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August 4, 2020
Dr. Marguerite Duane is a board-certified family physician and co-founder and Executive Director of FACTS, the Fertility Appreciation Collaborative to Teach the Science.  She serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Georgetown University, where she directs an introductory course on natural or fertility awareness based methods of family planning. Dr. Duane began to focus on learning more about these methods, for her own personal health as well as that of her patients.  She went on to complete training in the Creighton Model of natural family planning and has since made it her passion to educate other healthcare providers and patients.After recently completing the FACTS course for medical students and residents myself, I was excited to have the opportunity to chat more with Dr. Duane about the basics of the female cycle, the efficacy of natural family planning, and the science behind fertility awareness based methods.
July 28, 2020
We continue the saga of exploring the foundations of health in this edition of Pursuing Health Pearls as we take a deep dive into the topic of sleep.We’ll start with a basic overview of the state of sleep in the US and the world. Then we’ll dig deep into how lack of sleep is implicated in disease and shed some light on the crucial role sleep plays in our health and safety. We’ll spend some time briefly outlining the important components of what signals us to sleep and what happens when we do, and then we’ll wrap up by summarizing some of the most important and simple tools at our fingertips for improving sleep quality and quantity.Please do keep in mind that this is an enormous topic, and as the title states, we are only dipping our toe in the basics of sleep and why it’s important here. Future posts may further explore maximizing sleep while doing shift work or traveling across time zones, sleep tracking, and specific sleep disorders such as insomnia or sleep apnea, so stay tuned for those!
July 21, 2020
Four-time Fittest Man on Earth  Mat Fraser is arguably the most dominant competitor the sport has ever seen and has stood on the podium at the CrossFit Games every year he has been in attendance.  He earned silver in 2014 and 2015, and for the last four years he's earned gold, typically with a huge margin of victory.Mat is the son of two Olympic athletes and growing up he was an Olympic hopeful himself, but the road to becoming the Fittest on Earth hasn't been without challenges. As a teenager he struggled with alcoholism and made the choice to become sober at 17.  At 19 he suffered a fractured back, an injury which sidelined his Olympic weightlifting career, but would ultimately lead him to try CrossFit. Since graduating from the University of Vermont with degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Business, Mat has become a full-time athlete and trains in Cookeville, Tennessee alongside some of the best CrossFit athletes in the world.
July 14, 2020
“We have life changing events, and at the time, they feel as if they are life-ending but they really mold us into somebody who we are meant to be.”- Marti Giambruno“My first memory of waking up in the recovery room was the consent beep of the monitor. A feeling of impending doom consumed me as my doctor leaned over the stretcher and said, ‘Everything went well. We got it all, and the biopsy came back benign. Marti, 80% of your problem is what you put in your mouth and the stress you carry.’”Another 9 months would pass, and Marti’s weight would top out at 198 pounds before she was ready to act. It was one year after her husband, John, lost his battle with lung cancer, and on his birthday Marti had the first of many epiphanies. She was tired of the pain, fatigue, and the shame of being overweight, and unhealthy.She wanted to change, but had no idea where to begin. She realized she just needed to make just one small step to start. So, she rose one morning, laced up her shoes and walked. Each day Marti added a few more steps. Within a couple of weeks, she was walking 1.5 miles around her lake. “I felt something I hadn't since before my husband was diagnosed: control.”Next, Marti made adjustments to her diet. She added new forms of exercise. Before she knew it, she had lost 65 pounds and was sleeping and feeling better than she had in years. Says Marti, “I felt like I was winning. Imagine feeling like a success while mourning the loss of your husband.”In January 2015, Marti found the courage to walk into CrossFit Hyperperformance and was warmly greeted. She couldn’t wait to return the next day, and she became a regular member for six months, until she needed to move to return to the workforce.“The next year was profoundly revealing. My position as a cardiovascular technologist in Interventional Cardiac Medicine demanded far too much of my time, and there weren't enough hours in the day to make it to the gym. I gained weight, was tired, and achy. My family needed me.” Realizing she needed to heal physically, mentally, and spiritually, Marti stepped back from her new position and sought to resume her new-found healthier lifestyle.She joined CrossFit Palm Beach, where her coaches share the idea of fitness being a process of the mind, body and spirit. “The paradigm shift directing me to whole health has taken hold. At 56, I have more energy, and strength, focus, courage, faith, and desire, which enables me to live young, beautiful and strong in mind, body, and spirit.”Marti is now making the shift to Integrative Medicine to focus on lifestyle changes that improve patient outcomes. She hopes to reach out to those in situations similar to hers to share the message that health, wellness, and fitness must co-exist to produce the changes needed to “Heal Thy Self.”Says Marti, “The day John proposed to me, he declared his faith, which empowered me 3 years ago, and still does today. ‘Marti,’ he said, ‘I have faith and peace knowing that if either one of us passes, the survivor will not only pick up the pieces and move forward but become stronger because of it.’” To this day, Marti strives to uphold his vision and share her gratitude with those who've provided the means for her to get where she is, and where she is going.
July 7, 2020
Over the last 8 years, Kristin Holte has been quietly climbing her way to the top of the CrossFit Games leaderboard.A native of Oslo, Norway, Kristin grew up in an active household and competed in a variety of sports, including gymnastics, track and field, soccer, triathlons and cross country skiing. The work capacity and discipline she developed in her youth would help lay the groundwork for her success as a CrossFit Games athlete, where she is known to excel at endurance events and gymnastics movements.Kristin has competed at last 6 CrossFit Games, never placing outside the top 20. After spending two years in 7th place, Kristin knew she wanted to go from good to great. She doubled down, surrounded herself with a team of coaches, and addressed as many nuances in her training, nutrition, and recovery as possible. The attention to detail paid off with a second place podium finish at the 2019 CrossFit Games in Madison. Her third place finish in the 2020 CrossFit Games Open earned her an invitation to this year's Games, and Kristin is excited to return to the Ranch to continue to put her training to the test.Since qualifying for her first Regional, Kristin has also put a tremendous amount of focus into training her mind and credits her competitive edge to her mental game. With the help of a mental coach, she has improved her confidence and her ability to perform at her best under pressure by using a variety of exercises including an intensive training camps, visualization, mantras, and more.Kristin and I first competed alongside each other at the 2014 CrossFit Games, where as a rookie she took an event win in Triple 3. I was excited to catch up with her to learn more about her mental training game, how she continues to improve as a competitor year after year, and why she believes that when it comes to training volume and intensity, sometimes less is more.
June 30, 2020
In the last few editions of Pursuing Health Pearls we’ve been talking about the importance of metabolic health. In the coming months, we’ll explore some of the most important tools we have for improving metabolic health. We’ll begin in this edition with nutrition, which many would argue provides the cornerstone of metabolic health.Before diving in, we also want to make it clear that we are very sensitive to the fact that not everyone has access to affordable healthy food, and we are actively working on exploring this issue as well as other social determinants of health on upcoming editions of the podcast.This edition is in answer to the many questions we receive about nutrition, and provides an overview of the general framework we use. We attempt to break this complex and controversial topic down into simple pieces, some of which - such as mindful eating and food timing - don’t cost anything and are available to everyone.
June 23, 2020
Jeffrey Rediger, MD, MDiv, has spent over 15 years studying spontaneous healing and pioneering the use of scientific tools to investigate recoveries from incurable illnesses. Dr. Rediger’s research has taken him from America’s top hospitals to healing centers around the world―and along the way he’s uncovered insights into why some people beat the odds.I recently had the opportunity to chat with Dr. Rediger, and I was excited to learn more about how he became involved in studying a somewhat controversial field. We talked how he objectively collects data, the factors the play into spontaneous healing, and the lessons he's learned from his patients that have impacted his own life.
