April 8, 2012
-- Eric Pelletier is a lifelong Type 1 Diabetic and up until 3 years ago, the information he received in regards to taking care of his disease was inaccurate and missing some common sense. High carbohydrate diets and the cautionary recommendation to limit intense exercise has been at the forefront of his treatment all of his life. In 2010 he found CrossFit working at a traditional gym and nothing has been the same since then. The hope that Eric has for CrossFit Overcome is that it can be used as an outlet for sharing information for any and all Type 1 Diabetics out there who are dissatisfied with the treatment they are receiving and offer them hope.
At 28 days old Eric was admitted to Childrens Hospital in Chesapeake, Virginia. Neither the doctors or his parents knew what was happening or what to do with their newborn. Dr Rueben Rohn was the doctor who was taking care of Eric and during treatment found out what exactly it was that had brought him in. Since that day, he has been taking Insulin injections daily, testing blood glucose levels and monitoring his diet under the direct guidance of his acting physicians. The problem with this is that his physicians have been wrong all this time.
Type 1 Diabetes is an Autoimmune disorder in which the Pancreas no longer makes any Insulin, or negligible amounts. To replace this loss of Insulin, the person with Type 1 Diabetes has to take Insulin injections. Insulin is well known to be the hormone most responsible for fat accumulation, blood sugar maintenance and inflammation. The maintenance cure for Type 1 Diabetes and nearly every other disease and disorder is a CrossFit styled nutrition program and fitness program.