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Old 01-29-2013, 10:47 PM   #1
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Curing chronic disease?

Do you have a story about CrossFit helping you improve or eliminate chronic disease? For example, one woman at our box had asthma and cut way back on how often she used her inhaler after starting CrossFit. What other stories are out there? Getting off blood pressure meds? Getting rid of type II diabetes? Addiction recovery? Fertility? Insomnia? Thyroid issues?
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Old 01-30-2013, 03:38 PM   #2
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Re: Curing chronic disease?

yes, i'm not a doctor, so i don't want to come across as offering any sort of medical advice and I'm not making any claims of that nature..... That being said, I've improved my health since starting crossfit...

i started out at around 255 lbs (give or take). I'm down to about 225 and I have decreased my blood pressure from 140/95 to about 120/78, Cholesterol is lower, but still little high (i don't remember off hand the numbers). I have upper airway resistance syndrome (a milder offshoot of sleep apnea and I feel less tired then I used to (unfortunately for my fiance I still snore lol).

Also, I've decreased my dependency for caffeine which has helped me get healthier i'm sure.

diet is the bigger contributor here obviously, and if I stayed the course more consistently, I'd have already lost the final 20 lbs or so that i have.
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Old 01-31-2013, 12:15 PM   #3
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Good for you! Keep up the good work.

It's a given that CrossFit will help reduce cardiovascular and pulmonary disease. (Like your airway problems.) Any vigorous exercise should help with that.

It's expected that CrossFit should also help with metabolic diseases. (Improved weight, cholesterol.) We develop all metabolic pathways.

I'm interested at how far the health improvements of CrossFit will go beyond cardio-pulmonary and metabolic benefits. I'm interested that you are sleeping better and using less caffeine.

By the way, I'm a dentist and often make sleep apnea biteguards for sleep apnea or snoring. You should look into that too. It may reduce your fatigue even more, and your fiance would appreciate the snoring being gone. Though as you continue to loose weight, you'll also be losing soft tissue mass in the throat, and your sleep breathing will continue to improve even without a biteguard.
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Old 02-01-2013, 08:55 AM   #4
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Hey, as I'll mention, i haven't had success w/ the mouthguard...cpap works but I'm not so compliant because it causes dermatitis and I routinely take it off b/c it's uncomfortable...i'm getting the nasal piller in a week or so, hoping that's better...

I actually have a mouthguard for grinding.... The mouthguard I received initially for slep apnea did not help according to a sleep study (actually did worse) and I still snore when i wear it...I probably could try a different one, but I already spent 300 on that one and didn't want to exhaust funds searching for one

It's interesting though, b/c my apnea is fairly mild and my pulmonologist is not so sure that it is causing fatigue. I think lifestyle is the bigger culprit as caffeine cessation and a clean diet seem to facilitate sustained energy and sound sleep.

I probably should be more compliant considering the stress placed on the body...

I commend you on your career choice. I used to work with the sleep center at the hospital I am employed and the oral appliance has been a lifesaver for many people and is a first line treatment for many upper airway resistance folks...

Have you dealt w/ uars...it's considered to be much more prevalent that we thought previously, but many sleep centers cannot properly diagnosis it.
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:44 AM   #5
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Too bad you didn't have success with the biteguard. It's different than a biteguard for grinding. I'd say 90% of my patients love them and swear by them - couldn't go without. Another 5% get used to them, and 5% can't tolerate them and give up on using them. They feel that it's just too much of a mouthful.

The biteguard I make for sleep apnea has thick rubber bands that connect the upper biteguard to the lower biteguard. My patients start with the band that has the most flexibility, and use it for about a week. If they are still snoring or fatigued, then they go to the next stiffest band, and so on each week until the snoring is gone or the fatigue reduces, so we know it's working.

Good luck with the nasal pillar procedure - looks like a great option for mild to moderate cases.

I haven't dealt specifically with UARS. The difference between UARS and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is whether there is still airflow and pressure. Sleep centers need different equipment to diagnose UARS vs. OSA. The symptoms and treatments are similar for both, so I don't usually get into a discussion about the differences with my patients. In your opinion, does the distinction make a difference? Do you feel that the OSA treatment and your UARS diagnosis have prevented you from getting full relief from your symptoms? I guess if you're doing the nasal pillar procedure soon, you're still looking for a treatment that works.
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Here are a couple recent CrossFit articles about health benefits:
On blood pressure:
http://library.crossfit.com/free/pdf...away_Saved.pdf (wfs)

On addiction recovery:
http://library.crossfit.com/free/pdf...cil_FINAL2.pdf (wfs)
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Wow! This was a really interesting read about multiple sclerosis:
http://journal.crossfit.com/2010/05/...g-the-body.tpl (wfs)
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A couple recent stories that indicate CrossFit may not be the end-all, be-all for all health problems:

Type I diabetes:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHWYiYSoF2o (wfs)

Atrial fibrillation:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eM0k02uNmf0 (wfs)
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