June 16, 2020
“‘Olivia, you're healthy.’ I held it in in the moment, but when I left the [doctor’s] office that day I cried. I had never had a doctor tell me I was healthy.” - Olivia VollmarDiagnosed with fibromyalgia in July 2016, Olivia Vollmar started CrossFit four months later, despite her doctor’s reservations.  “He loved that I was moving, but he thought it was too much. He has friends that are avid CrossFitters and just couldn't see how someone with fibro could manage to do it.  Like any good patient, I completely ignored him and continued on in what I was doing.”  Olivia decided she would continue with CrossFit for three months, and if the negatives outweighed the positives, she would stop.One month passed, and Olivia found herself feeling better than ever.  Within two months, she was sleeping more regularly, feeling less fatigued, and her joint pain had decreased.  She no longer needed to see a psychiatrist from her anxiety and depression.  “CrossFit saved your life,” her therapist told her.  Within three months, she was completely symptom free, and living a normal life.Along with her new exercise routine, Olivia made dietary changes, following the general advice to eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar.  When she returned to her doctor 10 months after her initial fibromyalgia diagnosis and just six months after starting CrossFit, he barely recognized her.  She had lost 100 pounds!Olivia discussed her rheumatologist’s treatment plan with her doctor,  and he ran through a series of questions checking on her pain, sleep, mental health and quality of life.  Olivia was stunned when, for the first time in her life, he pronounced her healthy.“When I was first diagnosed I had so many doctors tell me there was no hope in this disease. I would always suffer and always feel awful. I would never be free from medication and I would never live a normal life. One of my doctors told me to not pursue a career in medicine because it wouldn't be possible.”“Now, I'm completely normal and doing exactly what I want to do.  I can confidently say that it [CrossFit] has saved my life. Not only in the physical sense, but also in the emotional sense. Before joining my box, I had suicidal thoughts and was completely ready to end my life. Now I've found health, healing and purpose.”Olivia's road to maintaining her health has not been without bumps and detours.  As she continued her new lifestyle, Olivia felt pressure to please others and anxiety that she might let her coaches down.  She realized that her eating had become disordered, and instead of approaching her workouts as an opportunity to be better than she was the day before, she was constantly comparing herself  and competing against others at her affiliate.  Her "healthy" lifestyle began to take negative toll on her health.Recognizing that she needed balance, Olivia shifted her focus to make sure she's eating with less restriction and with a greater focus on consuming plenty of nutritious food.   She has also recently left her affiliate and started working out solo with guidance from a powerlifting coach.  These days, she's finding happiness and confidence in celebrating her own accomplishments without seeking the approval of others.As she graduates from college this spring, Olivia has big goals on the horizon: she's pursuing her Master's Degree in Nutrition and is excited to use her education and her experiences to help others as she continues her own health journey with a focus on the long-term.  Says Olivia, "I am nearly 100% symptom free.  I have found freedom from a disease through diet and exercise.”Olivia shared her story with me many years ago and I was so inspired to hear how she's overcome so many challenges by focusing on what is within her control to change.  I was excited to catch up with her recently and hear how her journey has evolved, how she found the courage to get started in the first place, and the advice she gives to help others get started on their own health journey.  In this episode we discuss:Olivia's childhood and how the passing of her mother impacted her health and her weightHow her father’s health condition and her fibromyalgia diagnosis prompted her to being changing her diet and lifestyleStarting CrossFit with her roommate and how she overcame the intimidation of attending her first classHer struggle with suicidal thoughtsHow Olivia’s relationship with food changed when she started CrossFitWhat led Olivia to leave her local affiliateHow she’s working to find balance in her nutrition and her fitnessWhat’s she’s most proud of from her journeyAdvice she would give to others who are struggling with health and are scared to get startedHow to help others who you recognize are strugglingWhat’s next for OliviaThree things Olivia does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on her healthOne thing she thinks could have a big impact on her health, but she has a hard time implementingWhat a healthy life looks like to Olivia  You can follow Olivia on Instagram and Twitter.Links:Snatches Over SuicideFor Olivia Vollmar, CrossFit Saved Her LifePodcast Ep. 18.54: Fibromyalgia, and “Snatches Over Suicide”Killing the Fat ManLinchpin Conversations #58Precision NutritionRelated episodes:Ep 45 - Dan Baily on Moving West, Training for 2017, and Danny BroflexEp 69 - From "Obese to Beast" with John Glaude Ep 19 - Michelle Mitchell on her Experience with Exercise and CrossFit for Fibromyalgia SyndromeIf you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.Disclaimer: This podcast is for general information only, and does not provide medical advice. We recommend that you seek assistance from your personal physician for any health conditions or concerns. This post was originally published on June 15, 2020.
June 9, 2020
The CrossFit community may best recognize and remember Deborah Cordner Carson as the gutsy athlete who gave an inspirational performance at the 2012 CrossFit Games, overcoming a fear of open water swimming in the triathlon event and going on to win the 2012 Spirit of the Games award. Deb could also be distinguished by the compression sleeve she wears on her left leg, and by the color of her skin. Deb is one of the few black competitors in the sport of CrossFit.When Deb developed lymphedema, a condition where fluid is retained in certain parts of the body and can cause dangerous swelling, she was forced to retire from her track and field career, but in time, she discovered ways to manage her condition- including that recognizable compression sleeve- while still being active. She took up CrossFit and quickly rose to elite status in the sport, placing as high as 5th in the 2013 CrossFit Open and 13th at the 2012 CrossFit Games.Since retiring, Deborah continues to do CrossFit for health, but she has also struggled with the heartbreak of multiple miscarriages, and most recently, a diagnosis of gestational trophoblastic disease, a type of pregnancy-related cancer.Throughout her life, Deborah has been aware that the color of her skin means she's had to work harder for opportunities than others. As a mother to two mixed-race little girls and a resident of the Minneapolis area, she also has a unique perspective on the recent events that have highlighted the ongoing systemic racism in our society.I am grateful to Deb for taking a moment to share her perspective amidst all the other challenges she is currently taking on. These conversations can be uncomfortable, but they're also important as we all strive to stand together and learn from each other. In this episode, we chat about her experiences as a minority CrossFit Games athlete, the mentality she's using to fight her cancer diagnosis, the lessons she strives to teach her daughters, and how we should all speak up to overcome injustice and racial bias.
June 2, 2020
This edition of Pursuing Health Pearls will build on our last edition about COVID-19 and our Health. In that edition, we revealed that only 12.2% of our population is optimally metabolically healthy, and a lot of metabolic dysfunction goes undiagnosed.Good metabolic health is a state of being in which the biochemical processes in the body that regulate blood sugar and lipids are operating normally. There are many definitions of metabolic dysfunction, but all involve abnormal regulation of blood sugar and lipids as well as systemic inflammation. If metabolic dysfunction is left unaddressed, it can ultimately lead to a range of common chronic diseases and causes of death such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.Here, we’ll review how metabolic dysfunction develops, what is actually happening in our bodies that sets the stage for chronic disease, and how to assess metabolic health so that this dysfunction can be detected and addressed early.
May 26, 2020
Jamie Simmonds, formerly Jamie Greene, made a huge splash in the CrossFit arena when, as a relatively unknown athlete, when won the 2016 CrossFit Open.Since then, she's gone on to compete at the CrossFit Games four times, and stood atop the podium twice: first as a member Team CrossFit Yas in 2016, and most recently, as an individual at the 2019 CrossFit Games.Perhaps even more remarkably, Jamie didn’t even start CrossFit until 2013. Her background as a gymnast and rugby player helped propel her from a novice athlete to a force to be reckoned with.Jamie’s journey to becoming the third Fittest Woman hasn’t always been easy: along the way she’s been challenged by a ruptured Achilles tendon, a team disqualification, and a dislocated shoulder, but her commitment to constantly improving herself has shaped her into a formidable competitor.Jamie is a native of New Zealand, but since 2014 has lived in Abu Dhabi where she coaches and trains at CrossFit Yas. She and I recently caught up to chat about her experience at the 2019 CrossFit Games, what her 2020 training season has looked like so far, and how she stays motivated and committed to her training in the face of challenges.
May 19, 2020
Last time we talked about the coronavirus it was our very first Pursuing Health Pearls episode just one day before COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic by the WHO.Over the past 2 months, we’ve experienced dramatic changes to our day-to-day lives from cancellations of large gatherings, to closures of schools and restaurants, and stay-at-home orders in order to “flatten the curve” and decrease the burden of this disease on our health care systems. We’ve seen the stock market crash and hospitals in places such as New York, Washington, and Detroit collapse under the burden of patients with severe disease due to coronavirus infection. There are now millions infected and hundreds of thousands of deaths across the globe.
May 12, 2020
I had to opportunity to sit down with Caity Henniger to learn more about the mission and values Rogue was founded on, and how those principles are driving their business during this time of uncertainty. We chatted about her days as a competitor, how she balances her role as an executive with her own personal health, and we were even able to steal a few minutes from Rogue's Director of Product Development, Ahmik Jones, to learn more about the processes behind shifting gears from manufacturing fitness equipment to manufacturing PPE.
May 5, 2020
The most common question Julie has been asked over the years is, “How did you balance training for the CrossFit Games while you were in medical school?”Julie feels fortunate for the circumstances that allowed her to pursue competing in the CrossFit Games and medical training simultaneously, and finds this a difficult question to answer. However, what we will do here is share a general framework with you for how we structure and organize our lives.We’ll talk first about the big picture - how we’ve come to understand the importance of connecting with our mission, vision, values, and goals and a process we use to review these regularly. Then, we’ll get down to the nitty gritty of some tools and technology we’ve found to be most useful in our day-to-day. Finally, we’ll talk about how we implement these tools on a weekly and daily basis.
April 28, 2020
In this episode we discuss: Camille’s intention to retire from competition, and Annie’s desire to compete again Camille’s pregnancy experience vs. Annie’s pregnancy experience so far How they shared the news with their partners How Camille and Annie’s training has changed since becoming pregnant How every woman’s pregnancy is different and the importance of listening to your body Lessons Annie & Camille have applied from their competition days to support their pregnancies What it’s been like to experience pregnancy alongside their exceptionally fit and supportive partners The lessons they hope to instill in their children
April 22, 2020
We are often encountered with the question, “My doctor wants to start me on a statin for my high cholesterol, is it a good idea?” Ultimately, this is not a question that we can answer, as it is a very individual decision that comes down to a conversation between each patient and their personal physician.However, what we hope to do in the following article is to demystify the topic of cholesterol and statin medications. We will review the guidelines that doctors are working with when it comes to deciding which patients may benefit from statin medications, as well as the potential benefits and harms of these medications.Our goal is for you to better understand all of the factors that should be taken into consideration so that you can go to a conversation with your personal physician more informed and better able to make the best decision for your unique situation.
