character of Greg Glassman and why I previously left CF in subsequent posts.
If HQ would like to sponsor a public debate or competition between myself and Barry Sears, I’m game. Any metabolic pathway, any piece of material from general, organic, bio or physical chemistry. Let’s see who knows what. CF is all about competition, let’s do it.