Iron Man Chiropractor Beats Osteoporosis
story of one mans triumph over adversity appeared in the January 07, 2006
issue of the Pennsylvania publication, The Record Herald. The subject of
this article is Dr. Keith McCormick, (right) a chiropractor who himself
suffers from osteoporosis. The story starts off by noting that the 51 year
old McCormick was once an Olympic caliber athlete, who knows that because of
his condition an accident on his bicycle could shatter every bone in his
Dr. McCormick is well aware
of his situation as he states, "I was an Iron Man competitor, Olympic
athlete, a young male with no risk factors - not your typical osteoporosis
patient. I was 45 and had the skeleton of a 100-year-old woman.”
In his drive to push himself,
McCormick was not satisfied with the medical status quo concerning his
situation. "Anything I do I go all out ... I'm not going to rely on someone
else. They just wanted to give me medicine. I wanted to find out why (this
happened) and fix it the right way."
In his extensive study of
osteoporosis, McCormick admitted that he may have been the cause of his own
problem, "I studied osteoporosis endlessly for two years. I came up with
theories about why I have it and I'm trying to correct it. It's very
complicated - bone physiology is incredibly difficult and involved - in a
nutshell, it came from overtraining."
Prior to finding out about
his condition, McCormick training for his first Iron Man competition in 1982
was described as hard core. He trained an average of 35 hours a week
which included an average 450 miles a week on his bicycle.
Dr. McCormick's new knowledge
concerning his problem did not weaken his drive, but did temper his new
training regime with some wisdom. "This time I rested more and I had
an impeccable diet - no sweets, lots of fruits and vegetables and nothing
too high in protein which can lead to calcium loss. My whole way of
attacking dietary nutrition was an aspect I paid more attention to. I
realized it's important that if I train I need to fill my cup afterward."