April 14, 2020
Dr. George Slavich is a leading expert in the conceptualization, assessment, and management of life stress and it's relationship to poor health. He is the founding Director of the Laboratory for Stress Assessment and Research at UCLA whose goal is "to advance the science of stress and health to help prevent disease and improve human health and resilience worldwide."Since beginning his career as a clinical psychologist, Dr. Slavich has been researching the relationship between stress and health for over 20 years. His area of focus is psychoneuroimmunology, which studies the effect of the mind on health and resistance to disease. By integrating tools from psychology, neuroscience, immunology, biology, genetics, and genomics, Dr. Slavich’s research has provided new insights into the inflammatory response to social stress and helped to pioneer a new field of research called human social genomics. He has also developed the first online system for measuring lifetime stress exposure called the Stress and Adversity Inventory (STRAIN), and proposed a new theory called the Social Safety Theory, which hypothesizes that developing and maintaining friendly social bonds is a fundamental organizing principle of human behavior and that threats to social safety are a critical feature of psychological stressors that increase risk for disease.
April 7, 2020
Given that we are all experiencing a tremendous amount of stress with the current coronavirus pandemic, we thought this would be a good time to open up a discussion about stress. Please keep in mind that this is an enormous and complex topic. We will just begin to scratch the surface here, but we will keep coming back to this topic in future episodes.
March 31, 2020
As the most-decorated CrossFit Games athlete of all time, Rich Froning has won gold at the Games 8 times: 4 times as an individual, and 4 times as a part of team CrossFit Mayhem Freedom.Rich and his wife, Hillary, finalized the adoption of their first child, Lakelyn, just before the start of the 2014 CrossFit Games, and shortly after Rich chose to step away from individual competition to dedicate more time to his growing family.These days, they’re a family of five, after adopting son Trice and daughter Violet. In addition to raising the kids and owning CrossFit Mayhem, they’re staying busy with more endeavors that we can count from raising bison on Froning Farms, to opening a new coffee shop, organizing a yearly fundraiser for Mustard Seed Ranch, hosting a CrossFit Sanctional, online training programs, Train with Rich seminars, a YouTube channel and podcast, running a boutique, managing Airbnb properties, and more.
March 26, 2020
One of the most common questions we receive is about how to get started with functional medicine. Whether you are a health care practitioner looking to learn more about functional medicine and how to incorporate it into your practice, or a patient looking for an aligned health care practitioner, we hope to answer a lot of these questions in this episode of Pursuing Health Pearls.
March 26, 2020
Dr. Leonard Calabrese, is a rheumatologist, immunologist, and doctor of osteopathic medicine. He is the head of Cleveland Clinic’s Section of Clinical Immunology and manages the Clinical Immunology Clinic. After graduating from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Dr. Calabrese completed his internal medical training at Cleveland Clinic, followed by a fellowship in rheumatic and immunologic disease.Dr. Calabrese and I recently sat down to chat about the basics of the immune system and what practices we can implement in our day-to-day lives to reduce inflammation and lower our risk of chronic disease.
March 26, 2020
In this article, we’ll first shed some light on what coronavirus is, how it is transmitted, who is at highest risk, how we can decrease our risk, and what to do if you think you are infected. Then we’ll talk some numbers about the scope of the outbreak and try to put it into context with other major public health concerns.
March 26, 2020
Daniel Urcuyo is a board certified family physician and has completed his training with the Institute for Functional Medicine. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Microbiology and completed his medical school and residency training at the Cleveland Clinic. Dani is also a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, co-founder of the TRAIN with Julie Foucher program, and a former CrossFit Games team competitor.In this episode, I’m excited to give you a peek behind the curtain to learn more about Dani as we talk about how we met, answer listener questions, and make a big announcement about the improvements coming to Pursuing Health and our vision for the future!
March 24, 2020
One of the most common questions we receive is about how to get started with functional medicine. Whether you are a health care practitioner looking to learn more about functional medicine and how to incorporate it into your practice, or a patient looking for an aligned health care practitioner, we hope to answer a lot of these questions in this episode of Pursuing Health Pearls.
March 24, 2020
Functional Medicine: Getting Started Guide One of the most common questions we receive is about how to get started with functional medicine. Whether you are a health care practitioner looking to learn more about functional medicine and how to incorporate … ContinuedThe post Ep 136 – Pursuing Health Pearls: Functional Medicine: Getting Started Guide appeared first on Julie Foucher | Reebok CrossFit Games Athlete.
March 17, 2020
Dr. Leonard Calabrese, is a rheumatologist, immunologist, and doctor of osteopathic medicine. He is the head of Cleveland Clinic's Section of Clinical Immunology and manages the Clinical Immunology Clinic. After graduating from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Dr. Calabrese completed his internal medical training at Cleveland Clinic, followed by a fellowship in rheumatic and immunologic disease. Over the course of his career, Dr. Calabrese has authored more than 300 publications and become an internationally recognized HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C researcher. He is also passionate about utilizing lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, sleep and stress management to reduce inflammation, control disease, and bolster immunologic function. Based on growing scientific evidence that environment and behavior play a large role in immune function and gene expression, Dr. Calabrese is leading the charge in educating physicians and empowering patients so that they can feel confident in using wellness behaviors to help strengthen their immune function and improve their overall health and happiness. Dr. Calabrese and I recently sat down to chat about the basics of the immune system and what practices we can implement in our day-to-day lives to reduce inflammation and lower our risk of chronic disease.
March 17, 2020
What we’re talking about is systemic, low-grade inflammation where the body’s barometer for this inflammatory response is turned up just modestly. This contributes to a whole host of diseases. Diseases of chronic inflammation that range from type 2 diabetes, obesity, … ContinuedThe post Ep 135 – Immune System Strength with Dr. Leonard Calabrese appeared first on Julie Foucher | Reebok CrossFit Games Athlete.
March 10, 2020
Given that the coronavirus seems to be a major topic of conversation these days, we thought it would make for the perfect topic for our first edition of Pursuing Health Pearls. These are short, ideally 10-15 minute podcast episodes (although this one was a bit longer!) meant to offer succinct, high-yield info on common health concerns. You can listen to the episode in audio format, or you can read a more detailed write-up in the blog post below. In this article, well first shed some light on what coronavirus is, how it is transmitted, who is at highest risk, how we can decrease our risk, and what to do if you think you are infected. Then well talk some numbers about the scope of the outbreak and try to put it into context with other major public health concerns. Its important to note that our understanding of the coronavirus is evolving day by day. The information in this blog post and accompanying podcast are accurate as of this writing but will likely change with time. The information presented here has been gathered primarily from the CDC and WHO, and we recommend you use these as well as your state or local health department for the most up-to-date information as the outbreak continues to evolve.
March 10, 2020
Given that the coronavirus seems to be a major topic of conversation these days, we thought it would make for the perfect topic for our first edition of Pursuing Health Pearls. These are short, ideally 10-15 minute podcast episodes (although this … ContinuedThe post Ep 134 – Pursuing Health Pearls: Coronavirus appeared first on Julie Foucher | Reebok CrossFit Games Athlete.
March 3, 2020
Daniel Urcuyo is a board certified family physician and has completed his training with the Institute for Functional Medicine. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Microbiology and completed his medical school and residency training at the Cleveland Clinic. Dani is also a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, co-founder of the TRAIN with Julie Foucher program, and a former CrossFit Games team competitor. Dani also happens to be my husband, the person that introduced me to CrossFit, and my business partner! We first met in college (over an episode of Greys Anatomy!), and as we progressed through our medical training, we both shared a frustration with the inability of the conventional medical system to address root causes of disease. After witnessing the power of lifestyle to improve overall health via our time in the CrossFit affiliate, we knew we wanted to practice a different kind of medicine: one that harnesses the power of lifestyle and is rooted in communities. In this episode, Im excited to give you a peek behind the curtain to learn more about Dani as we talk about how we met, answer listener questions, and make a big announcement about the improvements coming to Pursuing Health and our vision for the future!
March 3, 2020
“This question also leads us into some big announcements that we have, because we realize that there is a huge gap between all the information that youre getting from the fitness world and the wellness world out there, and medical … ContinuedThe post Ep 133 – A New Chapter for Pursuing Health with Dr. Dani Urcuyo appeared first on Julie Foucher | Reebok CrossFit Games Athlete.
February 18, 2020
Dr. Amy West is a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation specialist, also known as a physiatrist. This little-known specialty treats a wide variety of medical conditions affecting the nervous and skeletal systems by focusing treatment on addressing root causes and restoring function. Dr. West is a graduate of Harvard Medical School, and she completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. During her time in medical school, she also earned her Masters of Education with an emphasis on video technology and medical education. As a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and active participant in the CrossFit Health movement, Dr. West sees many parallels between the medicine she practices in the clinic and the CrossFit methodology she sees practiced in affiliates. I was excited to chat with Dr. West at the Winter Classic to learn more about how physiatry can be used to bridge the gap from acute sickness to wellness, and to hear how she explains her pro-CrossFit viewpoint to critics in medicine.
February 18, 2020
What does good movement mean? And what are the principles of good movement? And sometimes people have a hard time articulating that, physiatrists, physical therapists included. Because we focus a lot on, is this person strong, do they pass these … ContinuedThe post Ep 132 – Healing Through Functional Movement with Dr. Amy West appeared first on Julie Foucher | Reebok CrossFit Games Athlete.
