Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Coconut Oil is NOT bad for you!


If you were around any media this weekend you probably saw the scary news that coconut oil is dangerous and going to kill you.  It was here, here, here, here, and here - and a bunch of other places I didn't take the time to link to.

Before I get to the primary rant, I need a pre-rant. Do you realize that nothing you see in the media is there by accident? It's 100% planned and orchestrated by PR firms. That celebrity that they're panning to during the baseball game? They probably have a movie coming out next month and they want to bring them back to the top of your mind. Phrases that everyone repeats over and over again ("kick the can down the road", e.g.), those are crafted talking points given to everyone so that they can define the narrative. Everyone reporting on the same thing at the same time? PR firms write the articles or pre-record 1/2 of an interview and send the questions so that the anchor can read them and pretend they're having and interview on local news. And that's just the "real news" (speaking of which, did you notice how the metanews about fake news took off recently...hmm).  You cannot expect to learn anything by news that you don't search out yourself. You are being fed a narrative 100% of the time, and even if you do search it out, it's still hard to determine if it's real or not.

So all of a sudden coconut oil is going to kill me? Sure, that's because the ADA and AHA are scared about the wisdom of the crowds taking away their monopoly on the source of health information. Seriously, watch the linked video - it's only 45 minutes and you'll save me another rant.

What you saw this weekend is a PR blitz that attempts to repackage 1960's bad research as "news" to create a pseudocontroversy over the successful run that the paleo community has had helping people get healthier.

I'll dig into the details later this week about how wrong this is, but I wanted start by reiterating that you shouldn't believe anything that's pushed to you because it's a carefully crafted message by PR folks and those with the money to pay them.



Warm-up

row 500 / run 400
crawling lunge
10 KB swings or snatches
double KB overhead lunge
10 TGUs or windmills
10 goblet squats
5 pull-ups or push-ups or dips

Strength

push press 8-5-3x5

Accessory/Skill

5 Bulgarian split squats between strength sets

Group Workout

AMRAP 10:
heavy walk to red door and back
10 KB clean (double if you can)



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