For those of you following the discussion on rhabdomyolysis in the "community" forum thread on Bill Fox:
I had never heard of this condition before, so I did a little research on it. It appears that diet might play a role in reducing whatever innate risks we may have for getting it.
If you follow the link below, you will see that many of the suggested treatments involve increased hydration and potassium/calcium levels to insure a net-alkaline load for the kidneys. It would seem to make sense that a diet high in fresh fruits and veggies would provide adequate levels of potassium, calcium, and water to reduce the risks of rhabdo. Dairy products, meats, grains, and legumes report to the kidneys as a net-acid load. That doesn't mean we should avoid quality protein sources, but we should definitely reduce unnecessary sources of acid-base foods (legumes, grains, dairy) and eat plenty of fresh produce to balance those that we do eat. To readers of Loren Cordain, this will be nothing new, but it's yet another reason for crossfitters to make sure our diet is as "clean" as possible.
I would love to know something about the diets of the people who contract rhabdo. Larry and Eugene, do you know anything about the diets of the guys you knew who got it?
Strangely, the only research I could find on diet and rhabdo is on race horses:
Apparently, the ratios of carbs and fats in the diet plays a role in horses, but whether it does in humans is anybody's guess.