February 4, 2020
As Director of the CrossFit Games and Co-Director of Training for CrossFit Inc, Dave Castro has witnessed the growth and evolution of CrossFit from a grassroots fitness movement to a worldwide professional sport. Dave served as a Navy SEAL from 1998-2010 and first caught wind of CrossFit in 2005 when he started following CrossFit.com to support his training. By 2006 he had begun training at the original CrossFit HQ affiliate in Santa Cruz, CA and was soon helping out at Level 1 seminars. The following year, he hosted the first ever CrossFit Games competition at his familys Ranch in Aromas, CA. Since that time, the CrossFit Games has grown exponentially into a professional sport under Daves direction. He has been there every step of the way, devising tests that select for the fittest man and woman on earth and programming events at all 13 editions of the Games. In his second visit to the podcast, Dave and I sat down at CrossFit HQ following an MDL1 Seminar. Our last show was in May of 2016, so we had a lot to catch up on! We talked about the positive changes hes witnessed as CrossFit transitions its focus to CrossFit Health, his reflections on the 2019 CrossFit Games, and why hes okay with not being everyones friend.
February 4, 2020
Im still the Director of the Games. Im still Director of Training, also. I still have that responsibility to conduct it. I still have a lot of freedom to conduct it the way that I see the direction that I … ContinuedThe post Ep 131 – Dave Castro on Changes in Life and the CrossFit Games appeared first on Julie Foucher | Reebok CrossFit Games Athlete.
January 21, 2020
Kristi OConnell, formerly Kristi Eramo, has been passionate about fitness her entire life. A former collegiate swimmer and endurance athlete, she made her first appearance at a CrossFit Regionals competition in 2014, and by 2016 she placed first at the highly competitive Central East Regional. Following three CrossFit Games appearances as an individual between 2016 and 2018, Kristi placed 26th in the world in the 2019 CrossFit Open, qualifying for a spot at the 2019 CrossFit Games as an individual. Instead, she made the surprising choice to decline her invitation as part of an effort to be more present with her friends, family and her community at CrossFit Polaris. As fate would have it, an unexpected invitation to join Team Invictus X, had Kristi competing at the 2019 CrossFit Games after all, but this time as part of a team who prioritized FUN. The experience helped re-ignite Kristis passion for training, and also helped her to evolve her approach. These days, Kristi enjoys working out daily alongside her husband and her friend, Dan Bailey. Her training volume is much lower, and her focus is primarily on running her affiliate and making time to disconnect and be present with the ones she loves. I had the chance to catch up with Kristi and we chatted about the importance of connecting your training to your inner why, how her mindset and approach has shifted over the years, and what shes doing to make sure she continues to find joy in fitness.
January 21, 2020
We, ultimately- we love CrossFit, but we also view CrossFit as a way for us to be fit and do things outside of the gym. And do them together. We always try to continue reminding ourselves of that, so, in … ContinuedThe post Ep 130 – Kristi OConnell on Training for Joy and Balance appeared first on Julie Foucher | Reebok CrossFit Games Athlete.
January 7, 2020
When it comes to fitness and disease prevention, regular exercise is just one piece of the puzzle. Quality nutrition lays the foundation for better health, and yet its a component that is often overlooked by both fitness professionals and their clients. Nicole Aucoin is a Registered Dietician and the founder of Healthy Steps Nutrition, a consulting program run at hundreds of gyms and nutrition practices worldwide. In addition to empowering her own clients to make lifestyle changes through diet and exercise, she works to help gym owners share the importance of nutrition with their own members. Nicole is also the author of Nourish: Grow Your Nutrition Business From The Ground Up. Nicole is actively involved with CrossFit as a CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, co-owner of CrossFit HSN, member of the CrossFit Certification Board, regular contributor to the CrossFit Journal, and active supporter of the CrossFit Health movement. I had the chance to sit down with Nicole at the 2019 CrossFit Games. We chatted about the challenges of practicing dietetics in a clinical setting, why affiliate owners should prioritize consistent nutrition messaging as part of their program, and the methods Nicole uses with her own clients to facilitate accountability and long-term lifestyle changes.
January 7, 2020
I believe something as fundamental as nutrition shouldnt be complicated, and if you keep it simple, and you help people make changes, and you encourage them and find bright spots- find positive things in what theyre doing Theyll make those … ContinuedThe post Ep 129 – Improving Your Fitness from the Ground Up: Nutrition Basics with Nicole Aucoin appeared first on Julie Foucher | Reebok CrossFit Games Athlete.
December 24, 2019
Jeffrey Geller, MD, practices family medicine and integrative medicine and has been a pioneer in group medical visits. He is widely recognized as an innovator in the delivery of health care by creating and using an empowerment model for shared medical appointments. Dr. Geller began his work with groups in 1996 during his residency when he noticed that loneliness played a large role in his patients well-being. He has since completed research studies showing a relationship between loneliness and increased hospital visits, as well as identifying a link between loneliness, depression, and chronic illness. Dr. Geller has a particular passion for delivering care to underserved communities. By sharing his experiences and training others to deliver health care in a group setting, he hopes to provide efficient care in a financially sustainable way that eliminates barriers to health and provides services otherwise unavailable to many patients. I recently sat down with Dr. Geller to learn more about how loneliness plays a role in our health, how hes implemented group visits in his own practice, and the lessons hes learned along the way.
December 24, 2019
But if my model works, I am positive people can copy it. And group visits certainly have been part of the solution. You see a lot of patients, you provide more services, you overcome barriers, you do it in a … ContinuedThe post Ep 128 – Dr. Jeffrey Geller on Loneliness and the Power of Groups appeared first on Julie Foucher | Reebok CrossFit Games Athlete.
December 10, 2019
Five years ago, our family first gathered around the living room on Christmas, put on our favorite holiday movies, and took turns rowing until we reached a marathon 42,195 meters. Over the years, what started as a small way to stay active and spend time together during the holidays has grown into a worldwide fundraising event. Last year, we had teams from across the globe competing in support of a charity run by Danis family, Educar es Avanzar. This year, were choosing to raise money for Barbells for Boobs an incredible organization that works hard to improve the quality of life of those diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast cancer has hit our family in a big way over the past couple of years, with my Aunt Nancy currently in remission and Danis mom, Barbara, just recently diagnosed and beginning her treatment. We know personally how difficult it can be to navigate this process, and want to give back to an organization that is working hard to make it easier for so many. As a part of this initiative, I was excited to speak with Zionna Hanson, the founder of Barbells for Boobs. Zionnas life has also been greatly impacted by breast cancer: in 2009, her best friend was diagnosed at the age of 26. Zionna rallied the CrossFit community to support her friend, and from that small event, Barbells for Boobs was born. Over the past 10 years Zionna has guided Barbells for Boobs as it has grown into a global movement. What started as a nonprofit with a focus on funding mammograms has evolved into an organization dedicated to providing community and resources after diagnosis through fitness. Zionna and I caught up to chat about the challenges breast cancer patients face, what donors should look for in a nonprofit theyre choosing to support, and the importance of being open to opportunities for evolution, change and growth.
December 10, 2019
She said when she went in with the lump they basically denied her mammogram and said, Youre too young for breast cancer, and they wrote on her medical documentation mammography recommended at age 40. And, once I heard that, I … ContinuedThe post Ep 127 – Fighting Breast Cancer with Barbells: Barbells for Boobs Founder Zionna Hanson appeared first on Julie Foucher | Reebok CrossFit Games Athlete.
December 3, 2019
Nicole Christensen started CrossFit Roots out of her one-car garage in 2008. Since that time, she and her husband Eric have grown Roots into a 10,000 square foot facility with an accomplished team of full-time coaches and staff. She got her coaching start as a swim coach in the Northern Virginia Swim League. 10 years later when she found CrossFit, she knew that it combined her passion for coaching with her belief in a lifelong pursuit of fitness and health. In 2009 she was hired to the CrossFit Seminar Staff, and for more than ten years Nicole has traveled around the world to teach and coach the CrossFit Level 1 and Level 2 Certificate Courses. Nicole has an extensive competitive background and competed in five CrossFit Games Regionals, placing in the top ten four times. She is a well-known resource for women interested in continuing CrossFit throughout their pregnancies, drawing on her own personal experiences of training and competing while pregnant alongside her experiences coaching Roots athletes through own their pregnancies. Nicole and I had the opportunity to chat at the 2019 CrossFit Games, and our conversation ran the gamut. In part a, we talk about her background, how her education as city planner influences the processes and systems that have helped grow CrossFit Roots into a thriving affiliate, and why she loves the community aspect of CrossFit. In part b, we do a deep dive on best practices for training while pregnant, to how she maintains her fire and love for CrossFit after 11 years in the business.
December 3, 2019
“It was really fascinating because I think theres such a disconnect, right? So, on one hand, we have the whole population of people that are criticizing women doing CrossFit while theyre pregnant. And it literally helps develop the natural– squatting, … ContinuedThe post Ep 126b – Nicole Christensen on Coaching Pregnant Athletes appeared first on Julie Foucher | Reebok CrossFit Games Athlete.
