Take-Charge-Its-Your-HealthFor most of us this is the half way point in our short 4-day week following memorial day. Which means we have two options we can either slow down the pace and start preparing for the weekend or we can kick it into high gear, do work, and go into the weekend with a feeling of satisfaction and success in our work. I highly recommend the second option because it is never about how you start, but rather it is about how you finish. I intend to finish this week with three strong blog posts, but before we get to the first of the three posts let me share a quick story.

I was working in the ER yesterday. It was rather busy and my provider saw quite a few patients, some sick and some not-so-sick. But there was one patient in particular that has been stuck in my head since getting off last night. The patient was an older gentleman with quite a few health problems and a laundry list of medications. During my providers initial examination he asked many questions about the current problem and some additional questions about the reasons for the medications he was taking. But the sad thing was this patient could not answer many of the questions with sufficiency. This wasn't because he was demented he just simply didn't know and frankly didn't care whether or not he ever did know why he was on these medications. He simply just expected to show up and be fixed without any effort from him. He was so far removed from his own healthcare it was scary.

This is what really struck me as sad. No should ever be this disconnected with their own healthcare whether it is related to disease management or disease prevention. Everyone should understand what illnesses they suffer from, why they have these illnesses, and how  they should be properly treated. In addition you shouldn't be taking any medications that you are unclear about why they are being ingested. Please take ownership of your health, be involved in the decision making process, and ask more questions than can be answered.

Anyway that is my short story to illustrate my point, your health is your health and no one else's. Below are this week's list of things to read I hope you find something to take away from at least one of the posts.

1. How to Make Crossfit a Safer Sport by Dean Somerset

crossfitCrossfit is controversy central! Say anything you like about Crossfit in front of a group of people and nine times out of ten someone will jump out of the crowd to vehemently defend it and someone else will begin to tear it down. It has become an increasingly polarized subject within the health and fitness industry. I mean even I have wrote a couple posts regarding my feelings towards it. But what we can not deny is the good things that Crossfit brings to fitness.

This post is an awesome, well-written, logical, and balanced article by Dean Somerset that discusses the finer things about Crossfit that he believes to be good things. But he also outlines a few corrections that can be made in regards to preventing injury and maintaining long term progress. I also love the context in which this post is framed, specifically how Dean refers to Crossfit as a sport.

2. A Simple Tip for Alleviating Low Back Pain When Sleeping on Your Stomach by Bret Contreras 

diagram_spine_conditions.57131206_stdBiomechanic Bret Contreras comes to the rescue of all of those who like to sleep on our stomachs. As Bret explains this position can be problematic due to the bony processes on the posterior aspects of our vertebrae smashing into another. I won't give away the solution, but it is a good one and as a stomach sleeper I really appreciated this post.

3. Pelvic Arch Design and Load Carrying Capacity (Or, How the Heck Does EC Deadlift So Much?) by Dean Somerset

tumblr_ltpsmpGDll1qhl1vvHere is an eye opening guest post on Eric Cressey's website by Dean Somerset that talks about how the structure of our pelvis can affect the amount of weight we can carry. I was literally kind of blown away by this one because I had no idea that the design of the pelvic arch could influence us that much. I mean I know genetics and individual joint structure play a large role in limiting our strength levels, but the pelvic arch, really? Anyway I think you'll find it an informative and interesting post.

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