The Death of Dieting Part Deux

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Sorry I’ve been away for such a long time, but my third book The Back Pain Bible is set to release on June 29th and I have been busy with revisions, edits, cover design and such – all the boring stuff that goes into writing a book. In between that, working in my soft tissue business, CrossFit, and reading I am revising my first book The Death of The Diet with some profound new information that will greatly benefit the reader.  Below is an excerpt from the first section on fats. It’s a theory I’m working on, but to me feels spot on.  If the shoe fits they say……..

I hope you enjoy the knowledge, or at least gets you thinking about something other than the Trump administrations antics. This second edition should be dropping at the same time – end of June. If you bought the first one, please email me at [email protected] and I will send you the revised, expanded, and updated version absolutely free!  Happy reading!


Chapter 1: Fats, But First, Physiology


The Rose That Grew From Candy


Derrick Rose was on top of the world as a newly drafted point guard for the Chicago Bulls in 2009. As he began to play he not only dominated other point guards, but almost everyone else as well earning the leagues rookie of the year award in his first season. As Rose played on, his skills developed and so did his trophy stand. He was elected to the NBA all-star team for three straight years from 2010-2012, and was honored as the NBA’s most valuable player in 2011. Everything looked hunky dory from the outside, but as a mechanic would say, a different story was brewing under the hood.


Prior to the 2011-2012 season Rose had only missed four games due to a sprained wrist. As the season continued as seasons do, Derrick’s “parts” started to “break.” A sprained big toe, several back issues, and some odd groin issues sidelined him for 12 games. Twelve shmelve, out of an 81 game season that’s not too much to worry about right? Yep. You guessed it. WRONG!


On April 12, 2012 Rose drove the lane with relentless tenacity as only he knows how to do and came to a powerful jump-stop before attempting what looked like a 6-8 ft. shot. As his feet left the floor he haphazardly threw the ball up in the air and grabbed his left knee landing in a considerable amount of pain. Chicago waited with baited breath only to find their mighty domino has fallen with a torn ACL.


Doctors quoted a recovery time of 8-10 months, but Rose was explicit and said he would not return until he felt like he was 110%. Apparently Derrick just wasn’t feeling 110% because despite being cleared by the doctors to play, he took the 2012-2013 season off completely. As Rose worked himself into the lineup for the 2013-2014 season, there were flashes of his old self as if nothing happened and everyone seemed to feel relief. But then a hamstring. And then another trip to the surgeon’s table with a torn meniscus in the other knee (right).


Rose returned for the 2014-2015 season more determined than ever. After warming up for the first couple of games he scored 32 points against the Washington Wizards on January 14th seeming as if he was on the proverbial “fire.” But injury struck again. Was it something new? A shoulder perhaps? Nope. It was the meniscus in his right knee. Again.


Despite losing Rose for much of the season again the Bulls made it to the playoffs that year, losing to the eventual champion Miami Heat. Rose spent the off season healing and came back to the Bulls first practice for the 2015-2016 season healthy as a new born baby only to fracture his left orbital bone. He played 66 games that season mostly with a mask to help the bone heal. He played well, but Chicago was obviously fed up and traded him to the New York Knicks.


Rose’s play in New York wasn’t bad, but it just wasn’t what Rose or his fans were used too. His sharp cuts were gone. His first step looked slow. Rather than darting to the basket he would pull up and opt for a bank shot. Then on April 2, 2017 the all too familiar news came again.


Rose out for the rest of the season with torn meniscus in left knee.


What gives? Is Derrick Rose just injury prone? Is he unlucky? No. I believe he is malnourished.


Mad About Mitochondria


When I was growing up pretending to pay attention in school I can remember being in my first biology class in grade school hearing about the mighty mitochondria. I was around 8 years old and was just introduced to Arnold Schwarzenegger. He was my favorite movie star and I idolized his muscles. I bought a cement weight set from a garage sale for $15 and did nothing but chest and biceps day in and day out. The reason why I remember mitochondria being introduced in grade school is because the teacher called them the “powerhouse” of the cell meaning they were primarily responsible for energy production. I viewed Arnold as a powerhouse, which caused my teachers description to stick in the forefront of my memory still to this day.