November 26, 2019
Nicole Christensen started CrossFit Roots out of her one-car garage in 2008. Since that time, she and her husband Eric have grown Roots into a 10,000 square foot facility with an accomplished team of full-time coaches and staff. She got her coaching start as a swim coach in the Northern Virginia Swim League. 10 years later when she found CrossFit, she knew that it combined her passion for coaching with her belief in a lifelong pursuit of fitness and health. In 2009 she was hired to the CrossFit Seminar Staff, and for more than ten years Nicole has traveled around the world to teach and coach the CrossFit Level 1 and Level 2 Certificate Courses. Nicole has an extensive competitive background and competed in five CrossFit Games Regionals, placing in the top ten four times. She is a well-known resource for women interested in continuing CrossFit throughout their pregnancies, drawing on her own personal experiences of training and competing while pregnant alongside her experiences coaching Roots athletes through own their pregnancies. Nicole and I had the opportunity to chat at the 2019 CrossFit Games, and our conversation ran the gamut, from how her education as city planner influences the processes and systems that have helped grow CrossFit Roots into a thriving affiliate, to best practices for training while pregnant, to how she maintains her fire and love for CrossFit after 11 years in the business.
November 26, 2019
“I think I talked about nutrition so much, and I talked about functional movements, and I talked about scaling and intensity so many times in blog posts that I was just like, Yeah, people get it now. And you forget … ContinuedThe post Ep 126a – Nicole Christensen on Growing a Thriving CrossFit Affiliate appeared first on Julie Foucher | Reebok CrossFit Games Athlete.
November 12, 2019
When it comes to helping seniors and other unlikely exercisers become active and functionally fit for a lifetime of health, Dustin Jones and Michele Mootz are leading the charge. As a home health physical therapist, Dustin Jones works to keep older adults resilient and independent at home. He is also the founder of Geros Health and the Geros Health podcast, where he connects thousands of clinicians to share information and education about caring for older adults. Michele Mootz is a true CrossFit original, getting her start in Santa Cruz back in 2004. An experienced physical therapist, she fell in love with CrossFit methodologies and ultimately left her formal work as a physical therapist to become a full-time coach. Michelle has worked on the CrossFit Seminar Staff member for 10 years, currently serving as a Flowmaster. Most recently she has taken over the CrossFit Heath program at CrossFit HQ where she works with older adults as well as those struggling with obesity and chronic disease in an effort to help them regain their health and independence. Michele, Dustin and I met up at a recent CFMDL1 seminar to share a discussion on how we can bridge the gap from the hospital to the affiliate. In this episode, we discuss the considerations that go along with working with these special populations, how affiliate owners can get start their own senior and special populations programs, and how healthcare providers can get involved with their local affiliates.
November 12, 2019
We are trying to reach the populations that would otherwise never consider walking into a CrossFit gym. That was goal #1 was, when we first put this out to people, if youre the least likely person to go to a … ContinuedThe post Ep 125 Bridging the Gap Between the Hospital and the CrossFit Affiliate appeared first on Julie Foucher | Reebok CrossFit Games Athlete.
October 29, 2019
In the blink of an eye, Kevin Ogars life dramatically changed while weightlifting during a fitness competition. An erratic bounce of a barbell clipped him in the back, injuring his spinal cord and leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. At just 28, Kevin went from being an active CrossFit coach and aspiring Games competitor to being paraplegic and learning how to navigate life from a wheelchair. In the aftermath of the accident, Kevin was surrounded by love and support from the CrossFit community, and his passion for CrossFit helped him navigate through some dark times as he focused on getting back in the gym and to the community he loves. In the years since the accident, Kevin has not only become a prolific adaptive athlete, he has also dedicated himself to helping others use CrossFit for fitness and recovery. He travels the world teaching CrossFit Level 1 seminars and Adaptive Training Academy courses, runs his own affiliate, CrossFit Watchtower, volunteers with Craig Hospital to run a therapeutic recreation program, and is on the board of directors for The Reveille Project, a non-profit that provides tools to aid veterans as they adapt back to civilian life. I had the opportunity to catch up with Kevin at the 2019 CrossFit Games, and we chatted about his recovery process, how he adjusts his mindset when hes having a down day, and his passion for helping others push beyond their limits to achieve more than they ever thought possible.
October 29, 2019
I think weve seen a lot of these to-be athletes, these persons with disabilities be told no, or that they cant, and then they just give up or they stop and theyve never actually tried, and theyre only told no … ContinuedThe post Ep 124 – Breaking Barriers with Adaptive Athlete and Coach Kevin Ogar appeared first on Julie Foucher | Reebok CrossFit Games Athlete.
October 15, 2019
Zoë Harcombe, Ph.D., is a researcher, author, blogger, and speaker in the fields of nutrition and health. Her particular area of expertise is public health dietary guidelines, especially dietary fat, nutrition and obesity. She has a BA in Economics and an MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University, and she earned her PhD in Public Health Nutrition from the University of the West of Scotland. Zoë is well known for her thorough examination of nutrition research studies and journal articles, and she advocates for the public to be educated in evidence-based dietary advice. After many years as a vegetarian, Zoë herself now follows a low carb, high fat diet and believes that eating real food, including animal protein, is the key to long term health. I had the opportunity to sit down with Zoë at the 2019 CrossFit Health Conference where she was presenting on the corruption plaguing current nutrition advice. We covered a wide range of topics including what prompted her to leave a successful human resources career to pursue her Ph.D. in public health nutrition, and how, as she completed her thesis, she learned that much of current public health dietary advice is not evidence-based. We also talked about what she believes research shows to be the best diet, why there is so much misinformation regarding nutrition out there, and what listeners can do to influence change in the current dietary guidelines.
October 15, 2019
For me its so easy, its just so easy. So, if we could put aside the conflicts, would we all be able to agree that we should eat real food and not processed food? Surely, that is a starting point … ContinuedThe post Ep 123 – Zoë Harcombe on Dissecting Nutrition Research and Dietary Guidelines appeared first on Julie Foucher | Reebok CrossFit Games Athlete.
October 1, 2019
Ian Wee, the Fittest Man in Singapore, is one of 236 athletes who qualified for the 2019 CrossFit Games by earning a National Champion title in the CrossFit Open. This feat is all the more impressive when you consider that hes also in the process of completing medical school, so his time spent training has been quite a bit less than many of his competitors. A student at the National University of Singapore Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Ian has been participating in CrossFit off and on since 2013. Over the past six years, hes taken time away from the sport to focus on medical training and research (hes published over 50 papers), and to compete as a National Olympic Weightlifter for Team Singapore, where he's set national records in the snatch and total. With the announcement of the changes to the 2019 Games selection process, Ian re-committed himself to regular CrossFit training and found ways to squeeze in extra sessions while keeping up with his studies. His efforts paid off when he finished the Open in first place for his country, securing a berth to his rookie CrossFit Games. I had the pleasure of chatting with Ian the 2019 CrossFit Games, and it was fun to compare notes on what its like to be a medical student while training as an elite athlete. We talked about his experience representing his country at the Games, how he balances school with training, and what plans he has in store for the future.
October 1, 2019
There was, of course, a lot of shock, a lot of happiness, a lot of pride because we all knew that this was the first time that Singapore gets to send athletes to the Games. Of course, within the box … ContinuedThe post Ep 122 – Competing in the CrossFit Games while in Medical School: Singapore’s Fittest Man Ian Wee appeared first on Julie Foucher | Reebok CrossFit Games Athlete.
September 17, 2019
Christy Phillips Adkins is an 8-time CrossFit Games athlete, competing as an individual seven times between 2009 and 2016, and once on team CrossFit Balance in 2017. Over the course of her career, she overcame both physical and psychological challenges, including narrowly missing the cutoff for the 2015 Games, and recovering from a torn biceps tendon in time to qualify in 2016. After retiring from competition to focus on starting a family, she quickly became pregnant with her now 15-month-old son, Bo, and has embraced what it means to train for longevity and health as a post-partum athlete. Lindy Barber is a former collegiate soccer player who began competing in CrossFit in 2012 after rehabbing a fractured vertebra in her back. She has competed at the CrossFit Games twice as an individual, and has had three podium finishes as a member of Team CrossFit Mayhem Freedom. In Lindys final season, she found herself losing some of her excitement for training as her back injury flared up and she knew that her body was asking for a break. She knew it was time to shift gears with her training to protect her long-term health and to preserve her joy for the sport. The 2019 season marks the first year that Lindy has not been training for the CrossFit Games, and it has been a huge transition for her to figure out what life looks like when not training 6-7 hours per day. I had the chance to sit down with Lindy and Christy during the 2019 CrossFit Games in Madison, WI for a live podcast recording at the Reebok tent. We shared stories about the life and fitness transitions all three of us have undergone over the last few years, and what it looks like to shift from training as a competitive athlete to training for health and longevity.
September 17, 2019
“So, you get to the CrossFit gym, and you see- or I see other moms, I see other dads, I see people who have competitive aspirations and Im able to mentor, and so, it kind of feeds a lot of … ContinuedThe post Ep 121 – Christy Adkins & Lindy Barber on Transitions in Life and Fitness appeared first on Julie Foucher | Reebok CrossFit Games Athlete.
September 3, 2019
Dominic DAgostino, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine and a senior research scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition. With a diverse background in neuroscience, pharmacology, nutrition and physiology, Dom brings a unique perspective to the ketogenic diet. He believes it can be applied not just in treating medical conditions but also in contributing to overall health and optimizing human performance. The findings from his research on nutritional ketosis have been utilized by Navy SEALs and NASA, and he recently has been at the forefront of research involving the use of nutritional ketosis as a tool to treat cancer. I had the opportunity to sit down with Dom at the 2019 CrossFit Health Conference in Madison, where he presented on the emerging applications of ketosis. We talked about the basics of the ketogenic diet, how it can fit into the everyday persons lifestyle, and the exciting research hes conducting to learn more about using metabolic therapies in the treatment of cancer.
