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When Women Get Too Ripped.

by Sean Croxton

Where does fitness end and disease begin?

The line separating the two can be a fine one and, for most, a blur. In fact, crossing this line is often perceived as admirable, even worthy of envy.

From the outside an ultra-lean, sculptured female physique may be looked upon by her peers as a body to die for. However, from the inside it may be a body she is dying for.

Okay, maybe that’s a bit of an overstatement.

Then again, maybe not.

Working as a personal trainer for eight years and then as a diet and lifestyle coach for three, I learned many lessons. The lesson I will share with you today is this:

Looks can be deceiving.

In every gym exists at least one woman rocking a bra top to show off all eight of her abs. The one who seems to be there no matter what time you go. The one who women gawk at more than the men.

My female training clients would often express envy over this woman, however unbeknownst to the damage taking place beneath the hard-bodied surface.

Looks can kill you.

Oh, there I go again…


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How Negative Thinking Can Actually Kill You.

by Sean Croxton

“All thoughts are forces of attraction.” – Paul Chek

Attitude is everything.

Well, maybe not everything. But it’s a pretty big deal.

Have you ever known someone who can’t open up his or her mouth without spewing out some kind of negativity?

You know, the one who’s had three fender benders in the past two months, who just can’t catch a break, who takes everything the wrong way.

We all know this person.

Maybe YOU are this person.

Not only are these folks suffering from a horrendous case of stinkin’ thinkin’, but their defeatist mind muck may be killing them. Literally.

No, I’m not about to get all “woo-woo” on you and suggest that you commit to a life of unmitigated optimism. Hey, life happens.

Instead, what I would like you to consider is how your limiting beliefs, chronic stress, and cynical perceptions may be impeding your body’s ability to heal.

I can speak from experience on this on. When I was a health coach, I generally had a good idea of which clients would heal and which would not.


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When Animals Eat Right, You Do Too!

by Sean Croxton

Maybe they’ll believe me now.

Last weekend, while watching my beloved Oregon Ducks take a loss, I somehow found my buddies and I in a debate regarding the role of meat in heart disease and cancer.

In their opinion, meat is something that should seldom be consumed. The saturated fat will kill you. Studies show that it causes cancer. It’s hard on “the system” to digest.

Blah. Blah. Blah.

But hey, I used to believe a lot of the same stuff. I can completely understand where they were coming from. I’ve been there.

I told them about the difference between grass-fed and grain-fed meats.

I explained how the CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) in grass-fed meat actually fights cancer.

I pretty much performed a YouTube bit on the lack of evidence demonstrating that saturated fat causes heart disease.

In one ear. Out the other.

You know how it goes. Friends and family rarely change their minds about anything if YOU are the one relaying the information. But if a complete stranger tells them the same thing, they’ll believe every word of it.

Weird how that works, huh?


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Would You Like Toxins with Your Turkey?

by Sean Croxton

This one blew me away.

I was taking David Getoff’s holistic health class back in 2008.

The topic of the day was toxins. We covered chlorine and fluoride in the water, mercury in dental amalgams, and eventually landed on cookware.

Personally, it had never even crossed my mind that my Teflon-coated, non-stick cookware was a problem.

David went on to explain that the chemicals in this type of cookware can off-gas, and can also leach these toxic chemicals into the food being cooked.

But that’s not what blew me away.

What blew me away is that Teflon chemicals have been known to kill birds. Yikes!

According to this article by the Environmental Working Group…

“Bird enthusiasts and veterinarians have known for decades that Teflon-coated and other non-stick cookware, if heated to high temperatures, is acutely toxic to birds. The peer-reviewed literature contains numerous reports of bird deaths linked to the use of Teflon and other non-stick pans and appliances in the home, beginning about 30 years ago.”

If Teflon kills birds, I wonder what it’s doing to humans?

According to Randall Fitzgerald in his book The Hundred Year Lie (one of my faves), ninety-percent of Americans have Teflon residue in their blood. One of these chemicals called C8 has been linked to a wide array of birth defects and developmental problems (from Edward Emmett, University of Pennsylvania research, August 2005).


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How To Live with Cancer Like a Rock Star!


by Sean Croxton

“I live with cancer. There is nothing I can do about that, other than take care of myself. Some people, they have chemotherapy. I have kale and green juice. And that is all I will ever have.” – Kris Carr

Imagine being diagnosed with cancer.

But this isn’t just any cancer — it’s a rare, slow-moving sarcoma that accounts for only 200 diagnoses in the United States annually. Epithelioid hemangioendothelioma (EHE), to be exact.

Not only is EHE rare, but there is no treatment for it. No chemo. No radiation. No remission. No cure.

You just live with it.

Kris Carr lives with EHE. When diagnosed at the age of 31, she was given ten years to live.

Ten years ago.

Did she wallow in self-pity?

Did she put her life on hold to watch the sand run through her ten-year hourglass?

Nope, she went to Whole Foods.

She traded in fast food for real food, mixed drinks for green drinks, dance clubs for bookstores.

In other words, Kris refused to perceive her diagnosis as a sentence to death but as a motive to live. Her positive attitude and passion for life has been an inspiration for so many — even the cancer-free.

If anyone can make cancer Crazy and Sexy, it’s Kris.