Having a masters degree in Kinesiology and being forced to take plenty of physiology classes my knowledge of the development of cellular energy has expanded some and quite frankly the human mitochondria amazes me. Here are some quick facts for you to ponder:

  • Researchers estimate that approximately 10% of your bodyweight comes from your mitochondria. Not impressed? 1 billion mitochondria can sit on the head of a pin (17).
  • Your mitochondria can produce up to 110 pounds of ATP (the fuel your cells run on) per day.
  • Your mitochondria make 10,000 times more energy gram for gram than the sun every second (18).
  • Every cell in your heart contains more than 5,000 mitochondria.
  • Mitochondrial DNA is passed down only from our mothers. Using specific calculations, scientists have traced everyone’s DNA back to one female fossil from 200,000 years ago they affectionately call Mitochondrial Eve.


As I said before mitochondria truly are a powerhouse. But where do they get the fuel to be so powerful? They are fed by the food you eat! Ahhhhh now you see where I’m going with this. The cells that make up all of the structures of our body are replicated using the energy we get from the food we eat. If you replace parts on your car from a junkyard, will you expect them to perform like a new part fresh from the factory?


Of course not.


This leads us into the question, “Do I want my cells to replicate using refined sugars, chemicals, and bleached oils as building blocks?” Or, “Do I want my cells to replicate using grass fed beef, wild caught fish, a ton of fresh vegetables, nuts, and little fruits?”




To some people fuel is fuel when it comes to their body. But nobody would use the same gas in a jet as they would in their lawnmower. That would be silly. We need to eat what nature has made for us, not what some chemists concocted during a quarterly board meeting. The food we eat literally makes the contents of our cells, which is called protoplasm. Protoplasm is the living contents of our cells and is where our mitochondria reside. This includes the nucleus and all of the organelles. This is where our cells get their information on how to replicate. If the food we eat doesn’t send the right signal, or worse yet no signal at all, then the contents of our cells that make up the structure of our bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles will not function properly, and we will also lack the proper energy to do basic human tasks like walk to the mailbox or up a flight of stairs. I hope with this detailed information you’re getting a picture of just how deep our nutrition affects how our body feels, how resilient the structures will be because of what we eat, and of course how much energy we will have for specific tasks or different levels of exercise. If that’s the case then let’s get back to Mr. Rose!

A Curious Case of……..Skittles?


Derrick Rose has been a self-proclaimed junk food addict for a very long time now. For instance, in an interview with ESPN in 2010 Derrick told the reporter that after his junk food addiction became public knowledge, skittles contacted him and put a custom made machine in his home. He wasn’t proud of it and even admitted it was going to contribute to the problem.

During the NCAA tournament in 2008, teammate Robert Dozier threw Rose under the bus in a quick interview when asked why Rose was having stomach issues:


“He just didn’t eat – You don’t eat and your stomach’s supposed to be hurting … He didn’t eat last night or this morning,” Dozier said. “We’ve been having problems with him, making him eat all this year, so it’s nothing major to worry about … He just eats candy and pineapple and syrup. He never really eats real food. Eating grilled cheese sandwiches, things kids eat. He’s 19, he eats like he’s eight … He needs (a food pyramid). Someone needs to put one up in his room.”


In the same article the head coach of The University of Memphis, Roses’ alma mater, is stated as saying he has been stuffing pasta down Roses’ throat for a couple days. Pasta is sugar. Actually it’s worse than sugar, which you will find out.

Derrick Rose has built a skyscraper in quicksand. His efforts to hire a personal chef in 2010 was too little and way too late. His body has been replicating cells for 22 years utilizing nothing but fast food and candy causing his tissue to have the strength and rigidity of paper machè. With the demands a professional athlete puts on his or her body he never stood a chance. Through my 18 years of strength and conditioning coaching I have found that most athletes need to make a major shift in their recovery efforts (food, sleep, stretching etc.) when they reach the age of 24. What was Derrick’s age when he first got injured?




In 2014 Travis Cristofferson released a phenomenal book called Tripping Over The Truth: The Metabolic Theory Of Cancer where he talks about poor food choices, failing mitochondria, and warped DNA replication as causes of cancer. Since then, there have been many more books, and studies reinforcing Christofferson’s viewpoints. We don’t get cancer, we DEVELOP it!

Could this be true for soft-tissue injuries as well? I obviously think so, and I hope with the information I have already presented to you, you are currently thinking about instances in your life where injury has resulted from binging on Halloween candy, or a severe illness has correlated with a weekend that resembled the movie Hangover. The old saying you are what you eat needs to be changed to you BECOME what you eat. The next step in this sayings evolution is unfortunately you become what you eat, eats, but more on that later. For now, let’s get to a favorite topic of mine, which are fats!

**Chris Kidawski is available for nutritional consultations. If you’re frustrated with how you look, feel, or perform, please do not hesitate to contact him at [email protected] or call him directly at 561-990-8055.**

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