September 3, 2019
So, for me, it was kind of liberating that once youre in ketosis youre not that hungry. And then, in the context of elevated ketones, theyre sort of anti-catabolic, and I talked about that a little bit. And, it liberated … ContinuedThe post Ep 120 All About Keto with Dr. Dom DAgostino appeared first on Julie Foucher | Reebok CrossFit Games Athlete.
August 20, 2019
Josh Bridges is a 6-time CrossFit Games competitor who has been doing CrossFit since 2005. In addition to three first place finishes at the highly competitive California Regional, his top finishes at the CrossFit Games include second in 2011 and fourth in 2014. A former collegiate wrestler and U.S. Navy Seal, Josh has used the lessons hes learned along the way to cultivate his impressive work ethic and mental toughness. He is known and loved for his fiery presence on the competition floor, and for his mantra, "Pay the Man." I had the opportunity to sit down with Josh in front of a live audience at the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games. We chatted about the tools hes using to speed his recovery from a recent knee surgery, his background as a Navy SEAL, what it means to Pay the Man, and his plans for returning to competition.
August 6, 2019
As the founder of a program that has revolutionized fitness, Greg Glassman is no stranger to controversy. Known to many as simply Coach, he grew up in southern California participating in gymnastics and complemented his training with modalities including weightlifting and cycling. When he later became a trainer, he was kicked out of several globo gyms for employing his unique style of constantly varied, high intensity functional movement before he finally opened the first CrossFit gym in Santa Cruz, CA in 1995. Shortly thereafter, CrossFit.com was created and Greg would post Workouts of the Day, or WODs for athletes from all over the world to complete. Beginning in 2003, CrossFit affiliates began to open and CrossFit experienced exponential growth -- today there are over 15,000 affiliates worldwide. During this period, we witnessed the rise of the CrossFit Games, the ultimate proving grounds for fitness which crowns the Fittest Man and Woman on Earth each year. Most recently, weve witnessed a significant shift in the qualification process for the Games and major changes at CrossFit HQ. Weve also witnessed incredible stories of transformation in the affiliates, with participants losing weight, gaining confidence, and ridding themselves of chronic disease. With the inception of CrossFit Health, CrossFit has turned it's focus towards fighting ever-increasing disease rates and medical costs while also networking CrossFit physicians and educating affiliate owners, coaches, and the general public in an effort to combat corrupted medical science and a tsunami of chronic disease. For his third visit to the podcast, Greg and I sat down just before the 2019 CrossFit Health conference and CrossFit Games in Madison, WI. We discussed the evolution of CrossFit and CrossFit Health, the implications of scientific misconduct in the medical field, and what he sees for the future of CrossFit.
August 6, 2019
There was an orchestrated mass media campaign by our critics to portray us as dangerous- by the opposition. And thats all waning now, because of the changes in the website. So, we were actually able to alter the worlds view … ContinuedThe post Ep 118 The State of CrossFit with Coach Greg Glassman appeared first on Julie Foucher | Reebok CrossFit Games Athlete.
July 23, 2019
Marcus Filly is a 6-time CrossFit Games athlete, a former medical school student, and the catalyst behind the functional bodybuilding movement. As the owner of Revival Strength, he is passionate about providing training programs to help his clients build strength and endurance without breaking down their bodies. However, Marcus wasn’t always so sure about his path. Following his collegiate athletic career, Marcus entered medical school to pursue what he thought was his intended purpose. Instead, he found that while he appreciated the knowledge and the discipline of his medical training, a voice inside kept telling him he was on the wrong track. After a lot of soul searching, Marcus decided to follow his heart and begin a career in fitness. In doing so, he found a new way to educate and empower people with the tools they need to begin their own pursuit of health and happiness. Marcus and I had a great conversation about the many parallels in our lives, from medical training to the demands of being a competitive athlete. In this episode, we discuss the importance of finding your true purpose, the distinction between functional bodybuilding and other styles of training, and why lifestyle stressors are a huge consideration when it comes to earning intensity in a workout.
July 23, 2019
“We’re so resilient as people that we can deal with a lot of stuff. And if you pull back on the intensity, and you give your body a chance to heal, we’re also remarkable healers. You know, you give yourself … ContinuedThe post Ep 117 – Functional Bodybuilding & Earning Intensity with Marcus Filly appeared first on Julie Foucher | Reebok CrossFit Games Athlete.
July 9, 2019
Dr. Wayne Jonas is a practicing family physician, an expert in integrative health, and a widely published scientific investigator. In addition to his medical practice, he has served as President, CEO, and Executive Director for Samueli Integrative Health Programs, Director of the Office of Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, and Director of the Medical Research Fellowship at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. Dr. Jonas is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Medical Corps of the United States Army and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Drawing on his experience from leading hundreds of research studies, Dr. Jonas authored the book How Healing Works, in which he explains the biology of healing and the science behind the discovery that 80 percent of healing occurs outside of our conventional medical care. His goal is to change the way doctors and patients approach healthcare—away from a disease treatment model to an integrative system that incorporates the best of evidence-based conventional, complementary and self-care approaches. Dr. Jonas’s advice can help us facilitate our own innate ability to heal after both minor and major medical incidents, change how we consume healthcare, and enable us to be more in control of our own health. I first read Dr. Jonas’s book during my own residency in family medicine, and his message really resonated with the way I aspire to practice in my career. I was excited to chat with him recently about the concept of integrative health and how research supports that taking care of the whole person-- mind, body, and spirit-- is imperative for long-term healing.
July 9, 2019
“I call that integrative health. Integrative health is a little different than complementary medicine, is different than integrative medicine. Integrative health is the merger of conventional care like I learned, and you learned in your own medical training. Evidence-based complementary practices, non-drug approaches, … ContinuedThe post Ep 116 – How Healing Works with Dr. Wayne Jonas appeared first on Julie Foucher | Reebok CrossFit Games Athlete.
June 25, 2019
Neither Feeroozeh Saghafi nor Erin Vandendriessche started CrossFit with the intention of becoming competitors, but over the last several years, both women have slowly worked their way from beginners to up-and-coming Games athletes. Erin Vandendriessche is a former Baldwin Wallace University gymnast and two-time Central Regional athlete, making an appearance on the CTown CrossFit team in 2017, and an individual appearance in 2018. With the changes to the 2019 Games season, Erin made the surprising decision to opt out of the Open, and instead focused on competing at Sanctionals, most notably the Italian Showdown where she topped the podium and earned her ticket to the 2019 CrossFit Games. A former nurse and current nutrition coach, Erin trains out of her husband’s affiliate, Root 18 CrossFit in Medina, OH. Fee Saghafi is a former high school volleyball athlete who started CrossFit as a way to manage her weight and provide direction in the gym while she was in college. After two appearances at the Central Regional (on team CrossFit Mentality in 2017 and as an individual in 2018) she decided to dial in her training and her mindset and commit to her goal of becoming a Games competitor. She finished 24th in the 2019 Open, securing her rookie berth to the CrossFit Games. Fee attended John Carroll University where she earned a degree in Exercise Science and most recently graduated with her Master's in Business Administration. Fee coaches and trains alongside Scott Panchik at CrossFit Mentality in Mentor, OH. Through the years of competing alongside each other in local events, Fee and Erin have grown to become friends in addition to fellow competitors. While they earned their rookie spot at the Games through different avenues, both women have found that embracing a champion mindset has been an integral part of making the leap to becoming one of the best in the world. I caught up with Fee and Erin at CrossFit Mentality to chat about their evolution as athletes, and what tips, habits, and practices they used to qualify for their first CrossFit Games.
June 25, 2019
“I didn’t start CrossFit to be competitive, and I didn’t get into the competitive side until several years later. And, I would say, I didn’t start getting competitive until 3… 3-4 years ago. And then I was like, ‘Oh, this … ContinuedThe post Ep 115 – Becoming a CrossFit Games Athlete: Rookies Fee Saghafi & Erin Vandendriessche appeared first on Julie Foucher | Reebok CrossFit Games Athlete.
June 11, 2019
Dr. Maude Dull has been active throughout her life, but from middle school through medical training she struggled to maintain a healthy weight, peaking at 240 lbs. As a young doctor specializing in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and working in fast-paced intensive care settings, she used martial arts and then CrossFit to provide an outlet for her stressful work schedule but found her weight wouldn’t budge. Wanting to reach her full potential as an athlete, she enlisted the help of a nutrition coach from Precision Nutrition who focused on changing her habits, and a performance coach who helped her shift her mindset. Maude was finally able to bring her weight to a healthy level, and along the way she learned valuable lessons about the importance of balance in all aspects of life. These days, Maude has pivoted away from adrenaline-seeking work and workouts, and instead enjoys moderation with a challenging job in a Step-Down Unit and workouts scaled to help her remain healthy long-term. I had the pleasure of meeting Maude at a recent CFMDL1 seminar, and was excited to catch up with her at San Francisco CrossFit to share her story of how she changed her habits to overcome obesity, why she made the shift from training for the Open to training for longevity, and what prompted her to join the CrossFit Health movement.
