The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #112 – Diet Reverses Autism, Sumo Deadlift Form Tips, and a Simple Squat Correction


Here’s a recap of the best health and fitness articles I’ve read over the past week.

One Child’s Autism Eliminated by Removal of Glutamate From Her Diet

This is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever read. By changing this child’s diet, her severe case of autism has been reversed, she has caught up to children of her own age and she shows no signs of ever even having the condition. If you know someone with an autistic child, show them this article.

My Medical Choice by Angelina Jolie

Can you believe that Angelina Jolie was able to get a preventive double mastectomy without anybody finding out? She underwent the procedure before actually having breast cancer, but decided that it was the right choice for her and her family since she has a gene mutation that gives her an 87 percent risk of getting it. What an amazing, and drastic, decision she made. I’m not sure how I feel about it. I feel that cancer is caused by the things that are introduced to our bodies – pesticides, food dyes, molds, pollution, and so on – and I think there are better ways of preventing cancer than removing parts of our bodies.

Coaching the Sumo Deadlift

Great tips on pulling sumo deadlifts. The author doesn’t mention much about why sumo’s are better than conventional but he does mention that one of his lifters was at a standstill for a year before trying sumo’s and then reached a PR shortly after switching.

Sleep: What the Research Actually Says

Poor sleep can reduce insulin sensitivity, suppress testosterone, may decrease workout performance and could cause overeating. There are some cool geeky tips here on fixing your sleep so that you won’t suffer any of those things.

Non-smoking hotel rooms still expose occupants to tobacco smoke

Looks like choosing a non-smoking room in a hotel that allows smoking isn’t good enough to prevent high exposure to tobacco pollutants, so if you’re traveling, choose a non-smoking hotel.

Simple Squat Correction

I’m constantly messing with my form trying to find something that feels right for me and I can say from experience that what Brett talks about here works. I’ve used the “poor” form he shows many times and it really screws with my knees. The “correct” form he demonstrates feels much more natural to me and allows me to get into a deeper position easier.

The Wii game that shows the greatest potential as a cardiovascular fitness tool

Do you like to workout with video games? If you’re looking for a fun game that can provide good cardio benefit, it looks like Wii Sports boxing is your answer. I must admit, Wii Sports Boxing is a lot of fun!

Don’t Swing Your Kids By the Arms, Please

It’s common to see people swinging their kids around by the arms, but that’s because they don’t realize the potential to dislocate their child’s shoulders or cause damage to their arms, elbows and shoulders, which may show in their later years. Luckily for me, my dad swung me and my brother around in King Soopers bags 😉

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