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Lessons from a Long Staycation.

Screen Shot 2013-07-17 at 4.58.40 PMby Sean Croxton

Marathons were never my thing.

This body of mine wasn’t built to withstand prolonged bouts of enduring physical or mental activity.

At some point I break down, literally crushed by yet another attempt to go against the very nature of who I am.

Such was the case during the final week of our SexyBack Summit festivities — Webinar Week, we called it.

I won’t solicit your sympathy with untold stories of the behind-the-scenes madness that accompanies a 3-week online event launch. Though, I can honestly say that I have a newfound sense of compassion for entertainers who cancel appearances due to “exhaustion”.

That sh*t is real, y’all.

Note to self: Hire a customer service team for all future online events, and nix the whole Webinar Week idea. You live, you learn.

Once SexyBack ended and I finished my Dark Side of Fat Loss presentation at Saint Mary’s College the following week, I submerged myself into what I hoped would be two weeks (it turned out to be a month) of nothingness.

I woke up without an alarm, saw just about every summer movie worth seeing, rented jet skis, went to the county fair, rediscovered Hulu and Netflix, read novels that had nothing to do with health, and uncovered this really awesome thing called EDM, or electronic dance music.

Glow sticks, anyone?

Apparently the plan was to completely remove myself from all things Underground Wellness and allow my evidently drained batteries to recharge to full power. Yet my mind always seemed to drift back to this blog, my vacationing brain endlessly peppered by a single unavoidable question:

What the heck are you doing here?


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The Podcast about Why Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Suck. (# 226)

myths-and-factsby Sean Croxton

I wish more medical docs had half the chutzpah of Dr. Cate Shanahan.

It takes a brave woman to go on live radio and rip the pharmaceutical industry a new one.

I mean, does your prescription pad wielding doc ever tell you stuff like this…

* 
The only people who truly benefit from cholesterol-lowering drugs are men who have had a heart attack and are also smokers but refuse to quit.

* 

Your total cholesterol score has nothing to do with your risk of having a heart attack…and that there’s a MUCH better way to determine your risk. 



* Cholesterol is a crucial building block for your brain. Cholesterol-lowering drugs shrink the brain, leading to potentially serious issues like dementia.

* 

Insurance companies pay HUGE bonus checks to doctors who “help” their patients keep their LDL — the supposed bad cholesterol — levels down. So how do you think they go about keeping these numbers down? 



* A whopping 70% of women on cholesterol-lowering drugs for five years or more go on to develop diabetes. Diabetes doubles the risk for heart attacks. Go figure…



Probably not.



And there’s more. A lot more.


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The Podcast about When Aunt Flo Stops Coming, The Pill, and Sweaty T-Shirts! (# 219)

justkiddingby Sean Croxton

I get it now.

I’ll be honest, for much of my adult life I’ve thought that women were just plain crazy.

They’re up…then they’re down.

They’re hot…then they’re cold.

They’re focused…then they’re all over the friggin’ place!

No, I’m not saying that all women have bipolar tendencies. Not even.

What I am saying is that, for a man, understanding how the hormonal fluctuations of a woman’s cycle can influence her moods and cravings, as well as her physical, sexual, and emotional needs, can really cause a shift in a guy’s perspective.

I can see clearly now.

For example, did you know that there are two specific times of the month when a man is most likely to have the green light for more sex with his woman?

No foreplay needed. Just go for it! (Definitely not universally applicable, though.)

Or, did you know that there is a particular time of the month when most women feel more introspective and just need some alone time?

No, she’s not mad at you! She just wants to be alone with her thoughts.


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How to Use Your Mouth for a More Passionate Sex Life.

Unknownby Sean Croxton

I’ve made mistakes.

I’ve said things I shouldn’t have said.

I’ve gotten defensive when I should have been more understanding.

I’ve been critical when all she wanted was compassion.

I’m sure I’m not the only one.

It would be an understatement to say that communication has not been my strong suit in relationships past.

As open and personable as I may appear on the internet, I haven’t always been the easiest person to get along with in real life, especially in intimate relationships.

Raised in part by a show-no-emotion Korean War tank commander father and growing up around the fairly affection-less (read: macho) Mexican side of my family, effectively communicating my innermost feelings was a skill I never acquired.

As you could probably imagine, my deficiencies in communication, affection, and openness beset each and every one of my intimate relationships, from high school to…well, last year.

At some point it finally dawned on me that the one common denominator in every nasty breakup was me.

Ouch.


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The Podcast about Gluten-Free Lies, Leaky Gut, & JERFing. (#218)

sad-breadby Allyson the Assistant

As many of you know, Sean has been feeling a bit under the weather this week so I’m stepping in to share with you guys some awesome info from Dr. Peter Osborne’s show on UW Radio last week, The Gluten Free Lie.

May 18th will mark my 3-year anniversary working for Sean and let me tell you, since then, I’ve learned a TON about the evils of gluten.

But the coolest thing about working for Sean is that I’m always learning more. I know consuming gluten is linked to developing autoimmune disease, but listening to Dr. Osborne’s podcast really helped shed some light on the science behind it.

Simply put, ignoring a gluten sensitivity leads to leaky gut.

And leaky gut leads to autoimmune disease.

How can this happen?

The cells in the gut that line the intestine are tightly bound together to keep bacteria and toxins from the food we eat inside the GI tract, preventing them from getting into the bloodstream.

Gluten can cause the gut cells to open up and drift apart, allowing food proteins to slip between the cells. Since 80% of our immune systems resides in the lymphatic system behind the gut wall, the escaped food proteins start to cause an immune reaction.

Here’s the kicker – molecular mimicry.