June 11, 2019
“I really just… kind of wanted to get more into the CrossFit community. More interested in sort of where things were going, especially as we were moving, CrossFit as an organization, is moving away from the sort of Games mentality … ContinuedThe post Ep 114 – Practicing CrossFit for Health with Dr. Maude Dull appeared first on Julie Foucher | Reebok CrossFit Games Athlete.
May 28, 2019
2009 CrossFit Games champion Tanya Wagner has competed in the sport as an individual, on a team, and most recently at the 2019 Rogue Invitational, as a Legend. Over the last ten years, she’s managed to strike a balance between competing, running her affiliate, commentating for the CrossFit Games, and raising her two children. Inspired by the original “CrossFit Girls,” Tanya was a competitor at the second annual CrossFit Games in 2008, where she would narrowly miss a first place victory to Caity Henniger, who has since helped to grow Rogue Fitness into what it is today alongside her husband, Bill. Tanya would come back in 2009 to stand atop the podium and inspire future generations of CrossFit Games athletes. I sat down with Tanya at the 2019 Rogue Invitational to learn more about what it’s like to be one of the original CrossFit champions, and to hear how her approach to training has evolved throughout the many changes in her life.
May 28, 2019
“It was awesome [her first CrossFit Games experience in 2008]… There were no expectations and there was only one Games so nobody really knew what they were doing, and it was like, we really just wanted to see if what … ContinuedThe post Ep 113 – 2009 CrossFit Games Champion Tanya Wagner on Training through all Seasons of Life appeared first on Julie Foucher | Reebok CrossFit Games Athlete.
May 14, 2019
Dr. Valter Longo is a professor of Gerontology and Biological Sciences, and the Director of the Longevity Institute at the University of Southern California, and the Senior Group Leader of the IFOM Cancer Institute in Milan. His studies focus on the fundamental mechanisms of aging in simple organisms and mice, and how they can be translated to humans. After nearly 25 years of research alongside pioneering scientists, Dr. Longo has applied his extensive knowledge on aging, genetics, nutrition and disease to develop The Longevity Diet. He believes that by following a low-protein pescatarian eating plan combined with periods of a fasting-mimicking diet, one can improve their cellular rejuvenation, increase their resistance to diabetes and other metabolic disorders, and extend their healthy lifespan. I recently caught up with Dr. Longo to learn more about his Five Pillars of Longevity, and how his research has led him to believe that the key to increasing your “youth-span” lies in making long-term, sustainable changes to your nutrition.
May 14, 2019
“I always say, if you cut yourself, within a couple weeks the repair is perfect and you go back to normal. How is it possible that inside the body we don’t have any of this? Right? So, we just developed … ContinuedThe post Ep 112 – Eating for Longevity with Dr. Valter Longo appeared first on Julie Foucher | Reebok CrossFit Games Athlete.
April 30, 2019
Dr. Ken Rictor is the founder, owner and sole physician at Scotland Family Medicine, a Pennsylvania-based family medicine practice using the Direct Primary Care (DPC) model. Dr. Rictor graduated with honors from the University of Maryland Medical School in 1985 and completed his residency at the Washington Hospital in Washington, PA in 1988. Upon the completion of his residency, Dr. Rictor immediately opened his own private practice and enjoyed helping a broad scope of patients as a family physician. Over time, he witnessed the healthcare system making dramatic changes and the role family doctors becoming more limited, with many private practices being bought out by larger hospitals. As insurance contributed to increasing costs, Dr. Rictor fought to keep up with increasing paperwork and overhead, and decreasing time with patients. After 25 years of practice, he made the choice to convert to a Direct Primary Care model in an effort to enhance his patients' experience and reduce overall cost. Since making the switch, he’s noticed an improved relationship with his patients, and his patients have benefited from high-quality, affordable care. I sat down with Dr. Rictor after attending the Hint Summit in San Francisco to learn how he made the choice to switch to Direct Primary Care, the benefits he and his patients enjoy from this model of practice, and some of the commonalities he sees between CrossFit and DPC.
April 30, 2019
“Well, the one thing was the change in family medicine, and we started seeing family physicians being pushed out of the hospital systems in place of hospitalists. And you had the decision to make whether you wanted to stay inpatient … ContinuedThe post Ep 111 – A New Model for Primary Care with Dr. Ken Rictor appeared first on Julie Foucher | Reebok CrossFit Games Athlete.
April 16, 2019
Kara Saunders is a seven-time CrossFit Games veteran with four top-10 finishes under her belt, including 2nd place in 2017 and 4th place in 2018. Growing up as an only child until the age of 13, she naturally found herself turning to sports for entertainment, her favorite being swimming. At 19, a personal trainer introduced her to CrossFit, and Kara’s raw talent, hard work, and discipline quickly led her to success in the sport. Not only is Kara a decorated Games athlete, in 2017, she also became an affiliate owner, opening the doors to CrossFit Kova, in Brisbane, Australia, where she resides with her husband Matt. These days, Kara is taking a different approach to her training- shortly after the 2018 Games, she became pregnant with her first child. We caught up to discuss what it’s like to make the transition from competitive athlete to expectant mother, the training and nutrition practices Kara is applying to foster a healthy pregnancy, and how Kara is drawing from her CrossFit Games experience to balance the stress of being a business owner and first-time mom.
April 16, 2019
“But I had been working very closely on- holistically- on keeping my hormones and all those types of things- that’s always been really important to me- on keeping those kinds of things where they should be. And so, then I … ContinuedThe post Ep 110 – Kara Saunders on CrossFit and Expecting Baby She-Bear appeared first on Julie Foucher | Reebok CrossFit Games Athlete.
April 2, 2019
In July 2017, Elizabeth Bradley, MD, stepped into her role as Medical Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. She brought with her a wealth of knowledge and experience as a dietitian, internist, and a certified Functional Medicine physician. Dr. Bradley earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in nutrition from Cornell University and Tufts University, respectively. She started her career as a clinical dietitian at Massachusetts General Hospital, but after 6 years decided she wanted to pursue further training as a physician. She went on to earn her medical degree and complete residency training in Internal Medicine at Dartmouth. After years of practicing Internal Medicine, Dr. Bradley’s passion for nutrition led her to find Functional Medicine and ultimately brought her to the Cleveland Clinic to direct the nation's first academic Center for Functional Medicine. In her role as Medical Director, Dr. Bradley is able to support the advancement of Functional Medicine through research and education while helping patients achieve optimal health through a multi-faceted approach. She has truly come full circle and enjoys practicing as a physician that starts by using the premise that food is medicine. I recently sat down with Dr. Bradley to chat about all things Functional Medicine, from how her own career path led her to where she is today, how the Center for Functional Medicine has evolved over the past 5 years and it's role in bringing a Functional Medicine approach to the mainstream, and how interested practitioners and patients can become involved.
April 2, 2019
“So, [with] functional medicine we look at the root cause of why someone has a chronic disease or illness, and we dive much deeper in looking at not only lifestyle which is the fundamental basis of it. So, looking at … ContinuedThe post Ep 109 – All About Functional Medicine with Dr. Elizabeth Bradley, Medical Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine appeared first on Julie Foucher | Reebok CrossFit Games Athlete.
March 19, 2019
In this episode of Pursuing Health, I chat with two of my good friends and physical therapists, Matt Stevens, DPT and Ryan Summers, DPT, CSCS of Pure Physio. Matt and Ryan share the mindset that physical therapy plays an important role not just in rehab and recovery, but also in optimizing performance. Their approach focuses on one-on-one, individualized attention and includes both corrective exercises to address movement dysfunction and functional training to prevent reoccurring injuries. At their practice in Strongsville, OH, they work with a wide range of clients, from elite endurance and CrossFit Games athletes to weekend warriors. Matt, Ryan and I had a great conversation about the implications of life stressors on training readiness, the need to sometimes lower the intensity, and how everything from manual therapy to mindset can build a hedge against sickness.
March 19, 2019
“I think it’s, too, just getting people used to what physical therapy means to us, and I think that’s a little bit different than what they’ve seen in the past, where, it’s their grandma had a hip replacement, and that’s … ContinuedThe post Ep 108 – Training Smarter, not Harder: Prevention and Recovery from Injury with Pure Physio appeared first on Julie Foucher | Reebok CrossFit Games Athlete.
March 5, 2019
From the day he was born, Stephen Douglas has faced more obstacles than the average person. Diagnosed at birth with a heart defect, Tetralogy of Fallot, Stephen underwent open heart surgery at just 7 months of age. Throughout his early childhood, his heart condition, combined with asthma, meant Stephen had to be cautious not to exert himself too much physically or participate in contact sports. At the age of 10, Stephen was dealt another challenge after his dentist found a cyst growing in his jaw. He was diagnosed with Gorlin syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes thousands of skin cancers, jaw cysts, and bone cysts. He underwent treatment for the condition, but the numerous painful procedures and surgeries led him into a deep depression which persisted through his teen years. Stephen stopped physical and social activity, gained weight, and his blood pressure increased. By the age of 20 he weighed 300 pounds. His doctor told him he needed to make a change. Inspired by athletes he saw while watching the CrossFit Games on television, Stephen began to make small changes which led to a cascade of events that helped him lose over 85 pounds. In the process, he was able to lower his blood pressure, experience relief from his asthma symptoms, forge new relationships, and get in the best shape of his life. I sat down with Stephen to learn more about what it’s like to deal with a scary medical diagnosis as a child and how he gained the tools he needed to make the transition from a sedentary lifestyle to a thriving one.
March 5, 2019
“I had seen all these different elements come into play of how fitness can impact your life and how CrossFit was working for some people and how bodybuilding was working for some and now even the [Tough Mudder] races. And … ContinuedThe post Ep 107 – Play the Hand You’re Dealt: Choosing to Thrive Despite a Rare Genetic Condition and Congenital Heart Defect with Stephen Douglas appeared first on Julie Foucher | Reebok CrossFit Games Athlete.
February 19, 2019
Twin brothers Saxon Panchik and Spencer Panchik, along with their older brother, Scott Panchik, are quickly becoming a something of a CrossFit dynasty. Growing up, all the Panchik kids were exceptionally active, playing football, basketball, wrestling and more, until a near-deadly childhood hiking accident landed both Saxon and Spencer in the hospital with multiple injuries. Unable to return to the contact sports they loved, Saxon and Spencer shifted their focus towards a new sport: CrossFit.
February 19, 2019
“I think that’s super important, to have just great people around you to train with, especially brothers. You can say whatever you need to say to each other, and no feelings will be hurt. But not just that but, you … ContinuedThe post Ep 106 – Saxon & Spencer Panchik: Keeping Fitness a Family Affair appeared first on Julie Foucher | Reebok CrossFit Games Athlete.
February 5, 2019
Nate Bergman, DO, MBA, is trained in internal medicine, geriatrics, and functional medicine and is passionate about using a multidimensional approach to prevent and reverse cognitive decline that emphasizes root causes including sleep, exercise, nutrition, and stress management. Dr. Bergman’s knowledge and experience with treating cognitive decline comes not only from his research and his time on staff at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine; he also has first-hand experience. While completing his medical training, Dr. Bergman struggled with severe memory loss. With the support of his family and a functional medicine approach that addressed the root causes of his symptoms, he was able to overcome this challenge, and today believes his brain is functioning the best it ever has in his adult life. His personal experience served to further cement his drive to study and treat patients who suffer from cognitive decline. Today, Dr. Bergman continues to focus on brain health and the early prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease as the Chief Scientific Wellness Officer at the Kemper Center for Cognitive Health and Wellness. We recently sat down to talk about how he made the decision to pursue osteopathic and functional medicine, the impact of sleep and stress on brain health, and his hopes for the future of Alzheimer’s research.
February 5, 2019
“I mean stress is like an illness. It’s like this black box, we don’t have a lot of names for it, we should probably instead of saying stress we should… like Eskimos have 20 words for snow, we should probably … ContinuedThe post Ep 105 – Sleep, Stress, and Brain Health with Dr. Nate Bergman appeared first on Julie Foucher | Reebok CrossFit Games Athlete.
January 22, 2019
Amanda Barnhart took the CrossFit world by surprise at the 2018 Central Regional where, as a virtually unknown athlete, she dominated the competition, winning three events and finishing third for the weekend. Her success was no accident: a lifelong athlete, Amanda grew up as a gymnast, volleyball player, and runner, and she swam Division 1 at Cleveland State University. Since starting CrossFit in 2013, she’s made four appearances at Regionals, twice on a team and twice as an individual. Amanda is also a practicing Doctor of Physical Therapy, and she works hard to balance time spent with patients and time spent training. She finds that lessons she’s learned in her own competitive athletic experience carry over to everyday athletes and vice versa. Leading up to the 2018 CrossFit Games, Amanda worked hard on her mindset to eliminate any doubt as to whether she belonged among such an elite caliber of athletes. She would finish a solid 15th in her rookie appearance and has been training all year with anticipation of performing even better in the 2019 season. I caught up with Amanda to chat about what has led to her success as a CrossFit Games athlete, what she learned in her 2018 season, and how she hopes to continue to blend her physical therapy and CrossFit careers.
January 22, 2019
“I love incorporating one on myself, I experiment a lot with myself. And if I can feel something myself, like, ‘I was having this knee pain, and I did this and it really worked and, you know, try it,’ I … ContinuedThe post Ep 104 – Physical Therapist & CrossFit Games Athlete Amanda Barnhart appeared first on Julie Foucher | Reebok CrossFit Games Athlete.
January 8, 2019
Michael F. Roizen, MD, is an internist and anesthesiologist who is passionate about helping people choose to live younger and healthier lives. He is the Chief Wellness Officer at Cleveland Clinic, the co-founder of RealAge Inc, a five-time number one New York Times best-selling author, and the Chief Medical Consultant on the Dr. Oz Show. An accomplished lecturer, researcher, CEO, television personality and author, Dr. Roizen’s myriad achievements are too numerous to count. Dr. Roizen continues to practice internal medicine, using the RealAge metric to motivate his patients. He routinely sees patients who are in the midst of struggling with tobacco, heart, diabetic or arthritic problems and coaches them with simple (but persistent) lifestyle changes to be able to live, feel, look and be years younger. He really enjoys getting them to throw away their medications when they no longer need them, and teaches the role of food and other simple steps in reversing disease processes. I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Roizen during my medical school studies, and I was thrilled to catch up with him at his home to talk about the benefits he’s witnessed since Cleveland Clinic implemented an Employee Health Plan, the most important lifestyle factors we can change to improve our overall health and wellness, and his take on What to Eat When.
January 8, 2019
“If you look at the data really carefully now, we’re not sure but we think that aging can be… we’re slowing it now, we’re doing what we call rejuvenation. Meaning, if you slow the rate of aging by physical activity, … ContinuedThe post Ep 103 – What to Eat When with Dr. Michael Roizen appeared first on Julie Foucher | Reebok CrossFit Games Athlete.
December 25, 2018
Jason Khalipa is a decorated CrossFit athlete, well-known for his 8 appearances at the CrossFit Games and multiple podium finishes, including the title of Fittest Man on Earth in 2008. For 7 years, Jason competed as an individual, and in 2015 he shifted his focus to team competition in order to spend more time with his family.
December 25, 2018
“I wasn’t being present and focused, specifically around the family, that’s where it was most impactful. And, when I looked at my fitness career, I was like, ‘man, the best workouts I get are when I’m against the clock,’ right? … ContinuedThe post Ep 102 – Jason Khalipa and the AMRAP Mentality appeared first on Julie Foucher | Reebok CrossFit Games Athlete.
December 11, 2018
Joseph Janesz, PhD, is an Associate Staff and Director of the Outpatient Executive and Professional Program at Cleveland Clinic. He has been a Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor, lecturer, author and national Consultant for the past 30 years. Dr. Janesz completed his undergraduate work at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and received his PhD degree from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. His training includes couples and group therapy, performance enhancement and sports psychology, executive coaching and management and organizational consulting. He consults with a wide range of clients in the medical, legal, financial, sports and entertainment fields and has been a Consultant to the National Football League for the past 20 years and a key player in the first NFL Players Assistance Program -- the Cleveland Browns "Inner Circle Program." Dr. Janesz played an integral role in my own training as I prepared for the CrossFit Games. It was a pleasure to re-connect with him to learn more about his approach for helping individuals become their own personal best self and how anyone can have a Champion mindset. *Dr. Janesz’s Bio was adapted from clevelandclinic.org
December 11, 2018
“If you have awareness, and you have this ability to regulate mood states and thinking, you have this mental agility, and then you have this ability to cultivate character and then connect deeply… you really have this life filled with … ContinuedThe post Ep 101 – Building a Champion Mindset with Dr. Joe Janesz appeared first on Julie Foucher | Reebok CrossFit Games Athlete.
November 27, 2018
Can you believe we’re at 100 episodes?! It’s been a slow and steady process over the past 3+ years, but consistency sure pays off! I want to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for listening and continuing to support me through this shift in my career from CrossFit Games athlete, to medical student, and now soon-to-be family medicine physician. This podcast has been such a rewarding outlet for me to continue to highlight some amazing individuals in the world and share their stories and discoveries with all of you, in the hopes that their insights might positively impact your lives as well. I wanted to do something special to celebrate this milestone, and although we have had some INCREDIBLE guests on the show over the past 3 years, it just felt like this was the appropriate time to have a little more intimate conversation between me and YOU with a Q+A style episode
November 27, 2018
Can you believe we’re at 100 episodes?! It’s been a slow and steady process over the past 3+ years, but consistency sure pays off! I want to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for listening and continuing to … ContinuedThe post Ep 100 – Q+A: Your Questions, Answered appeared first on Julie Foucher | Reebok CrossFit Games Athlete.
November 13, 2018
Dr. Axel Pflueger serves as the Medical Director of the Center of Comprehensive & Diagnostic Medicine in New York, NY and is a Clinical Instructor at New York University Langone Medical Center. He is a trained cardiac surgeon, board-certified internist, and board-certified nephrologist with a PhD in Pharmacology. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology and is a recognized international speaker on diabetes and kidney disease, and has an extensive research background in diabetes, kidney disease, vascular function, and oxidative stress.
November 13, 2018
“As a nephrologist, a kidney doctor, in the Mayo Clinic, you see primarily patients with advanced kidney disease at that time. So, these were patients who needed kidney transplants or needed dialysis. And again, the same thinking process started to … ContinuedThe post Ep 99 – Dr. Axel Pflueger on Fighting Chronic Disease with Fitness appeared first on Julie Foucher | Reebok CrossFit Games Athlete.
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